Ideally, with proper care and hygiene, our teeth will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, whether through trauma, infection, or decay, this isn’t always the case.
Dentistry is all about preserving the health and integrity of the smile. While this sometimes means extracting and replacing a tooth that poses a risk to the rest of the oral system, it is always in the best interest of the patient to save a tooth, as natural teeth will always be a better option than prosthetics.
At Buckhead Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of a healthy smile and the need for restorative dentistry. Contact our Atlanta practice today to schedule a visit with our skilled dentist.
When bacteria breach the hard enamel surface of a tooth, they begin eating away at the softer dentin underneath. Over time, this forms a cary, more commonly known as a cavity. If left untreated, the cavity will continue to grow, putting the tooth and your health at risk.
Treatment involves removing the decayed portions of the tooth and filling it in with a composite resin material that matches the color of your natural dentition. This fortifies the tooth’s structure while preventing further decay.
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth’s inner chamber and the pulp within are infected, not only is the tooth at risk, but that infection has a direct line to your bloodstream, putting your health in jeopardy.
To treat this, Dr. Travis Paige creates a small access hole, removes the infected pulp, thoroughly cleans the chamber, and fills it in with a substance called gutta-percha.
When a tooth has suffered severe damage or decay, but the root is still healthy, a crown is used to restore function and preserve the natural structure.
Crowns are beautiful ceramic caps designed to match the color and contour of your surrounding teeth. These restorations are cemented over the damaged tooth for an even, comfortable bite.
Sometimes, extractions are unavoidable. In these cases, it is imperative that the gap in your smile be filled to avoid the shifting of teeth alignment.
Bridges are rows of at least three pontic teeth that fill a gap by anchoring to the adjacent natural teeth, which have been capped with crowns.
Dentures are prosthetic devices that can replace some or all of your teeth and are generally mounted on synthetic gum tissue and held in place with dental adhesives or metal brackets.
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw. After a four-month healing period, the implant fuses to the bone, acting as a tooth root and creating a stable base for a prosthetic crown. Dental implants stimulate the jaw to prevent accelerated bone resorption.
Restorative Treatments in Atlanta
If you experience damage, decay, or even the loss of teeth, come on down to Buckhead Family Dentistry for expert restorative treatments. We serve the people of Atlanta and the surrounding communities with a gentle hand and beautiful smiles.