Restorative Dentistry in Santa Cruz, CA

During your first dental examination with x-rays, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your dental health and goals. What is important to you, is priority for us. You will be presented with options to meet your dental goals. We offer many different services. But, you will be invited to join the decision-making process of what dental treatment will work best for you. In partnership with your dentist, you will have a healthy smile and know you were a part of the process. Leaving the dental office feeling confident and informed of your dental plan is our goal.

When a patient is missing one or more teeth a bridge can often times be fabricated to replace the missing area. A bridge is a fixed restoration meaning it is cemented in place and does not come out of the mouth.

Bridges are made by preparing adjacent teeth next to the missing area and then having a laboratory make a series of crowns or inlays that are fused together and cemented down to replace the missing tooth. Alternatives to bridges are removable partial dentures and dental implants.

Dental crowns -Restorative Dentistry in Santa Cruz, CA

A crown or a “cap” as it is sometimes referred to is a laboratory constructed restoration that is placed when a tooth is too badly broken down to receive a filling. Teeth that have fractured received root canal therapy or are badly decayed often times require a crown.

Crowns are made of many different types of materials from gold to porcelain depending on the functional and esthetic desires of the patient. In addition, crown onlays and inlays are a more conservative way to fix broken down teeth with a less aggressive preparation. They are made of tooth colored porcelain and protect the tooth from fracture. This allows the dentist to conserve more of your tooth structure and still provide a strong long lasting restoration.

When it comes to replacing teeth with dentures in Santa Cruz, Calif., you have two main options: removable or permanent dentures.

Losing teeth? Living in uncomfortable dentures? Dr. Matiasevich can build you a new set of teeth in just 1 visit.

Wanting to avoid dentures all together? Dentures are often ill-fitted, uncomfortable, and unattractive, so it’s no surprise most people stop wearing them. They’re not only inconvenient and insecure, they tend to slip and don’t act and look like a natural tooth.

Permanent teeth locked down with dental implants, on the other hand, allow you to eat, chew, and talk with confidence. Dr. Matiasevich can build you a new smile that is natural-looking and helps you look younger.

Advantages of Permanent Dentures

  • Permanently attached teeth while you sleep in just one day with IV sedation
  • Comfortable, secure fit
  • Eat whatever foods you like
  • Talk with confidence
  • Enjoy your active lifestyle without worrying about your teeth
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Gain a more youthful look
  • Proven, world-class procedure

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How Much Do Permanent Teeth Cost?

This is one of the first questions people ask when deciding between removable and permanent dentures. The answer is kind of tricky, as it depends on your unique circumstances and the complexity of your procedure.

Removable dentures are often more affordable at first, but you’ll have to replace them and they often end up costing more in the long run. Permanent ones may be more expensive, but they usually last a lifetime and usually end up being a smart investment.

Our office offers payment options to fit your budget. Our financial coordinator will go over these details at your complimentary consult.

The Look of Permanent Dentures

There’s definitely a distinct difference in the look of permanent and removable teeth. That’s because removable teeth simply aren’t designed to be worn 24/7.

While removable dentures can be nice and white, they don’t quite capture the look of your natural teeth. This is another reason why permanent teeth locked down with dental implants look and feel more natural, but also help you look younger.

How Do Permanent Dentures Feel?

When it comes to function and feel, permanent dentures have a distinct advantage over removable teeth. Your diet isn’t limited, so you can eat whatever you want (even hard and sticky foods). Permanent dentures also don’t slip or cause sores like removable teeth.