A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
A successful bridge requires a strong foundation — the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it's very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
If you have questions about bridges, give Lake Park Dental a call.
Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth's shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn or have tooth decay. Dr. Megan Graham is dedicated to helping ease your pain, and repairing the function of your once broken or worn tooth.
A crown is a "cap" cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
If you have questions about crowns, call us to Raise Your Dental IQ.
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that can be removed. Because dentures are custom-made to resemble your natural teeth, there is typically no noticeable change to your appearance. At Lake Park Dental, we are focused on ensuring the best possible esthetics so you can have confidence in your dentures.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in gaps where permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they're not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.
Ask us if dentures are the solution for you.
If you are missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can also shift, causing your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth or to anchor dentures, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!
An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: one part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With implant treatment, Dr. Megan Graham will help you to smile confidently knowing no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth.
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In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called "root canal treatment," we can save your tooth. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form and pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but be detrimental to your overall health.
During your root canal treatment, Dr. Megan Graham will remove the affected tissue and clean and seal the interior of your tooth. The tooth is then filled with a dental composite. A crown may be placed to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
If you have questions about root canals, please give us a call at (414) 963-9440.