What are Dental Implants
Explaination of the Implant Procedure (Single Tooth)
1. Before the Procedure
2. Installing the Dental Implant
3. Attaching the New Crown
4. Allow Healing to Take Place
5. Final Result
Implants and Dentures
Explaination of the Implant Procedure (Multiple Teeth)
After Dental Implant Surgery
Learn More About Dental Implant Surgery
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve person's smile.
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered:
- To repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To make teeth look longer
- To change the shape of teeth
- As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
- To protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede
Advantages: Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a laboratory, bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. Also, unless dental bonding is being performed to fill a cavity, anesthesia is usually not required.
Disadvantages: Although the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth.
White Fillings (Composites)
Crown and Bridge
Dental crowns are the perfect solution to lend strength and beauty to severely damaged teeth. For many people, porcelain dental crowns are the preferred option in tooth restoration because of their beauty and natural look. Our professional dentists strive to enhance your smile's strength and beauty with all-porcelain dental crowns. Most commonly utilized to restore function to a tooth following a root canal, porcelain dental crowns can also be used to insulate a sensitive tooth, eliminate a gap between teeth, cover a chip or crack, or conceal other imperfections. Dental crowns may be the best options when superior biting strength is needed. When a tooth is lost, a dental bridge may be an option, when an implant is not, for restoring the space. Missing teeth not only leave unsightly gaps, but may also contribute to sagging facial features and difficulties with proper speaking and chewing. Bridges are a good solution to fill those openings, to help maintain facial structure, and to aid in speaking and chewing well. Dental bridges from Center for Dentistry are made of porcelain for a natural, tooth-colored appearance. Bridges are artificial teeth that literally 'bridge' the openings caused by teeth that have been lost and are held in place by crowns that fit over existing teeth at both ends of the opening.
Root Canal Therapy
White Fillings (Composites)
Full Mouth Restoration
Your teeth, jawbone, gums, and muscles work together to enable your mouth to function well. Over time, these can break down and become damaged for a number of reasons. For many patients, the grinding and clenching associated with TMJ syndrome causes their teeth to be worn and the jaw to become misaligned. Gum disease can cause tooth loss and even affect the underlying bone. Severe dental problems such as these can affect both the function and appearance of your mouth. If your teeth are damaged, worn, or missing, you may need a full mouth restoration in order to have a fully functional mouth and an aesthetically pleasing smile.
A full mouth restoration involves a comprehensive treatment plan that combines multiple cosmetic, restorative, and neuromuscular techniques. Dental implants, crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, and tooth-colored fillings are some of the most common dental treatments included in a full mouth restoration. Our dentists see many complex dental cases each year, and provide individualized treatment plans to successfully restore our patients' mouths to full function and health.
Dr. Wilkins has exceptional expertise in the areas of restorative and implant dentistry, and has been helping patients to improve the quality of their lives. By rehabilitating their mouths through full mouth restoration, patients can confidently enjoy eating, speaking, laughing, and smiling.
After losing teeth due to injury or disease, many people experience significant bone loss near the affected area. Because the body sometimes reabsorbs the section of jawbone that is not being used, patients may be left with inadequate bone support for dental implant restoration surgery. At his Aiken Office, Dr. Wilkins is able to rebuild the patient's jaw using human bone, creating a natural, secure foundation for each dental implant.
Bone grafting is necessary when dental implant restoration is performed as an extraction-to-implant procedure. For these treatments, placing a bone graft around the dental implant provides the structural support that allows the patient's jaw to heal properly. Major bone grafting surgeries can be performed to correct serious jaw problems, which may have resulted from traumatic injury, tumor removal, or birth defects. Dr. Wilkins will assess your individual surgical needs and create a custom treatment plan for your dental implant restoration. Contact Center for Dentistry for your consultation.
A sinus lift is a procedure used to increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw before dental implant restoration surgery. Often, the roots of a person's teeth extend into the maxillary sinuses, which are located above the upper teeth. When a tooth is removed, sometimes only a thin base of bone remains between the sinus and the mouth. Since implants must be anchored firmly into the patient's jaw, a lack of sufficient bone structure can make dental implant surgery problematic.
During the sinus lift procedure, Dr. Wilkins enters the sinus and "lifts" the sinus membrane to create room for the implant to be positioned at the roof of the upper jaw (i.e., the base of the sinuses). Dr. Wilkins then uses a system of instruments and drills that, by increasing in diameter, are able to lift and expand the bone to make room for a small, specially designed dental implant.
Patients must wait several months for the dental implant to heal before the replacement tooth or teeth can be placed. Dr. Wilkins will work with you to determine the best method for dental implant restoration depending on your personal needs. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis (full denture or partial denture) is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery.
Some patients require minor oral surgical procedures in order to properly fit a denture and ensure comfort. A denture sits on the alveolar ridge (bone ridge), so it is very important that the bone is the proper shape and size. When teeth are extracted, the underlying bone is often sharp and uneven.
In order to properly fit a denture, the bone may require smoothing and reshaping. Frequently, exostoses or tori (excess bone similar to bone spurs) need to be removed prior to denture insertion.
Extensive pre-prosthetic bone reduction is usually not required to prepare the ridge for implant surgery since dental implants require preservation of as much bone as possible for stabilization.
Only two dental implants are required to convert a loose lower denture into a secure over denture. This simple surgical procedure will significantly improve chewing efficiency, speech, esthetics, self image and self confidence. Implant dentistry is a simple way to significantly improve your quality of life
A tooth may need to be extracted - removed - for any one of a number of reasons:
- Your tooth is decayed or has become infected.
- A tooth is broken or fractured beyond repair.
You have severe gum disease, affecting the supporting bone structure and tissues.
Teeth may be growing in crooked because there is not enough space in your mouth. Tooth extraction allows room for the rest of the teeth to grow straight and proper.
You do not have enough space for your wisdom teeth at the back of your mouth.
Antibiotics may offer temporary relief from symptoms (like pain and swelling), but having teeth removed or surgically addressed often is the only solution for permanently relieving your symptoms.
The first thing one of our dentists will do is administer a safe, gentle anesthetic to make sure you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. During a simple extraction, instruments called elevators will loosen the tooth, after which it will be removed using forceps. You may feel some pressure but you should not feel any pain.
If your tooth is severely damaged, a surgical extraction may be required. Sometimes there is not enough tooth to grab with the forceps or it may crumble during the extraction. After the anesthetic is administered, several small incisions will be made in your gum, exposing the tooth's roots. Some surrounding bone can be removed with a drill, allowing the tooth to be removed. The incisions, depending on size, are closed with stitches which usually dissolve in about a week's time.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth (or third molars) usually make their first appearance between the ages of 15 to 25. Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. However, most mouths are too small for these four additional molars and problems develop that require their removal.
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
Your jaw may not be large enough accommodate them. A wisdom tooth may become impacted or unable to break through the gums.
Sometimes wisdom teeth break partially through your gums. A flap of gum tissue begins to grow over the tooth, and food and germs become trapped under the flap. This causes signs of infection - pain and red, swollen gums.
Wisdom teeth may grow at an awkward angle.
Impacted teeth may lead to more serious problems, such as infection, cysts or tumors, tooth decay, gum disease, and even jaw fractures occasionally.
Extraction of wisdom teeth is generally recommended when:
- Wisdom teeth only partially erupt. This leaves an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection. This, in turn, can lead to pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and general illness.
- Poorly aligned wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth.
- A cyst may form, destroying surrounding structures such as bone or tooth roots.
Wisdom teeth a removed in a similar fashion as previously described above.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is exactly what its name suggests. The substance is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Until now, its use has been confined to the hospital setting. This was due mainly to the cost of separating the platelets from the blood (thousands) and the large amount of blood needed (one unit) to produce a suitable quantity of platelets. New technology permits Dr. Wilkins to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only 20-40 cc of blood drawn from patients in his office.
PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of growth factors (GF) into the wound.
These GF (platelet derived growth factors PGDF, transforming growth factor beta TGF, and insulin-like growth factor ILGF) function to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue.
The more growth factors released and sequestered into the wound, the more stem cells stimulated to produce new host tissue. Thus, one can easily see that PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.
Contact Our Office to Find Out More About Oral Surgery
Center for Dentistry strives to provide complete care for all of our patients' oral surgery needs. From bone grafting to implant placement, we take pride in offering safe, effective surgery to prepare our patients for dental implant restoration. Serving patients in Aiken and beyond, we offer the most advanced treatments for functional dental implants that are inspired by nature. If you are considering dental implants to replace missing or severely damaged teeth, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Orthodontics, Traditional And Invisible Braces
Dental braces are a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct teeth that are crowded, crooked, protruding, out of alignment or have irregular spacing. By moving the teeth into the ideal position, dental braces help to create a more attractive and healthier smile for both children and adults.
At Center for Dentistry, we offer both traditional metal braces and Invisible braces, like Invisalign. Where there are advantages and disadvantages to each, an initial consultation is need before deciding which would be best for your particular case. If metal braces are not your style, we offer Clear Correct.
What is ClearCorrect?
ClearCorrect is the clear and simple way to straighten your teeth without wearing braces so you can show off your smile!
ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort - every reason to smile.
With ClearCorrect, Dr. Wilkins can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth. With the results and convenience ClearCorrect offers and the advantages it has over other treatment options, it's an easy decision. With ClearCorrect you can get the obvious benefits and confidence you'll enjoy with straight teeth so you too can show off your smile.
Dr. Wilkins is one of the few dentists in Aiken that is ClearCorrect certified. Call our office at (803) 648-9461 to learn more and to schedule your consultation.