Tooth Repair & Replacement in Jacksonville, FL
Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing, cavities can happen. So can mishaps such as cracking or chipping a tooth, or losing teeth as we age. Fortunately, our caring and compassionate staff at Advanced Dental Care of Florida in Jacksonville is skilled at many ways to repair and replace teeth so you can smile with confidence again.
Gone are the days when the dentist had to fix a cavity or tooth decay by drilling away part of the tooth’s healthy structure and filling it with silver or an amalgam filling. Our office uses porcelain and composite fillings in Mandarin, which resemble the color and translucency of natural teeth. They chemically bond to your tooth, making it stronger, and are durable enough to withstand the pressure of everyday activity such as eating and chewing gum. Best of all, they don’t require as much drilling to apply.
Same-Day Dental Crowns in Mandarin
One way to restore a damaged or lost tooth is with a crown. A crown is basically a cap that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. This is a great option if you have a tooth missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line. The crown reinforces the tooth material, allowing your tooth to function normally again.
At Advanced Dental Care of Florida in Jacksonville, we offer CEREC crowns. Also called same-day crowns or crown-in-a-day, these crowns are made right in our office. Our team uses computer technology to take a picture of the tooth that needs a crown and of the teeth around it. Then our dentist designs the crown to match the shape and color of the rest of your teeth. There’s no need to take traditional impressions and send it off to a lab; we use CAD software to create the replacement tooth while you wait.
The biggest advantage of CEREC crowns is that you leave our office in Jacksonville with a strong, permanent crown. When you have a traditional crown, it needs to be sent off to a lab to be created, and it can take days or even weeks for it to come back.
Another benefit is its strength. CEREC crowns are made from one block of material, so it is considerably stronger than many other types of crowns.
Dental Bridges in Jacksonville
In addition to capping an existing tooth, crowns can also be used to anchor a dental bridge. A dental bridge is one way to span the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge requires at least three crowns, all connected together. Two of the crowns are placed over the healthy teeth on either side of the gap to support the crown in the middle (called a pontic). This is called a three-point bridge.
Our dentist in South Jacksonville can also create a dental bridge that spans more teeth. For example, a four-point bridge includes two pontics in the middle, supported by the crowns on the adjacent teeth.
You care for your dental bridge by brushing twice a day, and be sure to floss between the crowns and adjacent natural teeth to remove bacteria, food, and plaque. With proper care, dental bridges can last a long time.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Missing several teeth can affect the shape of your jaw line, your lips, and your chin, as well as leading to bite problems, cavities, and periodontal (gum) disease. Two ways to replace multiple missing teeth are partial dentures and complete dentures. A partial denture replaces a group of teeth in one area with prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored resin or acrylic base. A complete denture replaces all of your upper or lower teeth. READ MORE
Dental Implant Restorations
A dental implant is a stable, long-lasting tooth replacement option for someone who has no tooth material left upon which to build a foundation for a crown. Our dentist in Jacksonville will refer you to an implant dentist to have the dental implant placed, and then you’ll return to Advanced Dental Care of Florida to have the implant topped with a crown.
We match the crown to the color, shape, and translucency of your natural teeth so no one will even know that it’s there.
Call Today to Make an Appointment to Repair or Replace Teeth
Many dental insurance plans will cover the cost of tooth repair and replacement as a matter of good dental health, not simply aesthetics. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment to assess which tooth repair and replacement option is best for you, please call us at (904) 638-7181.