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Tanya first came into my office because she was embarrassed by her smile. She had severe tooth wear, broken teeth and missing teeth. She confided that she felt very guilty about the state of her smile because a lot of her troubles were due to her eating disorder.
I spent the majority of my first appointment with Tanya re-assuring her that her tooth condition was not nearly as bad as a lot of my other patients. I have treated many patients with eating disorders over the years and the most difficult and important part for the patient, is getting the help they need which Tanya was doing.
I told her, the reconstruction of her bite and smile would take a little time and patience but that we could restore her teeth in a way to minimize further tooth loss. Tanya’s treatment involved braces, gum surgery, root canals, bone grafting and dental implants that I coordinated with my team of specialists.
I then completed Tanya’s new bite and smile with custom designed ceramic crowns.
Tanya loved her new smile and we were all very emotional when she saw her new smile for the first time.
Shhhhhhh………….Prosthodontists are dentistry’s best kept secret
See what Dr. Jeff Ceyhan can do for you today!
When you have missing teeth, a prosthodontist or dentist can fill this gap or “bridge” the gaps in your smile with false teeth. A bridge then, is a false tooth (called a pontic) that fills in the gap in your smile that is attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap by cemented crowns. Another term for this is a fixed partial denture (fixed, because it attaches to the other teeth with a glue/cement). This is an example of a bridge to replace 4 missing front teeth. The end crowns on the left and right get cemented to the 2 teeth next to the gap in the mouth and the 4 pontics (false teeth) fill in the gap between the missing teeth. If the false tooth is attached to the adjacent teeth with some thin metal wire hooks, this is not a bridge. Dentists call this a removable partial denture because you can remove your false teeth by unhooking the wires from your mouth.
A dental implant is a root substitute so it is used when you have missing teeth. It is an artificial root made of titanium that looks like a screw (see photo). It’s inserted into the jawbone, under the gumline, to replace the roots of missing natural teeth. When the implant is healed, it fuses to the jaw bone so that you can use it as an anchor to attach artificial teeth like, dentures, crowns and bridges. The specialists that are involved with implant dentistry are, prosthodontists, oral surgeons and periodontists. The prosthodontists do all the planning for the implant and give you the artificial teeth, the oral surgeons and periodontists place the implant anchor in the jawbone and monitor the healing.
That is a good question and it depends on a lot of factors. Your prosthodontist or dentist would review these factors with you in helping you to decide what type of restoration would be best for you to replace the missing teeth. For an implant your dentist will look at the following information: do you have enough height and thickness of bone to place an implant into? Do the teeth next to the missing teeth need crowns or already have crowns? When you bite down, do you have enough space for an implant restoration and for the components? Do you have manual dexterity to clean around a bridge or around a deep implant? Do you want the gap filled as quickly a possible or are you willing to have temporary false teeth there for 3-6 months while the implant heals?