When a tooth is broken, chipped or is missing it not only looks bad but it can lead to the loss of the tooth or in the case of a missing tooth a shifting of the adjacent teeth. It is important to restore cracked and broken teeth and to replace any teeth that are missing. Our Stow cosmetic dental office at State Valley Dental has been restoring broken teeth and replacing missing teeth in the community. Advances in dentistry have made the process of restoring and replacing teeth more effective bringing about fully functional teeth that blend in perfectly with the rest of the patient’s natural teeth.
Our Stow cosmetic dental office has several different techniques to mend cracked and broken teeth. For those teeth that are cracked, chipped, stained or have other slight damages to the front of the tooth our doctor will place a porcelain veneer over it. These veneers an extremely thin sheets of a porcelain material that is shaped to fit over the tooth exactly and colored to match the adjacent teeth. The veneers cover the cracks and chips to protect the tooth from further damage while increasing the attractiveness of the tooth. For teeth that are broken, have large cavities, deep cracks or have undergone endodontic treatments our practice will place a crown over the tooth. The crown is made of a porcelain material and completely encapsulates the top of the tooth sealing it from bacteria and debris and protecting it. The crown becomes the new chewing surfaces of the tooth. Crowns are matched to the adjacent teeth in terms of size, shape and color. Crown can take several visits to place them permanently on the tooth. Our practice employs an innovative technology system called Cerec Single Visit Crowns, which uses computer-assisted design software and a unique computerized milling machine to create a crown in our office as you wait, your crown is placed right after the tooth is prepared for it with no other office visit needed.
If a tooth or teeth are missing our Stow cosmetic dental practice will use a dental implant to replace it. Our doctor opens the gum where the tooth is missing and surgically implants a titanium anchor into the bone. Over time the anchor will bond with the bone forming an extremely strong and secure root for the new tooth. Once the area has healed and the anchor has bonded with the bone it will be topped with a porcelain crown to form the replacement tooth. A bridge is another way that a tooth can be replaced. There are several types of bridges depending on the number of teeth to be replaced and their location but the basic bridge suspends an artificial tooth or teeth between the two adjacent teeth on either side. Crowns that are part of the bridge are placed on these adjacent teeth. Dentures are used to replace a full jaw of teeth; a denture is a series of artificial teeth placed in a gum-like material that is worn over the patient’s gum attached by either dental adhesive or a series of implanted anchors. Don’t let broken or missing teeth stop you from smiling, call our office for an appointment.