A restorative dentistry treatment is any procedure that is done to help you bite and chew properly. Often, restorative treatments will also improve the appearance of your smile, but the main purpose is simply to restore function. Your restorative dentist can repair teeth that are chipped, cracked or worn, gapped or crowded. In short, there is a solution for any issue that is adversely affecting the way you use your mouth.
At Martin Dentistry in Stockton, CA, we are constantly up-to-date of the most modern equipment and techniques that can give you back functionality. If dental issues are adversely affecting your quality of life, there are treatments available.
A dental bridge comes by its name honestly – it is a restorative treatment that bridges the gap where teeth are missing. While we recommend dental implants as the best way to correct the problem of missing teeth, we know that they are not always the best option for our patients. Most insurance plans will not cover implants. When a more cost-effective option is needed, dental bridges can be the next best thing.
A dental bridge is essentially a set of crowns, in sequence, that are anchored to the teeth adjacent to the gap using metal supports. To have your bridge made, we take impressions of your mouth and deliver them to a lab. There, a master ceramist creates your bridge. Once it is ready, your dentist will check it to make sure the color is right, do a few adjustments and then cement it into your mouth. Your bridge will not slip or slide, so you can eat whatever you want. And of course, you can smile without feeling embarrassed.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction is two or more restorative dentistry procedures that could be combined with cosmetic procedures as well. Usually a full mouth reconstruction requires extensive work to get your mouth back to the proper condition. At Martin Dentistry, we might suggest a full mouth reconstruction if you have any combination of the following issues:
- Your teeth are misshapen
- You have broken teeth
- Your teeth are stained
- You have cavities and/or dental infections
- You have a gummy smile
- You have gum disease
- You have TMJ disorder
- You have difficulty biting, chewing or speaking
We will work with you to prioritize your treatments in order of importance, and will also endeavor to work within your schedule and your budget. If you are in discomfort, we will take care of that first, so that the remainder of your full mouth reconstruction will be as comfortable as possible. At the end of the treatments, you will be able to use your mouth the way you were meant to, and you will have your smile back.
At Martin Dentistry, we offer more than 30 implant options. Our position is that everyone is a good candidate for implants, and we never say “No.” If you want implants to replace your missing teeth, then we will do everything necessary to make them work for you, up to and including bone grafting if your jaw structure as it exists will not support implants.
If you have broken teeth, dental crowns can restore your ability to bite and chew. We offer traditional porcelain crowns, as well as cobalt dental crowns (appropriate for children with decay in the back baby teeth) and BruxZir Solid Zirconia crowns (for people who bite hard or grind their teeth). If you brush and floss regularly, and have regular checkups and cleanings, dental crowns can last for decades.
When implants are not practical due to budgetary considerations, dentures can be a good solution for missing teeth. Dentures have come a long way thanks to modern methods of imaging and manufacturing, so once they are fitted and lined, you should have no problems with slipping or sliding. Modern dentures also look natural, so you can smile with confidence.
At Martin Dentistry, Drs. Doug and Dax Martin will be happy to talk with you and discuss your options for restorative dentistry treatments. Our dentist office is located at 1310 East Swain Road, Suite 2, Stockton, CA 95210. To schedule an appointment, call us at 209-951-4251. You can also request an appointment online by using the form on our Contact Us page. Read our FAQs for more information.