Custom Restorations to Heal Your Smile
Pain or damage to your smile is not only uncomfortable, but it can hold you back from enjoying a full and fulfilling quality of life. Whether you’re missing teeth or you have a painful cavity, your dental damage needs quick and effective treatment you can depend on.
Dr. Darren J. Wong and his team know how life-changing the right restorative treatment can be for a patient. We provide everything from fillings to complete tooth replacement through implant-supported restorations.
Don’t spend another day unhappy with the state of your smile. Contact our office to make your appointment today.
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Restoration Services We Provide
We provide comprehensive services to help our patients repair and revitalize their smiles. Our restoration options include:
Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?
No one enjoys having missing teeth, but some feel reluctant to replace them, often out of concern for the cost or dental anxiety. What they don’t realize is that a missing tooth comes with numerous consequences, some you likely wouldn’t expect.
When there’s a space between teeth, the pressure of chewing can cause the neighboring teeth to drift into the empty space, spoiling your dental alignment. Moreover, without chewing pressure transferred through the tooth root, the body stops supplying minerals to the jaw bone in that area, and it gradually begins shrinking. This worsens your bite even further, and can even change the shape of your face.
Add to this the way missing teeth can impact your chewing, speech, and self-esteem, and it’s clear that the advantages of replacing a tooth are long-lasting and substantial.
How You Can Replace Your Teeth
Thanks to the many advances in modern dentistry, you have multiple options when it comes to replacing teeth you’ve lost. Which one is best for you will depend on your unique situation. Dr. Wong takes the time to evaluate your situation thoroughly and explain it to you in understandable concepts, so you can make an informed decision about which option best meets your needs.
Fixed Bridges – Named because they bridge the gap between teeth, this restoration suspends a prosthetic tooth between two remaining teeth capped with crowns. A traditional bridge can support up to three replacement teeth in a row.
Partial Dentures – Customized to fit your unique dental formation, partial dentures provide replacements for any number and configuration of missing teeth. They are removable and use clasps to anchor to your remaining teeth for improved stability.
Full Dentures – When all of your teeth are missing, or your remaining teeth are too weak to support partial dentures, full dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth. Featuring ceramic teeth set in an acrylic base, they sit over your gums and are held in place by suction or adhesive.
Dental Implants – The newest and most comprehensive tooth replacement option. An implant is a titanium post placed in the jaw, fusing to the bone and becoming a new tooth root. The strategic placement allows them to support everything from a single tooth to a full denture.
More and more people today are choosing dental implants for their tooth replacements due to the many benefits they have to offer. Implants are the only tooth restoration option that replaces both the root and crown of the tooth, creating something that matches your tooth in form, function, and effectiveness.
What Makes Up a Dental Implant
Dental implants consist of three parts. These are:
The Implant Post - A titanium post placed in the jaw. Titanium is a biocompatible material, and when placed, the bone fuses to the implant and makes it secure. Each implant post is designed to fit in the jaw securely and efficiently while creating minimal disruption.
The Abutment - A connection point between the implant and the prosthetic teeth. The shape is customized to accommodate the supported restoration.
The Restoration - Implant-supported restorations are made from sturdy biosafe materials and are custom-made to suit your smile. A restoration can be supported by a single implant or several depending on the type, location, and applied chewing force.
Can Dental Implants Fix My Smile?
Implants are capable of replacing any number of missing teeth. To determine how implants may help you, the dentist starts with an in-depth evaluation of your situation.
Dental implants can support a single crown, bridge, partial denture, or full denture, and the number and placement of implants are carefully selected to provide the strongest support possible for each restoration. Each restoration is custom-made to match your particular smile needs, and unlike most other replacement options, they are fixed into place without disturbing any of your other teeth.
The main deciding factors in who can receive implants is jawbone density and overall oral health. A strong jaw bone is needed to stabilize the implants successfully, so if the bone is too weak, they will fail.
Likewise, health issues such as gum disease can actually shrink the gums and jaw bone, removing an implant’s support. In these cases, additional treatments such as bone grafting or gum disease treatment are performed first to ensure the implant’s success.
Are Implants Permanent?
Once placed, an implant becomes a permanent part of your jaw. If placed correctly, only accidental trauma or poor oral health can cause a dental implant to fail. The attached restoration can become damaged or worn down over time; fortunately, replacing them is a simple matter of crafting and attaching a new custom prosthetic.
Caring for Your Implant-Supported Restorations
Since implants are fixed into place, you don’t have to worry about complex care routines. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth as normal will ensure that your replacement teeth last long and continue to function well.
Pay close attention to the health of your gums in the area. Be sure to carefully follow Dr. Wong’s instructions for cleaning around the implant, especially at the gum line, to keep your gums healthy and your implant in good condition.
Make sure you don’t skip on your six-month appointments. These visits give Dr. Wong a chance to examine your implant and ensure everything is healthy and fitting properly. If you notice any changes in the way your implant-supported restoration feels, or if your gums show negative signs, contact our office and make an appointment to be seen soon.
How Repairing Teeth Protects Your Smile
A dentist’s goal is to help you keep your natural smile as much as possible. When damage or decay cause problems in your smile, Dr. Wong looks for the most conservative, appropriate treatment to help you overcome your dental challenges.
Crowns and fillings are made to strengthen and support your natural teeth, preventing the spread of decay and reducing the risk of teeth becoming fractured or broken. Relying on these important restorations helps you to avoid painful problems, costlier treatment, and potential tooth loss.
Why Choose Composite Fillings?
The main goal when dealing with tooth decay is to protect the tooth from further harm while preserving as much of your healthy tooth as possible. As long as the decay is removed, preserving more of your enamel means your tooth will be healthier overall.
Composite fillings are widely selected for being metal-free or for maintaining aesthetic appeal. What many people may not know is that these fillings may also allow the dentist to keep more of your tooth intact.
The composite resin material can fit into smaller spaces than traditional metal fillings, and it bonds closely with the enamel. This creates an opportunity for smaller fillings, which means less of an effect on the tooth overall and better tooth integrity and health.
How Did I Get a Cavity?
Many people assume that cavities only happen to children since they tend to have high-sugar diets and undeveloped hygiene skills. However, anyone can be susceptible to cavities, even those who practice good hygiene every day.
One of the highest risk factors for cavities is smoking. Tobacco and tar weaken enamel, stain teeth, and advance gum disease. Your risk may also be increased by crowded teeth, dry mouth, worn restorations, and even your genetics. Be sure to ask us during your visit about your potential risk factors. We’ll be happy to help you understand what you can do to help prevent cavities in the future.
How a Dental Crown Benefits Your Smile
A dental crown is essentially a cap placed over the tooth, offering protection and stability against a variety of problems and dangers. Made of high-quality ceramic and custom-shaped to match your teeth, dental crowns renew function and appeal to your teeth discreetly and effectively.
Crowns are one of the most versatile restorations, capable of being used to address a broad number of issues. Whether you need to protect, restore function, or boost aesthetics, crowns provide all of these benefits at once.
3 Main Functions of a Crown
Providing Strength and Integrity: Crowns protect teeth that have been fractured or broken, stabilizing them and keeping the damage from getting worse. Teeth with substantial decay may also benefit from a crown over a filling, especially if the filling is very large, or in an odd place.
Completing a Treatment: After advanced surgical care, such as root canal therapy, crowns are used to protect a tooth from damage, especially if there is a large filling that leaves the tooth vulnerable.
Functional and Cosmetic Enhancement: Teeth that are discolored, broken, too small, or oddly shaped can all achieve optimal function and aesthetics thanks to a well-designed dental crown.
Full Teeth Replacement with Fixed Bridges
Missing one or two teeth in a row can feel frustrating, inconvenient, and damaging to your self-esteem. Yet if you’re ineligible for dental implants, it doesn’t mean you have to accept being toothless.
Traditional bridges can replace up to three teeth within a gap using prosthetics supported by your remaining teeth. Crowns are placed on the neighboring teeth, with the new teeth (called pontics) attached to the crowns. These fixed bridges allow you to speak, chew, and smile just the way you used to, and unlike partial dentures, they stay in place, so you don’t have to worry about slipping or special cleaning.
How Modern Dentures Improve Your Quality of Life
A far cry from the days of wooden dentures, thanks to modern dentistry, patients today can enjoy custom, reliable dentures that are more effective and comfortable than ever before. Using high-quality materials and advanced technology to plan and craft your dentures, we can create a unique prosthetic that best restores your functionality and enhances your quality of life.
Dentures today come in three main variations: partial dentures, full dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Each type has its own benefits, and the type that is best for you will depend on your situation and overall oral health. Dr. Wong is careful to consider your dental needs, goals, health, and lifestyle when helping you make a decision about dentures. His patient and educational approach will help you fully understand your choices when deciding whether dentures are the best option for you.
Saving Teeth with Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is often viewed as a frightening procedure. However, advances in dentistry and the tools used have made this vital procedure more effective and more comfortable for today’s patients.
Root canal therapy is designed to save teeth which have developed infections in the inner tooth, causing pain and health complications. These infections won’t heal on their own, and would normally require the tooth to be removed. This treatment, however, helps to preserve the tooth by removing the infection from within the tooth, allowing you to keep your natural smile and avoid further treatment with tooth replacement.
During the procedure, an access point is created to reach the inner pulp of the tooth. The infected tissue is removed, along with any decayed enamel, and the roots and chamber are cleansed with an antibacterial substance. Finally, the root canals and chamber are filled in, restoring strength and stability to the tooth. A crown may be placed to protect the tooth from further infection and prevent damage to the enamel.
Quality Treatment with Personal Service
Dr. Wong is committed to helping patients achieve better health and confidence through customized treatment and compassionate service. Whatever dental issues you face, we’re here to help you get the care you need. Contact our office and get started today!
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