A conventional dental implant is a replacement for the root of a tooth. Dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns, bridgework or dentures. Made of lightweight titanium, these implants are strong and biocompatible. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
When teeth are lost, the bone that supported those teeth is also lost. Dental implants stabilize the bone and help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. This means they also support the facial skeleton and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures — gum tissues, cheeks and lips. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile and talk, and they look completely natural. The doctors at Southeastern Dental Group are experts in the field of dental implants and utilize the latest technology for each patient.
Mini Dental Implant
In simple cases or in certain single-tooth replacements, we can use the mini dental implant. The mini dental implant, also known as a MDI, is a miniature titanium dental implant that acts as a tooth root replacement. It has smaller dimensions and is thinner than traditional dental implants. It was originally designed for retaining dentures.
Known as same-day implants, the mini dental implant procedure is a single stage experience as compared to the common two stages required for conventional dental implants. This minimally invasive surgical procedure can be completed in less than two hours and is often less expensive than conventional dental implants.
CEREC One-Day Crowns
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to improve your tooth’s shape or strength. Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when the tooth strength is insufficient to support a filling. Crowns are “caps” cemented onto an existing tooth. They fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, it becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal or both. Porcelain crowns are preferred because they mimic the color of natural teeth and are very strong.
At Southeastern Dental Group, we frequently use CEREC technology to handle crowns. This technology allows for digital imaging impressions of the teeth, eliminating the need for molded impressions. There is also no need for temporary crowns because CEREC crowns are made in the office and bonded permanently to the tooth in just one visit. Seriously, all of our CEREC crowns are designed, milled, polished, stained and glazed right here in our office while you wait. These beautiful, strong, porcelain crowns are made from pressed ceramic blocks and designed specifically for your smile.
Dentures, or “false teeth,” are designed to replace missing teeth. This applies to people who are missing only a few teeth or all of their teeth. A denture is a set of false teeth attached to a plastic or metal plate, which fits inside your mouth with a bonding substance.
Advancements in dental material allow for dentures that are more comfortable, more durable and better fitting than what your parents and grandparents experienced. The greatest advancement in modern denture science is the ability to recreate more natural-looking smiles with natural color choices.
Years ago, completing a root canal would take several long visits to the dentist. Today, root canals can often be completed in less than one hour during a single visit! Root canals of the past had a reputation for being excruciatingly painful, but due to modern advances in dentistry, root canals now cause very little pain and discomfort. In fact, root canals are performed to relieve pre-existing tooth pain by removing dead tissue and nerves from the tooth. Here is what you need to understand about root canals:
- Each tooth has tissue containing nerve fibers that run through the center of the tooth root, called “root canals.” When this tissue dies as the result of a cavity or trauma, root canal therapy is needed. Without treatment, pain gradually worsens and the tooth can abscess and swell.
- After numbing the area around the tooth, the Southeastern Dental Group team will isolate the tooth and sterilize it in order to protect it from bacteria in the mouth.
- We remove the dead tissue from the canals and fill the canals with a rubber filling material. The tooth is then built back up and prepared for a crown.
A dental bridge is a restorative technique for people who have missing teeth. Dental bridges use dental crowns on each adjacent tooth to support a third crown in the middle, and close the gap in your smile. Even if you’ve lost a tooth, you can have a full and complete smile.
Here’s how we install a dental bridge:
- Your bridge is crafted from a model of your teeth.
- Your teeth surrounding the gap are numbed then filed down.
- Beautiful porcelain crowns are installed on the adjacent teeth, and a new natural-looking false tooth fills in the gap.