Prosthodontics restore the appearance and healthy function of your smile in Chandler, AZ
Today, dentists like Dr. Richard Higgs not only replace a portion (or all) of a tooth, but they rebuild teeth in a way that mimics the “design” and structure of a healthy natural tooth. No tooth functions or looks as great as a natural tooth free of dental disease or other trauma. So, we try to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible or closely replicate the natural tooth in form and function. That results in a strong tooth structure built to last in generally satisfied patients of Aquila Dental in Chandler, AZ!
“Prostho” refers to “replacement,” while “dontics” refers to “teeth.” So, tooth structure that replaces natural teeth falls under the prosthodontics category. Likewise, prosthodontics also relates to those treatments or appliances that support healthy oral and maxillofacial tissues. For instance, we may recommend splints, bite guards or mouthguards to ease the stress placed on the jaw joints and teeth from behaviors like chronic teeth-grinding. Mouthguards are also designed to fit athletes’ mouths perfectly and protect the teeth, jaw, head, and neck from injuries by absorbing the force from contact during sports activities.
Many options at our office
There are many ways that a tooth, supportive gum tissue, and other oral structures can deteriorate over time or be damaged. So, as you might expect, there are also many ways to build up those damaged structures. Dr. Higgs evaluates your needs and discusses your preferences to determine if you can benefit from the following options:
- Cosmetic improvement – A tooth may be intact and functional yet still have needs for prosthodontic care. For instance, wear and tear can alter the shape and “height” of a tooth. So, we may recommend replacing the damaged enamel with dental ceramics such as porcelain. These options include both direct veneers (bonding) and indirect veneers (porcelain veneers).
- Restorative treatment – If damage threatens the structural integrity of a tooth, dental materials may be prepared and applied to restore its appearance, function, and health. Dental restorations range from tooth-colored fillings to dentures. Dentures may be removable, held in place with suction or adhesive products, or they may be “fixed” with dental implants “rooted” in the jaw.
- Oral appliance therapy – An entire category of prosthodontics is designed to slip into your mouth. These are made from lightweight materials that are customized to your unique specifications. These appliances may adjust the jaws to a more optimal position, which combats problems like snoring. They are also developed to protect the teeth and oral structures from the forces placed on them from conditions such as bruxism (chronic teeth-grinding).
Common prosthodontics, such as porcelain crowns, can be made on-site while you wait! Contact us at (480) 360-5445 today to schedule your evaluation.