Looking for a world class dentist? Here at Luxury Dental P.C., we have an attentive and caring staff ready to care for your every need. If you want to work with a dentist who will explain what’s going on in a caring way, with over a decade of experience, then you’ve come to the right place.
Our general dentistry services will help you diagnose any diseases or ailments, help you prevent getting any diseases in the future, help you treat any of the many common dental problems and diagnose anything that comes up. We’ll also give you a basic evaluation of jaws, teeth, tissues and more.
Here are some of the services we provide.
What a Bridge Is: An Overview
If you have a lost tooth, one of the most common techniques that dentists will use to help replace your tooth is by using a crown. It works by “linking” to the teeth next to the replacement tooth. The neighboring teeth work as abutments and help the new tooth stay in place.
Both bridges and crowns usually contain either metals or porcelain. Some prosthetic teeth have both. When we’re choosing what kind of teeth to use for you, we’ll take looks, functionality, longevity and the compatibility with the rest of your dental health into consideration. The goal is to give you a new tooth that looks, feels and works just like your old tooth.
Stationary Bridge Prosthesis
A stationary bridge prosthesis consists of using a prosthetic tooth that has semiprecious metals at its base. The exterior of the teeth is coated in ceramic which gives it that normal white look and feel. This procedure is used to help replace teeth that have fallen out or teeth that have gotten really weak. Stationary bridge prosthesis holds the teeth in place using a bridge, as described above.
The Two Steps of the Stationary Bridge
The bridge is attached to the surrounding teeth. The crowns provide the stability, which are attached to the bridge itself. This helps take the pressure from a bite away from just the tip of the new tooth over the surface of the whole tooth. This helps give the tooth longevity.
The pontic portion of the new bridge then takes the place of where your tooth used to be. This is basically a tooth that’s supported by the two neighboring teeth, without being drilled down into the jaw.
This bridge lasts a long time and looks great from the outside. It’s very easy to chew with. That said, as with any other dental procedure, proper care is necessary for long term health. In addition to giving you your tooth back, this procedure can also reduce the movement of other teeth in the mouth, giving you more stability in your bite.
We’ll make sure to walk you step by step through how to properly care for your new bridge. In general, you should brush your teeth twice daily, floss, use mouth wash and visit your dentist twice a year. This will help prevent any problems and help you keep a healthy set of teeth.
What is a crown? What is a Crown: An Overview
A crown is, as the name might suggest, a “hat” like cover that’s inserted on top of a tooth. This crown helps protect your teeth, helps make it stronger, helps make it look better and helps the teeth repair itself. Even if the tooth is too deteriorated to insert filling, a crown can still be inserted. You can also use a crown to fix fractured teeth or even chipped teeth. Crowns are used to stabilize bridges and dentures as well.
A full cast metal crown is a crown that’s made completely out of metals. It’s one of the most durable kinds of crowns you could get. You can get both silver colors full metal crowns and gold colored full metal crowns.
On the other hand, you can also get metal crowns that are fused with porcelain on top. This kind of crown is for people who want a metal crown without being able to see metal in the teeth. Instead, the porcelain creates a glass looking surface that’s also very durable.
This allows you to have the same stability that metal provides, without having to look like there’s metal in your mouth.
The Full Protective Crown
This kind of crown is the best choice for restoring teeth that are in a very poor condition. It can be used for teeth that have been fractured or teeth that have decayed. This kind of restorative work helps protect the top of the tooth, while taking the force of the bite and helping spread it over the whole tooth. This helps prevent the tooth from getting further damaged.
This kind of crown also helps give your teeth the normal size and shape it needs to have a healthy bite.
All Ceramic Bonded Crown
This kind of ceramic restoration uses ceramics that don’t have metals at the bottom. They use specially designed cement to “glue” to ceramics to the tooth. This kind of procedure doesn’t work as well for the back teeth, which have to bear most of the weight of a bite.
Sometimes a tooth can be in such a bad shape that a crown can’t be placed. If that’s the case, it’s still possible to use a crown, but an extra procedure is necessary.
It’s possible that we’ll put a reinforcing post inside your tooth. It’s placed directly inside the soft inside of your tooth, with the bottom of the post lodged in your bone. It’s difficult to predict whether or not this procedure will be necessary beforehand.
To make sure that the tooth can support a crown, we might also decide to place reinforcement at the base of your tooth. This helps make sure that your crown can stay in place. Think of it like adding a foundation to a building to help it stay more secure.
These two procedures are only necessary if the tooth is in really bad shape. Generally, a crown can simply be placed on top of the tooth.
It’s important to note that just because you have a crown doesn’t mean you’re immune to getting gum disease or for your teeth to decay. The bacteria in your mouth will still produce acids that can still eat away at a crown. Good hygiene and regular checkups are still vital to your dental health. After your procedure, we’ll talk more about what you need to do to keep your teeth in good health.
How Root Canals, aka. Endodontic Therapy Can Save Your Tooth
The nerves inside your tooth could be decayed, inflamed or unhealthy for some other reason. This could happen because decay reached the middle of your teeth, because your teeth got chipped, because of constant temperature fluctuations, because of microscopic fissures in the teeth or for any other reason.
This could result in an infection inside your tooth, which causes a lot of pain, sensitivity, throbbing and swelling. If that’s the case, a root canal, also known as an endodontic therapy is necessary to save the tooth and reduce the pain.
A successful root canal is just the start of getting your tooth back to health again. Once you’ve finished the therapy, you’ll often need to give the tooth time to heal before putting full force on it again. You might also need to get a protective crown to prevent a reinfection. We’ll help discuss all the necessary procedures with you before we start.
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. We’ll be happy to discuss any of our procedures, any dental procedures you might nee and any questions you might have over the phone.