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Dental Implants Before and After facts

One in five people is afraid of going to the dentist. No matter what's the case, fear to the dentist, money issues or you simply think you don't need it. Let´s see what implants can do for your smile.

Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that's placed over a weak or damaged tooth to improve its shape, size, strength, or appearance. Most crowns last five to 15 years and can be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic. Before a crown is seated, the existing tooth is filed down; then the crown is cemented over it, fully encasing the tooth. Onlays and three-quarter crowns cover the underlying tooth to a lesser extent.

Implants

Millions of Americans suffer tooth loss, mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. Dental implants -- replacement tooth roots which are made of titanium (shown at far left) -- provide a strong foundation for the attachment of permanent or removable artificial teeth (crowns). Instead of individual crowns, some patients may have attachments on their implant that support a removable denture.

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures -- complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth remain.

Bridges (fixed partial dentures)

A fixed (permanent) bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth either side of the gap, and attaching artificial teeth to them. The "bridge" is then cemented into place. A cantilever bridge is used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Maryland bonded bridges have porcelain teeth supported by a framework.

Smile Makeovers

A combination of dental techniques can be used to achieve a great smile. Here, porcelain veneers and crowns correct crooked teeth, an uneven gum line, and other chipped, worn, and discolored dentistry. While cosmetic dentists can make a dramatic difference in a person's smile and overall oral health, the work must be carefully planned -- though for many the elaborate and costly production is worth it in the end.

Adapted from WebMD.com

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