Treatment of damaged/missing teeth and jaws
Crowns are made from a variety of different metals, with zirconium being one such option. Zirconia is from the titanium family, and is found in dinnerware and electrical fixtures. Due to its durability and strength, it is used to make dental crowns.
As opposed to crowns and braces, veneers are less invasive and can be used to close gaps or correct misalignment. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that look just like natural tooth enamel. They are custom-made to fit the shape of an individual’s tooth/teeth.
Crowns are caps that cover a tooth and improve its appearance, shape, size and strength. Broken teeth, dental implants, tooth fillings and weak teeth may need to be covered by dental crowns. While dentures can be easily removed for cleaning every day, crowns are affixed to existing teeth or implants. They can be made from stainless steel, gold, metal alloys, resin, acrylic or ceramic.
Sometimes permanent teeth fall out, either due to a lack of proper care or some other underlying issues. Unlike implants and crowns, dentures can be removed from the mouth for cleaning or storage. They are worn over the gums, with the base of the upper denture covering the roof of the mouth. The lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to allow space for the tongue.
As we become older, our mouths age as well, and this includes our teeth. The elderly have to deal with decades of accumulated teeth wear and other problems like missing teeth and chewing hard food. Missing teeth often cause other teeth to move around in the jaw due to empty space. Due to the fact that multiple procedures may have to be performed, two or more dentists may be involved in the treatment.
Sometimes permanent teeth fall out, either due to a lack of proper care or some other underlying issues. Before implants were invented, bridges or dentures were the only options that people had for teeth replacement. But now implants have become a simple option for those seeking natural-looking replacements. They are surgically placed in the jawbone below the gums. They also preserve natural tooth tissue and bone and loss of jawbone height, reducing bone resorption and deterioration.
The alternative to traditional removable dentures that rest on the gums are dentures supported and attached to implants. Usually, the implant-supported alternative is made for the lower jaw as traditional dentures do not fit very well there.
Partial dentures have replacement teeth attached to an acrylic or metal base that matches the color of your gums. They also usually have a clasp that attaches to your natural teeth (with devices called precision attachments) which can easily be taken out of your mouth for cleaning or at night when you sleep. Partial dentures are a great way to replace a few missing teeth and make it easier to chew food. Your lips and cheeks will also be be supported so that your face does not sag, also making it easier to speak.
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