Restorative Dental Care in Phoenix for a Healthy Smile
At Brannon Smiles, our experienced and compassionate team is proud to help improve your oral health. By offering the latest treatments and techniques in restorative dentistry coupled with the highest quality materials, we provide a truly comprehensive approach.
Whether the result of an unexpected injury, trauma, inherited factors, or decay, your smile may not be as bright and healthy as you would like. Other dental health issues such as missing or severely damaged teeth may affect proper jaw function, aesthetics, and quality of life overall.
At Brannon Smiles we strive to preserve and advance the overall well-being of your smile. Are you unhappy with your smile or do you have severe dental damage?
Call us today to find out how we can help improve your smile!
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What is Restorative Dentistry?
Although related to cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry is more than smile aesthetics. Restorative dentistry emphasizes the study, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health conditions and rehabilitation of structures to renew function and beauty.
Some examples of conditions restorative dentistry can help:
- Rebuilding lost teeth from root to crown
- Correcting wear, bite, or space issues
- Repairing dental damage from trauma, decay, and disease
- Restoring comfort, proper chewing, and speaking
- Rejuvenating dental aesthetics
Restorative dentistry consists of multiple dental specialties such as endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics.
How Do I Determine if Restorative Dentistry Is Right for Me?
The right restorative plan for your smile will take several factors into consideration. While some patients may require extensive dental implant rehabilitation, others with minimal damage may often achieve a renewed smile with crowns or composite fillings.
To determine if you need a restorative procedure, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We will be able to perform an exam to determine your overall oral health and then make a detailed treatment plan specifically for you. Depending on your current oral health, any existing damage, and your smile goals, our plan will combine the best options to help you reach your goals.
What are My Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options?
Whether you need a single tooth repaired, or have missing teeth, our team can provide you with a wide range of innovative and reliable dental restorative solutions tailored to your smile. Our treatments include:
Crowns and When They Are Needed
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.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- To finish root canal treatment
Do Missing Teeth Need to be Replaced?
We highly recommend having missing teeth replaced for a few reasons. First, even when a single tooth is missing it not only reduces the beauty of your smile but could increase your risk of developing more complex oral health issues. Other teeth can shift due to the space left by the missing tooth. You can also experience bone loss without a tooth root in place to stimulate the jaw. Gaps in your smile can also impact your self-confidence, making you uncomfortable in many social situations.
There are many ways to replace missing teeth, but dental implants are quickly becoming the most popular option.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are bio-compatible titanium posts surgically placed so that they fuse with living tissue and bone to serve as an artificial root. Dental implants give your jawbone the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong and helps you keep a youthful facial appearance.
Dental implants commonly consist of three parts:
The foundation or base of the dental implant that serves as the tooth root and is surgically inserted into the jawbone
The abutment sits along the gum line and connects the dental implant post to the crown
The crown is the visible part of the restoration and is either cemented or screwed on to the abutment
How Will Dental Implant Restorations Fix My Missing Teeth?
Everyone’s situation is unique. Some may require only one tooth replaced, some may need two or three in a row, and others may require a complete arch. Dental implants can be adapted in several ways to make your restoration stronger and last longer. We provide the following dental prosthetics supported by dental implants:
Crowns - are fabricated life-like caps to complete single-tooth replacement with dental implant treatment. Your crown is affixed to the titanium post that serves as the artificial tooth root.
Fixed Bridges- for patients in need of a replacement for two or more missing teeth in a row. An implant is placed on the first and last point in a row of missing teeth, then a prosthetic can join the teeth together forming a bridge.
Dentures - are often ideal for those who have no remaining natural teeth. Four to six implants can be placed with a prosthetic that includes several teeth. Implant dentures can only be removed at the dentist during your regular visits for cleanings and exams.
Partial Dentures - are similar to traditional bridges, but instead of attaching the bridge to your natural teeth, it is anchored by implants on either side of the bridge.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
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.
It takes several appointments to get dentures, usually over several weeks. To create your custom denture, highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken. To ensure proper shape, color and fit, several "try-on" appointments may be necessary. We will adjust and place the completed denture accurately at the final appointment, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit. Experiencing increased saliva flow, some discomfort, and speech and chewing difficulty are normal, but this will subside as your muscles and tissues become accustomed to the new dentures.
Inlays & Onlays
An inlay restoration is a custom made of composite material or tooth-colored porcelain. It is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented to the tooth by our dentist. They are more conservative than crowns because they require less tooth structure to be removed.
Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is required when decay or infection affects a tooth's nerve. The pulp (living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed to save the tooth structure. The inside of the tooth is filled with a medicated dental material that prevents infection. The tooth is then topped with a crown to provide strength and protection, so it matches the surrounding teeth.
Signs and symptoms you may need root canal therapy:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
- Swelling and tenderness
At Brannon Smiles we will always try to save a tooth before deciding to replace it. The longer you can keep your original dental structure, the better your overall oral health will be.
What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ-D)?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows your jaw to move freely; when you chew, talk, or yawn, you use it every day. A number of factors can cause TMJ-D, including bruxism (grinding of the teeth), arthritis, or stress.
TMJ-D is a painful condition that can even lead to nerve damage. Here are the common symptoms of TMJ-D:
- A popping or clicking sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Locked jaw, difficult to open or close
- Tenderness in the jaw muscles
- Swelling in the face
- Pain in the jaw or face area
- Headaches that mimic migraines, earaches, or pain behind the ears
How Restorative Dentistry Can Help TMJ-D
TMJ symptoms are sometimes caused by an improper bite, so correcting the bite can relieve the symptoms. Restorative dental procedures for TMJ pain can include replacing missing teeth with implants, applying crowns or bridges, or other procedures to correct the bite and align the jaw.
If you suffer from TMJ-D schedule a consultation with us today to discuss your options.
Preserve Your Smile’s Health, Function, and Beauty!
Remember, don't panic if you need restorative dental care! Our team understands that dental anxiety and fear are real, which is why we take the time to discuss with you the necessary benefits of restorative dentistry and its essential role in long-term oral health.
We believe the more educated you are about procedures, the more confident you will be about receiving essential dental care. Call Brannon Smiles to schedule your appointment today!
CALL US:(602) 354-7607 REQUEST APPOINTMENT