Restorative Dentistry in Albuquerque
Restoring is rebuilding, and it’s important for your teeth and for your mouth. When a cavity or a fracture destroys part of the tooth, you are at risk for pain, infection, further breakage of the tooth, or even loss of the tooth. If you’re missing a tooth, it may be more important than you realize to have it replaced to prevent bigger problems down the road. Whether we are rebuilding a broken tooth, or rebuilding your bite – there are options.
An implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. It is a two-step procedure: first, a titanium screw is placed into the bone similar to how the roots of the tooth used to be in the bone. After healing, a crown can then be placed over the implant using a connector-piece called an ‘abutment’. Certain medical conditions can increase the risks associated with an implant, so it’s important for us to evaluate you and discuss whether or not an implant is appropriate for you.
Dentures replace all of the teeth in an arch and give you the opportunity to recreate the smile you’ve always wanted. We sit down with you and choose the shade, size and any special characteristics you want as part of your new smile. If you have teeth now and are planning toward future extractions, we can design and fabricate your dentures ahead of time so that the day your teeth are removed, your dentures are ready for insertion.
A partial denture replaces some of the teeth in an arch by giving you a removable appliance that anchors on to the remaining teeth, so these remaining teeth must be healthy and maintained that way. There are benefits and limitations to a partial denture, and also different materials and styles for their design – so it’s important that Drs. Seth or Erin evaluate you and discuss with you which options are best for you.
Restorations, commonly called “fillings”, are a way to restore lost tooth structure. Several different materials are used to restore teeth, and Drs. Seth and Erin will discuss with you what those options are, the benefits and limitations of each, and help you decide which is best for your tooth.
We love kids at our office, and we work hard to keep them healthy! Even though kids will shed their baby teeth, it’s still important that we treat decay to prevent infection, give them strong teeth to chew with, and also to keep teeth to help guide the permanent teeth on where to erupt.
If your smile needs a lot of work, but you are on a budget or need to stabilize rampant decay before doing permanent solutions, a temporary smile might be right for you. It snaps on over your existing teeth – allowing you to close spaces, replace missing teeth, reshape teeth and brighten your smile.