The first unnatural tooth loss I saw in the real world occurred on the middle school basketball court. Ironically, the outdoor court was iced over and we played hockey there (We played in New England, a far cry from the 80 degree winters of downtown Los Angeles). Our game ended in blood and tears when my friend slipped and popped his two front teeth out. Luckily, restorative dentistry doesn’t discriminate who plays what sport on which surface.
Anyone from victims of freak accidents to uncommitted teeth brushers are recipients of restorative dentistry. Those who skip on essential teeth-cleaning regimens: flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash can look forward to tooth decay or their teeth chipping or breaking. If your teeth are this damaged, you may require dental crowns. Getting a dental crown means two visits, one to file down the to-be restored tooth, the second to fit the crown over it. The crown is a porcelain or metallic surface made to look like a tooth and protect teeth from future destruction. If your mouth isn’t properly cleaned habitually, gum disease may also develop, rotting your gum line for your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out completely. For edentulous patients (ones who’ve gone toothless) - dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants can replace missing teeth.
Dentures, which can take some getting used to, are designed to replace single or multiple teeth and require their own cleaning regimen. Depending on what works best for you, dentures can be either partial, meaning they replace one or more teeth, or complete, for replacing your entire upper or lower row of teeth.
A dental bridge is an appliance made of artificial material and a dental crown permanently attached to abutant teeth (neighboring teeth one or each side of the gap) which acts like a replacement teeth.
A dental implant is a permanent solution to missing teeth. If your jawbone hasn’t lost its bone density, a dentist can recommend drilling an artificial tooth where the gap in your mouth is, completing your smile. This is usually the most expensive restorative dentistry route, but by far the most satisfying for patients who’d rather not clean dentures.
Whether you chip a tooth on your daily commute through downtown Los Angeles, or just feel like popping into our office to pop in a tooth implant, LA Smile Dental is your solution to everything missing in your life, teeth included.