Posts for tag: Crowns & Bridges

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
November 23, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have a damaged tooth or if you’re missing one or more teeth, you may not be sure what will be the best option to restore your smile. Crowns and bridges can help repair your teeth and can help replace any missing teeth you may have. Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, can explain how crowns and bridges can help restore your smile and the benefits they have.

The Advantages of Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges from your dentist in Holland, MI, can repair your smile in more ways than one! When crowns are used alone, you can repair a damaged tooth that has been destroyed by tooth decay. A crown sits on top of your damaged tooth and covers it to protect it from any further damage. A crown is custom-made to match your teeth in shape and size and is durable enough to withstand the pressures of biting and chewing.

When you use crowns and bridges together, this is a viable form of tooth replacement. A crown is attached to a bridge and is used to help keep your completed smile anchored together. This is also a viable way to replace multiple teeth with a simple solution with one procedure. Bridges can be permanent or removable and you can choose an option that works best for your lifestyle.

Crowns and bridges can be made of multiple materials and depending on the material that you choose, you may be able to choose a material that looks completely natural and matches the shade of your natural teeth.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

There are many options to repair your smile! Contact Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, to learn more about crowns and bridges and how you can repair damaged teeth or replace missing teeth. Call (616) 399-3600 for more information and to schedule your appointment today.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
March 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant Replaces Missing TeethDental implants provide a comfortable, long-lasting option if you're missing one or more teeth. Your dentist, Dr. Todd Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, helps his patients care for their smiles with a variety of dental services, including dental implants—read on to learn more!

 

How dental implants restore your smile

Tooth loss doesn't just affect your appearance, but can also increase your risk of developing oral health problems. Once you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth react by slowly drifting toward the gap. Unfortunately, this can change your bite and also make brushing and flossing more difficult, due to overlapping teeth.

Your jawbone may also begin to shrink after tooth loss, particularly if you've lost several teeth. This problem occurs because the tooth roots are no longer there to stimulate the bone. As the jawbone bone shrinks during a process called resorption, teeth may loosen and even fall out. Resorption can also contribute to sagging in the muscles of your lower face.

Dental implants help you avoid these problems by restoring missing teeth from the roots up. After treatment, your new tooth will consist of:

  • The Implant: Dental implants are placed directly in your jawbone to replace your natural roots. These screw-like implants are made of titanium, a metal that naturally bonds to your bone. The bonding process takes about three to six months and is a crucial part of the implant process.
  • The Abutment: The abutment connects the dental implant to your dental crown. It is added to the implant after bonding is complete. During your abutment appointment, your Holland dentist will make an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new crown fits perfectly.
  • The Crown: Crowns are artificial teeth designed that fill the noticeable gaps in your smile. Since your crowns are firmly attached to your implants, they won't slip or slide when you eat and feel very much like your natural teeth.

Your new implants will exert constant pressure on your jawbone in order to prevent resorption, the shifting of teeth, and facial sagging. Due to this amazing stability, your implants could very well last you for a lifetime.

 

Interested? Contact us today!

Are you ready to restore missing teeth with dental implants? Call our Holland, MI, office today at (616) 399-3600 to schedule your appointment!