For people with a less-than-perfect smile, embarrassment and self-consciousness is often a way of life. We understand. That’s why offer our patients a full range of restorative dental procedures designed to help you let your smile shine through!
If you’re missing one or more teeth, and wish increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you should consider dental implants.
Dental implants replace the roots of lost teeth and are inserted under the gums. After 3-6 months, the bones grow around and adapt to implants as if they were natural roots. Once an implant is firmly in place and the surrounding gum tissue is strong, it’s ready to support a crown. When the process is completed, the “new” tooth is often hard to tell apart from a patient’s original teeth.
If the implant site doesn’t have enough bone volume to support the appropriately sized implant, you will need a bone graft. Bone loss can be the result of periodontal disease, injuries, cysts, infections or an extracted tooth.
Dental implant patients experience the benefits of new and permanent teeth, as well as a renewed confidence and improved quality of life.
Full-mouth restoration, also known as full-mouth reconstruction, is used to help the patient achieve optimal health of the entire mouth, including gums, teeth, and bite.
Dr. Tomase performs full-mouth restoration by addressing several dental issues, such as missing and damaged teeth, gum, and periodontal bone problems. It typically includes a combination of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services such as dental implants, dental crowns, bridges, veneers, gum re-contouring, and fillings. It may also include treatment to improve the bite, such as orthodontics and TMD treatment to correct problems involving temporomandibular joints.
Since full-mouth restorations usually require extensive dental work that may include several oral surgery procedures, the ideal candidate should be in good general health, even if s/he is suffering from poor oral health. Even though full-mouth restorations require multiple visits and extensive work, patients are excited to for the enhanced appearance, restored self-esteem, and optimal oral health that will last for many years.
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, work, or partially destroyed by tooth decay. Crowns are also used to cover dental implants.
For decades the standard in dentistry for crown and bridge restoration materials has been the PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal). The framework for the dental crown was produced in metal and then covered with a porcelain layer.
Now with the evolution of all ceramic materials and their higher esthetic qualities, dental patients have options. Dr. Tomase chooses to use the new metal-free crowns. The metal-free framework beneath the porcelain gives excellent aesthetic qualities to make the final restoration extremely natural looking, and eliminates the ugly black line you may have seen next to the gum line on older crowns.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is detrimental to your overall health. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
That’s where root canal treatment comes in. The goal of Dr. Tomase is to save your natural teeth and avoid extractions whenever possible. While extraction may remove the offending tooth, it is not the best option in the long term. We prefer to try root canal surgery first. This way, the infection can be cleared and the tooth can be kept in place.
Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, Dr. Tomase will remove the affected tissue. Next, he’ll clean and seal the interior of the tooth. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. Dr. Tomase also suggests placing a crown over the root canal to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage.