Our restorative dentistry techniques at Park Avenue Dental Center can help you improve a variety of common dental issues, including: missing teeth, gaps between teeth and general bite problems; chipped, cracked or worn teeth; discolored, stained, or washed-cut fillings; permanently stained or discolored teeth; crooked or crowded teeth; and more. We offer advanced treatments from experienced restorative dentists, and many of our procedures are available right here at our practice, without the need to refer you to another office. With restorative dentistry from Park Avenue Dental Center you can improve both form and function of your teeth with results that look and feel natural.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown (also referred to as a cap) is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. Bridges and crowns are very durable and can last a lifetime with extra care and good oral hygiene. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment.
Both are made by first taking an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your crown or bridge will be custom made to fit your mouth and match your natural tooth color. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed into your mouth until your permanent crown or bridge is ready and cemented into place.
Crowns may be used to:
- Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science since it replaces a missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and aesthetics.
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward. Since teeth use their neighbors for support, if one is missing they begin to “fall” and shift into the open spaces. This may worsen the bite because of the changes in pressure and can eventually result in problems with the jaw such as TMJ.
One Visit Crowns (CEREC®)
When a tooth needs a restoration. CEREC is often the best choice for a healthy, beautiful, and natural-looking smile. We can use this technology to custom-design and fabricate tooth-colored restorations, crowns, onlays, inlays, or veneers, all in one appointment even when we are working on more than one tooth. They are very accurate, only a minimal amount of tooth preparation is needed, leaving more of the healthy tooth structure intact.
If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak-things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost. The dentures are custom created and are positioned to take the place of natural teeth. There are various types of dentures.
A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months.
An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework.
A fixed partial denture acts the same as a removable denture, but it is cemented into place using adjacent teeth for support.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.