What Procedures Does a Prosthodontist Do?

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What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in tooth replacement and restoration. In addition to regular dental school, prosthodontists must attend three extra years of training, in which they learn how to best restore your smile. Here are Rigby Advanced Dental, Dr. Rigby, DDS, MS, helps people every day with his training as a prosthodontist. Prosthodontists like Dr. Rigby must keep up with the latest research and literature about advanced methods for restoring your smile.

Who needs a prosthodontist?

You might need a prosthodontist if you have missing teeth that you’d like to replace, already have dentures, are interested in getting dentures, or just want a nicer smile in general. As we age our smile tends to degrade, so it is very common for people over sixty to see a prosthodontist.

What procedures can a prosthodontist provide me?

Dr. Rigby is experienced in dental rehabilitation, and he performs these procedures regularly:

  • Dentures & Partial Dentures: Dentures are a natural-looking, removable way to improve your smile and bite. Dentures fill in the space created by missing teeth, giving you back your smile.
  • Dental Implants: Implants are a permanent, durable, and preferred method for replacing a missing tooth, in which a metal post is inserted into to the jawbone and supports a crown which is cemented on to create a natural-looking tooth.
  • Bridges: Dental bridges help “bridge” the gap from a missing tooth with support from natural teeth on either side of the gap.
  • Crowns & Veneers: Crowns and veneers serve as coverings for damaged teeth. Crowns cover the whole tooth, while veneers cover only a tooth’s front surface, visible to others.

If you think you might need to see a prosthodontist, give our friendly office staff a call today at (512) 992-2822 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rigby.

How Do You Fix a Cracked Tooth?

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Tooth enamel may be strong, but there are still plenty of ways you could crack your tooth, including chewing down on something hard like a pencil or suffering some sort of dental injury while playing sports. Cracking a tooth doesn’t mean you’ve ruined your smile forever. At Rigby Advanced Dental, we offer a few solutions to help make your smile good as new. Nobody will even notice that anything happened to your smile!

Fillings

Fillings are not just for cavities. If you have small chips in your teeth, a tooth-colored filling can do just the trick in making your teeth look like new. We only use tooth-colored fillings, so you don’t have to feel self-conscious about having them. On top of that, we use state-of-the-art, pain-free laser technology to ensure that you have effective and well-fitted fillings. No need for multiple visits to address the same problem!

Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a simple and easy way to restore your smile. A crown is essentially a false tooth that can be used by themselves, along with a dental implant, or in bridges. In the case of a cracked tooth, you will likely receive a crown by itself. Our porcelain and high-strength metal crowns are durable and natural-looking so you never have to afraid to smile.

Veneers

Veneers are like thin covers placed over teeth. We may be able to place a veneer over the crack to have your tooth looking good as new again.

Dental Implant

If your cracked tooth is unsalvageable, a dental implant is a great option. It’s a long-lasting, realistic solution that you can brush and floss just like a regular tooth.

You have your options at Rigby Advanced Dental when it comes to fixing cracked and broken teeth. To find out which solution is best for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Dental Implant FAQs

Dr. Rigby at Rigby Advanced Dental is a Bee Cave dentist that specializes in dental implants and advanced dental restorations. As a specialist, he gets a lot of questions regarding dental implants and everything that process entails. In order to give his patients more information so that they can make educated decisions, he decided to provide answers to his most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
Dental implant FAQs

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Dental Implants or Dentures – Pros and Cons

Statistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons show that nearly 70% of adults aged 35-44 years in the United States have lost at least one tooth. The reason for losing a tooth can be from accident, tooth decay, or gum disease, but all of those have the same result: the need for replacement!

Dental implants or Dentures?

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What Is All-On-4 or Teeth-In-A-Day?

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Austin, TX we strive to bring our patients the most up-to-date techniques and long lasting restorations. One such advancement we are happy to offer is full arch immediate load implant supported prostheses.  Dental implants have changed the treatment options available in dentistry over the last 15-20 years. They have been nothing less than a miracle in the replacement of teeth whether it be a single tooth, multiple teeth, or as anchor and support for a denture. As any technology matures, new advancements and techniques come into the fold. One of those newer procedures is called All-On-4 Dental Implants. This dental procedure allows for the placement of four dental implants in an arch (hence the name all-on-4 dental implants), and a screw retained full arch restoration to be placed on the same day. Patients leave the office with secured teeth. For this reason the all-on-4 dental implant technique is also called “Teeth-In-A-Day“.

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Another Dental Implant Placed in Bee Cave, TX

Another wonderful dental implant was placed at Rigby Advanced Dental this week in Bee Cave, TX.  With Dr. Rigby’s extensive training in dental implant surgery and prosthetics we enjoy being able to offer these services to our patients in and around Austin, TX.  Both the patient and Dr. Rigby were pleased with the outcome and look forward to completing the treatment soon.

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Rigby Advanced Dental Offers Custom Specialty Dentures!

Custom dentures is one thing Rigby Advanced Dental of Bee Cave and Lakeway, TX excels at.  We offer a variety of denture products, services and as always involve our patients in the treatment decisions. Dentures are designed to replace missing teeth, and are worn by millions of Americans. Technological advancements have resulted in dentures that are lightweight and mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Most dentures are made from a combination of metals and synthetic material such as acrylic resin.

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Today’s Implant Restoration!

Check out the dental implant restoration Dr. Brent Rigby  just completed for one of our outstanding patients!  The implant was placed and restored by Dr. Rigby.  It was allowed to integrate with the surrounding bone for roughly six months before final restoration.  The patient had a very smooth and comfortable healing period and was surprised by how simple and straight forward dental implants can be.  Both Dr. Rigby and the patient were pleased with the outcome.

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Today’s Implant Placement!

Check out this dental implant placement Dr. Rigby just completed for one of our outstanding patients!  The procedure took approximately an hour and the results are “FANTASTIC”!  Both the patient and Dr. Rigby were pleased with the outcome and look forward to completing the treatment soon.

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