Restoring Your Smile at Monterey Dental
At Monterey Dental, we provide many levels of restorative care, ranging from treating minor cavities to offering tooth loss solutions. Today's modern techniques make long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing restorations safer and more convenient. Dr. Lagier and her caring team have a gentle and compassionate approach for everyone, from young children to adults.
Providing Reliable and Appealing Restorations
Dr. Lagier is dedicated to providing you with the finest restorative care available using the most modern technology available. We help you understand your options so that you can choose the restorations that best suits your dental goals. Below are just some of the restorations that Dr. Lagier offers at Monterey Dental.
- Dental Implants
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
- Composite Fillings
- Inlays & Onlays
- Root Canal Therapy
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants replace a whole tooth from the root to crown using titanium posts and porcelain prosthetics, making this procedure the most comprehensive treatment for tooth loss. Dental implants maintain the jaw bone's health and can be used to replace a single tooth, a short row, or a complete arch.
Implants are designed to look similar to natural teeth and retain comparable strength. Dental implants are a safe and permanent tooth restoration option. Crowns, bridges, and dentures supported by implants are tailored to provide the best shape and size for optimal function.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have unique qualities that enable a true transformation of your smile's appearance. Implants fuse with the bone once placed in the jaw and are the next best thing to a natural tooth root. This process also boosts the stability of the jaw bone and ensures that existing teeth stay in the right place. Dental implants can solve bite, speech, and chewing problems. These prosthetics fully restore oral health and greatly enhance confidence in your smile.
Dental Implants Process
Tooth extractions, trauma, or decline in oral health may leave you with one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are used with restorative methods to replace teeth that cannot be saved. We will do a thorough examination during your initial appointment to ensure that dental implants are the right treatment for you.
Dr. Lagier pays close attention to jaw density and overall oral health which are two key factors in the placement and restoration of dental implants. Patients may need preparatory procedures in some cases to ensure the best chance of success. X-rays and teeth impressions are taken to help our team plan the procedure.
We create a customized treatment plan for you that suggests the optimal placement for the implant(s) after your first examination. This plan outlines how many implants are needed and where to place them for maximum effectiveness. Patients need healing time after placement to enable implants to fuse into the bone. Then custom-made final restorations are attached with an abutment to the implants at a later appointment.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures can replace multiple teeth or a complete arch of missing teeth. The acrylic prosthetic matches the natural shade of gum tissue and topped with a porcelain crown. Dentures are tailored to complement your facial characteristics and blend in with the surrounding teeth. Several types of dentures are available: removable, permanent, and partial. They all give you a beautiful smile and the ability to eat what you want and speak with confidence. A consultation with Dr. Lagier can help you determine which type of denture would work best for you.
Types of Dentures:
Removable Dentures: A replacement for those missing a full arch of teeth. Dentures stay secured to the gums with adhesive paste and natural suction.
Removable Overdentures: A full arch prosthetic that restores form and function and attaches with clasps onto implant posts. They provide a sturdy bite that won’t slip out of place.
Hybrid Permanent Dentures: Hybrid dentures connect firmly to implant posts and look and feel like natural teeth. These are a permanent restoration option and can only be removed by our dentist during regularly scheduled cleanings.
Removable Partial Dentures: These can replace a row of teeth or intermittent missing teeth in the bite. They rest on top of the gums and remain secure using metal hooks that clasp onto neighboring teeth.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that seamlessly blend with natural tooth enamel while restoring teeth affected by cavities. Composite can also be used to improve the shape or color of your teeth.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
There are many benefits to getting inlays and onlay. They are durable and made of hard materials that can last for many years. They reinforce the remaining tooth structure and can help avoid the need for future dental procedures. Inlays and onlays require the same dental hygiene care as natural teeth to ensure that they remain in good shape.
If you think you may be an inlay or onlay candidate, please contact us and make an appointment. We can diagnose your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment plan.
Dental Crowns for Durable and Healthy Smiles
Crowns can be vital to preserving the function of a damaged tooth. They protect the tooth root and support surrounding teeth and jaw bone health. There are different materials used to make crowns, and each type has a different appearance and offers slightly different benefits. Consult with Dr. Lagier to better understand what crown is right for you.
Bridges and How They Can Help
If you have multiple teeth missing, you may want to consider getting a fixed bridge. The most common options are traditional bridges. Bridges work with existing, healthy teeth and are created with materials that promote natural aesthetics and strength. Crowns are placed over neighboring teeth and become anchors for the artificial tooth. Your dental bridge can give you years of service, especially when you follow routine check-up and maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home every day.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
The pulp of a tooth consists of nerves and tissue that can become infected, causing inflammation and pain. Specialized tools are used to remove the infected pulp from the inner canal of the tooth. We disinfect the canal and fill it with a substance called gutta percha to seal and protect the chamber. Root canals can help prevent further damage to the tooth and promote the longevity of your original tooth structure.
Modern Restorative Dentistry
Dr. Lagier’s restorative work protects your teeth from further decay and prevents future dental problems. We tailor all our restorations to the unique needs of each patient. You can visit our office and receive expert care if you need any portion of your smile repaired. Call us and schedule an appointment today for more information on how our team uses restorations to help you maintain optimal oral health.
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