We are dedicated to the delivery of expert care for simple to complex restorative, rehabilitative, and esthetic dental wishes. Through collaboration with interdisciplinary specialists and the use of our own in-house skilled laboratory technicians, we have been providing the best proven dental care for over thirty years. We are committed to providing our patients a comfortable experience in a friendly, compassionate atmosphere.
We challenge you to find a better team of dental professionals that are devoted and attentive to your comfort, experience, service, final outcome and value. The doctors all have advanced training in Prosthodontics, have received their specialty training from an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited residency program, and are recognized by the ADA as the only specialist in the replacement and restoration of teeth.
The technical laboratory staff has over sixty years of experience in the custom fabrication of your final restorations. From start to finish, only the best proven materials and techniques are skillfully used to provide the final esthetic result. The newest technology is part of our armamentarium, however we never forget the proven path and the indispensable human resource and involvement.
Crowns and Bridges
Implant dentures are used to replace multiple teeth when one does not want to worry about the movement of a conventional partial or complete denture. The implants may be used to support a denture or retain a complete denture. An implant supported denture will be locked into the implants for better chewing and confidence but still remain removable for the ease of cleaning. The implant retained denture is screwed into multiple implants and may only be removed by your dentist. Implant denture teeth are personally positioned to best fit your esthetic and functional needs.
An implant fixture is a root shaped titanium alloy used to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. An implant fixture is surgically placed in the bone of your jaw. The implant fixture will be sized to fit your missing tooth/teeth accordingly and a surgical guide fabricated to precisely place your implant fixture. Following the surgical placement of the implant(s) and an appropriate healing period; the process to fabricate and custom fit a crown, bridge, or an implant anchored or supported denture will occur. This is a rapidly evolving treatment option that has become predictable and reliable.
If you have lost or are losing your teeth a denture may be fabricated in place of implant dentures. Dentures are made of a reinforced resin which may incorporate metal for additional support. Dentures may be partial or complete in the replacement of your teeth and may be immediately inserted upon the removal of your teeth. Each restoration is custom-fitted to your mouth to help you maintain a natural smile. Your denture teeth will be personally positioned to best fit your esthetic demands, functional needs, and to help you enunciate words.
Esthetic/Cosmetic veneers are very thin shells of custom shaped porcelain that are bonded/glued onto the front surfaces of teeth to correct for minor tooth rotations, misalignments, discolorations, chips, fractures, spaces, and misshapes. They are fabricated to specially fit your teeth, often strengthening weekend teeth. They may be used to match existing natural teeth or to enhance a smile providing a great conservative treatment. Veneers may be used as an alternative to bonding tooth colored filling material as the optical properties of veneers are more life like, more color stable, stronger, and longer lasting. Veneers may be used as a more conservative alternative to crowns in proper circumstances.
Esthetic crowns or caps are restorations made of gold, porcelain fused to gold, or all-porcelain materials covering the entire surface of a tooth. They are used to strengthen severely weakened or worn teeth, correct bad bites, increase tooth durability, or restore missing teeth when used in conjunction with implants or partial dentures. A bridge is similar to a crown in the design, material, and purpose. Teeth prepared for a bridge are comparable in shape to those of a crown but differ in that a bridge is used to span a space where a tooth or teeth are missing. The pontic or “false” tooth is fused to the adjacent crowns filling the space where the tooth/teeth are missing. Both crowns and bridges are cemented into place and are not removable. They are the treatment of choice for major tooth rotations, misalignments, discolorations, chips, fractures, spaces, and misshapes.
Our talented team of dental specialists offers a wide variety of treatments for the entire family. Members of the American Dental Association and the American College of Prosthodontists, our dentists have decades of combined experience in blending the art and science of dentistry.
Dr. Bruce Sahrbeck received his dental training at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his specialty training in Prosthodontics at Indiana University after spending two years with the Army Dental Corps in Vietnam. Dr. Sahrbeck has been practicing for over 30 years, and he offers a wealth of experience to his patients and fellow practicioners. He has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, primarily in the field of fixed prosthodontics. Dr. Sahrbeck holds memberships in a number of professional dental associations including the American Dental Association, Maine Dental Association, John F. Johnson Prosthodontics Society and the American Prosthodontics Society.
When not working, Dr. Sahrbeck enjoys spending time with his wife and their 4 children and 3 grandchildren. You will also find him behind the lens of a camera.
Dr. Luis Sarmiento, also known as “Butch” to his family and friends, is the fourth of five children born and raised in Manila, Philippines. His mom was an anesthesiologist and his dad was a cancer surgeon. His two older brothers are a medical surgeon and a general dentist. His sisters flank the boys and they chose the banking or business profession.
Dr. Sarmiento came to the US to live and study at the age of sixteen. He studied in Oklahoma City University and obtained his BA in Biopsychology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Although his dream profession was to be a pilot, he ended up studying dentistry and ultimately earned his DMD and specialty certification in Prosthodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. He is an assistant clinical professor at the Postgraduate Division of Prosthodontics. He has contributed to continuing education at various venues in the US, Asia and the Middle East. He guest lectures, as well, at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine in Portland, Maine.
Since 1997, Dr. Sarmiento has been honored and privileged working with his colleagues, staff, master ceramists and technicians of Prosthodontics Associates to provide patients with outstanding restorations that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. He was awarded in 2013 by the Casco Bay Study Club, an affiliate of the nationally recognized Seattle Study Club, “Excellence in Cultivating Comprehensive Care.”
He earned his general aviation Private Pilot’s certificate in 2011 fulfilling a life long quest and currently is working on a complex rating. Dr. Sarmiento enjoys travel, food, movies, music, cars, planes and visiting his family and friends in various countries.
Dr. Best was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, son of a pediatric dentist and a homemaker. He grew up around dentistry, loves what he does, and is passionate about prosthodontics. Paul is an avid Nebraska Cornhusker and college football fan. He loves the out-of-doors and has even worked for the Department of Natural Resources in Minnesota and on a wolf habitat recovery plan in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho. Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, loves antiques, nature, and fishing.
Dr. Best attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he played soccer and studied biology and geology. Paul graduated from the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Dentistry and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry where he received his specialty certificate in Prosthodontics. Dr. Best has been involved in private practice for over ten years and has taught dentistry at both clinical and pre-clinical levels. Dr. Best believes in only the best possible care for his patients and his positive attitude spills over to the entire staff. You will enjoy working with Paul to meet your dental wishes.
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Prosthodontics Associates, PA
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