Posts for tag: restorative dentistry
Are you concerned about the impact of a missing tooth on your smile? Dental implants offer a simple way to replace missing teeth permanently. Our Trenton, MI, dentists, Dr. Mehul Patel, Dr. Heba Abuhussein and Dr. Lena Mustafa, explain how this innovative restoration option could change your smile.
Implants are the only complete restoration option
Both dentures and bridges, common restoration choices, replace teeth above the gum line only. Dental implants actually rebuild your missing teeth from the roots up. Small posts serve as root replacements and support crowns, artificial teeth that closely resemble the teeth you've lost.
Bonding is the key to the success of implants
Your new tooth won't be very stable if the root isn't securely attached to your jawbone. Titanium, the metal used in dental implants, bonds to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Thanks to this process, your replacement root is sturdy enough to handle the extreme pressure that biting and chewing produces. Bonding doesn't occur the same day you receive your implant but usually takes about three to six months. Once osseointegration is complete, you'll visit our Trenton office to top off your implant with a dental crown.
Dental implants are an excellent choice for most people
If you're in good oral and general health, you'll probably be a good candidate for dental implants. In some cases, you may need bone grafts before you can receive implants. Bone grafts build up sections of your jawbone that aren't deep enough or strong enough to support titanium implants.
Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. Single implants are a popular choice to restore one missing tooth, but implant-supported bridges and dentures are just as effective in restoring your smile.
Dental implants also help you maintain good oral health by preserving the strength of your jaw. Every bone in your body, including your jawbone, is made up of living tissue that requires constant stimulation to remain healthy. Implants provide the stimulation that prevents your jawbone from shrinking after tooth loss. A strong jawbone means that you won't have to worry about the consequences that can occur after you lose a tooth, such as the loss of additional teeth or facial sagging.
Ready to find out if dental implants are a good choice for you? Call our Trenton, MI, dentists, Dr. Patel, Dr. Abuhussein and Dr. Mustafa, at (734) 479-1340 to schedule an appointment.
Are you ready to find out why a dental crown may just be the restoration you need?
There is a reason dental crowns are such a popular dental restoration. After all, they can be used for so much. They can be aesthetic or restorative in nature and they can even offer a way to protect a tooth from irreparable damage. If our Trenton, MI, dentists Dr. Mehul Patel and Dr. Heba Abuhussein have told you that you could benefit from dental crowns, find out how they could improve your oral health!
By now you probably know what a dental crown is, but just in case you don’t, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is hollow and custom designed to fit over a tooth for several reasons. Dental crowns can be purely restorative, cosmetic or both. Our Trenton, MI, general dentist may recommend placing a dental crown if you:
- Have a damaged or weakened tooth (often the case if you experience decay, an infection or traumatic injury to a tooth)
- You have a malformed, misshapen or discolored tooth
- You are getting a dental bridge (a crown supports and stabilizes the bridge)
- You have a dental filling that can no longer properly support the tooth
- You are getting a single dental implant (a crown is placed over the implant)
As you can see, a crown offers many different benefits and can take on many different roles. Crowns can even be made from a variety of different materials including:
- Porcelain fused to metal
In some cases, a lot of people will get a temporary crown before they get a permanent one since crowns need to be custom designed to fit a tooth. This requires us to first take impressions of the tooth or teeth that require the crown so that a dental lab can then fabricate the restoration. Since this can take time, a temporary crown is placed in the interim.
Once the crown is complete, we will do a final fitting to make sure the crown fits perfectly before cementing it into place. With the proper care, a dental crown can last many years.
Have questions about dental crowns? Wondering if these restorations could help you? If so, then it’s time to call Southshore Dental in Trenton, MI and serving the Riverview, Woodhaven and Brownstown areas, to learn more. Let us help you get the smile you deserve!