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 resulting 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 as a tooth root. After that, a crown is placed over the screw. The dental implant is now complete.
Where a full dental reconstruction is 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 create a crown 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 and allows for increased functionality and better use of the tooth.
Gaps created after tooth extraction 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 middle crown fills the gap. The middle crown acts as a fully functional tooth and conceals the gap between the teeth.
Dental veneers are generally only used to reconstruct front teeth that are discolored, skewed, 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 teeth.
A set of dentures replace all of the upper or lower teeth. Most patients who opt for dentures have their upper and lower teeth replaced. Dentures are artificial teeth inserted into the mouth over the gum and are removable so that the wearer can clean them. Dentures are less expensive when a full mouth reconstruction is 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 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 sound advice on any dental reconstruction you may need. Call (310) 550-0383 to schedule an appointment.
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