Restorative dentistry is a necessary part of life for tens of millions of Americans. At Dr. Julie Phillips Prosthodontics, 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 reasons a crown is needed are tooth decay or damage. Most crowns take at least 2 visits. At the first appointment, the decayed or damaged tooth structure is removed, and the tooth is trimmed to down to create room for the crown to fully cover the tooth. We will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while the final zirconia or porcelain crown is being fabricated. At the second appointment, your new crown is tried in and adjusted. Once the fit and esthetics are approved, your crown will be secured to the tooth with dental cement.
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.
A removable partial denture is a way to replace missing teeth when a fixed bridge is not an option or when cost is an issue. The missing teeth are replaced with denture teeth bonded to acrylic. Wire or carbon acetyl clasps fit around the adjacent natural teeth for retention. We will analyze and survey the contours of the supporting natural teeth to design the partial denture to be as retentive and supported as possible while minimizing the stress placed on the natural teeth.
A complete denture is designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Complete dentures are comprised of acrylic teeth bonded onto or milled on an acrylic denture base that rests on your supporting bone. Specialized impression techniques are used to ensure your dentures have the best stability and retention possible. We also take steps to customize your dentures based on your preferences. We work with you to either recreate the shape, size, and arrangement of your original teeth, or we can create a new smile based on your wishes. A conventional complete denture can be an excellent replacement for missing teeth. However, if you are interested in additional stability, ask how dental implants can help enhance your denture.
Some people have multiple oral health problems simultaneously. If these issues are significant enough to affect daily dental function, we may suggest full mouth rehabilitation. We will thoroughly assess all of your dental needs and formulate a plan to create a plan to protect and maintain your teeth if possible, replace teeth as needed, and generally improve the function and esthetics of your mouth. Full mouth rehabilitation may incorporate a variety of the restorative options listed above to achieve an ideal outcome.
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