When a tooth is damaged to the point where a simple filling is no longer an option, a dentist needs to perform a dental reconstruction. Depending on the situation, there are different reconstruction options that a dentist can consider.
Where a tooth is beyond saving, an extraction is necessary. The resultant gap is filled using a dental implant. Dental implants are strong and one of the most permanent options a patient can consider. A titanium screw is inserted into the jaw to act as a tooth root. Thereafter, a crown is placed over the screw. The dental implant is now complete.
Where a full dental reconstruction is being performed, up to four teeth in a row can be replaced with a single dental implant. Dental implants are realistic looking and aesthetically pleasing. There is always a risk of post-procedure infection, especially after the insertion of the titanium screws. Good oral hygiene habits are essential to prevent an infection.
A damaged tooth crown can be replaced with a manufactured crown. The dentist will take a tooth impression to have a crown created specifically for the patient’s tooth. The dentist then puts a temporary crown over the tooth. When the permanent crown is ready, it will replace the temporary crown. A crown enhances the appearance of the damaged tooth it is covering. It also allows for increased functionality and better use of the tooth.
Gaps created after the extraction of a tooth can be concealed with a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a series of crowns. The bridge is designed to fit over the teeth on either side of the gap. The crowns fit over these two teeth and the gap is filled by the middle crown. The middle crown acts as a fully functional tooth and also conceals the gap between the teeth.
Dental veneers are, in general, only used to reconstruct front teeth which are discolored, skew, or damaged. Manufactured in a dental laboratory, dental veneers are shells that cover the front of the teeth. Modern technology allows the laboratory to match the color of veneers to the color of the rest of the teeth.
A set of dentures replace all of the upper or lower teeth. Most patients who opt for dentures have both their upper and lower teeth replaced. Dentures are artificial teeth that are inserted into the mouth over the gum. They are removable, so the wearer can clean them. Dentures are a less expensive choice when a full mouth reconstruction is being undertaken.
How would I know which dental reconstruction procedure is right for my needs?
Your dentist will advise you on your current dental issues and advise you on which remedial action is necessary. After that, it’s up to you to weigh up your options and make a final decision.
Los Angeles dentist Dr. Mobasser would be only too pleased to offer you sound advice on any dental reconstruction you may need. Call (310) 550-0383 to schedule an appointment.