shutterstock_185673002It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance, and function.

Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss with you the available options, and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment. Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when creating your beautiful smile.

Reasons for restorative dentistry:

  • Enhance your smile.
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
  • Improve or correct an improper bite.
  • Prevent the loss of a tooth.
  • Relieve dental pain.
  • Repair damaged and decayed teeth.
  • Replace missing teeth.
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.
  • Restore normal eating and chewing.
  • What prosthodontics treatments can we perform?

Prosthodontic treatments are designed to be functional, long-lasting and pleasing to the eye. These procedures can only be completed on generally healthy teeth. Issues like gum disease need to be controlled before prosthodontic treatments can begin.

There are an ever-increasing number of hi-tech prosthodontic treatments available including the following:

Dental Implants – Implants are designed to replace the natural teeth in the best possible way. Titanium roots are implanted in the jawbone in the same way as natural tooth roots. Implants look and feel the same as natural teeth.

Dental Veneers – Veneers are porcelain/ceramic covers that are bonded to the natural teeth. Veneers can instantly solve problems like uneven teeth, stained teeth, and chips and damage caused by general wear and tear.

Dental Crowns – Prosthetic crowns are generally made from porcelain, metal or a combination of the two. They have been designed to mimic the natural crown (surface of the tooth) and can last for up to a decade, and possibly longer.

Dental Bridges – Conventional and cantilever bridges are used to support a prosthetic tooth. The natural teeth can support the bridge if they are in good condition, or dental implants may be used as anchors.

Complete Dentures – A complete set of dentures can be created for people who have no teeth due to gum disease or trauma. Complete dentures restore functionality to the mouth and make chewing and speaking easier.

Partial Dentures – Where many teeth have been lost, removable or fixed partial dentures can prove to be an excellent option. They enhance the aesthetics of the smile in addition to improving chewing abilities.

Remember to give your teeth the attention they need today!

Contact us here at (650) 573-0628 if you are missing teeth or other structures in your mouth. We will schedule an examination and talk you through your options.

Restorations/Prosthodontics

Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

A complete denture or full denture sits on the jaw bone where teeth used to be. Dentures are supported entirely by the gum tissue and underlying bone structure. A partial denture has “clips” or “hooks” that attach to few or all of the remaining “anchor” teeth.

A complete denture may appear esthetic. But by its very nature, they tend to move when chewing food. Adaptable people are able to manage dentures by their cheek and tongue during chewing. For many people with dentures, eating becomes a struggle. There is some loss of sensation as the entire roof of their mouth is covered by the plastic denture. It may also interfere with their speech pattern as well.

Partial dentures are better, because teeth are helping to keep the partial in place. But in time, partials can cause loosening of these “anchor” teeth, and develop unwanted movements when eating. Partials may sometimes appear unaesthetic because the “clips” may show when they smile.

It is our opinion that partials and dentures should be considered a short term temporary solution. Long term wear leads to bone loss and shrinkage of the underlying jaw bone. This results in increased movement and instability of the denture or partial denture, as there is less support.

In this 21st century, with better medicine, information and technology, people live longer healthier lives. When a person loses his teeth over a period of many years, he adapts, but forgets what it was like when he had teeth. As we live longer, quality of like should be of concern. If dining, socializing and enjoying other’s company at mealtime is important, then, take care to have good oral health.

For information on how we can help, give us a call.

Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges. The “traditional bridge” is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Our preference is to use an all porcelain Zirconia fixed bridge, where there is no metal present. With new technology and materials, we feel this is the best choice for most situations.
REASONS FOR A FIXED BRIDGE:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
  • Restore your smile.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.