Bad or missing teeth and poor-fitting dental appliances can make chewing difficult and even impossible. If you’re avoiding certain foods or you’re using only one side of your mouth to eat, it’s time to see your Houston, TX dentist. Dr. Crouse can bring back your chewing ability with restorations (crowns and bridges) and teeth replacement solutions (dentures, partials and dental implants).
Dr. Crouse may use a dental crown to restore a tooth that is too damaged to support fillings or onlays. A crown is a full-coverage cap that encases the portion of the tooth above the gum line. Crowns repair large chips and fractures, replace old, large fillings, restore a tooth after a root canal, cover dental implants, and anchor a fixed bridge.
A dental bridge is made of dental crowns joined together: two crowns capped over teeth on either side of the gap and another crown in the middle to replace the lost tooth. A dental bridge can also be anchored by dental implants for maximum stability.
Dentures and partials are used to replace several missing teeth or all of your teeth. Complete dentures replace an entire upper or lower arch, while partial dentures replace gaps in your smile. If you’re looking for best value and aesthetics, consider dentures supported by dental implants. Instead of one implant per tooth, Dr. Crouse can use four to six implants to support an upper or lower denture. Unlike removable dentures, fixed, implant-supported dentures mean better chewing ability. Implant dentures will never slip, slide or come off at the most inconvenient moment.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials like titanium. The implant is embedded into your gums and the replacement tooth is attached on top. Getting implants is like growing new teeth from the root up! Dr. Crouse can restore individual implants with a dental crown or an overdenture.