Restorative Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ
Full Mouth Dental Reconstruction
Dr. Sielicki at Sonoran Dental Design in Scottsdale performs full mouth reconstructions for patients who suffer from numerous dental issues. These customized treatment plans combine multiple restorative procedures to deliver outstanding outcomes. During a new patient exam, we will gather diagnostic information about your smile and help you understand the condition of your oral health. Most often, patients who require full mouth reconstruction suffer from gum disease, so we will recommend appropriate periodontal treatments. Once your gums are healthy, our dentist will rehabilitate the rest of your smile using implants, grafting, orthodontia, or other procedures, depending on your specific needs. During planning, we will take digital photos of your mouth and create a wax-up model so you understand what to expect and feel fully informed about your treatment. Dr. Sielicki will work closely with you throughout the process to educate you about your oral health and achieve your long-term goals.
If you have lost one or more teeth, Dr. Ann Sielicki can help you reclaim the look and function of your smile with dental implants. These are titanium posts inserted into your jawbone, where they fuse with your natural tissue and create a stable foundation for all types of prostheses, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. If you’d like to restore your smile with implants, Dr. Sielicki will facilitate your implant placement surgery by working closely with our trusted local partner periodontist. Once healing is complete, we will custom-make a beautiful restoration and attach it to your implant or implants. Depending on your particular circumstances, we may be able to load a restoration immediately, instantly repairing your smile.
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A dental crown, also called a cap, is a restoration that covers the entire tooth, from the chewing surface to the gums. Dr. Sielicki often place dental crowns over teeth damaged by decay, infection, or trauma. These restorations protect the remaining structure and improve the tooth’s appearance for a healthy, attractive smile. We frequently use our advanced CEREC® computer-assisted design and milling machine to create customized crowns in a single appointment. We most often use durable, aesthetic ceramic like IPS e.max® and zirconia Lava crowns to restore patients smiles. In some cases, we also use leucite-enforced ceramic IPS Empress® or gold restorations. Dr. Sielicki will help you determine which type of crown will suit your needs, preferences, and budget.
If you are missing a single tooth or multiple adjacent teeth, Dr. Sielicki may recommend placing a dental bridge to fill the gap in your smile. These larger prostheses consist of two crowns with an artificial tooth or teeth between them. If you opt for a conventional bridge, we will shape two healthy teeth to hold the crowns for your bridge. However, we typically recommend implant-supported bridges, which anchor to dental implants on either side of the space left by the missing tooth or teeth. These prostheses are more stable, natural-looking, and healthy, since the implants stimulate the jawbone to prevent deterioration. Dr. Sielicki usually utilize porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) bridges for the back of the mouth and more lifelike all-porcelain or zirconia restorations in the front.
Bacteria in plaque and tartar produce acids that can wear down your enamel, creating cavities. Dr. Sielicki uses our advanced CariFree system to analyze your mouth’s pH and bacterial content, allowing us to detect decay before it becomes more advanced or difficult to treat. If you suffer from caries, we will simply remove the damaged portion of your tooth, clean the remaining material, and place a filling to restore it. We use only tooth-colored composite fillings because they are durable and natural-looking.
Inlays and Onlays
If you suffer from an area of decay or damage that is too large for a simple filling, but not extensive enough to require a dental crown, Dr. Sielicki may place an inlay or onlay to repair your tooth. Inlays cover just the chewing surface, while onlays extend beyond its cusps, or raised corners. If you require an inlay or onlay, our dentist will custom-make these restorations using our advanced CEREC® machine to blend beautifully with your smile. Dr. Sielicki utilizes porcelain to fabricate inlays and onlays because this material is attractive, sturdy, and stain-resistant.
Unfortunately, millions of Americans have lost many or all of their teeth to decay, periodontal disease, injury, or other issues. Dr. Sielicki can provide dentures to help you eat, speak, and smile comfortably and confidently again. In rare cases, we provide conventional prostheses, which are artificial teeth and gums that simply rest atop your tissue, attached by suction and adhesive. However, since these restorations can shift during speaking and chewing and lead to bone loss, we typically recommend implant-supported dentures. These prostheses provide unparalleled stability using four or more strategically placed dental implants per arch.