Fixed Prosthodontics in Southern Pines, NC


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What is Fixed Prosthodontics?

Fixed prosthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the placement of permanent prostheses. Fixed prostheses enhance and rebuild your smile without needing to be removed. The only person who can remove your prosthesis is your dentist.

Fixed prostheses are used for a variety of purposes, but they can all make your smile look full and beautiful. you'll be able to enjoy your life knowing your teeth look beautiful and your prosthetic won't come loose when you eat.

Types of Fixed Prostheses:

  • Dental Crowns

    Crowns are a tooth-shaped cap placed over an existing natural tooth. There are a variety of reasons for a dental crown, including to protect a weak tooth, enhance the appearance of your tooth, or to strengthen your tooth after a procedure.

  • Dental Bridges

    Bridges are used as a tooth replacement option, often when two adjacent teeth are missing. Implant-supported bridges are permanent and look just like your other teeth, so you'll hardly be able to tell it's there.

  • Dental Implants

    Dental implants are a natural-looking and strong tooth replacement option. They're attached directly to your jawbone, which fuses with the titanium material of the implant, so they can't be removed.

  • Veneers

    Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that are designed to be placed on the front of your teeth. They can improve the appearance of your teeth, making them look whiter and straighter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are safe. In fact, dental implants are great for improving your oral health and protecting the beauty of your smile. The dental implant procedure has a very high success rate and few complications.

Dental implants are also the only tooth replacement solution that keeps your jawbone strong. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone will begin to weaken and threaten your other teeth as well as change your appearance. A dental implant can keep your smile healthy and strong.

How long do dental bridges last??

Typically a dental bridge will last between five to 15 years, or longer. Following a regular oral hygiene routine and scheduling biannual checkups with your dentist can increase the longevity of your restoration. During your checkups, your dentist will examine your dental bridge and tighten the hardware if necessary.

To increase the lifespan of your dental bridge it’s best to:

  • Avoid hard or chewy foods that place stress on the restoration
  • Use a fluoride rinse and toothpaste
  • Refrain from consuming starchy or sugary foods that cause decay
  • Remember to floss between your teeth and gums

How long will a dental crown last?

A dental crown will typically last about 15 years. However, there are a few ways you can increase the longevity of your crown to last between 25 to 30 years or longer. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the lasting benefits of your crown:

  • Avoid biting into hard objects and candy
  • Refrain from clenching your teeth
  • Treat bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Follow a regular dental hygiene routine of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, and rinsing between meals
  • Schedule regular checkups and professional cleanings with your dentist

How much do porcelain veneers cost and does dental insurance cover them?

The cost of veneers depends on how many you’re receiving and your individual case. At your initial consultation, we’ll be able to give you a more accurate cost after reviewing your oral health and treatment plan.

Most insurance companies will cover a portion of the treatment cost, but not all. We suggest contacting your provider to get a better understanding of your coverage prior to your appointment. Our team works closely with many insurance providers to make sure you get the coverage you need along with the maximum benefits possible.

Contact

Dr. John Oettinger has experience in many areas of prosthodontics and can fully restore your smile. You can have the strong, aesthetically pleasing smile of your dreams with the help of fixed prosthodontics.

For more information about our fixed prostheses and other services, feel free to call our office at 910-692-4051. You can also fill out our online contact form and we'll get right back to you.