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Restorative Dentistry


Restorative dentistry at Dentistry with SmilesYou don't have to live with damage, discoloration or gaps when it comes to your teeth. There is a procedure that is right for you and your unique situation. From bridges, to dentures, to implants, we can help or point you in the right direction.

Dental Bridge
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns or implants, on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite. It also prevents teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues). Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain and metal, or ceramic. Ceramic bridge color is made to match your natural tooth color. Material choice will depend on structural requirements, wear and aesthetics. Read More About Dental Bridges

Dentures
Dentures are a replacement option for missing teeth. A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed. Read More About Dentures

Partial Dentures
Often called a "partial," this type of denture is often used when only some of the teeth are missing. A partial denture is a removable appliance held in place by gripping the remaining healthy teeth, usually with metal clasps or wires. Read More About Partial Dentures

Single and Multiple Tooth Implants
Dental implants are the closest dental restoration to your original teeth. They are natural-looking and provide the functionality of a normal tooth. Dental implants require the same maintenance as a normal tooth; brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups. Dental implants can replace missing or severely damaged teeth and can be used to secure restorations like dentures and dental bridges. Patients with dental implants often have greater satisfaction and results than other types of dental restorations. Read More About Single and Multiple Tooth Implants
Restorative dentistry at Dentistry with SmilesYou don't have to live with damage, discoloration or gaps when it comes to your teeth. There is a procedure that is right for you and your unique situation. From bridges, to dentures, to implants, we can help or point you in the right direction.

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► Dental Bridge
A smile restored with a dental bridge by Dr. Ullsmith A dental bridge can be used to restore a missing tooth. We can create a customized bridge that is cemented in place for a permanent restoration. Once completed, the patient can chew their regular diet and resume normal activities, and the device will stay in place, even while you sleep. If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Ullsmith can meet with you, examine your specific situation and together we can create a treatment plan to fit your needs. Working with our highly professional staff at Dentistry with Smiles we can restore missing teeth, restore your bite, and improve your oral health.

How does a dental bridge work?


Patients often feel confused when considering a partial denture and a dental bridge. Though both prosthetics are designed to replace missing teeth, the fit and feel are very different. Both options present benefits depending on your needs.

A partial denture is a removable device. It is designed to replace multiple missing teeth in any location on a single arch. Partial dentures are held in place using a clasping system, and just like traditional dentures, they are removed each night and placed in a cup of cleaning solution or water. Patients who wear partial dentures need to give their gums and soft tissues a break. For patients who have multiple missing teeth on either their upper or lower arch, and the missing teeth are not neighboring, may find a partial denture to be ideal.

A dental bridge is a permanent device, meaning that it is not removable. Dr. Ullsmith cements the bridge in place. A bridge is designed to use two anchors, which can be either two healthy teeth or dental implant posts, with one or two false teeth in between. Because of its design, bridges are used for up to two missing teeth only if they are neighboring. A bridge is a single device consisting of a dental crown on either end; the crowns are placed over healthy teeth or implants with a false tooth in the middle, creating a bridge. The huge benefit that patients receive from the application of a dental bridge is the ability to forget that they are there. You never have to think of them differently from the way you think of any other tooth in your mouth. Dr. Ullsmith will check the status of your bridge and if the cement is holding firm during your annual dental exam.

Caring for your dental bridge is important. Just as you care for your regular teeth through brushing , flossing, and rinsing, you will continue to care for your dental bridge. Though a bridge can not develop a cavity, the patient can still experience problems with bacteria causing gum disease. Gum disease can damage your anchor teeth, leading the necessity to remove the bridge.

Patients who have a dental bridge like that the device improves their aesthetic, improves their chewing function, and prevents teeth from shifting in their mouth which can lead to problems with their bite. Teeth that are allowed to shift out of control can cause a disaster with your bite, your look, and lead to TMJ dysfunction.

We would love to show you how a dental bridge can improve your oral health. The process begins with scheduling an appointment with our front office staff. (360) 312-3187


► Dentures
Smiling Couple with Dentures by Dr. UllsmithAs dentists, our primary goal is to give you a healthy and happy smile. We often work hard to ensure that you can keep all of your own, original teeth inside your mouth. Unfortunately, for some of our patients, this simply may not be possible. Due to advanced tooth decay, infection, or injury, a tooth does sometimes require extraction. When we here at Dentistry with Smiles encounter a patient who has lost one or more of their teeth, one restoration option we like to offer to them may include either complete or partial dentures.

Partial Versus Complete Dentures


Tooth loss is quite common, affecting nearly 180 million American adults. Some 23 million adults are missing all of their teeth, and 12 million are missing at least one arch of their teeth. For patients who are missing their permanent, adult teeth, a complete or partial denture can help give them a reliable and functional restoration option.

Both partial and complete dentures are good restoration options for patients who have lost one or more of their permanent, adult teeth. A partial denture is a good choice for a patient who still has many of their teeth remaining in their mouth, which means that they still have teeth on their upper or lower arch.

A complete denture, however, is for patients who are missing all of their teeth on either their upper or lower arch. They may even be missing all of their teeth completely, known as edentulism. A complete denture consists of a pink (or skin-colored) tray and prosthetic teeth.

Benefits of Dentures


There are many benefits to getting dentures. They are a non-surgical approach, which means that for those who are worried or disinterested in surgery to restore their smile, dentures can give them an attractive and functional restoration option. They can also be completed in a very short amount of time, leading to faster results with little downtime. They tend to be quite affordable, as well.

A set of well-fitting dentures can be quite comfortable and may not even require denture adhesive to keep it secure inside your mouth. If you take good care of your dentures, you can count on them lasting you many years. Many patients can keep their dentures for up to a decade. Relining may be necessary, however, to keep them secure and comfortable inside your mouth.

Dentures can not only restore your appearance and your confidence; they can also greatly benefit your quality of life. Missing teeth can lead to pain when trying to bite or eat, as you may be putting extra pressure on the surrounding teeth. When you lose teeth, your remaining teeth may try to shift or drift into the vacated spot. Partial dentures can help prevent further tooth loss, helping to keep your teeth stable in your mouth. Proper nutrition does require the ability to chew and eat, and dentures can give you that freedom once again.

If you would like to learn more about dentures and their benefits, or you are ready to set up an appointment with us here at Dentistry with Smiles, please give us a call at (360) 312-3187 today!


► Partial Dentures
Tooth loss poses numerous problems for your overall quality of life. When you are missing a section of your teeth, it impacts your ability to properly chew your food. Chewing is the first, and a critical, stage in the digestive process, allowing for the breakdown of your food so that your body can access essential nutrients. Tooth loss can impair your speech, making it difficult for others to understand you. The surrounding healthy teeth eventually begin to shift out of their natural alignment, which throws off your bite and leads to a whole host of other issues. At Dentistry with Smiles, we can restore the functions, and appearance, of your mouth with partial dentures.

What are Partial Dentures?


Partial dentures are a removable prosthetic device that is designed to replace sections of missing teeth while leaving your healthy teeth completely intact. After all, when you have healthy teeth, there is no need to extract them. Partial dentures consist of false, acrylic resin teeth that are set into a gum colored acrylic base. They also have metal clasps, which attach to your healthy teeth, providing your denture with greater stability.

How Do Partial Dentures Work?


Partial dentures are created from an impression of your mouth, and custom created in a lab to fit perfectly in with the rest of your teeth. The gum colored base is meant to sit directly on your gum tissue, which provides the denture with some support, while the metal clasps provide additional support. When in place, partial dentures restore the functions of your missing teeth, making daily tasks such as eating and speaking, easier once again.

Adjusting to Life with Partial Dentures


It does take some time to adjust to having a partial denture in your mouth. It often feels a bit odd at first, but it should take just a few weeks to grow accustomed to it. There are things you can do to help yourself adjust, including eating soft foods in the beginning and making sure you cut your food into more manageable bite-sized pieces. Chewing on both sides of your mouth can help to evenly distribute pressure. You should also avoid eating anything chewy or sticky. These types of foods can dislodge your partial denture, which can then cause painful sores. Finally, avoid forcing your denture into place, as doing so can damage it, and bend the clasps.

Do Partial Dentures Require Special Care?


Dentures do require additional care each night. It is important that they are removed nightly for cleaning with a special denture paste. Do not use toothpaste, as toothpaste contains abrasives that can lead to microscopic scratches (which create an ideal home for bacteria). Leave your dentures out to soak each night. Make sure that you continue to brush your natural teeth as normal, and don’t forget to brush your gums as well.

Benefits of Partial Dentures


Partial dentures have several benefits:
•  You can properly chew your food again, which, in turn, improves digestion and overall nutrition.
•  Your speech is improved.
•  Partial dentures hold your natural teeth in proper alignment, preventing them from shifting out of place.
•  Your smile and your confidence are restored.

Partial dentures can go a long way in restoring your quality of life. For more information, or to find out if partial dentures are right for you, contact Dentistry with Smiles today at (360) 312-3187.


► Single and Multiple Tooth Implants
Complete your smile with one moDr. UllsmithLosing a tooth not only deals a devastating blow to your self-esteem. Lost teeth can also severely negatively impact your quality of life, leading to pain and discomfort when you try to bite or chew. Furthermore, losing a tooth can lead to gum loss, bone loss, and the loss of more teeth. Tooth loss needs to be promptly addressed to prevent further complications. We here at Dentistry with Smiles have restored many smiles to their beautiful, former glory through the aid of single and multiple dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants


When a person loses a tooth, they are suddenly faced with many questions that they may have not even realized that they had. For instance, they may be wondering what their best restoration option is and how they can proceed with addressing their lost tooth. Dental implants are a fantastic option for many of our patients, giving them back their confidence and their comfort.

Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth. Unlike dentures, which can shift or click or even pop out unexpectedly while eating or talking, dental implants will not move around in your mouth. That means that they will completely restore your bite force, allowing you to eat all of your favorite foods once more. Dentures can lead to uncomfortable cuts and abrasions in your mouth and may need constant relining. They also need to be replaced every seven to ten years, even if you take good care of them. Dental implants are a permanent restoration option, which means that they can last you the rest of your life. They also do not need relining, as they are custom fit to your mouth.

Placing a Dental Implant


Getting a dental implant is a multi-stage process and typically is not completed in just one appointment. That is because it does take time for the dental implant to secure itself into your mouth completely. The implant is made out of a special type of metal, called titanium, which fuses directly to the bone itself. This is known as osseointegration, which helps keep the implant strong and secure inside your mouth.

It is important to know the three main parts of your dental implant. The titanium post is the piece that goes directly into your jawbone. It attaches to abutment, which is a connector component. The abutment then connects to the restoration itself, which is typically a dental crown. This is the part of the implant that resembles the actual tooth itself.

During your first appointment for this procedure, we will start by thoroughly numbing the site up with local anesthetic. We will then place an incision into the gums to expose the jawbone. The implant is then placed directly into the bone. The site is then closed with sutures and allowed to heal. This may take up to six months or longer. Once it is healed, we will then finally have you come back to get your crown.

Taking Care of your Implant


It is vital to know that you will need to take care of your dental implant like you would take care of a real tooth. If you do not maintain your oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, you may be at greater risk of implant failure. Patients who smoke or use tobacco products are also at greater risk of dental implant failure. However, if you take good care of it, then you can count on having it for your entire life. Generally, dental implants have a greater than 98 percent success rate.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, or you would like to schedule an appointment with us here at Dentistry with Smiles to determine if you may be a good candidate for them, please give us a call today at (360) 312-3187!
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