Our prosthodontists offer patients a wide range of options to replace missing teeth depending on each patient's needs. Whether a patient is a candidate for complete dentures, a removable partial denture, dental implants, a fixed bridge or combination of treatment alternatives, our experts provide high-quality care. These specialists have an excellent understanding of dental laboratory procedures, and they work closely with dental technicians to ensure that each custom-made prosthesis is attractive and comfortable for the patient.
Damage to the teeth can occur during the development of teeth or caused by caries, failing restorations, trauma, teeth grinding, exposure of teeth to acid (diet or disease) or reduction of salivary flow. Our prosthodontists provide services such as fillings, veneers and crowns to address each patient’s concerns. The complexity of every dental condition is variable and could range from minor intervention to comprehensive treatment.
A crown is a cap that is put on a tooth to act as a covering for the entire tooth surface. This will restore the tooth to its original shape and size and protect your tooth structure. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. There are several different types of crowns, but porcelain crowns tend to be the most popular because they are durable and long lasting. When you have a really large filling that covers most of your tooth, our dentistwill recommend a crown to minimize the risk of the tooth fracturing or breaking off and to hold it all together. A crown will give your tooth stability.
Some teeth may be beyond cosmetic dentistryrepair but are still healthy and in working condition. In this case, the look of the tooth may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the tooth. A veneer is a cosmetic option for uneven or misshapen teeth. A veneer is like a shell that covers the front of the tooth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
Dental implants provide a stable foundation for dentures that stay securely and comfortably in place, restoring the natural chewing capacity and helping maintain facial structures. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. Working with other specialists, prosthodontists at KIMS provide treatment for patients with birth defects such as cleft palate; conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD); traumatic injuries; and complex restorations for patients who have undergone surgical radiation treatment for head and neck cancer.