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The most common treatment for a missing tooth is a dental implant. Implants consist of a titanium post covered by a crown or denture.
The process typically takes about three months from start to finish, which includes plenty of time for your mouth to adjust to the implant and heal before the crown or overdenture is applied. A temporary crown will be applied on the same day as the implant at 1st Family Dental, allowing you to return to normal activities while the permanent crown is made.
The end result is a tooth that looks and feels just like the one you lost. Get started with a free dental implant consultation – call today!
Contrary to popular belief, dentures are not just for the elderly. If you are not a good candidate for implants, dentures are another option for replacing missing teeth. They come in full or partial sets and fit around your remaining teeth.
However, dentures are not designed to be a permanent replacement. They should be worn during the day and removed at night before bed. They are made of an acrylic base that’s temporarily bonded to your teeth using a temporary bonding agent.
Our team at 1st Family Dental can offer a fast turnaround once the initial fitting is complete. Dentures typically last about 5-8 years. After that, you’ll find that they become worn from regular use and they do not adhere as well to your gums, which tend to shrink and change shape as you get older.
A root canal is most commonly performed if a tooth needs to be restored as a result of an infection or deeply damaged tooth. In either case, the damage goes to the tooth’s pulp, beneath the enamel, which can be very painful.
Root canals are performed to remove the infected tissue, effectively killing the tooth by taking away its roots. This procedure has a bad reputation, but is actually quite painless — not much different than a cavity filling in most cases.
The dentist will begin by applying an oral anesthetic to numb the area, then drill into the tooth to remove the infection. What remains of the tooth is then filled with a rubber-like material and topped with a crown to protect it.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are the workhorses of the dental world. They are made of strong porcelain and are shaped to resemble a natural tooth. After your mouth adjusts and heals, you’ll barely be able to tell the difference between a crown and your real teeth.
As previously mentioned, crowns are placed on top of teeth after implants and root canals. In the case of an implant, the crown covers the implant post. With a root canal, the crown covers and protects what’s left of the original tooth.
Either way, a crown should be brushed and flossed the same way as a normal tooth. They typically last about 10 years before they need to be replaced.
A bridge is a set of crowns applied to fill the spot of a missing tooth. It connects to the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth to fill the gap of the missing tooth.
Full Mouth Reconstructions
Full mouth reconstructions typically include some form of the services listed on this page. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, or if you’ve had severe mouth trauma, a reconstruction may be the best option for you.
The team at 1st Family Dental will conduct a 100% free consultation to determine the best tooth replacement options for you and determine if you are candidate for these types of procedures.
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