At Ford Dental Group, the health of your mouth is a main priority. When your teeth suffer, be it from decay or loss, you suffer. Decay destroys your teeth, causing you pain, and infections make it difficult to perform basic functions. It can also lead to tooth loss, which affects your abilities to eat and speak. These issues can also have a significantly negative impact on your appearance. To help with addressing these issues, we offer restorative dentistry. This field of dentistry involves restoring the health of your mouth while giving you back your beautiful smile.
All-on-4® Treatment Concept
The All-On-4® Treatment Concept was developed to provide edentulous patients (patients with no teeth) with an efficient and effective restoration using only four implants to support an immediately loaded full-arch prosthesis. The All-On-4® Treatment Concept allows Ford Dental Group to streamline the time needed for dental implant treatment, giving you the smile you've always dreamed of in less time.
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Occasionally, damage to your teeth can compromise the structure and strength. When this happens, any wrong move can shatter it. One solution is to pull it, but then this leaves you the need to completely replace a tooth. If the tooth is still firmly rooted in place, a dental crown can be used.
Crowns are like little caps for your teeth that cover the entire visible surface. They act as protection for a weakened tooth, both from further damage and from bacteria, allowing it to stay planted in your jawbone. They are strong, designed to withstand normal, everyday wear. Crowns are also frequently used after root canal procedures, during which infection is removed from a tooth, as is the nerve and inner pulp.
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CEREC® Same Day Crowns
With CEREC® technology, the procedure isn't just fast, but the results are amazing as well. It starts with an intraoral camera that captures images and a computer that uses those images to create a 3D model of your mouth. This gives the dentist more accuracy creating the restoration. The computer captures and analyzes the dental restoration, allowing a unique state-of-the-art dental restoration that fits your mouth perfectly while you wait.
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When you eat or drink, residue is left behind in your mouth. Oral bacteria use what lingers as their food source. As they eat, they produce acids which eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities. As bacteria multiply, the cavities become larger, and can even go through the enamel all the way to the dentin, which contains hollow channels that lead all the way down to the root of the tooth. Bacteria inside your tooth can lead to many other significant health issues, so for that reason, the cavity needs to be closed. This is where composite fillings come in.
Composite fillings are made up of composite resin, which is a mixture of fine glass in a resin material. This particular material matches the color of your natural teeth, unlike amalgam fillings, and are relatively strong, able to withstand normal biting and chewing forces. They are placed in cavities, after decay and bacteria have been removed, in order to seal them from further damage.
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A tooth extraction is a procedure done to remove a tooth that is damaged beyond repair from its socket in the jawbone. Extractions are also done to remove wisdom teeth that may be impacted or create future problems. Many extractions can be performed in our Huntington Beach office; however, more complicated procedures may be referred to one of our trusted oral surgeons.
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Sometimes called as fixed partial dentures, dental bridges act as a restorative bridge across the gaps left by missing teeth. They’re permanently cemented or bonded with an artificial tooth, or a tooth with crowns or an implant. To make it possible to place crowns, the dentist will have to prepare the teeth on the adjacent sides so that they can act as supports for the false teeth. You are free to choose whether the artificial teeth will be made out of gold, alloys or porcelain. It is worth noting that while bridges are permanent, dentists can remove them if necessary.
When your mouth has suffered from significant decay and gum disease, you are often faced with tooth loss. Without teeth, even just a few, eating and speaking become a bit more of a chore. If you still have healthy teeth remaining, these teeth can shift around in your mouth, throwing off your bite, which can lead to uneven wear and other issues. Missing teeth need to be replaced.
A popular replacement option is the use of dentures, removable prosthetic teeth. Dentures can be made to replace a group of missing teeth (a prosthetic known as partial dentures) or they can replace an entire mouth (full dentures). No matter what type is used for your needs, your dentures will be custom fit to your mouth, ensuring a proper and comfortable fit.
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Partial dentures can replace multiple missing teeth and unlike bridges, are removable. The base is usually a molded plate of pink acrylic to better mimic the gums, to which the replacement teeth are then physically attached. The dentist will discuss with you if you prefer a partial denture made from a metal framework of clasps, or if you prefer one with attachments that simply connect the plate to your natural teeth.
The best thing about partial dentures is that you can remove them yourself, making them easier to clean. However, the fact that you can remove partial dentures manually can make for an awkward situation where it can fall off by accident.
It will take some time for you to adjust to eating and speaking while wearing a partial denture. It may also take time to learn how to properly insert, remove and clean it to prevent problems in the future.
Choosing between Dentures and Bridges
When choosing between partial dentures and bridges, it’s best to consider how each one helps solve your problem with missing teeth.
Both dental appliances do fill the spaces where the teeth once were, and both prevent the teeth from shifting even further. Also, both can help you talk, as well as chew, normally. However, both have different functions and have to be cared for differently from one another.
Certain factors that you’ll want to remember is how bridges are best for smaller gaps on the same side of the teeth and how they remain safely fixed on your teeth. Meanwhile, partial dentures can become broken or lost, but are easier to adjust, as well as repair and are generally cheaper.
Either way, it’s best to have your teeth fully evaluated by your dentist first before making any decision. The evaluation can show you the current status of your oral health and help give you, as well as your dentist, a better idea on which treatment option can help you achieve your goal best and which makes more sense financially.
Using restorative dentistry, it is our goal to give you your life back. Contact Ford Dental Group today at (714) 409-6161 for more information.
16511 Goldenwest Suite 107
Huntington Beach, CA 92647-4484
Tel: (714) 409-6161
Monday: 9am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 7am - 6pm
Thursday: 7am - 5pm
Friday: 7am - 1pm