How Does a Prosthodontist Differ from Other Dentists and Dental Specialists?

June 5th, 2014

prosthodontist dallasA prosthodontist is a dentist whose specialty is replacing and restoring teeth. If teeth are missing or damaged, this specialist can provide natural-looking prosthetics that will restore your smile to its former look.

What a Prosthodontist Does

Lost, damaged, or misshapen teeth can detract from the look of your smile. In addition, missing or damaged teeth can cause other teeth to move out of place, disrupting your bite and leading to additional long-term problems. A prosthodontist helps repair or replace damaged teeth to preserve your smile, your bite, and your self-confidence. 

A prosthodontist is a dentist whose specialty is replacing and restoring teeth.

Some treatment options for damaged or missing teeth include:

The choice you make regarding what treatment to use depends upon your specific issues. For example, some health issues or certain medications you might be taking could make it difficult for you to heal properly after an implant procedure. You and your dentist will make these decisions together.

Choosing Your Tooth Replacement Options

Choosing the appropriate treatment for a missing tooth or teeth is a decision that should be made with your dentist. The main options for tooth replacement are implants, dentures, or a fixed bridge. Which of these works best for you depends upon the health of your gums, your jawbone, and on your overall health.

If you are in good overall health, speak to your prosthodontist about dental implants. Implants are natural-looking, permanent, stationary, and help maintain the health and strength of your jawbone over time. Implants are an excellent option to replace missing teeth, and will give you a new smile for many years to come.

Dentures are also a long-lasting option, but present some long-term issues, such as the eventual resorption of the bone in your jaw. Dentures also can move in the mouth, and need to be relined or readjusted periodically. Considering all these issues will help you make the best decision for you if you are faced with missing teeth.

Contact our team of prosthodontists, Drs. Buskin and Castellon today for more information about the special services they provide.

Treatment Options to Close Spaces Between Teeth

May 20th, 2014

veneers addisonSpaces between the teeth can result due to misalignment, teeth that are too small, or even missing teeth. Small gaps can be corrected with veneers if your bite is not affected. Other spaces might need more extensive treatment such as orthodontic work or tooth replacement.

Treatment for Cosmetic Gaps

Minor gaps between the teeth are usually just a cosmetic problem. These types of minor spaces might make you self-conscious, but don’t have a detrimental effect on the alignment of your teeth. If you wish to have these spaces corrected, a treatment as simple as cosmetic veneers can give you the look you desire.

Gaps are not always just cosmetic, though. If spaces are wide, this could be because your teeth aren’t properly aligned. Misalignment, also called malocclusion, can lead to serious long-term problems and should be treated.

Treatment for Gaps Due to Misalignment

If your teeth are not properly aligned, long-term problems can develop. These problems can lead to discomfort, problems with the jawbone, and even loss of additional teeth. These types of gaps should be treated to be sure your teeth are properly aligned and will remain that way. Treatment options can include orthodontic treatment like traditional braces or Invisalign. These treatments move your teeth into the right position over a period of time.

If the spaces between your teeth are there because you’ve lost teeth, it’s important to have these teeth replaced. Whether teeth are lost due to decay or trauma, replacing them is an important step in keeping your other teeth healthy and sound. With the help of a prosthodontist, who specializes in tooth replacement, you can have your smile back in no time. With the help of your prosthondontist, you can decide on the best option for replacement, which could include:

  • Dentures
  • Crown and bridge
  • Dental implants

The best choice for replacement depends upon your overall health as well as the health of your mouth, the condition of your remaining teeth, and the health of your gums. It also depends upon the density of your jawbone, and whether it can support dental implants.

Call our office at 972-503-7200 to reserve your appointment today.

What Options Do Prosthodontists Offer to Restore Your Teeth?

May 6th, 2014

prosthodontist addisonA prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in replacing teeth with prosthetics, as well as restorations and some forms of cosmetic treatment. A particular area of interest for this type of dentist is dental implants and dentures.

Tooth Loss and Replacement

Tooth loss is not an uncommon occurrence. Teeth can be lost due to a number of factors, from trauma to decay to gum disease. If you have missing teeth, the resultant gaps in your smile can make you self-conscious about your smile and lead to problems with the rest of your teeth. Your prosthodontist might help improve the look of your smile with veneers or other cosmetic treatments, as well, to correct your bite or improve the look of damaged teeth. 

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in replacing teeth with prosthetics, as well as restorations and some forms of cosmetic treatment.

A prosthodontist can help you determine the best options for you for tooth replacement. This can include dental implants or dentures, depending upon your preferences and other factors involving your overall health as well as the condition of your mouth and gums. Prosthodontists specialize in restoring the look of your smile by not only replacing your teeth but making sure they complement your other teeth and help you look your best.

The Importance of Tooth Replacement

Tooth loss does more than just leave gaps in your smile. It also causes your other teeth to move out of position as they shift to fill the spaces left behind. This can lead to malocclusion, which in turn can lead to other problems such as:

  • Premature and abnormal wear
  • Clenching and grinding
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Persistent headaches
  • Earaches
  • Clicking or aching in the jaw

If you have your teeth replaced, you can avoid many of these potential problems. You’ll not only be able to regain your attractive smile, but you’ll also ensure the long-term health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Whether you choose dental implants, dentures, a bridge, or another replacement option, you’ll be able to maintain your smile as well as your bite.

If you’re facing tooth replacement, contact the office of Drs. Buskin and Castellon for more information about your options today.

All-on-4 Dental Implants: Avoid Lengthy Wait Time to Achieve an Attractive Smile

April 23rd, 2014

all-on-four dallasWith All-on-Four dental implants, you can take advantage of the natural look and feel of this advanced form of tooth replacement much more quickly than with traditional implants. This approach to implant placement can also help those with less bone mass to support traditional implants.

How All-on-Four Works

With traditional implants, each tooth has its own individual implant, serving as the tooth’s root. With All-on-Four, four implants are placed to take the best advantage of the bone mass in your jaw. A full arc of prosthetic teeth can be supported on these four implants. You’ll have new, natural-looking teeth that won’t move in your mouth and that will allow you to eat all your favorite foods.

Since this procedure only uses four implants, the surgery is less extensive, and this also shortens healing time. In fact, your prosthodontist might be able to place your implants and set your new teeth into place on the same day. In many cases, the implants are placed and then a set of temporary prosthetic teeth are provided. These are replaced after a short period of time with custom-made teeth.

Will All-on-Four Work for Me?

If you have missing teeth, or have teeth that need to be removed, talk to your prosthodontist about implants. If traditional implants aren’t the best choice for you, All-on-4 might be a great option.

In general, candidates for dental implants should:

  • Be in overall good health
  • Not smoke
  • Be free of systemic illness or autoimmune disorders
  • Have sufficient jawbone mass to anchor implants

These criteria are also important for the All-on-four procedure. However, this procedure often requires less bone mass to be present, since only four implants are set into the jawbone. If you’ve been told you need bone grafts in order to have a traditional implant procedure, or that you won’t be able to support traditional implants at all, be sure to ask about All-on-4 as a way to restore your smile.

Call 972-503-7200 to schedule an appointment with our experienced prosthodontists today.

Restore Your Smile with Dentures

April 7th, 2014

dentures addisonHave you lost a tooth or teeth? Dentures might be the answer to a newly restored smile. Today’s denture technology provides new teeth that are lighter and more natural-looking than they ever have been before.

Tooth Replacement with Dentures

Dentures have been an effective and popular tooth replacement option for many years. From teeth made of ivory or even wood, the denture has evolved into natural-looking porcelain set in a comfortable base that is custom-made to fit securely without adhesives. Today, your denture will be lighter weight and much less bulky than dentures have been in the past, making it comfortable and easy to wear. 

Today’s denture technology provides new teeth that are lighter and more natural-looking than they ever have been before.

A denture can be a full arc, replacing all the teeth on the top or bottom. It’s also possible to get partial dentures if only a few teeth are missing. This type of denture is usually anchored with a wire to adjacent teeth. Your denture is removable, and should be left out of the mouth at night to give your gums a rest and so you can soak the denture in an appropriate solution to keep it moist.

Caring for Your Dentures

When you receive your new dentures, your prosthodontist will give you guidelines on how to care for them. These guidelines will include:

  • Brush your denture regularly with a soft toothbrush
  • Clean the denture with an appropriate cleansing solution
  • Keep the denture moist
  • Visit your prosthodontist regularly to have the fit checked
  • Visit your dentist regularly to check remaining teeth and gums

If you take good care of your denture, it will last for a long time. However, you should have it checked on a regular basis to be sure it still fits properly. Over time, the shape of your jawbone will change. This often requires an adjustment to the denture lining to keep it from becoming loose and uncomfortable. If the prosthetic teeth are damaged, you can have them replaced or repaired. Also be sure to continue to see your regular dentist to be sure any remaining teeth, as well as your gums, are healthy.

Contact the office of Drs. Buskin & Castellon for more information about dentures.

Feeling Self Conscious about Your Smile?

March 20th, 2014

cosmetic dentist north dallasMany people have something about their smile they’re not entirely happy about. Whether it’s staining, a misshapen tooth, misalignment, or a tooth that’s missing, your cosmetic dentist can help restore your self-confidence and give you a perfect smile.

What Can a Cosmetic Dentist Do for Me?

A cosmetic dentist can help you with a wide range of problems with the appearance of your teeth. From minor to major issues, cosmetic treatments are often the answer. Some of the issues that can be effectively corrected with cosmetic treatments include:

  • Discoloration
  • Surface damage
  • Asymmetry
  • Minor misalignment

Cosmetic treatments include a wide range of approaches, from simple tooth whitening to veneers to more complex procedures like implant surgery or some types of orthodontic procedures. The type of treatment you have will depend upon what your problems are and what your and your cosmetic dentist decide is the best approach.

Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

The first step toward a successful cosmetic treatment is choosing the right dentist. One of the best ways to find a good cosmetic dentist is to talk to people you know who’ve have work done on their teeth. If you know someone who has had similar issues with their teeth, ask them who they worked with.

The next step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist of choice. You’ll discuss your goals regarding what you’d like your teeth to look like after treatment is complete. He’ll recommend a specific course of treatment to help you meet your goals. Treatment could include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Veneers
  • Inlays or onlays

Your dentist might recommend more than one treatment to help you achieve your goals. You can ask to see before and after pictures of previous clients to see if their final look matches what you expect to see after your own work is done. Pictures of this kind can also be found on many dentists’ websites, so you can do some of your research without having to schedule specific appointments. Knowing what you’re likely to experience as your final result can help ensure you’re happy with your work when it is completed.

Call our office at 972-503-7200 to schedule an appointment today.

Dental Implants: Never Use Denture Adhesive Again

March 8th, 2014

dental implants richardsonDental implants provide a permanent solution for tooth replacement. With implants, your teeth remain stationary without use of adhesive and without restructuring adjacent teeth to provide an anchor. Your teeth also look completely natural and help maintain the health of your jawbone.

Choosing Dental Implants

Some people choose dental implants immediately upon the loss of their teeth. Others pursue implant surgery after wearing dentures for some time. No matter when you make the choice to change to implants, they can make a dramatic difference in your look as well as your quality of life. 

With implants, your teeth remain stationary without use of adhesive and without restructuring adjacent teeth to provide an anchor. 

Choosing implants involves a consultation with an implant dentist to ensure the procedure is likely to be successful. If your chances of success are too low, implants might not be the best choice for you. Some factors to be considered include:

  • Your general health
  • Your smoking habits
  • Whether you are taking certain medications
  • The condition of your jawbones

Some health problems can severely affect your ability to heal after surgery, including autoimmune disorders and diabetes. Smoking also inhibits your healing ability. Some medications, especially certain drugs administered for osteoporosis, can cause the tissue in your jawbone to atrophy under certain circumstances. Your implant dentist can decide if you are a good candidate for implants.

Having Dental Implants Placed

Implants are placed in two stages. First, the roots are set into the jawbone. Then, your prosthodontist will prepare and place the artificial teeth. The teeth are set into place after the roots have thoroughly healed. Once the roots as well as the replacement teeth have been placed in your mouth, you will be able to eat, chew, and talk without any concerns about your teeth moving out of position. Because the teeth are embedded directly into the jawbone, they don’t need to be held in place with dental adhesive. They will always remain in place, don’t have to be removed for cleaning, and will give you a perfect, natural-looking smile for decades.

For more information about dental implants, contact our experienced implant team today.

Treatment Options to Close Spaces Between Teeth

February 21st, 2014

veneers DallasWhen you examine your smile in the mirror or in a photograph, you can’t help but to notice the extra space between your teeth. You cringe at the thought that other people notice, too, and you immediately begin to feel self-conscious. With the help of your cosmetic dentist, however, porcelain veneers can easily and unobtrusively close unsightly spaces between your teeth.

Veneers are thin shells that resemble a natural tooth and are placed on top of your existing teeth in order to close in spaces, known as diastemas. A common place for a diastema is between the front teeth; because this space is often small, veneers are a convenient and popular treatment option for improving the appearance of these teeth.

Your cosmetic dentist simply will remove a thin layer of your tooth’s enamel and then position the veneer on the tooth. Porcelain veneers are customized to match your current teeth’s shade so that they blend in with your natural smile. They also are durable, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods with veneers.

In addition to closing gaps between teeth, veneers can make your teeth look straighter or longer, or they can be used to improve the appearance of chipped or crooked teeth. Veneers may also hide staining that has resulted from years of drinking coffee or eating berries, for example. Unlike traditional braces, veneers are quick and easy to place—requiring only a couple of visits to your cosmetic dentist—and the process is relatively comfortable.

For once, you can take a photograph or look at yourself in the mirror with confidence, knowing that your picture-perfect smile will remain attractive for years to come, thanks to veneers. Contact the office of Drs. Buskin and Castellon at 972-503-7200 to learn more about how veneers can help you to revamp your smile quickly and effortlessly.

Tooth Restorations: How Dental Crowns Can Help

February 7th, 2014

prosthodontist DallasYou bite down on your favorite nuts, only to realize that the last one has just cracked your tooth. You immediately become concerned at the thought of potentially losing this valuable pearly white. Fortunately, modern tooth restorations—specifically, dental crowns—are effective at helping you to maintain both the function and the aesthetics of teeth that have been damaged.

A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that goes on top of a tooth that has been treated. Your prosthodontist will place a dental crown if a tooth has been damaged or to guard a weak tooth against fracture. Dental crowns are also helpful for supporting teeth with large fillings and for restoring fractured teeth.

When your tooth has been cracked, you first may have to undergo root canal treatment if the nerve in the tooth has been damaged. Following the root canal treatment, your prosthodontist will place a dental crown on top of the treated tooth, thus allowing you to continue to use the tooth as normal.

If you decide to get a dental implant, which replaces a completely missing tooth, you also will need a dental crown to go on top of the implant—which essentially is a titanium screw that acts like a tooth root. A dental crown additionally is valuable for simply improving the appearance of a tooth; the tooth doesn’t have to necessarily be damaged in order to receive a crown. For instance, a cap can easily cover a tooth that is poorly shaped or discolored.

Dental crowns have the potential to last for many years if you practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing at least once daily. You also need to visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Contact us today to find out how a dental crown can improve your ability to chew, your comfort level and even your smile.

Dental Implants and Denture Stability

January 21st, 2014

Traditionally, the gums and shape of a patient’s mouth support dentures. However, this conventional method of supporting dentures may affect some patients’ ability to eat certain foods and pronounce words properly because dentures can move throughout the mouth. For some patients looking for a more stable experience with their dentures, our prosthodontist offers dentures supported by permanent, durable implants.

Dentures are one of the most popular methods for replacing lost teeth in adults for a variety of reasons. Compared to other prosthetics, such as single dental implants or bridges, dentures are often more affordable. Furthermore, patients with periodontal disease or inadequate jawbone density to support dental implants will likely benefit from wearing traditional dentures. In recent years, conventional dentures and implant-supported dentures have become increasingly natural looking due to dental technicians using high-quality materials that closely resemble the appearance of teeth and gums.

In some cases, our prosthodontist may recommend implant dentures for edentulous patients. These types of prosthetics replace missing teeth with natural-looking dentures fixed to dental implants. This procedure consists of implanting a rod made from titanium into the jawbone to anchor prosthetic teeth in place. Over time, the jawbone will fuse to these titanium rods making them a stable support system for dentures. These dental implants will be placed strategically in the mouth to offer the most stable dentures possible for patients.

Candidates for implant dentures should possess enough jawbone to support the titanium implant, practice thorough oral hygiene, and be free of chronic periodontal infection. Patients interested in addressing tooth loss are encouraged to schedule an appointment with our experienced and compassionate team to review their many options. During a consultation, a patient will undergo a thorough dental examination where our prosthodontist will evaluate a patient’s oral and overall health and determine which type of replacement teeth is best for their individual circumstances.

To learn more about replacing missing teeth and your options, contact the office of Drs. Buskin and Castellon to reserve a consultation.