Restoring Your Smile at Wicks Dental Clinic
We provide many levels of restorative care, ranging from filling minor cavities to advanced replacement solutions. Today's modern techniques make long-lasting and aesthetically-pleasing restorations safer and more convenient. Dr. Jones and his caring team have a gentle and compassionate approach for everyone, from young children to adults.
Residents of Billings Heights, Huntley, Shepherd, and Lockwood can find professional restoration treatment with our experienced team. Call us today and schedule your appointment!
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What is Restorative Dentistry?
Although related to cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of oral health issues and the rehabilitation of teeth and gums to renew function and beauty.
Restorative dentistry consists of multiple dental specialties, such as endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics, and can help with:
- Repairing damage from trauma, decay, and disease
- Rebuilding lost teeth from root to crown
- Correcting wear, bite, or space issues
- Rejuvenating dental aesthetics
Dr. Jones is dedicated to providing you with the finest restorative care using the most modern technology available. We help you understand your options so that you can choose the restorations that best suits your dental goals.
Types of Dental Restorations We Provide
Fillings - Fillings are a common restoration that most people will receive during their lifetime.
As acidic plaque and bacteria breach the hard enamel of a tooth’s surface, the dentin gradually breaks down and wears away. Caries or cavities form and will continue to get larger if not treated.
To treat cavities, Dr. Jones removes excess decay from the tooth to stop its spread, then fortifies the space with a composite, tooth-colored resin that returns structural integrity.
Same-Day Crowns - Sometimes, a tooth can become heavily decayed above the gum line, but the root is still strong and healthy. In cases such as these, the tooth can be saved with a prosthetic cap called a crown, which is custom-made to match the color and contour of your natural teeth. After the deteriorated surface of the tooth is removed, the crown is cemented on top, sealing the tooth and preventing further decay in much the same way that a filling does.
At Wicks Dental Clinic, we offer CEREC Same-Day Crowns for quality crowns and quick restorations. Whether you’ve experienced a dental emergency or received root canal therapy, you want to get back to daily life as soon as possible. Our CEREC machine can help you do just that by restoring function and comfort in a single appointment.
Fixed Bridges - Bridges are restorations that can replace up to three missing teeth in a row. These beautiful prosthetics are made to match your existing teeth and anchored by crowns attached to the teeth on both sides of the gap. The supporting teeth must be healthy and capable of supporting the force of chewing.
Bridges are fixed in place with a special adhesive and are only removed if necessary. Bridges can be made out of gold, porcelain, zirconia, or composite resin, with the tooth-colored options being the most popular.
In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, a fixed bridge can also improve dental function and overall oral health. Dental bridges stabilize healthy teeth and keep them from shifting out of position, which would otherwise lead to bite problems. After receiving a fixed bridge, you may notice a significant improvement in your ability to speak and chew.
Dentures - Full or partial dentures can replace many teeth at once and are made to be removable. They’re molded to the shape of your gums and original teeth and are usually supported either by metal brackets or suction and dental adhesive.
Adjusting to speaking and eating with your denture can be difficult at first, but you will get used to it in time. We will instruct you on how to safely remove and insert your dentures and how to take care of them at home.
Are Dental Implant Restorations a Better Option?
The development and use of implants have been one of the greatest advances in dentistry. Dental implants have unique qualities that enable a true transformation of your smile's appearance.
Implant posts fuse with the bone once placed in the jaw and are the next best thing to a natural tooth root. This process also boosts the stability of the jaw bone and ensures that existing teeth stay in the right place.
Dental implants can solve bite, speech, and chewing problems. These prosthetics fully restore oral health and greatly enhance confidence in your smile.
Dental implants are designed to replace teeth that cannot be saved through other restorative methods like root canal therapy.
What are the Components of a Dental Implant?
Dental implants consist of titanium and other materials that are highly compatible with the human body. They are surgically-placed posts positioned in the upper or lower jaw, where they act as a durable anchor for replacing teeth. Implant-supported restorations not only look and feel just like a real tooth, but they also return full strength to your bite, prevent teeth from shifting out of alignment, and stimulate bone health.
Dental implants have three distinct parts that make them unique and highly effective:
The implant - A small, biocompatible titanium post surgically placed directly into the jaw. After three to four months, the bone fuses to the implant in a process called osseointegration.
The abutment - The piece attached to the top of the implant post. While the implant provides a sturdy foundation, the abutment is used to attach the final prosthetic.
The restoration - A beautiful, lifelike restoration fitted onto the abutment. This can be a single crown, a bridge to replace a row of teeth or even full and partial dentures.
During your evaluation, we pay close attention to your jaw bone density and overall oral health, two important factors in dental implant placement and restoration. In some cases, patients may need additional preparatory procedures like a bone graft to ensure that dental implant treatment is successful.
Why Choose Implant-Supported Restorations?
Missing teeth can be the beginning of more serious dental issues. For starters, a gap in your smile can result in the rest of your teeth shifting out of alignment.
Furthermore, without a tooth root to continually stimulate the jaw through chewing and biting, the bone loses mass in a process known as accelerated bone resorption. A dental implant prevents this loss of bone mass, as the implant performs the same functions as a natural root.
Dental implants can support a variety of restorations, including:
Single-Unit Crowns – Replace a single missing tooth. Replacing your single lost tooth will preserve alignment and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Implant-Supported Bridges – Replace up to an entire quadrant of missing teeth. An implant bridge usually uses two implants that hold another prosthetic tooth between them to replace three teeth in a row.
Implant-Supported Dentures – Replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Using four to eight implants, we can completely restore an entire smile using a reliable, lifelike prosthetic. The dentures can be made from acrylic or ceramic depending on your needs.
Implant-Supported Overdenture - A completely removable denture with a specialized design attaching the prosthetic to the implants. This type of denture is easy to clean and maintain because you can remove it yourself. As an additional bonus, they are more economical than a fixed prosthesis.
Making Your Treatment More Comfortable with Sedation
Our team understands that dental surgery can be intimidating for patients. To alleviate this anxiety, we offer sedation during treatment and explain each step of the process to ensure you feel confident.
Sedation dentistry alleviates anxiety, allowing us to complete more dental work during your visit. The methods we use are safe with very few side effects.
The type of sedation used will depend on your level of anxiety, the length of your scheduled appointment, and your health history. Sedation will not provide pain relief, so we also administer a local anesthetic before treatment.
Dr. Jones and his team offer a variety of sedation options:
Nitrous Oxide is commonly known as laughing gas and gives you a feeling of relaxation while allowing you to remain conscious. Patients feel no lingering effects and recover from this sedation method quickly.
Oral Conscious Sedation is an excellent choice for people who are afraid of needles. Oral medication is provided before treatment to induce a moderate state of relaxation. Oral sedation usually dulls the senses but does not cause sleep. With this method, most patients do not remember the pain, smells, or noises of the procedure. The medication is taken before the appointment and then during the procedure if necessary.
IV Sedation or intravenous sedation is administered by an injection that delivers the medication directly to the bloodstream. The effects are immediate, and the dosage is easily adjusted. You probably won’t remember your procedure, although you don’t actually fall asleep. Sometimes there is a feeling of grogginess after the treatment, so it is very important to bring a designated driver to help you get home safely.
While sedation is very helpful in treating strong anxieties and phobias, it is not the only tool we use to help you feel comfortable. Our entire practice is as warm and relaxing as possible, from its physical design to the constant communication Dr. Jones and his staff provide. Because of these elements, you can be confident that you will feel much more at ease throughout your appointment.
Visit Our Expert Team for Advanced Restorations
If a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma, we will use the most conservative method to leave the original structure intact whenever possible.
Sometimes, a tooth is missing or so severely damaged that there is no option but extraction. In these cases, the team at Wicks Dental Clinic can replace teeth with beautiful prosthetics that complete the smile.
With advanced technology and expert technique, our restorative work can protect your teeth from further decay and prevent future dental problems. Call us and schedule an appointment today for more information on how we can help you maintain optimal oral health.
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