At Kaizen Dental in Richmond, we are constantly striving to deliver superior dentistry. When it comes to damaged teeth, we provide a comprehensive restoration plan that prioritizes your ongoing dental health. If a tooth is chipped or similarly damaged, we will evaluate which approach makes sense for your future smile. Most often we will place a crown, bridge, implant or craft a denture to restore your smile. For most patients, we will use options aside from a denture, as dentures do not offer the same level of comfort and usability that other options do. Our goal is to maintain the same form and function your smile had prior to any damage, so we will offer the options that support that goal and get you back to eating and enjoying your smile just as before!
What Are the Differences Between Crowns, Bridges, Implants and Dentures?
Each of these are useful in a particular case. A dental crown is used to cover areas of a tooth that are damaged. We use our samples to match the tone and shade, then our dental artisans delicately shape the tooth to symmetrically match your smile. A crown is often combined with other treatment options to provide an aesthetic that matches the rest of your smile.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth at a time. Dental bridges will anchor a replacement tooth between the neighbouring teeth to fill in your smile. These are custom made to fit your smile and will be capped with dental crowns. Bridges are stable and capable as they are cemented in to offer a secure hold.
Dental implants are the most secure option, offering the feeling of a natural tooth after placement. By using an artificial tooth root, dental implants work in a similar way to a real tooth. Unlike bridges or dentures, implants are held in place by your gum line and will require surgery for placement, however it is a painless procedure that will leave you with an industry-leading artificial tooth that lasts a lifetime.
Lastly, dentures are a removable set of false teeth mounted to a plate that rests on the roof of your mouth. Dentures are less secure than the other options, so it is not always an ideal solution for replacing teeth. On the other hand, dentures are convenient for removal and will not be in your mouth at all times. They require cleaning to maintain and should be kept out of your mouth while sleeping.
Your ideal treatment is based on a number of factors. Together we will find the best solution, restoring your smile and giving you a reason to use it! Contact us to discuss your options today.