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 of dental 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. Your dentist will cover the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth with dental crowns to hold the bridge. However, dental implants can also support dental bridges for a longer-lasting tooth restoration. Patients with multiple missing teeth benefit from this treatment.
Dental crowns are used to cover chipped, fractured, weakened, and discolored teeth. Your dentist may suggest using one to cap off a dental implant. 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, dental implants can support partial or full dentures. 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 you damage the temporomandibular joint. This is the join that connects the jawbone to the skull. We can treat TMJ disorders with oral appliances or laser therapy. These TMJ 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, develops when harmful bacteria builds up 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.
HOW DO YOU REPAIR A BROKEN TOOTH?
First the dentist will need to determine how bad the damage is. We can easily repair minor damage with a filling or dental bonding. If the damage is more significant, then we may need to use a dental crown, inlay, or onlay.
HOW DO YOU REPLACE A SINGLE TOOTH?
Your dentist can replace a single missing tooth in one of two ways. The first involves securing a dental bridge to two adjacent teeth. Known as abutment teeth, your dentist will need to grind them down significantly to create room for the bridge. Or you can replace it with a dental implant supported crown. This solution only replaces the missing tooth and will not harm any surrounding teeth.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Restore the health of your teeth and gums at Leatherwood Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Call us at (940) 220-3566 or request an appointment with our dental team on our website. Our office serves patients from Denton and Corinth, Texas.