You don't have to live with damage, discoloration or gaps when it comes to your teeth. There is a procedure that is right for you and your unique situation. From bridges, to dentures, to implants, we can help or point you in the right direction.
While your teeth are the strongest substance in your body, they can still face oral health issues. Cavities are one of the most common dental issues there are. While commonly associated with children, 91% of adults in the United States have developed at least one cavity in their adult teeth. Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Our doctors use both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed. When a cavity forms, treatment is needed right away. North Atlanta Family Dentistry can treat cavities with fillings.
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Root Canal Therapy
While the teeth are incredibly strong, they can still face serious issues like physical trauma and decay. These issues can leave your teeth susceptible to serious complications. Not only are damaged and decayed teeth vulnerable to further damage, but they are also vulnerable to infections. A "root canal," or endodontic therapy, is a procedure available to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction. There are many reasons that teeth can become infected, including: cavities, previous large fillings, crowns, cracks, and trauma. If an infection does develop, North Atlanta Family Dentistry can help with a root canal.
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Tooth damage is a serious issue. Even if the damage does not seem that significant at the time, it can worsen over time. Damage can compromise the structural integrity of the affected teeth as well as the health of your mouth. When your teeth are damaged, treatment is needed as quickly as possible. At North Atlanta Family Dentistry, we can treat tooth damage with crowns. Crowns are used to restore teeth severely damaged by fracture or decay. After the tooth surface is cleaned and prepared, the crown is placed to cover the remainder of the tooth.
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Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns or implants, on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite. It also prevents teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues). Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain and metal, or ceramic. Ceramic bridge color is made to match your natural tooth color. Material choice will depend on structural requirements, wear, and aesthetics.
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Dentures are a replacement option for missing teeth. A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.
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TeethXpress is a type of treatment that uses dental implants. With this treatment, dental implants can be placed faster. It is also an ideal solution for those who have lost an entire arch of missing teeth and have low bone density, providing an alternative when the typical full arch restoration is not possible.
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Inlays & Onlays
Getting an inlay or onlay is very much like what you would experience having a crown placed, with one important distinction: less of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed by drilling when you receive an inlay or onlay. When you get a crown, the tooth needs to undergo significant reshaping so that it will fit inside its new covering. Since dentistry's goal is to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, inlays and onlays may be recommended instead of crowns when a tooth can be restored with this more conservative type of treatment.
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Of all the ways modern dentistry has to replace missing teeth, dental implants are by far the best. There is no tooth-replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result. Implants also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost. Loss of bone is one of the major hidden consequences of losing teeth.
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Call North Atlanta Family Dentistry at (470) 387-0500 for more information.