Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. For people with damaged or missing teeth, the smile is often a source of great anxiety. Many learn to smile with their mouth closed to avoid showing their teeth.
The team at Lawrence Avenue Dental in Toronto is here to tell you that you don’t have to live that way anymore. We provide options, including dental implants, that can help repair your smile so you can show off those pearly whites with happiness and confidence.
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in the past few years, and there are many options available to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth. One of the most popular options is a dental implant. A dental implant is a metal post or frame that is surgically installed under your gum line. In most cases the metal used is titanium.
The metal is fused to your jawbone and acts as a sort of root to keep a new tooth in place. Once the implant surgery is complete, your dentist will likely wait a few weeks for the bone and gums to heal before attaching a tooth to the top of the implant. In the meantime, they may give you a temporary tooth to use for cosmetic purposes while you wait for your new tooth.
The new replacement tooth is called a crown, and it is installed on top of the metal implant post. It is made of porcelain. Because the implants are placed under your gums and fused to the bone, it is stable, secure and keeps your tooth in place, allowing you to use the crown just as you would a ‘normal’ tooth.
While implants are a popular option to replace a missing tooth, there are situations where it is not the right solution. In this case, your dentist will probably talk to you about something called a bridge. A bridge is a fixed dental appliance used to replace one or more teeth that are missing. It is created by attaching an artificial tooth to the natural teeth alongside the area where the tooth is missing.
Your situation is unique, and you and your Toronto dentist are the experts that know you and your mouth the best. Make an appointment to sit down and talk to your dentist and explore which solution is best for you. Call Lawrence Avenue Dental today and set up an appointment to determine the best plan of care for you and your teeth.