Cavities can happen to anyone, and the worst thing you can do is ignore them. Cavities need to be taken care of quickly and efficiently in order to prevent bacteria from entering the space and causing further decay.
A dental filling is one of the quickest and easiest ways to take care of a cavity to restore your tooth and relieve any associated pain.
When you come in to get a filling, we’ll make sure you are numbed up so you won’t feel anything. We’ll then remove any decay, clean the affected area, and fill it with an appropriate dental material.
Fillings typically last for many years, but it’s important that you take care of them by brushing and flossing properly.
If you have missing teeth, it’s really important for you to replace them. When you have gaps in your smile, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause discomfort. Additionally, you will begin to suffer bone loss in your jaw area, which is responsible for that “sunken” look that makes you appear older.
Dental implants, however, are a great way to replace missing teeth, restore your bite, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!
A dental implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks and performs just like your natural tooth. The implant itself is composed of two main parts: 1) the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and 2) the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant.
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural looking smile.
Many problems can occur when you have one or more missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth with a bridge will keep your existing teeth in position while helping with the functionality of your bite.
A dental bridge is designed to “bridge” the gap between missing teeth. The bridge itself consists of two or more crowns (called abutment teeth) which we create and attach to your natural teeth on either side of the gap, while a false tooth/teeth (called a pontic) is created for in-between.
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation – the other teeth, gums, or bone to which the bridge is attached. Therefore, it’s critical that you keep existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
At East Nashville Dental Co, we provide personalized denture services designed to meet the individual needs and comfort levels of our patients.
Dentures are used to replace the whole row of top or bottom teeth. They not only allow you to keep your beautiful smile, they also assist in speaking, eating, and maintaining facial structure. Our dentures are created to fit you comfortably and look natural.
There are two types of dentures:
Full dentures are for patients whose natural teeth have all been removed. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use.
Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.
Dentures aren’t for everyone, but they are a lifesaver for many people. If you’re interested in learning more about dentures please schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to any questions you have to help you determine if dentures are right for you.