Smile Repair for Harlingen, TX Patients
At Dr. Larry R. Franks’ Harlingen, TX dental office, our team has the necessary skills to repair even the most advanced dental damage and decay. In some cases, we can even offer same day emergency dentistry appointments for patients in need of urgent dental care. Whatever your oral health needs, our team looks forward to helping you fully renew your oral health. Call our team to find out more or schedule an appointment in our state-of-the-art dental office.
Traditional Crown & Bridge
Dental crowns are restorations that cover the tops of damaged or decayed teeth to restore the full form and function. Two dental crowns can be fused with a replacement tooth or teeth, and attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth. This tooth replacement prosthetic is known as a fixed bridge. We regularly use dental crowns and fixed bridges to repair and replace damaged teeth, leaving patients with flawless smiles.
Traditionally, amalgam metal fillings were considered the standard in dental restoration for minor chips, cracks, and tooth decay. However, due to their unnatural appearance and the fact that healthy dental structure had to be removed to support them, many dentists now rely on tooth-colored composite resin fillings. Composite fillings are applied in a putty-like consistency directly onto the tooth. Once in place, they are shaped and hardened into position using a curing light. The filling is then smoothed and polished for a natural look and feel.
Partial & Full Dentures
If you’ve experienced advanced tooth loss including numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth or a full row of teeth, we may recommend partial or full dentures. Partials are used to fill gaps in smiles. A gum colored base that’s molded to fit between healthy teeth supports natural looking replacement teeth. The entire prosthetic is held in place with metal clasps that are attached to the remaining healthy teeth. A full denture is similarly made from a gum-colored base that supports a full arch of replacement teeth. Since there are no surrounding teeth to support the restoration, a full denture is made to fit snuggly against the gums, and it is held in place through natural suction. Some patients also use a small amount of denture adhesive to add stability to their denture. If you’d like a more natural looking and feeling solution, we also offer dental implant supported partial and full dentures.