Dental Restorations for Complete Smile Repair in Palm Harbor
When it comes to correcting dental issues for a lasting smile, restorative dentistry could be your best solution. You deserve to receive care from a team of professionals who have the advanced technology and treatments to help solve your dental issues. At Delicate Dentistry of Palm Harbor, our dentist, Dr. Luisa Rodriguez, and her team offer restorative dentistry designed to repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate your smile.
Whether you’re looking to treat a cavity, gum disease, or replace missing teeth, we consider your safety and comfort when providing restorative care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one. Emergency dental appointments are available, as well as support in English and Spanish! We happily serve those living or working in Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, and the surrounding Pinellas County communities!
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Available Restoration Services from Dr. Luisa Rodriguez
At Delicate Dentistry of Palm Harbor, we truly love helping others enjoy beautiful and functional smiles built on a foundation of strong oral health. To achieve this, we provide a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments that combine modern technology and top-quality materials.
Our available services include:
When it comes to restoring the overall health of your smile, our team believes in providing treatments that only use beautiful and safe materials that are completely amalgam-free. This means that every filling, crown, bridge, and denture restoration is made from either white composite resins or porcelain. These materials are known for their durability as well as their ability to mimic natural tooth enamel, making for beautiful and lasting treatment results.
Restorative Dentistry & The Oral-Systemic Connection
Restorative dentistry focuses on diagnosing and treating issues that can impact your dental and oral health. Treatment includes everything from removing decay and repairing damage to eliminating disease and replacing missing teeth. Because these treatments restore and preserve your smile, it also helps to protect your overall health.
The mouth is often viewed as the window to overall health as many underlying health issues develop in the smile in their early stages. Dentists are often the first medical professionals to diagnose whole-body issues because of this.
When conditions such as gum disease are present in the smile, your overall health can also be affected. While gum disease is an oral infection that attacks the gums, the bacteria and toxins have been known to reach other areas of the body. Using the bloodstream as an entry point, the infection can cause complications with the heart, brain, diabetes, and even pregnancy.
How Can Gum Disease be Treated?
The earliest and most treatable stage of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can progress to the more severe and damaging form, periodontitis, if not treated properly. Developing gum infection can also damage the gums and the supporting jawbone.
At Delicate Dentistry of Palm Harbor, we offer treatment options depending on your level of gum disease. For the early stages, we provide regular cleanings with antibiotic treatment as well as advice on how to improve your oral hygiene.
In advanced cases of gum disease, we offer tooth scaling and root planing with dental lasers to help remove plaque and infection above and below the gumline. We also incorporate ARESTIN into your treatment as part of the medication to restore your gum and oral health after gum disease.
With the help of dental lasers, Dr. Rodriguez can provide sterile, safe, and virtually painless treatment. She then recommends the right medications, mouth rinses, and electric toothbrushes to help control infection and promote the healing of your gums.
White Composite Fillings for Reliable & Aesthetic Repairs
White fillings use tooth-colored composite resin materials to help repair damaged enamel and fill in areas where decay was removed. The white resin used for our fillings is durable and can be applied to any tooth in your smile. It also bonds well with the natural enamel and can be shaped and shaded to mimic the rest of your smile. Fillings are often ideal restorations for addressing mild to moderate forms of tooth decay, wear, and damage.
Dental Crowns for Versatile Treatment
Porcelain dental crowns are restorations designed to look, feel, and function exactly like a natural and healthy tooth. They work by encompassing a tooth that is severely decayed, damaged, or weak. Because crowns cover the entire structure of a tooth, they help preserve and protect it from future harm.
At Delicate Dentistry of Palm Harbor, we use beautiful, top-quality crowns as a single treatment or combined with others. With dental crowns, Dr. Rodriguez can:
- Treat larger fillings and decay
- Replace a single missing tooth when attached to a dental implant
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Strengthen a weak tooth
- Protect a tooth after root canal therapy
- Reshape a worn or misshapen tooth
- Help improve a weak bite
Replacing Several Missing Teeth with Fixed Bridges
Fixed bridges are custom restorations often ideal for restoring one or more missing teeth in a row. They consist of two or more crowns and can either use healthy teeth on each side of the gap for support or be secured by dental implants. With fixed bridges, we can help prevent neighboring teeth from shifting, address uneven wear, and improve your chewing abilities.
Complete & Partial Dentures for Full Smile Restoration
Dentures can be ideal restorations if you’re missing many or all of your teeth. Dr. Rodriguez will recommend the right denture appliance based on your unique needs, oral health situation, and budget.
Our available denture options include:
Partial dentures: Partial dentures can replace multiple teeth missing in your smile. They help ease the pressure from the remaining teeth and prevent them from shifting. Since partial dentures use metal clasps and neighboring teeth for support, they don't require natural suction or adhesives to stay in place.
Complete dentures: If you have few or no natural teeth remaining, full dentures can restore your smile completely! These dentures are carefully designed to resemble your natural teeth and gums. They can replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaws, or both. The full arch uses natural suction, adhesives, or four to eight dental implants for lasting support. Dentures supported by implants are also known as implant-supported dentures or overdentures.
What are Dental Implants & How Do They Work?
Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth that restore both the crown and the root. Implants consist of titanium posts that fuse naturally with living tissue and bone after being surgically placed into the jawbone by our skilled dentist. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that becomes a permanent part of your jawbone.
In addition to restoring missing teeth, dental implants also improve speech and prevent bone loss by helping to stimulate the jawbone.
Dental Implant Treatment Explained in 5 Steps
Dental implant treatment can take several months to a year to complete. However, the results are designed to last a lifetime. When visiting our practice for dental implants, our team will guide you through the following five common treatment phases:
- Consultation: Dr. Louisa Rodriguez conducts a detailed consultation and exam to understand your oral and overall health. She will also determine if your jawbone is strong enough for dental implant placement.
- Planning: Our dentist works closely with you to plan your implant placement. This includes choosing the restoration that will be attached to your implants as well as preparation instructions for your surgery.
- Placement: Your implants are placed with precision and skill. Depending on your needs, the procedure may take several hours.
- Healing: After placement, you will need to rest and let your gums heal. This allows your implants to properly fuse in place. Healing may take several months.
- Completion: Dr. Louisa Rodriguez will invite you back to our office to attach your custom restoration to your implants.
Saving Natural Teeth with Root Canal Therapy
If you experience symptoms such as a painful toothache, tooth abscess, or sensitivity, you may need root canal therapy. A root canal procedure is designed to save as much of your natural tooth structure as possible when infection compromises its health.
In this straightforward procedure, our dentist removes diseased tissues and nerves, also known as the pulp, from inside the tooth. Once removed, the root canal chamber is cleaned and filled with antibacterial material. To further preserve and protect your tooth, Dr. Rodriguez will place a custom crown.
While our goal is always to try to preserve your natural tooth, this may not always be possible. In such cases, we offer simple tooth extraction to take care of issues that compromise your oral health. We also provide various options for replacement, such as dental implants, so that you can restore the full functionality of your smile.
Restore Your Smile Today!
At Delicate Dentistry of Palm Harbor, we know the impact a damaged or painful smile can have on your daily life. This is why we provide restorative dentistry designed to repair and replace teeth and reestablish oral health. Contact us today for all your dental restoration needs.
We look forward to improving your oral health, dental appeal, and overall confidence!
CALL US: (727) 786-4298 REQUEST APPOINTMENT