High-Quality Restorations in Lawrence
Many of us tend to take our smile for granted until pain, sensitivity, or discomfort begin to impact daily function, speech, and overall quality of life. If you find yourself wanting to turn back to a time when your smile was still healthy, restorative dental care can provide you with lasting solutions.
Dr. Keith Jones and his team offer exceptional restoration services designed to repair damaged or worn enamel, replace missing teeth, eliminate infection, and reestablish a lasting oral health foundation, no matter the severity of your needs. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
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From repairing minor chips and cracks to restoring entire smiles, Dr. Keith Jones and our team are proud to provide the following treatments:
To ensure we provide you and your loved ones with a gorgeous and healthy smile, we believe in only using the highest quality of body-safe and amalgam-free materials. This means that there is no metal of any kind in our restorations, including our fillings, bridges, and crowns. Instead, we offer treatments that use top-grade composite and porcelain renowned for their ability to mimic the feel, durability, and characteristics of natural teeth.
Choosing amalgam-free restorations comes with many advantages. Perhaps the most notable is that they contain no mercury, a material known to have traces of toxicity, which can lead to allergic reactions.
Does My Smile Need Restoration?
Although teeth are strong, they undergo a lot of wear and tear from constant use. Because of daily chewing, biting, and speaking, the risk for developing decay and damage increases, and neglected oral hygiene or an accident can also jeopardize your teeth and gums. Restorative procedures and dental restorations are designed to help address the root of the damage, treat it, and reestablish your smile to its optimal health, function, and beauty.
When you visit our Lawrence dental office, Dr. Jones will determine your need for restorative treatment with a detailed consultation and examination. Our dentist looks for visual signs of infection, damage, and other causes for concern, and also takes digital images of your teeth, gums, jaws, and neck. This thorough evaluation allows our team to determine your situation, diagnose the issues at hand, and create a strategy designed to restore your smile and help prevent future complications.
What is Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
While many dental treatments and procedures treat specific areas of the mouth, full-mouth rehabilitation, or reconstruction, focuses on rebuilding, replacing, and restoring multiple parts of the smile.
Rather than limit treatment to one or two services, full-mouth reconstruction involves combining as many services and procedures as necessary to address an individual’s unique needs, dental concerns, and oral health complications. Each treatment chosen follows a customized plan designed to improve overall function and beauty, all while renewing a foundation of essential oral health.
When is it Necessary?
An injury to the mouth, poor oral hygiene, issues caused by genetics, certain medications, or undergoing certain cancer treatments, may require full-mouth reconstruction to restore optimal oral health. Neglected oral hygiene can not only have a lasting impact on your emotional well-being, but it can affect your physical health on multiple levels. No matter your current oral health or situation, there’s hope for a full, functional, and healthy smile once more with full-mouth rehabilitation.
It is our goal to reestablish a strong oral health foundation, so you can chew, speak, and smile comfortably for as long as possible. With full-mouth reconstruction, Dr. Keith Jones can address everything from missing or severely-damaged teeth to advanced decay, gum disease, TMJ, and even sleeping disorders.
What Does Creating a Full-Mouth Rehabilitation Plan Include?
The first step to a multi-faceted plan is a consultation where our dentist thoroughly examines your smile to detect and diagnose the issues at hand. He firmly believes in discussing his findings with you and how best to proceed with the recommended treatments.
Designing your rehabilitation plan often involves examining your teeth, determining which need treatment, and what kind of custom restorations are needed. Our dentist can successfully restore teeth with same-visit crowns, porcelain veneers, or replace many when coordinating dental implant placement with a trusted local oral surgeon. An intricate examination of the gums helps Dr. Jones determine if gum disease is present, and whether periodontal treatment such as scaling and root planing is required.
During your consultation, we take digital and panoramic x-rays, as well as impressions to check for TMJ disorders and bite problems that may require treatment with custom splints. These advanced technologies also allow us to detect warning signs of sleep apnea, which can be confirmed through a sleep study and addressed with the help of a personalized oral appliance made at our office.
In all cases, Dr. Jones discusses rehabilitation treatment and the recommended procedures thoroughly before finalizing any treatment plan. This ensures that you’re informed every step of the way, and what kind of results you can expect after treatment is complete.
Follow-up Care & Maintenance
Whether dental implants are part of your rehabilitation plan, or you require routine maintenance after gum disease treatment, we provide thorough and attentive follow-up care. Regular visits after your smile reconstruction are required to ensure each treated area is healing properly. Additionally, we‘ll discuss post-care instructions, providing professional tips on how to keep your new restorations clean and functioning properly for years to come.
Who Can Benefit from Full-Mouth Rehabilitation?
Anyone experiencing dental complications that hinder the function, health, and aesthetics of their smile can make great candidates for full-mouth reconstruction. If you have gum disease, are missing several teeth, or have multiple teeth damaged by cracks or fractures, chances are you can benefit from professional smile rehabilitation. Teeth with excessive damage may need to be extracted and then replaced entirely with dental implants and a supported crown, bridge, or denture restoration.
Weak or severely worn teeth from years of teeth grinding (bruxism) can leave many individuals with a dysfunctional smile. This, in turn, can contribute to other problems, such as with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, as worn teeth affect the way your jaws meet. These issues and many others can be treated effectively with full-mouth rehabilitation.
Do My Gums Need Professional Care?
Absolutely! Your gums are the foundation healthy teeth need to stay strong, functional, and remain in their proper place. With gums being so essential to lasting oral health, it may be surprising to know that most adults in the U.S. have had some stage of gum disease without being aware they have it.
Signs of the infection can often go unnoticed, sometimes with few to no symptoms at all. Routine checkups and professional cleanings help our dentist spot the earliest warning signs of gum disease, and from there, craft a treatment plan to address the situation proactively.
The 7 Signs of Gum Disease
If you’re unsure whether you have gum disease, be on the lookout for the following:
- Red, swollen, and tender gums
- Gums that bleed during regular brushing or flossing
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums resulting in “long” looking teeth
- An abscess in the gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
Gum Disease & the Oral-Systemic Connection
The state of your gums plays a critical role in your overall wellness and quality of life. This is because your oral health and overall well-being are closely connected. While there are both helpful and harmful bacteria living in your mouth, poor oral hygiene contributes to an overabundance of plaque. This white, sticky film accumulates above and below the gum line, caused by the excess of harmful bacteria.
The furhter plaque and tartar progress under the gum line, the more your gums become irritated and inflamed. This causes gum tissues to pull away from teeth, forming “periodontal pockets” where more bacteria can accumulate. While gum disease attacks the gum tissues and ligaments, the toxins found in the infection can cause problems in other parts of the body by accessing the bloodstream. This can lead to complications with the heart, diabetes, the brain, as well as many other organs throughout the body.
More dental and medical research suggests that risks with issues such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even low birth weight in newborns can increase if you have advanced gum disease.
Protecting Your Gums with Professional Treatments
Dr. Keith Jones and his team provide the following treatments for addressing gum disease:
Professional Cleanings – Your six-month cleanings do much more than give your teeth a refreshing polish. By removing plaque and hardened tartar effectively, these cleanings help prevent gum infection and ease inflammation, reducing your risk of disease.
Scaling & Root Planing – Tooth scaling removes bacterial plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and underneath your gums. Root planing includes smoothing the root surfaces, which helps discourage bacteria and tartar from building up further. It also removes the toxic byproducts that contribute to gum inflammation. Root planing allows the gums to re-attach to the surfaces of teeth as they heal.
Scheduled Maintenance – We check for other signs of periodontal issues during maintenance cleanings. How often you should undergo maintenance depends on the severity of your gum health, what stage of gum disease you have or have had, and how well you responded to treatment. Every individual is unique, and so will be your continued care provided by Dr. Jones.
What Can Be Done About Recurring Tooth Pain?
Dental pain or sensitivity are often a sign of damage or possible infection entering the inner tooth. Root canal therapy is a restorative procedure used to save a severely infected or damaged tooth whenever possible. To reduce the need for potential extraction, root canal therapy involves removing the infected inner nerves and tissues, known as the pulp, from the root canal chamber. The area is then sterilized and sealed with a body-safe material. To protect and strengthen the treated tooth, it’s capped with a crown that mimics the tooth’s feel, function, and appeal.
Restoring Dental Strength & Function with CEREC Crowns
When it comes to restoring, protecting, and strengthening vulnerable teeth, few solutions come close to dental crowns. Porcelain crowns are often the ideal treatment for repairing individual teeth with large cavities or extensive damage. Because these restorations are specifically designed to encase vulnerable teeth, they provide lasting protection against further wear and infection.
At the dental practice of Keith Jones, DDS, we provide durable and lifelike porcelain crowns that are made right here in our office thanks to our CEREC technology and in-house milling machine. These advanced tools allow us to craft your crown restoration within a single office visit, helping you enjoy a strong and visually-appealing smile quickly and safely.
Why Choose to Restore My Smile with Same-Day Crowns?
CEREC crowns consist of the highest quality of porcelain or ceramic materials. Because our crowns are made in-house, you and Dr. Jones are in complete control of the entire crown process from consultation to placement. Same-day crowns also eliminate the need for temporary restorations as well as the typical two-week waiting period while your traditional crown is being made.
CEREC technology crowns offer many benefits, some of which include:
- Efficient treatment that does not compromise quality
- Complete and straightforward dental restoration
- More preservation of your natural tooth enamel
- Eliminating the need for messy dental impressions
- Durable crowns that can withstand constant wear and tear
Protect Your Smile for the Future, Today!
At the dental practice of Keith Jones, DDS, our dentist is passionate about restoring smiles completely through proven methods that use top-quality restorations. With nearly four decades of experience, Dr. Jones proudly serves residents of the Lawrence, Baldwin, Eudora, Perry, and surrounding Douglas County communities.
If you'd like to learn more about your options for smile restoration, call to schedule your appointment today!
CALL US: (785) 841-0233 REQUEST APPOINTMENT