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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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Repairing Damaged Teeth: What You Should Know

by Alfredo Moore

When you have damaged teeth, whether due to an injury, cavities, or an accident, you may wonder what you can do to rectify the situation. After all, your teeth and your smile are one of the first things a person will notice about you when they see and meet you, and you want to be sure that you are making the best impression possible. Get to know some of the options available to you for repairing your damaged teeth and you will soon be well on your way to having the best smile you can possibly have. 

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are one of the more common options used to repair teeth that have suffered some form of damage. Dental crowns are also known as caps because they essentially are placed on top of a cracked or damaged tooth to protect the remaining dental tissue as well as to improve the overall appearance of the tooth and the mouth in general. 

These dental crowns come in many different materials and styles. Some are made of all metal, like gold or other metal alloys. Others are made of ceramic or porcelain. Ceramic and porcelain dental crowns are the most similar looking option to actual teeth. They can also be designed to match the exact color of your existing tooth so that nobody can tell the difference between the crown and the rest of your teeth. 

Dental Bridges

If you have damaged teeth as well as missing teeth, or your dentist determines that there is not enough remaining tooth tissue to place a crown, you may prefer to get a dental bridge to fill in the spaces those teeth leave behind. 

A dental bridge requires healthy teeth to be in place around the gap or damaged teeth. The bridge is anchored to those healthy teeth for stability. This process requires the healthy teeth on either side of the area for the bridge to be filed down so that the bridge anchors will properly adhere to the teeth.

The bridge itself is made up of porcelain or ceramic replacement teeth that are suspended just above the gum line. This is a permanent solution to missing teeth or teeth than need to be removed due to extensive damage. Because healthy teeth need to be filed down in order to attach the dental bridge, a person needs to be absolutely sure of their choice before they commit to a dental bridge. It cannot be undone later. 

Now that you know a few of the options for repairing and possibly replacing damaged teeth, you can choose the option that works best for your individual dental needs and get started. And of course, consult with a certified dentist, such as those at Welch Dental Care, for more information and options.