Dentures, Partial Dentures, and Removable Bridges
Dentures and Removable Bridges are a set of artificial teeth that appear and act just like natural teeth. They can be used for eating and speaking, but are also removable when necessary. Today’s advancements have made full or partial dentures and removable Bridges much more comfortable for everyday use.
Custom dentures are made using measurements taken from your own jaws, so the fit is natural and exact. With proper care, cleaning, and maintenance, a set of dentures will last for many years.
We guarantee our partials as we do our crowns – indefinitely. Therefore, we recommend only the brands that use the best precision technology, with stress breakers to allow for natural movement. This technology results in almost no breakage, and this type of attachment can be easily adjusted for retention, etc. One preferred brand is Bredent.
When only one or a few artificial teeth are needed, a dental bridge can provide a permanent solution. Bridges are affixed permanently in place for results that look, feel , and function like your very own teeth.
Just like any other custom appliance, a highly accurate impression of your mouth and teeth will need to be taken in order to fabricate replacement teeth of the perfect size and shape. Once the artificial teeth are ready, they will be cemented into place using the two surrounding teeth as anchors.
The Bridgework may be made from solid Zirconia,, porcelain fused to Zirconia or porcelain fused to high noble white metal. Zirconia, is a form of synthetic diamond. Our preferred brand of Porcelain fused to Zirconia is Lava™ by 3M. Dr. Strait and Wilton Dental Associates works with two of the best dental laboratories in the United States. At both labs they use Microscopes to finish the margins of the work that is done. We inspect all work when it returns from the lab to make sure it meets our stringent standards and that the fit is absolutely perfect. Our 35+ years of experience and our dedication to excellence allows us to assure you that your bridge or bridges will last indefinitely.
The loss of a tooth can be a great blow to your self esteem and day-to-day life. Not only can missing teeth affect one’s appearance, but can also negatively affect eating habits and facial bone structure. Fortunately, great advancements in prosthodontics have made it possible to permanently replace missing teeth with dental implants.
The Dental Implant Process
Once a tooth has been completely removed, the first step in placing a dental implant is to install a root-like titanium fixture directly into the jawbone. The implant will need to be installed by a specialist and given sufficient time to fuse with the jawbone and surrounding tissues.At Wilton Dental Associates we have two oral surgeons associated with our office as well as a staff Periodontist implant specialist; depending on the situation and difficulty one of these three specialists will be recommended. When this process is complete, the implant acts just like the roots of a tooth and holds the replacement firmly in place.
When Dr. Strait has determined that the implant has healed into place, a post or abutment can be attached. This will provide an anchor for your replacement tooth. A new artificial tooth will be produced using a custom mold taken from your own mouth. The color, size, and shape will match your original teeth very closely, so you can feel confident that your restored smile is perfect and symmetrical.
Dental Implant System
We now offer the most advanced implant technology available, Ankylos by Dentsply, because this is the first system that guarantees the stability, longevity, permanent aesthetics, and periodontal health of the implant, by preventing any bone loss or ditching (wear) of the bone around its base.
Care of Your Dental Implants
Once the dental implant has been placed and healed properly, it will serve you with the same strength and integrity as a natural tooth. Care for it as you care for all of your teeth.
The loss of one or more teeth is more than just an aesthetic misfortune. While teeth are the integral part of a great smile , they also serve as a most necessary component of your facial structure and lifestyle! When multiple teeth are missing, the skin of the face sags, eating and speaking habits are compromised, and jawbone loss occurs. At Wilton Dental Associates we offer restorative solutions to replace missing teeth whether one or the entire dentition and restore not only your smile, but the function, integrity and confidence that went with them.
A crown provides a more extensive repair to a tooth than even a high-quality bonded composite or ceramiic filling.
A crown if done properly is basically a replacement of the enamel on your teeth and is quite thin but extremely strong. Its’ most valuable uses are to prevent weak or partially cracked teeth from breaking severely, or cracking further and requiring a root canal. A crown in many situations is one of the most valuable preventive and restorative procedures you can receive.
Dr. Strait uses only the best materials and laboratories. At Wilton Dental Associates all crowns are Metal-free and most commonly are made with a ceramic Zirconia framework layered on the outside with Porcelain. This gives a very beautiful, strong, and natural looking result.
Using a series of color-balanced lights, Dr. Strait is able to accurately match the color of your existing teeth, so the crowns not only serve as restorations, but also as cosmetic improvements.
Tooth Fillings and Bonding
At Wilton Dental Associates we are dedicated to making sure the dental work you receive can last indefinitely. To that end we take the time to do the work exactingly and to utilize the very best technology and materials. Part of this is making sure we keep up with the latest material technology.
Nowadays, there is a myriad of materials produced and developed by numerous dental companies and when it comes to choosing our dental materials, some of the most important criteria we consider are biocompatibility and longevity.
Dr. Strait uses only the best non-metal, all bonded, glass-filled 3M composites as well as Admira Fusion by Voco the worlds first purely ceramic-based restorative material which is BPA-free.
Unlike metal amalgams, this type of filling material is resistant to shrinking, non-toxic, strengthens teeth, and matches the color of your existing teeth. Composite material bonds very closely to tooth structure, becoming more like part of the original tooth.