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Dental Implants, Bridges, & Crowns

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Enjoy your smile again with a functioning smile that’s expertly produced with an implant, crown, or bridge procedure.

Dr. Ellison uses the latest technology to collect all the data necessary to help plan your restorative case. Digital x-rays, 3D mapping, models, and photographs prove valuable to bring all components of your case together.

Dentures can also be attached to implants when more than one missing tooth needs to be replaced. The stability and sense of confidence you develop with implants will leave you smiling.

Surgical Implants

Many patients find the procedure of implant placement easier than they anticipated. Various types of sedation may fit your comfort level best, so feel free to discuss them with Dr. Ellison. Modern dental anesthetic numbs the site, and experienced hands carefully place the implant. A tiny guide hole provides a path for threading a small implant cylinder into place. The sterile piece is inserted into an exact location, and a smooth cover, or healing cap, protects the implant during the healing period.

In some cases, a temporary or permanent crown may be inserted at the time of surgery. Cases involving multiple implants often proceed the same way so that you can smile confidently immediately.

Implants can’t withstand normal bite forces until the bone has integrated fully into the implant body. Dr. Ellison will help you decide what will work best during the initial healing period, ensuring you’re able to function while protecting your implants. This period usually lasts 3-6 months as the bone grows around the implant. Most patients experience minimal discomfort after placement, especially compared to an extraction.

Restorative Implants

dental implant illustrationA carefully developed treatment plan which includes an implant placement sets a solid foundation for an array of restorative options.

After the healing period, crowns or bridges will be custom-made and attached to the implants with small screws or dental cement. The customization of your case from initial planning to final placement makes all the difference. This allows a full range of services to be considered, from the replacement of one tooth to restoration of the entire mouth. Regardless of your situation, there’s a solution for you.

Porcelain Bridges

Whenever you cruise across a bridge over the water, you’re being supported by the same principles that hold a dental bridge. Crowned teeth on either side of a space are called abutments. They support an artificial tooth, called a pontic. While a bridge lasts for many years, sometimes the strain of supporting one or more missing teeth can cause the abutments themselves to weaken and may lead to more missing teeth.
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Implant-Retained Bridges

In many cases, dental implants offer a better alternative, eliminating most of the load-bearing strain you see in traditional abutments. When carefully placed in the bone, an implant mimics the root of a tooth. They bear the load that the natural teeth used to hold, sparing the neighboring teeth from excessive forces. In some cases, two implants may be used to build a bridge spanning from one solid titanium piece to another.

Although the planning becomes more complicated with larger spaces, Dr. Ellison knows how to bring the puzzle pieces together to fit any scenario. Regardless of the scope of your treatment, the steps are similar to delivering a functional, brilliant smile.

Porcelain Crowns

Modern dentistry offers more options than ever to help you restore and maintain an optimal level of health. While the strength and beauty of materials continue to advance, the skill of the practitioner makes a significant difference in every outcome. Dr. Ellison focuses on utilizing the best techniques for comprehensive care, returning even the most damaged mouths to full health.

Sometimes teeth undergo significant damage due to cavities, heavy bite forces, trauma, or even normal functioning. If a root canal is needed to salvage a severely compromised nerve, the tooth may be especially fragile. Many situations can leave teeth in danger of loss if treatment is bypassed. Dental crowns, or caps, allow these teeth to be rebuilt and covered with materials that mimic nature. Not only are most “capped” teeth indistinguishable from natural teeth, but they’re also extremely secure and comfortable.

Crowns can be crafted to repair a single tooth, multiple teeth (including the entire mouth), or in conjunction with dental implants to fill a space. In fact, when missing teeth enter the equation, special consideration might be given to placing a dental bridge or implants.

Once your case is planned, two appointments leave you with a restored tooth. At the first visit, the teeth are gently prepared to allow space for crafting porcelain over the tooth by a master lab technician. Dr. Ellison provides all the information to a specialized lab that’s needed to create a masterpiece. A temporary crown allows you to function normally until the crown arrives for placement typically within 2-3 weeks.

After hours of custom craftwork in the lab, you’ll return for a second appointment. Dr. Ellison will evaluate the appearance and fit of the crown before bonding it strongly into place. Minor adjustments to your bite and a final polish leave you with one of the finest restorations in dentistry.
Dr. Ellison focuses on utilizing the best techniques for comprehensive care, returning even the most damaged mouths to full health.

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Bridge, Implant & Crown FAQs

When a tooth is missing, it allows the teeth around it to shift which can cause additional issues with the bite, issues with chewing and keeping the remaining teeth clean. In addition, the missing tooth or teeth can affect the ability to chew and eat which as we get older, the ability to nourish our bodies is critical to our longevity. Replacing a single missing tooth when you have plenty of other teeth and plenty of bone is very important and much more beneficial than waiting until you have multiple missing teeth or lack of bone and no longer have the option of doing a permanently placed bridge or implants that can be cemented in and not taken in and out. The only option then becomes having removable dentures or partial dentures which never have the same stability as your natural teeth.

There are many factors that go into how long crowns and bridges and implants last. The best long-term plan for all dental work is to make sure that you are getting your teeth cleaned at least every 6 months and getting a check-up on a regular basis to prevent new decay around and underneath any dental work that would cause it to fail. How well you care for your teeth and dental work is the biggest single factor in determining their longevity. Occasionally, a crown or bridge can break and have to be replaced. However, I have patients that have had crowns since 1993, they are still like new, and they come in regularly to have their teeth cleaned and have not gotten any other cavities since then either.

A crown goes around the outside of the tooth to protect it from breaking further. The nerve of the tooth is in the middle of the tooth. You only need a root canal when the nerve is infected or if the tooth was broken or hit and damaged the nerve which could cause it to need a root canal. All teeth that have crowns or bridges around the outside of the teeth do not require root canals.

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