At Luck Dental Clinic we provide professional restorative services patients need to regain a confident and healthy smile. We offer a wide range of dental treatments for many different dental health issues, whether you’re facing a small cavity or you need to replace a single tooth or even multiple teeth.
Don’t hesitate to contact our dental office in Luck, WI 54853 at (715) 472-2211 to schedule an appointment.
When you think about dental treatments, the first thing that usually comes to mind is dental fillings. For more than a century, the “drill and fill” has been the foundation of restorative dentistry; teeth become damaged by bacteria, and fillings do an excellent job of halting decay and restoring the structure and function of the tooth. Despite the basic principle behind fillings being the same as it was 50 years ago, the materials we use today behave more like your natural enamel and cause less damage to the teeth, long-term.
An estimated 99 percent of Americans will need at least one filling, at some point in their lives. Our modern diet is rich in the foods that feed mouth bacteria, so dental decay is a risk that comes with being human.
Have you lost one or more permanent teeth? If so, you are in good company! Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 69 percent of Americans over 35 have lost at least one permanent tooth. The standard traditional approach to tooth loss is dental bridgework or dentures, but today there is a better option for restoring missing teeth: dental implants.
Implants are composed of biocompatible titanium bases that are surgically embedded in the jaw. Once the implant heals and becomes permanently fused with the jawbone, a crown or other restoration is attached to replace the missing tooth above the gum line. Unlike other prosthetics, dental implants replace the whole tooth, root to crown.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over and around damaged teeth. A crown can be made for any tooth that is fundamentally healthy or can be restored with a root canal. They may be made of metal, dental porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), or zirconia. Ceramic crowns are incredibly popular because they bond well to tooth enamel and mimic the color and luster of natural teeth.
Bridges are a one-piece restoration that effectively replaces a missing tooth. Bridges look very much like a row of three or more prosthetic teeth. The “tooth” in the middle replaces your lost tooth, while the “teeth” on the ends are actually crowns.
There are two primary types of conventional dentures: full and partial.
Probably what you visualize when you think of dentures, full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth. These appliances have been used for many decades, but advances in technology have improved the look, feel, and fit of these devices. Full dentures rest atop the gums and are supported by the bone ridge underneath.
Partial dentures are an excellent option for individuals with some healthy teeth remaining. Like full dentures, partial dentures are supported by the gums and underlying jawbone. However, they also have special dental clasps, made of metal or plastic, that anchor to the adjacent teeth for extra stability.