Damaged, decayed, and missing teeth can impact your health, dental function, and appearance.
Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry that aims to restore tooth damage and tooth loss.
See how Dr. Steven Fuqua at Fuqua Advanced Dental in Southlake, TX, can provide you with effective prosthodontic solutions.
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Missing teeth and dental damage can cause immense pain and result in problems when eating and speaking. Let us help you rebuild your smile with our versatile solutions and state-of-the-art technology. Our dental office is conveniently located in Southlake Town Square.
What Is Prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is a dental specialty that involves the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and maintenance of patients' oral health, function, and appearance. Patients who benefit from prosthodontics often include those who have suffered a face or mouth injury, have age-related tooth loss, or have clinical conditions that result in maxillofacial deficiencies.
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Restore Your Dental Function With Our Southlake Prosthodontist
Steven J. Fuqua, DDS, MS completed a three-year prosthodontics residency program in 1998 so he could provide his patients with access to high-quality restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. His clinical experience and dedication to continuous learning make him confident he can handle all aspects of your treatment.
From a damaged tooth to entire arches of missing teeth, we can provide you with a comfortable solution that restores your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. If you could benefit from treatment, we invite you to contact us with our form or call our office in Southlake Town Square:
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Why Choose a Prosthodontist Instead of a Traditional Dentist?
In addition to achieving a bachelor's degree and completing dental school, prosthodontists must complete an additional three years of residency training and education through an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. With this training, a prosthodontist can:
- Create custom restorations
- Place dental implants
- Correct TMJ disorders
- Correct sleep and snoring problems
Though a traditional dentist may have some training in prosthodontics and provide dentistry solutions like crowns and dentures, a prosthodontist is extensively trained in this area and can handle complex cases. Your dentist may even refer you to our Southlake, TX, prosthodontist for care.
Meet Our Prosthodontist Steven J. Fuqua, DDS, MS
Dr. Steven Fuqua is an active member of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and a well-respected member of the dental community. Because of his experience in the field of prosthodontics, he is often called upon to speak to dental groups so he can share his knowledge of modern prosthodontic techniques. Many traditional dentists trust Dr. Fuqua and refer their patients to him for quality restorative care. He is here to guide you through your treatment.
Our prosthodontist can help you explore treatment options and determine the best way to restore your oral health, function, and appearance.
Our Available Prosthodontic Services
Dental crowns can cap a damaged tooth to protect the remaining structure and restore functionality. Implant-supported crowns can completely replace a single tooth. We craft our crowns with materials like porcelain so the restoration is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is supported on either side by crowned abutment teeth or dental implants. Bridges can replace areas of tooth loss of up to three teeth in a row.
A denture replaces an entire arch of teeth to restore dental function. Our dentures are custom molded to fit over your dental arch to ensure your comfort. Dentures can also be supported by dental implants for a more secure fit.
If a patient still has some remaining healthy teeth, but gaps that are too large to be treated by a dental bridge, they can benefit from a partial denture. This dentistry solution can restore areas of tooth loss throughout the mouth and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
Implants replace tooth roots, prevent the jawbone atrophy that occurs after tooth loss, and support restorations to return dental function. Our prosthodontist can complete every step in the implant placement process, from planning your surgery to connecting your restoration.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth to conceal flaws like chips, discoloration, and gaps. Though dentists can provide veneers, our Southlake, TX, prosthodontist has developed a mastery of aesthetics and function that allow him to create stunning, lifelike veneers.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction combines restorative and general treatments to address multiple concerns and completely rehabilitate a patient's oral health. Treatment is tailored to the patient and can address decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and more.
To provide the very best care, Dr. Steven Fuqua may collaborate with dentists, specialists, or other healthcare professionals to create a treatment tailored to a patient's needs and resolve their dental concerns.
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Ready to Enjoy a Restored Smile? Request Your Consultation Today
If you suffer from tooth loss, you are not alone. Living with missing teeth is, unfortunately, all too common. Prosthodontics can help restore your smile by filling in the gaps. Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, our Southlake dental practice offers a wide variety of restorations so you can once again enjoy a healthy, beautiful, and functional smile.
Get started on your smile transformation journey. Request a consultation by contacting us online or by calling our office in Southlake, TX, today.
Experience Advanced Prosthodontic Care With the Help of Our Specialized Technology
Our Southlake practice is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible. Dr. Fuqua combines his training, education, and experience with state-of-the-art dental technology to accurately diagnose and care for his patients. Our advanced technology includes:
The Dangers of Damaged and Missing Teeth
Not only can chips and cracks affect the appearance of your smile and cause sensitivity, but they can also leave the interior of your tooth exposed, causing cavities and infections. Our Southlake, TX, office can provide you with restorations like dental crowns to protect the structure of affected teeth.
When a tooth falls out, the jawbone doesn't receive the stimulation it needs, so the bone tissue deteriorates. This can cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of place and even result in further tooth loss as the bone weakens. We can provide you with dental implants and restorations to improve dental function.
Treating Jaw Disorders
Not only can prosthodontists restore damaged and missing teeth, but they can also treat jaw disorders that can lead to widespread damage and the inability to open your mouth. The temporomandibular area is complex and involves muscles, joints, and ligaments. A trained prosthodontist understands how this complex area works and can provide you with comfortable and conservative treatment like an oral appliance.
Dr. Fuqua also provides treatment for sleep and snoring disorders, problems that can also be corrected with oral appliances.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will a dental crown, bridge, veneer, or denture last?
With proper care and maintenance, your restoration can last for 15 years or more. However, please keep in mind that the porcelain will wear over time and will eventually need to be replaced. Practicing proper oral hygiene and avoiding using your teeth as a tool will help keep your restoration beautiful for years to come.
How do I care for a restoration?
This will depend on your type of restoration. Veneers and implant-supported restorations like dental crowns and dental bridges can be treated just like your natural teeth. Brush with a soft bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes. Don't forget to floss. For removable restorations like traditional dentures, you will remove them to brush and soak. Don't forget to clean your gums and tongue.
Can't I just see my dentist for prosthodontic care?
Some dentists do perform prosthodontic treatments. However, our prosthodontist has extensive and specialized training in the field of prosthodontics. He has the skill and experience to handle even the most complex cases.
I have dental anxiety or phobia. Can you still help?
Yes. We offer sedation dentistry options to help patients with anxiety, phobia, and sensitivity or for those who simply have a difficult time sitting for long periods for treatment. During your consultation, your prosthodontist can discuss your options to ensure your treatment is as comfortable and positive as possible.