Helping You Smile Again with Dental Restorations
When your teeth are damaged or in pain, smiling and enjoying yourself can be a difficult thing. At W Dental, we help you protect your teeth and help you achieve a healthy smile once more.
Dr. Weissich and his team are firm believers in preserving your natural smile. We strive to catch and address problems quickly using holistic, non-invasive treatments tailored to your needs.
Make an appointment today, or read on to find out more about our restorative dental care!
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Restoration Services We Offer
Dr. Weissich helps restore patients smiles with a broad range of dental restorations. You can count on us to provide:
Why Repairing Teeth Matters
We understand that no one looks forward to getting a filling. However, the most important thing to remember about fillings, crowns, and other restorations is that they are just as much preventive as they are restorative.
Both crowns and fillings are designed to strengthen and support teeth that have been compromised by damage or decay. Without these vital restorations, your teeth are vulnerable to much greater damage, leading to pain, expensive and invasive treatment, and potential tooth loss.
As your dental office, we always try to find the least-invasive options for our patients. That’s why we rely on fillings and crowns to protect your natural teeth and reduce the need for more drastic treatments.
Why Replacing Teeth Matters
Missing teeth are certainly an aesthetic concern, but they also present a number of health risks. When teeth are missing, chewing and speaking becomes more difficult. Remaining teeth may drift into the open space, further impacting your alignment and causing the teeth to wear unevenly.
The most significant effect, however, is bone loss. The body relies on chewing pressure transferred to the bone through the tooth roots. Without that pressure, the jaw bone stops receiving essential nutrients. Eventually, it starts to shrink, providing less support for remaining teeth and visibly altering your facial structure.
When it comes to replacing teeth, it’s important to act quickly. The sooner you take steps, the more of your natural bite and health you can preserve.
Dental Implants for Complete Stability
Implants are an increasingly popular option for replacing teeth, and it isn’t hard to see why. No other restoration comes as close to replacing the entire tooth as implants do. Made of biocompatible titanium, the implant post fuses with the jaw bone, becoming a permanent part of your jaw and replacing both the root and the crown.
Here are five reasons why so many patients are choosing dental implants today:
Top 5 Benefits of Dental Implants
- Stability – Dental implants anchor the restorations in place the same way a tooth root would.
- Permanence – Since the implant fuses to the bone, they become a permanent part of your jaw. It’s exceedingly rare for an implant to fail.
- Health – Implants provide the same chewing pressure as a tooth root, which helps to preserve your jaw bone strength. They also keep your bite aligned and enable effective chewing for better digestion.
- Versatility – Dental implants can support any number of restorations, from a single crown to an entire dental arch, allowing anyone to benefit from them.
- Aesthetics – Implant-supported restorations look and feel real, effectively transforming your smile.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
The biggest deciding factor for who can receive implants is jaw bone strength. The implants need sufficient bone density to support them, which may be difficult if the jaw has already begun to shrink after tooth loss.
To evaluate if you have enough bone density, the dentist uses x-rays to determine the strength of your jaw. If the jaw is too weak, a preliminary procedure such as bone grafting may be needed to ensure the implants have the necessary support.
How Long Do Implants Last?
As long as the jaw is healthy and the implants are correctly placed, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Once fused to the bone, the implant is a part of your jaw, and won’t move unless damage or disease cause jaw bone problems.
It is possible for the restoration supported by the implant to become damaged or worn over time. Fortunately, replacing an implant-supported restoration is simple, and a new one can easily be attached to the implant in its place.
How Strong are Implants Compared to Real Teeth?
Thanks to advances in dental materials, a dental implant can be just as strong as a natural tooth. You can rely on your implants to easily withstand the pressures of speaking, biting, and chewing without difficulty.
Renewed Strength with Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns allow patients with a compromised tooth to receive dependable support without affecting the aesthetics of their smile. Crowns are highly versatile and may be used in cases of:
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Broken teeth
- Teeth with large fillings
- Teeth with severe decay
- Worn or misshapen teeth
Fixed Bridges for Effective Tooth Replacement
When it comes to replacing a gap of teeth, a fixed bridge can be an effective solution. Able to support multiple teeth in a gap, bridges have been used for decades to preserve a healthy bite and positive aesthetics. Our patients today have the option of choosing between a traditional bridge supported by crowns and an implant-supported bridge.
What’s the Difference Between a Traditional Bridge and an Implant-Supported Bridge?
Both types of bridges can be used to replace missing teeth in a row. However, which one is best for you will depend on your circumstances and preference. Here’s what to expect from each type.
Traditional Bridges: These can replace up to three teeth in a row. The prosthetic teeth (called pontics) are suspended between two of your neighboring teeth, which are fixed with crowns to anchor the bridge in place.
Implant-Supported Bridges: These bridges are held in place by two implants, one at each end of the bridge. Because of the implants, these bridges can be placed without any reshaping of your nearby teeth. Generally, these bridges should be used for a minimum of three missing teeth; otherwise, a single crown implant may be the more appropriate choice.
Quality Composite Fillings for Your Smile
When a cavity or tooth decay strikes, Dr. Weissich can provide a beautiful tooth-colored composite filling to help strengthen your teeth while preserving your smile aesthetic. These fillings use a composite resin, which is highly moldable and can easily be fashioned to look like natural enamel.
Since composite resin bonds to enamel, it can fit into smaller spaces. This allows the dentist to preserve more of your natural tooth when preparing for a filling, making the whole tooth stronger.
Saving Teeth with Root Canal Therapy
Decay and infection are one of the most dangerous things a tooth can face, and without swift action, tooth loss may become inevitable. We provide root canal therapy (RTC) to help cleanse teeth of infection without having to resort to an extraction.
When is Root Canal Therapy the Right Choice?
Root canal therapy is most needed and most beneficial for dealing with infections that have reached the inner tooth. These infections are often marked by severe pain, soft tissue swelling, sensitivity, or an abscess in the gums. Untreated, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body, and continue to cause pain and illness.
When examining patients for RTC, our first goal is to determine whether the tooth can be saved. If it is too decayed or damaged, extraction may be necessary. If enough of the tooth remains healthy, we will discuss the procedure and benefits of RTC with the patient to help them make an informed decision. We believe strongly in working with our patients, caring for your teeth and supporting your choices around your treatments and your smile.
Do I Need a Crown After Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy involves making an access point to cleanse and remove infected inner tissue. Once the treatment is complete, a filling is often used to help support the tooth. However, these fillings are quite large, and the tooth may be vulnerable to fracturing from years of chewing pressure.
In these cases, we may choose to cap the tooth with a crown. This provides added stability, and also protects the tooth from the risk of further decay.
Better Health with Protection and Prevention
At W Dental, we’re passionate about helping you enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime. By focusing on ways to quickly address health concerns and prevent future problems, we can help you preserve your smile for the future.
Don’t wait to get the effective, comprehensive restorations your smile needs. Contact our office today!
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