Restorative Dentistry Wauwatosa, WI
It seems some people only have to brush and floss their teeth and they have a beautiful smile, but that is not the case for most of us. For many people maintaining a nice smile requires routine home care as well as restorative dentistry which fixes problematic teeth or replaces missing teeth. At Wauwatosa Dental Group we offer a full range of restorative services to help you have a great smile - - we’re here to help!
Once you lose a tooth, the first thing you’ll notice is that you can no longer chew where that tooth used to be! Furthermore, the opposing tooth becomes non-functional because it has nothing to chew against. As time goes on the adjacent teeth will drift into the open space, causing spaces to open up which impacts the bite on other teeth in your mouth. In fact, the opposing tooth can continue to erupt into the open space, and actually be taller than the rest of the teeth on that half of your mouth! With all of these potential consequences it’s easy to see that losing one tooth can impact the teeth on the entire side of your mouth. That’s why we may recommend a bridge for you. A traditional dental bridge is meant replace the missing tooth and to hold the surrounding teeth in place. A bridge is designed to be anchored on the two teeth next to the open space [the abutment teeth] and the prosthesis is fabricated as one unit to fill in the space where the tooth used to be. Once completed a dental bridge restores your bite, improves aesthetics, and helps maintain the proper chewing function of the surrounding teeth.
During the procedure, we prepare the abutment teeth by shaving down some of the enamel to make room for the bridge. After preparing the teeth we take a mold or impression. While waiting for the bridge to be made we’ll have you wear a provisional bridge to protect the abutment teeth. It takes about two weeks to have your new custom bridge made. Once the bridge is fabricated, we will permanently cement it to the abutment teeth restoring your bite and smile. Learn more about Dental Bridges.
A conventional dental crown is a custom made prosthesis that covers a damaged or weakened tooth. We may recommend a dental crown:
The procedure to make a dental crown is similar to that of a dental bridge, with the primary difference being that with a crown we only restore one tooth, rather than two. With proper home care and regular dental check-ups, your dental crown should last between five and 15 years, sometimes even longer. Learn more about Dental Crowns.
If you are missing teeth, we may recommend a denture. A denture is a removable appliance designed to replace the appearance and function of your natural teeth. If you are missing several teeth, we may recommend a partial denture, which will hook on to the remaining teeth for support. If you are missing all of your teeth we may prescribe a complete denture which is supported by the gum tissues and underlying bone. To make a new custom denture – full or partial – involves taking an impression of your mouth which our technicians will use to fabricate your final prosthesis. For those patients who need to have their teeth removed we provide a temporary denture on the same day your teeth are pulled so you never have to be seen without teeth. With advances in dental materials, dentures today look much more natural and are more functional than they used to be. Learn more about Dentures.
If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental implant may be the perfect solution to restore your smile. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the bone in a relatively straight-forward procedure. As the bone heals it grows around the implant, essentially locking the implant into the bone. Once the healing is complete the implant is fully anchored into the bone and is ready to provide rigid support for your new tooth. We restore the implant by having our lab fabricate a custom abutment and crown which are secured to the implant. The only portion of the restoration that can be seen in your mouth is the crown which is designed to match the color, shape and function of the adjacent teeth. Even though this is a “false” tooth, a dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth, and most people can’t tell it’s not real! Learn more about Dental Implants.
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To learn more about the restorative treatments that are available and determine what would be best for you, call our office at (414) 253-1669, and schedule a consultation appointment today!