Missing teeth adversely impact your appearance, speech, self-confidence and oral function. Your dentist in Selden, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino, offers innovative dental implants and also delivers dentures and crown and bridge for complete and well-functioning smiles.
Missing Teeth Are All-Too-Common
The American College of Prosthodontists says that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Besides actually enduring the loss, many people put up with the constant consequences of smile gaps:
- Aged facial features (skin wrinkling and reduced bite height)
- Poor chewing and speaking
- Weaker teeth adjacent to the smile gap
- Jaw bone and gum recession
As such, Dr. Scotto-Lavino and his staff are dedicated to avoiding tooth loss through consistently excellent preventive and restorative dentistry. But, if tooth loss does occur, through decay, infection or oral injury, the doctor delivers crown and bridge, dentures and dental implants He carefully evaluates his patients to present the best replacement options suited to the individual’s health and appearance.
What is Crown and Bridge?
Crown and bridge is a very common and long-standing tooth replacement option. It consists of one or more artificial teeth in a row affixed to lifelike porcelain crowns that are bonded to adjoining natural teeth. Typically, the natural teeth are at opposite ends of the smile gap and must be shaped to receive the crowns. (by themselves, the dentist may use crowns to cover and protect teeth damaged by deep decay or oral injury).
The artificial teeth are made of porcelain or sometimes a porcelain and metal combination. The dentist, in conjunction with a trusted dental lab, constructs the bridge according to X-rays and oral impressions. Mounted permanently in place, bridgework matches natural teeth in color and shape. With good care, this prosthetic lasts for 10 years or more.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are true artificial teeth from root to crown. Comprised of a titanium implant screw, metal abutment and porcelain crown, the dental implant is stable and durable, providing normal chewing, biting, speaking and appearance.
The dental implant is composed of titanium, a biocompatible metal which bonds well with human bone. When the dentist or oral surgeon inserts an implant device into the patient’s jaw, the device heals in place through a natural process called osseointegration. Osseointegration is the secret to the tremendous success and longevity of the dental implant.
Replacing one, two or even more teeth, or supporting bridgework or dentures, the dental implant or implants require several weeks of healing before accepting the substantial loads of biting and chewing. After full integration, implants actually strengthen the jaw bone. No other tooth replacement option does that, making implants a superior option for replacing missing teeth.
What are Dentures?
Today’s dentures are realistic and fit exceptionally well, crafted from bio-compatible acrylic. Replacing just a few teeth (partial denture), or a complete arch, dentures restore facial appearance, support muscles and allow for normal oral function. For qualified patients, Dr. Scotto-Lavino delivers All-on-4 dental implants to support multi-tooth prosthetics (fixed or removable dentures).
Keep on Smiling
Please contact Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino for your restorative dentistry consultation. Together, you and your dentist will explore your options for tooth replacement and find a solution perfect for your smile.