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Cedar Dental, Practice of Amy M. Kiesselbach D.D.S.

     

 

RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

Inlays, Onlays, Crowns, Dentures, and Dental Implants.

We often take our teeth for granted until they begin to impact our lives. Do you find yourself turning down your favorite food because it is too difficult to chew? Hesitating to smile because you are embarrassed how your teeth look? Maybe you lost a tooth in an accident and dread the thought of speaking up at a business meeting, with all eyes on you. Damaged teeth can impact our quality of life. It may be easier than you think to restore your teeth, and get your life back.


Inlays or Onlays

When teeth have been extremely structurally compromised by decay, fractures or old existing restorations, composite (tooth colored) fillings may not be indicated.

In these circumstances, the doctor may recommend the use of laboratory processed, advanced porcelain restorations. Similar to white fillings, they are strongly bonded to the surface of the teeth. They are extremely natural in appearance and, due to their strength and surface characteristics, are ideally suited for larger restorations.

 

Crowns

You may need a crown to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.

It can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth structure left. It can be used to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that's already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It's also used to cover a dental implant. If your dentist recommends a crown, it's probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist's primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright -- literally, your crowning glory.

 

Dentures

If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.

There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.

Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.

 

Dental Implants

Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural.

Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Implants are now being used more and more for the use of removable dentures as well because they have proven to be very successful for most people and yield a great result not only functionally but esthetically too. Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Implants offer a more conservative treatment option for replacing missing teeth compared to a traditional bridge. With implants, there's no need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth. The implant acts as a root to help prevent bone deterioration and delivers long-lasting beautiful teeth.

 


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