Over time, teeth can become worn, broken, and decayed, which can lead to chewing and speaking problems in addition to the obvious aesthetic problems. In addition, a person with missing teeth or noticeable metal fillings may be reluctant to smile. At Germantown Dental Group, we believe you deserve to smile with confidence. With crowns, bridges, dental implants, and other restorative dentistry options at our practice in Germantown, near Memphis, Tennessee, our dentists can restore beauty and function to any smile.
Visit our smile gallery to see some of the beautiful results our dentists have achieved through the restorations they have performed with dental implants, metal-free dentistry, full mouth restorations, and other restorative options.
It is important to fill the gap left by a missing tooth so that the surrounding teeth don’t shift out of place, which can cause chewing, speaking, and other problems. Dental implants offer our patients with missing teeth a permanent replacement option. Dental implants allow our dentists to attach a single replacement tooth, a dental bridge or partial denture, or full dentures in a way that does not compromise the adjacent teeth and feels like your own teeth. Dental implants serve as artificial roots for replacement teeth. Our dentists can craft a natural-looking replacement tooth or teeth and place them on the implant.
To be a good candidate for dental implants, a patient must have healthy gums and sufficient space to support the posts. If you are interested in dental implants, contact our practice in Germantown, near Memphis, Tennessee to schedule a consultation. We can help you determine if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.
A dental crown is a cap that fits over the entire surface of a tooth to add strength and protect it from damage. We use dental crowns to cover teeth that are cracked, discolored, or generally damaged. Crowns can also be used to add strength to teeth that are weakened due to decay or root canal therapy. For all of our cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, we often use all-porcelain crowns because they look natural and blend in with surrounding teeth.
Dental crowns can be placed in two visits. The tooth to receive the crown is prepared during the first visit by removing enough structure to make room for the restoration. An impression of the area is made and sent to a dental laboratory so that the crown can be custom crafted. Once the crown is ready, it is bonded to the tooth during a second appointment.
In addition to dental implants, patients can have one or more teeth replaced with a dental bridge. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges include one or more replacement teeth that are attached to surrounding teeth which have been prepared with dental crowns.
Dental bridges can be placed in two visits to our practice. During the first visit, teeth surrounding the gap are prepared for dental crowns and an impression of the area is made. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory so that the bridge can be crafted. Once the bridge is ready, it is bonded into place during a second appointment. In some cases, bridges may be attached with dental implants without affecting surrounding teeth.
We are proud to offer metal-free dentistry at Germantown Dental Group, including all-porcelain crowns, onlays, and fillings. Our patients appreciate metal-free restorations because they look natural and blend into surrounding teeth. In most cases, it is difficult to tell that a tooth has been restored with a metal-free restoration. The tooth-colored materials that we use for restorative and cosmetic dentistry at our practice in Germantown, near Memphis, Tennessee, are durable and long-lasting.
Sometimes multiple dental issues require more than the replacement of old metal fillings or the placement of dental implants. In such cases, we can combine multiple restorative dentistry options into a full mouth restoration. Similar to a smile makeover, the full mouth restoration may combine several options to restore function as well as beauty. The full mouth restoration is best suited to patients who have issues that go beyond aesthetic aspects, such as difficulty when chewing or speaking, or pain when biting down. It is also a good choice for patients who have dental issues that affect most or all of their teeth.
Isolated teeth or all of the teeth can lose the enamel and dentin resulting in eventual root canal infection, pain, or tooth loss. Such damage can occur from clenching and grinding, tooth brush and tooth paste overuse, prolonged exposure to fruit acids on the teeth, acid reflux from the stomach, and the effects of bulimia. Repair of these issues can range from simple to complex. It is important to manage the cause of the wear prior to any reparative restorations. We are prepared to help you understand the psychological and stress-related aspects and make appropriate referrals. Eating disorders are becoming a larger part of our patient community as bulimia is an issue that is on the rise in our society. We are prepared to help our patients with complete respect and deep understanding as well as repair any damage to the teeth. As with any heath care in our office, all conversations will be kept completely confidential.
We work with the Transformation Center for Women, a local eating disorder clinic, so that you can receive the comprehensive care you need. Please visit the Transformation Center for Women website for more information.
From crowns and bridges to dental implants and other restorative dentistry, Germantown Dental Group, near Memphis, Tennessee, offers patients, including those from Arkansas and Mississippi, a full range of options to help them attain a beautiful and functional smile. Schedule a dental consultation today to find out how our dentists can restore your smile. We are also happy to help with travel arrangements for our out-of-town guests.