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We love patients who ask questions because it shows a certain commitment to doing everything possible to maintain a healthy smile.
At Atlantis Dental Care, we believe that you have every right to ask questions and expect answers that help you make informed choices about dental treatments. That is why we encourage you to talk to us about any area of dental care that concerns you.
We've shared a few of the questions that we hear most frequently. But oral health is a very personal thing, and you probably have your own questions that aren't listed here.
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Please don't ever hesitate to contact our Boise dental office for more information – the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!
CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns and Bridges
Your new dental bridge placed at our Boise, ID dental office restores chewing function and appearance when you have missing teeth. With proper care, your bridge will keep your teeth healthy and functional for as long as 10 to 15 years.
Proper cleaning for dental bridges
But proper care is a little different for a bridge than it is your natural teeth. Because the individual parts of the bridge are fused together as a unit, you can’t floss between them as you do your natural teeth. You must thread the floss underneath your bridge to clean it daily, and this requires the use of floss threaders. If you’re not sure how to use floss threaders, let us know, and one of our dental hygienists will be happy to show you the proper technique.
This process requires some patience, but it’s essential to keep the teeth and gums that support your bridge (anchor teeth) healthy and free of disease. If one of the anchor teeth gets a cavity, we would need to replace the entire bridge. This isn’t optimal for your oral health or your budget, so taking a few extra minutes each day to clean around your bridge is well worth your time!
Schedule a dental bridge consultation
If you would like to replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge, contact our Boise, ID dental office to arrange an appointment with Dr. Cantwell. We offer an assortment of tooth replacement options, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures, and we will be happy to explain the pros and cons of each.
Both dental bridges and dental implants are appropriate long-term solutions for missing teeth. The advantage of a dental bridge is that we can complete the process, from planning to placement, in as little as two weeks. But in most cases, that's where the advantages end. For the vast majority of patients, dental implants are the clear winner. Here is why:
Benefits of dental implants
- Implants stand alone, so they don’t affect the teeth surrounding them negatively. A bridge requires shaving down and placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the open space. If one part of a bridge fails, we must replace the entire unit. If you something goes wrong your implant, the problem stays with that tooth.
- Implants floss and brush like a tooth. To floss a dental bridge, you need to use floss threaders. This isn't a difficult process, but it does require patience. It's easy to skimp on this step, which puts you at increased risk for decay and gum disease.
- The average lifespan for a dental bridge is 7 to 10 years. If you commit to excellent oral health, your dental implant could last a lifetime.
- Dental implants prevent bone loss. The moment you lose a tooth, the jaw bone around the site starts deteriorating, and you continue to lose as much as 8 to 10 percent of bone every year after that. An implant placed in the site reduces that amount to almost zero, preserving a healthy, strong jaw.
Schedule an implant consultation
Please call our Boise, ID dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cantwell. He will be happy to help you decide if a dental implant or bridge is right for you.
A tooth becomes weak with cracks and wear caused by trauma, usage, decay, and fillings. When this happens, the tooth becomes structurally unsound and will break or crumble under normal use. Placing a dental crown at our Boise dental office is a procedure we perform to strengthen a tooth. A dental crown is a porcelain or metal jacket that covers and surrounds the tooth, which makes it strong and functional again.
What happens during the procedure?
During the first step, Dr. Cantwell removes the decay or fractures from the damaged tooth. Next, he reduces the tooth by a 1-2 mm of thickness so that when he places the crown, it will fit naturally along the gum line. Dr. Cantwell then scans the tooth with a 3-D scanner that allows him to design your new dental crown digitally.
With this design as a guide, your crown is milled out of a small block of a ceramic block that is the same size shape and color as the original tooth. Your new dental crown is bonded securely onto the tooth restoring the function and appearance of the tooth.
Schedule a crown consultation
Please contact our Boise, ID dental office to request an appointment with Dr. Cantwell, and he’ll help you decide if a dental crown is the right choice for you.
At Atlantis Dental Care, we offer several solutions to replace missing teeth in Boise, ID. One question we're often asked is to explain the difference between dental bridges and full and partial dentures. Both options will restore your ability to speak clearly and eat comfortably, but they go about it in slightly different ways.
Dental bridges are a replacement for one to four teeth that are bonded permanently in place. The replacement teeth are made from porcelain and fixed into place by crowning teeth on either side of the space missing teeth. When cemented in place, a dental bridge acts similar to your natural teeth allowing for good function and chewing ability.
By contrast, we use dentures at our Boise dental office when a person is missing all or most all of their teeth. Full dentures—also referred to as complete dentures—are made from acrylic/plastic, look life-like, and provide a good aesthetic replacement for your teeth. Unlike a fixed dental bridge, dentures are removable and do not provide as much functional chewing ability as a bridge, but when they are combined with dental implants, they deliver far better chewing ability.
Schedule a tooth replacement consultation
If you have questions about dental bridges and dentures and which is right for you, please call Atlantis Dental Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cantwell.