If you have missing or broken teeth, dental implants are definitely an option for you.
A dental implant is a tiny titanium anchor post that is placed in your jaw and works just like the root of a real tooth. It allows a false tooth to be attached that looks and works like the real thing. Your bite remains strong and sturdy and you don’t even notice it. There is no need of a dental bridge as it is self supporting.
There are a number of types of dental implants and which is suitable for you will be determined by the needs of your case.
- Single implants (for replacing individual teeth),
- Multiple implants (for replacing multiple teeth in a series), and
- Full arch implants (for replacing entire groups of teeth).
This amazing technology is easy to maintain and you treat it just as a normal tooth with flossing and brushing.
When you lose one or more teeth, those nearby tend to shift and fill in the gap. This can negatively affect your bite and appearance as your jaw can shrink to fill in the area. This gives you a “caved-in” appearance and you may also have trouble with your bite.
A dental bridge can be put in place to hold a replacement tooth in the missing area. The bridge uses the local, healthy teeth and holds a dental crown in place over the gap where the natural tooth formerly stood. The crown and dental bridge will effectively replace your missing tooth and correct your bite, while giving you back your full smile.
If your teeth have become chipped, cracked, damaged, or broken in any way, dental crowns may be the solution.
Crowns are porcelain “caps” that effectively replace the upper part of a tooth, including the chewing surface. The porcelain of the cap is fused onto a metal base to create a strong and long-lasting replacement.
If the tooth is very visible (i.e. in the front of the mouth), these metal-based dental crowns may show the underlying metal at the gum line as gums recede over time. This can be overcome by an all-porcelain collar that blocks the view of the dental crowns metallic support.
If you have teeth out of place or a misaligned bite, this can negatively affect the longevity and strength of your bite and smile.
Orthodontics which means “straight tooth” from the Greek, uses a number of dental tools such as braces, retainers, head gear to fix tooth placements and make your bite right.
The newest treatment is the use of Invisalign clear braces. Rather than the metal brackets fixed to teeth with wires between, Invisalign is a series of clear mouth pieces that are designed to staighten and reposition your teeth over the course of treatment. As the teeth progressively move towards their final position, the mouth pieces are changed.
What is great about Invisalign is that they are practically invisible to others so none really has to know you have braces. Also they are removable for eating and cleaning your teeth. These are tremendous advantages over the usual braces.
Dr. Chavez is a certified Invisalign provider.
Teeth that have become stained or damaged can be made to look like new again with dental veneers. Veneers are porcelain shells that are designed to cover the surface of teeth that are worn or to hide problematic areas and cover unevenness, spacing, chips, and cracks.
Veneers are placed after the teeth that will have them, are shaped in order to fit the veneer surface. This allows the veneer to sit on top of your teeth comfortably, while giving it a natural appearance.
Teeth whitening is a way of treating the surface of your teeth, re-coloring them to the shade that you desire.
In-office whitening consists of the application of a high-concentration peroxide gel to the surface of your teeth. The applied peroxide gel sits on your teeth for 15 to 20 minute intervals for up to an hour.
Those patients with particularly stubborn or darker tooth staining may be advised to return for an additional bleaching session(s).