Restorative Dentistry – Alamo Ranch, TX
Repairing and Restoring Patient Smiles
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!
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. In 2-3 appointments, you will have a crown that fits snuggly over your tooth, fully encapsulating the sides and chewing surface.
Your customized restoration will not only blend in with the rest of your natural smile, but it will be used to protect your natural tooth from further damage or decay, keeping infection out. Creating a tight seal, dental crowns in Alamo Ranch also keep the structure of the natural tooth intact and encourage strengthening over time. Dental crowns are, by far, one of the safest, most reliable and effective methods of restorative dentistry available.
A bridge is an oral prosthetic that replaces one or more consecutive 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 handcrafted 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.
It's important that the natural teeth being used as anchors on either side of the gap are healthy, as they will need to have the strength and stability to hold up your custom-made bridge. If these teeth are experiencing tooth decay, cavities, or becoming loose as a result of gum disease, it will be important for us to treat these issues before placing a bridge prosthetic.
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 is designed to replace an entire arch and the latter provides 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.
If you or your child learn it is necessary to remove your wisdom teeth, you can trust Dr. Anderson and Dr. Moreno to provide the highest level of care and ensure your comfortability throughout the surgical procedure. These third molars can often partially erupt or become impacted, never pushing through the gums. This can lead to an increased risk of oral health problems, including tooth decay and gum disease, not to mention the possibility of your natural teeth shifting out of alignment. By undergoing wisdom teeth extraction, you can enjoy a healthier smile that is free from the negative effects caused by wisdom teeth.
When an infection reaches the innermost layer of your tooth because of severe decay, this area known as the pulp can become inflamed and result in intense pain. In order to save the tooth from extraction, our dentists can perform root canals in Alamo Ranch. By cleaning out the inner tooth and removing the decayed and infected pulp, we can reshape the canal and fill it to discourage reinfection. To protect your tooth further, we will place a customized dental crown over the weakened tooth, which will be ready two weeks after your root canal.
Dental Implant Restoration
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 healthy 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!