Face it – we are rough on our teeth. Sometimes we neglect them, take them for granted or simply abuse them. Between physical activities, such as sports or chewing hard substances like ice, our teeth can get knocked out, broken, cracked and worn down. Forgetting routine dental appointments and ignoring proper cleaning tactics can result in periodontal disease, in tooth decay, and ultimately in tooth loss. When teeth are missing, your mouth must compensate for the lack of chewing power in that area in order to function normally. So, the chewing force may have to shift to another part of the mouth, which can cause unwanted spaces and changes in your smile. Through restorative dental procedures smiles are renovated to look pristine, using a combination of crowns and bridges to support or to replace lost teeth. A crown snugly covers the complete, visible surface of your affected tooth to add strength, durability and stability, while restoring your tooth to its natural shape and size. Crowns can be made of porcelain, precious metal, and porcelain pressed to metal. A bridge (also known as a pontic) is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill the gaps left by the original missing tooth. The new tooth is then anchored to the two porcelain crowns, renewing your once-damaged smile.

Q: What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?

A: By replacing missing teeth-either with a bridge or with an implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and will restore  your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.

The folks at Maple Grove are very efficient, friendly and no-nonsense. One of the things I appreciate the most is there isn’t an attempt to upsell or maximize insurance pay out. They address your hygienic needs in a warm atmosphere. It’s kind of like visiting family and you leave with a brighter smile.


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