Your teeth rank as some of the most resilient parts of the body. However, a lifetime of stress from eating, gnashing, and grinding can cause any smile to crack under the strain. If your oral health has suffered the effects of wear and tear, Dr. Conklin can help restore the form and function back to your smile. Our restorative dental care treatments at Sandy Family Dentistry include:
Dr. Conklin can use dental crowns to entirely cover a damaged tooth. In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its shape, appearance, or alignment. Dr. Conklin can also place a crown on top of an implant to restore the form and function of a tooth. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Dental crowns make a great choice for patients when Dr. Conklin needs to:
- Replace a large filling when an insufficient amount of natural tooth structure remains
- Protect a weakened tooth from fracturing
- Repair a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth that underwent root canal therapy
Dr. Conklin may recommended a bridge to patients that are missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Dr. Conklin can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the tooth , its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are fixtures made of titanium that take the place of tooth roots, and are surgically placed into your jaw bone to act as an anchor for a crown or denture to fit over. Most people can’t distinguish between a crown and a natural tooth because a dental implant looks so natural.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including increased stability and functionality. Dental implants tend to look and feel better than traditional dentures or dental bridges and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed. Best of all, they will last a lifetime if properly maintained.