When it comes to replacing or repairing teeth, prosthodontists are the go-to experts in the field. As the top specialists in cosmetic dentistry, prosthodontists are well known for providing veneers, crowns and implants, for one tooth or an entire mouth. They’re not just about providing a pretty dental surface, though. Your dentist has gone through extensive dental training in the field of prosthodontics to learn to care for patients with a wide range of dental needs. We provide a wide range of restorative dentistry, including some procedures you wouldn’t ordinarily think of in combination with cosmetic dentistry.
TOTAL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION
Replacing one tooth is a simple procedure, but some patients require an entirely new set of teeth due to either breakage and decay or traumatic injury. These cases can involve soft tissue damage, bone loss and multiple tooth replacements. We’ll create a multi-step plan to completely reconstruct the jaw and teeth to replace a functional, healthy smile.
DENTAL IMPLANT PLANNING AND PLACEMENT
Dental implants are such a common procedure today that they might seem as simple as getting a crown or a filling. The truth is, planning the correct placement of the implant itself can determine how well it fuses with your jawbone, and this determines how well your new tooth replacement will function. This might include using bone implants to replace bones that have deteriorated or modifying the sinus cavity for implants in the upper jaw in the back.
RESTORATION DESIGN ART
Most dentists can take images of your mouth and teeth and use basic templates to create generic veneers. But a professionally-trained prosthodontist has the knowledge and experience to create customized replacement teeth. Instead of getting overly-perfect looking teeth, your crowns and veneers will closely simulate your actual smile, including the small imperfections that make them look truly real.
TREATING TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder, is jaw pain due to a wide range of causes. Some factors involved in TMJ disorder include:
- Pressure from teeth grinding
- Misaligned jawbones
- An injury to the jaw
- Joint problems like arthritis
We’ll first test to determine the underlying cause of your painful jaw problems, then create a treatment program designed to alleviate the pain you’re experiencing. This can range from mouth guards and physical therapy and various medications to joint surgery to correct, repair or replace the joint.
While we’re most commonly known for bridges, veneers or implants, your prosthodontist can also do simpler procedures that give that final touch to your unique perfect smile. If you’ve got a damaged tooth and the damage is mainly cosmetic, you may be reluctant to have work done on it. But if that one tooth is the thing that’s preventing you from having a confident smile, fixing it is a procedure you should have done.
Our doctor can improve the shape of most chipped or worn teeth and can change the direction of some crooked teeth that might be marring your smile. In just one visit, she can reshape the surface of a tooth by removing a tiny amount and smoothing out the rest to make it fit more in harmony with the rest of your teeth.
When you’re ready to tackle those big dental procedures, only the most skilled Houston prosthodontists will do. Maple Leaf Dental can turn back time, replacing your damaged teeth with artificial ones that even your mother won’t notice. Call us at (281) 497-5558 or email us to get started. Your smile won’t wait forever!
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