Restorative Dentistry: Dental Implants, Bridges, and More
Dr. Hughes places and restores dental implants. These small titanium posts replace lost tooth roots and provide excellent support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dr. Hughes is one of the most experienced and respected implants specialists in the area. In fact, he was called upon to testify before the FDA concerning classification of certain dental implants. Under Dr. Hughes’ care, your dental implant treatment can allow you to speak, smile, and chew with absolute comfort and confidence for the rest of your life.
Bridges consist of one or more crowns that replace missing teeth, filling the gap in your smile. If you are missing teeth, Dr. Hughes recommends that you consider having dental implants placed to support your restorations, since they are the only restorative solution that can prevent the deterioration of the jaw bone following tooth loss.
Dr. Hughes provides implant-supported dentures, but he can also supply traditional removable restorations. Full dentures have a plastic base that fits around your gums. They can replace your full upper dental arch, lower arch, or both. Partial dentures also have a plastic base. They typically attach to the adjacent teeth with small metal clasps. Thanks to advanced imaging technology and fabrication techniques, today’s dentures look and fit better than ever before.
If you have a large cavity, a filling may not be enough to repair and strengthen your tooth. In this situation, Dr. Hughes may recommend an inlay or onlay. Often called “partial crowns,” these restorations cover the flat chewing surfaces of your molars. Inlays are smaller, and they fit between the cusps of your teeth. Onlays cover the cusps to repair more extensive damage. Both inlays and onlays are carefully designed to blend with your natural teeth.
Without treatment, a cavity will continue to grow, and it can eventually require a root canal or extraction. After treating a cavity, Dr. Hughes will restore the surface of your tooth with a filling. Dr. Hughes offers all types of fillings, including gold, silver amalgam, and tooth-colored composite. During a consultation, he will help you determine which type of filling is the best choice.
If you are suffering from a severely compromised smile, a full mouth reconstruction can completely restore dental form and function. Combining a custom combination of restorative dentistry procedures, this treatment can renew your ability to smile freely, speak confidently, and eat comfortably.
Dr. Hughes is proud to offer the All-on-4® method for patients missing most or all of their teeth. This advancement involves placing just four dental implants to restore a full arch of teeth. Using sophisticated diagnostic tools, Dr. Hughes can determine the optimal position of the implants and place them at a slight angle. The technique creates a strong base for your denture with minimal impact to your jaw. In many cases, he can also attach your restoration on the same day as your surgery.
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover a tooth following treatment for damage or decay. These customized restorations that will provide necessary strength and protection for your tooth. We offer dental crowns made from a variety of lifelike, durable materials to meet our patients’ varied needs.