Get Your Perfect Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry with West Hartford, Connecticut Dentists
If you've ever wondered why so many individuals in public life have such perfect smiles, you might be surprised to find out how many of them have had cosmetic dental work at their Hartford CT dentists
! You too can get your perfect smile with crowns/caps or dental implants. There's no need to ever be self-conscious about your smile again. At Contemporary General Dentistry, we specialize in returning your mouth to its healthy, natural-looking smile with cosmetic dental work.
Dental Crowns and Caps
Our West Hartford dental office
located on Farmington Avenue helps to restore decayed teeth with dental crowns or caps. Crowns, also called caps, are synthetic coverings, usually made of a material like porcelain, that fit over the entire tooth. A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns can restore tooth shape. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover dental implants, prevent a cracked tooth from progressing, or securing an existing filling that is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. On an esthetic level, crowns can be applied to restore the natural coloring of a stained tooth.
A tooth is usually reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is taken and a cast is made of the existing teeth. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Crowns Versus Veneers
Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas. Unlike crowns, veneers won't require the dentist to remove much of the tooth itself in most cases. Veneers are created from an impression taken in your cosmetic dentist's office. Your custom veneer is then glued directly onto your tooth. With proper care, a good quality crown can last many years. It is important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque around the restoration. Our Farmington Avenue dental office
in West Hartford CT offers both of these dental procedures.
Cosmetic Dental Restorations - Dental Implants
Our West Hartford CT dentist office
also offers dental implants. Below you will find a detailed discussion of what to expect from your dental appointment with our talented dentist Dr. Bryan Wilson at Contemporary General Dentistry, LLC. in Connecticut. Dental implants are metal fixtures made out of titanium that are placed within the jawbone with great precision. Dental implants provide a highly biocompatible surface, which enables bone to completely fill in and provide long-term stability. When fully integrated with surrounding bone a dental implant serves as a root for a missing tooth. The dental implant also serves as the support for the final restoration, dental crown, bridge or denture.
What to Expect from Dental Implants at Your West Hartford Dentist
The first visit to your West Hartford dentists
for dental implants consists of a consultation. During the visit radiographs, "dental x-rays", are obtained and the area where implants will be placed is evaluated to make sure that the quality of the bone is good and quantity of the alveolar bone is sufficient to support a dental implant and any forces that will be exerted on it. A diagnostic impression is also obtained.
The implant is placed and in the jaw and allowed to heal and integrate with the surrounding bone. The time it takes for a dental implant to integrate with the surrounding jaw bone (alveolar bone) varies from patient to patient. Some of the main factors that can affect healing include the location of placement, health of the individual, quality of bone (good blood supply, soft malleable bone vs. poor blood supply, rigid bone), health of the surrounding area where implant is placed, type of dental implant used, and oral hygiene of the implant recipient. All these factors can determine how fast and how well the dental implants will integrate. After a dental implant is placed it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months before the final restoration is completed. Healing time will vary from 3-4 months in the lower jaw to 4-6 months in the upper jaw. Implant placement surgery is completed with just local anesthesia and the whole procedure is performed under sterile conditions. Learn about immediate loading dental implants.
Impression for a crown is obtained. Your dentist at Contemporary General Dentistry in Hartford Connecticut will attach an impression piece to the implant and obtain a dental impression for the crown or a bridge. In case an overdenture or an implant supported denture, as it is commonly known, will be the final prosthesis the denture fabrication process begins with the final impression of the surrounding tissues and dental implants.
Crown or dental bridge is tried in to confirm a perfect fit, good color match with surrounding teeth, and is cemented permanently. An implant-supported denture with the teeth set in wax would be evaluated for esthetics, function, proper speech and stability. Adjustments are made in needed. Any changes to the position of teeth to improve esthetics, functionally, and speech should be made during this visit. Denture is sent to a dental laboratory for processing.
Implant-supported denture is delivered. Movement of denture teeth cannot be completed because they are permanently set in hard acrylic. Special overdenture fixtures are attached to the dental implants and the denture is tried in. The implant-supported denture should have excellent stability. The dentist can modify the retention of the denture if necessary. Slight bite adjustment will be made to ensure an even bite.
If you are looking to get cosmetic dental work in the West Hartford Connecticut
area, you have to visit the best dentists at Contemporary General Dentistry. We will take care of all your dental needs in a caring and comfortable environment, sure to put your anxieties at ease. Our dental office at 836 Farmington Avenue services the dental needs of all of Hartford County Connecticut, including Wethersfield, East Hartford, West Hartford, Newington, Farmington, New Britain, Bloomfield, Avon, Windsor, and Weatogue. Call us today to get your perfect smile (860) 881-2997!
By Contemporary General Dentistry
February 27, 2012