When you experience tooth loss, restorative treatment can not just repair a gap in your smile, but can make it easier to chew, speak and bite normally. However, when it comes to restoring a missing tooth in Atlanta, GA, patients have several options. Depending on your smile goals, Dr. Richard Rodgers can help you select the treatment plan that works for you!
Have you recently lost a tooth to trauma or extraction? Are you looking for a compassionate, experienced dentist near midtown Atlanta? Look no further than Dr. Richard Rodgers and our team of dental professionals. We can make your tooth loss seem like it never even happened. Call us today to schedule a restorative dentistry consultation today.
So what are the top three ways to restore a missing tooth? See below!
You’re probably familiar with the term “partials,” or the other name for partial dentures. These are a removable tooth replacement option, which gives you the flexibility to take out and clean the appliance whenever you desire. Partial dentures require patients to have at least one natural tooth which is used as a support. They also contain one or more artificial teeth to replace the gaps in a patient’s smile, as well as a plastic base made to match gum tissue for a more natural appearance. A network of metal or plastic connectors and clasps “locks” the partial into place around the natural tooth, to keep the appliance from slipping while eating or speaking.
Dental bridges are called that for a reason: these restorations feature a “bridge-like” design. The process of placing a dental bridge is actually similar to building a real-life bridge! Qualifying patient must still have one to two natural teeth intact on the top or bottom jaw (wherever the bridge must be placed). During the procedure, Dr. Rodgers places dental crowns on one or two supportive teeth. These crowns help support the one or more artificial teeth that are then placed between. Once placed, these are fixed structures (unlike partials), and can only be removed by your dentist when it comes time to replace or repair the structure.
Several bridge designs exist, including traditional, cantilever, Maryland, or implant-supported bridges. Dr. Rodgers can pick the design that will best meet your tooth loss needs.
Dental implants are usually fabricated from titanium or a titanium alloy and not unlike small screws in their appearance. Dr. Rodgers or another dental specialist, such as an endodontist can insert the implant into the jawbone to replace a lost tooth root. During a unique biological process called osseointegration, the implant integrates with nearby bone and gum tissues to become a natural part of your jaw structure. Dental implants are made to connect with an additional restoration, such as a dental crown, and function just like a natural tooth root. This means that each time you bite down, your bone tissue in the jaw remains stimulated and strengthened by the implant. Unlike traditional dental bridges or dentures, nearby teeth remain intact and bone degeneration is not a concern. Implant-supported restorations are the only tooth replacement option available that replaces the entire tooth from root to crown.
If you’re currently living with tooth loss, don’t put off a visit to our Atlanta dental practice. We can fill the gap in your smile to improve the quality of your life. We offer treatment options that fit with a range of budgets and oral health concerns. For more information on our approach to restoring tooth loss, give us a call at 404.577.6620.