Do you need to replace missing teeth? Are you looking for treatments that restore balance to the bite?
At Leatherwood Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Samantha Leatherwood and her friendly dental team offer restorative dental treatments that can revitalize the look and feel of the smile. Restorative dentistry is a range ofdental services that helps patients with missing or damaged teeth.
Dr. Leatherwood does not use a “one size fits all” approach, taking the time with each individual patient to understand and discuss their need and concerns. We ensure that each recommended treatment provides natural-looking results that support the needs and long-term health of our patients.
Restorative Dentistry in Denton, TX
We take each patient’s aesthetic goals, budget, and oral health needs to create a personalized treatment. Our custom dental solutions treat the underlying causes of our patient’s dental problems to ensure that they do not reoccur.
Traditional dental bridges use the external support of your surrounding teeth to hold a dental prosthetic in place. Teeth adjacent to missing teeth are covered with dental crowns to hold the bridge hardware. However, dental bridges can also be supported by implants for longer-lasting tooth restorations. Patients with multiple missing teeth benefit from this treatment.
Dental crowns are used to cover chipped, fractured, weakened, and discolored teeth. They may also be used to cap off dental implants. Our tooth crowns are made of porcelain ceramic so they reflect the light for a natural look. Additionally, our team may also recommend inlays and onlays for patients with damage on the surface of their teeth. These treatments are comparable to dental fillings and add protection to worn teeth.
Tooth implants are high-quality restorations used to replace single missing teeth or support dentures and bridges. Dental implants are made up of a titanium implant post, abutment, and dental crown. We ensure that each implant provides a stable and long-lasting tooth replacement.
Full and Partial Dentures
Patients who are missing rows of teeth or even full arches of teeth benefit from dentures. Like dental bridges, partial or full dentures may also be supported with dental implants. Removable dentures use messy adhesives and can slip around the mouth. Implant-secured dentures improve the bite and make it easier for patients to enjoy the foods they love.
Gum disease is a common dental problem that should not be underestimated. Gum inflammation and irritation can quickly lead to receding gums and tooth loss. Our office provides laser treatment, antibacterial rinses, and scaling and root planing to remove gum infection.
Temporomandibular joint disorders cause tooth and jaw pain, teeth clenching and grinding, and tooth wear. TMJ disorders occur when the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the skull, is damaged. We can treat TMJ disorders with oral appliances or laser therapy. These treatments alleviate jaw and tooth pain and help preserve the tooth structure.
Restorative Dental FAQs
Patients may have remaining questions about restorative dental treatments, including:
How can I qualify for dental implants?
The best candidates for dental implant treatment or implant-secured bridges and dentures have healthy teeth and gums and enough jawbone in their mouth to support dental implants. We can recommend bone grafting to build the jawbone, as well as periodontal therapy to remove the infection.
What causes gum disease?
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is caused by a buildup of harmful bacteria on and around the gums. When bacteria build-up, they become plaque, a substance that irritates and inflames the gums. This infection leads to swollen, bleeding, and sensitive gums. If left untreated, gum disease can cause gum recession and tooth loss. The best way to preserve your oral health is to schedule regular appointments and call our office if you notice new dental concerns.
Can dental crowns damage the teeth?
Tooth crowns only cause damage if they are ill-fitting. Crowns that do not fit properly are more prone to infection. When bacteria reach underneath a crown, they can loosen the crown further and infect the tooth underneath. Our dentists always make sure that our patient’s crowns fit properly so there is no chance of infection.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Restore the health of your teeth and gums at Leatherwood Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Call us at 940.398.0181 or request an appointment with our dental team on our website. Our office serves patients from Denton and Corinth, Texas.