When teeth are missing, a fixed bridge can be a good choice for replacing them. Teeth need each other for support. When we loose a tooth the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing the teeth to shift and crowd. In addition, the opposing teeth no longer have anything to chew against so they will begin to extrude and hyper-erupt out of their socket. These changes will eventually lead to further tooth loss.
A fixed bridge is a permanent way to prevent this from occurring, and to give you a beautiful healthy smile. Here at West Michigan Dental Professionals, we can determine if a bridge is right for you by performing a thorough examination.
We provide all-porcelain crowns in cases where more strength is need to restore a tooth that has been weakened to a state where a filling cannot restore the tooth. There are three types of crowns available all-porcelain, porcelain fused to a gold metal lining, or gold crowns. In most cases all-porcelain are desired for their esthetics and strength combination. When properly seated and designed they are as strong or stronger than their porcelain fused to metal counterparts, and the appearance is more natural and lifelike. Gold is another material that is used at times for certain circumstances. Gold is still an excellent material when a high quality of gold is used. Cheaper gold crowns can cause tissue irritation and do not have the most optimum fit. Your dentist can help you make the best choice, with your wishes being the determining factor.
When it comes to restoring your mouth, the team at West Michigan Dental Professionals use leading-edge materials and technology. Composites are the standard of care for filling materials instead of mercury/silver fillings. White fillings are made from composite. Composite is a very biocompatible natural material that is not only a healthier option but also a longer lasting one.
When one or more teeth are missing there are permanent and long-lasting solutions. Dental Bridges, Dental Implants and Partial Dentures are the most common options. When the teeth on either side of the missing tooth have fillings or are compromised in strength, a bridge is a great option. When the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are healthy, a better choice is a dental implant, as the implant will replace the missing tooth without a change to the adjacent teeth. Partial denture could be the best choice when 3 or more teeth are missing consecutively.
Sometimes when you are missing many teeth, a partial denture is simply the best alternative to fill in spaces and keep you chewing effectively. There are several kinds of partial dentures and we can work with you to choose the right one for your situation.
For more detailed information about what how veneers may be able to help you, take a look at our veneers page.
How long do veneers last?
When high standards and quality materials are used, veneers are as strong as the enamel on your tooth and can last for many years, even a lifetime with good oral care.
Will veneers eventually stain?
Porcelain veneers are non porous and will not stain or discolor
Here at West Michigan Dental Professionals, quality and service are of utmost important to us. We have researched many materials and use the finest materials available.