Cosmetic dentistry is necessary when part of a patient’s tooth is missing, even if the tooth is in such poor condition that it needs to be removed. There are several types of dentures, which can be fixed or removable. Most of the fixed tooth replacements are bridges, crowns, and dentures.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement of the tooth root, which is integrated into the jawbone. The crown, the entire bridge or the denture is placed on the implant. The material used for the implant is titanium, which does not irritate the surrounding bone tissue and is 100% biocompatible.
What are dental crowns and what types can be distinguished?
Crowns are fixed artificial tooth restorations that sit above the gumline and can be attached to an implant. If the tooth is in such a bad condition that it cannot be integrated into a denture, the crown may be the only feasible option. The most common types of material used are porcelain crowns or zirconia crowns.
A cosmetic dentist Boston may recommend a dental crown in cases where a large part of the tooth is missing due to tooth decay or a neglected filling. Crowns can also be used for generic teeth corrections or aesthetic reasons (crooked teeth, spacing between the teeth, etc.).
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth and is composed of crowns. The difference between a crown and a bridge is that a crown can only replace a single tooth and a bridge can replace many. The bridge can be supported by neighboring teeth or implants.
It is only possible to place the bridge if the neighboring teeth have been prepared beforehand. It is a requirement that the adjacent teeth be completely healthy. For the bridge to be constructed and placed cleanly, it is necessary to polish the surface of the tooth.
Polishing does not endanger the healthy surface of the tooth. With this method, it is possible to complete a perfectly aesthetic appearance that mimics natural teeth. Nevertheless, during chewing, people should be careful with harder foods.