Bring Health And Function Back To Your Smile
Meet Dr. Jason White
Dr. Jason White believes in going the extra mile to make his patients top priority and make them feel welcome the minute they walk through the door.
Bring Health And Function Back To Your Smile
It can be said that your smile is your most valuable asset. It not only helps you communicate in countless ways, but also has a tremendous influence on your overall health. If decay or injury has caused damage to your tooth, it can disrupt the balance of your bite, resulting in difficulty chewing, as well as back, neck, and shoulder pain. If you are missing a tooth, it can cause you to lose bone mass in your jaw. Dr. Jason White provides restorative dentistry treatments at his Lubbock, Texas office to address damaged and missing teeth so that you can once again enjoy the many benefits of a complete, balanced smile that looks as great as it feels. To learn more about how our restorative dentistry treatments can help you repair your smile, contact our Lubbock office today.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants placed at our Lubbock, West Texas office can provide the most natural-feeling and dependable support available. Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed in the jaw. Because the implants fuse directly to your bone, they function just like natural tooth roots. Although this fusion process takes several months to complete, the dental implants can last for more than 40 years with proper maintenance. To learn more about dental implants placed at our Lubbock office, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jason White today.
The Advantages Of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide numerous advantages for anyone missing teeth. These advantages are perhaps most apparent in patients who wear dentures. Conventional dentures rest on the gums, held in place with a mild and potentially messy adhesive. Under these circumstances, dentures can easily slip out of place while speaking or eating, in addition to making it difficult to articulate while speaking. However, implant-supported dentures are held firmly in place, allowing the wearer to eat and speak without feeling self-conscious.
Dental bridges often require the alteration of adjacent teeth to accommodate dental crowns, which hold the dental bridge in place. On the other hand, a dental implant can hold restorations in place without depending upon natural teeth for support. This can also provide an advantage if you have a single damaged tooth that is not capable of supporting a crown.
Dental implants can also help you maintain bone mass in your jaw. When you lose teeth, your jaw slowly begins resorbing the bone cells surrounding the tooth socket. However, when you have a dental implant, your body perceives it as a functional tooth root, and retains bone mass that would otherwise be lost.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Receiving dental implants typically requires two surgeries. Before your first surgery, Dr. White will take X-rays of your jaws to determine exactly where to place the implant. The initial surgery begins with an incision being made in your gums, exposing the jaw bone. Next, a pilot hole is drilled in the bone. The threaded implant is then screwed into the bone. Finally, Dr. White will stitch the gums closed over the post, where it will become fused with the jaw bone over the next three months.
During your second surgery, Dr. White will once again create an incision in the gums, exposing the top of the implant. Next, a special collar is connected to the implant, facilitating proper healing of the gums. In two to three weeks, the gums will have completed healing. At this point, Dr White can begin creating your custom dentures, crown, or bridge.
Learn More About Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth, or if you wear dentures and want to achieve improved support, dental implants placed at our Lubbock office can help you. Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. White.
Dental Crowns And Bridges
If you have damaged teeth or are missing teeth, dental crowns and bridges placed at our Lubbock, West Texas office can restore health and a beautiful appearance to your smile. These dental prosthetic are made of a porcelain-like material, giving you a natural-looking restoration that can improve your ability to chew, help your upper and lower jaws to meet properly, preserve the healthy portions of a decayed or damaged tooth, or restore a dental implant. Dr. Jason White has years of experience helping his patients achieve the comfort, health, and outstanding appearance they deserve with dental crowns and bridges. Contact our Lubbock office today to learn more about how these restorations can benefit you.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are similar restorations that address separate needs. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap designed to preserve a tooth after it has been treated for damage or decay. Dr. White can remove portions of a damaged tooth, leaving behind a healthy foundation for a crown. Conversely, a bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A replacement tooth “bridges” the gap, often supported by dental crowns placed on adjacent teeth. Dr. White will thoroughly examine your smile to determine which restoration and method of support will best meet your needs.
The most apparent benefit of crowns and bridges is improved appearance. The materials and techniques involved in creating these custom restorations can give you a natural-looking smile. Another important benefit is the balance they restore to your jaws. An imbalanced bite can result in a condition known as temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder, which is marked by such symptoms as back, neck, shoulder, and facial pain. With a custom-made crown or bridge placed by Dr. White, you can enjoy excellent comfort and health, in addition to a great-looking smile.
Placing Dental Crowns & Bridges
If you need to restore a single tooth with a dental crown, Dr. White will reduce the size of the tooth by carefully removing decayed or damaged portions. Next, a mold is made of the treated tooth and surrounding teeth (if you already have a dental implant, Dr. White will take a mold of the implant). The mold is sent to an offsite laboratory, where it is used to create a custom crown. This process takes about two weeks. In the meantime, a temporary crown may be placed over the tooth. When the permanent crown is complete, Dr. White will cement it in place with a special dental adhesive. He will check your bite repeatedly, making any last-minute alterations needed to ensure that your jaws meet properly.
If you are missing teeth and require a bridge, you and Dr. White can discuss your preferred method of support, either through adjacent crowns or a dental implant. If you choose to support the bridge with crowns, Dr. White will reduce the size of the adjacent teeth to accommodate crowns. He will take a mold of these teeth, along with the gap in your smile, to create the restorations you need.
Caring For Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and bridges do not last forever. Their average lifespan is about seven years, but they can last much longer with proper care. It is important to avoid brittle and sticky foods after receiving a crown or bridge. It is also very important to floss regularly near your restorations, and to alter your technique so that floss is pulled from front to back, rather than straight up and down, to avoid dislodging your restoration.
Learn More About Crowns & Bridges
To learn more about bridges and dental crowns, and how they can help you, contact our Lubbock office today.
Your teeth are an invaluable asset. If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth, dentures provided at our Lubbock, West Texas office can help you enjoy eating and speaking with renewed efficiency, comfort, and confidence. These removable replacement teeth are custom-crafted to give your smile a natural appearance while serving you with the best possible function. There are several options for dentures, making them a highly customizable solution for missing teeth. To learn more about how dentures placed by Dr. Jason White at his Lubbock office, contact us today.
Kinds Of Dentures
Dentures can be either complete or partial. Complete dentures replace all teeth in your jaw, while partial dentures replace several consecutive missing teeth. There is a variety of ways to support dentures. The most effective is dental implants. These titanium posts are surgically implanted in the jaw bone to provide support equal to that of natural tooth roots. This requires some patience on the part of the wearer, because receiving dental implants involves at least two surgeries and several months of healing time. However, once the process is complete, you can enjoy a lifetime of excellent support. Dental implants also help you to retain bone mass in your jaw, which can be lost in the absence of tooth roots.
If you are not a suitable candidate for surgery, dentures may also draw support from your own gums, held in place with a mild adhesive. If you have a few natural, healthy teeth remaining, dentures can be made to draw support from them as well. If you are unsure of which means of denture support would benefit you most, contact our Lubbock office to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. White.
How Dentures Are Made
Creating a custom set of dentures takes about a month, and five visits to our office. Dr. White will take an impression of your jaw using special molding materials. Next, he will measure the dimensions of your jaw. The color of your teeth will also be noted, and this combined information will be sent to a special dental laboratory so a set of dentures can be made to fit your mouth.
Living With Dentures
It can take some time to get used to your dentures. The process of speaking and eating will be somewhat different than it was with your natural teeth. To become acclimated to eating with dentures, start by cutting your food into small pieces, and practice chewing with both sides of your mouth. Because speaking relies heavily on movements of the tongue against the teeth and gums, you should practice enunciating within the new dimensions of your mouth.
Over time, your mouth will naturally change, and you may need to make adjustments to your dentures. Loose dentures can cause sores, infection, discomfort, and overall inefficiency in your day-to-day life. Dentures are also susceptible to wear. Repairs can be made over time, but complete replacement may eventually become necessary. The surest way to ensure that your dentures fit snugly and provide you with the best possible results is to select the right dentist. Dr. Jason White takes great care to provide his patients with excellent dentures that can provide years of comfort and confident smiles.
Learn More About Dentures
Your teeth help you achieve some of life’s most basic, yet essential functions. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures can help you enjoy the comforts and abilities on which you have come to rely. If you would like to learn more about how dentures can benefit you, please contact our office today.
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