Options for a Full-Mouth RestorationNovember 18, 2020 9:47 pm
Certain medical conditions, medications, tobacco use, diet, and poor oral hygiene can all contribute to dental disease and eventually the loss of teeth. Or trauma to the mouth can cause extensive damage to a majority of your teeth. If your teeth are damaged or missing due to disease or damage, you need a specialist in full-mouth restorations.
In this blog post, we discuss a few of the options you have to restore your smile at Rockingham Prosthodontics in Harrisonburg, VA.
- Bridges, Crowns, Inlays, Overlays, and Onlays
Dental implants can permanently replace single missing teeth or several missing teeth. To qualify for dental implants, you must have sufficient bone strength. This is because the implant (a biocompatible metal rod) will be surgically implanted into your jawbone, which will then fuse around the implant. This acts as the replacement tooth root to firmly anchor your new tooth into your mouth and prevent degeneration of your jawbone. Once it heals, a restoration can be connected to the top. This will be a crown, a bridge, or dentures.
Partial dentures can replace a few missing teeth and full dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth on the top or bottom. These realistic-looking artificial teeth are connected to a comfortable plastic base that resembles the appearance of gum tissue. Partial dentures have metal brackets that connect it to your other teeth, while full dentures can be attached with dental adhesive or dental implants.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are snugly bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their color, size, or shape. They can also correct minor spacing issues. Your enamel, the outer layer of teeth, must be altered to fit the veneers, so this is considered a permanent cosmetic enhancement.
A bridge replaces a missing tooth by sandwiching a “floating” crown between two crowns capped over the neighboring teeth or two dental implants. Crowns can also be used without a bridge or implant to correct esthetic issues or damage. Inlays, onlays, and overlays are types of fillings that repair extensive damage due to decay.
Full-Mouth Restoration in Harrisonburg, VA
At Rockingham Prosthodontics, our expert team will customize a plan for your needs and budget to improve your smile’s appearance while restoring the function of your teeth. Contact us today to schedule your full-mouth restoration consultation!