Healthy teeth are necessary for an attractive, bright smile, while broken or missing teeth can make chewing difficult. In these cases, dental implants are often the answer. Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch of 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, are proud to provide the newest and best technology available to better serve their patients. The outstanding results that our restorations achieve are best visualized by looking at dental implant before and after photos. Our doctors can share these images during your consultation to demonstrate how implants can help restore your smile.
Fractured Front Teeth
Using a variety of methods, the doctors at 38th Street Dental can skillfully restore front teeth that are badly stained, worn, or chipped. We can also repair discolored restorations through procedures such as teeth whitening, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns.
An implant-restored tooth is strong, permanent, aesthetic, and does not adversely affect adjacent teeth. It is, in fact, almost as good as the tooth it replaces.
However, the best treatment for a fractured front tooth that must be extracted is a dental implant. An implant-restored tooth is strong, permanent, aesthetic, and it does not adversely affect the adjacent teeth. It is, in fact, almost as good as the tooth it replaces. Modern techniques allow dental implants to be placed and restored immediately after extraction, all in the same appointment.
Case 1: This patient's right front tooth was treated with root canal therapy, but it later fractured and could not be restored. The tooth was extracted, an implant placed, and a temporary crown fabricated, all in the same appointment. Our board-certified oral surgeon partner expertly placed the implant and we restored it with this beautiful crown to keep the patient looking great.
Tooth Loss Due to Trauma
Accidents happen, and when they do, front teeth can take the brunt of the force. For teeth lost due to sports activities, automobile accidents, or other types of accidents, there is no better treatment than a dental implant.
Case 2: This patient was involved in an accident that fractured her right front tooth. By immediately placing a restoration on the newly placed implant, we were able to help her keep an attractive, natural-looking tooth to fill the gap.
Treating Teeth Damaged by Oral Health Conditions
Sometimes teeth can become irreversibly damaged from other causes. One of these is bruxism, the habit of clinching or grinding the teeth. This can sometimes cause teeth to fracture or split. If a broken tooth cannot be repaired, the best alternative is to extract it and replace it with a dental implant.
Case 3: This bruxism patient fractured her lateral incisor, and it had to be extracted. Her central incisors were also damaged by the same chronic problem. By placing crowns on the two central incisors and on the newly placed implant, we were able to maintain her attractive smile.
Dental implants are equally appropriate for replacing inadequate or broken fixed bridges. Some or all of the missing teeth can be replaced by implants and the existing bridge crowns replaced with new ones, to produce a strong and highly aesthetic final product.