Missing one or more teeth can be quite an inconvenience. If they are visible, then there are obvious aesthetic implications, if there is a large space between two teeth, your eating or speech may be affected. A missing tooth could also cause your remaining teeth to shift and sometimes, you could even have some bone loss.
These days, there are many things we can do replace missing teeth so that the patient doesn’t need to unnecessarily suffer. The three most common procedures to replace missing teeth are bridges, dentures and implants. If you are concerned about your missing teeth, contact Dr. AminZadeh today so that he can help you find a solution that best suits your needs.
All-On-4 are a permanent set of teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. They are used by people who currently use dentures or are in need of full upper and/or lower restorations.
How they differ from traditional implants is that rather than using 6-8 implants in each arch, the All-in-4 dental implant technique uses only 4 implants per arch. Also, they are placed at an angle which allows for increased contact by using the natural support of bone.
Some of the benefits of the All-on-Four technique is that it does not require bone-grafting, it eliminates some common frustrations of dentures and it preserves bone in the jaw.
Dental Crowns or “caps” as they are sometimes referred to, preserve the functionality of and strengthen teeth that have been damaged, discoloured or are badly shaped. A crown used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth
Crowns can be made out of either either porcelain, gold and metal alloys or ceramics. Porcelain can which can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth and therefore are ideal for front teeth wheres gold and metal alloys are usually used for back teeth due their
If Dr. AminZadeh, has determined that you need crowns, the next step in the process will be for him to make a moulded impression of your teeth so that a custom crown can be created. Doing so may take several days, in the meantime, a fitted, temporary crown is created to temporarily protect your damaged tooth while your personal crown is being made. When your dental crown is ready for you, Dr. AminZadeh will cement or bond it to your mouth using an adhesive.
A dental Bridge is a fixed dental restoration which is used to replace a missing tooth or several teeth by joining an artificial tooth to surrounding teeth or dental implants. They are cemented to the natural teeth or implants that surround the empty spaces and serve as an anchors for the bridge.
The dental bridge was given its name becauses it literally bridges the gap created when teeth are lost. A typical bridge is made of one or more artificial teeth which are held in place by two dental crowns. Teeth used in bridges can be made out of many materials such as silver or gold, but people usually go with porcelain for aesthetic reasons.
During your consultation with Dr. AminZadeh, you will receive a full overview of your options so that together you can choose the option which has the most aesthetic and practical benefits for you.
Dentures are a removable prosthetic device for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. They are held in place by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the mouth.
There are two types of dentures—removable partial dentures and complete dentures. Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing only some teeth while some natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures are used when all teeth have been removed from the mouth.
Lately, dental implants have been more popular than dentures for those looking to replace missing teeth because they more closely resemble the feel of real teeth and because they don’t require as much maintenance as dentures. However, not everyone is a candidate for implants, so dentures might be necessary for those people. If you are trying to decide whether denture are a good option for you, Dr. AminZadeh can help you figure out the best option for you.
There are a variety of reasons one would require gum surgery. Oftentimes someone could have a serious issue with their gums and be unaware of it which is why it’s important to have regular, scheduled check-ups with your dentist.
The early state of gum disease is called Gingivitis and it occurs when plaque builds up along and underneath the gum line. Usually this isn’t a very serious problem, but if it’s left untreated, it can turn into a more serious condition—a disease in fact—called periodontitis. If this is left untreated it can result in the loss of tissue and bone which support the teeth. If you suspect that you may have gum disease, it’s imperative that you make arrangements to have it treated quickly.
Some people may be interested in gum surgery if they have an overly “gummy smile” or a smile that shows less teeth and more of the gum line. This procedure requires the same expertise as a gum disease procedure so it can easily be done by a dental professional such as Dr. Aminzadeh. A gum lift can also make cleaning teeth more efficient and therefore decrease the chances of getting gum disease later on in life.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays & Onlays are restorations used to repair teeth in the back of the mouth which have moderate amounts of decay. If you have a cracked or fractured tooth which is not quite damaged enough to require a crown, then an inlay or onlay may be a fix for that as well.
Most often made of porcelain, composite resin or gold, their customizability allows for them to be bonded to the tooth surface, which makes them more durable and less prone to cavity-forming bacteria.
If you have dental decay, dental inlays and onlays can help fix tooth sensitivity and future tooth loss—not to mention the procedure requires little downtime. If you feel like your smile may benefit from an inlay or onlay procedure, call Dr. Amizadeh to schedule a consultation and he will be happy to answer your questions.