Are you missing teeth? Have you postponed getting a bridge or dentures? Do you wear ill-fitting, loose dentures right now? Dr. Stuckey wants to improve your quality of life with dental implants.
As the prosthetic that most closely mimics nature’s design, dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots. Each implant is strategically placed in the jaw, where bone integrates with it to create a solid foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
- Eliminate slipping, loose, wobbly dentures
- Promote bone retention
- Don’t require support from healthy teeth
- Can last a lifetime
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures, such as gum sores and difficulty speaking and chewing. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants. By distributing your biting pressure more like natural teeth than traditional dentures, implant supported dentures stimulate the supportive structures of your teeth and prevent the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away.
A properly fitting denture is very important. A good fit ensures that your dentures will allow you to retain much of your mouth’s function, which is important for maintaining natural muscle tone in your face and jaw. Dentures will keep you looking and feeling healthy and will help you retain a natural lifestyle. A natural smile and the best possible fit are two of the primary goals Dr. Stuckey will achieve if you need dentures to restore your smile.
When a bridge isn’t an option, a partial denture is created to replace several missing teeth. It is removable, designed to fit comfortably, and mimics your gum tissue and teeth to create a natural-looking smile while still remaining functional. A partial denture is made from a synthetic material that is supported with a lightweight metal. If you have missing teeth, a partial denture is important to preserve the bone and to keep existing teeth from tilting and growing in towards the gaps.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Dr. Stuckey uses a tooth-like crown made of porcelain to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped teeth, broken teeth, gaps in teeth, and other damage. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
If you have lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if left uncorrected. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Also, neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more problems in the future. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth (or pontic) is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Stuckey creates a functional, natural-looking bridge to correct your smile, restore your bite, and alleviate your discomfort.
Same Day Crown
If you have previously received crowns at the dentist, you may remember the process requiring at least two dental visits over a two or three week period. However, now with the PlanScan™ system, you can actually have your crowns designed, created, and positioned in your mouth all during one visit!
PlanScan™ utilizes breakthrough technology that allows your dentist to design and mill your crown chair-side. This precise and efficient technology saves you valuable time and gives you your dazzling smile faster than ever before. Talk to Dr. Stuckey or a member of his team about receiving a same day crown with PlanScan™.
Sometimes effectively removing tooth decay requires the removal of a portion of your tooth. The removed portion is then replaced with a porcelain inlay or onlay. Dr. Stuckey customizes an inlay or onlay to fill the space left behind when the part of your tooth is removed. Traditionally, inlays and onlays were made out of metal, much like traditional filings. Now, porcelain-milled inlays and onlays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and provide relief from chewing pain, cavity pain, and tooth degeneration.
You may suffer from headaches, a popping jaw when you open or close your mouth, and pain in your jaw joints and muscles. This could signify problems with your Temporomandibular Joint (or TMJ). A healthy jaw joint does not make any noise. Clicking or popping in the joint may be an indication of strain or long-term injury. The joint problem may be a result of trauma, complications with your bite, or grinding or clenching your teeth… or a combination of these factors.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is a condition that affects many people, but the good news is that it can often be treated. Based on the severity of your condition, we can recommend a course of treatment that will help alleviate your pain, making your day-to-day activities more pleasant. If you are experiencing or have experienced clicking, popping, or pain in your jaw joint, ask Dr. Stuckey or a member of his dental team if you might benefit from this treatment.