Regardless of age, your smile is always a large part of you, one of the first things that people will notice about you. An important feature, the smile shows others your personality, and is what first impressions are based on. When teeth are missing, the natural inclination to show your smile may be halted, subsequently hiding your personality and possibly making you seem unfriendly. Under such circumstances, it is common for a person to lose confidence and experience diminished personal interactions. It is important to feel good about the appearance of your teeth so that you can smile freely. One of the ways this can be done is with partial dentures, designed in our Social Circle practice.
There are great consequences to living with missing teeth, even just one. This altered structure tends to result in the shifting of other teeth, and can lead to deterioration of bone structure. The more teeth that are missing, the greater the likelihood that facial contours will be impacted, as the teeth are an integral part of facial structure, supporting lips and cheeks and keeping them from sinking inward. Working with Dr. Jones, both beauty and functionality can be restored with a well-designed partial denture appliance.
Dentures are a well-known solution for missing teeth, used for many decades. Full denture appliances are what most people readily think of, but a partial denture is the ideal treatment when there are a number of healthy teeth still present. With the enhanced variety of materials to choose from, innovative modern techniques for fabrication, and the customization process, denture appliances made today not only look beautiful but also fit very well.
Partial dentures have two forms: fixed and removable. A fixed partial is also called a fixed bridge. This type of denture anchors on the teeth situated on each side of the empty space to be bridged, as each tooth is fitted with a permanent dental crown. The artificial tooth or teeth then sit on top of the gums, able to function properly due to the strength of anchor teeth.
Removal of partial dentures are also a type of bridgework, but one that can be removed as needed for cleaning. A removable partial denture can be removed at home, or in your dentist's office. Though convenient for oral hygiene, this type of denture may feel a bit less secure than a fixed denture.
Working together, we strive for the goal of your healthiest, most beautiful smile. Missing teeth can be dealt with effectively in a way that best suits you.
Contact us on (770) 464-1900 to schedule your visit with Dr. Jones.
Today's consumer is confronted with an overwhelming array of teeth whitening options. The market is flooded with numerous teeth whitening options, including do it yourself kits, toothpastes, strips, mall kiosks, and professional whitening options from their dentists. Americans spend more than $1.3 billion annually in their quest for whiter teeth.
At first glance, teeth whitening treatments seem simple and easy, which explains why consumers have accepted the trend of over the counter products and even whitening kiosks in shopping malls. Although these options may seem like an economical way to brighten a smile, in reality, you get what you pay for. Choosing these bargain methods of teeth whitening can cause disappointment, dental problems, and even health issues.
Boston's CBS News reported that without an oral health evaluation, dental problems such as gum disease and decay go undetected. The chemicals in the tooth whitening products can make these issues worse, causing the patient pain and sensitivity. The economic downturn has caused many people to skip professional dental care while trying to maintain their appearance with bargain treatments. Over the counter products can result in gum irritation and disappointing results. Worse yet, whitening treatments from unskilled technicians can lead to gums with chemical burns.
Dentists should conduct a thorough examination and review patients' dental and medical history before beginning teeth whitening treatments. They should first work on making the mouth healthy, and then provide whitening treatments. Patients can enjoy bright white teeth and a healthy smile. The products and methods of teeth whitening offered by dentists vary widely, but patient safety should be taken into consideration.
Dr. Jones takes a gentle, biological approach to teeth whitening with an at-home method. Although some dentists offer fast whitening treatments, some completed in just one hour, Dr. Jones does not want to use chemicals or techniques that are harsh or abrupt. Teeth are alive, and the doctor believes that a slow, gentle approach is a lot more sensible and in the best interest of the patient.
Home whitening results are visible in about two weeks, and since the patients have the gel and trays, they can touch up their smiles whenever they begin to darken. Put some sparkle in your smile the safe and gentle way, call (770) 464-1900, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones today.
Social Circle Dental is a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures, while focusing on your overall health and well-being.