Crowns and bridges
Crowns, also called caps, are natural- looking covers that fit snugly over teeth to conceal cracked, badly discolored, injured, or chipped teeth. A crown protects a tooth that has insufficient structure to hold a filling. They are esthetic and durable, while making teeth more resistant to injury. We usually make them from semi-precious or precious metals and porcelain. They are permanently cemented on the teeth. A bridge is a device that holds custom-made teeth and has anchors which attach neighboring teeth. Bridges can replace missing teeth. They literally bridge gaps between teeth by filling them with strong, natural- looking artificial teeth. Bridges are permanently cemented in the mouth and are made from the same materials as crowns.
Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Titanium posts are imbedded beneath the gum, preferably by an oral surgeon or periodontist. The titanium post acts as the root of the tooth. Over time, the bone integrates with the titanium posts then acts as a structure on which the replacement teeth are mounted. Because implants fuse to the bone, they can provide an excellent and permanent support for bridges, individual crowns, or even full dentures.
Dr. Nichols fabricates the replacement teeth that go over the titanium post. She has taken extensive continuing education courses over the past twenty years and works closely with carefully selected and highly trained surgeons to create beautiful and durable implant restorations.
Dentures are an option for people who have lost all their teeth. Precisely designed and molded to fit one’s mouth, full dentures allow for improved chewing and keep the mouth and its surrounding facial features in proper alignment. Dentures can last for years and are much more discreet than they were even a few years ago. It will be our secret!