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Dr. Vargas Restorative Procedure's Include:
Dental Implants, Inlay Restorations, Onlay Restorations, Composite Fillings, Crown (Caps), Dentures & Partial Dentures, Fixed Bridges.
Its great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increased in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function.
Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss with you the available options, and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment. Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when creating your beautiful smile.
Reasons for restorative dentistry:
Enhance your smile
Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
Improve or correct an improper bite
Prevent the loss of a tooth
Relieve dental pain
Repair damaged and decayed teeth
Replace missing teeth
Replace old, unattractive dental treatments
Restore normal eating and chewing
Remember to give your teeth the attention they need today!
Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made closely to resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either conventional or immediate. A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will be without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissue shrinks and heals, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or adjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch
Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch
Enhancing smile and facial tissues
Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
¿What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.
Several try-in appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, Dr. Vargas will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. Dr. Vargas will discuss the best options for your particular case. The traditional bridge is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of crowns that go over anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth
Maintain facial shape
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Restore chewing and speaking ability
Restore your smile
Upgrade from a removable partial denture ta permanent dental appliance
¿What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally Dr. Vargas may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get use to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.