Replacing Missing Teeth by Philip Nauert, DDS

Sometimes a tooth is lost and the patient is faced with what to do to replace it.  All our teeth are important for chewing, speaking and looking our best when we smile.  Fortunately, there are several options to consider.  One option is the dental #implant.  An implant is much like a natural tooth because it is anchored in your jawbone then restored with a crown.  An implant is actually a metal post placed into the bone in your jaw and acts like the root of a tooth.  Then the dentist makes a replacement crown on the metal post.

Another alternative to replace missing teeth is a fixed bridge or #FPD.  An artificial tooth or teeth replace the lost natural ones.  Crowns, which are cemented on adjacent prepared natural teeth, serve as retainers that support the fixed bridge.  The fixed bridge can only be removed by your dentist.

The third option for replacing missing teeth is a removable bridge or #RPD.  It can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning.  They are made with replacement teeth attached to gum-colored plastic bases connected by a metal framework.  They attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.  Although removable bridges are less expensive, fixed bridges, when indicated, may feel more stable and natural.

It is advisable to explore your options for replacing missing teeth with your dentist.  It is an important decision and will help you look better and improve the functioning of your teeth.  Give us a call or stop by for a consult if you or a loved one are needing replacement of a missing tooth. 

Get Your Smile Ready for Summer!

There are many people out there who want to be happy about their smile, but just don't know what to do to get a great result.  The truth is that there are many options, ranging from conservative to aggressive and inexpensive to costly.  How does a patient go about deciding what the best treatment option is?  Well, the simple answer is that it all starts with a consult with your dentist.  Below is an article from the Academy of General Dentistry that explains the various options related to achieving a beautiful smile.  If you have questions or are ready to take that next step, stop by our office or give us a call at 713.668.9119.

Get That Whiter, Brighter Smile!

Whiter, brighter teeth can make you look years younger.  Tooth whitening has grown in popularity and there are several ways you can get the results you want.  The fastest way is an in-office whitening system called Zoom!  In just over an hour your teeth will be dramatically whiter.  The procedure is safe, effective, simple and painless.  A whitening gel is placed on your teeth, which is activated by a specially designed light.  A fluoride treatment completes the procedure.

Another safe method used is a bleaching process that lightens the enamel and dentin using a mild peroxide-based solution placed in a custom-fitted tray.  The tray is worn over your teeth for a period of time each day until you achieve the results you want.  Both methods (in-office and take-home) are effective and safe ways to help you achieve that brighter smile.

Teeth whitening can sometimes make your teeth temporarily sensitive.  This goes away within a few days.  If you used coffee, tea, red wine, or tobacco, you may find your teeth darken more quickly.  Touch up applications will help eliminate this problem.  For all your tooth whitening and bleaching needs, visit our office.  Call at 713.668.9119 or email us at info@contemporary-dental.com to schedule your appointment.