In instances where the health and function of teeth have been compromised by normal wear or a dental problem, restorative dentistry plays an important role in helping patients regain maximum oral health and function.
Restorative dental treatments are designed to help reinforce the physical strength of damaged teeth, facilitating normal dental function and encouraging improved dental health. Dental restorations are highly individualized treatments tailored to meet each patient’s unique oral health needs.
At our San Antonio dental practice, restorative treatment plans are developed using advanced dental technologies. With intraoral cameras, digital x-rays, and CT scanning, Dr. Gies is able to take an in-depth look at the inner workings of our patients’ smiles, identifying the precise cause of dental conditions. After a one-on-one discussion to discuss your ultimate smile goals, our restorative dentist develops a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses current dental problems, prevents potential dental issues, and enhances the overall aesthetics of your smile.
Depending on your unique oral health needs, your restorative treatment plan may include one or more of the following treatment options:
Crowns: Created utilizing 3D CAD/CAM technology, these porcelain prosthetics are designed to blend in naturally with surrounding teeth, while reinforcing the vulnerable tooth structure. Made right in our San Antonio dental practice with the use of the E4D milling system, crowns are ideal for patients who have deep fractures, major cracks or chipping, as well as teeth treated with root canal therapy.
Bridges: In some instances, one or more teeth may need to be replaced. For these patients, porcelain bridges can be used to support multiple tooth restoration with seamless results. With this treatment, porcelain crowns are attached to healthy teeth to support one or several replacement teeth, called pontics.
Dentures: One of the more common restorative treatment options, dentures provide patients missing entire arches of teeth with a way of regaining dental function. At Gies Family Dental, digital impressions are used to create these removable prosthetics. For patients looking to stabilize existing dentures, dental implants can be placed in the jaw to help secure a set of false teeth.
Dental Implants: Often considered the most comprehensive restorative option available, dental implants are a versatile solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. Our San Antonio implant dentist offers comprehensive implant placement and restoration, as well as any pre-treatments that may be necessary in order to provide patients with the best results.
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At Gies Family Dental, restorative dental care is just one way we help patients keep their smiles healthy and functional. For more information about available restorative treatment options, contact us today.
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
Broken or fractured teeth.
Tooth has a root canal.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
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.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually takes 4 to 6 weeks). During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and 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.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
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.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new, permanent bridge.