If you’ve found yourself faced with teeth that are broken, decayed, or even lost entirely, there’s no need to feel ashamed – instead, trust your hurting smile in the capable hands of our team here in Allen. Dr. Kim and Dr. Koelker are happy to offer quality restorative solutions that are personalized to fit your unique needs and preferences. Best of all, our lab technician can create your permanent restorations in record time in our lab - minutes away. We don’t believe in passing unfair judgment at The Dentist of Allen – instead, patients from Allen, TX and beyond can regain their complete smile in a warm and welcoming environment.
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+ DENTAL FILLINGS
Without proper dental hygiene, bacteria can accumulate on your teeth. This bacteria produces acid that wears away at your enamel, causing cavities. If your tooth is decayed, Dr. David Bishop, Dr. Robert Kim, or Dr. Kris Koelker can repair it with a dental filling. Our dentists will remove the damaged portion of the tooth, clean the remaining material, and place a composite tooth-colored resin to replace the lost tissue. Your dentist will finish the filling by shaping the composite for a natural appearance and curing it with a special light. Tooth-colored fillings protect your tooth and restore its appearance so you can eat, drink, and speak more comfortably.
Most Americans develop cavities at some point in their lives. Over 90 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have experienced cavities in their permanent teeth. Following treatment for mild decay or damage, Dr. David Bishop and his team restore teeth with tooth-colored dental fillings at their Allen, TX, practice. This solution not only provides support, but also looks natural. Contact us today to take the first step toward restoring your oral health.
Cavity Development Even a healthy mouth can be home to bacteria. Food debris caught in the teeth can attract bacteria and produce acid. When left for too long, the acid, bacteria, and food debris can result in plaque and tartar settlements that can degrade the tooth surface over time.
The fluoride in toothpaste can momentarily protect your teeth from bacteria. However, the longer bacteria is present, the more minerals are lost and the weaker the enamel becomes. Eventually, a cavity forms. Left untreated, these cavities can result in infection and eventual tooth loss.
Dental Fillings Candidacy
The severity of the cavity will determine the appropriate treatment:
- Fillings can treat mild decay in most teeth.
- More extensive damage may require inlays or onlays, which replace a portion of the tooth on or within the cusps of your molars.
- Severe damage may require replacing the chewing surface of your tooth with a crown, or removing the tooth entirely. If tooth extraction becomes necessary, we can place and restore a dental implant to completely replace the tooth.
- During a consultation, we can recommend the most appropriate course of action in treating your cavities.
Placing Your Filling Filling a cavity is a simple procedure, typically taking less than one hour. We will first administer a local anesthetic to ensure minimal discomfort. The damaged portion of the tooth is then thoroughly removed. Once the decay is eliminated, the treatment site will be carefully cleaned to ensure that no debris remains.
Once your tooth is fully prepped, we will select a shade of tooth-colored resin that most closely matches the color of your teeth. This ensures that the results look as natural as possible. Before placing the composite on your tooth, an acid solution is applied to the enamel to roughen the surface, creating a stronger bond. The filling is then applied in layers and hardened with a special light.
Finally, we will shape and polish the resin until it blends seamlessly with the surrounding tooth. You will be able to return to your daily routine immediately following the placement of a filling. However, you may experience minor soreness in the treatment area for a few hours.
Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings
- As a restorative option, composite fillings offer a number of advantages over metal fillings:
- Natural appearance: Unlike metal fillings, which are immediately noticeable in a smile, composite resin fillings are tooth-colored and nearly invisible against your enamel.
- Long-lasting results: Because the fillings bond directly and securely to your teeth, they can last for years with proper dental hygiene.
- Stronger teeth: Metal fillings can fluctuate with temperature, which can weaken your teeth.
- Composite fillings are virtually unaffected by heat and cold.
- Conservative treatment: Metal fillings require your dentist to remove more of the tooth structure than tooth-colored fillings.
+ DENTAL CROWNS
If your tooth has been damaged by extensive decay, infection, or injury, you may need a dental crown. After treating the underlying dental condition, our dentists cover the remainder of the affected tooth with a prosthetic, protecting it from further injury. Our porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-porcelain, and advanced Procera® dental crowns can also help whiten and straighten your teeth, so we sometimes recommend them for cosmetic treatments. If you are missing a tooth, we can also restore dental implants with crowns for long-lasting results.
Drs. David Bishop, Robert Kim, and Kris Koelker can repair and enhance the appearance and function of your teeth with dental crowns. Durable and beautiful, our crowns can improve your smile for many years to come. To learn more about dental crowns or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, contact our office today. Our dental crowns are expertly crafted at a lab near our Allen, TX, office to fit in flawlessly with your natural smile.
Who is a Candidate?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that is placed over damaged or decayed teeth to restore its appearance and function. Crowns can also be used to restore dental implants. You may need a dental crown if you:
- Have large amounts of decay that cannot be repaired with a dental filling, inlay, or onlay.
- Cracked, chipped, or broken your tooth due to trauma or injury.
- Have an infected tooth root that requires root canal therapy. Our dentists often place dental crowns after the infected pulp has been removed to safeguard the tooth.
- Have an existing crown that has become damaged or unsightly.
- Have extensive cosmetic concerns about your teeth. Our dentists sometimes recommend placing dental crowns in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, porcelain veneers.
- Have a single dental implant placed in your jawbone.
- If your tooth is severely damaged and will not support a crown, our dentists may recommend another restorative treatment instead, including extraction and replacement with an implant. One of our dentists will assess your teeth, go over your concerns, and determine if you are a good candidate for a dental crown at your initial consultation.
First, your dentist will discuss your dental crown material options with you. We offer three types of crowns:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crowns - Due to the metal framework, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are the strongest available. While the porcelain provides a somewhat natural appearance, the metal may create a gray hue near the gums. This type of crown will not be suitable for patients with metal allergies.
- All-porcelain Crowns - While potentially less sturdy than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, all-porcelain restorations better mimic the appearance of teeth. For patients who place a priority on aesthetics, this is a good choice.
- Procera® Crowns - Nobel Biocare®’s sophisticated Procera® crowns are made using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) technology with a core of strong ceramic and an all-porcelain covering. This makes them attractive and durable. We typically use Procera® crowns for cosmetic treatments. Once you have chosen the type of crown you would like, one of our dentists will clean and reshape the affected tooth as needed. This is done in order to accommodate the crown and ensure infected or damaged material is removed.
Next, he will take an impression of the tooth, creating a model for our nearby partner lab. Since the technicians creating your restoration are just a few doors away, our dentists work closely with them to ensure your crown is the shape and color you would prefer. We excel at creating harder-to-match, single-tooth crowns that blend in beautifully with existing teeth.
Once your crown is ready, you will come in for a second appointment, during which your dentist will place and seal the crown onto your tooth. Our dentists usually use just local anesthesia while shaping your tooth and placing the crown, but we also offer sedation dentistry options if needed.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Dental crowns can improve your appearance, comfort, and oral health. They make daily activities like chewing and speaking easy, are made of tooth-colored material that can help instantly whiten your smile, and treat and protect vulnerable teeth from further decay. Crowns can also be used as part of a larger prosthesis, such as a dental bridge, making them highly versatile.
Learn More About Dental Crowns These attractive restorations can revitalize the function and appearance of your smile. Contact our office today to learn more about dental crowns or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
+ ROOT CANAL THERAPY
If you are suffering from a toothache, especially one that worsens in response to pressure or cold temperatures, you may have a dental infection. Typically, Dr. David Bishop, Dr. Robert Kim, or Dr. Kris Koelker will treat this condition with a root canal. At our Allen, TX, practice, we use gentle techniques, eliminating the discomfort often associated with root canal therapy. If you are feeling anxious, our sedation dentistry can help put you at ease. We complete each root canal with restorations made from modern, high-quality materials.
A dental infection occurs when oral bacteria and acid erode the outer layers of dental tissue, eventually reaching the soft pulp in the center of your tooth. From there, bacteria and infection can spread to your nerves, eventually affecting the jawbone and other tissue. Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
If you are experiencing any symptoms of infection, a root canal may be right for you:
- A toothache, especially if it grows worse in response to pressure, heat, or cold.
- Throbbing pain that radiates across your jaw and into your ears
- Gum abscesses
- Halitosis, or chronic bad breath
- Internal staining of a single tooth
- Occasionally, our team may recommend root canal therapy to repair a cracked tooth. To qualify for treatment, the crack must not extend all the way to your roots.
By eliminating infection in one tooth, your dentist can prevent the infection from affecting your other teeth, gums, or jawbone. The Root Canal Procedure
Our team is committed to your comfort and peace of mind. Therefore, your dentist will fully numb your tooth and surrounding gums prior to root canal therapy. With these medications, you will feel virtually nothing during treatment. If desired, we can provide additional sedation to help you relax. We offer several sedation options and will help you select the right type for your needs.
When you are ready to begin treatment, your dentist will clean out the inside of your tooth. Using gentle, conservative techniques, he will remove the tissue from the central chamber, as well as from your root canals. He will disinfect the pulp chamber before filling it with gutta percha, a soft rubber compound that will seal the inner chamber.
Placing Your Restoration
To strengthen and restore your tooth, your dentist will need to place a crown. He will reshape the outside of your tooth so that the new restoration can fit on top. At the end of your first appointment, he will place a temporary crown. This will allow you to enjoy complete dental function as you wait for your final restoration to be finished. - Your crown can be made from one of several materials. Options include porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) and all-porcelain. Your dentist and the lab will make sure that the crown matches the color of your teeth. They can also ensure a precise fit that maintains your natural bite force and alignment.
Once the crown is finished, you will return for your second appointment. At that time, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and attach the permanent restoration.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
- A root canal can have tremendous benefits, both for your oral function and overall physical wellness. A root canal allows your dentist to eliminate the pain of a toothache. In some cases, you may experience some slight sensitivity after your procedure. The primary sensation, however, will be one of relief. Along with reduced discomfort, you will enjoy improved oral function. You will be able to bite and chew normally, enjoying a full range of foods. Root canal therapy can also reduce your risk of future dental problems. By eliminating infection in one tooth, your dentist can prevent infection of your other teeth, gums, and jawbone. A root canal can also improve the aesthetics of your smile. Your crown will conceal internal discoloration and other visible imperfections.
+ DENTAL IMPLANTS
Our dentists place and restore dental implants to treat missing teeth. These titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone, provide a stable foundation for dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Since they replace the missing tooth root and fuse with the jawbone, implants allow restorations to more closely mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth, as they will not slip out of place. We offer traditional implants, IMTEC® mini implants (which have smaller posts), and All-on-4® implants, which are strategically placed to support fixed roundhouse bridges. To be eligible for dental implants, you should have sufficient bone tissue to hold the posts in place. Otherwise, a bone grafting procedure may be necessary.
Dental implants have revolutionized the field of restorative dentistry, allowing patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth to restore form, function, and health to their mouths while achieving naturally attractive smiles. However, some patients are not good candidates for conventional implants because they lack sufficient jawbone density. Thankfully, All-on-4® dental implants by Nobel Biocare™ have made it possible for more patients than ever before to be eligible for dental implants. This extraordinary system uses just four implants to support a full-arch of dentures.
If you are missing any or all of your natural teeth, Drs. David Bishop, Robert Kim, and Kris Koelker at the Dentists of Allen may be able to restore your oral health with All-on-4® dental implants. In many cases, we can restore the implants right away, so you can enjoy new teeth after just one office visit. To find out more about All-on-4®, contact our Allen, TX, practice to schedule your consultation.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jawbone. In this way, dental implants serve the purpose of a tooth root, and provide unparalleled support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. All-on-4® is an advanced type of dental implant system that relies on only four implants that are placed at specific angles in the jaw to maximize bone tissue support. As a result, All-on-4® implants can even benefit patients with poor bone density who are disqualified from other types of dental implants. What’s more, the All-on-4® may make preparatory procedures for dental implants, such as bone grafts, unnecessary.
To be eligible for All-on-4® procedure, you should:
- Be in good overall health, and not suffer from heart disease, immune deficiencies, or other conditions that may compromise healing after surgery
- Be missing most of the teeth in your lower arch, upper arch, or both
- Be dissatisfied with your current dentures and want a more durable and convenient solution
- The All-on-4® system boasts a number of advantages that other forms of tooth replacement, including:
- No need for messy dental adhesives
- A simple hygiene routine that allows you to care for your dentures as if they were real teeth
- Restorations that look and feel lifelike, and do not slip out of place
- Fewer food restrictions
- Prevention of dental health complications, such as bone loss, decay, and teeth crowding
- A form of tooth replacement support that, with the right care, can last a lifetime
+ DENTAL BRIDGES
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge contains a prosthetic tooth (or multiple teeth) that is affixed to two dental crowns (either one on each side or two on one side). These crowns are secured by dental implants or surrounding healthy teeth to anchor the dental bridge. We offer porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-porcelain, and Procera® bridges to suit each patient’s unique needs, preferences, and budget. Our dentists work closely with our nearby dental lab to craft your restorations so that they fit well and look great.
Dental bridges are custom-made restorations that can fill spaces left by missing teeth. At The Dentist of Allen, we proudly offer both traditional and implant-supported bridges. Traditional bridges use crowns for support, while an implant-supported bridge will permanently attach to implant posts. Dr. David Bishop, Dr. Robert Kim, and Dr. Kris Koelker use meticulous techniques when designing dental bridges, and a lab near our Allen, TX, office will craft your restoration from state-of-the-art materials. Your restoration will improve your smile, dental function, and overall oral health.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
- Dental bridges are typically appropriate if you are missing between one and three teeth.
- If you have suffered additional tooth loss, our dentists will usually recommend a partial denture.
- We will also need to determine which type of bridge is right for you. A traditional bridge is made up of several crowns, and the crowns on each end will attach to your nearby teeth.
- To qualify for treatment, these teeth must be strong enough to support the restoration.
- Alternatively, as a candidate for an implant-supported bridge, you must have enough bone volume and room to uphold dental implants. Fortunately, our dentists can often perform a bone graft or sinus lift to restore your candidacy for treatment.
Our dentists and partner lab take just as much care with implant-supported bridges as they do with traditional prosthetics. How Do We Place Dental Bridges?
- Before placing a traditional bridge, our dentists will treat and prepare your tooth. Using very gentle techniques, we will remove dental tissue to make room for the crowns.
- A member of our team will then take impressions of your teeth, which we will send to a local lab.
There, technicians will create a bridge to match the shape and color of your teeth. Our lab can use several different materials, depending on your budget and cosmetic goals. Options include:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): PFM bridges are very strong, and the outer shell will match the color of your smile. Eventually, however, the porcelain may start to wear, and your smile can develop a grayish tint.
- All-porcelain: An all-porcelain bridge will blend naturally with your teeth, and it will never change color. This material is not quite as strong as metal, so it may not be a good choice for back teeth.
- Procera®: State-of-the-art Procera® is almost as strong as metal, and the color will be a near-perfect match to your smile. In addition, these crowns are entirely metal-free.
- Once your custom bridge is finished, your dentist will attach it to your teeth.
If you opt for an implant-supported bridge, you will need to undergo dental implant surgery. Your jaw will heal around your implant posts so that they can support a permanent, stable restoration. Once you have fully healed, we can attached your customized dental bridge.
How Can a Bridge Benefit You?
- By filling the gap in your smile, a bridge can have numerous benefits. Not only can the restoration complete your smile, it will also fill out your lips and cheeks to restore your appearance and self-confidence. Your bridge can also renew your dental function.
- You can eat a complete range of foods and no be limited to chewing with specific teeth. Finally, a bridge can protect your long-term dental health and prevent the need for future restorative work.
- With missing teeth, your remaining teeth will gradually shift, filling the gap in your smile. By filling this space, a bridge will prevent dental misalignment.
The Dentist of Allen recommends implant-supported bridges over traditional restorations because of their additional advantages. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, they prevent bone recession, preserving the shape and structure of your face. An implant-supported restoration will also preserve more of your natural tooth structure because it does not require the alteration of healthy teeth for support. In addition, once your implant posts have fused with your jaw, they can provide unparalleled stability for your bridge.
You do not have to suffer from missing teeth. Contact our office to learn more about bridges and to find out which type may be right for you.
We offer a wide range of dentures to help patients who are missing many or all of their teeth. These include: traditional dentures, which rest on top of the gums; implant-supported dentures, which are secured by conventional or mini implants; and fixed roundhouse bridges, which we place using the advanced All-on-4® technique. By working with our local partner lab, we often can complete your restoration in one day. Dentures can restore your ability to chew, speak, and smile comfortably, as well as enhance your appearance and protect against further complications.
Struggling with missing teeth can make simple activities like eating and speaking downright difficult. Thankfully, there's a solution. Our traditional and implant-supported dentures are crafted with unmatched fit and beauty to fully restore your smile.
Dr. David Bishop, Dr. Robert Kim, and Dr. Kris Koelker provide a variety of partial and complete dentures at our convenient Allen, TX, office to enhance the appearance and function of your mouth. We are dedicated to helping you improve your health and self-esteem with outstanding dentures that look and feel realistic. To learn more about our denture options or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, contact our office today.
Who is a Candidate?
A denture is a prosthetic placed on your upper or lower arch to restore its appearance and function. To qualify for dentures, you should:
- Be missing most or all of your teeth. If you are only missing a few teeth, an implant-supported dental crown or bridge may be more appropriate for you. You may also be a good candidate for dentures if you need many or all of your teeth extracted due to decay, infection, injury, or other dental issues.
- Not have a sensitive or especially strong gag reflex, as this may interfere with your ability to comfortably wear dentures.
- Not smoke, since this can disrupt the prosthesis’ function.
- Not grind your teeth, which could damage your dentures, potentially requiring inconvenient and costly repairs.
- Not suffer from dry mouth, as dentures can exacerbate this condition.
- Be willing and able to maintain good dental and oral hygiene.
- Our dentists can help you decide if dentures are right for you during your initial consultation. We will discuss your wishes, conduct a dental exam, and use our 3-D imaging tools to map your mouth. Then we can discuss the various treatment options available to you.
Types of Dentures
Our team of dentists provides three types of dentures for patients. These include:
- Traditional Dentures - A traditional denture sits on top of the gums with adhesive and is removable. While the placement procedure for traditional dentures is minimally invasive, many of our patients prefer implant-supported dentures for the many benefits they provide.
- Implant-stabilized Dentures - Held in place by traditional or IMTEC® mini dental implants, these prostheses are also removable, but are more stable and have a more natural appearance than a traditional removable denture. Our dentists can place new implant-stabilized dentures or retrofit existing traditional dentures with implants.
- Fixed Roundhouse Bridges - Using Nobel Biocare®’s All-on-4® technique, we can place strategically-angled dental implants to hold fixed roundhouse bridges with just four implants per arch. These bridges can take the place of partial or complete dentures, and remain permanently in place. Our dentists will help you choose an appropriate denture type for you at your initial consultation.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer many medical and cosmetic advantages for patients. These include:
- Same-day Teeth - By using some of the latest techniques and working with a nearby trusted partner lab, we are typically able to place your restoration within one day.
- Maintained Oral Health and Bone Structure - When left untreated, the gaps created by missing teeth can cause the rest of your teeth to shift, making them more vulnerable to disease and potentially compromising your facial structure. Partial dentures prevent this.
- Improved Jawbone Health - If you opt for implant-supported dentures, you will also be preventing bone loss in the process. Since the titanium posts integrate with your jawbone, they exercise the tissue and may prevent it from deteriorating.
- Boosted Self-esteem - With natural-looking and acting dentures, you can go about your daily routine with confidence.
- Improved Comfort - Eating and talking is made easier, especially with implant-supported dentures that do not slide around in the mouth.
- Natural Appearance - Dentures (particularly implant-supported dentures) look and function just like natural teeth. Your dentist will go over the particular benefits of dentures for you at your first appointment.
Missing teeth can affect your health, appearance, and quality of life, but dentures can help. Contact our office today to learn more about this treatment or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
+ WISDOM TEETH
Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars - the large teeth in the furthest corners of your mouth. They typically erupt during adolescence and can cause crowding and discomfort. Since they are more difficult to care for, they are also more vulnerable to decay and infection. Our dentists often recommend extracting these teeth to protect your oral health and provide for your comfort. We can also remove wisdom teeth that are impacted, meaning that they are growing in at an angle. Our dentists perform this surgery for patients of all ages. We provide oral and intravenous sedation to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
Wisdom teeth have become largely unnecessary as our diets and eating habits have evolved. These teeth can also cause overcrowding and other oral health issues. In many cases, early removal of wisdom teeth is recommended and necessary.
At The Dentist of Allen we are able to safely and effectively extract wisdom teeth for patients of all ages at our Allen, TX, office. To schedule an appointment, please contact our office today.
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that generally develop during adolescence. It is rare for wisdom teeth to erupt cleanly and in proper position. When a patient has sufficient room in their jaw, wisdom teeth may be able to remain in place. However, because these teeth are more difficult to keep clean due to their position, extra care must be taken to prevent decay.
More often, there is not enough room for wisdom teeth, which can lead to overcrowding, misalignment, and even impacted teeth. When impacted wisdom teeth remain trapped in the jawbone, inflammation and infection can occur. Wisdom teeth can also emerge partially or at an odd angle, pushing against adjacent teeth. This awkward positioning allows bacteria to accumulate, which can lead to gum disease and infection if left untreated. Extraction of wisdom teeth is often recommended for patients who have undergone orthodontic treatment to prevent future shifting of aligned teeth.
Extraction is easier to complete and faster to recover from if performed early, before the roots of wisdom teeth have fully developed. We can begin to check for wisdom tooth development using x-rays on patients around the age of 12. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients between the ages of 16 and 19 have their teeth examined to see if extraction is necessary.
Our team is highly trained in IV sedation and wisdom teeth extraction, ensuring your safety and comfort during treatment. The Extraction Procedure
Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure, which can be performed with intravenous (IV) or oral sedation. With either form of sedation, you will remain conscious during treatment, though in a state of near-sleep, and will most likely not remember any of the procedure. Our team is highly trained in IV sedation and wisdom teeth extraction, ensuring your safety and comfort during treatment.
Once sedation and anesthesia are administered, gum and bone tissue obstructing extraction will be removed. Wisdom teeth are often extracted in pieces to disrupt the surrounding tissues as little as possible. When the teeth have been removed, any incisions that have been made will be sutured closed.
Recovery and Aftercare
- After the surgery, swelling and pain may occur for the next few days. Many patients are able to treat discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication, but you will be provided with a prescription if desired. - - Sterile pads and other post-operative materials are provided to help with bleeding and to keep the area clean. For the first few days you may need to ingest only liquid and soft foods, and will need to avoid brushing the gums near sutures.
- Our office will provide complete aftercare instructions, and our experienced staff are available to answer any questions or concerns.
+ FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION
Full mouth reconstruction combines several procedures and treatments into one comprehensive treatment plan to provide dramatic improvements for the form, function, and natural aesthetic of your smile. The treatment plan you and your dentist build is customized to your specific needs, and frequently incorporates dental implants, dental crowns, root canal therapy, and extractions. If you are missing a significant number of teeth and suffer from the effects of poor dental health, do not hesitate to contact our dentists. We can restore your smile with a smart, fast, and effective approach that addresses every oral health issue you are experiencing.
If you struggle with various oral health problems, and you have severely impaired dental function, full mouth reconstruction may be the solution. At our Allen, TX, practice, Dr. David Bishop, Dr. Robert Kim, and Dr. Kris Koelker create comprehensive treatment plans. By combining restorative procedures, your practitioner can renew your dental health and beautiful smile. At the Dentist of Allen, we will recommend a treatment plan and use state-of-the-art materials to ensure beautifully lifelike results.
What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
- Full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive treatment intended to correct numerous issues at once. With this all-inclusive approach, we can address:
- Missing teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Gum disease
- Jawbone recession Although we perform full mouth reconstruction for restorative purposes, your treatment will also improve the look of your smile.
Full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive treatment intended to correct numerous issues at once. Planning Your Full Mouth Reconstruction
To ensure effective treatment that truly meets your needs, your dentist will conduct a detailed consultation. First, he will thoroughly examine your teeth. Along with a visual analysis, he will also take x-rays of your teeth and jawbone. In addition, he will inquire about your specific goals for treatment.
Once he has a complete grasp of your needs and objectives, your practitioner will begin creating your treatment plan. You will stay involved in this process, and your dentist will inform you about all possible treatment options. Along with the specific procedures that you can include in full mouth reconstruction, he will explain the various restorative materials that can be used.
The Full Mouth Reconstruction Process
Based on your needs and goals, you full mouth reconstruction can combine:
- Fillings: We only use tooth-colored toxin-free composite fillings to restore decayed teeth. This material will look more realistic than metal, and it will not show through your teeth. In addition, it will bond with your tooth more effectively than metal.
- Dental crowns: Crowns restore severely damaged teeth. This type of restoration will fully cover the teeth to prevent further damage. The tooth-shaped caps can be crafted from porcelain-fused-to-metal or porcelain alone.
- Dental bridges: Made of multiple crowns fused together, dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth. Like our crowns, our bridges can be crafted from a variety of materials.
- Dental implants: Most dentists consider implants to be the ultimate method of tooth replacement. These small metal posts will substitute for your dental roots. In this way, they can provide a strong base for a restoration. Like natural roots, they also prevent jawbone degeneration.
- Dentures: A denture can replace most or all of your teeth. Along with traditional removable dentures, we also offer implant-supported dentures. With the All-on-4®method, we can provide an implant denture in just one appointment. These various procedures will typically take place in stages, but you can often choose which treatments you would like to have first. With our dentists’ gentle techniques, your full mouth reconstruction will involve minimal discomfort. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we can provide safe, effective sedation. You may also benefit from sedation if you are undergoing a more extensive treatment, such as implant surgery.