Restorative Dentistry in Helotes & Alamo Ranch
If you’re experiencing broken, decayed, or even missing teeth, the first thing to do is seek assistance so that these problems aren’t allowed to worsen. Here in Helotes, our staff would be happy to welcome you into our comfortable office environment and provide you with the relief you deserve.
Dr. Aiyana Anderson and Dr. Michele Moreno offer several restorative dentistry services, including reconstructive crown and bridge treatment that can transform your smile for the better. We also can handle some cases of root canal therapy and wisdom tooth extraction for patients from Grey Forest, Balcones Heights, Alamo Ranch, Stillwater Ranch, Castroville, Bandera, Alamo Heights, Leon Valley, Helotes, and beyond. Contact Alamo Springs Dental today to schedule your first appointment!
Dental Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is a tooth restoration that Stillwater Ranch dentist Dr. Anderson or Dr. Moreno may select if you have a tooth with severe decay that cannot be repaired with a filling or a tooth that is structurally damaged by a crack or fracture. For the sake of appearances, a crown (also called a cap) is made entirely of ceramic, an extremely hard material that can be matched to the color of your tooth. A crown fits snuggly over your tooth, fully encapsulating the sides and chewing surface.
A bridge is an oral prosthetic that replaces missing teeth. Constructed of natural looking false teeth, a bridge is held securely in place by dental crowns that are mounted atop healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. The crowns and bridge are hand crafted in a dental lab and are fabricated in one contiguous piece that your Stillwater Ranch dentist bonds into place. Receiving a crown and bridge prosthetic usually requires a couple of appointments with your dentist in Helotes.
Today, many patients who’ve experienced significant tooth loss still prefer the affordability and convenience of removable dentures. Both full and partial dentures for Stillwater Ranch residents are available at our Helotes office. The former are designed to replace an entire arch and the latter provide restoration for a unique arrangement of missing teeth. Implant-retained prosthetics are also available for those who may prefer a more sturdy and lifelike solution to tooth loss.
While dentures and crown and bridge are excellent choices for teeth replacement, the ultimate in appearance and function is a dental implant. The other options certainly do a fine job of substituting for the visible portion of a missing tooth—the crown—however, they fall short when it comes to replacing the root.
Every tooth in your mouth is firmly anchored into your jawbone by the root. In addition, teeth roots stimulate the jawbone every time you bite, thereby encouraging the growth of healthy new bone tissue that is so important to maintaining the natural appearance of your face. An implant mimics the function of a tooth root, giving you a secure tooth and the bonus of a health jaw.
If you and Dr. Anderson or Dr. Moreno decide that a dental implant is the best choice for you, then you will be referred to a specialist who will carefully place the implant, or implants if more than one tooth needs replacement. During the healing process, the implant and bone will fuse together to form a solid foundation for your eventual tooth restoration. After several months, you’ll return to Alamo Springs Dental to have a dental crown, a bridge or a denture attached to the implant. When the entire process is completed, you will have a whole new tooth, root to crown.
Contact Alamo Springs Dental today if you have any questions about our restorative dentistry services or if you’d like to schedule a consultation!