Full Dental Rehabilitation

FULL DENTAL REHABILITATION

Numerous dental and other medical conditions lead to a loss of all teeth. These include poor oral hygiene, Caries, gum disease, bruxing, and grinding. A full rehabilitation will restore all teeth so that they are fully functional and look natural. This rehabilitation can be a combination of crowns on natural teeth and implants.

DENTAL CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, by a dentist or prosthodontist. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant;
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift resulting in a bad bite. This can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders. Bridges are commonly used if you’re missing one or more teeth. They cover the space where the teeth are missing and are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space.

DENTAL BRIDGES

A dental bridge can “bridge” the gap between two teeth after a tooth has been lost. Dental bridges replace missing teeth with a porcelain restoration that is cemented between the two teeth adjacent to the gap. Each bridge requires at least three porcelain crowns. A dental bridge is an excellent option for patients who are missing teeth

DENTAL CROWNS

A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.

  • Improved appearance – Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved comfort – Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Improve Oral Health – Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability – Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.