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!