Restorative Dentistry – Fort Worth, TX
Bring Back Your Smile’s Health and Vitality
Restorative dentistry in Fort Worth is becoming more advanced every day, and Dr. Kelly Blair knows it! She stays up to date on the latest procedures and restorative dentistry therapy so she can offer quality solutions for patients looking to regain the function and beautiful appearance of their smiles. Whether you need a permanent replacement teeth solution like dental implants or realistic bridges, we can help. Contact us today to schedule your restorative consultation.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction is not a specific treatment. Rather, it is a treatment plan that is tailored to a patient’s unique oral health needs. Its ultimate goal is to address severe dental problems, such as missing teeth, in a way that restores the mouth’s function and appearance. Full mouth reconstruction often includes services such as dental implants, crowns, inlays, onlays, orthodontics, and more.
When you visit Dr. Blair for your consultation, she will carefully consider all of the issues that are afflicting your smile and ask you questions so she can understand what you want your treatment to accomplish. Then, she can map out your journey toward your newly restored smile.
A dental bridge is a prosthesis that replaces multiple teeth (usually 1 – 3) in a row. A traditional fixed bridge is supported by crowns that are placed over the abutment teeth (teeth next to an empty space). An artificial tooth (or teeth) gets suspended between the crowns. Dr. Blair also offers implant-supported bridges, which gain all of their strength from small artificial tooth roots beneath the gum line rather than from a patient’s remaining natural teeth. Dental bridges are very sturdy and can be quite beautiful. They can also prevent the remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place and provide a strong bite force.
A dental crown is a custom cap that gets placed over the entire visible portion of a tooth in order to restore its function and appearance. You may need a crown if you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, if a tooth has recently undergone a root canal, or if for other reasons a tooth is no longer able to perform its job without extra help.
Dr. Blair offers crowns made of various materials, including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-porcelain. All-porcelain crowns provide superior aesthetics and are often an excellent choice for patients who want to restore their smile without sacrificing its natural beauty.
Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that replace the roots of missing teeth. During a minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Blair or a local oral surgeon places them beneath the gum line. They bond with the tissue around them, thus providing an extremely sturdy base for the restorations (artificial teeth) that Dr. Blair eventually places on top of them.
Implants are the best tooth replacement solution that modern dentistry has to offer. They can last for decades, they look incredibly natural, they’re easy to care for, and they can even help to prevent the bone deterioration that occurs after tooth loss.
Traditional dentures are prostheses that consist of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base. Metal clips, natural suction, or a mild dental adhesive helps to hold them in place. A full denture can replace an entire arch of teeth, whereas a partial denture replaces multiple teeth at various places throughout an arch.
As long as they fit well, dentures can restore your ability to enjoy most foods. After you adapt to using them, you may find that they are quite comfortable. They’re also easy to clean and can be very aesthetically pleasing when they are made of high-quality materials, such as porcelain or acrylic.
Onlays and Inlays
Sometimes, tooth decay is too extensive to be treated with a regular filling but not so bad that a dental crown is necessary. In such cases, an inlay or an onlay may be an appropriate treatment. Otherwise known as “indirect fillings,” these restorations are fabricated outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth structure in order to restore its health, function, and appearance. An inlay goes on the chewing surface of a premolar or molar between its cusps (its highest points), while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps. Inlays and onlays may be made either of metal or porcelain.
Old-fashioned fillings are made out of a silver amalgam, which clashes with the natural color of teeth and presents certain risks to a patient’s oral health. Tooth-colored fillings, on the other hand, are made out of a biocompatible composite resin material. The resin is the same color as tooth enamel, enabling it to blend in seamlessly with the dentition around it. Unlike amalgam fillings, tooth-colored ones will never cause permanent stains to teeth. They also do not expand and contract in response to extreme temperatures and they contain no mercury, which make them better for your oral and overall health than metal fillings.