How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve the Appearance of My Teeth?

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Teeth. We only get one set, so it might feel like you’re stuck with what you’ve got. Fortunately for so many of us with troubled teeth, that’s just not true. The wonder of cosmetic dentistry is that it can fix just about any woes you may have in regards to your smile. In this blog post we’ll explore how the cosmetic procedures we offer here at Rigby Advanced Dental can transform your smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Tooth discoloration can really bring you down, making you self-conscious of your smile. It’s a common problem, especially with so many of us reliant on tooth-staining coffee or committed to our nightly glass of highly-pigmented red wine. Luckily, it’s a problem we can address. With professional whitening, we can restore your teeth to their natural brilliance using safe and effective technology.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are the next step up in cosmetic dentistry. They are a true commitment, but one that will deliver you a brand new smile. Because the process involves removing a layer of the enamel before bonding the custom-made veneer to the teeth, the process is permanent. The result is a truly perfect smile, one that’s straight, bright and white, and is resistant to chips and discoloration.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Looking for a full smile-overhaul? If whitening and veneers alone won’t cut it, we can use a variety of solutions to reconstruct your smile to fit your unique needs. While cosmetic services like veneers may be incorporated, we also draw from a range of restorative techniques to address issues such as missing teeth, broken or worn down teeth, misshapen teeth, jaw pain, and more.

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If you’re ready to see an improvement in your smile, the first step is to set up a consultation. We’ll talk options, process, budget, and results! Give our office a call and we’ll get your visit on the books.

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Do I Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

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Functional teeth are a part of a healthy life that many of us take for granted. Missing teeth due to damage or a genetic condition can mean difficulty performing daily tasks like chewing and eating. The good news is that modern dentistry allows for restoration, no matter how advanced the issue is. Even individuals with no teeth at all can find their smile again with full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Rigby is an experienced prosthodontist who is skilled at providing full mouth reconstruction to those who need it most. Check out our Smile Gallery to see before and after photos of Dr. Rigby’s actual patients!

What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction is the term given to replacement of all missing or damaged teeth. If you have suffered from injury, tooth decay, or other incidents that have led to multiple missing teeth, you are a good candidate for reconstruction. Those with genetic conditions that lead to missing teeth or bone loss are also good candidates. These include conditions like ectodermal dysplasia, cleidocranial dysplasia, ameliogenesis, or dentinogenisis imperfecta. After a full mouth reconstruction you’ll have a beautiful, natural-looking smile that restores function and appearance.

How Long Does It Take?

The answer to this question varies widely depending on your needs. There are many options for tooth replacements, including dentures, crowns and dental implants. At minimum, this process will take several appointments, including an initial consultation.

How Much Does It Cost?

Again, this depends on the materials used and your particular health needs. A consultation will help us assess the timeline and cost of your treatment. We offer several financing options for more costly procedures, including dental insurance and CareCredit.

Is It Right for Me?

Have you been embarrassed about missing teeth? Do you have pain because of cracked or broken teeth? Are you unable to eat your favorite foods? If you answered yes to any of these questions then come in for a consultation. If you’re not sure if full mouth reconstruction is right for you, we have answers to your questions. Don’t put off having a healthy and happy smile! Call us today.

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What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

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If you need to restore most, if not all, of your teeth, you should consider full mouth reconstruction, also known as full mouth rehabilitation. It is usually best to see a prosthodontist for full mouth reconstruction because prosthodontists have been specially trained to perform more intense procedures.

Our very own Dr. Rigby is a prosthodontist who is skilled in both the technical and design aspects of full mouth reconstruction, and he can come up with a successful plan to restore your smile.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedures

The treatments themselves can very greatly as no two cases are like. We take a good look at your mouth in order tailor a unique and effective procedure plan for you. We will always give you a cost estimate of your procedure before you hop into the dental chair, so don’t worry about sticker shock! We also offer flexible financing options to offset the costs of your procedure.

Who Should Consider Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction can benefit those with missing teeth due to disease and decay, jaw pain, ill-fitting dentures, misshaped or misaligned teeth, and fractured teeth, just to name a few circumstances. In short, if your teeth are not in good shape, you may want to consider full mouth reconstruction.

You may think that your smile is beyond repair, but it is always good to schedule a consultation before you give up. Full mouth reconstruction allows you to have the smile you’ve always wanted and restore functionality of your teeth so you can lead a happy life. Take a look at our before and after photos to see just what a difference full mouth reconstruction can make!

To learn more about full mouth reconstruction or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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.

Procedure Options For Full Mouth Restorations

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Oral health suffers when one or multiple systems of the mouth cease to function properly. Many patients suffer from dental problems requiring extensive treatment. Associated issues include missing teeth, teeth worn down from grinding, teeth with large fillings, and cracked or broken teeth. Sometimes, if the problem or problems are bad enough, full mouth restoration is required. 

Full mouth restoration refers to rebuilding and/or replacing of teeth within a patient’s mouth. It’s a process of using esthetics and restorative dentistry to improve oral health, mouth function, and appearance.  

Surgery, of any kind, can be a bit overwhelming. Understanding available treatment doesn’t have to be complicated and we’re here to help. Let’s discuss various procedure options for full mouth restorations

Crowns

Metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic crowns cover or “cap” teeth to restore their function and appearance. Crowns, typically, are for teeth that:

  • Have large fillings
  • Had a previous root canal
  • Are fractured
  • Are worn from grinding
  • Are misshapen
  • Are discolored

Bridges

When a tooth is missing, a fixed bridge technique is very often used. First, teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth are prepared to receive a crown. Next, the false tooth is fixed to the crowns. Finally, the complete bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth. The bridge is then permanent. 

Veneers

Porcelain veneers help the shape or color of teeth. Typically, veneers are used with teeth that are mainly intact, but perhaps misshapen or discolored. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are etched and then bonded to a tooth’s enamel. 

Dental implants

Sometimes, when teeth are missing, doctors recommend dental implants. These are metal cylinders made of titanium surgically implanted in the jawbone to cover gaps left by the missing tooth. These implants replace the roots of missing teeth and assist single crowns, large bridges, and dentures. 

We hope you found this information helpful. To discuss your individual oral health, contact us today for an appointment

 

 

Prosthodontics or General Dentistry – What’s The Difference?

If you are looking for a quality cosmetic dentist in Bee Cave, Dr. Rigby provides advanced dental care from dental implants to full mouth reconstructions. Sometimes dentistry can feel overwhelming by all the strange terminology being thrown around, and just like most other medical fields, dentists also have different specialties that require extra training and studies for specific health needs. Dr. Rigby provides the Hill Country area with comprehensive general dental care and he specializes in prosthodontics.

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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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Prosthodontic Full Mouth Rehabilitation in Austin, Texas

One of the common treatments patients seek out and discuss here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX is the need for Full Mouth Reconstruction (FMR). Also commonly referred to as Full Mouth Rehabilitation or Full Mouth Restoration.  No matter what you call it, all of these terms describe the same process and can be used interchangeably when one is considering rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.

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5 Steps to Straighten Teeth without Braces

We are happy to announce that Rigby Advanced Dental in Austin, Texas, is now offering Invisalign® as part of its comprehensive approach to your dental care.  Clear aligner technology has finally reached a point that predictable and stable results can be achieved time after time.  Dr. Rigby is excited to provide this smile changing procedure to his patients and wants to emphasize the following message from the creators of Invisalign®.

Choosing Invisalign® is an important decision worthy of careful consideration.  Before you even begin treatment, we suggest you take the time to follow these five steps. The more time and thought you put into making your decision, the more confident you’ll feel that Invisalign is the right choice for you.

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Treating the TMJ and TMD

A significant amount of the population suffer from recurrent or chronic Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) symptoms.  Here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Austin, Texas we take careful measures to help treat and alleviate these symptoms. Dr. Brent Rigby utilizes his additional training and knowledge as a prosthodontist to diagnose and treat TMD symptoms. Lets take a closer look at the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), the symptoms of TMD and interventions with today’s post.

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the occlusion, jaw joint (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ) and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.

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