Implants are tiny titanium posts that we will place into the jawbone of the spot where the tooth is missing. The bone will then bond to the titanium creating the foundation you need to place an artificial tooth. Dental implants not only allow a person to smile confidently again, they also prevent bone deterioration and preserve facial structure.
Not to be confused with a dental bridge, a dental implant is a metal anchor that is surgically placed into your jaw bone. It acts as a tooth root substitute. The implant will gradually bond with the jawbone in three to six months. You will be able to wear a temporary denture or be given a temporary implant crown and enjoy a diet of soft foods during this time. As you wait, we will design the final denture, crown or bridgework. This will improve your look and the function of your teeth!
The second phase begins once the dental implant has completely bonded to the jaw bone. Dr. Muneer will first attach a small healing collar to the implants in your mouth. An impression will be taken at this time and replacement teeth will be made to cover the posts or attachments. The whole procedure can take six to eight months to perform, and most patients have no disruption to their daily life!
Are you ready for dental implants? We bet you are! You’ll need to undergo a dental and radiographic exam as well as a health history before you proceed. Dr. Muneer will address all of your specific needs and concerns, or we will have an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon speak with you. We want to know all of your concerns and will answer any questions so that your procedure is a complete success!
Every tooth has a role when it comes to chewing and speaking. The alignment of your teeth can easily be thrown off if you are missing even one tooth. Missing teeth in the back of your mouth can causing shifting teeth in the front, leading to ugly gaps. If you have lost any teeth, you will need to replace them to maintain the proper functioning of your mouth. Luckily, we provide many options that are perfect for correcting your tooth loss.
A dental bridge is a device that is used to replace missing teeth. The bridge attaches the artificial teeth onto the adjacent natural teeth. These are called abutment teeth. A bridge may be removable or permanently attached. A permanently attached bridge is known as a fixed bridge.
A Fixed Bridge is made by placing crowns over abutment teeth and bonding an artificial tooth in the middle to replace the missing tooth. The crowns on abutment teeth are permanently cemented and can only be removed by a dental professional. The artificial tooth that replaces the missing tooth is called a pontic. A Fixed Bridge offers more solidity than a removable bridge.
We also produce removable bridges that attach to your teeth with a metal clasp or by the use of precision attachments. These can be removed by the wearer and must be taken out to clean every day.
Your teeth must work as a team to complete normal, everyday functions such as speaking and eating. When you are missing one or more teeth, it can be difficult to accomplish these things. We know that you are probably wondering how to replace them, and a bridge is one way to restore both appearance and dental health.
A bridge, or fixed partial denture, fills the gap in the mouth where your teeth are missing. A fixed bridge is bonded into place by a professional and can only be removed by them. A removable bridge can be taken out by the wearer to be cleaned. A fixed bridge can offer more solidity than a detachable one.
We know that you want your oral health and your appearance to be the best that it can be! A bridge can do this for you. Wearing a bridge not only helps you chew and talk, it also improves your facial features. Missing teeth can make your face look more sunken in and older, so a bridge may be the best way to fix this issue.
Your dental health is, of course, another reason a bridge is important. When there are teeth missing, it can cause other teeth to shift, which can cause a number of disorders to occur. One of these disorders is an increased risk of gum disease and ugly gaps to form between other teeth. We can fit you for a bridge and eliminate this risk for you!
A missing tooth or teeth can also cause a person to experience a speech disorder. Their words may not be as clear when they talk, which can lead to embarrassment and difficulty at social or work functions.
Attaching a bridge is a process that we will complete in two appointments. Dr. Muneer will prepare the teeth on both sides of the gap on the first visit. A small portion of the dentin and the enamel will be removed.
Impressions of your teeth will be taken and then sent to the lab, where they will be used to construct your bridge. This is carefully completed, as a bridge must match your bite and opposing teeth and must be constructed slowly.
On the second appointment, we will cement the fixed bridge into place. Dr. Muneer will then check your bite to ensure proper function.
We construct our bridges from metal-free zirconia, porcelain, non-precious alloys, gold alloys, or a combination. Given the high amount of allergic reactions that are seen in the general population from metals, we highly recommend the stronger, metal-free option at Cosmetic Micro Dentistry.
You must always brush and floss your bridge and all of the surrounding teeth every day. The neighboring teeth support the bridge, so it is imperative to keep them clean. We will give you special instructions on how to care for your new bridge and give you sample of products that will help you maintain dental hygiene.
While we run a completely mercury-free practice, many of our patients still come in with silver or mercury fillings from previous dental visits. Not only are these not visually appealing, these fillings often cause the tooth to weaken over time. A porcelain inlay or a tooth-colored restoration (onlays) are fillings that are virtually unnoticeable and can ultimately strengthen your teeth. Our newest bonding technologies make this type of restoration beautiful and strong.
If you have silver fillings in your mouth, the edges may wear down or break. Your tooth may be left exposed and unprotected, causing cavities to start again. The silver metal can expand and contract with age, causing the tooth or teeth to split.
A silver filling has 50 percent mercury in it, which may corrode and even leak onto your teeth and gums.
We can replace any of your old silver fillings with new Tooth-Colored Restorations in our office!
A resin onlay will be bonded onto the tooth to create a tight fit that feels completely natural. If there is a great deal of lost tooth structure, this type of solution is perfect. We will fix your tooth so that it stays intact and strong.
Resin can aid in preventing decay and is what we use for our tooth-colored restorations. The resin will feel like your natural tooth and we do not have to place it at your gum line, which is actually healthier! The result- your BEAUTIFUL SMILE!
Dental sealants are the best protection when you wish to prevent decay on the surfaces of your teeth where you bite down. A dental sealant is basically an acrylic coating that matches the color of your tooth and is painted onto the actual surface of the tooth in question.
A dental sealant does the following:
Dental sealants are quick and easy to apply. They will hold up great under everyday chewing and will last for a few years before needing to be reapplied. They are perfect for children who keep sneaking in all that hard candy!
We apply dental sealants to both adults and children who wish to fight tooth decay.
A denture is a prosthesis that is inserted into your mouth to replace your natural teeth and provide complete support for your cheeks and lips.
Conventional dentures are fabricated for those patients who have all of their teeth extracted. They are placed after the tissues and gums have completely healed. After your teeth are extracted, you will be given an immediate denture. This allows for better tissue healing, tissue conditioning and also allows you to continue to smile during the healing process.
The upper denture consists of flesh-colored acrylic that will cover the roof of your mouth, or palate. The lower denture allows room for your tongue, as it is made in a horseshoe shape.
The teeth of a denture are constructed of either porcelain, acrylic or a combination of the two and can be made to fit over endodontically treated teeth. Complete dentures may also be firmly attached to dental implants to permit a more secure fit.
Denture wearers will need to be seen periodically, as over time the dentures can wear down and may need to be replaced or relined so that the jaw alignment stays normal. This is important as the bones and gum ridges will shrink or recede after the initial teeth extraction. The oral tissues should also be checked for changes or diseases periodically, so keeping dentist appointments is crucial. Due to jaw bone shrinkage over time, a new denture is required every 5 years.
If you are considering dentures, we understand that you don’t want to live without teeth even for a short period of time. We can construct immediate dentures that you can wear while your permanent ones are being made. We start this process in our office even before your teeth are extracted.
We will first take impressions of all of your teeth and gums so that we can construct an appropriate duplicate for you to wear after your teeth are removed. We will insert your immediate dentures at your extraction appointment so you will never have to go out without teeth and will have a smile you can be happy with.
We cannot 100 percent judge how the denture will fit in your mouth prior to your extractions (as your teeth are already there!) so we may need to make esthetic compromises to make sure they fit properly in the event of space or structural concerns.
We ask that you follow our postoperative instructions carefully. Your gums and bones WILL start to recede after your teeth extraction, so we cannot stress enough the importance of check-ups and maintenance appointments at our office. Dr. Muneer will make sure your mouth and gums are healing properly at all times.
A temporary lining or a tissue conditioner will be necessary in order to create the best fit and we may need to correct or adjust them while you are healing. We will also make sure you undergo a permanent denture reline to ensure you have an exact fit when the healing process is finished. Your ultimate comfort is our goal!
Our professional staff will provide you with the best procedure for your individual needs.
Separate Fees May Be Charged For:
Please call our office today at (909) 686-0988 to speak with a Denture Consultant
Replacing any missing teeth is not just good for your appearance; it is good for your oral health. Missing teeth can easily affect how you bite, not to mention your ability to chew foods and speak. Your remaining teeth will be burdened as they take on the added “work” of the missing teeth and you can also experience muscle pain in the jaw and/or headaches. Read on to learn about replacing teeth with an implant retained denture.
Most patients of ours have found that they have no issues wearing their upper denture but find it more difficult to wear and eat with their lower dentures in. There are a few implant-supported replacement options for our clients who are missing all of their lower teeth.
Ball Attachment Denture
One option when you are missing all of your lower teeth is to have us place two implants into your lower jaw so that a denture can be designed that snaps into them. Without the implants, your dentures will not be as stable when you are chewing, so this is a good fix. Remember, your lower denture will still move somewhat, and you may experience sore spots if food particles become trapped under it. Ball Attachment Dentures can be removed by the wearer with some effort, therefore, trapped food can be removed and the problem can be fixed easily. We will still ask you to come in for denture adjustments if we procedure with this option.
We offer another option that involves the placement of four to six implants into your lower jaw, depending on your specific jaw size. After your jaw has healed, we will connect a custom-made support bar to the implants which enables your denture to snap into place securely. Your dentures will first be designed with a special internal retention bar that allows it to be attached. This process is known as an “overdenture” and is an extremely stable option that keeps your dentures firmly in place. You will still be able to remove them to clean.
Our third option has us putting five or more implants directly into your jaw so that we may attach a permanent denture. Your denture will have screws that will secure it to the bar or support posts without actually touching your gum line. This makes it easier to clean your dentures without having to remove them first. This type of denture replaces all missing lower teeth and cannot be removed except through maintenance visits. A lot of our patients who wish to have a permanent denture prefer this particular option when they visit our office.
There are similar options available for those who are missing their upper teeth. Unfortunately, the bones in this area are not as hard as those in the lower jaw, so more implants will be needed for support. This option may actually eliminate having to cover the whole roof of your mouth with a complete denture, subject to the number of implants placed. This makes it possible for you to fully taste what you are eating. Your denture will feel much more natural and you will still be able to remove and clean it.
We can design a removable partial denture to fit specific needs of a patient that is missing one or more teeth. You’ll be able to speak more clearly and eat easier with this procedure.
A partial denture can be made out of:
Your partial denture will be designed with your unique needs in mind. We make every effort to provide you with a self-cleaning partial denture that will help preserve your remaining teeth and oral tissues.
Dr. Muneer will carefully model your partial denture to make sure you can chew evenly over the entire surface of your mouth. You may need to undergo a few changes to some remaining teeth to ensure that this can happen.
Most of our patients prefer metal partials, as they are structurally superior to acrylic partials. We generally use acrylic partials for temporary or transitional partials. Dr. Muneer will speak with you to figure out the best partial for your special circumstance.
Benefits of a Partial Denture:
Dr. Muneer and staff are here to help you with your oral health needs and to address any issues you may have with your dentures or a partial.
When you make the decision to use dentures, you are making a great investment that will need care and upkeep at all times. The way your dentures fit will have a great effect on your oral health. Dr. Muneer will provide you with an annual examination to make sure your dentures are functioning properly.
If you experience any changes to your dental or medical history, please let us know. Various conditions can change the way your dentures fit.
We provide annual oral examinations in order to detect any oral abnormalities. These may include pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions. Detecting any abnormalities early is the best course of action for treatment.
If your dentures become ill-fitting, they can cause tissue and bone damage to occur. Our staff can help you with solutions for your denture needs.
Dr. Muneer will check your dentures for chips, cracks, broken or loose teeth or other problems. If your dentures do not fit right, this can lead to speech impediments, problems biting and chewing and tissue irritants. Dr. Muneer is here to stop these before they occur.
Overview of Your Denture Exam:
When left alone for a long time, sores caused by loose dentures have lead to mouth cancers.
Take your dentures out every night to allow your gums some rest. Soak the dentures in either a denture-cleaning solution or warm water to keep them moist.
Your dental insurance policy usually provides coverage for five years towards new dentures.
Sore spots and tender gums can cause some of our patients to be unable to wear ordinary dentures. We may recommend that you reline your denture with a type of material that will stay pliable for one to two years before we need to replace it again. This material eases the pain of sore spots more so than a standard hard reline acrylic does. We may also recommend implant retained dentures, as this is a more permanent solution for this particular problem.
Your full set of dentures should have a hard reline done by Cosmetic Micro Dentistry every two years. We will remove a layer of plastic from the interior surface of the dentures and then refill it with a putty-like substance. This substance conforms to your mouth so that we can take a new impression. Your denture is sent off to our lab to be readjusted to the new shape so that you have the best contact between your mouth and your denture. We want to make sure your dentures are as comfortable as possible!
If your dentures haven’t been evaluated for a while, your gums may become swollen, red, or misshapen, making it harder to take an accurate impression for a soft or hard reline. A palliative, or temporary, reline is a medicated material that will help any inflammation to subside. This type of reline will help the denture to fit tighter and is typically soft and pliable. In a few weeks, the inflamed gums will return to normal and the patient will be ready for either their new dentures or a hard reline.
If your denture is old and cracked, but the teeth are still in good shape, a rebase may be required. This is similar to a reline, but a rebase will replace the whole pink-acrylic denture base material and not just the lining.
Rebase reasons may include:
Dr. Muneer and staff are often able to provide a denture repair the same day you bring them in. Any circumstance that leads to your denture being damaged should be addressed immediately to restore the dentures to their original or near-original condition. Dr. Muneer can give you advice on how to prevent further damage from occurring after taking the necessary steps to fix your dentures.
To absorb the shock that can occur between your gums and the hard base of a denture, we will apply a soft liner in-between your oral tissues and the surface of your dentures. A soft liner is useful for new dentures and when existing dentures need to be retrofitted. The pliable material is soft and absorbing and will keep your dentures comfortable.
Every once in awhile, we get a patient who has flatter gum tissues that may not respond the best to dentures and a soft liner that is permanently in place can provide much needed comfort to that individual. Some patients have sharper, bonier areas in their mouths or deal with sore gum tissues on an everyday basis, in which case soft liners can help a great deal. They have many advantages, including:
We do ask that all patients schedule follow-up visits to our office and with Dr. Muneer when you use soft liners. We want to make sure that your dentures are fitting well and that your oral health is as best as it can be.
A root canal is a well-known dental procedure that many people have either had or at least know about. More than 14 million people a year have had a root canal or non surgical root canal performed on a tooth. Having endodontic therapy done can help to save your real teeth and negate the need for a bridge or other type of dental work.
We realize that many people are nervous about having to undergo a root canal surgery. However, let us explain the procedure to put your mind at ease:
Pulp is at the center of every tooth. The pulp found in your tooth is a number of blood vessels that aid in the construction of the tooth that surrounds it. Unfortunately, pulp can become infected because of a number of reasons. Infections can come from chips, cracks, deep decay, trauma, or repeated dental procedures to the same tooth. An infection can cause symptoms such as pain in the tooth and surrounding gums. It can also cause sensitivity to temperature and swelling in the tooth. Often times, the swelling is visible to the naked eye if the infection is severe. The tooth may even need to be extracted.
It sounds like an intimidating operation even if it’s a non surgical root canal, but techniques and technology have come a long way. In many cases it can actually be pain-free . If you need a root canal or non surgical root canal in Montclair, CA, don’t delay seeing an experienced and reputable dentist as soon as possible.
Residents of the Inland Empire who need a root canal in Montclair, CA should contact Cosmetic Micro Dentistry. Let our experienced staff alleviate your pain and discomfort. We are a five-star rated dental office who will make the process as comforting as possible.
Come visit us at 9359 Central Ave, Suite D1 in Montclair, CA or contact us at (909) 686-0988. You’ll be glad you did!
There are many reasons that Dr. Muneer and you, the patient, may decide together as a team that you will need a tooth extraction. You may have a tooth or teeth that are severely decayed and cannot be fixed, or they may be broken and not able to be repaired. Some of our patients suffer from advanced periodontal disease and must have a tooth or teeth extracted. Some teeth need to be removed because of the way they are positioned in the mouth; for example, in the case of a patient that has impacted teeth. Other patients may need a tooth removed in advance for an orthodontic treatment.
Even removing one single tooth can cause issues when you eat. You may also experience problems with your teeth shifting or in the joints of your jaw. All of these examples can cause you to have problems later on with your dental health.
We can help you to avoid these complications in many cases. Dr. Muneer will sit and explain the alternatives to having an extraction done, including how to replace the extracted tooth if you do need to continue with the procedure.
We will do everything that we can to make the extraction process as pain-free as possible! We will start off by numbing the area where the extraction is about to take place. This includes the actual tooth, as well as the gums surrounding it and your jaw bone. We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area so you feel as little pain as possible.
While the extraction process is taking place, you may feel pressure in the area. However, the pressure is not the same as pain, as the anesthetic will have numbed the nerves that cause you to feel pain. The nerves that actually transmit the pressure feeling are not affected.
Please alert Dr. Muneer or our staff if you do start feeling any type of pain during the extraction process.
In some cases, a tooth will require sectioning, which is a very ordinary procedure we do with our patients. Some teeth are anchored very firmly down into their sockets or roots to the point that the socket cannot be widened enough to remove the tooth. If this is the case, Dr. Muneer will just cut your tooth carefully into sections so that one section can be removed at a time.
A blood clot must form after your tooth extraction in order for the bleeding to stop and for the healing process to begin. We will provide you with a gauze pad to bite down on for 30-45 minutes after your dental appointment. You may find that you need to use another gauze pad for an additional 30 minutes if the bleeding doesn’t stop. Don’t worry if you must do this a few times in order to stop the blood flow, as this is normal.
You will want to be careful that you do not dislodge the clot after it forms, as this can cause the healing process to get set back. Please do not rinse your mouth out vigorously with any liquid, do not smoke, suck on straws, brush your teeth near the site of the extraction or drink alcohol for about 72 hours afterward. Do not exercise vigorously for the next 24 hours either, as exercise can increase your blood pressure and cause the extraction site to start bleeding again.
It is normal to feel some pain and swelling after you have a tooth extracted. An ice pack will help keep the swelling down and will ease the pain you may be feeling. You can even use a bag of frozen vegetables to apply to the area to reduce swelling. Most swelling will subside on its own after 48 hours.
Pain medication may also be used as directed by our office. You may have been prescribed antibiotics from our office, which must be taken until the prescription is gone. Even if the swelling and/or pain goes away, keep taking the antibiotics. If you feel like your medication is not working, please give our office a call right away.
The day of the extraction, drink a lot of fluids to help keep you hydrated. You can eat soft, nutritious foods that day and return to normal foods when you feel comfortable.
After 24 hours are up, resume your typical dental routine. You need to brush and floss your teeth regularly, as this can speed up the healing process and keep your mouth feeling clean and fresh!
In a few days your mouth should feel fine. You can then resume all of your normal activities. Any heavy bleeding, ongoing swelling, severe pain or a reaction to any medication should be reported to us immediately. Call our office if you are having any of these problems or have any questions or concerns.
Dr. Muneer will more than likely recommend non-surgery treatment in order to alleviate any of these symptoms. We will carefully remove the pulp that is injured and cleanse and seal the root canal system. We will provide you with local anesthesia and your root canal can usually be performed in one visit. However, some patients do require two visits. This type of treatment usually has around a 90 percent success rate.
Your tooth may not be agreeable to endodontic treatment, or our consultation may find that your chance of success with a root canal isn’t looking good. We will let you know at that time if a complication is possible. A local anesthetic is used to eliminate any pain or discomfort during the procedure. If you indicate that you would like to have nitrous oxide in addition, we can also use this method for your comfort. After you have a root canal, you will be allowed to drive a vehicle by yourself home. Most patients feel comfortable enough to return to their normal, daily activities afterward.
After Root Canal Therapy is completed, the tooth becomes brittle. It is highly recommended that a crown be placed over the tooth to ensure that it does not break or fracture in the future. In most cases, Dr. Muneer will be able to prepare your tooth for a crown on the same day as your root canal therapy. Most people do not experience any type of complication after endodontic surgery or microsurgery, but we want you to know that we are here if you have questions or concerns. Please give our office a call if you have a concern you would like to discuss. Remember, good dental hygiene is still important in order to prevent future decay.
Root canal costs vary depending on a few factors that are unique to each patient. The more severe damage to the tooth, the more the treatment may cost. However, patients find that choosing a root canal costs less than having to have a tooth pulled and then replacing it with a new, artificial one.
We perform dental bonding here at our office for patients with cracked or chipped teeth. This procedure can be a substitute to teeth veneers and is considered a restorative procedure.
Your tooth will be prepared with a bonding liquid after we lightly etch the surface of the tooth. When the liquid sets, we apply a plastic resin to the tooth and then form it into the shape that is desired. The resin can then be trimmed and polished once it is set. Your tooth will look and feel completely natural.
You can complete a bonding procedure in just one office visit. It can improve the way your teeth look and give you more confidence in your smile. Please remember, plastic resin cannot compare to the strength of your tooth enamel. Therefore, it can chip or stain more easily than your natural tooth. You may need to have the binding repaired within three to five years of having the procedure done.