Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

Your High Mesa Dental Arts team will work with you to build the beautiful smile that you desire.

In one short, convenient appointment at High Mesa Dental Arts, you can have a whiter, brighter smile. There are a variety of procedures that can be used, so check with High Mesa Dental Arts to see which one is right for you. It is important to have your teeth examined before undergoing any whitening, checking for teeth and enamel irregularities or decay.
During your routine dental exam, the dentist will check with special instruments to determine whether you have a cavity that needs filling, and will choose the type of treatment, depending on the extent of the damage. High Mesa Dental Arts provides patients with tooth filling options for amalgam (silver) fillings, composite (plastic) resins, and porcelain (See Inlays and Onlays). With a filling, any decay will be removed and cleaned, and the cleaned out cavity will be filled with the selected material. If the damage or decay is too extensive, repair may require a crown.

When a tooth cannot be restored, such as due to extensive decay or fracture, it must be removed. The exact procedure will depend on factors that include the condition of the tooth and the location in the mouth. Sedation is not often required, but is available (See Sedation Options), and your dentist will work with you to make sure minimize any anxiety and pain.

There are a number of reasons that it is a good choice to have wisdom teeth removed, including impaction, growing in at the wrong angle, a jaw that has no room for an extra set of molars, or cavities or gum disease. The surgery to remove the tooth takes less than an hour, and you will be sedated (See Sedation Options) so that the procedure will be as painless as possible. You will receive detailed instructions prior to and following the procedure from our staff and your dentist.

Instead of removing a badly damaged or infected tooth, another option to keep the natural tooth is a root canal. The root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, involves opening the tooth, removing the damaged pulp, cleaning, shaping, filling and sealing the tooth. There are a variety of sedation options (See Sedation Options) so that the procedure will be as painless as possible.

Veneers and bonding are dental procedures that mask imperfections in your teeth.

Veneers are like artificial fingernails – thin shells of porcelain that cover the fronts of teeth, to hide chipped, discolored, crooked, worn, uneven, stained, gapped, out of proportion, or decayed teeth. Due to the veneers being custom-made and the natural appearance of veneers, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference in veneers and the patient’s natural teeth. Also, they don’t change color over time and resist stains from food, drinks, and smoking.

Dental bonding is an option High Mesa Dental Arts offers to mask imperfections using a composite resin that is matched to the patient’s teeth and applied by the dentist. Usually recommended for minor imperfections and repairs, bonding is easier, faster and less expensive than veneers, but lacks durability and appearance features of veneers.

Teeth with mild decay or cracked and fractured teeth that have enough tooth so that a crown is not required but can’t be repaired with a filling, are good candidates for an inlay or an onlay restoration. These help to strengthen teeth, unlike traditional fillings, and prolong tooth life since they are made from extremely durable materials.

Dental implants are a secure and effective long-term solution for missing teeth, since they fit, feel, and function like natural teeth. A dental implant has three parts.

  1. The implant is a post that serves as a permanent artificial tooth root, which is surgically positioned in the jawbone, allowing the dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area.
  2. The abutment is a permanent connector, removable by the dentist.
  3. The crown is a prosthetic tooth that is usually zirconium or porcelain for durability and appearance.

A bridge may be a good option if you are missing one or more teeth. The gap and imbalance due to missing teeth can lead to gum disease and Temporomandibular Joint (TMD, TMJ)disorders.

Your High Mesa Dental Arts dentist may recommend a crown to attach a bridge, cover a dental implant, cover discolored or misshapen teeth, restore or protect a fractured tooth, or other reasons.

Before a crown or bridge can be made, either an implant is installed, or the existing tooth must be reduced in size to fit the crown or bridge. Then an impression of your teeth will be taken, and a temporary crown or bridge will be installed until the new crown or bridge is cemented over the prepared tooth or implant.

The most important step in ensuring your crown or bridge lasts a lifetime is good oral hygiene and routine dental exams.

High Mesa Dental Arts has experience and the latest technology to provide complete or partial dentures that replace the tissue and teeth for the most comfort and provide a beautiful smile. Dental implants can sometimes be an alternative to dentures.

Full dentures completely replace the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaws.

Partial dentures are used when natural teeth remain, and the denture will prevent other teeth from changing position. A “fixed bridge” replaces teeth by placing crowns on the remaining teeth on either side of the space, and attaching artificial teeth in the bridge, which is then cemented into place.

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