Replacing Missing Teeth
A missing tooth or teeth is a common complaint among our patients. Luckily, our practice features several cutting-edge methods of filling gaps in a patient’s smile.
If I am missing one or more teeth, what are my options?
Patients today have an array of options for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants all have their advantages and disadvantages, though modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry has come to favor dental implants because they look and function just like real teeth and require no special care.
If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, we urge you to seek treatment. Adjacent teeth can shift into the gap left by a lost tooth; in addition, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss, hygiene problems, difficulties with speaking and eating, and much more. Today’s dental restorations are better than ever, and they can give you a strong bite and a beautiful smile. Contact Palm Springs Dental Practice today for a consultation to learn more about your options for tooth replacement.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Nearly anyone who is missing one or more teeth, and desires a superior, long-lasting aesthetic result is a good candidate for dental implants. However, patients must have enough bone to support and stabilize the implant. Some individuals who have suffered bone loss as a result of gum disease or another condition may need bone grafting before a dental implant can be placed successfully. Dr. Shepherd will provide you with your best options.
Do you offer tooth-colored fillings? Can they replace my old metal fillings?
The placement of tooth-colored composite fillings is one of the most commonly performed general dentistry procedures at Palm Springs Dental. In addition to filling new cavities, these beautiful restorations can replace old metal fillings that have blackened, fractured, popped out, or that simply take away from the beauty of your smile.
How can I know I will be happy with my cosmetic dentistry results?
The two highly experienced cosmetic dentists of Palm Springs Dental Practice, Dr.Shepherd and Dr.Enright, take an individualized approach toward each patient’s treatment. Our dentists apply an artistic eye to smile makeovers, and they always consider your facial shape, the natural form of your teeth, and other factors so that you achieve optimal results. We invite you to view our smile makeover gallery to see the cosmetic dentistry results we are able to achieve.
What are the stages of gum disease? How is gum disease treated?
Gum disease has several stages. The initial stage is called gingivitis and is an infection of the gingival (gum tissue). In this stage, gums become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. The underlying bone is unaffected. In later stages, however, gum disease can lead to bone loss and the loosening or even loss of teeth.
Gum disease treatment varies according to the stage of the disease. At its mildest stages, gingivitis can be treated by clearing plaque and tartar deposits from the gum pockets. Severe gum disease, on the other hand, might require treatment that includes bone and gum grafts.
What are the causes of bruxism (teeth grinding)?
Teeth grinding can be caused by a range of factors; often, both emotional and physical factors are involved. Causal factors can include stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth.
How can bruxism be treated?
Once the cause or causes of bruxism are determined, your dentist can develop a course of treatment. Treatment methods may include:
- Relaxation techniques if stress is at the root of the problem
- Physical therapy
- Muscle relaxants
- A plastic tooth guard to wear at night during sleep
Bruxism can cause serious pain and headaches, as well as dangerous wear on the teeth. In severe cases, restorative dentistry techniques such as inlays or porcelain crowns are needed to rebuild teeth damaged by bruxism. Therefore, it is crucial to seek treatment for bruxism early to avoid waking up with headaches or jaw pain.
Financing Dental Treatment
Dental treatment at Palm Springs Dental Practice is personalized, advanced, and more affordable than ever before.
How can I finance my general, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry treatments?
Palm Springs Dental Practice offers an array of financing options that allow patients to spread the cost of their general or cosmetic dentistry over time. We also accept payment by a variety of methods, including payment through dental insurance.
What is a PPO dental insurance plan?
PPO stands for Preferred Provider Organization. PPO is used to designate a type of California dental insurance plan for which insurance carriers have negotiated discounted rates with providers. Those who are covered by these plans must use the professionals that are part of the network in order to get full benefits. PPO is considered beneficial for everyone. Professionals essentially get referrals from plan carriers, giving them more business. In turn, they offer special discount rates to California dental insurance companies and insurance holders. This means that insurance holders pay less and insurance companies have to pay less money out on claims.
A PPO dental plan is dental coverage that is part of a network California dental insurance system. Dentists sign up for the PPO network hoping to get more patients to treat. In acknowledgment of the referrals an insurance company provides, the dentists offer lower rates for the clients of a particular dental insurance carrier. The result is lower fees for patients. Patients, however, often have to choose from a network of specific dentists or face higher fees or decreased benefits.
What is a HMO dental insurance plan?
HMO dental coverage stands for Health Maintenance Organization dental insurance. This type of dental insurance requires some type of prepayment from you. In exchange, you get dental care from a network of dental care providers. If you want to use a dentist outside the approved network, you must pay your entire dentist’s bill. This type of insurance is also known as capitation dental insurance plan.
With HMO dental coverage, dentists in a network have to provide dental care to members of the dental insurance plan they are part of. No eligible patient can be turned away. Dentists that are part of the network are paid once a month by the dental insurance carrier. Usually, this payment is a fixed monthly sum per person.