Missing teeth can be a serious problem. Not only can it impact on a person’s confidence, and make them feel embarrassed to talk or smile, but it can also affect the overall function of the teeth. Gaps can also give remaining teeth space to shift and take advantage of the space, which can cause previously straight and well-aligned teeth to become twisted and spaced too far apart.
If you have missing teeth, it is important to think about a solution as soon as possible to prevent further problems from occurring. Dental bridges are a commonly recommended restoration for multiple missing teeth.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are devices that are designed to literally bridge gaps caused by missing teeth. Prosthetic teeth replace missing teeth in your smile, and these are anchored in using crowns placed on healthy teeth either side of the gap. The prosthetic teeth are usually referred to as pontics, and the anchor teeth are often referred to as abutment teeth.
For the bridge to be successful, you need to have teeth that are suitable to accept crowns on either side of the gap. The crowns and prosthetic teeth can be created in a color-matched porcelain finish meaning that they look discreet and natural in your mouth.
Reasons to have a dental bridge
We may recommend you have a dental bridge for a number of different reasons. A bridge can:
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting position
- Prevent other gaps from opening in your mouth
- Correct your bite
- Help you to bite and chew properly
- Align your jaw correctly
- Add definition to the shape of your face
- Restore your smile
At EQ Dental, we are pleased to be able to supply bridgework using the very latest imaging technology, which helps us provide an exemplary service. This includes the i-CAT Cone Beam, which gives us a comprehensive 3D view of the affected teeth that has impressive clarity. This helps us to plan your treatment with greater accuracy than ever before.
We also use E4D technology which captures the optical impressions of your teeth needed for your restorative dentistry procedure. The 3D CAD software helps us to draw up your custom-designed device, which can then be fabricated on site in as little as 90 minutes.
Dental bridge procedure
The process to receive your dental bridge is relatively straightforward. The teeth that are to be crowned and used as anchors for the bridge will first need to be prepared, and this may mean filing them down or building them up slightly so that the crowns fit perfectly over the top. In the meantime, your bridge will be being created in our lab, custom-designed to fit your smile perfectly.
Once it is ready, it will be put into place and checked to ensure that it is a comfortable fit. We may secure it with a temporary adhesive at this stage so that you can have a ‘trial run’ with it and ensure you are completely happy with the fit and appearance before we cement it permanently into place.
Dental bridges are a popular and effective way of restoring the function and appearance of your teeth. Many patients find that while their bridge may require some maintenance over the years, it is generally a robust solution that has very little impact on their day to day life.
Dr. Thomas Young and the team at EQ Dental are experienced in delivering exceptional quality dental bridge services to patients in and around the Keller, TX area. If you would like to discuss your candidacy for a dental bridge, or if you would like to find out more about any of our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable team.
Dentures and Partials
As dentists, we are committed to preserving your natural teeth for as long as possible. However, despite regular cleaning and care, as well as advances in preservative dental treatments, sometimes it simply isn’t possible to save your teeth and extraction is the most viable option to keep the rest of the mouth as healthy as possible.
The trouble is, when you lose teeth or have them extracted, it can affect the function and appearance of your teeth. This can leave you feeling ashamed, embarrassed and unwilling to speak, smile or share social situations with people around you.
Dentures are one possible restorative solution that can help to return the function and beauty of your smile.
What are dentures?
Dentures are a replacement for either a full or partial arch of missing or extracted teeth. They are created using a line of prosthetic teeth which are attached to a special fitting that sits over the top of your gums and is securely bonded to them using dental adhesive.
They can be created from a variety of synthetic materials including acrylic, nylon and metal, and can be custom-finished in the shade of your choice. This means that you can achieve discretion by having them match other existing teeth, or in the case of a full set of both upper and lower dentures, have them created in the whiteness you desire to achieve a brilliant smile.
Advantages of dentures
Dentures offer a number of benefits to patients. These include:
- Restoring the function of your teeth, allowing you to eat, drink and speak normally
- Restoring your smile, and often improving on the appearance of your natural teeth
- Improving your confidence and self-esteem
- Adding structure to the face, raising the jawline, plumping the cheeks and giving patients a more youthful appearance
At EQ Dental, we use the latest dental technology to help us provide exemplary restorative services, which extends to our dentures service. Using the i-CAT Cone Beam, we can undertake comprehensive 3D imaging of your mouth, using customizable field of view to allow us to see targeted areas of interest. This technology also helps us to plan your treatment with greater accuracy.
We then used E4D CAD/CAM technology to take impressions of your teeth and to design your unique full or partial dentures. Your device will then be created in our offices, and can be milled, polished and glazed in under 90 minutes. Why wait weeks for a dental restoration when we can provide it for you the very same day?
Looking after your dentures
Dentures are prosthetic which means that they cannot develop cavities. However, they will still need to be cared for to prevent them from becoming discolored, stained or otherwise unsightly. Therefore, in addition to brushing and flossing any natural teeth that you have, you will also have to remove and clean your dentures on a daily basis.
Dentures are quite brittle and so many people choose to brush them over a sink of water or folded towel to prevent them from breaking if they are dropped. They should also be soaked overnight in a special solution which will help to remove any food particles or bacteria that may still be present on your dentures after you have cleaned them.
You can expect to need some regular maintenance of your dentures, as they can be affected by wear and tear. We will ask you about the performance of your dentures and check them at your regularly scheduled dental check-ups.
If you have multiple missing teeth that are affecting the use and appearance of your teeth, then dentures could be the solution you are looking for.
Dr. Thomas Young and the team at EQ Dental are experienced in delivering top quality denture services to patients in and around the Keller, TX area. If you would like to discuss whether dentures may be the perfect dental restoration for you, or if you would like to find out more about any of our restorative or cosmetic dentistry services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable and friendly team.
When it comes to dental restorations, crowns are one of the most common. Brushing our teeth and flossing daily can help to maintain the health and appearance of our teeth, and many of us have this habit drummed into us from a young age. However, try as we might to look after our teeth, over time some damage and decay is almost virtually unavoidable.
Dental crowns are one of the simplest restorations for minor to moderate damage and decay. Ready to find out more?
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are prosthetics that look just like regular teeth, but sit over the top of your affected tooth, encasing it fully inside. Once in place, the crown restores the strength, shape, size and overall appearance of the tooth.
Crowns can be made from several different materials including metal, porcelain that is fused to a metal shell, and 100% porcelain. While metal crowns are the cheapest option, restorations made at the front of the mouth are usually requested in porcelain that is color-matched to the surrounding teeth. This makes porcelain crowns a discreet and natural-looking solution.
Reasons for a dental crown
Crowns can be used to remedy a number of different dental problems, including:
- Broken / severely eroded teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Weakened teeth that are at risk of breaking
- If a cavity filling is required that is larger than the tooth can properly support
- If a dental bridge is required
- Teeth that are discolored, often due to trauma
- Teeth that are misshapen Crowns are also used to provide the visible portion of the tooth in dental implants.
We are pleased to be able to offer an outstanding quality dental crown service thanks to the advanced technology we use. This includes i-CAT Cone Beam imaging, which allows us to capture a full 3D image of your affected tooth and plan your dental crown with absolute precision, and show you how your restoration will look.
We are also delighted to be able to use E4D technologies for designing your custom-fit reconstruction and creating it right there whilst you wait. Our team can fabricate, glaze and cure your new dental crown in less than 90 minutes meaning that you can walk out with a fully functional, beautiful smile.
The process to receive dental crowns
To ensure that your new crowns fit correctly, you can expect your affected tooth to require some preparation. This may involve filing down the affected tooth so that the crown can fit properly over the top. However, in the case of a tooth that has been worn down or broken, the preparation process may involve building the affected tooth back up so that it can successfully support the crown.
It may also be necessary to clear out any bacteria or infection present in the tooth before we can fit the crown. This will prevent any further underlying problems from occurring after the crown as has been fitted.
Once the preparation work is complete, we will be able to fit and secure your new permanent crown in place, restoring the full use and appearance of your teeth.
Dental crowns are an effective way of restoring the function and appearance of your teeth and smile. They have been shown to last longer than many other types of dental restoration, making them a superb investment in your long-term dental health. Their natural appearance also makes them an extremely discreet solution for teeth that are damaged, discolored or decayed.
Dr. Thomas Young and the team at EQ Dental have extensive experience in providing dental crowns to patients in and around the Keller, TX area. If you would like to discuss whether a crown may be the right dental restoration for you, or if you would like to find out more about our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable team.