Most dentists will treat your teeth. But McCosh Family Dentistry also treats the areas around your teeth, including your gums, bones, and supporting ligaments. This is known as periodontal treatment. Periodontal dentistry is a specialized field that only specially trained dentists are allowed to perform. It can be essential in treating things like gum disease and other common oral health issues and can help ensure a brighter, healthier, and comfortable smile.
Crowns essentially are an imitation tooth that is placed on top of the original, natural tooth in order to provide protection and strength while maintaining the original look. Dental crowns typically look and feel exactly like your own natural teeth and they can last a lifetime without having to be repaired or replaced.
In some instances, crowns also can be used to fill gaps between teeth. They also help protect against oral disease and plaque formation and can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile.
As the name implies, dental bridges cover missing teeth and “bridge” the gap between two or more crowns. They look as natural as your existing teeth while anchoring the teeth on either side of the bridge.
When teeth are missing, it can lead to noticeable changes in speech, biting and chewing. Dental bridges can help minimize or eliminate these changes so that your teeth look and feel like normal. Permanent bridges can last a long time, in most cases 10 years or even longer. And they can improve the physical appearance of your smile, boosting self-esteem and personal confidence.
Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that can restore your natural smile by replacing or covering missing teeth. Patients with dentures often experience improved and more comfortable mouth functions such as chewing and swallowing. Dentures also can improve your ability to speak normally.