Greensboro Restorative Dentistry Rebuilds Smiles
To maintain a healthy, aesthetically pleasing, and highly functional smile throughout one’s life, most patients will need restorative care at one point or another. Whether your needs are as simple as a minor cavity or as severe as several missing teeth, you can rest easy knowing that you are in good hands with our doctors and team members here at Lake Oconee Dentistry.
Dr. Patti Bradley, Dr. David Bradley, and Dr. Shelly Pound have draw on several years of experience and training to provide a truly comprehensive care experience to patients, and we look forward to helping you regain a strong, thriving set of teeth that’s built to last. Contact our Greensboro, GA practice today to schedule an appointment! New patients from Madison, GA and other surrounding areas are always welcomed.
How can I repair teeth that are damaged or worn down?
One of the most versatile and successful restorative solutions our practice offers is dental crowns, which are designed to completely cover the natural shape of a single tooth. This helps to protect its remaining structure while improving function and aesthetics as well. Our practice utlizies porcelain dental crowns, which are a virtually seamless match for your natural tooth enamel in look and feel. Our doctors may recommend a new crown for the following reasons:
- If a tooth is significantly decayed and can’t be treated with a tooth-colored filling.
- If a tooth has been injured and needs additional support.
- If a weakened tooth has a high risk of fracturing.
- If a tooth treated with root canal therapy is in need of restoration.
- If a single dental implant is in need of restoration.
In minor cases of dental damage (such as a slight crack) or cosmetic imperfections, dental bonding can also provide a quick and cost-effective solution. Our doctors will apply the high-quality composite resin to the affected tooth and sculpt it into place, creating a new addition that blends right in. In most cases, this service can be completed in just one appointment. While direct bonding may not be as permanent as a dental crown or other restorative treatments, the results can last for several years with proper hygiene at home and regular check-ups at Lake Oconee Dentistry.
What’s the best method for replacing lost teeth?
There are several tooth replacement solutions available at our Greensboro practice, including dental implants, dental bridges, and full and partial dentures. While our doctors have their preferences, we understand that there isn’t just one option that’s the perfect fit for every single patient in need. That’s why they’ll work closely with you to help you determine which one best complements your personal goals, level of time commitment, and available budget.
Dental bridges are designed to restore multiple missing teeth along a single arch of the mouth, and they’re attached in place with the help of dental crowns that serve as “anchors,” fitting over nearby healthy teeth. Some patients prefer this added permanence and stability to removable options like dentures. However, dentures can offer comfortable reliability and ease of use to older adults who’ve suffered severe tooth loss. Our doctors can design full or partial models, both of which are removed from the mouth for convenient cleaning and separate storage during sleep.
Our doctors also strongly recommend implant-retained prosthetics as a viable alternative to traditional bridges and dentures, as these devices don’t require the alteration of remaining tooth structure. We look forward to helping you get started on the path towards a recompleted smile that’s ready to be shown off!
Does my tooth need to be extracted?
Patients can rest assured that our team will make every effort to help them maintain their healthy teeth and recover from severe dental damage/decay without the need for extraction. For instance, root canal therapy is a highly successful procedure that can remove decay from the inner chambers of badly infected teeth and leave them intact in a strong, functioning smile. Many patients become nervous when a doctor mentions “root canal therapy,” but today’s advancements in technology and anesthetic have helped the procedure become comfortable than ever. If you’re experiencing severe dental pain or increased sensitivity in a certain tooth, don’t hesitate to let us know here in Greensboro – root canal therapy could be the solution.
It’s important to keep in mind that there are situations where extraction may become necessary to preserve your oral health and overall wellbeing. Common reasons for this include:
- If the patient is experiencing advanced periodontal disease.
- If the tooth has become too heavily decayed to restore.
- If the tooth has suffered a traumatic injury.
During this process, our doctors will be sure to create a safe and comfortable environment for patients with relaxing amenities and sedation dentistry, if needed. We will also start working with you right away to plan a quality reconstructive solution for the tooth/teeth you’ve lost, ensuring that your smile doesn’t stay incomplete for long.