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When a patient requires a restorative dentistry procedure, your Lone Tree dentist at Almeida and Bell Aesthetic Dental Center can provide the best that restorative dentistry has to offer. We provide a variety of restorative dentistry procedures including dental crowns, dental bridges, inlays and onlays, dentures and dental implants.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
With dental crowns, physical discomfort associated with damaged teeth will be a thing of the past. Crafted from strong, durable porcelain, dental crowns are customized to cover the entire surface area of a tooth in order to restore it to its normal size. In addition, dental crowns strengthen the teeth and can be used to reinforce teeth that are cracked or structurally weak. Dental crowns can also be used to hold loose fillings in place, as well as to conceal misshapen or discolored teeth.
Have you noticed strain when you bite? Or do you have difficulty speaking because of misaligned teeth? If so, dental bridges may provide an excellent solution to your oral health problems. Almeida and Bell Aesthetic Dental Center in the Denver area uses both removable and fixed dental bridges, or partial dentures, to fill gaps created by a missing tooth or teeth.
Removable dental bridges usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which are connected by a metal framework that holds the dentures in place in the mouth. By contrast, fixed dental bridges are held in place by dental crowns that are customized to fit over the natural teeth on either side of a gap. These dental bridges are then cemented into place so that they cannot fall out or be removed by hand. Not only do dental bridges fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, they prevent surrounding natural teeth from changing position.
Inlays and Onlays
More conservative than dental crowns, inlays and onlays are two methods of restorative dentistry treatments involving normal tooth structure after decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because, unlike standard fillings that are completed in a single dental appointment, they are crafted from durable porcelain in a laboratory and bonded to the surface of the tooth during a second appointment. And unlike standard fillings, inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but actually strengthen it. Once the restorations are in place, the tooth can bear 50 to 75 percent more chewing force. The primary difference between inlays and onlays lies in where they are placed; inlays are intended to repair damage within a tooth while onlays are customized to cover the tooth’s outer surface area. Both inlays and onlays are effective in repairing relatively extensive tooth decay or damage without having to replace the whole outer portion of the tooth, as with dental crowns.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. At Denver’s Almeida and Bell Aesthetic Dental Center, two types of dentures are available: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, conventional dentures are ready for replacement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
The dental implants you will receive from Almeida and Bell Aesthetic Dental Center of Highlands Ranch look and feel so natural that you may forget you ever lost a tooth. No longer do patients have to hide their smiles because of spaces from missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that your Lone Tree Dentist–Dr. Adam Almeida or Dr. Paul Bell–place into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or dental bridge. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more effective in preserving the structure of original teeth than traditional dental bridges since dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Contact Almeida and Bell Aesthetic Dental Center
To learn more about our restorative dentistry procedures dental crowns, dental bridges, inlays and onlays, dentures and dental implants or set up a consultation with an expert Lone Tree dentist–Dr. Adam Almeida or Dr. Paul Bell, call today!