November 28, 2016
Do you need to fill a smile gap but are unsure of what replacement option is best? Dr. Wayne Myles frequently advises dental implants in his Reston area practice. Versatile, stable and long-lasting, dental implants are today’s premier dental prosthetics. Learn all about dental implants and what they can do for your smile.
July 31, 2014
Dr. Wayne Myles has helped countless patients throughout the greater Reston area who are missing teeth. One of the ways he's done this is through the use of dental bridges, which are a great option for people missing a few teeth in a row. A number of patients have asked about implant-supported dental bridges and crown-supported dental bridges, so let's take this opportunity to consider both.
About Dental Bridges
First things first, let's discuss dental bridges.
Dental bridges are appliances that are used to span the gap that is left behind when a person is missing teeth. This restores the appearance as well as the overall bite strength of a person's teeth.
Traditional dental bridges are removable and are held in place by bracing around the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. The types of dental bridges we're looking at (implant-supported and crown-supported) are fixed and specially held in place by other means.
Implant Dentistry for Dental Bridge Support
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into a person's jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, dental implants offer a level of strength and stability that is comparable to natural tooth roots. The number of dental implants required to support a dental bridge will depend on the extent of the tooth loss that is experienced.
Ideal Candidates for Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
The best candidates for implant-supported dental bridges are people who are in good overall health and have sufficient jawbone and gum density in the area of the tooth gap. Good overall health is necessary since oral surgery is required to set the implants in place; patients who suffer from serious health problems will generally be poor candidates for any sort of surgical procedure.
In addition to the above, the dental implants process requires a months-long healing period. This ensures that the dental implants fuse with the living tissues of the mouth, It's important that patients have realistic expectations about the amount of time required for full recovery.
Dental Crowns for Bridge Support
Dental crowns are caps that fit over teeth in order to restore their strength and appearance. They can also be used to support a dental bridge as long as a patient has teeth bookending the tooth gap. In these instances, a special dental dental bridge is crafted that has crowns attached on each side of the appliance. The teeth that bookend the tooth gap are capped by these dental crowns to hold the dental bridge stable.
Ideal Candidates for Crown-Supported Dental Bridges
The best candidates for crown-supported dental bridges are people who have teeth adjacent to a tooth gap that are viable for receiving a dental crown. Realistic expectations of treatment are important to consider as well given the nature of the procedure.
Which option is right for me?
Though more invasive, implant-supported dental bridges tend to be more ideal since the dental implants are very sturdy and prevent gum recession and bone loss in the tooth gap. That said, the duration of treatment can be a downside for many patients.
Crown-supported dental bridges take less time to craft and the results are generally good. However, the dental crowns will require the removal of some tooth structure on your remaining teeth to place. In addition, this option will not address the bone loss and gum recession as dental implants would.
During your consultation, we will be able to go over all of these matters in much greater detail and help you make the best decisions for your needs.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
To learn more about dental bridges and your many options to consider when it comes to missing teeth, we encourage you to contact our advanced dental care center today. Dr. Wayne Myles looks forward to your visit and helping you make the best choices with regard to your dental health and wellness.
August 27, 2013
As people get older, they face a number of dental health issues that are unique to advanced age. This is a natural part of the aging process and nothing that you should feel ashamed of or self-conscious about. By meeting with a skilled professional at our restorative and cosmetic dentistry center, you'll be able to get the help that you need when it is most needed.
Right now our dental care team would like to focus on the dental health challenges that seniors face. This will give you a good idea of what to expect from advanced dental treatment and how we can best help you meet your needs.
Dental Problems That Seniors Face
Seniors face a number of dental health issues related to advanced age. Much of this has to do with normal wear and tear over the years, which can affect the teeth, the gums, and many other structures of the mouth, some of which you may not expect.
Below are a few of the dental problems that seniors often face and various ways that we can help address them.
Treatments for Advanced Tooth Decay and Damage
Tooth decay and damage are serious heath issues, which can result in major discomfort and tooth sensitivity as well difficulty eating certain foods. In order to address varying degrees of tooth decay/damage, there are different dental restoration options that can be tailored to meet different needs. When it comes to minor decay or damage, dental fillings are ideal. More serious cases of damage and decay will be best addressed using inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.
Treatments for Tooth Loss
Tooth loss is a very common problem with elderly patients, whether it comes as a result of gradual wear or decay. The use of dental bridges and dentures at our general and restorative dental care center are both common treatment options to consider. We also often use dental implants as a means of supporting these dental appliances.
Treatments for Gum Disease and Recession
The soft tissues of the mouth are just as important as the teeth, which is why your dentist will take extra care when it comes to the overall condition and health of the gumline. Gum recession is especially problematic for patients of advanced age, and it can often result in tooth loss and serious tooth decay. We have many different methods of treating gum infections as well as restoring the gumline.
Treatments for Other Advanced Dental Problems
The above are just a few of the issues that our dental care team can help older patients address. We are also able to diagnose and treat TMJ disorders, which refers to the locking, popping, and clicking of the jaw joint. This may be due to tooth grinding, arthritis, or other problems. And while it doesn't seem like a serious health issue, we are also able to help patients who are dealing with dry mouth. It may actually be the sign of a serious health problem.
During your consultation, we will be sure to go over all of your options for care in full detail so that you can get the help that you deserve when you most deserve it.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
For more information about your many options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Reston, VA dental care center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health results.