Restorative Dentistry Irvine, CA
Dr. Ursula Levine, DDS | Levine Dentistry, Inc.
Everyone desires to have a full set of healthy, functioning teeth. Unfortunately, some people lose one or more teeth due to decay, gum disease, or injury. The loss of a tooth affects oral functions (such as biting, chewing, and speaking), and can also have a serious impact on self-image and confidence.
It is Dr. Ursula Levine’s goal to provide exceptional restorative dentistry services in Irvine, CA, to repair damaged smiles. After meeting you, learning about you, and examining your teeth, Dr. Levine will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, goals and desires. Whether this involves strengthening a damaged tooth or replacing a missing tooth, she will use premium materials and advanced techniques to restore your smile’s form and function.
A dental implant is the next best thing to a natural, healthy tooth. Made of titanium, implants are surgically placed in the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone to provide a stable base for an artificial tooth. Implants can support a dental crown, a bridge or a full set of dentures. Because a dental implant acts very much like a tooth root, the resulting restoration is as secure and natural-looking as possible, and can last for many years.
To achieve such a long-lasting result, dental implants usually require a two-step placement process. First, the biocompatible implant post is surgically implanted in the jawbone. The post fuses with the bone over the next few months in a process known as osseointegration. Once the post has become a natural part of the bone, it is topped with a crown or bridge. Dentures can be supported by several implant posts placed throughout the upper or lower jaw. If a tooth requires extraction, it is sometimes possible to place a dental implant on the same day as the tooth is removed, depending on the reason for the loss of the tooth. A dental implant requires that a patient has enough bone tissue in the jaw to support the implant.
A crown is a porcelain shell that fits around a tooth. It is designed to closely mimic the shape, size, color, and texture of a natural healthy tooth, so it will look natural in the mouth. Sometimes crowns are used for cosmetic purposes, but they are often used in restorative dentistry.
A crown can be placed to strengthen a tooth that has cracked or fractured. Crowns are also placed on teeth that have been weakened through having had a large filling or a root canal. Sometimes referred to as “caps,” these restorations fit over the entire surface of the tooth. They are custom-fabricated to match the surrounding teeth for a seamless result.
A dental bridge is designed to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. A traditional fixed bridge is composed of an artificial tooth, called a pontic, which is held in place by two dental crowns, which are placed over the teeth adjacent to the gap. There are also removable bridges, which may be held in place by metal or tooth-colored clasps on the adjacent teeth. These tend to look less natural than a fixed bridge, but are preferred by some patients because they are easier to clean, cost less, and don’t require removal of enamel from the adjacent healthy teeth. Like crowns, bridges are custom-created for each individual patient.
Although you may picture your grandparents’ fake teeth, today’s dentures are sophisticated appliances that are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before. These appliances have a flesh-toned plastic or acrylic base that supports a set of white acrylic teeth. Dentures can be fixed in the mouth, anchored by several dental implant posts, or may be removable for cleaning. They may be full dentures, which replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or partial dentures, which replace one or a few missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made for each patient so that they fit comfortably and securely.
Restorative Dentistry Irvine, CA
If you have one or more missing teeth, or a tooth that is at risk for being lost, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Levine to explore your treatment or replacement options. Her artistic eye along with her excellent technical skills make her a highly sought-after restorative dentist in Irvine. To schedule your appointment, please call 949-727-9600 or email our office today.