Dr. Root has a particular interest in reconstructive dentistry and has pursued extensive post-graduate training in this area. He is a graduate of four levels of training at the Pankey Institute in South Florida, and has also studied reconstructive dentistry at Spear Education, Gordon Christensen seminars, and the University of Florida.
Reconstructive dentistry encompasses the more complex aspects of restorative dentistry. If you need fillings or a crown or two, that is basic restorative dentistry. If you have major dental problems including badly broken-down teeth or missing teeth that require re-building your bite, that would get into the area of reconstructive dentistry.
Crowns are porcelain “caps” that restore teeth that have cracked or broken down in some way. New bonding technology has improved on the traditional crown, so it no longer needs to be fused to a metal base, providing a much more life-like solution. The compromised tooth is prepared to receive the crown as shown in the illustration to the left. Once the tooth is reduced, the crown can be bonded to it, providing a stable, long-lasting reconstruction that is indistinguishable from a real tooth.
Bridges use the same techniques used in providing crowns, but in this case, two crowns are created with one or more prosthetic teeth suspended between them. As you can see in the illustration to the right, the two teeth adjacent to the missing one are prepared to receive crowns. And the bridge is prepared as a single piece, so it provides the strength necessary to withstand the pressures of chewing.
Dental implants are also used to replace missing teeth, but they have the added ability to prevent the bone loss in the jaw that always follows the loss of a tooth.
Dental implants are are titanium root forms that are surgically placed into the jawbone. During the healing process, the body brings more bone-building minerals to the site and builds more bone around the implant form until it is a part of the jaw. Then a crown is prepared and attached to the implant, providing a very stable solution. The illustration to the left shows what the implant and crown looks like, compared to a normal tooth and root.
Complex Restorative Dentistry
When the way our teeth fit together in our bite is out of alignment, serious problems can result. Dr. Root has studied occlusion, or the science of the bite, at the Pankey Institute and the University of Florida. He works with specialists who take an interdisciplinary approach to the rehabilitation of the chewing function. This complex restorative dentistry can restore comfortable function for patients who have been in pain for years.