All Posts Tagged: restorative dentistry

solutions for missing teeth - Green Dental Care

Solutions for Missing Teeth

3 Incredible Solutions for Missing Teeth

Every dentist spends the greatest portion of their career doing everything possible to prevent their patients from losing their natural teeth. However, it may not always be possible to save a tooth, especially one that is severely decayed or damaged. At this point, your Parker, CO dentist will recommend the most suitable tooth replacement option. The team at Green Dental Care shares the following overview of the tooth replacement options available should you ever lose one or more of your natural teeth.

Replacement Option #1: Dental Implants

In an ideal world, everyone who loses a tooth would replace it with a dental implant. Only because this is the best replacement option that can work as well as, or even better, than natural teeth. Dr. Chris Green explains that a dental implant is a titanium rod or screw that is surgically placed in the jaw. 

After this rod fuses with the surrounding bone tissue, a dental crown is placed on it using a “peg” referred to as an abutment. This complete system is what is collectively referred to as a dental implant.

Our friends at ThoroughDent Smiles, a dental office in Georgetown KY, also point out that dental implants aren’t only used to replace a single missing tooth. Implants can also be used to make dental bridges or to make fixed dentures.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Very high success rates among patients with healthy dental structures
  • Implants are comfortable, stable, strong and functional
  • No preparation is done to nearby teeth when implants are to be placed
  • No special maintenance requirements (you can brush and floss normally, for example)
  • Visually appealing

The Drawbacks of Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are the most expensive tooth replacement option
  • Getting dental implants can be time-consuming
  • The process involves undergoing minor surgery
  • Patients with certain medical histories, such as diabetes and smokers, have low success rates with this option
  • The option comes with minimum requirements, such as on bone density and health of nearby teeth, which a patient must have before getting the implants. Otherwise, other procedures, such as bone grafting, may have to be performed before the implants are placed.

Replacement Option #2: Dental Bridges

If you lose just one tooth, Dr. Ionescu says the next best thing if you can’t get an implant is a dental bridge.

As you may have guessed from the name of this replacement option, a dental bridge refers to a restoration in which two teeth on each side of a gap have crowns placed on them and then a “pontic” or false tooth is supported by these surrounding teeth to fill the gap left. 

The Advantages of Dental Bridges

  • The restoration is fixed, so you won’t have to keep removing it
  • Visually appealing
  • Faster and more affordable when compared to getting implants
  • Fewer anatomical requirements when compared to implants
  • Patients of any age and any medical history can get bridges

The Drawbacks of Dental Bridges

  • Patients must have teeth adjacent to the gap to be filled by a bridge
  • Adjacent teeth have to be prepped (for crown placement)
  • They are harder to maintain since it isn’t easy to clean underneath the pontic
  • Failure rates are high, especially when compared to implants
  • Bone loss occurs since the jawbone beneath the pontic isn’t stimulated

Replacement Option #3: Removable Dentures

In an ideal situation, your Parker CO dentist will recommend removable dentures as a last resort. Removable dentures are worn during the day and then removed at night. While they are made from different materials, Dr. Green asserts that they all have the same basic attributes.

The Advantages of Removable Dentures

  • They are the cheapest replacement option
  • Removable dentures don’t require surgery
  • Existing teeth are rarely prepped before fitting dentures

The Drawbacks of Removable Dentures

  • Less visually appealing
  • Less functional
  • Harder to clean and maintain
  • Less stable
  • They are removable

Which Option is the Best to Replace Your Missing Teeth?

Every patient is different, and the experts at Green Dental Care say that a variety of factors comes into play when selecting the best option. For example, your finances and how many missing teeth you have could determine which replacement option you choose.

If finances aren’t a problem and you don’t have any medical/anatomical contraindications, then dental implants would be the option of choice to replace your missing teeth. If, on the other hand, you have a limited budget, then your Parker, CO dental clinic may recommend a bridge or removable dentures.

Dr. Green and Dr. Ionescu are happy to see you for a consultation and recommend the best option to replace your missing teeth. Why wait to get your smile back? Contact Green Dental Care today.

Read More
dental implant testimonial

Dental Implant Journey: Henry

We had the pleasure of sitting down with our patient Henry to discuss his experience with Green Dental Care. When Henry first met Dr. Green, he felt miserable about his smile. Henry’s dental health and lifestyle drastically changed after Dr. Green placed 15 dental implants. Read below to learn more about Henry’s dental implant journey. 

Henry’s Oral Health

1. How did you feel about your oral health before meeting everyone at Green Dental Care? Did you have any pain or cavities then? What dental problems were you trying to solve?

I didn’t have any teeth and the teeth I did have were not done right. Almost every tooth had a root canal in it, they were pretty messed up. When I was younger, I got some teeth knocked out. I never took care of the rest of them. Never flossed…I never did anything. If I can give you any advice it would be to floss, floss, floss, and brush your teeth twice a day. 

Working with Green Dental Care

2. How did you find Green Dental Care?

Dr. Green worked at another practice and that’s where I met him.

3. What did you like about Green Dental Care? Is there a service you liked the most? Why? What about Green Dental Care surprised you the most?

I liked everything. There is not one negative thing I can say about Green Dental Care. There is nothing negative to say about the staff, the office, the care, the prestige. How clean it is, how Dr. Green explains everything, the actual procedure – everything was top-notch. I recommend Dr. Green to everyone I know. He is phenomenal.  

Post Dental Implant Treatment

4. How do you feel now that you have a new smile? Has your lifestyle changed in any way?

I am out of pain. I can eat food. People notice my smile and want to know who did it. I feel like a whole new person. 

5. What’s the main reason you would recommend Green Dental Care’s services? What would you say to a potential patient who’s interested in Green Dental Care’s services?

I would tell them the doctor has the greatest personality in the world. His demeanor – he’s such an honest person, he’s smart. The staff is just so nice. For caps, cleaning, implants, I personally think you can’t find anyone better. I had 15 implants done, and I’ve never had any pain. Dr. Green offered me pain meds, and I didn’t even need them. It doesn’t hurt. Dr. Green does what he says he’ll do. I hate dentists more than anything in the world, but I love this guy. He’s a class act. You need to tell anyone and everybody you can about him, he’s amazing. If anyone needs dental work done, I recommend Green Dental Care.

parker co dental implant case

Working with patients like Henry is why we do what we do. There is no better feeling than making our patients finally feel proud of their smile. If you or someone you know needs dental implants in Parker, CO, contact Green Dental Care. Our team is happy to sit down with you to answer any questions or concerns about dental implants. 

Read More
Temporary Vs Permanent Crown - Green Dental Care

Temporary Vs Permanent Dental Crown

Ever since cosmetic dentistry and smile solutions have started to gain popularity, a large number of people have started spending more time at the dentist’s office. In this article, Dr. Christopher Green explains the differences between a temporary vs permanent dental crown. 

Why Is There a Need for A Crown?

Whether you require a temporary crown or a permanent crown there are numerous reasons why this procedure is performed.

A crown may be used to prevent the breakage or cracking of an older tooth. Furthermore, it can also help protect a previously installed dental implant or simply just make your smile look better. The crown can be placed as it is but, if needed, a root canal can also be performed to prepare your tooth.

What Is a Temporary Crown?

Temporary crowns are made of only two materials, metal or plastic, which do not hold significant economic value but are rather cheap materials. This is mainly because they are intended to last only a few weeks.

As the name states, these crowns are only a temporary solution, which is why in most cases, they are installed when the patients are scheduled to have them replaced by permanent crowns. 

Our friend Dr. Fradi Farhat, a dentist in Sterling Heights, MI, explains that the reason why they are installed in the first place is to protect your tooth until the permanent crowns are placed instead of them. The permanent crowns will be placed after the mold between your teeth has been completed. This will also help those who have cracked, chipped or damaged teeth in feeling less insecure. The temporary crowns are bonded together using temporary cement so that they can be removed without any hassle.

What Is a Permanent Crown?

Unlike temporary crowns, permanent crowns come in a range of comparatively better materials, like gold, ceramic, stainless steel and even porcelain.

As the name states, these are designed to be a permanent solution so that they do not need to be replaced for a time period of 5 to 15 years after installation. Most major dental issues regarding your teeth will require a permanent crown. These will be used to treat all of the problems mentioned above.

In order to make room for the crown, it’s most likely that the dentist will have to file down your tooth and shape it accordingly. In addition to that, a strong bonding cement will be applied to ensure that the crowns stay intact. But the dentist will make sure to match the color of the crown with the rest of the teeth to give it a natural look. 

Where Can You Get a Crown Placed?

Finding the best dental clinic in your area can be tough sometimes, but if you live anywhere near Parker, CO, you are in luck as you can find Green Dental Care nearby. Our doctors, including Dr. Christopher Green and Dr. Ionescu, combine years of professional experience with a diverse set of skills and a serious commitment to patient satisfaction.

Whether you’re thinking of getting a crown put in or having your teeth straightened, make an appointment with Dr. Christopher Green to have all your dental problems taken care of.

 

Read More