Cracked or Missing Teeth

Renew your smile and repair those missing spaces in your mouth.


Last modified: August 05, 2011


Dr Luana O'Connor
Dentist

Happy Dental Romania
and WhereismyDoctor.com Contributing Writer


Cracked or Missing Teeth

Is your smile marred? Have you got cracked or missing teeth? Restorative dentistry is the option you must take to fix your imperfect smile, not just for the look of your smile but most importantly for your oral health and well being.

There are a multitude of restorative dental practices which will solve your imperfect smile issues but they are completely dependent on your oral health requirements. As an expert in restorative and cosmetic dentistry I have provided you here with options you can use to improve your smile.

Lumineers

The most modern way to fix your teeth is Lumineers by Cerinate. Lumineers are simply the cutting edge technique for fixing imperfect teeth. The Lumineers are made up from a compound called “Cerinate” which has been tested and proven to last 20 years. The key to Lumineers from a dentist  and more importantly the patients point of view is that they are pain free.

Typically you will need two visits to the dentist, and make sure your dentist is Lumineers approved, to have that perfect smile. On the first visit the dentist will take a mould of your teeth and send it away to Lumineers in California for the Lumineers to be created.

On the second visit the dentist will place the Lumineers over your teeth and secure them in place with a unique bonding material provided by Lumineers. That’s it!!

Lumineers are micro thin and require no invasive dental work prior to fitting.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a simple solution for teeth that are missing in your mouth. The bridge is made up of three different components, a porcelain tooth which is fused with ceramic crowns either side of the tooth. The bridge is placed and secured by the dentist to the natural tooth which is located either side of the porcelain tooth in the bridge.

A bridge can also be secured to implants if there is a lack of natural teeth.Having a bridge placed usually requires two visits to a dentist. The dentist will numb up the area which will require work which will be the reduction of the two natural teeth which will have the bridge secured to them.

Moulds are then taken which will be passed to the dental technicians who will create a unique bridge to fit the space in your mouth. The creation of a bridge can take up to 14 days depending on the dental lab.

On the second visit the patient will have the bridge fitted, the dentist will make sure it is correctly fitted prior to cementing in place while checking the patients teeth and bite. A well made and correctly placed bridge will last several years if properly looked after by the patient.

Porcelain Crowns

Crowns, commonly porcelain is the material used to create the crowns, are used to create teeth for dental implant patients, used to protect teeth that are damaged and to cover teeth after a root canal treatment has been performed by the dentist. Growing in popularity is the crown that is supported by a dental implant which is ideal for patients who have missing teeth.

Dental Implants

Since the development of the dental implant in the 1960’s this is becoming the patient and dentist choice for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can be used for singular teeth replacements, for patients requiring dental bridges and patients that require their dentures to be permanent.

Dental implants are a titanium metal screw that is attached directly into the bone of the patient and the dental implant will fuse with the bone to make solid anchor for any dental work that is attached to it.

Dentures

This is an option that is being used less and less by dentists. Old fashioned dentures would be taken out by the patient every night. Now dentist who have patients that require dentures due to poor oral health usually opt for fixed dentures which are anchored in place by dental implants which ensure the dentures do not slip or move in the patient’s mouth.

Creating dentures is a similar process to creating a dental bridge or dental crown. The patient will visit the dentist twice, the first visit will entail the taking of moulds which will be sent to the dental lab for the technician to create unique dentures solely for that patients mouth.

On the second visit the dentist place the dentures with the patient either using an adhesive if the denture is removable or anchoring to dental implants if the dentures are going to be fixed.













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