Repair & Rejuvenate Your Smile with Ardmore, OK Restorative Dentistry
You may have broken, missing, or discolored teeth. Or you may have older dentistry that isn’t as comfortable or natural looking as it once was. No matter what your situation, Dr. Hughes can help restore and improve your smile beyond its natural beauty. With an in-house lab, he can create custom dentures for you in his office. He also uses a high power (35X) magnification and CEREC 3, a CAD/CAM computer and milling machine to manufacture highly-detailed crowns, inlays, and onlays within one visit.
Traditionally, amalgam was used to repair teeth following decay or minor dental damage. These fillings provided the renewed structure patients needed, but in addition to a less than ideal appearance, amalgam fillings also lead to a number of oral health issues. Tooth-colored, composite resin fillings are placed directly onto damaged teeth for a stronger, more durable bond. Plus, these fillings blend seamlessly into patients’ smiles offering beautiful, long lasting results.
Dental Crowns & Fixed Bridges
Dental crowns allow our team to preserve damaged teeth, and help patients avoid unnecessary tooth loss. These restorations fit over the top of decayed or damaged teeth protecting the remaining healthy structure and restoring the full form and function. Crowns are used to repair severely damaged teeth, conceal advanced cosmetic flaws, protect root canal treated teeth, and replace missing teeth as part of fixed bridges or dental implant supported tooth replacement.
CEREC® One-Visit Crowns
CEREC is a computer assisted design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) system that allows us to complete the entire custom crown restoration process in just one visit. During your appointment, we prepare teeth, capture digital impressions, mill the custom crown and place the restoration. CEREC allows us to make this process incredibly more streamlined compared to traditional methods.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Following extensive tooth loss, patients can rely on traditional partial and full dentures to renew lost dental structures and restore smile function and confidence. Partials fill in gaps in patients smiles. A gum colored base is crafted to fit between remaining teeth like a puzzle piece supporting replacement teeth. These prosthetics are held in place by metal clasps. Full dentures are similarly made from gum colored bases that support replacement teeth, but rather than being held in place by remaining teeth, full dentures are molded to fit firmly against the gum line creating natural suction to hold the denture in place.
Root Canal Therapy
When tooth decay or damage reaches the inner most layer of teeth, the pulp, the result is a severe toothache because the entire nerve system of the tooth is housed within the pulp. Typically, when dental damage reaches this stage, patients have two options – extraction or root canal. In order to preserve natural tooth structure, we perform root canal therapy. This treatment involves removing the entire pulp and nerve system and refilling and repairing the lost tooth structure to prevent the need for extraction.
In-House Dental Laboratory
Most dental practices rely on laboratories that can be hundreds of miles away. While these labs have advanced materials and skilled technicians, nothing beats the ability of the dentist who treats the patient to create perfect results. In addition to providing more precise restorative solutions, our in-house dental laboratory also reduces the amount of time it takes for patients to receive high quality restorations. We use a 20X microscope to ensure exact fit of all dental restorations, crowns, bridges, partial dentures and implant-retained dentures. Many restorations made without a 20 power microscope do not fit or function properly, placing the patient at an incredible disadvantage.