|Tooth decay is the most widespread chronic disease in the United States. Meanwhile, more than 90% of adults have had a cavity in at least one permanent tooth. Removing diseased tooth structure can save a tooth, but the loss can leave the tooth weak and unable to bite and chew. Although teeth cannot repair themselves, they aren’t necessarily doomed when damaged, broken, or infected with disease. We employ a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments here at Prosper Family Dentistry and we can help compromised smiles regain their full function and aesthetic charm.
A root canal procedure is a dental procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. The procedure involves removing the nerve and the pulp from the center of the tooth, and then cleaning and sealing it. The final step, in many cases, is the placement of a custom dental crown
Dental Crowns & Bridges
When a tooth is cracked, fractured, broken, or affected by decay, a root canal treatment is often necessary to ensure that the exposed pulp is clear of infection. The final step in this process is typically the placement of a dental crown. Commonly referred to as a cap, a dental crown fits completely over the top portion of a tooth, and can absorb bite impact to protect it from further damage. Dental crowns are crafted in a special dental lab, and are made from porcelain, composites, metal, zirconia, or a combination of porcelain and metal, depending on each specific case.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are special dental prosthetics used to augment a tooth compromised by trauma or decay. Unlike a dental crown, inlays and onlays replace only a portion of a natural tooth, rather than covering the entire tooth. Our ultra-precise technology allows us to create fully customized porcelain restorations that will fit your tooth exactly, achieving a natural appearance as well as significant structural support.
With dental implants, dentures and other dental prostheses can function as well as your natural teeth without the worry of movement and slippage. Dental implants are surgically-inserted titanium posts that can support any dental prosthesis, including a dental crown for single tooth. An oral surgeon expertly places dental implants and performs any prerequisite surgical procedures, including jawbone grafts and sinus lifts. Once the surgical site is healed, we can provide you with the custom restoration you need to achieve a full, functional smile.
Dentures have helped generations of patients overcome the difficulty of missing teeth. These custom prosthetic teeth can restore the ability to chew and properly enunciate following tooth loss. We provide traditional full and partial dentures, as well as implant-supported dentures. Today, dentures are stronger, more comfortable, and more natural-looking than ever before.
Tooth extractions involve pulling teeth, which typically leaves no options for restoration in the future beyond implants and prosthetics. Sometimes our patients are in such great discomfort that all they want is to remove the tooth right away, and we understand. We’ll do everything we can to make you comfortable while we explore any potential options besides tooth extractions to resolve your situation. Some tooth extractions are necessary such as Wisdom Teeth extractions, and we provide all the necessary sedation and local anesthetic treatments required to make your procedure as painless as possible.
Periodontal Disease Therapy
Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) is caused by bacteria in our mouths. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar. The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums that is called “gingivitis.” In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist. This form of gum disease does not include any loss of bone and tissue that hold teeth in place.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis” (which means “inflammation around the tooth”). In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
Tooth Colored Fillings (Composites)
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Not all reconstructive dental cases can be resolved with a single procedure. A full mouth reconstruction consists of a combination of treatments and techniques designed to correct your dental function and alignment. Treatments can include endodontics, orthodontic treatment, and tooth replacement. If extensive dental work is needed, we offer a variety of sedation options to help you relax during treatment, as well as local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Depending on the extent of a full mouth reconstruction and oral surgical requirements, our doctors will partner with various dental specialists to ensure you receive the best attention in all aspects of your treatment.