In a perfect world, each of your teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. More likely, you’ll need to restore a tooth at some point. At Almeida & Bell Aesthetic & Dental Center in Lone Tree, cosmetic dentistry can help.
A tooth can be compromised by decay, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced, or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess.
Here are four options for repairing damaged teeth:
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of decay. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off kilter compared to surrounding teeth.
A dental crown replaces the entire visible portion of a tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. A crown is generally required for a tooth that has had a root canal, has extreme decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure.
What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many of our patients, a dental implant anchored into the bone is the ideal solution. A dental implant consist of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and crown. An implant had many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, prohibit bone recession, and do not impact the surrounding teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
For patients who have lost all of their teeth, implants can be used to secure dentures to the jaw. Implant supported dentures are far more secure than traditional dentures.
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