Tooth Replacement at Healthy Smiles Dental in Lancaster PA includes dental implants, bridges, and partial and full dentures
Tooth loss can cause shifting, rotation, and mal-alignment of your remaining teeth. Missing teeth also make the surrounding teeth work harder to compensate for their loss. Consider replacing missing teeth with the most reliable solution dentistry has to offer. Dr. Matthew Kingston has received extensive training in the restoration of dental implants. Dr. Kingston works closely with your oral surgeon or periodontist in planning the placement of the dental implant. Once this is complete, Dr. Kingston will complete the restoration with an implant retained crown.
Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even to give support for a permanent or removable denture. Ask Dr. Kingston if dental implants are right for you!
When there is a space between teeth where a tooth has been lost, the adjacent and opposing teeth may begin to shift, rotate, or super-erupt. The best course of action is to fill this space to prevent these occurrences. One way to do this is with a fixed bridge. The teeth on either side of the space are shaped for crowns, and a single piece bridge (that looks like multiple teeth) is then permanently cemented to the abutment teeth.
Healthy Smiles Dental is the first practice in Lancaster to introduce Planmeca PlanScan E4D Technology – digital dentistry that creates a custom-fitted permanent crown on site in a single, two-hour office visit, avoiding the need for temporary crowns on the adjacent teeth.
A denture can be a very functional and esthetic way to replace missing teeth. When you have one or more missing teeth, a denture may be the right solution for you. Full and partial dentures are an economical way to replace your teeth.
Partial dentures offer an affordable way to replace one or more missing teeth. Using a framework that holds replacement teeth, a partial denture is a reversible, removable appliance. The partial denture can be constructed of an acrylic, metal and acrylic for optimal strength, vinyl for the best esthetics, or a combination of materials.
Cast Framework Partial Denture
A strong metal substructure is made to custom fit and anchor to your remaining teeth. This style of partial is the most stable and longest lasting. It incorporates metal clasps that hold the partial denture to several of the remaining teeth. Esthetics are added in with pink acrylic to match your gum color, and denture teeth to match the shape and size of your own teeth.
Valplast® (Flexible) Partial Denture
This denture is constructed of a thermoplastic vinyl and incorporates no metal. The vinyl material actually becomes softer and more flexible in your mouth as you wear it. The Valplast partial is highly esthetic, and can be used to replace one or multiple teeth.
All-Acrylic Partial Denture
In some cases a partial can be made of pink acrylic and denture teeth, with no metal framework. This type of denture still incorporates metal clasps to help hold the appliance in place. However, these clasps are less rigid and less durable. In most cases, this type of partial denture is used for short-term wear, or as an interim appliance while a more permanent appliance is being considered or made.
Full Dentures (aka "False Teeth")
When all upper or lower teeth have been lost, a full denture can be a good option to replace all the missing teeth. Dr. Kingston and his team help select the size and shape of the denture teeth, as well as the tooth position, to create an esthetic and functional appliance.
For someone who has not worn a full denture before, accommodating to this appliance can take some time and practice. This is normally overcome in a matter of days or weeks.
Following the fabrication of a new partial or full denture, your mouth has to get used to a new appliance. Adjustments are made at the fitting appointment to make the denture as comfortable as possible. However, it is normal to experience some sore spots under and around the denture. Dr. Kingston will make all adjustments to a new denture - usually at no charge, and he will see you in a timely fashion to accommodate your comfort.