Are you embarrassed by missing teeth and gaps in your smile? At Designing Smiles in Roseville, MN, our state-of-the-art dental prosthetics can replace missing teeth, reinstate your oral function, and renew your self-confidence. Dr. Deborah Fung has years of experience and keeps on top of the latest dental developments. Further, we are equipped with the latest technology. Thanks to our tools and techniques, we can provide highly realistic prosthetics that will last for years to come.
Dental bridges are the smallest type of dental prosthetic, designed to replace one tooth or several adjacent teeth. Bridges are made up of several crowns, all fused together. The crowns on each end sit on top of the natural teeth. Dr. Fung will need to reshape these teeth before designing and placing your prosthetic. This preparatory process will help to ensure that the bridge sits firmly and securely in your mouth.
Bridges can be made from a variety of materials. However, tooth-colored bridges, made from porcelain or a similar material, are the most realistic option. Porcelain can be color-matched to your teeth, and it also has a beautiful sparkle that will mimic that of dental enamel.
If you are missing a larger number of teeth, dentures are likely the solution. A full denture replaces an entire upper or lower dental arch. A partial denture is appropriate if you still have some healthy teeth.
A traditional full denture consists of a plastic base, chosen to match the shade of your gums. The replacement teeth sit on top of this base. Dr. Fung will take digital impressions of your mouth to ensure that the denture fits securely. Adhesive will lend further stability.
A traditional partial denture also has a plastic base. In addition to matching this material to the color of your gums, Dr. Fung will match the replacement teeth to the shade of your natural teeth. Small clips will connect the denture to your remaining teeth, and you will likely need a bit of denture adhesive, as well.
Dental implants are the optimal method of tooth replacement since they replace not only the crowns of your teeth but also the dental roots. Dr. Fung will place small metal implant posts in your jawbone. As your bone heals around the posts, they will become secure and permanent fixtures in your mouth. After your recovery, Dr. Fung will attach your restoration. Implants can support a single crown, a bridge, and even a full denture.
Like natural tooth roots, dental implants prevent jawbone recession and future tooth loss. They are also extremely stable. With an implant-supported denture, you will never have to restrict your diet or avoid certain hard-to-chew foods. And dental implants are also extremely durable. With proper dental hygiene, implants can last 15 years, 20 years, or even the rest of your life!
To learn more about our dental prosthetics and to find out which type is right for you, contact Designing Smiles today. Reach us via our website or give us a call at (651) 636-2143.
We are located in Roseville and proudly serve patients from Arden Hills, Shoreview, St. Paul, Minneapolis, New Brighton, and other nearby communities.