Dental Bridge

traditional dental bridge

A dental bridge is used to fill a gap where one or more teeth in a row are missing. The traditional dental bridge was often used where as few as one tooth was missing. This procedure has many draw-backs, such as:

a. The need to compromise two neighboring, possibly healthy and attractive teeth in order to anchor the bridge between two crowns,

b. Possible long term complications associated with bone loss in the dental arch at the point where the tooth's root is missing,

c. A shorter serviceable life relative to a dental implant. For these reasons, dental implants have largely replaced dental bridges as the recommended treatment for missing teeth. Where a number of teeth in a row are missing, implants are sometimes use in conjunction with a bridge.

dental implant with dental bridge

A Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridge.
(Where only one or two teeth in a row are missing, one or two implants are often the recommended treatment. Click here to find out more about dental bridges supported by dental implants.)

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is essentially a false tooth that is attached to

a.the natural root of a tooth (for example where a root canal has been performed),

b. to a dental implant (where the root has been extracted) or,

c. to the remnants of a tooth (where a tooth has been re-surfaced to attach a crown to support a dental bridge).

Where a root canal has been performed, a post will often be installed extending from the root canal up into the crown. This provides the crown with additional stability.

Because a crown replaces the visible part of a tooth, it is difficult to photograph in an informative way. Above is an x-ray of a molar and a pre-molar, both of which have been crowned.

Dentist Teeth Whitening

Sometimes also referred to as teeth bleaching, dentist teeth whitening is typically far more effective than teeth whitening products available over the counter to the end consumer.

Dentist teeth whitening products from all major manufacturers, such as the Zoom Whitening system, are widely available in Mexico. Most products require two or more visits to the dental office and involve masking the gums and lips, applying a gel to the teeth and in some cases exposing the gel to an intense light.

Dental Veneers

In instances where teeth have been severely discolored, or where teeth are mis-shaped, mis-aligned or chipped, but are otherwise healthy and functional, dental veneers may be recommended. This procedure should be considered esthetic only. In cases where tooth health or functioning is in question, other treatment procedures will be more appropriate.

Veneers are as the name implies, a thin layer of material that is overlaid on the tooth in order to improve appearance. They can be made of porcelain or resin and are custom made for you.

Dental veneers require that the surface of the teeth in question be prepared. This usually means removing a layer of enamel and etching the enamel surface. An impression of your teeth will be taken to be used to create your veneers.

If porcelain veneers are used, a dental lab will create them. This generally adds to the cost and will require two visits to the dental office. If resin veneers are used, your dentist will likely create them in the office and place them in one visit.

Although they genereally cost more, porcelain veneers are more stain resistant than resin veneers.

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