Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Today's Dental
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let tooth loss ruin your oral health; dental implants can implants

The moment you lose a tooth your mind may immediately go to how to treat the issue and the best replacement tooth for the job. Our Houston, TX dentists Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton have you covered. We can talk to you about the different options available to you so that you can make the most informed decision about your oral health. Today, we are here to tell you about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

An implant replaces your missing tooth roots with a small metal post or screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Replacing the tooth roots is important for your overall oral health and getting a dental implant offers you a long-term and sturdy foundation from which to support an artificial tooth like a dental crown.

How does a dental implant work?

What makes dental implants different from other tooth replacement options is that once our Houston restorative dentist places the implant into the jawbone it will begin to naturally fuse together with bone and tissue over the course of several months. Once the implant integrates with the jawbone it is now a permanent structure designed to last several decades.

Once the implant and the jawbone are one, the next step requires us to place an abutment, or connector, on top of the implant. This will require another minor surgery in which we will open up the gums to reveal the implant and place the abutment over top.

The purpose of an abutment is to connect the implant with the dental crown. In some instances, the metal implant will already have an abutment built-in, in which case you won’t even need to undergo this second procedure.

Once the gums have had time to heal from surgery we will then cement the dental crown over the abutment. Each crown is custom-made just for you. While getting a dental implant can take several months you could end up having it for the rest of your life!

Do you have questions about getting dental implants in Houston? Do you want to find out if you are the great candidate for implants? Then it’s time to turn to our knowledgeable caring team at Today’s Dental to help you get your smile back.

By Today's Dental
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You've cracked a tooth. Now that its lost substantial structure, must you lose the tooth? Thankfully, there's a wonderful restorative dental crownsprocedure offered at Today's Dental. Called a crown, this restoration could cover and protect that damaged molar and save it. Your Houston dentists, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton evaluate cracked and decayed teeth for dental crown placement. Could yours qualify?

The dental crown

This wonderful restoration has been around for decades. In fact, it was first invented and used in 1889, says the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. Since then, dental crowns have improved in ease of placement and in materials used. Porcelain crowns are the most common and the most realistic. Porcelain fused to metal crowns work well in a wide number of positions in the mouth.

Also, many dentists offer crowns to restore dental implants, marvelous and lifelike tooth replacements. Crowns also support fixed bridgework to span gaps created by the loss of multiple adjoining teeth. Finally, when a tooth is infected, a dental crown finishes root canal treatment.

What about your tooth?

Well, your Houston dentist will inspect it and evaluate how much healthy tooth structure is left above the gum line. He'll also X-ray it to view the surrounding bone and the status of the roots. If he judges that the tooth is salvageable, he'll take some oral impressions for the dental lab and also inject the area with numbing medication.

Next, the dentist will remove the decayed portions and fillings, shaping the remaining enamel to receive the crown. Finally, he'll place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it while the permanent restoration is made.

When you return to Today's Dental, Dr. Thornton or Dr. Oancea will remove the temporary dental crown and replace it with the new one. Most crowns fit perfectly right away, but your Houston dentist will take the time to confirm fit and bite so your smile looks, feels and functions well.

Keeping your crown

Most crowns last for years. Diligent oral hygiene keeps the crown site healthy, avoiding gum disease around the restoration and decay underneath the crown.

So, be sure to follow American Dental Association guidelines: see your dentist in Houston twice a year for check-ups and cleanings to keep ahead of plaque and tartar. Also, brush twice a day with a soft brush, and floss around your teeth, including the crown, daily. As with your unrestored teeth, avoid chewing ice, taffy, and non-food items as these can displace or chip porcelain restorations. Bite guards avoid the destructive forces of teeth clenching and grinding.

Learn more

Why not contact Today's Dental for a crown consultation? You likely can give that tooth a second chance. Call today: (281) 580-0770.

By Today's Dental
June 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Get a full smile again with a little help from dental implants

Dealing with tooth loss can feel frustrating, but you should breathe a sigh of relief knowing that our Houston, TX, dentists, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, offer a variety of options to meet your needs. If you need to replace one or more missing permanent teeth, find out if dental implants might be the right choice.

How Dental Implants Restore Smiles

Implants are designed to take the place of tooth roots. This means that in order for implants to work, one of our Houston general dentists will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone.

Over the course of several months, the implant and bone will fuse together to become one. Implants are made from titanium, which is not only a very resilient metal but also is completely biocompatible (this means that your mouth won’t reject the metal). Once the implant has fused together with the jawbone then we can place a dental crown over it to complete your new restoration.

Perfect Candidates for Dental Implants

There are certain factors that we will need to take into consideration before determining your candidacy for getting dental implants. Since it can take up to a year or more to get your restoration and you’ll have to undergo surgery there are some qualifications that you will need to meet before we can proceed.

You must have good oral health: If you have uncontrolled gum disease or if we detect decay or an infection then these are issues we will need to address before we can proceed with implants. We will also perform X-rays to check the health and density of your jawbone. If there is significant bone loss, then bone grafting may be necessary prior to getting implants to ensure that the jawbone is strong enough to support your restoration.

You must be dedicated to your oral health: Are you someone who often forgets to floss their teeth? Do you neglect to see your dentist regularly? These measures might seem annoying but they can go a long way to protecting your teeth and gums. If you aren’t ready to adopt good oral hygiene, then dental implants are certainly not the way to go. If you want your implant to last you’ll want to care for it properly.

Are you ready to find out what Today's Dental in Houston, TX, can do for your smile? Let us know that you are dealing with tooth loss and are interested in getting dental implants and we will schedule a consultation with you.