For individuals missing teeth, implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth, dentures or a permanent bridge that feels and looks natural. The implant structure is placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root, and anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone. The use of the latest technologies allows for the immediate restoration of hopeless or damaged teeth. These procedures, in some instances, can all be done in the same appointment.
Dr. Urdaneta is proficient in the use of newer grafting procedures such as leukocyte and platelet rich fibrin (L-PRF) grafting. The use of L-PRF lowers the cost of grafting procedures and accelerates the healing process so that the implant is usually ready to be restored in 4 months or less.
Using the patient’s own blood, and with a procedure that takes only 8 minutes, the leukocytes, platelets, and stem cells are harvested on the same day of implant surgery. This blood is used to form the membranes and plugs, and no other materials are needed for grafting. The membranes/plugs can be used for sinus lifts and/or socket preservation. The usual healing time is only 3-4 months.
Dr. Urdaneta can help you get that beautiful, healthy, million dollar smile you’ve always wanted. He offers a variety of services aimed at improving the appearance of your mouth and teeth, so you can feel confident every time you smile.
Tooth whitening (in-office and at-home)
Over the years, your teeth can become stained, dull, or discolored. Professional whitening is the most effective and safest method to bring back those pearly whites. Done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years.
The appearance of badly stained, chipped, oddly shaped or crooked teeth may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth. Made of thin pieces of porcelain or composite, veneers are cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape.
For some patients, a combination of treatments is necessary to attain that perfect smile. A smile makeover will involve two or more cosmetic and general procedures such as teeth whitening or implants.
Removable Partial Dentures Retained
by Dental Implants
Wearing removable dentures can be uncomfortable. Patients complain of being unable to eat the foods that they like. The use of dental implants in combination or in tandem with partial dentures may help solve those issues.
Fixed Partial Dentures (Crowns and Bridges)
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth or after a root canal.They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from a variety of synthetic materials such as porcelain and are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. Fixed bridges can be used to restore missing teeth. These bridges can be supported either by existing teeth or dental implants.
Full Mouth Reconstructions
To restore severely worn or decayed dentition, sometimes it’s necessary to use a combination of crowns/bridges supported by teeth and/or implants. These types of complex cases are best managed by dentists with a specialty in Prosthodontics, such as Dr. Urdaneta.