Your smile today may not be as brilliant as it once was. Years of wear and tear, injury, or poor care can hurt the look and function of your teeth. Dr. Baird and his team change lives every day through restorative dentistry. Rejuvenate your smile today!
A dental implant is one of the most permanent forms of restorative dentistry and can be used to restore a single tooth or several teeth. Dental implants involve the placement of a surgical grade titanium post into space where the tooth once was. After a period of healing, the post forms a secure foundation for the attachment of a crown or a prosthetic tooth that is custom created for you. Dental implants are sometimes used instead of bridges to maintain the integrity of the teeth on either side of the missing teeth. After nearly 35 years of use, they have a 90-95% proven success rate in appropriately chosen cases. If you are missing one or more teeth, or if you have become frustrated with dentures, call Dr. Boyte and set-up an appointment to be evaluated for dental implants.
DENTAL IMPLANT-SUPPORTED DENTURES
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implant-supported dentures fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures. If you are dissatisfied with your dentures, dental implant-supported dentures may be your solution. Implant-supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and preventing the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants. Ask Dr. Boyte if dental implant-supported dentures are right for you.
A lifelike smile and a perfect fit ― those are two of the primary goals that Dr. Boyte will achieve if you need dentures to restore your smile. A proper fitting set of dentures is very important. A good fit ensures that your dentures will allow you to retain much of your mouth’s function, which is important for maintaining natural muscle tone in your face and jaw. Dentures will keep you looking and feeling healthy and will help you retain a natural lifestyle.
Partial dentures provide you with a natural-looking way to restore your smile to its original brilliance. You will be pleased with how your new partial dentures restore the gaps in your smile that have occurred due to your missing teeth that could not be corrected by a bridge. Your partial dentures will be removable and will be made from a synthetic material supported by lightweight metal that mimics your gum tissue and teeth to give you a beautiful new smile. Partial dentures will preserve your bone structure, as well as the integrity of your existing teeth by preventing them from shifting and tilting in towards the gaps created by your missing teeth.
Your teeth undergo a tremendous amount of wear and tear during your lifetime. Teeth may show this wear in a variety of ways, including discoloration, chipping, and cracking. Crowns restore your teeth and your smile to brilliancy once again. There are a few different options for the repair of your tooth. These options include: a full metal or gold crown, a porcelain crown, or a crown of porcelain fused to precious metal. Porcelain crowns can be made out of porcelain pressed to metal or are porcelain throughout and can be shaded to match your other teeth. After some tooth preparation, crowns are specially fitted to restore the look and functionality of your smile. If you have pain when chewing or temperature sensitivity, ask Dr. Brenda Boyte if crowns may be right for you.
Sometimes we can be rough on our teeth ― neglecting them, taking them for granted, or simply abusing them. Between physical activities, such as sports, or chewing hard substances like ice, our teeth can get knocked out, broken, cracked, and worn down. Forgetting routine dental appointments and ignoring proper cleaning tactics can result in periodontal disease, tooth decay, and ultimately tooth loss. When teeth are missing, your mouth must compensate for the lack of chewing power in that area in order to function normally. So, the chewing force may shift to another part of the mouth, which can cause unwanted spaces and changes in your smile.
A bridge, also known as a pontic, is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill the gaps left by the original missing tooth. The new tooth is then anchored to the two porcelain crowns, renewing your once-damaged smile. A bridge is a semi-permanent dental restoration, meaning it can only be removed by a dentist, so you can rest assured that your porcelain bridge will be a lasting restoration to your oral health.
Sometimes effectively removing tooth decay requires the removal of a portion of your tooth. The removed portion is replaced with a porcelain inlay or onlay. Dr. Baird customizes an inlay or onlay to fill the space left behind when part of your tooth is removed. Traditionally, inlays and onlays were made out of metal, much like traditional filings. Today, however, porcelain-milled inlays and onlays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and provide relief from chewing pain, cavity pain, and tooth degeneration.
If you experience headaches, migraines, muscle aches in the back and neck, worn teeth, or jaw pain, you may suffer from Temporandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ). While you sleep, your jaw struggles to relax, causing you to grind your teeth or to clench your jaw for an extended period of time. Left untreated, TMJ can cause irreversible damage to your teeth and to the supportive structures of the mouth, trauma to the jaw joints, and significant trouble eating and speaking.
There are many treatment options available for those with TMJ, including a customized bite appliance that is worn at night, allowing the jaw to relax and the wearer to experience comfortable sleep. If you think you may suffer from TMJ, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Boyte today!