Crowns & Bridges
If you have damaged or missing teeth, you may find a permanent crown or a bridge fit your lifestyle perfectly. At Delray Beach Family Dentistry, we offer custom crowns and bridges, to repair your smile, and restore proper function in your mouth.
Unlike removable devices, like dentures, crowns and bridges are permanent replacements for damaged or missing teeth. They are attached to either existing teeth, or implants, and can only be removed by a dental professional.
Crowns, or ‘caps,’ are used to completely cover a damaged tooth, or an implant. In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, it can be used to improve shape, alignment, and appearance.
Our dentists may recommend crowns if you have a tooth that:
• Is weak, and could fracture
• Is already fractured
• Is misshapen
• Has had a root canal
• Needs to be completely replaced
• Requires a large filling
A bridge may be required to replace several missing teeth at once. Bridges are cemented onto existing natural teeth or implants, called abutments. If gaps made by missing teeth are left untreated, they can cause your existing teeth to shift. Shifting teeth can result in a bad bite, or even lead to periodontal diseases.
Our dentists may recommend a bridge if you have:
• Several teeth missing next to each other
• Weak, or fractured teeth that need to be removed and replaced
When crowns and bridges are used, the tooth, or surrounding teeth may need to be reduced in size to hold the crown on bridge. An impression is taken of your teeth, and custom pieces are made to fit perfectly into your mouth.
At Delray Beach Family Dentistry, our dentists install custom crowns that are made to match your natural teeth as closely as possible. In most cases no one will even know you have them installed.
Many patients have found that crowns and bridges are a great option, as with proper care, including daily brushing, and flossing, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. It is important that the surrounding teeth be well taken care of, so that they crowns and bridges don’t lose their support structure.
We all know going to the dentist is import, but sometimes you may need more than a dentist. If you have a severe or chronic condition caused by bacteria or plaque beneath the gum lines, you will need to see a periodontist. Fortunately, many dentists, including those at Delray Beach Family Dentistry, are also qualified periodontists.
A periodontist specializes in the treatment of gum diseases, such as gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused when plaque and tartar are left on the teeth too long. The bacteria can cause the gums to become inflamed, causing them to be swollen, red, and bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can be treated with good oral hygiene and regular cleaning. Though gingivitis is a mild periodontal disease that causes no bone loss, if left untreated it can lead to a more serious disease called periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a gum disease that causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that become infected. The bacteria, and the body’s own response system to the bacteria will eventually begin to break down the bones in the jaw that holds the teeth in place. If left untreated, this can lead to bone, tooth, and gum loss, and may require extraction.
The periodontists at Delray Beach Family Dentistry use methods proven to help cure gum disease. A scaling and root planning procedure, done under a local anesthetic, cleans beneath the gum line, removing bacteria, and smoothing the roots of the teeth. Arestin, and antibacterial that helps kill any remaining bacteria may also be placed in the pockets of the gums.
Some of the symptoms of a periodontal disease include red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, teeth that are sensitive and hurt when chewing. Chronic bad breath may also be an indicator of a periodontal disease.
For many Americans, removable dentures are the best way to replace missing teeth. Unlike implant dentures, dentures are completely removable, and are easy to place back in the mouth.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth that care custom made to match your natural teeth in size and color, and are attached to a flesh colored acrylic base that fits directly over your gums. The acrylic base is held in place by dental adhesive.
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial, Your Delray Beach dentists will help you decide which option is right for you.
Full dentures replace all of your teeth. The lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe, while the upper denture covers the entire roof of your mouth.
Partial dentures (sometimes just called partials) replace only a few teeth in your mouth. They are attached to a metal plate that is anchored to your natural teeth. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
At Delray Beach Family Dentistry, we take pride on providing high quality low cost dentures. Your dentures will be custom made to fit your mouth, with the color of the acrylic base matching your own gums as closely as possible, and teeth that look completely natural.
Patients who do not have enough jaw structure to support implant dentures, or implant supported dentures, are good candidates for traditional dentures.
The words ‘root canal’ can make almost anyone cringe. Most people think only of the painful procedures their parents had. Fortunately, today’s root canals are no longer the uncomfortable, difficult procedures they were in the past.
Today’s root canals can be as easy, and efficient as having a filling put it. When done by a highly trained dental professional, like those at Delray Beach Family Dentistry, root canals can be simple, and have a very high success rate.
Root canals are necessary when a tooth becomes badly decayed or becomes infected. The inside of the tooth contains a small chamber that holds the soft pulp and nerve. If either of these are damaged, it will begin to break down, and bacteria will form. The bacteria can cause an infection, or in more severe cases an abscess.
To repair the damaged tooth, the skilled dentists, or endodontist at Delray Beach Family Dentistry will remove the nerve and pulp, clean and fill the chamber, then seal the tooth. If not taken care of right away, the infected tooth may have to be extracted. Getting immediate care can help save the tooth.
While some root canals can be done in a single visit, more severe infections may require a two-visit treatment. At Delray Beach Family Dentistry, we will discuss which treatment you will need beforehand to make sure you know what to expect, and are comfortable with the procedure.
Some signs that a root canal may be needed include extreme pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat, or cold, swelling of the gums, or blackening of the tooth. Don’t suffer with tooth pain, when Delray Beach Family Dentistry can make you comfortable, and pain free.
While permanent teeth are supposed to be permanent, sometimes a tooth may need to be extracted (pulled). The reasons vary, but include trauma to a tooth, teeth that are too infected to be repaired by a root canal, or are being blocking other teeth so that they can’t push through the gums.
At Delray Beach Family Dentistry, we perform all our extractions with the utmost care, and try to make our patients through the entire process. There are two types of extractions, a simple extraction, and a surgical extraction.
A simple extraction can be done for most visible teeth. A local anesthetic is all that is required. Our dentists will loosen the tooth, if necessary, and carefully remove it with forceps.
A surgical extraction may require a local anesthetic or an IV (general) anesthetic, and require cutting into the gums. Surgical extractions are usually done for teeth that have especially large roots, teeth that are broken at or below the gum line, teeth that are badly infected, and teeth that are impacted (growing under other teeth).
No matter the reason you may have for needing an extraction, you can trust the experts at Delray Family Dentistry. We know that needing a tooth removed is stressful, and do our best to make you as comfortable as possible.
Most of our patients never feel any pain during the extraction, and often only mild pain and soreness afterward.
Extractions need to be taken care of right away, or they can lead to further complications, including the need to remove even more teeth.