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By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
June 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing teeth, whether in an accident or as a result of tooth decay or gum disease is never easy. For many American adults, living with dental implantsmissing teeth has become a way of life that has drastically diminished their confidence, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. Although tooth loss is still more common among older adults over the age of 65, millions of younger adults are also missing teeth, which can also have a serious effect on social interactions and professional opportunities. But the good news is that there have never been more options for fixing a broken smile. Dr. George Landress, a dentist in Danbury, CT, recommends dental implants for healthy adult patients looking to start over and restore their oral health after tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Danbury, CT

Implants are the restoration that most closely matches the structure of a natural tooth, from root to crown. In addition to providing a secure anchor for the cosmetic crown, the implant portion of the restoration works like a prosthetic root to stop bone loss in the gums, which can cause complications like inflammation, infections, and even further tooth loss as a result of gum (periodontal) disease.

First, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. You must be in good general health, and have sufficient bone density to support the implant. You must also commit to practicing good oral hygiene at home, as well as ongoing follow up care with your dentist.

The implant is made of a small titanium screw, which is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth where the root used to be. As it heals, the implant slowly begins to fuse with the bone tissue in your gums, securing it in place. The final step is to attach the cosmetic crown to complete the restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or support an entire set of dentures with just a few implants.

Find a Dentist in Danbury, CT

Ready to get started with a healthier, brand new smile? Contact our office today by calling (203) 743-7608 for more information about dental implants and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Landress.

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Natural teeth give you your best possible smile. But, life happens, and so does tooth loss. Gum disease, dental decay, oral injury--they denturestake their toll despite our best efforts at preventive dental care. That's where dentures from your Danbury, CT, dentist, Dr. George Landress come in. Known as a kind, compassionate oral health care provider, Dr. Landress is also a Fellow and Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. So you know his skills can craft replacement teeth--that is, dentures--that fit precisely, work well and look wonderfully lifelike.

What happens after tooth loss?

When someone loses one, two or even all of their teeth, gum tissue and underlying jaw bone begin to recede. Remaining teeth weaken as they drift to fill smile gaps, and frankly, facial appearance ages quickly. Even young people who lose teeth will look years older as their bite height collapses.

Besides these embarrassing facial changes, tooth loss impacts how a person speaks. According to dentists at NYU College of Dentistry, missing front teeth impair the ability to pronounce consonants--p and m, as examples. The ability to bite and chew changes, too, and digestion may be affected.

Tooth replacement with dentures

When facing extraction, count on your Danbury, CT, dentist to formulate a treatment plan customized to your unique needs and expectations. He offers precisely crafted partial and full dentures which will span your smile gap or even replace a full arch of teeth as needed. He even has a dental lab right on premises!

What kind of dentures are there? Actually, there are a few, including:

  • Partial dentures. Functioning much like a jigsaw puzzle piece, a partial denture replaces one or more teeth as needed. Made of tooth- and gum-colored acrylic affixed to a molded metal frame, a partial denture holds on to remaining teeth via clasps, and it is fully removable.
  • Full Dentures. These may be immediate or conventional. Immediate means the dentures are placed right after extraction, compressing the sutured gums to speed healing. Conventional dentures are placed after the extraction sites heal, allowing for more accurate fit.
  • Implant-supported dentures. Mounted on multiple mini-or full-sized implants, these modern dentures may be permanent or removable. They offer superior stability and natural aesthetics and work well for patients with adequate jaw bone density.

What can dentures do for you?

Dentures normalize your facial appearance and oral function so you can enjoy life and feel good about yourself. If you believe dentures are in your future, please call Dr. George Landress for a consultation. Bring all your questions and expect answers that make sense for your smile needs. Call (203) 743-7608.

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
May 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When your smile needs some help, there are an array of cosmetic or restorative treatments available. Two common choices are bridges restorative dentistryand crowns. Roughly 15 million Americans have these devices according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Explore why bridges and crowns are popular procedures offered by Dr. George Landress at his dentist office in Danbury, CT.

Life with Crowns
A dental crown is a porcelain, metal or ceramic tooth covering that is bonded to the surface of your natural tooth. Dentists use crowns to strengthen and beautify smiles that have seen better days. Individual teeth can become worn down, injured or lose their natural color over time. In these cases, a crown can restore them. Some patients don’t think that they can save problematic teeth, but crowns make that possible. They can last for five to 10 years or longer. 

Getting Bridges
Dental bridges help bridge gaps in your smile that are caused by missing or extracted teeth. The gap is filled by a false tooth that sits on top of the gumline. This filler tooth, also called a pontic, is anchored by two crowns. Keep in mind that you must have two adjacent teeth that are healthy enough to support the crowns. The bridge (including the crowns) will be colored by your Danbury dentist to match the rest of your smile. It is a semi-permanent solution that only you and your dentist will know about.

You Don’t Have to Live with Tooth Problems
Many patients continue to live with damaged, discolored or missing teeth for years instead of seeing a dentist—sometimes due to dental anxiety. It may motivate you to know that you can have a crown or bridge installed in just a couple of appointments. Your teeth are prepared to receive the devices at the first appointment, an impression is taken, and the final crown or bridge is installed at the next appointment. Both are pain-free procedures that have great, long-term benefits.

Smile Restoration
Bridges and crowns are dental devices that can restore your smile and give you back the full function of your teeth. Call Dr. Landress at (203) 743-7608 today to schedule an appointment at his Danbury, CT, dentist office.

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
December 08, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

Leaving missing or damaged teeth untreated can take a toll on your smile in the long run. While some consequences may seem dental crownsinsignificant, others, like sagging facial skin or bone atrophy, may drive you to take the first steps in correcting the problem. Luckily, crowns and bridges can help you restore your smile and fill in your gaps. Learn more about crowns and bridges with Dr. George Landress at Danbury Smiles in Danbury, CT.

What are crowns and bridges? 
Crowns and bridges, while different restorations, are similar in their materials, design and placement. A dental crown fits over the top of a single tooth to protect it. A bridge fits over two healthy teeth to bridge a gap left behind by a missing tooth. A dental laboratory creates crowns and bridges from porcelain, which has similar qualities as your natural teeth, ensuring a natural look. Once in place, your crown or bridge will look and function like a natural tooth.

How can crowns and bridges work together to restore my smile? 
While a dental crown functions on its own, a permanent bridge requires the help of a dental crown on either side to hold it securely and permanently in place. A bridge fills in a gap while a crown can restore a broken, damaged, or misshapen tooth to prevent further damage or improve its appearance. Used in conjunction with one another, crowns and bridges have the potential to change the look of your smile for the better while also improving its functionality.

Crowns and Bridges in Danbury, CT 
Since both restorations use dental crowns, your dentist places both crowns and bridges into your mouth using generally the same method. The tooth to receive the crown first requires some preparation. Your dentist removes enamel from the sides and top of the tooth to make room for the crown then carefully shapes the tooth to fit inside the crown. After preparation, your dentist permanently attaches the crown to the tooth.

For more information on crowns and bridges in Danbury, CT, please contact Dr. Landress at Danbury Smiles. Call (203) 743-7608 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Landress today!

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
March 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss doesn’t just have to be forever. You can get a full smile back with dentures.

Tooth loss, whether complete or full, doesn’t just impact your appearance it can also make it difficult to speak properly or get the proper denturesnutrients you need because chewing can be a challenge. While there are many options to choose from, sometimes patients are looking for the most budget-friendly restoration. In this case your Danbury dentist Dr. George Landress offers full and partial dentures: a tried and true way to restore your tooth loss.

How do Dentures Work?

Whether you are opting for full or partial dentures if you are getting a removable prosthesis then you can expect your dentures to contain a gum-colored base made from plastic that will fit over the ridge of bone that once held your permanent teeth. Coming out of the gum-like base are false teeth that are fabricated to look and function like real teeth.

Dentures stay in place by suctioning to the bone ridge. This is why it’s so important that your Danbury, CT restorative dentist fits your dentures to your mouth so that it can suction properly to help it stay in place. Since the upper dentures tend to get some support from the roof of the mouth they tend to be more stable than lower dentures.

What is it Like to Wear Dentures?

It can be exciting to finally have a smile back but know that it will take some adjusting to get used to talking or eating with your new teeth. But the more often you wear your dentures the faster the muscles and nerves of the mouth will learn to work with your dentures to help it function as closely to real teeth as possible.

Visit the practice of George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. and his exceptional dental team in Danbury that are dedicated to giving you back a full smile. Dentures can help you regain your smile and we are here to help!