Cosmetic Dentistry including porcelain veneers and an all-porcelain bridge brings healthy beauty to this smile.
Our patient was unhappy with her smile. Her right lateral incisor tipped towards her lip and she was not happy with the color and shape of the other front teeth. Additionally, the tipped incisor was loose and had almost no root remaining – see adjacent xray. We were able to restore her smile with a conservative two-unit all-porcelain cantilever bridge and porcelain veneers. When a tooth is lost due to decay or gum disease, or as in this case, a problem with the root of the tooth, a fixed dental bridge is a good way to restore the missing tooth. A dental bridge can be thought of as a false tooth, and can be used to repace a single missing tooth, or several adjacent teeth. Fixed bridge means this type of all-porcelain bridge does not come out, and if done correctly, feels like your natural teeth.
A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of porcelain that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. Porcelain Veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth.
Dental implants are another way to replace missing teeth and we will review these in future blogs!
This information shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PC. Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado. We feel that your dental health is the top priority. and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care. Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com. For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635.
Yours for better health,
Julie Gillis, DDS, “Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health”
Types of dental bridges: In general, there are 3 types of dental bridges used today: all metal, porcelain fused to metal, and all-porcelain bridges. All metal bridges have fallen out of favor due to the poor esthetics. Porcelain fused to metal bridges are strong and esthetically pleasing, but they do have drawbacks. Over time the gums may recede, exposing the little metal gray line that you may have seen in a person’s mouth. A tell-tale sign that the teeth are false!
The third type of bridge is an all porcelain bridge. These bridges are the most esthetically pleasing of the three. All-Porcelain bridges can be made to look almost identical to your natural teeth. Today, with new techniques and improved porcelain, the all porcelain bridge has become a very good choice for replacing a missing tooth.
Replacing a missing tooth with a fixed bridge involves two appointments:
At the first appointment, the tooth or teeth that are supporting the bridge are shaped and an impression is taken to make a working stone model for the dental laboratory. During the time that the laboratory is creating your new all-porcelain bridge, you will have a temporary bridge in your mouth.
At the next appointment, the temporary bridge is removed, and the new all porcelain bridge is tried on to make sure that both you and Dr. Gillis are happy with the fit, the color and the shape. Dr. Gillis will check your bite, make sure that you can floss adequately, and be sure that the color is a good match to your adjacent teeth. If you and Dr. Gillis are completely happy with the bridge, your new all-porcelain dental bridge will be bonded into place.
For our patient shown here, we created an all porcelain cantilever bridge using support from the adjacent canine tooth to replace the missing lateral incisor and we fabricated custom porcelain veneers for the other anterior teeth. Our patient can easily floss between the lateral and central incisor and floss below the missing tooth.
The result! A lovely, healthy smile that will last for years!
Please contact our office if you have questions about porcelain veneers, all-porcelain bridges or any other dental question. We would be happy to help you! Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.
Restoring health, restoring smiles!