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Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics

A healthy, functional smile is one of the cornerstones of expressing your individuality. It warms your face and can radiate your personality even without saying a word. When your smile isn’t complete, you may feel self-conscious.

Missing and damaged teeth can make eating and speaking difficult, smiling embarrassing and everyday encounters uncomfortable. A  Prosthodontist has the expertise and experience to treat even the most challenging cases, transforming a badly broken down mouth into a full and healthy set of teeth. Each case is unique and might require an interdisciplinary approach and for that reason, we offer a wide range of prosthodontic treatments.

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What is a Prosthodontist?

Did you know as many as 69% of all American adults have lost at least one tooth? Whether due to injury, tooth decay, or gum disease, even one missing tooth can present problems for the rest of your smile. If a gap remains where a tooth used to be, your teeth will begin to shift to fill the space, and it’s more likely that you will lose surrounding teeth in the years to come. Not to mention that a visible missing tooth can affect the way you feel about yourself, as well as the way others perceive you.

“When I went to work the day after I received my new teeth, people said that I looked so radiant. But no one noticed the difference in my teeth. One coworker wanted me to confide in her that I had cosmetic surgery and just wouldn’t tell her. I’m so happy with my new youthful look.”

A dentist who specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth is called a prosthodontist. These specialists receive three to four years of additional training in the area of prosthetic dentistry after receiving general training at dental school. These programs take place in a hospital or university, and to be a certified specialist in Prosthodontics, the graduate must pass a comprehensive two day written, oral, and clinical exam administered by the American Board of Prosthodontics. Prosthodontists are experts in oral rehabilitation and have mastered many procedures, including:

  • Dental Implants
  • Crows
  • Bridges
  • Dentures & Partials
  • Porcelain Veneers

Each face is unique and each is smile individual, which makes every patient’s needs a different challenge. You can think of a prosthodontist as a technically artistic “engineer” who designs your treatment, considering improved form and function, as well as overall esthetics, when creating each patient’s customized plan. By replacing missing teeth and reconstructing smiles, a prosthodontist is able to improve a patient’s confidence along with their quality of life.

Dental Implants

Now patients who are missing teeth have a strong, beautiful alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. Dental implants will improve your smile and your lifestyle. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Implants can also anchor bridges, partials, or full dentures to eliminate slipping.

After a thorough evaluation, a prosthodontist can tell you whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. They require adequate bone structure for placement. The first stage of the procedure involves oral surgery in which a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone for each missing tooth or for the new teeth that will anchor a bridge or denture. Nature will take its course, allowing your bone tissue heals tightly around the titanium post. This creates a solid foundation.

Once the implants have integrated, a prosthodontist will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.

Mini Dental Implants

Imagine visiting your dentist in the morning, having a mini-implant system placed in just a few hours, and then enjoying lunch with a friend at your favorite restaurant. During your relaxing lunch, you eat comfortably, laugh, and talk with confidence as your new dentures are securely and firmly held in place.

The mini implant system provides greater denture stability for patients who can’t withstand conventional implant surgery, who don’t have enough bone to allow for full-sized implants, or who are in the process of changing from one prosthetic system to another. The mini implant system consists of a miniature titanium implant that functions as a prosthetic tooth root and a retaining fixture installed into the base of your denture. When in place, the denture gently rests on the gum, and the implant fixtures allow for tiny movements, while withstanding natural lifting forces. Mini implant placement is a one-step procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery and no sutures. Healing time is shorter than typical denture placement procedures.

Smile Restorations with Dental Crowns

If you’re self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, a prosthodontist can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns, also called caps. A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw’s proper alignment.

We use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain crowns. To restore front teeth, we recommend all-ceramic crowns. Our precise color-matching system allows us to find the right shade of porcelain to blend with your natural tooth color. Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long lasting, and these benefits make them popular with dentists as well as patients.

Typically, we can design, fit, and place your crowns in just a couple of short appointments. Once a crown is placed, you can care for it as you do your natural teeth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth.

Bridges

A Stable Solution that Renews Your Smile. Losing teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, leaves a hole in your smile that makes you not only feel self conscious, but can make eating and other every day activities difficult. We can create a fixed bridge to restore your solid smile, as well as your confidence. A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.

First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren’t available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. With proper care, a fixed bridge may last at least 8 to 10 years.

Dentures & Partials

A smile just isn’t a smile if it’s incomplete. Missing teeth cause a host of problems, from difficulty speaking and eating to low self-confidence to jawbone deterioration. Don’t give up on your smile. Advances in dental materials and technology have made full and partial dentures more lifelike and comfortable than ever.

What is a Partial?
A partial denture, commonly referred to as simply a partial, consists of multiple teeth on a gum colored base. The teeth are not in a row, but rather spread across the base to fit like a puzzle with your existing teeth. A partial is normally secured with clips or brackets, but unlike a bridge, a partial is removable.

What is a Denture?
A full denture is a complete top or bottom row of teeth mounted on a gum-colored base. Dentures can be closed or open palate, and they may require denture adhesive to hold them in place.

Implant-Supported Dentures and Partials
Dental implants are small titanium posts anchored into the jawbone. If you prefer a secure full or partial denture and do not want clips or adhesive, then consider implant-supported dentures. In a brief surgery, an implant surgeon can place a few dental implants to hold your dentures in place. With implant-supported dentures, you won’t have to worry about slippage, and your prosthetic will feel stable and comfortable.

Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic dentistry is transforming lives through complete smile makeovers, and porcelain veneers lead the list of aesthetic treatments as a wildly popular procedure. If you’re considering porcelain veneers for a new smile, here’s what you can expect…

The First Appointment
You will need to schedule an hour or two for your initial appointment, and you may want to take photos or magazine clippings to show the prosthodontist the kind of smile you prefer. After a thorough examination to assess your oral health and existing teeth, he will discuss with you the kind of smile you envision. Be prepared to discuss the color and shape of your ideal smile at this appointment.

Your prosthodonist will take notes on the shade of your teeth, your facial features, and measurements of your face. He’ll consider your skin tone and facial symmetry when designing your veneers, and answer any questions you may have about your veneers or the procedure. Often during your first appointment, models are made of your teeth to begin designing your new look.

Tooth Preparation
The prosthodontist will gently shape your teeth to remove a small amount of enamel in preparation for your new veneers. Tooth reduction will allow the veneers to lie flat, in line with surrounding teeth. Reshaping of teeth may also be required to create the look you want.We will then take an impression of your mouth to send to the lab. Before you leave the dental chair, we’ll place temporary veneers that will mimic the final cosmetic result. Your teeth may feel sensitive until the permanent veneers are placed.

Behind the Scenes
After your preparation appointment, a prosthodontist will write a prescription to a dental lab to begin fabrication of your veneers. Our technicians blend multiple shapes of porcelain into your new veneers to create an absolutely natural-looking restoration. In other words, your veneers will never look “fake”. Not all ceramists are artists, so a prosthodontist uses only the best technicians to fabricate your new smile!

Veneer Placement
Local anesthetic may be administered to ensure your complete comfort during veneer placement. The prosthodontist will remove the temporary veneers and check the fit of your permanent veneers. You can look at the shape, color, and fit before they are bonded. If adjustments need to be made, you should tell him at this time. Veneers cannot be altered once in place.

If you and your prosthodontist are satisfied with the result, the veneers will be permanently bonded to the front surface of your teeth. First, we will apply a mild acidic solution to clean the surface of your teeth, then we will bond the veneers in place. A small light will cure the bonding material.