SURGERY & RESTORATION
StoneCreek Dental Care offers implant replacements to restore lost or damaged teeth. Read below for more information and answers to some of the most common questions regarding this procedure.
What are implants?
Implants are surgical replacements for the roots of your teeth, which are then capped with a crown at the surface. Implants are made from a light, biocompatible titanium which fuse to the bone, giving the look of natural, healthy teeth.
How do I know if implants are right for me?
You and your dentist will discuss if implants are a suitable option. For most people, if you have missing teeth, but overall decent oral health, you’re probably a good candidate for implants. However, due to the fact that the implant must fuse to the bone, there are some medical issues and lifestyle habits that might impede their success.
What’s the difference between implants and dentures?
Implants can look and feel more like natural teeth, and are often only removable by the dentist. Dentures, on the other hand, are molded to fit the size and shape of your mouth but do not replace the roots of your teeth or fuse to the bone. Though usually less costly than implants, dentures also require some different methods of cleaning and may take a
little longer to get used to.
How do I care for implants?
For the most part, caring for your implants is not much different than caring for real teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular checkups are important for maintaining the wellbeing and functionality of your implants. Your dentist will monitor the state of your implants, and can replace them if they become damaged or worn.
If you’re interested to learn more about implants, or to find out if they’re right for you, contact StoneCreek Dental Care today.
Dentures & Partials
Dentures are artificial, removable teeth for people who do not have their own teeth. Dentures can be made on the upper or lower teeth or both. Although many techniques exist for making dentures, the technique that we use at StoneCreek Dental Care involves using high-quality materials and precision techniques resulting in a well-fitting and long-lasting denture.
There are 3 types of dentures: Conventional, immediate and overdentures.
Conventional dentures are made after all the teeth are removed and the gum tissues have healed.
An immediate denture is a denture that is made before the teeth are extracted. The term “immediate” refers to the fact that the denture is delivered the same day that the teeth are extracted, so that the patient will not have to be without teeth at all.
An overdenture is a denture that is held in place by dental implants (tiny titanium screws attached to the jaw bone) or a few remaining natural teeth, after the dentist has specially prepared them to hold the denture. The overdenture preserves the jaw bone and provides stability and support for the denture so that the denture stays in place. The overdenture supported by implants is the most comfortable and stable denture option
and is what most dentists recommend.
Partials, or partial dentures, also known as removable partial dentures, are replacement teeth held in place by the remaining natural teeth, in a gum-colored plastic base. Partial dentures are custom-designed to fit the patient’s remaining natural teeth and the shape of their gums. At StoneCreek Dental Care, we use high-quality materials and precision techniques resulting in a well-fitiing and long-lasting partial denture.
Crowns & Bridges
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a covering for an existing tooth, to give it back its normal shape and size. Crowns can make your teeth stronger and make them more attractive. We can use them in cosmetic dentistry to create a smile of your dreams. Dentists and dental laboratories make the most crowns today with tooth-colored porcelain that matches the existing tooth color, or if the patient wants to change the tooth color (usually to a lighter shade), the dentist can accomplish it with a lighter porcelain shade.
A crown can help strenghten a tooth that has a large or old filling in it and there is not enough tooth structure left to hold the filling in place. Our dentists use crowns to attach dental bridges, protect weak or cracked teeth from splitting or restore a tooth that is already broken. Crowns are a great way to cover discolored, stained or oddly shaped teeth. If you choose dental implants, they are complete when strong and attractive crowns sit securely on top of them. Our goal is to help you keep your own natural teeth healty, functional and attractive for a lifetime.
Dental bridges are used to fill, or “bridge”, the gaps caused by missing teeth. They are made up of two or more crowns for the teeth (or implants) on either side of the gap (your anchor or abutment teeth), and a false tooth in between to fill the gap. Bridges are an excellent option for restoring your smile as well as the ability to eat, drink, and speak properly.
The process often involves two visits. On the first, your anchor teeth are prepared by contouring them so the crowns can fit over them. Then impressions will be made to serve as a model for the bridge. Your dentist should give you a temporary bridge to protect the exposed gum and contoured teeth.
On your second visit, your dentist will insert the dental bridge and adjust it to fit. Depending on the situation, some patients may need a series of follow-up visits to ensure the bridge is functioning properly.
With proper care and treatment, your bridge should last for 10 years or more. It’s important to practice good oral hygiene—such as brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular checkups—too keep your real teeth healthy so they can support the bridge.
Please contact your nearest StoneCreek Dental Care office today to find out if dental crowns or bridges are the right choice for you.
A dental extraction is the removal of teeth from the dental alveolus (socket) in the alveolar bone. Extractions at StoneCreek Dental Care are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma.
A root canal is a simple, common procedure that removes inflamed or infected pulp from within the tooth to prevent further decay and ease the pain of inflammation.
The pulp is the soft tissue within the root, and it can become infected for a number of reasons—the most common of which include: decay, cracks in the tooth, and multiple dental procedures.
Though popular culture often stigmatizes a root canal as a painful, miserable experience, the procedure actually reduces more pain that it causes, and most patients report comfort both during and after.
Though not everyone is symptomatic, prolonged pain, hypersensitivity to cold or heat, swelling, and discoloration are signs that you may need a root canal. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, call StoneCreek Dental Care immediately. We’ll handle your procedure with precision and
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