Our dentists and team work diligently to help patients keep their smiles whole and healthy, but in many cases, even the most thorough oral hygiene plans cannot prevent all dental health issues. When damage or decay occurs, Drs. Natalie and Ramon Ortiz and the dentistry team at Painted Skies Dental Center are here to help with comprehensive restorative dentistry services including same day dental restorations using CEREC®. Contact us right away if you experience dental pain or damage, and we will create a personalized treatment plan to renew your oral health quickly and comfortably with exceptional restorative dentistry in Las Cruces, NM.
Dental crowns are the most frequently recommended restorations and are a versatile method for repairing even the most severely decayed or damaged teeth. Dental crowns are crafted from a number of materials including gold, porcelain bonded to metal, and all-ceramic. These restorations fit over the top of a damaged tooth completely surrounding the treated tooth and protecting it from further decay or damage. Traditional dental crowns are placed over the course of two appointments. During the initial visit, we prepare the tooth or teeth, and take bite impressions. These impressions are used by our dental lab to craft a custom dental crown. In the meantime, we place a temporary crown to protect the tooth from additional damage until the custom solution is completed. Once we receive the final product, patients return to our dental office to exchange the temporary for their custom restoration. We’re also happy to offer the same high-quality custom solutions in just one visit using the CEREC® computer assisted design and manufacture system. Dental crowns are frequently recommended as part of the following restorative treatments:
Patients with minimal decay or minor chips and cracks in teeth, we may recommend direct bonding. This treatment option allows us to quickly repair damaged or decayed teeth in a single visit preserving the maximum amount of natural dental structure. Using composite resin that is shaded to match the natural coloring of patients’ smiles, the putty-like substance is placed on the damaged tooth and shaped into position directly onto the affected area. Once we have the composite filling shaped into position, we use a curing light to harden the material restoring shape and structure to the tooth. This is an affordable and effective treatment option for damage, decay, or purely cosmetic flaws.
Patients with extensive tooth loss may want to consider traditional partial or full dentures. Partial dentures, sometimes referred to simply as partials, are used to replace a number of missing teeth (consecutive and nonconsecutive) along an arch. They are composed of a number of replacement teeth set into a gum-colored base that is shaped to fit into patients’ smiles like a puzzle piece clipping into position connected to surrounding teeth. Full dentures are a complete arch of prosthetic teeth set into a more substantial gum colored base that is held in place through natural suction. We also offer dental implant supported tooth replacement for those patients who are interested in a more stable tooth replacement option.