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Mouth Reconstruction

Combined, Integrative Therapies

Bridge

Composite Fillings

Crown

Denture

Extraction

Gum Disease Therapy

Implant

Laser therapy

Partial Denture

Root Canal

Veneer

Once you have a diagnosis of TMD (tempromandibular joint disorder), as neuromuscular dentist, we will determine the degree to which your bite should be realigned.   Each case is different and one possible means of treatment is full mouth reconstruction.

Full mouth reconstruction focuses on the relationship between muscles, jaw joints, and teeth.  When properly aligned, the teeth so function in harmony with the jaw joints and muscles.  We use specific bioinstrumentation in assessing optimal function among these three important elements.  With this precise instrumentation, the guesswork is taken out of determining the correct jaw and bite position to alleviate the TMD.

This information is then used in the determination of the degree of reconstruction.  In some cases, only certain teeth, usually molars can be reconstructed to achieve the harmony to alleviate the TMD.  In other cases, full mouth reconstruction allows your neuromuscular dentist to specifically reconstruct the ideal teeth to work with the rest of your anatomy.  With this degree of precision, your neuromuscular dentist can make specific alterations in your bite to affect the entire system of muscles, jaw joint, nerves and teeth.

Combined, Integrative Therapies

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Bridge

Dental bridges replace missing teeth by "bridging" the gap between two remaining teeth. There are several options for bridges or aesthetic crowns to fill gaps in teeth.

With traditional bridges, also called fixed bridges, we create a pontic, or false, tooth with a dental crown on either side.  We then fit the crowns over the remaining teeth to hold the false tooth in place.

In a resin bonded bridge, the pontic tooth is fused to a metal band. The metal band, in turn, is bonded to the back of the remaining teeth with white resin cement.

 A Cantilever bridge is recommended when there are only teeth on one side of the gap. While traditional bridges have a crown on either side of the pontic, cantilever bridges consist of two side-by-side crowns and only one is connected to the pontic.

To design a bridge, we shrink, then reshape the teeth to make room for the crowns. We then makes a mold of the teeth. This mold is then sent off to a laboratory, where the actual crowns and bridge are made.

Aesthetic crowns can also be used to improve appearance and function.  Like a crown that is applied to a damaged tooth, this sort of crown should be designed for functional purposes but with a greater aesthetic appearance in mind.  For best results, porcelain crowns are recommended for the translucent qualities that allow us to simulate the appearance of natural teeth.  This is an important factor in both aesthetic crowns and bridges.

With proper oral hygiene, bridges can last up to ten years. However, improper or infrequent brushing and flossing, irregular dental visits, and excessive sugar and starch intake can all bring untimely damage to the bridge.

Composite Fillings

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Crown

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Denture

Dental implants make it possible for cosmetic dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. One way that dental implants can be used is to support dentures for a more secure fit. 

Each dental implant is composed of a biocompatible titanium screw and post topped by a crown, bridge or denture.  We surgically place each implant into the jawbone where it replaces the natural tooth root.  In a few months, the implant securely attaches to the bone, allowing it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural tooth.

Once the implant has been completely integrated with the bone (usually 3-6 months), a post is attached to the implant.   We then can attach an overdenture to the implants creating a more solid fit.  Where traditional dentures fit on the gums and can move for various reasons, an overdenture used with implants is anchored to the jaw as if it had a tooth root.

Implant-supported dentures are recommended for people who do not have any teeth in the jaw, and who have enough jaw bone to support implants.   Usually, they work best for dentures on the lower jaw.  In these cases, implant-supported dentures have special attachments that snap onto the implants, making for easy removal.

Extraction

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Gum Disease Therapy

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Implant

Dental implants make it possible for cosmetic dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. Used to replace one or more missing teeth, implants are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures.  Dental implants act and look like natural teeth. And, because they maintain bone mass, dental implants can help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth.

Each dental implant is composed of a biocompatible titanium screw and post topped by a crown, bridge or denture.  We surgically place each implant into the jawbone where it replaces the natural tooth root. In a few months, the implant securely attaches to the bone, allowing it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural tooth.

The most common reasons for implant therapy include replacement of one or more teeth, support of non-removable “bridge’” to replace multiple teeth, or support of a removable full or partial denture.

Once the implant has been completely integrated with the bone (usually 3-6 months), a post is attached to the implant.   We can then apply our cosmetic dentistry skills to create the permanent tooth replacement.

Laser therapy

The use of lasers in cosmetic dentistry has become quite common among trained cosmetic dentists.  We use lasers for many purposes such as cosmetic services, cold sore treatment, periodontal treatment and diagnostics.

For a smile to be its most beautiful, teeth must line up evenly along the gum line, with just the right amount of gum showing. Perfecting, recontouring and evening can all be done quickly with the precision of a laser.  This treatment is ideal for people who feel their smiles are too “gummy.”

A laser can be used to effectively treat early and moderate periodontal or gum diseases. The laser can selectively remove diseased tissues while leaving healthy tissue untouched! The laser also can sterilize the gum pockets and remove scaling in order to promote healing.

Lasers can be used to treat cold sores of the mouth and lips. Patients are often pleased to find that cold sores do not reappear in the treated spot after laser treatment. This treatment offers immediate pain relief and can make the cold sore disappear more quickly than ever before.

One of the most innovative uses of the laser is in the detection of cavities. These lasers are called Diagnodent lasers and are very accurate in diagnosing unseen cavities that may be hiding in your teeth.

Partial Denture

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth.  A full denture replaces an entire row of teeth, either on the upper gumline or on the lower gumline.  Partial dentures replace only missing teeth and can be configured in many ways.  We help patients with both full and partial dentures on a regular basis.

In addition to needing braces, if you have issues related to TMJ, we can apply our training in neuroumuscular dentistry to the design of your dentures to give you a fit that places your jaw into the best position to ease your jaw disorder.

Dentures replace both the missing teeth and tissues nearby that held the teeth in place. Sometimes extractions are necessary depending on your diagnosis. One advantage of dentures is that they are removable, making for easy cleaning and adjustment. Made of resin and porcelain, complete dentures are used to replace all the teeth.

If you are only missing a few teeth, a partial denture can be used. In addition to replacing the function of the tooth and your aesthetic appearance, partial dentures keeps nearby healthy teeth from moving and creating further problems.

Both full and partial dentures improve chewing ability and speech. Restoring the teeth supports facial muscles, as well, so you do not begin to get a hollowed-out appearance due to the loss of teeth.

Root Canal

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Veneer

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