MARK L. STANKEWITZ, D.D.S.
BOARD CERTIFIED PROSTHODONTIST
Advanced Cosmetic, Reconstructive, and Implant Dentistry
MEDICAL PLAZA 3
915 Gessner Road, Suite 515
Houston, TX 77024
Reconstructive dentistry is a collective term used to describe the repair or replacement of missing or decayed teeth with Fillings, Crowns, Bridges, Implants, or Dentures. Prosthodontics are dental specialists that are trained to provide advanced reconstructive dentistry.
Smaller areas of tooth decay are typically restored with tooth colored fillings that are indistinguishable in shade and form from your natural tooth. These hi-tech fillings are bonded to your teeth and serve to replace the missing structure and as well as strengthen your tooth.
Dental crowns are ultra high quality restorative options for teeth that have been extensively damaged by decay or trauma however poorly made crowns can actually damage the tooth and adjacent teeth. It takes great laboratory skill to fabricate a crown that mimics nature. Exact fits that result in years of service take hours of laboratory time. Unfortunately many crowns made the same day or “in one appointment” typically result in ill fitting and poorly integrated restorations. Although machine made crowns have improved greatly over the years, they still cannot rival the fit and finish of those made by skilled hands.
A dental bridge is a prosthesis that can be used to replace one or more teeth. A conventional bridge replacing one tooth requires that the tooth in front of and behind the missing tooth be prepared for a crowns and a fake tooth is suspended between the two. All three connected units are cemented or bonded to the teeth. An implant bridge replacing one or more teeth requires an implant in front and behind the missing tooth or teeth with a fake tooth or teeth suspended between the two.
For patients who have lost several or all of their teeth, dentures are sometimes the only treatment that can restore lost teeth and gums to provide an esthetic and functional replacement. Dental implants retention or support can eliminate the need for traditional suction retained dentures.
Medical Plaza 3
915 Gessner Rd. Suite 515
Houston, TX 77024
Monday – Thursday 8:30AM – 4:00PM