Keeping your smile healthy, as you probably know, is more than just brushing and flossing. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, permanent teeth are lost whether due to an accident or decay. When this happens, replacing them is important for both your health and your appearance. Two of the ways that the dentists at Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and serving West Palm Beach, FL Dr. Sharon Gilbert, Dr. Eric Gott, and Dr. Joseph Pechter restore natural teeth are through dental implants and crowns and bridgework. Learn about these two treatments in this post.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a great way to replace a tooth - or several teeth - that you've lost from decay or trauma over the years. The root, which held your natural tooth in place, is replicated by a metal post that your West Palm Beach dentist implants in your jawbone. These posts are tiny but become very stable once the jawbone grows back around them. Another tiny metal piece called the abutment juts out above the gum line and connects the post to the crown, which is made of porcelain and looks just like a natural tooth. Dental implants are particularly impressive restorations because they're low-maintenance, requiring no extra care besides regular brushing and flossing, and can last for several decades.
Crowns and bridgework
Another way to replace a missing tooth is through crowns and bridgework. Crowns act as the supports of the bridgework, which stabilize the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. The bridge is the part of this restoration that fills in the gap with a porcelain tooth that looks and functions just like a natural tooth would. Visiting your West Palm Beach family dentist regularly will help keep your crowns and bridgework fitting properly for many years to come.
There are many other ways that your family dentist can improve your smile. To learn more, contact Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and serving West Palm Beach, FL today!
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your family dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your family Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your family dentist to schedule an appointment.
Can I Floss With Fastbraces?
Yes! A floss threader can help you slip the floss between the braces.
- Once the floss is in place, hold it between your forefingers, about an inch apart.
- Using a gentle sawing motion, guide the floss between your teeth. Do not snap it in place.
- When the floss reaches the gum-line, hold it against the tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and tooth.
- When you feel resistance, gently rub the side of the tooth moving the floss away from the gum.
- Rinse your teeth to wash away food or other particles that you removed with the floss.
At Downtown Dental Care we believe that it should be easy to experience having straight teeth. Fastbraces is a safe, effective and affordable way to be able to have straight teeth. In usually 3-12 months (instead of 2-4 years), you can have the smile you always wanted. Since it takes less time, it is also less money - and with a patient satisfaction commitment! Fastbraces is for children and adults.
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