At Advanced Dental Associates, our goal is to prevent dental problems before they occur. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to poor oral hygiene, genetics, infrequent checkups, and other risk factors. This is why we also specialize in restorative dentistry. Our restorative dental services in San Antonio, TX, are designed to improve your smile’s function, aesthetics, and oral health.
Restorative Dentistry in San Antonio, TX
Our restorative dental treatments renew the health and function of patient’s smiles:
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement typically consisting of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic or false tooth. A traditional bridge is supported by the two surrounding teeth, known as abutment teeth, that we reshape to receive the crowns. Dental implants can also support a bridge if multiple adjacent teeth are missing. If you are missing a tooth, a bridge will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper position.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the structure and cosmetics of a damaged or decayed tooth. During the procedure, your tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape of the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, we will permanently bond the crown to the enamel using a unique adhesive. Many crowns are fabricated these days with porcelain due to their unmatched aesthetics.
Inlays and onlays are ideal for areas of decay too extensive for a filling but not large enough to require the placement of a dental crown. The restoration is considered an inlay if placed within a tooth’s occlusal (bite) surface. The restoration is regarded as an onlay if it extends beyond one or more occlusal cusps.
A dental implant is a small titanium post we surgically embed into the jawbone. The implant serves as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. Once the implant is in place, it will fuse to the bone during osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the implant to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. For this reason, dental implants are widely considered the next best thing to your natural teeth.
Partial and Complete Custom Dentures
A denture is a removable appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. A partial denture usually attaches to the surrounding teeth with metal clasps. A complete denture has a flesh-colored acrylic base supporting a prosthetic tooth arch. We offer custom-fit dentures as a more comfortable, functional, and durable solution.
The All-On-4® Treatment Concept was developed to provide edentulous patients (patients with no teeth) with an efficient and effective restoration using only four implants to support an immediately loaded full-arch prosthesis.
The significant difference between same-day dentures vs. traditional dentures is the timeframe for the procedure. When you come in for traditional dentures, it can be a lengthy procedure when you consider the time you take to visit the dentist, have them create a mold of your mouth, send it off to be made into dentures, and then get a call back to schedule another appointment for the installation of your dentures.
The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) Protocol is a substitute for traditional periodontitis or gum disease surgery. It involves less pain and easier recovery. It also facilitates gum tissue revival, reattachment, and growth of new bone.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can damage the gums and affect other parts that support your teeth, such as periodontal ligaments and jawbone. If left untreated, gum disease can eventually cause tooth loss. Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria spread to the gum tissue and result in severe inflammation or irritation. Periodontal maintenance entails a thorough cleaning of your teeth to stop the development of gum disease.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where your breathing gets repeatedly interrupted during sleep. If you snore loudly, wake up gasping, or experience morning headaches, there is a chance that you may be suffering from sleep apnea. If you notice any of these signs, consult your dentist immediately.
Your dentist will likely recommend a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) or a tongue-retaining device if you suffer from sleep apnea. MAD helps move the tongue forward, and a tongue-retaining device holds your tongue in place to keep the airway unrestricted.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) links your jaw to the skull’s temporal bones, which are located in front of your ears. Issues with the jaw and muscles related to this joint are known as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Your dentist may prescribe pain relievers or perform non-drug therapies to relieve TMD.
Renew Your Dental Health
Receive restorative care at Advanced Dental Associates today. Schedule a dental appointment online or call our office at 210-361-6847.