Spring, TX Smile Restorations with Restorative Dentistry
While we work diligently with patients to preserve their oral health with preventive dental checkups and teeth cleanings, over the course of a lifetime of smiles, patients typically require one or more restorative dental services to keep their smiles whole and healthy. At Lindsay Dental Group, we are dedicated to offering patients the most conservative smile restorations preserving natural dental structure. Additionally, we consider all dental services to be cosmetic, and strive to fully renew the appearance and function of patients’ smiles. Contact our team to find out more or schedule an appointment if you experience any dental damage or discomfort.
Traditional Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are one of the most frequently used restorative tools and are an integral part of many services including:
- Repairing smiles damaged by decay or trauma
- Providing structural stability for root canal treated teeth
- To conceal purely cosmetic concerns
- As the finishing touch for implant supported single tooth replacement
- Anchoring fixed bridges
Whatever reason patients require a dental crown, they should plan to visit our Spring, TX practice at least two times. During the first visit, we remove a small amount of dental structure in preparation for the tooth to receive a crown. We then capture dental impressions that are used by a lab to craft custom dental crowns. While the restoration is prepared, patients receive a temporary crown that protects the prepared tooth. Once the final crown is completed, patients return to our office, and we exchange the temporary for the custom dental crown.
A fixed bridge, sometimes referred to as a crown and bridge, is used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. A replacement tooth is bonded to two dental crowns. The entire restoration is placed as a single unit with crowns cemented into place over healthy teeth on either side of the lost tooth in order to support the prosthetic.
Root Canal Therapy
The phrase “root canal” can strike fear into even the stoutest hearts, but despite their bad reputation, root canals are actually quite painless. Teeth are made up of three layers (enamel, dentin, pulp), and when decay or damage reaches the innermost pulp layer of teeth, the dental nerve is directly accessed leading to severe toothache and lingering sensitivity to changes in temperature that are the hallmarks of root canal infection. The procedure is fairly straightforward. First, we drill a small access hole and carefully remove decayed or damaged pulp and nerve tissue from inside the tooth. Then, we refill the tooth with a biocompatible substance to restore its underlying structure. Once the tooth is refilled, we seal it and place a dental crown to protect the treated tooth.
Full & Partial Dentures
For those patients missing numerous nonconsecutive teeth, partial and full dentures are a tried and true method for restoring smiles following extensive tooth loss. Partial dentures use a gum colored base with a number of replacement teeth to fill the gaps in smiles. The entire prosthetic is held in place using clasps attached to healthy teeth. A full denture is crafted from an entire row of replacement teeth set into a larger, more malleable gum-colored base. The base is precisely crafted to be held in position through natural suction between the gums and denture base or a small amount of denture adhesive. With regular maintenance and proper at-home care, partial and full dentures can last many years. For those patients interested in a more permanent restorative option, we also offer implant supported dentures.