Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier help repair and replace patients’ teeth in our Towson, Maryland, dental office. Our dentists are experienced prosthodontists and use advanced techniques and digital technology for predictable and lasting results. By working with patients, we can evaluate their specific needs and provide quality restorative dental care.
If you need to protect damaged teeth, restore missing teeth, treat gum disease, stop TMJ problems, or require dental surgery, contact our dental office to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and review your treatment options with you.
Restorative Dental Care
Dentists use restorative dental treatments to treat a variety of dental problems. Some of the solutions we offer can be used in tandem. For example, we can remove infections and then replace missing teeth. Our dentists can also ensure that your final dental restoration is healthy and secure by addressing tooth and gum issues first. Dental restorations that we provide include:
A dental bridge is a series of artificial teeth that your dentist can use to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. It is made up of dental crowns, which will secure the bridge to the abutment teeth, and pontics, the replacement teeth. A dental bridge can also replace several missing in a row and be secured to at least two dental implants. A traditional fixed bridge requires that the abutment teeth be permanently reduced in size. An implant secured bridge does not require the use of healthy remaining teeth. It is secured to dental implants that are placed in the jaw bone. To learn more about the different kinds of dental bridges, see Dental Bridge.
Deep tooth stains and tooth damage may be covered and protected with a tooth crown. This sturdy restoration also helps stabilize a bite. A dental crown is one of the most widely used restorations in dentistry. Often referred to as a tooth cap or tooth crown, it is used to restore cracked teeth and teeth that have been compromised by cavities. The dental crown covers the entire tooth, like a cap, and is permanently cemented into place. It protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with dental fillings or other types of restorations. To learn more about the dental crown process, see Dental Crown.
A versatile restorative treatment, dental implants replace teeth at the root. An implant secured dental restoration will look and function just like natural teeth. A dental implant is a titanium screw-like post that your dentist will surgically place in the jaw bone. Here, it will fuse to the surrounding bone to create a durable base to hold a dental restoration. A single dental implant can secure a dental crown to replace one missing tooth. Multiple dental implants can secure a denture or dental bridge in place to replace several missing teeth or a whole row of missing teeth. To learn more about the dental implant process, see Dental Implants.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures are removable dental restorations that replace missing teeth and some of the surrounding gum tissue. Patients with full arches of lost teeth can restore their smiles with full dentures. We can also restore arches that have several missing teeth with partial dentures. They are made essentially a framework that will rest on the gum or clasp in between remaining teeth with false teeth fused to it. Dentures can also be secured with dental implants for a more durable fit. Dentures restore function and aesthetics to the mouth. To learn more about the benefits of receiving dentures, see Dentures and Partials.
Oral Surgical Procedures
Our dentists offer bone grafting and sinus lifts to help patients get the care they need. A sinus lift is an necessary oral surgery that will strengthen the bone tissue in the upper jaw. This procedure will allow patients to receive dental implants in the upper row to replace missing teeth. Bone grafting is a similar procedure that will help build back up the bone tissue after tooth loss. It is sometimes necessary if a person has a tooth extraction or suffers from bone loss after tooth loss and wants to replace their teeth with dental implants. We offer anesthesia or dental sedation to provide the most comfortable care during these oral surgical procedures. To learn more about sinus lifts and bone grafting, see Oral Surgical Procedures.
Gum Disease Treatment
Whether you have mild periodontal symptoms or more serious concerns, we can help restore the health of both your teeth and gums with periodontal disease treatments. Gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque in your mouth. Plaque is a sticky substance that coats the teeth and is filled with bacteria. It must be removed regularly with brushing or it will begin to irritate the gums. Chronic plaque buildup will lead to gum disease. To learn more about the symptoms of gum disease, see Periodontal Disease Treatment.
Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier are experienced local prosthodontists who restore and reinforce damaged teeth. They have years of experience in helping patients get the smile of their dreams. Patients who suffer from missing or damaged teeth will need to have those teeth replaced. As expert prosthodontists, our dentists can restore teeth that suffer from even the most complex issues. To learn more about the what prosthodontic treatments we offer, see Prosthodontics.
Treatment for TMJ disorders can involve several things. TMJ disorders can lead to severe tooth damage. Our first goal is to stop the damage. In our Towson office, we offer night guards for patients with jaw pain and tooth damage from TMJ disorders. This will create a barrier between the top and bottom rows of teeth to stop them from making contact. If damaged has already occurred from your TMJ disorder, we can use restorative dentistry treatments such as dental crowns or bonding fix the damage. To learn more about the TMJ treatments we offer, see TMJ Treatment.
Restorative Dentistry FAQs
To learn more about restorative dentistry, read through our frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please contact our dental office.
What is the difference between orthodontics and prosthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry specializing in treating malocclusions, which are problems with the alignment of the teeth or jaws. Prosthodontics is a specialty field within dentistry that focuses on restoring and replacing missing teeth and other structures that relate to oral health.
Orthodontic treatment usually involves braces or retainers to correct misalignment, while prosthodontic treatment mainly includes dental implants and crowns. Both orthodontists and prosthodontists require additional education beyond regular dental training to specialize in their respective fields.
How painful is oral surgery?
The pain level patients will experience during oral surgery will vary. The pain will depend on the procedure and the patient’s pain threshold. However, dentists and oral surgeons take several measures to minimize your discomfort. Oral surgeons and dentists will use local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia to ensure patients are comfortable during the surgery.
After the procedure, some discomfort, swelling, or soreness might occur. You can manage discomfort with pain medications and by following your dental professional’s post-operative care instructions.
What are the stages of gum disease?
The initial stage is gingivitis, where gums become red and swollen and may bleed during brushing. The next stage is early periodontitis, where gums recede and pockets form between the teeth and gums. The third stage is moderate periodontitis, which involves deeper pockets. There is also an increase in bone loss and possible tooth mobility at this stage.
Advanced periodontitis is the final stage. The patient will experience severe tooth and bone loss, gum recession, and tooth loss. Early detection and intervention are critical to preventing gum disease progression.
How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?
A dental bridge can replace one or three missing teeth, depending on the specific situation and the health of the adjacent teeth that will support the bridge. Generally, a dental bridge can replace anywhere from one to four teeth in a row. However, the exact number depends on factors such as the location of the missing teeth, the strength of the abutment teeth, and the oral health of the patient. Consult a dentist to determine the most suitable type and size of the dental bridge for your case.
Is restorative dentistry painful?
Restorative dentistry procedures, such as fillings, crowns, and dental implants, can involve some level of discomfort. However, dentists take measures to minimize pain and ensure comfort. Your dentist will use local anesthesia or sedation to help alleviate pain or anxiety during the procedure.
After a restorative treatment, patients may experience some soreness, swelling, or sensitivity. However, you manage these symptoms with pain medications and by following your aftercare instructions. It’s important to discuss any concerns about pain with your dentist.
Will my face look different with dentures?
Yes, dentures may change the appearance of your face. Dentures can impact your facial appearance by providing support for your facial muscles. Your facial muscles may sag or appear to sink in due to missing teeth. Dentists will design and fit dentures to help restore the natural contours of your face. However, there might be a slight adjustment period as you get comfortable with the feel of the dentures. Work closely with your dentist to ensure a comfortable fit and natural appearance.
Implant Dentistry in Towson, MD
Dr. Nathan Dancykier places all types of dental implants to restore missing teeth. This is the most naturally functioning treatment option. During your dental consultation, we will evaluate all aspects of your dental health and discuss your aesthetic goals before making a treatment plan to meet all of your needs.
Using state-of-the-art technology, we can securely place implants to restore the form and function of the bite. Implants can become permanent anchors for a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Once in place, they offer natural biting, chewing, and speaking ability, restoring your confidence in your smile.
Schedule a Consultation for Restorative Dentistry in Towson, MD
Are you looking for a restorative dentist? Do you need to fill the gaps in your smile? Call for comprehensive dental solutions at 410.324.2294. You may also request an appointment with Dr. Boenning or Dr. Dancykier on our website. Our Towson, MD, dental team can help you find the best solutions for your dental problems. All of our dental restorations will match your natural tooth color and blend in with your smile.