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Discover the amazing long-term benefits of dental implants from our Port Orange dental office.
Have you lost one or more teeth? If so, then our Port Orange dentist, Dr. Jeff Kim, has a solution that could help you get your smile back on track! Read on to find out what dental implants can do for you.
What are dental implants?
An implant is a titanium “tooth root” that is designed to support a crown or set of false teeth to restore gaps in your smile. With the ability to replace one, several, or all of your teeth, implants can support everything from crowns to full dentures. In order for an implant to work, we will first need to map out exactly where the implant will be placed in the jawbone. From there, a small hole will be drilled into the bone and the implant will be inserted.
About 3-6 months after the placement of the implant the jawbone and titanium “root” will naturally fuse together to become one. Once this is complete, the implant is meant to last the rest of your life with the proper care and maintenance.
Who is a good candidate for implants?
The health and longevity of your implant relies on you. Yes, this titanium restoration is durable and strong, but, if you don’t maintain good oral hygiene, the implant can be damaged or even fail. This means that you need to be dedicated to your long-term oral health!
Good candidates for dental implants will not only have good oral health but also maintain good general health. Since implants require minor surgery, we will need to make sure that you are in the best health. Those with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease may not be right for this restoration. It’s important to talk with our dentist to find out whether implants are right for you.
Interested? Give us a call!
Are you ready to kiss your tooth loss goodbye? If you’re looking for the next best thing to a real tooth, it’s time to call Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, FL. Schedule your consultation today at (386) 322-4867.
We can do a great many things to preserve diseased teeth, from filling cavities to crowning damaged but still viable teeth to protect them and restore their attractiveness. But there may come a point where continued treatment just isn't worth it, and it may be time to remove and replace your troubled teeth.
Dental implants have become the premier restoration for missing teeth. But they have some anatomical limitations and may not work for some situations like excessive bone loss or close nerve proximity. And while a removable partial denture is a solid option, perhaps you'd rather have a fixed solution.
You might then want to consider a fixed bridge to replace one or more missing teeth. This tried and true option has been a mainstay in dentistry for several decades; and while implants may have surpassed them in popularity, they're still available and effective as a restorative option.
A traditional fixed bridge is composed of three or more life-like crowns that are fused together like pickets in a fence. The crown or crowns in the middle fill the empty tooth space; the outside crowns fit over and are bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the empty space to support the bridge. These natural teeth must be reduced in size to accommodate the crowns to fit over them.
Depending on how many teeth are missing, fixed bridges can be a more affordable alternative to dental implants and can achieve life-like results in both form and dental function. But the alterations required for the supporting teeth are permanent and can weaken them. The interface between the natural teeth and the bridge crowns has a higher risk of decay and periodontal disease, so you'll need to be extra vigilant with daily hygiene and regular dental cleanings and checkups.
And even though implants can be more expensive in the short-term, they typically have better durability and less maintenance costs than other restorations. Over the long-term, an implant restoration might actually incur less cost than a fixed bridge.
Still, a fixed bridge can be an effective way to replace missing teeth. Depending on your finances and your overall dental health, a bridge could help you regain an attractive smile.
If you would like more information on options for replacing missing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”
While the sport of golf may not look too dangerous from the sidelines, players know it can sometimes lead to mishaps. There are accidents involving golf carts and clubs, painful muscle and back injuries, and even the threat of lightning strikes on the greens. Yet it wasn’t any of these things that caused professional golfer Danielle Kang’s broken tooth on the opening day of the LPGA Singapore tournament.
“I was eating and it broke,” explained Kang. “My dentist told me, I've chipped another one before, and he said, you don't break it at that moment. It's been broken and it just chips off.” Fortunately, the winner of the 2017 Women’s PGA championship got immediate dental treatment, and went right back on the course to play a solid round, shooting 68.
Kang’s unlucky “chip shot” is far from a rare occurrence. In fact, chipped, fractured and broken teeth are among the most common dental injuries. The cause can be crunching too hard on a piece of ice or hard candy, a sudden accident or a blow to the face, or a tooth that’s weakened by decay or repetitive stress from a habit like nail biting. Feeling a broken tooth in your mouth can cause surprise and worry—but luckily, dentists have many ways of restoring the tooth’s appearance and function.
Exactly how a broken tooth is treated depends on how much of its structure is missing, and whether the soft tissue deep inside of it has been compromised. When a fracture exposes the tooth’s soft pulp it can easily become infected, which may lead to serious problems. In this situation, a root canal or extraction will likely be needed. This involves carefully removing the infected pulp tissue and disinfecting and sealing the “canals” (hollow spaces inside the tooth) to prevent further infection. The tooth can then be restored, often with a crown (cap) to replace the entire visible part. A timely root canal procedure can often save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted (removed).
For less serious chips, dental veneers may be an option. Made of durable and lifelike porcelain, veneers are translucent shells that go over the front surfaces of teeth. They can cover minor to moderate chips and cracks, and even correct size and spacing irregularities and discoloration. Veneers can be custom-made in a dental laboratory from a model of your teeth, and are cemented to teeth for a long-lasting and natural-looking restoration.
Minor chips can often be remedied via dental bonding. Here, layers of tooth-colored resin are applied to the surfaces being restored. The resin is shaped to fill in the missing structure and hardened by a special light. While not as long-lasting as other restoration methods, bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive technique that can often be completed in just one office visit.
If you have questions about restoring chipped teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin.”
Those unattractive teeth you see in the mirror are what are standing between you and a truly beautiful smile. If only you could make them go away.
In a way, you can do just that—with dental veneers. For the past three decades dentists have been covering the imperfections of problem teeth with these thin layers of porcelain. What's more, they're usually less involved and expensive than other restorations.
Veneers work best on teeth with moderate flaws like chipping, heavy staining or wearing, or slight misalignments like crookedness or gaps. The dental porcelain used is a ceramic material that so closely mimics the color and translucence of natural teeth it often takes a trained eye to notice any difference.
The first step to getting veneers is to plan your new look with a full examination and a diagnostic mock-up, a temporary application of tooth-colored filling materials applied directly to the teeth. This gives you and your dentist a better visual idea of how veneers will look on your teeth, and to make any adjustments ahead of time. A dental lab will use these findings to create your custom veneers.
In the meantime we'll prepare your teeth to accommodate your veneers. Although they're usually only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky when placed straight on the teeth. To adjust for their width we usually must remove some of the teeth's surface enamel so the veneers look more natural. Because enamel can't be replaced, the removal permanently alters the teeth and will require some form of restoration from then on.
When the veneers are ready we'll attach them with special cement so they'll form an almost seamless bond with the teeth. You'll then be able to use them just as before—but with a little caution. Although quite durable, veneers can break under too much force, so avoid biting on hard objects like ice, hard candy or nuts. And be sure you practice good dental care on your veneered teeth with daily brushing and regular dental cleanings and checkups.
The end result, though, is well worth the upkeep. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your smile and provide you a new level of confidence for years to come.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”
Sometimes a chipped, fractured, or badly decayed tooth is all it takes to damage an otherwise healthy smile and make it difficult to eat and even keep up with your oral hygiene. Dental crowns help to improve both the cosmetic and functional aspects of decayed or damaged teeth and can makeover your smile in just a few office visits. Dr. Jeff Kim, the dentist at Ultimate Dental Studio offers general, periodontal, and cosmetic dentistry services in Port Orange, FL.
A New Smile with Dental Crowns in Port Orange, FL
Dental crowns cover a damaged tooth and restore lost tooth surface, improving your smile and saving teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted due to severe decay or trauma in many cases. Crowns also replace missing teeth through a dental bridge.
The Difference Between Crowns and Veneers
Both options improve the appearance of damaged and fractured teeth, but veneers consist of a thin layer of porcelain or composite resin material that is bonded onto the surface of the tooth to change the size, shape, or color for cosmetic purposes. A crown is literally a cover that restores lost tooth surface or an entire tooth, and is more appropriate for significant damage to large portions of a tooth.
Crowns are used in a number of scenarios including:
- To restore a broken or severely decayed tooth
- To replace a missing tooth through a dental bridge
- To strengthen a fractured tooth
- To cover repair a cosmetically damaged or unattractive tooth
Caring for Dental Crowns
Like your natural teeth, dental crowns require thorough oral hygiene care and regular dental exams in order to last. With proper care, the typical crown can last for many years.
Find a Dentist in Port Orange, FL
For more information about dental crowns and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry options, contact Ultimate Dental Studio by calling (386) 322-4867 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim today.