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Restorations

More people are taking better care of their teeth than ever before, but there are still many cases of tooth decay seen in dentists' offices. No matter how well patients try to take care of their teeth, they are still susceptible to decay, infection, and chipping. The Dental Implant Aesthetic Center offers the best restorations available to restore your teeth to the pinnacle of dental health.

If a restoration is necessary you can rest assured knowing we have the best specialists in restorative dentistry to treat your unique case. Our Director of Restorative Dentistry is Dr. Carl Schulter, one of the leading Prosthodontists in the world. Prosthodontists are highly trained specialists that restore and replace teeth for unique and complicated treatment plans dealing with conventional or implant dentistry. Dr. Schulter was a past President of the American College of Prosthodontists and is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology and the American College of Dentists. The experience, quality of care, and technology available at the Dental Implant Aesthetic Center is second to none.

Implant Restorations
Fixed - non removable, cemented and screwed

  • Single Tooth Restorations - A single tooth prosthesis is a crown that can be either screwed or cemented on the implant abutment. It is used to replace one missing tooth and may be fabricated as a complete ceramic abutment and crown or a metal abutment with a metal substructure porcelain crown.
  • Partial or Complete Arch Restorations - A partial prosthesis, also known as a fixed bridge, can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis replaces the missing teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis is recommended. The complete fixed restoration allows for maximum versatility in reconstruction of function and facial aesthetics.

Removable - bar and locators
A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or locator attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

  • Removable Bar Prosthesis - A bar is used to splint multiple implants for support. A retentive device is attached to the bar to enhance the retention of the prosthesis to the bar. Generally, the removable prosthesis is a complete over denture but it can be limited to a narrow arch form with no flanges under the lips or coverage of the palate. The narrow arch form prosthesis needs additional implants for support as the bar completely supports the chewing load and not the tissue. The fewer the number of implants will require some support of the tissue for the prosthesis in addition to extension of the prosthesis to cover the palate and added flanges.
  • Removable Locator Prosthesis - A locator is an attachment placed on a single implant to retain the complete removable over denture prosthesis. Generally, two implants are used to retain the prosthesis but additional implants and locators can be used to enhance retention of the prosthesis. The locator gives support on chewing but the tissue is also used to support the prosthesis.

Custom Milled Dental Restorations
Copings used for all ceramic crowns and frameworks used for bridges and implant restorations are custom milled for an accurate fit to the teeth or implant. These milling procedures assure a stronger and exact fitting restoration.
Customized Shading and Contouring of Implant Restorations
Our on-site laboratory technicians check the shade and contours of the teeth to be restored or replaced before treatment begins to assure a detailed prescription for the fabrication of the restoration. At the final seating of the restoration and prior to placement, our technician again rechecks the shade and contours of the restoration before final seating. These added steps by the technician provide a valuable service to the aesthetic outcome of the final restoration.

  • Our master technician performs a chair side consultation to determine the correct shade and contours for the restoration.
  • On delivery of the restoration, customized shading of the restoration will be performed chair side and the patient will approve of the restoration before it is delivered.
  • A try in of a complete and partial restoration will be performed to assure a correct bite, an aesthetic outcomes and proper facial support prior to final delivery of the restoration.

  

  

Conventional Dental Restorations
Crowns - Single Tooth Restorations
Crowns are single tooth restorations that can be all porcelain or metal supported porcelain restorations. All porcelain crowns are used primarily for added aesthetics and give a more natural tooth appearance. A metal supported porcelain crown is made from precious metals and is indicated for teeth that need additional support in heavy chewing areas of the mouth or in areas that receive excessive lateral forces.

Veneers - Single Tooth Restorations
Veneers are porcelain laminates that are applied to the teeth for cosmetic purposes. The teeth are minimally prepared and the veneers replace the surface structure of the tooth with a new contour and shade of color. The veneers are made of porcelain and are bonded to the teeth.

Bridges - Replaces Multiple Missing Teeth (Fixed Partial Dentures)
A Bridge replaces multiple missing teeth with an under support framework linking to end support teeth. The frameworks can be fabricated in all porcelain and metal support structures which is veneered with porcelain. An all porcelain bridge is used primarily for added aesthetics and gives a more natural tooth appearance. A metal supported porcelain bridge is made from precious metals and is indicated for replacement teeth that need additional support in heavy chewing areas of the mouth or in areas that receive excessive lateral forces.

ProceraTM Crowns and Bridges
Procera crowns and bridges are all ceramic crowns and bridge for a superior natural tooth like appearance. The copings for the crowns are made from aluminus porcelain or zirconia. These coping are veneered with porcelain material to give the natural appearance. Bridges are made from zirconia and veneered with porcelain.

Removable Partials and Dentures
A partial is a removable prosthesis and is indicate when there is a loss of some of the teeth in an arch. It can have clasp that retain it in the mouth or it can have a precision attachment to retain it in the mouth. With the precision partial denture no clasp are visible and is a more aesthetic appearing prosthesis. A complete denture is a removable prosthesis and is indicated when there is a complete loss of teeth in an arch. It can be used as an interim prosthesis with an implant supported prosthesis.

Customized Prosthesis, Shading and Contouring
All of the restorations fabricated by our on-site dental laboratory are customized for the patient by a master dental technologist. Each restoration has had a chair side consultation by the technician prior to fabrication to assure proper shading and tooth selection in fabrication. Prior to delivery of the restoration a try in of the restoration is performed chair side for final shading and contouring to patients preferred aesthetic requests.

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