Having a missing tooth is not ideal and can make you feel uncomfortable, especially when smiling. For these reasons, it is extremely important to replace that tooth, not only as an esthetic problem, it can lead to bone loss, changes in structure and drifting of the adjacent teeth.
Solution: crown and bridge or dental implant.
A dental implant is the most closely resembles a natural tooth. Some benefits of dental implants are:
Natural look and feel
Unaffected adjacent teeth
A bridge is a frame on which two crowns and a false tooth are attached. There are three parts because the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap must be ground down to anchor the bridge. The bridge covers the prepared teeth that are left after grinding. The false tooth would sit in the missing tooth location above the gum. The bridge does not replace the root of the missing tooth so bone loss can occur.
The cost of a bridge can be less expensive that dental implants, however, the life span of a bridge is typically less than an implant. Further more, the adjacent teeth that were prepared can be susceptible to future problems, like decay.
A dental implant option replaces the entire tooth and root without having to compromise any adjacent teeth. Dental implants might be more expensive than a bridge but it is designed to be a permanent solution.
Between Dr. Cohen and yourself, you can decide which option would be right for you.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the American Dental Association campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of our children’s oral health.
Good oral hygiene habits at an early age is crucial and regular dental visits could help your child get a good start on a lifetime of healthy gums and teeth. These steps are very important since tooth decay is known to be the single most common chronic childhood disease.
Luckily, there are safe and effective preventive measures that can help protect your children’s teeth. Thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and dental sealants can help keep children from getting cavities. A Dental sealant is a thin, protective coating that adheres to the surface of the back teeth and may stop early stages of decay (aka cavities).
Ask Dr. Cohen if sealants would be good option for your family.
White spot lesions can be caused by a number of reasons. Sometimes they can develop based on the persons genetics, nutrition, improper brushing, or after braces have been removed. These white spots are decalcified enamel which could lead to the deterioration of teeth and can sometimes be the first evidence of tooth decay.
For this young patient Dr. Cohen decided to do treatment that was minimally invasive. We first started with Venus in-office whitening treatment followed by ICON Smooth Surface resin infiltration. This treatment blends in the lesions with the healthy enamel. ICON infiltration uses micro-invasive technology where no drilling or anesthesia is required, prevents lesion progression, helps lose whitish appearance and can be easily treated in one visit.
If you would like to know more about this treatment or to see if you would be a candidate, visit us at Greenwich Cosmetic Dentistry.