Do you have one or more missing teeth? Is a dental infection or bite disorder causing pain in your teeth, jaw, or gums? Revitalize your smile at Oxford Family Dentistry. Dr. Stefan Speck offers restorative dentistry solutions in his Oxford, PA dental office. Restorative dental care can help replace missing teeth, treat gum infections, and address bite problems.
Under the care of Dr. Speck, patients can improve the form and function of their bites. Restorative dental solutions make it more comfortable for patients to enjoy their daily life.
Restorative Dentistry in Oxford, PA
Restorative dental care helps patients eat, speak, and live comfortably without the pain caused by an unbalanced bite or infection:
Dental bridges are prosthetic teeth used to restore a row of missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges are secured by crown-capped adjacent natural teeth. Bridges can also be secured by dental implants. When dental bridges are supported by dental implants, they do not shift around the mouth. They also make it easier for patients to enjoy the foods they love.
A tooth crown is a porcelain ceramic cap that can strengthen weakened and damaged teeth and also top dental implants. Dental crowns are great options for dental restorations and prosthetics because they look and feel like natural teeth. To create dental crowns, Dr. Speck takes dental impressions which are used to fabricate customized crowns.
Implants are versatile and durable restorations that can be used to restore one or more missing teeth. They are made of a titanium metal post, an abutment, and a crown. After the titanium post is implanted and fuses to the jawbone, an abutment and crown are added on top. Dental implants can also secure dental bridges and dentures.
Full and Partial Dentures
We recommend partial or full dentures to patients who have multiple missing teeth. Dentures can restore rows or full arches of lost teeth. When compared to traditional dentures, implant-secured dentures offer longer-lasting results. Implant-supported dentures also make it easier for patients to bite, chew, and speak naturally.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a prevalent yet damaging dental problem. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria that irritate and inflame the gums. We can provide scaling and root planing as well as antibacterial rinses to remove bacteria.
When the temporomandibular joints that connect the jawbone to the skull are injured or under stress, patients can experience painful symptoms. TMJ disorders are bite disorders that lead to teeth clenching and grinding, facial pain, and jaw clicking and popping. We offer nightguards for patients who clench and grind their teeth as a result of TMJ.
Restorative Dental FAQs
Learn more about restorative dental treatments here:
Can I reverse gum disease?
Yes, our scaling and root planing treatments, as well as antibacterial rinses, prevent gum inflammation and irritation from progressing into gum disease. For patients who have already developed gum disease, we will recommend a periodontist for grafting or other oral surgeries.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants last many years with the right care and maintenance. Implants are durable because they contain titanium posts that dentists cap off with porcelain ceramic dental crowns. They also help ensure that dental bridges and dentures last for many years.
Can I add dental implants to my dental bridge or dentures?
Yes. We can coordinate dental implant treatment if you already have a dental bridge or dentures. However, if your bridge or denture is old or misshapen, we may recommend new prosthetics. Dental implants help ensure restorations last for many years and support natural functions like biting and speaking.
How long do implant dentures last?
Implant dentures can last for many years or even a lifetime. The titanium implants can last a lifetime, while the denture prosthesis may need replacement after 10 to 15 years due to wear and tear. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are essential for the longevity of implant dentures.
How do I know if I have severe TMJ?
Persistent, intense pain or discomfort in the jaw, face, or around the ear are symptoms of severe TMJ. Symptoms of severe TMJ can also include:
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth.
- Jaw locking.
- Clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw, headaches, and pain while chewing.
If you experience these symptoms for over three months and do not improve with treatments, you should consult a dental or medical professional for a proper evaluation and diagnosis.
Can a dentist complete a dental crown in one day?
Yes. A dentist can complete a dental crown in one day. They will use an advanced technology called CEREC. The technology allows dentists to design, create, and place a custom-made crown within a single appointment using computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). CEREC eliminates the need for multiple visits and temporary crowns.
Contact Our Office Today
Do you want to improve your smile? Request a dental consultation with Dr. Speck online or call his dental office for care at 610.753.4506. If you have any further questions, please let our dental team know. They will be happy to help you.