Dr Rich DDS is probably most noted as a dentist in Newport Beach for his restorative dental skills. Dr. Rich has years of experience in the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures. Restorative dentistry primarily addresses procedures that would not be considered optional. Correcting broken, uneven, chipped, or missing teeth; gum inflammation, and other similar problems are not cosmetic procedures. Left uncorrected problems such as these can lead to gum disease and serious health problems. If damaged or missing teeth change the alignment of your structure, the result can be a variety of symptoms, including headaches, earaches, teeth grinding, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). With restorative dentistry, Dr. Rich can correct your bit, thus ensuring the health of your teeth, jaw, and jaw joints. Many of the restorative procedures in which Dr. Rich excels are listed below. Call Dr. Rich and discuss with him how he can restore the normal function of your teeth and the aesthetics of your smile.
Bridges: A dental bridge is a fixed partial denture anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. Bridges can, restore your smile, restore the ability to properly chew and speak, distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth, and can prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position. The missing tooth or teeth are replaced by a natural-looking prosthetic (replacement) that is held together by the teeth on either side of the missing one(s). Dr. Rich will generally prescribe a bridge when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space. With proper care, a bridge will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are often an option for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Dr. Rich will consult with you whether dental implants are appropriate for you. A dental implant is considered a conservative treatment and if it’s right for you, rest assured, your new tooth or teeth will have excellent stability and strength, and will look and feel like your natural teeth.
Crowns: A crown is 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. Crowns can also be placed on dental implants as described above. With the new technology of today, Dr. Rich can create a crown using high-strength ceramic and porcelain with beautiful cosmetic results that crown will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.
Dentures: A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures; complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Dentures prevent the sagging of facial muscles and enable you to eat and speak normally. If you are in need of dentures, your dentures will custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions Dr. Rich takes of your mouth. Our goal is to prevent the need for dentures, but if they become necessary, Dr. Rich will make sure your dentures feel and look as natural as possible.
Inlays: A dental inlay is used when the decay or fracture is so extensive that a direct restoration, such as amalgam or composite, would not be effective. In such situations Dr. Rich will discuss with you the possibility of an inlay restoration. While more expensive than direct restorations, the superiority of an inlay in terms of resistance to occlusal forces, protection against recurrent decay, precision of fabrication, and ease of cleansing offers an excellent alternative. With proper care, your inlay or onlay will increase your overall health and brighten your smile for years to come.
Root Canal: Root canal therapy, or Endodontic treatment as it is formally called, is necessary when a tooth becomes badly decayed or infected. “Root canal” is the term used to describe the pulp or pulp chamber within the root canal of the tooth. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal and root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Left untreated, the inflammation or infection can cause a variety of serious health risks. Severe toothache, discoloration of the tooth and swelling and inflammation of the gums can be symptoms of the need for root canal therapy.
Orthodontics: Orthodontic treatment may be prescribed by Dr. Rich to correct teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease, and can lead to headaches, TMJ disorder and orofacial pain. Dr. Rich is experienced in applying many different types of orthodontic appliances, both fixed and removable. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws to correct the positioning. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach Dr. Rich will recommend as being the most effective.
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