Restoring Function and Beauty, Preventing Bigger Problems
Sometimes, we can take our teeth for granted until we feel pain or a tooth gets loose or breaks, or until they’re worn down. Suddenly the function of our smile becomes more important the moment we bite into a favorite food and feel pain. Inevitably this seems to happen at the most inopportune times.
At Monroe Family Dentistry, we focus on preventative dentistry, and are able to fix issues before they become bigger concerns.
There are so many options today for restoring function and beauty to a damaged smile. If you are experiencing pain, cracked, chipped, or missing teeth, or compromised tooth integrity, we can walk you through your options and find a solution that works for you.
Preventive hygiene appointments elevate your and your family’s oral health and total well-being and are the foundation of preventive care.
Crowns and Bridges
When a tooth becomes weak, it is at risk of cracking or breaking. Potentially, the tooth could be lost. By placing a protective crown on the tooth, the tooth is strengthened and the life of the tooth can be prolonged.
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile treatments available in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. They can restore the shape, function, and strength of misshapen, damaged or weakened teeth. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is securely attached to the weakened tooth to restore your smile’s health, function, and appearance. They are long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Dental crowns are available in porcelain, metal alloys, or a fusion of both. Dr. Monroe will select the best option based on your individual case.
When a tooth is lost, it is important to replace the missing tooth to protect the teeth on either side of the space as well as your bite as a whole. A dental bridge contains a prosthetic tooth that is positioned between the remaining teeth to fill that open space. The bridge is securely fixed onto two or more of your existing teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges help to preserve the position of your existing teeth protecting them from additional stress. A dental bridge protects your remaining teeth and gives you a smile that once again looks and feels complete.
Top 3 Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges
In addition to restoring your oral health and function, dental crowns and bridges allow you to reclaim your smile’s fullness and appearance.
Dental crowns and bridges can balance the force of chewing, keep your bite aligned, and restore your ability to eat the food you love, smile with confidence, and even converse normally.
Low-maintenance and long-lasting
With routine dental visits and daily brushing and flossing, your dental crown or bridge can preserve your smile’s health and appearance for many years.
Your teeth are invaluable to your overall health, sense of normalcy, and self-esteem. Missing one or more teeth can impact you in many ways, making it difficult to chew comfortably, speak normally, and smile naturally and confidently.
An implant restoration is a strong and long-lasting tooth-replacement solution that can allow you to restore your oral health and function, enhance your facial appearance, and elevate your overall sense of well-being. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw to support a crown. The end result looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
Top 3 Benefits of an Implant Restoration
Dental implants are a remarkably stable solution for missing teeth. As each dental implant is anchored securely into your jawbone like your natural teeth, your new teeth won’t shift when you chew or speak, providing reliable comfort, stability, and a sense of normalcy.
An implant restoration is a transformative dental treatment that can improve your quality of life and daily experience. To learn more about your options for long-lasting tooth replacement, contact our office today.
Form and Function
From chewing to speaking to smiling, an implant restoration allows you to reclaim lost oral function with prosthetic teeth that are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. As an added bonus, dental implants can’t decay. With daily maintenance and routine dental care, your implant restoration can offer you a satisfying and long-lasting return on investment.
Your teeth not only allow you to chew and speak, they also maintain the structure of your jawbone and face. Missing one or more teeth will eventually cause your jawbone to deteriorate and shrink, which can impact your oral health and alter your facial appearance. Unlike other prosthetic teeth, dental implants integrate into your bone structure (called osseointegration). This integration effectively prevents jawbone recession and preserves your face’s structure and appearance.
Teeth play an irreplaceable role in our everyday functions and social interactions. Missing teeth or having ill fitting dentures can take away from your quality of life, relationships and overall sense of well-being.
Implant-supported dentures can allow you to reclaim your oral health, appearance, and function. Implant-supported dentures are a set of removable prosthetic teeth (called an overdenture) that are held securely in place by dental implants. By combining the support of dental implants with the restorative benefits of dentures, implant-supported dentures offer a durable, realistic, and long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth.
Top 3 Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are indistinguishable from natural teeth. Made of high-quality materials, each overdenture is custom-made to complement your facial features and to replicate the shape, shade, and structure of natural teeth. As they are fully integrated into your jawbone, implant-supported dentures also support the health of your jawbone, prevent bone deterioration, and preserve the natural appearance of your mouth, jaw, and face.
Comfort and Security
Though traditional dentures fill the void of missing teeth, they are prone to shift out of place and irritate the surrounding gum tissue. Because they restore missing teeth at the structural level, implant-supported dentures provide a reliable, stable, and comfortable fit that enables you to chew, speak, and smile with confidence.
Caring for and maintaining your implant-supported dentures is as simple as routine dental exams, cleaning your mouth and denture appliances daily, and occasionally replacing your overdenture attachments. With minimal maintenance, implant-supported dentures can effectively replace missing teeth, restore your smile’s health and appearance, and transform your quality of life and daily experience.
We are proud to specialize in safe, effective, and long-term tooth-replacement options. To learn more about your tooth-replacement options, contact our office today.
Long-term Denture Care
If you wear full dentures to replace all of your natural teeth, visiting the dentist at least once annually is essential for achieving good oral health and ensuring the longevity of your prosthetic teeth. As your primary oral health care professional, Dr. Monroe comprehensively considers your oral and overall health from multiple angles, including disease prevention and intervention, aesthetic satisfaction, daily function and comfort, and quality of living.
In order to provide you with the most comfortable and stable fit, dentures need healthy gums, sufficient jawbone, and intermittent denture relining. Over time, changes in the soft and hard tissues in your mouth may cause your dentures to fit less securely. In addition to requiring the use of more adhesives, ill-fitting dentures can cause discomfort, accelerate jawbone deterioration, impede oral function, hinder your confidence while socializing, and eventually lead to stress and anxiety.
Dr. Monroe can help you achieve good oral health, maintain your dentures, and enjoy a more comfortable and functional denture experience. Dr. Monroe will evaluate your gums and jawbone, address sore spots, evaluate and reline your dentures, and provide an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer screening is especially relevant to patients who wear dentures. Oral cancer risks increase with age and studies show that ill-fitting dentures may increase one’s risk for oral cancer as they cause repeated physical irritation to the mouth’s delicate soft tissues.
Good oral health contributes to your overall health and well-being. To elevate your oral health and to have the best denture experience, schedule your appointment today.