Full Mouth Restoration is a large focus of our practice. We have extensive experience treating patients with complex problems, when the majority of the teeth in a patient’s mouth are restored to create a stunning new smile. Complete dentistry is an opportunity to start again new after your mouth has been destroyed by cavities, gum disease, accidents or bite problems. This dental treatment often involves a combination of crowns, veneers, dental implants, and fixed bridgework. Dr. Harding has learned through decades of advanced continuing dental education, training and teaching how to best apply these principles.
What is Complete Dentistry-So much is missed when a dentist is focused solely on the teeth - and yet, that’s the kind of dentistry many patients have come to expect. The philosophy of complete dentistry follows a unique, yet practical, approach and goes beyond the teeth and gums to look at how the oral system works as a whole.
Our standard of care includes a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Harding and complete examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and muscles. If aspects of the masticatory system are not functioning peacefully, Dr. Harding will apply the latest and most conservative treatments to achieve natural aesthetics, optimum stability and long lasting comfort.
Please click on any of the restorative procedures below to learn more.
Crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants.
Natural-looking crowns and bridges can be an ideal solution to replace or support missing or damaged teeth. Thanks to Dr. Harding’s state-of-the-art equipment, these procedures are much simpler and the results are much more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.
A dental implant restoration consists of a bio-compatible titanium screw and post topped by a crown, bridge, or denture. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone where it replaces the natural tooth root. In a few months, the implant securely attaches to the bone (called "osseointegration"), allowing it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural toothThere are many reasons for losing your teeth; the most common are cavities, gum disease, and a bad bite. Proper diagnosis and treatment planning are at the heart of all successful dental implant solutions. Our dental implant services will make you smile and look 10 years younger. They will also make you more confident in social situations, improve the overall quality of your life, and will return your joy of eating.
Dark and unattractive old crowns can make you feel self-conscious when you smile. A porcelain filling replaces old, unsightly mercury fillings and eliminates the discoloration that the metallic solutions left behind. The porcelain holds the tooth structure together, strengthening the teeth.
Porcelain fillings offer patients metal-free dentistry, which allows light to flow through and reflect off the teeth, leaving a more natural smile.
Inlays and onlays are indirect dental restorations that reinforce an existing tooth that is too damaged to support a filling, but not damaged enough to require a crown. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because unlike a standard filling, both are made in a laboratory and cemented or bonded to the surface of the tooth during a second visit. Unlike standard fillings, inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but actually strengthen it. After the procedure the tooth can bear up to 50 - 75% more chewing force.
Because both are fabricated in a dental laboratory, it usually takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with a porcelain inlay or onlay.
Periodontal treatment is an investment in your health. Treating periodontal problems will help you achieve a healthy mouth and help prevent tooth loss. In fact, with prompt treatment, proper home care, and regular dental visits, a great majority of patients can keep their teeth for a lifetime.
After evaluating your periodontal health, we will work with you to determine the treatment options that best meet your needs. If periodontal disease is the problem, the treatment can vary widely depending on how far the diseases have progressed. If caught in the early stages, simple procedures are done that will remove the plaque and calculus from below the gum line and disrupt the infection-causing bacteria. If these diseases have advanced to the point where the periodontal pockets are deep and the supporting bone is lost, further treatment might be necessary.
Bonding involves the direct application of tooth-colored composite resin while filling decayed teeth and is typically used to create a more attractive smile.
Bonding can be employed to change the size or shape of your teeth, creating a smile that appears more symmetrical and space free. This single-visit procedure provides a fast solution for a more attractive smile and may eliminate the need for orthodontic treatment in some cases.
Tooth stains and discolorations that resist professional tooth whitening procedures may also be masked by bonding. Although bonding may not be as long lasting as porcelain veneers or crowns, it can last for a number of years with proper care.
The American Dental Association recommends that a visit to the dentist should be scheduled by the child's first birthday. At this young age problems can be detected, treated early, or avoided completely. More importantly, it can help establish a positive relationship between your child and the dentist.
We give special attention to dental cleanings with our younger patients. Our staff has a way with kids that puts them at ease and educates them on the importance of dental hygiene. Your children's regular dental visits will be educational and fun, building a sound basis for a lifetime of good dental health.