Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry In Jupiter, FL

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Restorative dentistry is the term dental professionals use to explain how they replace missing or affected teeth. Fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges, and implants are common restorative procedures. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues. Restorative procedures help patients with keeping their teeth properly aligned, preventing plaque build-up, and boosting their appearance and self-esteem.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into your jaw to replace a missing tooth. Compared to dental bridges and dentures, implants are a more permanent long-term solution to losing a tooth.

You can replace all your teeth with implants. However, if you are missing an entire row of teeth, procedures like All on 4 or Implant Supported Dentures may be a more suitable option:

Implants are typically placed in a single appointment, in less than 1-hour. The initial discomfort and swelling on your gums from placing the implant should subside within 3-4-days. If the discomfort and swelling should continue after 5-7-days, please contact our office. Your bone on the other-hand, where the titanium rods are placed, takes anywhere from 3-6-months to fully heal. After 3-6-months of healing, the protective cap placed over the implant can be removed and a permanent crown can be placed.

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If you need a dental extraction, this is the perfect time to replace that tooth with a dental implant. If the tooth is not replaced, you may start to notice your face beginning to shrink, or collapse into itself. This happens because there is nothing supporting the bone structure or structural integrity of your jaw. If this happens, you may require a bone graft. Bone grafting is the process of replacing or augmenting bone around a missing tooth. Bone loss is typically caused by the extraction of a tooth and the loss of the supporting bony structure. When placing an implant, bone may need to be augmented to give the implant a supporting structure. This is why we recommend replacing a missing tooth with an implant right away, as this usually eliminates the need for bone grafting later and helps prevent facial collapse. This also prevents 2 healing periods (1 for the extraction and 1 for the implant).


Dental Crown

A dental crown is a custom-made cover that fits over an original tooth that has either been decayed, damaged, or cracked, and is used to fully cover a portion of tooth that lies above the gumline. Crowns are made from a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable. Most crowns nowadays are made with a white-based ceramic, and Zirconia ceramic has been reported to have the highest level of mechanical properties. Zirconia bases can be used with a porcelain outer layer to deliver great esthetic outcomes. The treatment plan for a crown involves:

This process generally consists of 2-3 visits over a 3-4-week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums, and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a permanent appliance that replaces a missing tooth or missing teeth, and are an alternative to partial dentures. Dental bridges are made up of several pieces that are fused together to fit into the open space where your tooth or teeth used to be. They serve both practical and aesthetic purposes, enabling you to eat and speak as well as restoring your smile.

The bridge itself can be made of several different types of material, including gold, alloys, or porcelain. When replacing a front tooth, porcelain is most often the material of choice because it can be matched to your natural tooth color.

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The artificial teeth used in dental bridges are called pontics. You will have a pontic for each missing tooth, created to be close in shape and size to the missing one(s). Pontics are anchored to a tooth or teeth next to the gap (called abutment teeth) or to a dental implant.

Traditional Fixed Bridge

This is the most common type of bridge. It includes a crown on either side of the pontic(s).

Resin-Bonded Bridge

This is often used to replace front teeth. Instead of crowns, it uses porcelain or metal frameworks with “wings” that are bonded to the back of your teeth on either side of the gap.

Implant-Supported Bridge

An implant for each missing tooth is surgically embedded into your jawbone, in one procedure. The bridge, which contains the pontics, is placed over them in a later procedure.

Cantilever Bridge

When only one side of the gap contains a natural tooth, the pontic(s) are anchored by a single crown on that natural tooth.




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