Restorative Dentistry Can Renew the Look and Function of Your Smile
If you are missing teeth, dental implants offer the best way to restore the strength and appearance of your smile. Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in the jaw to replace missing tooth roots and securely hold restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures. As a skilled implant dentist with more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Mitchell Pierce offers several different types of implants and can use various surgical techniques to meet your unique needs. Once in place, implants help to return stimulation to the jaw and halt bone loss that can occur after losing a tooth.
Implant Site Preparation
Many patients who want to enjoy the benefits of dental implants will find they do not qualify for this treatment because they lack enough bone tissue to hold the metal posts in place. If you have been precluded from receiving dental implants in the past because of insufficient bone density, Dr. Pierce can perform a range of implant site preparation treatments to improve your candidacy. Based on your needs, he can augment your tissue by performing a bone graft or sinus lift. In some cases, he can perform a bone expansion procedure to stimulate new, denser bone growth.
If you have a tooth that is damaged or badly decayed, he can place a dental crown to restore its appearance and function and prevent the need for extraction. A dental crown is a custom restoration that covers a tooth's surface to protect it and reinforce its structure. When undergoing a crowning procedure, Dr. Pierce will first reshape the affected tooth and take detailed impressions. These impressions will be sent to a lab, where your custom crown will be crafted out of porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or zirconia. Once in place, your crown will blend seamlessly with your smile.
A gap in your smile can diminish your oral health and function as well as your confidence. If you are missing up to three teeth in a row, Dr. Pierce can place a PFM or zirconia bridge to fill in the gap and help you reclaim your smile. A dental bridge is a custom prosthesis that features artificial teeth. Traditional bridges are held in place by crowns on each side. For patients seeking a restoration with unmatched stability,he may also offer implant-supported bridges that are held in place by titanium posts inserted into the jawbone.
Dentures have helped millions of patients restore their smiles after extensive tooth loss. A partial denture is used to replace several teeth, while a complete denture is used to replace an entire arch. Dr. Pierce offers traditional removable dentures as well as implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures are not only the most secure type of restoration available, they can also provide benefits to your oral health by strengthening the jaw and preventing further bone loss. Furthermore, Dr. Pierce can convert a traditional denture into an implant-supported restoration using a special technique.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Patients who suffer from extensive dental damage can turn to Dr. Pierce for full mouth reconstruction. Full mouth reconstruction is a personalized treatment plan featuring multiple restorative procedures. After performing a thorough examination, Dr. Pierce will discuss your goals for treatment and identify a set of procedures that can restore the look and function of your smile. By planning a comprehensive set of treatments around your unique needs, he can achieve dramatic results while minimizing recovery times and costs.