Prosthodontics Services in Shreveport, LA
Dr. Cunningham, DDS, MS, your Shreveport dental implants specialist, performs ALL Prosthodontic Procedures: tooth implants and implant restoration, denture fitting and fabrication, denture repair and relining, bridges and crowns, tooth veneers, complete tooth replacement, and facial reconstruction.
Your first step when visiting Dr. Cunningham, your Shreveport Prosthodontist, will include a comprehensive prosthodontic examination and an initial consultation with Dr. Cunningham to discuss your needs, answer any questions you have, and develop a customized prosthodontic treatment plan tailored directly to your individual needs.
Dental implants are a titanium substitute for the missing roots of your natural teeth. Implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution which are used in situations where there are not enough natural teeth to support a fixed bridge restoration, to support and stabilize full or partial dentures, or in situations where a single tooth is missing. Dr. Cunningham, your Shreveport dental implants specialist, will personally place your implants and your crown, bridge, or dentures.
Dental crowns are a complex restoration recommended when no other simpler restoration can be utilized to save, preserve, or strengthen a tooth. Crowns are recommended when teeth are fractured, stained or damaged; or may be used to attach a bridge. A dental crown is a tooth restoration therapy that covers, or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. Dental crowns are used not only to strengthen, but also to improve the appearance of a tooth. Dr. Cunningham will personally fabricate your crowns and bridges, as well as placing them for you.
With modern technology available, dentures no longer have to look like “fake teeth,” and they should never be painful. At our office, special attention is taken throughout each step of the process to fabricate a denture that is custom made for you; providing comfort, functionality, and a pleasing smile. Dr. Cunningham is fully involved in both the clinical and the laboratory aspects of each denture and partial denture made in his office. Dr. Cunningham personally performs the laboratory procedures and fabrication in his office laboratory. You can be assured that with his level of support, experience, and hands-on care your denture treatment will offer pleasing results.
Dental veneers are custom designed shells that are cemented over an existing tooth. A veneer consists of a ceramic material that is used to cover worn teeth, uneven tooth alignment, chips or cracks in your teeth, and discoloration or stains. Veneers will give you a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned and straight teeth. In some cases, dental veneers may replace the need for a dental crown, eliminating the need for a more invasive tooth preparation.
Our areas of expertise include whitening, bonding, cosmetic contouring, veneers, and crowns. Dr. Cunningham is an expert cosmetic dental specialist, with vast experience in everything from the simplest smile enhancement therapies to full tooth replacement therapies due to catastrophic tooth loss due to accident or disease. Dr. Cunningham is a facial reconstruction specialist with years of experience treating moderate to extreme facial trauma.
Teeth Grinding and Sleep Apnea »
Often patients who grind their teeth at night are unaware of their habit, the forces exerted on both the teeth and the Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) can be quite destructive. A custom-made night guard can protect the teeth and relieve pressure on the TMJ. Sleep apnea refers to a temporary cessation of breathing while sleeping. Many times the airway is obstructed by the patient’s anatomy, and the placement of a specially designed night guard that repositions the lower jaw can improve the airflow.
TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction) »
Many patients use this acronym to refer to the painful symptoms related to Tempromandibular joint dysfunction. Symptoms may include pain in the joint itself, pain in the muscles of mastication and limited movement of the lower jaw.
Congenital and Developmental Mouth Defects »
Many patients are missing certain teeth because the teeth never developed or may be misshapen. A prosthodontist can determine the best way to replace and/or restore these teeth. Other patients exhibit teeth with poorly developed tooth structure throughout the mouth and require a prosthodontist’s expertise in restoring these teeth to proper from and function.
Oral Cancer/Obtuator »
Cancers of the maxillary jaw are treated by chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical methods. Surgeries which remove extensive amounts of bone that interfere with swallowing, chewing, and speech require a dental prothesis called an “obturator.”