Are you missing teeth? Have you postponed getting a bridge or a denture? Do you wear ill-fitting or loose dentures right now? If so, Elgin Family Dentistry wants to improve your quality of life with dental implants.
As the prosthetic that most closely mimics nature’s design, dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots. Each implant is strategically placed in the jaw where bone integrates with it to create a solid foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The benefits of dental implants include:
- Promote bone retention
- Eliminate slipping, loose, wobbly dentures
- Don’t require support from healthy teeth
- Can last a lifetime
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
Ask us today for more information on dental implants.
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures, such as gum sores and difficulty speaking and chewing. Implant-supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth than traditional dentures, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and preventing the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants.
After a tooth loss, your appearance transforms, and your confidence can fade. With dentures, you can regain your confident, normal life even after the loss of your teeth. Offering only the most advanced, removable dentures to best fit you, Dr. Kingsley and Dr. Peters will guide you every step of the way. Our team will create custom dentures made especially for you, helping you select the shade and shape. You walk away with great fitting dentures that look just like natural teeth, and smiling is just the beginning.
Partial dentures are used if you have several teeth missing that cannot be corrected with a bridge. A partial denture is created to replace those teeth. The partial denture is removable and is designed to fit comfortably, blending in with any remaining teeth. This type of denture is made from a synthetic material that is supported with a lightweight metal. It mimics your gum tissue and teeth to create a natural-looking smile, while still remaining functional. The partial denture is important once the teeth have been removed to keep existing teeth from tilting and growing in toward the gaps.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Elgin Family Dentistry uses a tooth-like crown made of gold or porcelain to restore your tooth. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
If you have lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile, left uncorrected, can create significant problems for your dental health. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more future problems. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth (or pontic) is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. Elgin Family Dentistry creates a functional, natural-looking bridge to correct your smile, to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort.
You may suffer from headaches, a popping jaw when you open or close your mouth, and pain in your jaw joints and muscles. If so, this could signify problems with your temporomandibular joint. A healthy jaw joint does not make any noise. Clicking or popping in the joint may be an indication of strain or of long-term injury. The joint problem may be a result of trauma, of complications with your bite, of grinding or clenching your teeth, or of a combination of these factors.
TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), is a condition that affects many people, but the good news is it can often be treated. Based on the severity of your condition, we can recommend a course of treatment that will help alleviate your pain and make your day-to-day activities more pleasant. If you are experiencing or have experienced clicking, popping, or pain in your jaw joint, ask an Elgin Family Dentistry team member today if you might benefit from this treatment.
Quit relying on the use of small mirrors and flashlights or on pulling back your tender cheek to get a better look at your teeth! With an intraoral camera, you can see exactly what your dentist sees during both treatment planning and dental procedures. You will have a greater understanding of both your oral health and of our recommended treatments. Our dental team uses this technology to discuss treatment options with you, and they are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Many people are uncomfortable visiting the dentist. Your comfort is our highest priority, and our office is designed so that you can enjoy a relaxing dental visit. We offer blankets, pillows, scented towels, heated neck rolls, and cable TV…or you are welcome to bring in a music device with headphones to enjoy during your appointment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is also offered to keep you comfortable and relaxed.