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Gone Missing

Lose a tooth? We can help you choose the right replacement option. CROWN & BRIDGE is a collective phrase for several methods of restoring teeth. When a tooth has been damaged but is healthy enough to save, we place a crown that covers it and binds it together for strength. Crowns can be fashioned from gold or alloys, porcelain, or a combination of materials. A bridge can span a single missing tooth, or many. Conventional bridges usually involve crowns at both ends with a false tooth, called a "pontic." DENTURES—full or partial—are artificial teeth, usually removable, that fit over the gums where natural teeth are missing. We place conventional dentures after all tissues have healed. Immediate dentures go in immediately [...]

By |2022-01-10T22:54:38+00:00May 24th, 2022|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Gone Missing

Impression Material

What is that goo? Whether you need a new denture, braces, or a single inlay restoration, you'll encounter the "goo" dentists use to make an impression - the first step to a perfect likeness of your mouth. In effect, the material you bite into registers a "negative" image, like a photograph. To make a positive model, a plaster-like "stone" is poured into the impression and allowed to set. And there you are. Impression material, to work properly, must reproduce oral structures accurately, and be strong enough to hang together while it's removed - without sucking out anything in the vicinity by accident. It can't shrink or expand, either, or the end product (your new bridge, for instance) won't fit. And, [...]

By |2022-01-10T22:53:57+00:00May 3rd, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on Impression Material

Caring for a Dental Bridge

If you have had one or more missing teeth replaced with a dental bridge restoration (also sometimes called a fixed partial denture), then be sure to keep up the good work by properly caring for it. Just following these helpful tips will have you well on your way to a strong and healthy bridge for years to come. Some reminders on maintaining your dental bridge: Maintain healthy neighboring teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Plaque can accumulate under, around, and between your bridge and natural teeth. Any disease near your bridge threatens the whole works. Bridges simply take a little more effort to keep clean than natural teeth. And you need to practice in order to master these skills. We'll [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:42:10+00:00July 13th, 2021|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Caring for a Dental Bridge

Crown Considerations

When You'll Need a Crown For whatever reason, your tooth needs reinforcement and restoration. Perhaps it's an unsightly color. Maybe you cracked it on a popcorn kernel—or it's been weakened by several fillings. Maybe you've had root canal therapy. You're probably going to need a replacement crown on that tooth. If two or more teeth are compromised, or there's a gap where a tooth is missing, you'll need the crown's cousin—the bridge. Do I have choices? Definitely. There are four categories of crowns, or caps, as defined by their composition: the all-gold crown, the porcelain covering the gold crown, the porcelain covering the non-precious metal crown, and the all-porcelain crown. Up-Sides and Down-Sides All-gold: UP: Outstanding from a dental health [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:41:52+00:00September 15th, 2020|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Crown Considerations

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The answer could be "yes!" Many patients, today, from teenagers to active retired people, enjoy the benefits and advantages of dental implants. Whether you're missing just one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, you may be a patient who could benefit from the esthetic and functional enjoyment of dental implants. Using the latest treatment techniques and materials available, we can surgically implant a space-age material, such as titanium, into your jawbone as an anchor for the replacement tooth or teeth (such as a crown, a bridge, or a complete denture). Implanted teeth function the way your natural teeth use to—sometimes even better! Having dental implants helps elevate your sense of self-confidence, especially when talking, chewing or just being [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:27:14+00:00January 14th, 2020|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Implants—The New and Improved Tooth Fairy

Single-Tooth Dental Implants Implants, in general, boast a good track record for stability and natural feel. Most patients who seek out dental implants want to steady a shifty denture, or bridge a large gap of several lost teeth, but we can also do just one. For the right patient missing the right tooth, the Tooth Fairy has bailed us out again. A lot of people are missing a single tooth. Until recently, the only option for a replacement took the form of a bridge. Dentistry calls this gizmo a fixed or removable partial denture and, for it to fit correctly, a fair bit of work is involved to remove enamel from neighboring teeth. Especially for those of us annoyed by [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:36:47+00:00September 24th, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Implants—The New and Improved Tooth Fairy

Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options

Restorative dentistry is all about bringing mouths back into use. When you lose a tooth, nothing is ever quite the same. The entire balance of a healthy mouth is at risk. The bite alignment goes off; opposing teeth may drift in an unpredictable direction and the facial appearance ages. However, there's a lot we can do to improve function, aesthetics, and quality of life! Contact us today at (916) 565-2570. Bridges are partnered with crowns to resolve gaps left by missing teeth. The idea is to replace teeth with false or "pontic" teeth, secured by crowns on either side and fixed in place. Quality bridgework is one of dentistry's mainstays. Bridges look and feel very natural and are an excellent [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:31:12+00:00September 10th, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options