Epic Smiles dentists have the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a new Restorative Dentist.
Epic Smiles offers a wide range of restorative dental procedures including full mouth restorations, composite restorations (white-fillings), removable prosthetics such as dentures and partials and root canal therapy.
Serving the Greater Houston area with locations in both Richmond and Conroe, Texas.
Full Mouth Restorations
“I don’t like my smile”. Patients that come to our office and make that statement are normally the ones needing a full-mouth restoration. They usually have severe issues with their teeth, having both esthetic and functional problems. And to solve them, they need a large-scale treatment that combines both cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
What is a full-mouth restoration?
As the name implies, a full-mouth restoration is a treatment that affects all teeth in the mouth. It’s a highly individualized treatment that requires a large amount of meticulous planning.
Who needs a full-mouth reconstruction?
Those patients with severely worn teeth or multiple teeth loss that weren’t treated on time. Or those who have esthetic issues that affect all their teeth.
These treatments are time-consuming and involve different dental disciplines, so the dentist needs to analyze each case to outline the treatment plan carefully. This plan is also discussed with patients, as in Dentistry, there are multiple solutions to the same problem. But they need to know that in some cases, the dentist will need to set an order or suggest some procedures just to obey biological or functional principles. Our team at Epic Smiles only wants the best for their patients.
A full mouth rehabilitation may involve:
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Composite restorations are widely chosen in restorative dentistry. They can be used for aesthetic purposes, or for building up tooth structure that has been lost due to cavities or fractures.
Our team at Epic Smiles believes that composite resin bonding is a modern and more esthetic alternative to the traditional silver-colored dental amalgam fillings. We all agree that this technique has undoubtedly taken cosmetic dentistry to the next level.
What is composite resin bonding?
Composite resin is a tooth-color, biocompatible material that can be efficiently bonded to the surface of teeth. At the beginning is a moldable material, but once the dentist has given it the desired shape, it is hardened with a special curing light.
This resin has impressive esthetic results. It resembles both the transparency and the color shade of the natural enamel: a good composite restoration can be almost unnoticeable and incredibly durable
How can composite resin be used in the smile?
Our team at Epic Smiles strongly suggests composite resin bonding to improve both the aesthetics and the structure of natural teeth. They can be used to:
Video 01:00 |”Over the last 50 years, materials used to help restore decayed teeth have advanced. Composites, or white fillings, are designed to match the color of your teeth and can be used to give you a more natural-looking smile.”
With proper dental hygiene and consecutive visits to the dental office, most patients avoid most dental problems. Or at least they treat them on time to prevent further damage. However, if that damage does occur, and teeth extractions are indicated, our team has the right tools to restore oral health with dental prosthetics.
Epic smiles offers both partial and full dentures. Each type has its specific indications. If you think you might be a suitable denture candidate, we invite you to read this section and to make an appointment to consult our dentists!
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At Epic Smiles, we understand the adverse consequences that tooth loss can have on our patients’ overall oral health. Apart from the negative impact it has on appearance and self-esteem, missing teeth seriously affects oral function as it:
That’s why we are delighted to offer effective treatments for this severe problem. Partial dentures are the most accessible solution for multiple tooth loss, and full dentures are considered to be the best course of treatment for those who have lost all teeth in the dental arch.
What are full dentures?
Full dentures are a prosthetic device that replaces all teeth of a dental arch. Both fake teeth and fake gums are made of high-quality acrylic, and in the case of the upper denture, it also has an artificial acrylic palate that improves retention.
Dentures are kept in place by natural suction and dental adhesives. The retention can be a little deficient from time to time, but it shouldn’t be a problem if the denture is in good condition and well-adapted. However, patients looking for more comfort can evaluate the option of an implant-retained full denture.
How can dental implants help retain full dentures?
Implant-supported or implant-retained dentures are a wonderful solution to multiple tooth loss. The dental implants placed along the arch vastly improve retention, resulting in a more functional and comfortable denture.
Dental implants require sufficient quality and quantity of bone tissue, so all patients interested in this kind of treatment will first need to find out if they are a suitable candidate. For that purpose, X-rays or 3D studies are often performed.
It’s crucial to treat tooth loss on time to maintain oral health. Missing teeth have many repercussions on the normal functioning of the oral cavity, so if one or more teeth are lost or removed, the dentist and patient should work closely to find the best course of treatment.
Many patients find partial dentures an interesting alternative.
What is a partial denture?
Partial dentures are made of a strong, custom-made metal framework. Although some people may feel reluctant to wear metal in their mouths, this characteristic is a real advantage. Metal is thinner and more resistant than acrylic, so these dentures are more comfortable and durable than the regular ones.
Partial dentures fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth with fake, acrylic ones. Unlike full dentures, they use the natural teeth for support and stabilization. The one similarity they share with a traditional denture is they are very hygienic, as these dentures can be easily removed, allowing correct hygiene both of the denture and the remaining teeth.
Advantages of partial dentures
Partial dentures are a less expensive solution to multiple tooth loss. Most dental insurance plans partially cover its cost, so patients only need to pay a minimal fee. They are a convenient alternative considering how simple and easy to care for they are.
What is the cost of partial dentures?
It varies according to the different dental insurance plans. We advise our patients to bring their insurance card with them and ask our front-office staff about the benefits they are entitled to. At Epic Smiles, we care about our patients’ oral health. We want to make sure they have the possibility of getting a high-quality prosthetic restoration that meets their needs.
If you are looking for a permanent solution for multiple tooth loss, please contact our team at Epic Smiles. We will be happy to advise you, and together we will find the right treatment for you!
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy (also referred by dentists as “endodontic treatment”), is the final step of restorative dentistry. In other words, it is the last attempt of restoring the tooth before considering its extraction.
When do dentists start considering this therapy? Whenever the dental pulp (the soft tissue inside the teeth containing the nerves and blood vessels that keep teeth alive) is affected.
What is a root canal?
This therapy aims to get rid of all the infected tissue that is damaging the tooth. For this purpose, the dentist needs to access the tooth’s inner canals, the root canals, to extirpate the totality of the affected pulp. Once removed, he or she profoundly cleans the canal with antimicrobial substances to make sure that no bacteria will survive inside the tooth. Then, using gutta-percha, a biocompatible material, the dentist fills and seals the canals.
When the root canal treatment is completed, the dentist will evaluate how to restore the tooth’s crown. Although our team chooses a dental filling in some cases, the vast majority of the patients will need a dental crown.
Is there an alternative treatment to root canal therapy?
The only alternative to root canal therapy is the permanent extraction of the tooth. Although at first it may seem a more straightforward and lower-priced option, it doesn’t have any real benefit in the long term.
Am I a good fit for root canal therapy?
Any patient with severe dental trauma or a deep dental cavity is a good candidate for root canal therapy. But only a dental evaluation, with a proper examination and x-ray images, will determine if it’s a viable option. There are still some cases when the damage is too extensive, or in very complicated dental fractures, that can only be treated with dental extractions. For this reason, it’s always important to visit your dentist before reaching any conclusion.
Treatment of Abscessed Teeth
Video 01:00 | If you have an abscessed tooth, that means the pulp of tooth is infected and you need root canal therapy. Fortunately, with proper care, a restored tooth can last a lifetime. Find out more about what causes an abscessed tooth and how Epic Smiles dentists can provide effective treatment.