Restorative Dentistry addresses the issues that make eating and smiling difficult. Dental pain, tooth loss, and traumatic injury are some of the reasons that Restorative Dentistry might be right for you. These problems, if ignored, can lead to other major health issues and symptoms including headaches, infections, additional tooth loss, heart disease, and more.
“All-on-4” Implant Retained Dentures
The advanced technology of modern implant retained dentures eliminates limitations and inconvenience of conventional dentures (false teeth). Usually, when you lose teeth, it is essential for your overall health to have them replaced.
Replacing missing teeth with “All-on-4” Implant Retained Dentures
Although a few patients may have no problem wearing an upper denture, many people find it difficult to wear lower dentures. Several implant-supported replacement options are available to alleviate the frustrations of removable teeth. Why our patients choose implant retained dentures (All-on-4 or Button-snap dentures):
- Regain confidence in social settings and dinner parties!
- Enjoy foods and taste, including all types of steak, that you’ve had to avoid!
- Eliminates the gag feeling from upper denture set too far back towards the roof of mouth and throat.
- No longer feel embarrassed about family, especially grandchildren, asking “why do your teeth come out?”
- Avoids facial wrinkles along the nose and lip-line, or watching your jaw muscles sag.
- Keeps your jawbone secure and corrects unrelenting jaw pain that feels like migraines along your temples or behind your head and shoulders.
A dental bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches a replacement tooth to natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are permanently attached (fixed bridges).
Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
What exactly is a dental bridge or fixed partial denture?
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.
Dental bonding is an alternative to teeth veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.
Unlike veneers, dental crowns cover the entire tooth and is a required step after any root canal procedure. Crowns can now be color matched to the shade of your other natural teeth!
Inlays and Onlays
Our inlays and onlays are made with CEREC® porcelain, all completed the same day. These pieces are adhesively cemented to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
You and Dr. Frank may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced gum disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for tooth replacement.
Scaling & Root Planing
The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually non-surgical scaling or root planing. The objective is to remove etiologic agents such as dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gingival inflammation and disease.