A healthy smile helps our patients stay healthy
Dr. Michelle and her staff at West Vancouver Dental care about your overall well-being. We believe that a healthy smile helps our patients stay healthy, improves their self-esteem and relieves unnecessary discomfort.
If you deal with tooth loss, Dr. Michelle will present options for your overall health and well-being. It’s important to address tooth loss, as it can complicate maintaining the proper alignment of teeth, success in speaking, and comfort while eating. Loss of multiple teeth can also lead to irreversible facial bone loss and premature aging of the face.
Regardless of the cause of tooth loss, Dr. Michelle and her compassionate team are devoted to helping patients maintain proper function of your mouth through reconstructive dental work, including dental bridges, removable partial and full dentures and dental implants.
A dental bridge is an appliance that attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth called abutment teeth. It fills the space where there was a missing tooth and helps to prevent drifting of the adjacent and opposing teeth.
A fixed bridge usually requires that crowns are placed on the abutment teeth, providing a stable foundation for the bridge. Dental bridges can be made using porcelain, gold, ceramic, zirconia, or a combination of these materials.
If you need a dental bridge, Dr. Michelle will listen to your needs and concerns and present options that are right for you. If you choose a dental bridge, it can be ready in two appointments. First, Dr. Michelle will prepare the teeth as necessary so that the dental bridge matches your bite and the rest of your teeth. While the teeth are scanned and this information is sent to the lab, Dr. Michelle will provide a temporary bridge to protect your teeth.
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Good dental care of these teeth is critically important, as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Well-fitting dentures help improve confidence and self-esteem, keeping you active in the community. Your overall well-being is important to Dr. Michelle, and she may present you with dentures to replace missing teeth.
Depending on your personal needs, there are different types of dentures from which to choose.
- Traditional Complete Dentures – This type of denture replaces all of the upper and/or lower teeth. They are held in place by the natural anatomy of the mouth.
- Overdentures – Giving dentures more stability and better fit, an overdenture is a type of denture that is placed over dental implants and typically “snaps” onto the implants.
- Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture attaches to your natural teeth with clasps that keep them in place, completing your smile by filling out the spaces created by missing teeth. Your natural teeth are typically used as stable supports for removable partial dentures instead of dental implants.
All types of dentures will experience wear over time, and will need to be replaced or relined in order to maintain proper jaw alignment. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for any changes or potential cancerous growths.
The comfort and experience of dental bridges or dentures can be improved through the placement of dental implants. By essentially taking the place of the root of a tooth, implants can support individual crowns, bridges, or even dentures
At West Vancouver Dental, Dr. Michelle works closely with colleagues in order to provide restorative work on implants.
While dentures and removable partials can be loose and unstable, implants provide you with dental replacements that are natural looking and very functional. Implants look and feel better than their removable counterparts and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed. Best of all, they can last a lifetime if properly maintained.
A dental implant typically requires no alterations to the adjacent teeth. Diligent daily oral hygiene is required for implants to stay clean and healthy. It’s also important to regularly visit Dr. Falbo for routine follow-up appointments and cleanings.
Dr. Michelle is a member of the American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD). ASIRD is committed to improving the quality of care for dental implant patients by elevating the standards of surgical and restorative dental education and practice. Not every dentist routinely restores and maintains dental implants and not all placers of dental implants are surgeons. By using an ASIRD team, rest assured that your dentist routinely restores and maintains dental implants and only a trained dental implant focused oral surgeon will place your implant. Learn more about ASIRD.