Restorative dentistry is a necessary part of life for tens of millions of Americans. At Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS, we specialize in a number of dental restorations designed to get your smile and oral health back to pristine condition. The type of restoration we recommend depends on the location and severity of your oral health issues.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that restores the size, shape, appearance, and function of a damaged tooth. The most common damage includes tooth decay and facial trauma. Depending on your individual situation, we may recommend a crown made from porcelain, zirconia, gold, metal, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Regardless, the tooth in question must be completely reshaped before we bond the appliance.
A bridge, as the name suggests, literally “bridges” the gap created by one or more missing teeth (if they are adjacent to one another). Most bridges consist of two dental crowns, linked together by a pontic, or prosthetic tooth. A porcelain bridge should be virtually indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth. Besides restoring the esthetics of your smile, a bridge can also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper positions.
Most people are familiar with removable dentures, which are used to replace missing teeth. Most dentures, complete and partial, are usually fabricated using acrylic, which is durable and esthetically-pleasing. A partial denture, particularly one designed for the upper arch, usually consists of prosthetic teeth attached to a retainer-like base with metal clasps that keep the appliance in place.
A complete denture is designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Your complete denture will consist of a prosthetic tooth set in a flesh-colored acrylic base that rests on the gum tissues. In some instances, a complete denture can also be retained with a series of metal posts known as dental implants. While it may take some time to adjust to your new teeth, complete dentures can drastically improve your quality of life!
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is one of the most complex joints in the body. In short, the TMJ is responsible for your ability to properly chew, speak, and otherwise use your jaw. Any problem that prevents you from properly using your jaw is known as a TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS may recommend an oral appliance, which keeps your jaw in its proper position during sleep, to help alleviate the symptoms of TMD.
Unfortunately, some people suffer from multiple oral health problems simultaneously. If these problems are so severe that they impede your day-to-day life, we may suggest a full mouth reconstruction. As the name suggests, a full mouth reconstruction involves a complete overhaul of your soft and hard oral tissues through a wide variety of treatments and procedures. In fact, many of the procedures listed above may be utilized during your full mouth reconstruction.
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