Broken tooth? Badly decayed tooth? Don’t panic you probably won’t lose the tooth! We may be able to save your tooth with a dental crown.
A crown is a tooth shaped cover that is positioned over an existing damaged tooth to enhance strength and durability and to create a smoother look.
There are several types of crown available depending on the tooth that requires treatment, and your bite as well as cosmetic and cost considerations.
At Evolve crowns dentist Kenmore prefer to use metal free porcelain crowns that are hand crafted by ceramic technicians here in Australia to precision fit your tooth.
Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite, which places uneven forces on your teeth leading to excessive wear and pressure that can cause you teeth to crack, split or fracture. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and jaw joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges span the space created when teeth are missing. A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth.
A dental bridge consists of two crowns that are attached on either side to the replacement tooth in the middle. The two crowns are bonded over your natural teeth on either side of the empty space to act as anchors for the replacement tooth.
You have a choice of materials for bridges depending your bite, the size of the space and how many missing teeth need replacing. We can advise the best material to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, cosmetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth so that your bridge blends seamlessly into your smile.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that fuses with the jawbone and more recently an implant can be made out of full ceramic which means its even safer for the health of your body.
The process of fusing an implant with bone, called Osseo integration, involves connecting the implant with a component called an abutment that supports the crown or replacement tooth.
Real teeth and dental implants help to preserve the jawbone and therefore the support for your face and lips. Partial dentures involve using your remaining teeth for support and can actually harm to the rest of your teeth. They also do not help preserve the jawbone thickness and height.
Dentures can slip, rub and fall down (which can be very embarrassing) as well as restrict the types of food that you can eat.
When a dental implant replaces a tooth it provides stability to the jawbone without damaging teeth. The long-term success rate for dental implants is 90-97 percent.
Dental implants allow people to eat anything with confidence. An implant can replace one missing tooth, but as few as four implants can replace all the upper or lower teeth. The number of implants required depends on the quality and size of your jawbone.
Your replacement teeth will be attached to these implants and you’ll be able to chew just as you did with your natural teeth.
An implant is placed by making a slit in the gum over the site of the missing tooth and then the implant is literally screwed into the bone before the gum tissue is stitched closed. A dental implant can placed under local anaesthesia (your mouth is numb just like when getting a filling) or you may opt for sedation.
At our Kenmore implant dentist we advise that the implant must sit for a minimum of 3-4 months for bone fusing to take place before teeth can be attached.
Successful placement of dental implants requires a team approach from an oral surgeon, who surgically places the implant, and a restorative crowns dentist like Dr Rachel Hall of Evolve Dental Healing Kenmore, who makes and fits the teeth on to the dental implant.
People of all ages can have implants, except growing children.
Even if you have bone loss from gum disease, there are bone-grafting procedures that can be performed so that implants can be placed.
People with existing medical conditions can also have implants if their conditions are controlled.
Our Kenmore Dental implant team can evaluate your condition and advise what implant treatment should be used.
If you have dentures or are missing teeth, implants can improve your quality of life and give you confidence when eating or smiling. They are easy to maintain by brushing and flossing, just like your natural teeth.