About Restorative Dentistry
Your smile is fundamental to the personality and attitude you share with the world. It’s often the first thing people notice about you, and a stunning smile makes a lasting first impression. We know you wouldn’t trust it to just any dentist.
At Central Dental we provide advanced restorative dentistry services to help keep your teeth beautiful, healthy, and strong. We understand that poor oral health can cause difficulty with eating and speaking, or even continuous discomfort, affecting your overall quality of life. Therefore, our team of doctors along with their dedicated team make restoring a happy, healthy smile with a focus on quality and function their first priority.
Restorative dentistry can resolve a range of oral problems including:
- Discolored Teeth
- Dental Decay
- Chipped, Cracked & Broken Teeth
- Missing Teeth
With advancements in dental care over the years, restorative dentistry has become increasingly cosmetic in nature. If you’re missing a tooth, you probably want to replace it to restore function and smile without feeling self-conscious. With procedures like dental implants, we can repair damage in a way that not only restores lost oral function, but improves the look of your smile as well. Tooth-colored fillings have taken the place of silver amalgam fillings for a seamless, natural-looking result. Porcelain can be used to craft dental crowns, allowing us to avoid the dark look of metal in your mouth.
If you’re looking for a dentist who can provide cosmetic-quality restorative dentistry, Central Dental is the right place for you.
Our restorative dentistry procedures include:
- Root Canal Therapy
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Dental Implants
- Porcelain Crowns & Veneers
- Lifestyle Dentures
- Full-Mouth Reconstruction
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are artificial teeth that are carefully shaped and colored to match your natural teeth. Crowns, also known as ‘caps,’ restore functionality to severely damaged teeth. Each dental crown is made of a durable material that offers chewing support and protection from further tooth decay when placed over the existing damaged tooth.
While crowns can be created from a variety of materials, Central Dental is proud to offer BruxZir® solid zirconia crowns and bridges which are some of the strongest and most natural looking restorations available today.
BruxZir® offers an educational video demonstrating the differences between materials chosen for your restoration. There are many advantages of using the BruxZir Solid Zirconia including reduced removal of natural teeth, superior cosmetic appearance (no metal), and the chip-proof durability for bruxers, or those who grind their teeth, who have broken natural teeth or previous restorations.
A crown may be recommended for the following reasons:
- to restore a tooth that has been badly damaged by decay or so heavily restored by fillings that it can only be saved with cast restoration
- to provide support for a tooth that has been treated endodontically; therefore, it has lost a great deal of tooth structure from fracture, decay, or the drilling process and is prone to fracture under normal or light chewing forces
- to be used as an abutment, or support, for a bridge that is intended to replace a missing tooth
- to complete an implant restoration
- to conceal teeth that are discolored or poorly shaped
What to Expect with Dental Crowns
During your visit at Central Dental, your doctor will remove any damaged or decaying enamel to make room for the crown before making a mold of the affected area. This mold ensures that your crown will perfectly fit the exact specifications of your mouth. Careful consideration will be given to matching the crown to the shade of your natural tooth enamel resulting in a crown that will be indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. Once prepared, the crown is then slipped over the remaining structure of the remaining tooth structure and bonded into place. If the tooth was in good alignment before the crown was prepared, the crown will be in good alignment. If the tooth was misaligned before the crown, sometimes the crown may be made to obtain an ideal shape and position. Your doctor will ensure that your dental crown fits aesthetically and comfortably in order to effectively restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. Your new restoration will function just as your natural teeth and should last you for years to come with proper home care and regular recare visits.
About Implant Crowns
Implant supported crowns are an excellent alternative to a dental bridge. Replacing a missing tooth not only improves the appearance of your smile, but it also restores the function of that tooth. If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted or have previously lost a tooth, Our doctors may suggest replacing it with a dental implant crown. Because implant crowns have a predictable long-term prognosis and do not require alteration of the neighboring teeth, they are considered the standard of care in treating missing teeth. Dental implant crowns look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Your doctor will discuss all of your options for an implant crown and will make a recommendation based on your specific needs. Implants and implant supported crowns offer a number of cosmetic and practical benefits, including:
- A natural-looking appearance: Implant-supported crowns rest against your gums, making them virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. In addition, our advanced dental lab provides customized restorations made from the latest materials that reflect light like natural dental enamel.
- Enhanced function: Implants themselves are incredibly strong. They prevent restorations from slipping out of place, meaning you can enjoy many foods you may not have been able to with traditional crowns.
- Hygienic convenience: You will care for your implant-supported crowns just as you would your natural teeth.
- Protection for your jaw bone: Your permanent dental implants stimulate your jaw bone. This prevents it from naturally degenerating and resorbing into your body.
Before you receive an implant-supported crown, you will first need to undergo implant surgery. Diagnostic scans and X-rays will be taken to determine how your implant can be best placed to support your crown. You may receive nitrous oxide in addition to local anesthesia during surgery to ease your nerves and make for a more comfortable experience.
After your implant has been placed, you will be given a temporary restoration to wear while your implant heals. Over the course of a few months, the process of osseointegration will occur within your jaw. During this process, your jaw bone will fuse with your implant, stabilizing it in place permanently.
Once your implant and gums are healed, your doctor will attach a zirconia abutment piece to the exposed head of your implant post. Zirconia is indistinguishable within your prosthetic tooth, unlike metal abutments. Your Bruxzir® crowns will then be placed directly upon your zirconia abutments.
About Removable Partial Dentures
A partial denture is designed to replace one or several missing teeth. You may consider a removable partial denture to replace the missing teeth, if:
- the remaining teeth are not suitable to support a fixed bridge
- there is not sufficient bone for implants
- periodontal disease is present
- finances are limited
Partial dentures are composed of three different materials. A cast metal base with clasps, pink acrylic gum tissue, and lifelike artificial teeth. The metal clasps are absolutely necessary to hold the partial in place and, depending on the individual circumstances, may or may not be visible when you talk or smile. Their location and design are dictated by the shape and position of your remaining teeth and which missing teeth will be replaced. Your doctor will show you where the clasps will attach. Most of the time, the amount of preparation (drilling) of your natural teeth needed to ensure successful clasp design is minimal. There is often no need for a local anesthetic injection. This is unlike fixed bridgework, which always requires significant tooth reduction for proper design and fit.
A removable partial is bulkier than a bridge and may be difficult to wear initially. You may have to adjust the way you posture your mouth or speak to accommodate this extra bulk which may result in a lisp that is slightly evident when you’re talking with others. Most people acclimate to their new appliance within about a week or so.
You may think that creating comfortable, well-fitting dentures that are aesthetically pleasing is easy, but it actually takes a combination of great skill and communication between your dentist and an experienced dental laboratory technician. Constructing natural, stunning dentures that deliver comfort and function is one of the most difficult tasks in dentistry. It’s not just about replacing missing teeth; it’s also compensating for bone loss and, very often, sunken facial profiles which can prematurely age a patient up to ten years. Careful, calculated consideration of each individual’s anatomy is essential for outstanding results to be gained in this delicate area.
You can look 10 years younger, eat well, and feel great with fabulous, natural looking Lifestyle Dentures that are custom designed and personally hand-crafted by David Howell, a clinical dental technician, who has been making high-quality dentures alongside Dr. Edward Passini for over 18 years. Together they have an approximate total of 77 years experience in removable dentistry. Central Dental is proud to offer some of the most up-to-date techniques and materials in an on-site dental laboratory that routinely provides same day service.
When you visit Central Dental, your doctor will evaluate your oral health and determine if you have sufficient bone to retain your dentures. An implant supported denture treatment method may be recommended depending on your individual needs and preferences. This method includes three to four strategically placed dental implants that allow your denture incredible stability.
Implant supported dentures provide the added bonus of promoting bone retention, which allows you to stay healthier and appear youthful longer. You’ve tried the rest…now it’s time to experience the best with Central Dental’s high quality, custom-fabricated Lifestyle Dentures!
As much as we strive to save natural teeth, sometimes the loss of a tooth or several teeth is unavoidable due to injury, infection or decay. Central Dental is proud to offer immediate dentures that can be delivered at the time of your extractions saving you the embarrassment of visibly missing teeth. With careful planning, our on-site laboratory allows us the ability to provide same-day service whenever needed.
There is an approximation of the fit for immediate dentures as the impressions are taken prior to the removal of the teeth. The immediate denture will be inserted the same day the teeth are removed. You won’t be able to determine the comfort of the denture or the feel of the bite at this time as you will be numb and swollen from the procedure and local anesthetic. You should expect several appointments during the healing period as the swelling goes down and the denture base settles. Your bite will change and need to be readjusted. The more teeth removed at the time the immediate denture is delivered, the longer it will take to heal and the more sore spots you will have.
Once the gum tissue has healed and the remaining tissue ridges reach their final shape, approximately three to six months after extraction, the denture base will need a reline. The extra reline material will fill in the space between the denture base and the new position of the soft tissue. The longer you age with no teeth the smaller the bones in the jaw become. The base of your denture does not change along with the jaw changes, so a periodic reline is necessary.
Furthermore, it is possible that after many years of missing teeth, the bone on which the denture sits becomes so small that it is difficult, if not impossible, for a denture to remain properly in place. Dental implants may help retain the denture and prevent further bone loss.
About Full Mouth Restorations
A full mouth restoration, which is also referred to as a full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation, is the process of restoring every tooth in the mouth. The restoration usually involves general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. A full mouth restoration is performed because the treatment is needed to correct dental issues such as infection, decayed, or missing teeth; whereas, a smile makeover includes cosmetic procedures that were desired by patients to enhance their smiles.
A full mouth restoration may be necessary if:
- Most or all of the teeth are missing or broken due to injury or decay.
- Most or all of the teeth are fractured, chipped, or worn due to untreated temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) symptoms or craniofacial pain.
- Most or all of the teeth are significantly deteriorated causing bad breath, missing teeth, and gum disease.
A full mouth restoration usually takes place in carefully planned stages and may take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to complete. Central Dental offers added convenience to patients in need of a full mouth restoration as all the services can be performed in the same location which reduces disruptions to your schedule. Your doctor will recommend procedures for your custom full mouth restoration based upon your individual needs.
Our doctors may recommend some of the following treatments:
- Periodontal Treatment
- Composite Fillings
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Implants
- TMJ Therapy
- Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting
Contact Central Dental
The dentists at Central Dental can recreate whole mouth health, comfort, function, and form through restorative dentistry. Contact us today for an appointment at one of our convenient locations, and you’ll be amazed by what can be accomplished with restorative care from Central Dental.
We invite patients from all over Arkansas and surrounding states to come see us! To schedule an appointment, please fill out the form below or call our Little Rock office at (501) 225-1577 or contact our Conway office at (501) 327-6453. We look forward to seeing you!