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Restorative/Reconstructive Dentistry

Why should you want a Pankey-trained dentist to do your reconstruction?

It is not easy to describe the special benefits that you will derive from your Pankey-trained dentist; The Pankey Institute is not easily categorized. It is unique. There are no others like it in the world. What it stands for goes further than dentistry.  Dentistry, you see, refers to teeth; their care, treatment, healing, and restoration. But teeth do not come unattached. Each set of teeth is part of a unique individual. Just as no two fingerprints are alone, no two sets of teeth are alike. They are as dissimilar as their owners. Your teeth are a part of your complete body system. Doesn’t it make sense that they should be treated as such? At the Pankey Institute, dentists learn how to incorporate this important principle into their daily practice.

In this dental office, you will receive the most personalized dental care you have ever had. And just as the Pankey philosophy goes beyond your teeth, so you will find that the benefits you derive from it go beyond a nice smile and comfortable, assured chewing.

Dr. McClatchie is a student of The Pankey Institute, a world renowned facility of restorative education dedicated to the principles of lifelong dental health and tooth preservation.

Dr. McClatchie’s goal is to protect, heal and preserve your teeth. And when damage exists, restore them to wholeness. All too often, teeth don’t survive their owners care. Neglect equals loss. There is no reason that with a little care each day, you cannot keep your teeth for a lifetime. To a student of The Pankey Institute, as Dr. McClatchie is, you are not just a passive receiver of dental treatment — you are a full partner in the restoration of your dental health. Together you will seek common goals.

It is important not to underestimate the value of every tooth and the position and function it serves, even if the tooth loss is in the back of your mouth. It can cause multiple problems if left unreplaced. Your bite (chewing forces) may shift causing other teeth to move, creating new spaces and kick front teeth out of alignment. The more teeth that are lost, the more your facial features may collapse, causing wrinkles and premature aging.

You have 4 options to replace one or more missing teeth to better complete your smile:

Depending on your individual circumstances, any of these can be successful.

Minor tooth loss can:

  • Throw your bite out of balance.
  • Alter your eating habits.
  • Cause cheeks to sag inward.
  • Bone that once held your teeth starts to
    resorb and causes further collapse of the face.

Other than affecting your appearance, one’s psyche can also be wounded. Teeth give us a sense of self, well being and wholeness. Hesitancy to smile and a reluctance to articulate properly due to dental imperfections can affect the way people perceive us.

“BEAUTY IS THE SUM OF THE PARTS”

Major tooth loss will alter your life in many ways.

  • Your facial structure can be drastically altered.
  • You could look drawn, older, or even in severe cases, features can collapse.
  • Your nose may touch your chin.
  • The hinge of your jaws (the TMJ) may not close as it should, causing headaches.

TMJ

Loss of several teeth, or even their undue wear, can seriously affect your temporomandibular joint, the sophisticated unit that hinges your lower jaw to eat and talk, among other functions. It is a marvel of muscle, bone and engineering, the engine that drives all dental function, yet few people know of or consider its importance. Unusual tooth wear and eventual tooth loss can alter the physics of the TM joint which, in turn, ages your appearance, modifies your speech, and affects your ability to chew and degrades your bite (the relationship between your upper and lower teeth). A symmetrical bite, one where all of your upper teeth mesh and interact correctly with your lower teeth, is critical to good dental health. It ensures that jaw pressure is equally distributed across your whole dental set, as it should be. If it does not, and one side is carrying more pressure than it should, it can seriously affect your eating and appearance. The temporomandibular joint may not function correctly on one side, causing pain and discomfort and altered facial appearance. It can lead to improper tooth wear and loss. The foundation of good dentistry begins with correcting other aspects of your dental health.

Because your dentist is a student of the Pankey experience, she will give your TMJ the attention it is due and bring all your teeth, uppers and lowers, anteriors and posteriors, into proper and healthy juxtaposition.

Diseased teeth, too, affect your general health. An infection in the mouth or elsewhere forces your body to muster its defense system to fight the infection. This, in turn, weakens and tires you.

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Crowns and Bridge

For patients with extensive tooth wear, regardless of the cause, maximum improvement is usually obtained by crowns. You may need to restore your bite back to the original length, position, and condition. To rebuild a collapsed bite:

  1. You may be required to wear an acrylic bite splint to see if your jaw will accept the change prior to placing the crowns.
  2. The next step is to place long term temporary crowns to replace the splint, and see how you function with the altered dentistry.
  3. The final step involves replacing the temporary crowns with the final porcelain crowns.

This process typically takes months to complete.

Implants

If you have lost teeth due to trauma or periodontal disease, there is a good possibility that they can be replaced with dental implants.

Tired of loose Dentures?

Patients with multiple missing teeth can also benefit from implants. Implants are an excellent source of anchorage for patients with loose or ill fitting dentures.


Our Restorative Services

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To better assist with the cost of treatment, Dr. McClatchie’s office works with patients to provide the best payment options that meet their needs.  Additionally, the office accepts CareCredit of 6 month same as cash if so desired by the patient.