Restoring the dental health and function of patients’ smiles is Dr. Olga Frey’s number one priority. Having healthy teeth and a comfortable bite are an essential part of the overall health of patients. Being able to eat a wide variety of foods and having the ability to chew comfortably play an important role in longevity in addition to enhancing quality of life.
When damage or tooth loss occurs, Dr. Frey will determine the options available and present them to her patients so that they can make an educated decision regarding the future of their oral health. Some of the most common procedures to restore oral health include prosthetic dental treatments such as dental crowns, bridges, and dental implants.
Custom Dental Crowns
When a tooth sustains a large amount of damage and has a fracture that destabilizes it, a dental crown can save the tooth from continued damage and protect it from the forces of chewing. A dental crown fits over the entire tooth from the gum line to the chewing surface and acts as a protective cover.
Teeth with deep decay can also benefit from a dental crown. While fillings are useful for sealing a tooth, they provide little support in cases where a significant amount of tooth structure has been removed.
Dr. Olga Frey has thirty years of experience in dentistry and has performed thousands of dental crown procedures. Each crown is a custom creation designed to fit with the patient’s existing bite perfectly. The size, color, and shape of the crown will match the adjacent teeth so that it provides both a comfortable and aesthetic solution.
Fixed Traditional Bridges
Dr. Frey works with her patients to prevent tooth loss whenever possible. Sometimes, however, extracting a tooth is the best way to protect the patient’s oral health. In those cases, Dr. Olga Frey will present the best tooth replacement options for each patient based on their current oral health and lifestyle.
One of the most common ways to replace missing teeth is with a tradition dental bridge. Dental bridges consist of two parts:
Abutment crowns – These crowns fit over the patient’s natural teeth adjacent to their missing tooth and hold the artificial tooth or teeth in place.
Pontics – This is an artificial tooth or teeth that is suspended by the two abutment crowns. This prosthetic acts as a space holder and completes the patient’s chewing surface.
When tooth loss occurs, the natural teeth will begin to drift toward the gap in the patient’s smile. A dental bridge can hold the patient’s remaining teeth in place and protect their occlusion.
Dental Implant Placement and Restoration
Another popular method of tooth replacement is the dental implant. Dental implants require surgical placement into the patient’s bone. The implant “root” is usually made of titanium, a biocompatible metal, and provides the foundation for a dental crown to complete the patient’s smile.
Unlike dental bridges, implants have the added benefit of helping to retain bone density.
Call Our East Providence, RI Dental Office
To learn more about prosthetic dentistry for improved health and aesthetics, contact our East Providence, RI dental office to schedule an evaluation with Olga Frey, DMD.