James W. Rehm DMD LLC
What is it?
For small repairs to teeth, a dental filling will often do the job. However, when a tooth sustains significant decay or damage, more protection may be necessary.
A dental crown is a natural looking restoration that is place over a damaged tooth and cemented into place. A crown can protect and prolong the life of your tooth.
Dr. James Rehm will create each dental crown to meet your health and lifestyle needs. We can create all metal, porcelain metal blends or all porcelain crown depending on your needs.
How does it work?
If you need a dental crown, Dr. Rehm will take an x-ray of the area to ensure the health of the tooth root and jawbone. Then he will number the tooth and remove remove any decayed or damaged tooth structure. Next, he will make a mold of the tooth so that a custom crown can be made. He will place a temporary crown on your tooth until your permanent crown is ready. This is a two week process. Dr. Rehm will then place your new crown on your teeth, ensuring your it fits comfortably and looks natural. It will blend seamlessly with your other teeth.
A Dental Bridge
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Rehm might recommend a bridge to replace the missing teeth. Some patients choose to replace a missing tooth with a bridge as a faster course of treatment than a dental implant. Installing a bridge can be done in as little as one appointment. The bridge will look like your natural teeth, but will ensure that you have normal chewing function again as well as a more pleasing appearance. A fixed dental bridge uses at least two dental crowns to hold an artificial tooth in place. Some patients choose to replace a missing tooth with a bridge as a faster course of treatment than a dental implant.
Your fixed bridge will fill the gap in your smile and restore your chewing surface. Dental bridges also keep your remaining teeth from shifting. This shifting can cause gum disease, tooth decay, further loss of teeth and changes in your bite. Dr. Rehm creates dental bridges that are attractive and functional. Your final restorations will blend in with your remaining teeth, giving you confidence to laugh, smile and speak without worry.
Partial dentures are perfect for patients who are missing multiple teeth, yet still retain many healthy teeth. A partial is removable and fits much like a retainer with prosthetic teeth attached. Partials anchor to your healthy teeth with metal clasps, and your customized prosthetic teeth fill in the blank spaces like puzzle pieces.
Full dentures are also removable and designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth with natural-looking prosthetic teeth. Dentures are customized to fit you, and they utilize suction or a dental adhesive to stay in place.
While there is a learning curve in the beginning when you’re getting used to talking and eating, you’ll appreciate how dentures immediately restore your smile and the appearance of your face.