Oconee Dental is committed to offering a full range of dentistry services. Whether you’ve had repairs or need a complete replacement, we recommend continual check-ups to assess your gums and bone density to assess the surrounding areas associated with your implant.
When you have missing teeth, an alternative solution to dentures is dental implants. While dentures are removable, dental implants provide permanent new teeth to restore your mouth’s function and appearance. Dental implants tend to offer a successful and lasting solution to the loss of some or all of your teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, our dentists may recommend a dental bridge. Dental bridges can restore your smile as well as your ability to speak and chew normally by literally “bridging” the gap caused by your missing teeth! Call us at 706-769-1659 to learn more about dental bridges in Watkinsville, Georgia, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Harmon-Smith, and Dr. Anthony at Oconee Dental, PC.
Dental bridges can prevent shifting of your teeth and the subsequent problems with your jaw or bite, and help prevent periodontal disease. Bridges also safeguard the integrity of your existing teeth and help you maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
There are three main types of bridges:
- Fixed Bridge – this is the most common type of dental bridge, consisting of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, and which fits over your existing teeth to stay in place.
- “Maryland” Bridge – this bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth. A filler tooth is attached to metal or composite bands, which are then bonded to adjoining teeth.
- Cantilever Bridge – this bridge is used when teeth are only on one side of the missing tooth. It consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the empty space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowns, and extended into the gap.
To learn more about dental bridges and to make your appointment with our dentists, contact our practice today.
Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are considered a conservative method of treating damaged teeth. They are used instead of placing a crown. Some dentists even use inlays and onlays to treat tooth decay. Instead of filling in the tooth, your dentist may use dental inlays and onlays.
Dental inlays and onlays are made in a dental lab and then fitted to your tooth. They are then bonded to your tooth.