Restorative Dentistry

At Horacek Dental our restorative dentistry encompasses a wide variety of clinical treatments that restore broken down diseased teeth back to their proper form, function and esthetic qualities, replace missing teeth and restore proper occlusion (bite). Restorative dentistry can range from restoring a single tooth to full mouth reconstruction and rehabilitation involving most or all of the patient´s teeth, opening the patient’s bite and reestablishing the patient´s entire chewing motion to proper function.

Restorative dentistry can achieve this through simple tooth re-contouring or small direct restorations (fillings), in less severe cases. In more advanced cases, restorative dentistry may involve indirect restorations that are fabricated in a dental laboratory. These restorations include inlays, on-lays, crowns, fixed bridges, implant crowns, implant bridges and porcelain laminate veneers. Since a laboratory fabricates these restorations, they require multiple visits before they are completed, as well as temporization between visits. These restorations are cemented or bonded into place and the final bite adjustments are done directly in the patient’s mouth to ensure the maximum comfort possible. Restorative dentistry may also utilize full dentures and removable partial dentures to replace missing teeth and restore proper form, function, esthetics and bite.

In the most severely debilitated cases, restorative dentistry employs a multifaceted interdisciplinary approach to accomplish full mouth reconstruction and rehabilitation. The restorative dentistry needed for these patients is complex and extensive in scope, time and cost, but can achieve miraculous life changing outcomes.

Final restorations are first represented in wax models that are used as a blue print or guide the doctor and laboratory to the final restorative product. Provisional (temporary) restorations are a must in these cases and often times several sets of provisional restorations will be needed especially when opening a patient´s bite. This ensures the patient is able to accommodate to the new bite relationship before the final restorations are placed.

If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.

At Horacek Dental, if your dentist recommends a crown, it’s probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist’s primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright—literally, your crowning glory.

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At Horacek Dental our dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Partial dentures not only fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons to consider dentures and partials:

  • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch
  • Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues

Dental implants are an alternative to missing teeth. If you are missing a permanent tooth or have gaps in your smile, or wear dentures and experience some of the following problems:

  • Slipping and clicking while talking?
  • Irritation and pain when you chew?
  • Fear of eating in public?
  • Feeling or looking older than your age?

You may be a candidate for dental implants.

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A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

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