Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
October 30, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

The importance of replacing missing teeth is often overlooked by many people. However, leaving a gap untreated can result in various side effects that can cause serious issues. The most lifelike and naturally-functioning tooth replacement option is a dental implant. Often considered the gold standard of replacing teeth, implants have many benefits and take only a few dental appointments to complete. Read on to learn more about the dental implants provided by Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey at Carey-Aylward Dentistry in Westland, MI!

How do dental implants work? 

Dental implants are implemented through a surgical procedure that places the implant fixture into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth. As the bone heals, it grows around the fixture to hold it securely in place and provide a sturdy foundation for the prosthetic tooth. The prosthetic fits over the fixture and connects to it via the implant abutment to complete the implant process.

Do I need dental implants? 

Dental implants can benefit patients in a variety of situations, including those needing to replace one, several, or even all of their teeth.

  • Single tooth implants: Single tooth implants stand on their own to replace one missing tooth. The implant's prosthetic fits over the implant to complete the restoration.
  • Multiple tooth implants: Multiple tooth implants replace several teeth at once and are held in place by an implant on either side.
  • Implant-supported dentures: Implant-supported dentures permanently replace all the teeth on an arch with a non-removable restoration. Four or more implants throughout the arch hold the denture in place.

Dental Implants in Westland, MI

If you have one or more missing teeth, you may benefit from dental implants. In addition to filling in your gaps, implants provide the jawbone with adequate stimulation to remain healthy and avoid bone atrophy. Implants also keep natural teeth from drifting or moving to compensate for the extra room left behind by a missing tooth. Treating these issues can help avoid serious dental complications and keep your smile healthy for years to come.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey at Carey-Aylward Dentistry in Westland, MI. Call (734) 425-9130 to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
September 07, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Crowns and bridgesCrowns and bridges just may provide the ideal solution to your cosmetic dental issue. Westland, MI, dentists Drs. Brent Carey, Dennis Aylward, and Allison Carey offer the restorations at Carey & Aylward.

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns are hollow tooth-shaped restorations that slip over teeth. Before you receive a crown, your Westland, MI, dentist must decrease the circumference of your tooth slightly to ensure that the restoration fits comfortably. Crowns are cemented to your teeth and are available in a variety of materials tough enough to withstand daily wear and tear, such as ceramic, resin, porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Bridges fill gaps in your smile that occur due to missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth connected to crowns on either end.

Are crowns or bridges a good choice for me?

Crowns are particularly versatile and are an excellent option in any of these circumstances:

  • Your tooth is damaged: Fractures, breaks and large chips in teeth detract from your appearance and may also make it difficult to chew and tear foods. Crowns cover the damaged area, completely restoring your tooth. Crowns are created from a mold of your mouth to ensure that your restoration looks completely natural.
  • You have a crack in your tooth: A crack may not sound like a major problem, but that tiny crack can turn into a break or fracture one day. Crowns prevent cracks from worsening, protecting your teeth.
  • Your dentist tells you that you have a fragile teeth: Teeth can become brittle or fragile as you age or may weaken due to large fillings, root canals or other dental procedures. Crowns protect and strengthen at-risk teeth.
  • Your tooth is discolored or oddly shaped: Crowns hide discolorations and may also be used to completely transform teeth. The restorations change the height and width of teeth and are a good choice if a tooth is too short, crooked, twisted, or pointed.

A bridge may be recommended if you've lost a tooth or two. If you don't replace your lost teeth, your other teeth may begin to drift, which will affect the appearance of your smile and may lead to bite problems.

Would you like to find out if you can benefit from a crown or bridge? Call Westland, MI, dentists Drs. Brent Carey, Dennis Aylward, and Allison Carey of Carey & Aylward at (734) 425-9130 to schedule your appointment.