Years of wear and tear, injury, or poor care can hurt the look and function of your teeth. The Bruggeman Dentistry team changes lives every day through restorative dentistry. Rejuvenate your smile today!
A dental implant is one of the most permanent forms of restorative dentistry and can be used for several teeth or a single tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth or wear ill-fitting dentures dental implants can be your smile solution. At Bruggeman Dentistry, we want to improve your quality of life with dental implants.
As the prosthetic that most closely mimics nature’s design, dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots. Each implant is strategically placed in the jaw, where bone integrates with it to create a solid foundation for a crown, bridge or denture. Your dentist will craft a custom prosthetic tooth that looks and feels completely natural. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
- Promote bone retention
- Eliminate slipping, loose, wobbly dentures
- Don’t require support from healthy teeth
- Can last a lifetime
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
Implant Supported Dentures or bridges
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures such as gum sores, difficulty speaking and difficulty chewing. Implant supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth than traditional dentures, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and preventing the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants.
Teeth in a day*
We provide the opportunity for our patients with or without teeth (upper, lower, or both) to get an implant retained prosthesis in one day. This procedure is commonly refer to as 4 on 4 implants. Patients receive four implants on top and/or bottom and immediately have teeth attached to them.
*this is after a preliminary examination appointment
A properly fitting denture is very important. A good fit ensures that your dentures will allow you to retain much of your function, which is important for maintaining natural muscle tone in your face and jaw. Dentures will keep you looking and feeling healthy, and will help you retain a natural lifestyle. A lifelike smile and the best possible fit – those are two of the primary goals that your dentist will achieve if you need dentures to restore your smile.
Partial dentures are used if you have several teeth missing that cannot be corrected with a bridge. A partial denture is created to replace those teeth. The partial denture is removable and designed to fit comfortably and blend in with any remaining teeth. This type of denture is made from a synthetic material that is supported with a lightweight metal. It mimics your gum tissue and teeth to create a natural looking smile while still remaining functional. The partial is important once the teeth have been removed to preserve the bone and to keep existing teeth from tilting and growing in towards the gaps.
You can erase years of wear and tear with crowns. Your dentist uses a tooth-like crown made of precious metals or tooth-like porcelain to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped teeth, broken teeth, gaps in teeth and other damage. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in shape and color.
Gum disease, injury, decay or wear and tear can contribute to the loss of a tooth, which can create problems for your dental health if not corrected. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap resulting in discomfort, pain and more problems in the future. Your dentist creates a functional, life-like bridge to correct your smile, restore your bite and alleviate your discomfort. A bridge is meant to “bridge the gap” in your smile to prevent any further damage. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is fused between the crowns.
Sometimes removing tooth decay effectively requires the removal of a portion of your tooth. The removed portion is replaced with a porcelain inlay or onlay. Dr. Bruggeman customizes an inlay or onlay to fill the space left behind when the part of your tooth is removed. Traditionally, inlays and onlays were made out of metal, much like traditional filings. Now, porcelain-milled inlays and onlays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and provide relief from chewing pain, cavity pain and tooth degeneration.
You may suffer from headaches, a popping jaw when you open or close your mouth, and pain in your jaw joints and muscles. This could signify problems with your Temporomandibular Joint. A healthy jaw joint does not make any noise. Clicking or popping in the joint may be an indication of strain or long-term injury. The joint problem may be a result of trauma, complications with your bite, or grinding or clenching your teeth or a combination of these factors. TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, is a condition that affects many people, but the good news is it can often be treated. Based on the severity of your condition, we can recommend a course of treatment that will help alleviate your pain and make your day-to-day activities more pleasant. If you are experiencing or have experienced clicking, popping or pain in your jaw joint, ask a Bruggeman Dentistry team member today if you might benefit from this treatment.