Restorative Dentistry in Richardson Tx
Dental Bridges & Partials Complete Smiles
Adults experience tooth loss for a number reasons including periodontal disease, facial trauma, and severe tooth decay. Dental Crown Supported Fixed Bridges illustration of crown supported bridge Bridges are designed to support replacement teeth for one to three consecutive missing teeth by attaching the prosthetics to healthy surrounding teeth using dental crowns. That may seem confusing at first, but think about an actual bridge. Partial Dentures Partials fill gaps in patients’ smiles, fitting between healthy teeth like a puzzle piece. These prosthetics are created by shaping a gum colored base to fill dental gaps. Replacement teeth are attached to this base to restore patients’ smiles. They are held in place by metal clasps connected to remaining teeth.
Repair Teeth with Tooth-Colored Fillings
Fillings are most often recommended to repair teeth that have been damaged by minimal decay or small cracks and chips. When we notice one of these concerns during a checkup, our dentist may even be able to fill your tooth on the same day. In addition to diagnosing decay in its early stages during dental checkups, we may even be able to find areas at risk for decay using a handheld laser early cavity detection system. Traditionally, dentists used silver, amalgam fillings, but in order to provide our patients with the highest quality and most cosmetically appealing results, we use composite resin fillings.
Get Your Dream Smile with Dental Bonding
Using the same high quality, tooth-colored composite resin used to repair cavities or minor dental damage, we can also improve the appearance of patients’ smiles. This cosmetic treatment is often referred to as dental bonding or simply bonding. It is a fast, effective, affordable option for many patients who would like to improve the appearance of their smiles in just one visit. Before we begin treatment, the composite resin is shaded to perfectly match the natural dental structures.
Replace Missing Teeth with Dentures
Partial Dentures example of partials Partial dentures, sometimes referred to simply as partials, are used to fill the gaps in patients’ smiles following tooth loss. These custom crafted prosthetics attach replacement teeth to a gum colored base that is shaped to fit snugly between remaining healthy teeth. We offer traditional, removable partials that clip to remaining teeth as well as fixed, dental implant supported partials. Full Dentures illustration of full dentures Patients who have lost a full row of teeth may benefit from traditional removable dentures or dental implant supported full arch tooth replacement. A base is made to support the replacement teeth, and it is crafted to resemble the natural gum tissue and fit snuggly against the gums and jawbone. This tight fit creates suction that holds the denture in place. Patients interested in a more stable solution should consider our dental implant supported dentures.
Root Canals Relieve Pain
One of the most often used dental procedures, root canals allow our team to preserve even severely damaged or decayed teeth. We recommend root canals when patients experience damage or infection that reaches the inner layer of the tooth. This layer is known as the pulp, and the entire nerve system of the tooth is housed in this section. The painful toothache that most patients associate with root canals actually stems from the infection or damage to the nerve system that precedes the procedure. Root canal therapy is used to remove damaged tissue and restore full form and function to teeth.
Primary teeth – if baby teeth do not fall out on their own, we may need to extract them to allow the permanent teeth to erupt. Severe decay or damage – if decay effects too much of the tooth, we may be unable to preserve it with restorative care. This is especially important if decay or damage may adversely affect surrounding teeth. Orthodontics – in preparation for orthodontic correction, we may need to remove one or more teeth to allow for easy movement throughout the course of treatment. Tooth replacement – it may seem counter intuitive, but we often need to remove one or more teeth for patients with extensive tooth loss who are in need of partial or full dentures. We do this when remaining teeth are damage or severely weakened to ensure the longevity of any remaining dental structures as well as the denture. Wisdom teeth – this third set of molars is the last to erupt in the gum line, and they are the most frequently extracted teeth.
What are Wisdom Teeth & Why are They Extracted? Third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are the last set of teeth to erupt in patients’ smiles, and most patients’ third molars emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. These teeth were necessary for our ancient ancestors whose diets consisted of course foods and who had only the most basic methods of oral hygiene. These people frequently lost one or more teeth by this stage in life, but with today’s advanced oral hygiene and preventive dentistry solutions, most people do not experience tooth loss at this early stage. That means many patients do not have adequate space within their jawline to accommodate this set of molars. This lack of space can lead to impaction, the inability of teeth to erupt from the gums. In other cases, teeth may develop and erupt at odd angles that misalign the bite.