For patients in the Cleburne and Midlothian areas seeking quality restorative dentistry options, Long Family Dental offers a wide range of services. We can restore your smile and your oral health. We offer flexible financing, too, so you can afford the treatments you need to get the smile you want. If you want an idea about what your smile can look like fully restored, view our smile gallery.
A missing tooth should be replaced as soon as possible. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and when one is missing, those neighboring teeth start to shift inward. The bite changes in response to the pressure, which may lead to problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth may also deteriorate, potentially resulting in additional tooth loss.
As part of its restorative dentistry services, Long Family Dental offers bridges to fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent future oral health issues. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, with the replacement teeth fitting snugly in the smile gap. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
At Long Family Dental we use crowns as full coverage restorations for a weakened or broken tooth that cannot be restored with a filling. As part of your restorative dentistry treatment, crowns are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity, the more likely a crown will be needed.
Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns provided strength and protect the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. And crowns make your smile nice, too!
In some cases, it takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. At your first restorative care visit, decay is removed from the tooth and then it’s shaped to accept the crown. An impression is made of the tooth and sent to a trusted dental for fabrication. The crown is usually made of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit to Long Family Dental, your temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.
There are different types of dentures, but they share their common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it's time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but with the restorative dentistry option of dentures, you can still eat and talk normally.
At Long Family Dental in Cleburne and Midlothian, our experienced dentists examine your entire mouth is examined and determine which teeth will have to be removed, and which are in good enough condition to remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can used to further stabilize the dentures.
To receive quality restorative care from experienced, highly trained dentists who serve Cleburne and Midlothian areas, please make your appointment at Long Family Dental today!