Crowns & Bridges
Sometimes Dr. Roth needs to place a crown on a tooth if the tooth has cracked or a portion of it has fractured off, or if a cavity has destroyed a large portion of the tooth structure. Crowns (sometimes called “caps”) are dental restorations that cover and protect the entire tooth. A crown often needs to be placed after a tooth has had root canal treatment.
There are many new and innovative materials that are used to fabricate crowns. Dr. Roth will often use porcelain for crowns and match the shade of the porcelain so that the crown blends with your other teeth and will be virtually unnoticeable. One of the newest materials is called Zirconia and it is a very strong and durable material that allows us to place beautiful crowns on molar teeth. Dr. Roth will evaluate your bite and the way your teeth meet together in order to use the appropriate material that will guarantee your new crown is strong and long lasting.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth by crowning the teeth on either side of the open space and joining those two crowns with a floating crown where the missing tooth used to be. The floating crown is called a pontic, while the crowns on the teeth are called abutments, or retainer crowns.
Sometimes there are situations where a dental implant is not feasible and the patient does not want a removable partial denture. Dr. Roth can then offer a bridge as an alternative treatment.
Crowns and bridges are cemented into place with a special cement or adhesive and have a very natural appearance. The quality dental laboratory that Dr. Roth partners with is able to closely match color and shape of the porcelain to your own teeth. You care for your crowns and bridges in the same manner as natural teeth – brushing and flossing daily.
Call our office today at (805)499-3130 and schedule your complimentary consultation. We look forward to seeing you.
Implants are one of the most desired ways to replace a missing tooth.
Having the look and feel of a natural tooth, a dental implant is a titanium anchor inserted into the jawbone to function in the same manner as the root of a tooth. Once these “anchors” are in place, Dr. Roth can place restorations on them such as crowns, bridges, partials, or full dentures.
There are various factors used to determine if a person is a candidate for a dental implant and Dr. Roth will be able to give you complete guidance when he reviews your dental records at your consultation. Surgical placement and restoration of a dental implant requires several stages and multiple appointments.
Several months of healing time will be required to allow the implant to integrate with your bone and become solid before Dr. Roth can place any type of restoration on the implant. Once it is determined that the implant is solid and fully integrated, Dr. Roth will add the necessary attachments and work closely with his world class lab technicians to fabricate very natural looking restorations. Dental implants can allow you to have an improved smile and functionality, restore your self esteem, and improve your overall quality of life. It will be very important to maintain your routine check ups and cleanings to insure the long life of your restored dental implant.
Schedule a consultation today to ask Dr. Roth if you would be a good candidate for dental implants.
Composite (tooth colored) Fillings
When a cavity is present, the decay must be removed in order to save the tooth. The void that is left after decay is removed is filled in with a material referred to as composite resin.
Back in the day, the most popular material used for fillings was amalgam, often referred to as “metal” or “silver mercury fillings”. Amalgam has been replaced by a material known as composite, allowing you to have a tooth colored filling that is actually bonded to the tooth which lowers the potential for recurrent decay around the edges of the filling. Many people elect to have their amalgam fillings replaced with tooth colored fillings (composite) for aesthetic reasons.
Tooth colored fillings can last for many years and come in a variety of shades. Dr. Roth is able to very closely match the shade of your fillings to your natural tooth color so that it will be almost impossible for people to notice.
Dentures & Implant Supported Dentures
With today’s technology, there is no reason to go without teeth!
It is not just a matter of being able to eat. Our smile is our calling card and plays an incredible role in how we function in our day to day relationships and how we feel about ourselves, which directly effects our overall health and happiness.
Dentures are worn by patients who have lost all of their teeth, while Partial Dentures are worn to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Patients elect to have removable prosthetic appliances such as dentures or partial dentures made when they are not a good candidate for fixed or implant retained restorations or if their budget is limited. Modern technology now provides acrylic material used in dentures and partial dentures to look more natural than ever before and Dr. Roth works with world class dental labs that are up to date on all of the latest procedures and materials available to keep you looking and feeling your best.
Having a denture or partial denture made typically requires several appointments in which Dr. Roth uses various measurements to insure a precise fit and proper aesthetics of your removable appliance. It is important that your jaws are positioned correctly while wearing a denture or partial denture. Improper positioning of the jaws can cause misalignment to the TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) and lead to discomfort or headaches.
During these “fitting” appointments, Dr. Roth will ask for your feedback on the look and feel of your prosthetic appliance and communicate closely with the dental lab to make sure you are happy with the shape of the teeth, the size and color of the teeth, and the overall fit. Dr. Roth will make sure that your denture is not only functional, but that you enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile.
Sometimes Dr. Roth can utilize dental implants to help better secure the denture for a nice snug fit. He will be able to explain if you are a good candidate for implant retained dentures.
Call our office today to speak with one of our patient specialists about scheduling a consultation with Dr. Roth to discuss your options.
It is never too late to have the smile you’ve been dreaming of!