Top-Quality Restorations in San Pedro
Most of us need restorative dental care at some point in our lives. Children frequently need cavity treatments, while older adults sometimes experience dental damage that requires porcelain crowns or dental implant restorations.
Whatever level of care your teeth may need, Dr. Garrick Denny is prepared to treat you with the most modern methods and treatments available. For more information on how our personalized dental care can restore the aesthetics and function of your smile, contact our office today!
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What Kind of Restorations Do You Offer?
Restorative dentistry maintains and rejuvenates dental health so that you can enjoy normal function and a beautiful smile. Here are a few of the ways Dr. Denny can improve your smile:
Tooth-Colored Fillings: Best for small areas of decay, we can discreetly treat cavities with a composite filling matched to the color of your enamel and seamlessly bonded to your tooth. Fillings are the most basic restoration and prevent small areas of decay from turning into more complex issues.
Porcelain Crowns: Porcelain crowns encase the whole tooth, protecting the vulnerable nerves and tissues from further damage or infection. They can also be used to reshape teeth that are broken or worn down.
Veneers: These thin, durable shells are affixed to the surfaces of teeth, typically the most visible front teeth. Veneers can address mild to moderate aesthetic concerns in place of more invasive treatment. Porcelain veneers are also the perfect solution for enamel staining caused by illness, medications, or injury.
Fixed Bridges: A bridge provides an effective and functional replacement for a missing tooth. It consists of porcelain crowns placed over adjacent teeth with the artificial replacement tooth secured between them.
Dentures and Partial Dentures: Dentures are typically made of acrylic and designed to replicate natural teeth and gums. This appliance can replace up to a full arch of missing teeth. Full dentures rest atop gums and use adhesive paste to remain secure. Partial dentures clip onto neighboring teeth with metal clasps.
Implant-Supported Restorations: A titanium post is surgically placed into the jaw, where it fuses to the bone and becomes a secure anchor for a customized prosthetic. The posts also help you retain a strong jaw bone, which helps preserve neighboring teeth and natural facial contours. Implants can support a single tooth, a row of teeth, or a full arch of teeth. Implant supported prosthetics may be permanent or removable and have over a 95% rate of success.
Restoring Teeth with Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a favored restorative treatment for significantly damaged teeth, or for encasing a tooth previously treated with other corrective dental procedures, such as root canal therapy.
Unlike other solutions, such as inlays, onlays, or fillings, crowns completely cover the entire structure of the tooth. They protect the vulnerable inner dentin, nerves, and tissues from further damage or infection and preserve the whole tooth to protect your smile’s health and function.
Dental crowns are versatile. While crowns have long been used as a protective and aesthetic finishing touch to repair a broken, cracked, or decayed tooth, they now serve an even wider purpose. When placed atop a dental implant, crowns provide an effective replacement for a missing tooth.
We provide implant-supported crowns perfectly matched to your smile for the most stable, natural-feeling tooth replacement available.
How Does CEREC® Benefit My Smile?
The CEREC system takes convenience to a whole new level, enabling you to receive your crown at the same appointment as your repair. During your dental exam, we measure the tooth being treated, design a crown, and evaluate how best to prepare the tooth. We then use this design to craft your custom ceramic crown while we prepare the tooth for placement.
A block of porcelain is placed in the milling machine and fabricated to fit your smile. You can extend your appointment as your schedule allows to accommodate the fabrication process and receive the crown the same day, ensuring a comfortable and functional fit.
Not only are CEREC crowns fast and convenient, but the quality of the material mimics the color, translucence, and physical texture of natural tooth enamel. Your smile is healthier and more beautiful when you receive a CEREC porcelain crown over the metal alternatives.
Replacing Teeth with Bridges, Dentures & Implants
If you are missing one or more teeth, you’ll likely be presented with three options to replace them. Bridges, dentures, and dental implants can all help you achieve a functional and beautiful smile by replacing the teeth you’ve lost. The placement of those teeth, as well as how many of them there are, is what makes the difference for determining which treatment is appropriate.
Dental bridges offer a replacement for up to three teeth in a gap. This restoration is supported by two crowns placed on the neighboring teeth. A prosthetic tooth, known as a pontic, acts as the bridge and completes the prosthetic and restores balance to your bite. Dental bridges are fixed into place, restoring the form and function to your smile.
Dentures are available as full dentures, which replace an entire arch, and partial dentures, which are custom-designed to replace any number of missing teeth. They rest over the gums and can be held in place either by suction, denture adhesive, or metal clasps anchored to your remaining teeth. Dentures support easier speech and restore function for biting and chewing so you can enjoy your favorite foods again.
Dental implants help preserve jaw bone health and thus are one of our most highly recommended choices. When anchored by a dental implant, dentures and bridges gain stability and sturdiness that surpasses other restorations. This contributes to a sense of permanence and an overall higher rate of patient satisfaction.
Choosing between these three will depend on your unique situation. While implants offer the sturdiest replacement, they also need significant jaw strength. Bridges are also reliable, but require teeth to be altered to place them, and dentures must be regularly removed and cleaned. Dr. Denny takes great care to study your situation and help you understand your options so you can make confident, informed decisions about your smile.
Rebuilding Smiles with Dental Implants
The restorative capabilities of dental implants go far beyond helping you regain a visually appealing smile. Because dental implants include artificial tooth roots, they completely restore one or more missing teeth from top to bottom. The implant replacement provides the essential stimulation needed to preserve the integrity of your jawbone.
When a patient has lost one or more teeth, dental implant treatment is entirely customizable. We carefully plan each patient’s dental treatment to support their personalized prosthetic with the ideal number and placement of the implants to provide good support and oral health. Implants restored with a crown, bridge, or denture provide life-like, natural dental function, and beauty.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require a healthy jaw bone for placement. Dr. Denny first inspects your jaw to determine if it is strong enough to support implant posts.
People who have been missing teeth for an extended period may have bone loss. Without the stimulation of tooth roots, the bone quickly begins to shrink through a process known as resorption.
Should you have bone loss, we may recommend a bone graft. This is a relatively simple procedure that augments your jaw bone, strengthening it and allowing it to accommodate dental implant placement.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are titanium posts strategically placed into the jaw. Their bio-compatible substance allows new bone growth to surround the dental implants, so they can begin to function as new tooth roots. The process usually takes about four months, at which point beautiful restorations are attached.
The implant posts also prevent the progression of bone loss, which is key to the health of surrounding teeth and the preservation of your natural facial structure. Bone loss can cause your mouth to appear sunken, which ages your appearance. Dental implants help you retain a full and youthful smile.
How Do I Know if I Need Root Canal Therapy?
When experiencing persistent pain due to advanced decay, root canal therapy may be recommended to alleviate pain and save the affected tooth.
To determine if root canal therapy is the ideal solution for your smile, we must first decide if your affected tooth is still salvageable. Our priority is to always save as much of your natural tooth’s structure through more conservative procedures whenever possible.
During each root canal treatment, the treated areas are thoroughly numbed, maximizing your comfort.
Personalized Restorations to Complete Your Smile
Although teeth are strong, they are not impervious to the harmful influences that impact them daily. Accidents, decay, and even normal usage take a toll on your oral health, affecting your appearance and your ability to speak and chew.
Our entire team wants to help you maintain optimal oral health for many years to come. When your teeth need repair or replacement, trust them with an expert in dental care.
Garrick Denny, DDS dental office in San Pedro can meet all your specific restorative needs. Dr. Denny and his welcoming team look forward to hearing from you. Call today!
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