What Are Reasons for Restorative Dentistry?
When your tooth is damaged, Dr. Ali Alviri and his team at Crown Dental Group strive to fix your tooth using the least invasive procedure possible. Restorative procedures will help to correct:
- Tooth pain
- Improper bite
- Decay and damage
- Failing dental treatments
- Missing teeth
Restorative treatment will attempt to save as much healthy tooth as possible while rejuvenating your bite.
If you are experiencing tooth pain or have not seen a dentist on over six months, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
What Is the Cost of Restorative Dentistry?
Creating a healthy environment is the first step to restoring your smile. Your cost will depend on the condition of your gums and if other underlying dental issues are creating the problem. Our comprehensive treatment will not only restore your bite but will help prevent a repetition of the problem bringing long-lasting results.
We will review your insurance benefits, out-of-pocket costs, and coordinate all treatment to minimize the amount of time you spend in the dental chair.
What Restorative Options Replace Missing Teeth?
If you have missing teeth or need a tooth extracted, it’s time to look at your tooth replacement options.
- Dental Implants
- Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
With a 95-98% success rate, dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth with fixed solutions. From a single crown to partial or full dentures, implants will create a permanent anchor for your restoration keeping it in place and stimulating your jaw bone for long-term oral health benefits.
Dr. Alviri places and restores implants in his office. For more complex needs, he will refer you to a periodontist to achieve the best results.
What Is the Implant Process?
Dental implant treatment will consist of at least four appointments with the first visit to determine your oral health and if you qualify for the procedure. We examine the health of your gums and any neighboring teeth to determine if extraction or periodontal treatment is necessary before implants are placed.
The quality of your jaw bone is also inspected to determine if you will need a bone graft to improve the integrity of your jaw.
Once we have built a healthy foundation, you are scheduled for implant placement surgery. We give your mouth time to heal and may have you come back into the office periodically to ensure proper healing. Treatment time and office visits vary depending on your needs and situation.
We send impressions to a lab to design the final restoration. You will schedule a visit for the final placement and then continue visiting us every six months for cleanings and preventive measures.
What Are My Implant-Supported Options?
Depending on how many teeth you have missing, implant-supported restorations include:
Denture (full or partial) – When an implant permanently anchors the denture in place, you will not need to worry about adhesives or movement while eating or speaking.
Overdenture – This is a removable denture that snaps in place atop dental implants or any remaining healthy teeth.
Bridges – When an implant supports a bridge, neighboring teeth are not compromised.
Crowns – If you have a single missing tooth, we use a crown, secured in place by the implant, to fill the gap.
3 Cost-Effective Benefits of Dental Implants
When considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, it is important to look at everything you get from the high-quality, long-lasting, permanent tooth.
1. Dental implants are proven to keep neighboring teeth from shifting into the gap and preserve the jawbone, reducing the risk of losing more teeth.
2. They help protect your facial structure decreasing your chances of the sunken look most commonly found in patients with missing teeth.The implant puts force on your jaw as you chew just like a natural tooth, to keep your bone strong.
3. Implant supported restorations will give you the freedom to smile, speak, and eat in public without worry or embarrassment of movement.
The investment you make into your smile with dental implants will give you a lifetime of benefits and minimize the amount of restoration time and cost of future visits.
How Do I Know if I Need Dentures?
Partial and full dentures are tried-and-true tooth restorations that remain popular options to replace missing teeth. When considering dentures, talk to your dentist about your out-of-pocket costs and benefit coverage for the final restoration and other treatment costs such as gum disease treatment or extraction.
If you are missing teeth or are scheduled for several extractions, you are a candidate for dentures. You may also need dentures after treatment for advanced gum disease that left irreversible damage to your gum tissue or jaw bone.
Whether you want removable dentures or implant-supported ones, Dr. Alviri will help you understand your options.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dentures?
Traditional dentures average 2-3 dental appointments and may include more with extraction or gum disease treatment.
We take impressions for the lab to create the final denture plate and will schedule your next appointment about two weeks later. On your next visit, we make any necessary adjustments and will educate you on how to clean and wear your new denture effectively.
We encourage follow-up prevention exams, so we can adjust the denture or order a replacement when needed.
Tips to Care for Dentures
- Rinse your mouth whenever you remove your dentures
- Brush your dentures at least twice per day
- Soak dentures overnight
- Rinse dentures completely after removing them from cleaning solution
- Avoid abrasive cleaners, bleaching agents, extremely hot or boiling water
- Schedule regular dental appointments for professional cleaning
What Are Dental Bridges?
If you have a few neighboring missing teeth, a bridge can fill the gap. The traditional fixed bridge is a popular option that uses adjacent healthy teeth to anchor the replacement teeth.
Fixed bridges are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Bridges are anchored by two crowns attached to neighboring teeth and an artificial tooth in the middle. A fixed bridge avoids any shifting of remaining teeth and can be made from tooth-colored materials to achieve your cosmetic goals.
Fixed bridges offer a non-invasive solution that resembles your natural smile. Like crowns, fixed bridges require a few visits with a similar two-week process.
Top 7 Questions to Ask your Dentist about Getting a Dental Bridge
- What bridge options are covered by my insurance?
- How long do bridges last?
- Do I qualify for an implant supported bridge?
- Do I need an extraction?
- Are my surrounding teeth healthy enough to support a traditional bridge?
- How do I care for my bridge?
- How long is the healing period?
When Are Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays Used?
When deep cavities cannot be processed with standard fillings, and there is plenty of healthy tooth left, Dr. Alviri will use an inlay or onlay to preserve the natural structure of your tooth. If the tooth is too damaged or weakened, a crown is used to protect what remains.
The inlay fits inside the tooth cusp.
The onlay is designed to fit the tooth and one or several cusps.
The crown will mimic all sides of the tooth.
What Is the Process?
After decay has been removed, a dental impression is taken and sent to the lab where a prosthesis, or fake tooth, is created, identical to the removed tooth size and color. A temporary is placed until your next appointment.
In about two weeks, you will return to the office to have the newly crafted prosthesis cemented onto the remaining portion of your tooth. Your restored tooth will look and feel natural for over a decade when cared for properly.
Crowns Complete Root Canal Therapy
When the inside, or pulp, of the tooth has been affected by decay, root canal therapy will treat it. Dr. Alviri will remove the diseased portion of the inner tooth, eradicating the infection from the pulp and roots. The inner part of the tooth is filled, and a temporary crown is placed to protect the integrity of the remaining tooth while the final restoration is designed by the lab.
Preserve Your Restorations
Your restorations are built to last, and with proper care, you will enjoy a healthy bite for a long time. Continue visiting Crown Dental Group every six months for routine check-ups so we can examine the health of your gums, natural teeth, and inspect your restorations for signs of wear and tear. As with any dental issue, early intervention will help save you time and money.
If you live in Inglewood, Hawthorne, or Lawndale areas, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alviri. The team at Crown Dental Group is dedicated to building and maintaining strong, healthy smiles.