Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration and replacement of missing or damaged teeth. Our prosthodontists primarily see patients referred by general dentists. Our prosthodontists focus on managing complex dental cases. Furthermore, they form an interdisciplinary team focused on achieving the pinnacle of function and esthetics.
Complex crowns and bridges
A crown usually covers or caps a damaged tooth to protect it. Our prosthodontists will gently reshape the damaged tooth and then cover it with either an all-metal crown or a metal-free tooth-colored crown.
A bridge, sometimes called a fixed prosthesis, replaces one or more missing teeth with crowns to represent artificial teeth. Our prosthodontists will carefully attach the bridge to adjacent natural teeth for a permanent, authentic replacement.
Dentures and partials
Dentures are removable prostheses designed to replace natural teeth. If you have missing teeth and need dentures, our prosthodontists can create complete removable dentures and partial removable dentures just for you.
Implants can be the solution when you find it difficult or impossible to wear a removable denture or need an alternative to conventional dentures or bridges. The implant procedure is usually performed in two steps. First, a prosthodontist places the implant in the jaw where it remains for three to six months while healing takes place. Next, the final crown, bridge, or denture is fabricated and attached after healing is complete. The prosthesis looks like natural teeth and is made by our prosthodontists to fit on top of one or more of the implants.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is required when patients do not have enough bone to support a dental implant. Because a dental implant is screwed directly into the jawbone, sufficient bone volume is imperative. This procedure can literally “build” the bone — increasing height and thickness — to provide better anchorage for the implant. Bone grafts may either simultaneously accompany or may be performed six months prior to your implant placement surgery. The exact sequencing of treatment varies depending on circumstances specific to your case.
A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. If you’ve lost bone in that area due to reasons such as disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants. Sinus lift surgery can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Undergoing sinus lift surgery has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure.
Obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that is potentially life-threatening and is one of the most overlooked sleep disorders. OSA is associated with obstructions of airflow to the lungs during sleep, preventing you from breathing for ten seconds or longer. These disruptions in breathing cause the person to wake up periodically during the night, making the person extremely tired and irritable. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, thickening of the heart muscle and a potentially fatal irregular heart beat (arrhythmia). If you think you might have a sleep disorder, see a physician. A sleep physician is responsible for detecting and diagnosis of sleep disorders and recommending treatment. Once diagnosis is made, a dentist can provide treatment by making an oral appliance specifically for sleep apnea. A sleep apnea dental appliance is a custom made device worn in the mouth during sleep. It maintains an open airway in the throat while sleeping. It’s easy to wear and non-invasive.
Anyone enjoying contact sports such as football, rugby or lacrosse needs to protect their teeth using a sports guard. Custom designed sports guards are more comfortable, less bulky, non-chafing and provide better cushioning so they’re more likely to be worn.
Veneers and Laminates
This is one way to quickly get that beautiful smile. Veneers and Laminates are a thin shell of porcelain or resin that is bonded to the surface of the teeth. This can change their shape, shade, and position to improve the cosmetics of your teeth and smile. They are also used to replace and restore any lost tooth structure where indicated. Your dentist will do a complete examination of your teeth to determine if veneers are ideal for you. Veneers often provide the opportunity to dramatically transform the aesthetics of your teeth and smile. Veneers can enhance the shape of your teeth, make your teeth as white as you want, and give you the smile you have always desired. Additionally, Veneers are bonded to your tooth structure, which gives them strength. Since they are very thin, Veneers are considered one of the most conservative treatments available. Most of the time, very little or no tooth structure is removed before placing veneers. Ask our dentist how veneers can improve your smile.