At Lifetime Dental, choices are yours to make!
Composite, or tooth-colored, fillings are made of glass particles and plastic resins. They are used a great deal in cosmetic dentistry because they look so natural. They are bio-compatible, strong, mercury-free, and are bonded to the tooth.
They do not stain your teeth and many times can be used to prevent the need to crown a tooth. They not only look better, they are better for your teeth than silver-mercury fillings.
Silver-mercury fillings are an amalgamated metal that is very hard and causes many problems. Since metal expands and contracts, they tend to flex your tooth, many times breaking the existing tooth structure. Once you lose tooth structure, you can never get it back or replace it with anything as good as your natural tooth. Silver fillings are not bonded to the tooth, so they can leak around the filling, causing further decay. Silver fillings always leak mercury vapors and can stain the existing tooth structure black.
Implants are titanium posts that are “screwed” surgically into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They are made of titanium because bone will grow around that metal, holding the post tightly in the jawbone. After about 3-6 months, when healing has occurred, prosthetic teeth (usually crowns) can be permanently placed on the implants. They then function very much like real teeth.
Implants can be used to hold dentures and partials in place when they slip, or can replace dentures and partials with individual teeth!
When you lose too much tooth structure and the remaining tooth is too weak to be fixed with a filling, the tooth should be crowned to rebuild and strengthen it. If you have cracks in your tooth, a crown can be put on the tooth to help prevent the crack from reaching the nerve of the tooth, or fracturing off part of the tooth.
We work closely with our dental lab to ensure the highest quality materials are used for your restoration.
Do you have missing or damaged teeth? Do you have a desire to look and feel better? The good news is there are great solutions for tooth replacements.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Another alternative is an implant supported denture which can be either clipped or screwed in.
ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES TO DENTURES?
Yes, dental implants can be used to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture.
Why bother replacing a single tooth? As we grow and our permanent teeth develop, a bite pattern is developed, this means facial, neck and jaw muscles are trained to work with our own particular pattern.
Even tiny alterations can cause discomfort and pain in the neck, jaw and head, and leave the gums and teeth open to bacteria, damage and decay. Dental bridges immediately address these issues because they are connected to pre-existing permanent teeth and work to re-establish traditional bite patterns.
Bridges are an option for replacing one or two missing teeth. They are permanently cemented in the mouth using the surrounding teeth as anchors.
Bridges are made into a solid unit that is permanently cemented onto “anchor” teeth on each side. Portions of the “anchor” teeth, about the same amount as for a crown, are removed during this process. If there are no “anchor” teeth, implants may be used as the “anchors” to which the bridge can be cemented.
If the teeth on either side of the space are healthy, an implant is preferable to removing good tooth structure.