Restoring Your Smile
Bridges can help to fill in the gaps of missing teeth and prevent the repositioning of remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.
A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend on the strength and health of the abutment teeth and the location of the gap. With proper care, a fixed bridge can be an excellent long-term solution.
A dental crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw’s correct natural alignment.
We use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain crowns. To maintain an entirely white smile, we recommend all-ceramic crowns. Our precise color-matching system allows us to find the right shade of porcelain to blend with your natural tooth color. Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long-lasting.
Dentures & Partials
A full denture is a complete top or bottom row of teeth mounted on a gum-colored base. Dentures can be closed or open palate, and they may require denture adhesive to hold them in place.
A partial denture, commonly referred to as simply a partial, consists of multiple teeth on a gum-colored base. The teeth are not in a row, but rather spread across the base to fit like a puzzle with your existing teeth. A partial is typically secured with clips or brackets, but a partial is removable, unlike a bridge.
If you prefer a secure full or partial denture and do not want clips or adhesive, consider implant-supported dentures. You won’t have to worry about slippage, and your prosthetic will feel safe and sound.
If you are missing teeth, dental implants are the ideal tooth-replacement option because they replace a missing tooth’s root as well as the crown. Dental implants do not require support from adjacent teeth, and they keep the jawbone strong by supporting the tooth’s root. With dental implants, patients do not experience increased tooth decay or sensitivity as with bridges. Dental implants have a 95 to 98% success rate and can also secure dentures or bridgework. With regular oral hygiene, dental implants last most people for a lifetime.
Furthermore, dental implants look the most natural compared to other tooth replacements. There’s no need to worry about whether or not your new restoration will blend in with the rest of your smile. With dental implants, you can smile with confidence.
The inner pulp of a tooth contains components commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the bloodstream.
A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, killing the pulp, stimulating increased blood flow, and creating pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal.
Root canal therapy can occasionally be completed in a single appointment. We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically inert substance, and seal it from further infection. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics.
Kaiser Family Dentistry
1064 W. Wooster St.
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Same day emergency appointments available