If you want to firmly secure a crown, bridge, or denture to replace missing teeth while, at the same time, preserving the health of your jawbone, then dental implants may be the right treatment for you. Dr. Craig Miller is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has years of experience with this procedure. He can surgically place a titanium or zirconia (ceramic) post in your jawbone. Once you heal, he will attach an abutment and a single or multiple-tooth prosthesis to the implant.
A dental crown can conceal the evidence of a damaged or missing tooth by covering and protecting the remainder of a damaged tooth, or attach to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. At The Miller Center, we typically use all-ceramic crowns, which are durable and look natural. Placement of a crown typically takes two visits. At the first visit, we will clean and prepare the tooth before taking an impression so our dental lab can craft the perfect, custom-made crown to complete your grin. The permanent ceramic crown will be placed during a second appointment.
While we offer both traditional and implant-supported dentures to replace most or all of your teeth, we usually recommend implant-supported dentures, which may be either fixed or removable. We use the All-on-4® technique to secure implant-supported dentures. This approach involves the placement of four implants per arch. Implant-supported dentures are more stable, comfortable, long-lasting, and natural-looking than traditional dentures. Meanwhile, they prevent jaw bone atrophy.
Dr. Miller can combine restorative treatments to create a customized full-mouth reconstruction plan. A full-mouth reconstruction is designed to completely restore the health, balance, and functionality of your smile so you can chew, drink, and speak comfortably. We will examine your mouth in detail, using our panoramic digital X-ray machine and intraoral camera to determine which options may be right for your unique needs, budget, and desired results.
A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. A bridge can attach to two adjacent crowned teeth or dental implants. We typically recommend implant-supported bridges because they offer the very best support and prevent jaw bone atrophy in the absence of tooth roots. Typically, our bridges have a zirconia base with an e.max® ceramic surface, but we can also use porcelain fused to metal for large bridges. Whatever the procedure,The Miller center will customize a plan that best suits your needs
If you have an area of decay or damage that is too large for a simple filling but too small to warrant a full crown, we may recommend a dental onlay or inlay. These restorations are custom-made, like crowns, but they cover only the chewing surfaces of a tooth. Inlays cover a small area, while onlays extend all the way to the tooth cusps, or raised points of your teeth. Inlays and onlays mimic the look and feel of natural enamel, protecting your tooth while providing a beautiful look.
In the absence of tooth roots, your jaw bone will begin to atrophy, or shrink. If you have waited to address missing teeth, a bone graft may be necessary before moving ahead with dental implant placement. Dr. Miller can augment the jaw with donor tissue to restore an adequate foundation for your next procedure. Once healing is complete, we can move ahead with placing a dental implant and restoring it with a custom crown, bridge, or denture.