Modern dentistry allows patients to access a wide variety of treatments and solutions. From high-quality preventative care, to cosmetic procedures like veneers or teeth whitening, to restorative treatments like dental implants, it’s possible for everyone to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
Different dental concerns require different treatments. But how do you know what the right solution is for you? In this article, we’ll discuss four of the most popular treatments for problem teeth: implants, crowns, veneers, and dentures. We’ll explain what each solution can treat and how to choose the right treatment for your smile and situation.
Dental implants are the most effective modern treatment for missing or severely damaged teeth. They act as long-lasting replacements for the tooth and supporting root. A dental implant is comprised of three interconnected parts:
- The post – The post is a small screw-like object and is embedded into the jawbone to offer secure support for the tooth, just like a natural root.
- The abutment – The abutment is a connective component that allows the implant to securely attach to the replacement.
- The replacement – The replacement is a crown, bridge, or another tooth prosthetic that restores the look and function of your smile.
Dental implants are a wonderful solution, especially for patients in need of significant restoration. They can be placed individually or with the All-on-4 method to replace a large number of missing or decayed teeth.
A dental crown is a small cap that’s placed on top of a damaged tooth to cover and protect it and restore its shape.
Crowns are typically made out of metals, porcelain, ceramics, and resin. They’re incredibly common in dentistry, and are often used when a filling alone isn’t sufficient. Other than general oral hygiene practices (brushing, flossing, and routine cleanings), crowns generally don’t require any special care.
Crowns are also commonly used as the final (tooth replacement) step in the placement of dental implants. Custom-made crowns can blend in seamlessly with your natural smile. When used as the final component of dental implant surgery, they can be an effective and long-term solution for missing teeth.
Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment used to correct a wide range of aesthetic dental concerns.
Traditional veneers are thin shells made from porcelain or composite resin. They’re placed over the existing teeth to create the appearance of a bright and even smile. In many cases, a certain amount of enamel will be removed prior to placing the veneers, however, this depends on the shape and size of your current teeth.
While veneers are an excellent option for patients who are unhappy with their smile, it should be noted that they’re strictly a cosmetic treatment. Veneers do not act as tooth replacements nor are they intended for those with damaged or decayed teeth.
Many people don’t know that there are a variety of different types of dentures. They include full, partial, and implant-supported dentures. Today, traditional dentures are not considered an effective long-term solution for missing teeth. But implant-supported dentures can be an excellent treatment option.
In the past, dentures had to rely on the gums and jawbone ridge for support. But, as the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are attached to and supported by dental implants. This offers superior stability and removes the need for denture glue.
How to choose the right treatment for you
Each of these treatment options are designed to correct specific dental concerns and there are many factors that go into choosing the best solution. At Smart Arches, we can provide you with a thorough assessment to develop a diagnosis and make a professional recommendation.
When to choose dental implants
Dental implants are the right treatment if you have missing or damaged teeth, especially if you’re looking for a permanent replacement that won’t require additional, specialized long-term care. Find out how to tell if you’re a good candidate for dental implants!
When to choose crowns
A dental crown is a great option for those who have cracks or chips in their teeth that can’t be fixed with filling or bonding. Additionally, they’re one of the preferred replacements used when placing implants.
When to choose veneers
Veneers are a good option for patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. If you have surface-level stains, chips, or cracks, or you don’t like the size or shape of your teeth, veneers can help you achieve the smile you want.
When to choose dentures
If you’re missing all or most of your teeth on the bottom or top row of your mouth, implant-supported dentures are a wonderful option. Once All-on-4 dental implants are placed, dentures can be secured for a permanent, functional, and attractive smile.
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