A beautiful smile is important to your health, hygiene, confidence and self-esteem. At our office we can help you have the most attractive, natural-looking smile possible through advanced prosthodontic care. Prosthodontics, or prosthetic dentistry, is a dental specialty that concentrates on the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth to their proper form and function.
As a comprehensive dental practice, our patients can take advantage of a wide range of prosthodontic treatments. Prosthodontic care focuses on complete oral rehabilitation and treatment of numerous dental conditions, such as:
- Traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures
- Congenital or birth anomalies to teeth
- Snoring and other sleep disorders
- Oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
Prosthodontic Treatment Options
In order to restore your smile, we recommend the following prosthodontic treatments:
A bridge is a multi-tasking treatment option that may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial yet naturally looking teeth, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
Crowns are a restoration used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn or have portions destroyed by tooth decay. Think of a crown as a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth which fully covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
An implant is an artificial tooth made of metal and porcelain that replicates your natural tooth. It is composed of two main parts: one is the titanium implant body ("the screw") that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With dental implants, you can smile confidently and eat hardily knowing that no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth, even yourself
Dentures are natural-looking, removable replacement teeth made by your dentist. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when the complete set of natural teeth has been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed.
A filling is often used to repair a tooth that is affected by wear, decay, cracks or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and replaced with a filling, which can be composed of many different materials, such as gold, porcelain, composite, ceramic and plastic compound.
Occlusal Disease Treatment
Occlusal disease is caused by a misalignment between the teeth of the upper and lower dental arches, also called malocclusion. If left untreated, occlusal disease can damage your teeth, the supporting bones and gums around your teeth, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and the jaw muscles you use for chewing. Many people dismiss excessive or abnormally accelerated tooth wear as part of the natural aging process or daily wear and tear of teeth, however, prosthodontic treatment can alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by occlusal disease.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells compiled from tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain, designed to cover the front side of your teeth. Veneers are natural in appearance and a great option for patients who want to make enhancements to the look and feel of their smile.