Reconstructive Dentistry

Reconstructive dentistry in Somerset, KY

Bridges

Having missing teeth (whether just one or several) can have a serious effect not only on your looks, but on your entire dental health. Missing teeth can cause:
• A shift in the alignment of your teeth 
• Increased risk of periodontal disease 
• Increased risk of tooth decay 
• Loss of adjacent teeth 
• Speech disorders 
• Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Our dental team knows the ins and outs of reconstructive dentistry procedures in Somerset, KY.
Reconstructive dentistry specialist at work in Somerset, KY

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are similar to dental implants in that they restore missing teeth. Bridges are supported by teeth on both sides, called abutment teeth.

What benefits do dental bridges have?

Similar to many cosmetic dental procedures, bridges also serve a restorative purpose. Dental bridges improve your ability to speak and chew in addition to brightening your smile. According to a recent publication in the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental bridges have been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of tooth decay with teeth that are next to a missing tooth. Furthermore, dental bridges prevent your face from altering its natural shape, as oftentimes is the case when someone has missing teeth.

What type of bridges are there?

• Cantilever bridges are used to replace a tooth that does not have supporting teeth on both sides of the affected area.
• Maryland bonded bridges include artificial teeth and gums, and are held in place by a metal frame.
• Traditional bridges are the most common, and literally bridge the gap of an empty tooth space by securing a false tooth using crowns on the teeth on either side.

How are dental bridges placed?

A dental bridge implementation is typically completed in two visits. First your dentist determines if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. If so, your teeth will be properly repaired by restructuring the severely damaged areas. This is followed by the dentist taking an impression of your teeth, which will then be sent off to a lab, cast into a mold and fitted as a temporary bridge piece. With your follow-up visit this will be fitted exactly to your teeth along with necessary corrections and adjustments being made on the same visit.

How long will a dental bridge last?

Dental bridges last anywhere from 8 to 15 years and can last even longer if good oral hygiene is maintained through brushing and flossing regularly.

How much does a dental bridge cost?

The cost of dental bridges depends on various factors such as number of teeth involved and type of dental material used.

Are bridges covered by dental insurance?

Dental bridges are usually covered by insurers, but please ask your dentist personally to find out how much you have to pay out of pocket.

Crowns

Depending on the specific treatment you have received, it may be necessary to:
• Have your tooth restored to its original size and shape
• Supply additional physical support for the treated tooth
• Get a complete "makeover" on the affected tooth
A crown is the most logical option in cases like these.
Crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth, which is why they’re often referred to as “caps”. In these cases a part of your tooth remains but is rebuilt to resemble the tooth at its exterior best. Porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, but they are recommended in conjunction with repair to the tooth – not simply for cosmetic purposes. Crowns are one of many options we provide through our reconstructive dentistry services in Somerset.

Root canals

In the old days, teeth that carried diseased nerves were removed from the mouth. However, through the process of a root canal, most of these diseased teeth can be salvaged. In most cases, such procedures will involve little or no discomfort. Inside each tooth, a strand of dental pulp- the material that supplies the tooth with nerves, nutrients, connective tissue and blood vessels – laces downward into the root. If a dental pulp becomes diseased, the pulp dies and cuts off nerve signals and nutrients that the tooth needs to be healthy. If the diseased pulp is left inside the tooth, the tooth will get infected and require extraction.
Root canals enable the dentist to remove the pulp, clean the canal and seal the tooth and effectively protect and save the tooth. When an opening is created through the crown of the tooth into the dental pulp chamber, pulp is then removed. Next the canal is cleaned out and the pulp chamber is permanently filled. Dentists proceed by putting in a temporary filling. Afterwards the filling is replaced with a permanent filling or crown, depending on where in the mouth the tooth is located. Talk to us today about reconstructive dentistry in Somerset.
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