Restorative dentistry refers to putting things back the way they were designed to be. In your mouth this refers to replacing missing tooth structure with fillings or crowns (caps), replacing missing teeth with implants, bridges, or removable dentures, and restoring function and beauty to your smile. Alexandria Dental Clinic is committed to offering a full range of state-of-the-art dental services. Whether you’ve had pain, repairs that break down, or need a complete replacement, we recommend an exam to assess your teeth, gums, bone density and smile aesthetics. Restoring the full function and beauty of your teeth and mouth will improve your health and quality of life.
At Alexandria Dental Clinic, we provide implant restoration services when they’re necessary. Our staff knows the signs of implant problems, and we are committed to checking them each time we see you. During visits after having implants put in, we assess your gums, bone density and any part that’s connected to the implant. These checks are in an effort to keep you healthy and catch any problems with the implants.
When you receive implants, we will guide you on how best to take care of them. This will help you minimize problems and be aware if any present themselves. If you think there is an issue with your current implants, please let us know so we can check them.
At Alexandria Dental Clinic, we follow our ethical way of doing business when we approach implant restoration. This means that we put your health and well-being first. We always check your implants after we fit them, and we give you the information you need about your oral health and treatments.
When your teeth are missing, it greatly affects your smile. At the same time, the missing tooth has the potential to negatively affect your oral hygiene because of unprotected gum exposure. Dental bridges are one of many options aimed at improving the appearance and function of your teeth by replacing the missing tooth or teeth. During your exam, we will discuss whether or not dental bridges are right for you.
Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are considered a conservative method of treating damaged teeth. They are used instead of placing a crown. Some dentists even use inlays and onlays to treat tooth decay. Instead of filling in the tooth, your dentist may use dental inlays and onlays.
Dental inlays and onlays are made in a dental lab and then fitted to your tooth. They are then bonded to your tooth.
Porcelain Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. We recommend this treatment to anyone experiencing discoloration that cannot be fixed with whitening or if your teeth are damaged. Porcelain veneers are also an option if you’re unhappy with the shape or look of your natural teeth.
What are dentures?
Dentures are oral prosthetics used to replace some or all of your permanent teeth. They’re made from materials like acrylic, nylon, or plastic and rest comfortably on top of your gums.
Custom crafted dentures can restore your smile to its near-original condition. They can also preserve your oral health and assist with daily activities like speaking and chewing.
What are the types of dentures?
At Alexandria Dental Clinic, the team offers several types of dentures, including:
If you’re missing only a few teeth, the team might recommend partial dentures. Partial dentures have a metal framework that connects to artificial teeth. The framework snaps into place around your existing permanent teeth, providing a sturdy foundation. Partial dentures are easy to clean and can be removed at any time.
If you’re missing all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, consider complete dentures. Complete dentures have a pink acrylic base and gums, and a full row of artificial teeth. Upper dentures stay in by suction to the roof of your mouth while lower dentures have only gravity holding them in place. You may want to put denture glue or adhesive on the base plate to set the lower dentures on top of your gums.
Complete dentures look and function like your natural teeth. To keep them in optimal condition, it’s important to brush them daily and soak them overnight.
Implant-supported dentures attach to dental implants — small posts made from titanium that the team places into your jaw. If you have lower dentures that don’t fit correctly, the team might recommend implants for your lower jaw. Of all the types of artificial teeth, implant-supported dentures are the sturdiest and longest-lasting.
What does getting dentures involve?
Getting dentures typically takes four appointments spaced a week or two apart.
At your initial consultation, the team conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your goals for treatment. They then take digital impressions of your mouth. The team sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your custom dentures. The second and third appointments are to try in and adjust the fit in a wax mockup before making them into hard durable acrylic.
About a week later you return to Alexandria Dental Clinic. The team has you try on your dentures and makes final adjustments as necessary. At the end of your appointment, you return home with a fully restored smile.
If you opt to receive implant-supported dentures, oral surgeons on the team use either a local or general anesthetic (your preference) and places 2-4 Implants into your jaw. Several months later, after the implants are locked and healed into your jaw, you return to Alexandria Dental Clinic to complete the fabrication of your dentures.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Treat your dentures like you would your natural teeth. Brush twice a day and visit Alexandria Dental Clinic every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning. If you wear partial or complete dentures, take them out before going to bed and soak them in a cleaning solution overnight.