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When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you’ve got options. Restorative dentistry can include dentures, partials, bridges, crowns and dental implants. Dental implants, however, are widely regarded as the gold standard choice. What makes implant dentistry so superior compared to other prosthetic teeth options? At The Smile Lounge, we love helping patients understand the valued advantages of choosing dental implants. Although they may require a bigger sacrifice in upfront cost and recovery, dental implants can mimic your natural teeth better than any other restorative dentistry option.

The Dental Implant Difference

Dental implants work differently than traditional dentures or bridges. They are the only restorative option that replaces both the tooth and the tooth root. Implants involve small titanium screws that are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Over time, the biocompatible implant fuses to the surrounding bone so that it can make a firm foundation for a crown, bridge or denture that will be attached on top. This unique ability to anchor prosthetic teeth into the jaw bone is what brings so many long-term benefits for the patients who choose implant dentistry.

The Next Best Thing to Your Real Teeth

If you are replacing missing teeth, you’ll need your prosthetic solution to not only look like your natural teeth but feel and function like them too. Dental implants check all the boxes in terms of comfort, stability and appearance. In fact, you can expect the following when choosing dental implants as your teeth replacement solution:

Comfort: With prosthetic teeth that are custom fabricated and anchored into your jaw, you can expect the comfort and fit of natural teeth!

Convenience: Dental implants do not require any special or additional maintenance and cleaning. Routine brushing, flossing and dental visits should keep them in top condition.

Dietary Freedom: Unlike removable dentures, dental implants allow patients to eat the hard-to-chew foods they enjoy and those that are nutritious for their bodies, such as meats, nuts and fibrous vegetables and fruit.

Facial Appearance: Dental implants are the only way to prevent bone loss that occurs in the jaw after missing teeth. In doing so, implants also preserve the shape and appearance of your lower face so that you don’t experience premature facial aging due to atrophy in the jaw.

Ready to learn more about dental implants? Are you a candidate for dental implants? Call The Smile Lounge today to find out. We love restoring smiles with the best that modern dentistry has to offer!

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Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that places a cap over a tooth or dental implant. Crowns help keep the underlying tooth from breaking apart, and can be used to help fix an area on a tooth that is broken. There are different types of crowns available to patients, and depending on the severity of the tooth will determine which type of crown is best. Crowns are typically made of hard materials such as porcelain or ceramic, but can also be made of gold, resin, or stainless steel. They can be made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth and blend in nicely.

Pros of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns improve your appearance, and can help correct any cosmetic issues in the mouth. There are many benefits to dental crowns, and crowns are commonly used today.

  • Crowns are used to replace large or worn out fillings in the teeth
  • Restore dental implants
  • Restore cracked, injured, or damaged teeth
  • Correct discoloration or alignment
  • Reshape your teeth
  • Keep cracked or damaged teeth from breaking down further
  • Protect the underlying tooth after a root canal
  • Crowns are durable and last for years

Cons of Dental Crowns

With any dental procedure there are always some disadvantages patients should consider. In some cases, crowns may need to be repaired or replaced. This is not common but does happen occasionally. During a crown procedure the tooth has to be filed down to ensure the crown can be securely placed. If a crown is not fitted properly there is risk that it can fall out, or allow bacteria to enter underneath the crown. Patients may become more sensitive to hot or cold after their crown is placed. Our office typically recommends a sensitive toothpaste to help with this issue.

If patients ever have an issue with a crown we encourage them to contact our office right away. Leaving a damaged crown untreated can lead to further issues or complications. Overall, crowns are extremely helpful in preserving teeth, and give patients a beautiful natural white smile. The benefits of crowns definitely outweigh the risks.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about dental crowns, or if you have a damaged or discolored tooth, a dental crown may be the right solution. Our team is available to help you take the next step towards that perfect smile.

To schedule your consultation with our team contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!