If you have multiple missing teeth and you want a permanent fixed solution for a full arch, All-on-4® might be the best option for you. Typically four (and sometimes six) implants support a full set of permanent, fixed prosthetic teeth. The implants fuse into your jaw bone for a secure hold — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Many patients choose All-on-4® because four implants can maximize the function and appearance and symmetry of your smile with fewer appointments and less hassle. Our team will take your wishes and needs into consideration to establish a treatment plan that feels right for you.
If you’ve lost a tooth, but the surrounding teeth are healthy and intact, a dental bridge might be the best restorative option. Often the cost of a 3-unit bridge vs. a single unit implant is similar. Reasons one may elect to get a bridge: less time start to finish, no implant surgery, and depending on the amount of bone, a bridge may be more aesthetic.
Dental bridges and dental implants are fixed options and serve a similar function. The decision is best made after weighing all the factors. At BOCO Dental we take the time to make sure you thoroughly understand the pros and cons of various restorative procedures, so that you’re pleased with the appearance, fit and feel of the final result!
Crowns can help preserve a tooth that’s worn, weak, cracked, or severely discolored. Sometimes the damage or decay has progressed to the point where a filling won’t be adequate. Crowns (also known as caps) are versatile from both a cosmetic and functional standpoint.
Dental crowns are made of either a white ceramic material or gold, and cemented onto an existing tooth — extending the life of your original tooth — while offering durability and a natural appearance. If properly cared for, dental crowns can last for years!
Candidates for same-day CEREC crowns can restore the strength and beauty of a natural tooth in one appointment. Call us to set up a consultation and find out if a CEREC crown is right for you.
You may be a candidate for dentures if you’re missing some or all of your teeth. Dentures are removable, prosthetic teeth that act as a replacement for your natural teeth. Basic functions like eating and speaking are compromised with missing teeth, but the jaw also begins to change shape as bone and gum tissue fill the tooth socket. Dentures (full or partial) maintain the shape of the jaw restoring a proper bite, and functionality.
You have a cavity! Dental fillings are a good option for minor repairs on teeth that have structural integrity and/or decay. Thankfully, fillings have come a long way since they were silver, and since they are tooth colored, no one will be able to tell.
Grinding and clenching can shorten the lifespan of a filling. Over time, fillings may need to be replaced due to marginal leakage of the restoration. If a filling has become dislodged or worn down, your tooth is vulnerable to bacteria and further decay. New sensitivity in a tooth is an indicator that it might be time.
Today’s fillings are made from a mixture of glass and synthetic material that’s durable and blends seamlessly with natural teeth. Some people even opt to reverse the signs of aging by swapping out degraded, or loose silver fillings for a natural-looking tooth-colored composite. As always, we are happy to discuss your options!
If you’re missing teeth, you may feel self-conscious, but these days you have a variety of options to restore your bite and smile.
Implants are recommended if existing teeth and gums aren’t healthy enough to support a conventional bridge. Each case is unique, and the number of implants needed depends on the viability of the surrounding teeth and gums.
An implant is a titanium root that is placed into your jaw. Once the bone heals around the implant, we place an artificial crown on top. The dental crown is customized to match your bite and the color of your teeth. Implants can replace a single tooth — or implants can be used in conjunction with bridges, or to help retain dentures.