At Dr. Kroeger's office, you will find many different solutions to damaged or lost teeth. We can replace damaged tooth structure with fillings and crowns. A total tooth loss can be replaced by way of implants or dentures. Below are some examples of teeth replacement options available that you can discuss with us to meet your needs.
Fillings- Fillings are used when tooth structure is damaged from either decay or trauma that can be repaired conservatively. Dr. Kroeger uses modern materials called composite that is made of glass and quartz filler to produce a tooth-colored filling. They need less of the tooth removed than a silver filling, and are bonded directly to the tooth. Rarely are the conventional amalgam (silver) fillings used, but in certain situations, they may be the best treatment for a certain case. They are resistant to wear and fairly inexpensive. The mercury in amalgam has become a hot topic among the news lately, but it is a safe, reliable, and effective restorative material.
Implants- Dental implants are small screws that act as artificial tooth roots when placed in the jawbone. They are made of titanium, a metal well accepted by the body and one that can form a strong bond with the bone to create a stable foundation. An abutment is then fitted to the top of the implant to create an anchor for the placement of a crown, bridge, or prosthesis. Implants have been used worldwide for over 40 years. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all teeth when attached to a denture.
Dentures- Dentures are used to replace an entire arch of lost teeth. Dr. Kroeger fabricates them to custom fit through a series of appointments. If a complete denture is not needed, a partial denture can be made as well. Sometimes, dentures do not stay in place as well as some patients would like, so the option to make them stay more like real teeth is to place implant locator attachments. This keeps the denture fixed in place while eating and speaking.