Information About Dental Implants, Crowns, Braces and More
Replace missing teeth with dental implants
Implants are like your teeth and feel so natural that you may forget that you ever lost your teeth. Provided you have good oral and general health, implants are better than dentures and bridges.
Dental implants are the roots made of titanium or zirconia, which are surgically placed below your gum line into your jawbone. After a healing period, your dentist places crowns or bridges over them.
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Same Day Dental Implants
Same-day dental implants can be a great way to replace missing teeth, especially if you have only one missing front tooth. The same-day implant procedure is getting popular, however, the chance of implant failure is higher.
Zirconia Dental Implants
Rare allergic reactions or aesthetic reasons can sometimes indicate a zirconia implant instead of titanium. Zirconia implants are relatively new but look very promising.
Gold Dental Implants
It is possible to fit a gold crown on a dental implant. However, the implant itself is not made of gold as it would not integrate with the bone. Titanium or zirconia are the materials used to manufacture the implants.
Get your smile back with dental crowns
A dental crown is an artificial cap placed on a cracked/damaged tooth to re-establish its size, shape, appearance, and improve its strength.
Crowns not only protect the damaged tooth but also give you a great smile - especially the newer types, like zirconia or E-max.
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E-max crowns are also very popular. Just like zirconia crowns, they look great, are durable, and not cheap...
Zirconia crowns are getting popular. Great durability, great esthetics, and an acceptable price.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
Porcelain fused to high noble metal crown is a good alternative to a pure gold crown. This crown has many of the benefits of a gold crown but looks more esthetic.
Bridges for multiple missing teeth
Dental bridges are used to replace multiple adjacent teeth. They can be supported by neighboring teeth or dental implants (preferred).
For longer bridges (4+ units) zirconia is the go to material. E-max is often used for short span (up to 3 units) front bridges.
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A Maryland bridge is a minimally invasive method to replace a missing tooth. It is recommended for front teeth. It's advantage is that is requires minimal preparation of the adjacent teeth.
Zirconia is a very durable material, suitable for making long span bridges. It also looks very natural.
E-max bridges are the most natural looking, however they are not strong enough to be used in the posterior region. E-max is also rarely used for bridges longer than 3 units.
Straighten misaligned teeth with braces
Crooked, twisted, or overlapping teeth? Braces can go a long way in correcting these issues.
The traditional metal braces provide the most affordable and very effective solution but the newer invisible braces - like Invisalign - are also great.
Most often used braces:
The tried and tested method of straightening misaligned teeth. Metal braces have been used for a really long time, they can help in the more complex cases too. Their only drawback is esthetics.
Invisalign is more comfortable and esthetic than a traditional metal brace. Despite the higher price, Invisalign is getting more and more popular.
Lingual braces are metal braces attached to the back of your teeth. This gives them a better appearance and therefore they are often preferred to traditional metal braces.