Marietta dentists Dr. Michael Mulkey, Dr. David Hildreth, and Dr. Melissa Kennedy provide tooth replacement options for lost or missing teeth. Our dentists will help you choose which options is best based on your dental health and personal goals and budget.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
Replacing missing teeth is important for long term dental health. Not only do they cause a cosmetic problem, missing teeth can cause future problems with your remaining teeth. For example, your remaining teeth may drift into the open spaces. This would change your bite and affect your ability to chew. In turn, this can cause bone loss, gum disease or additional decay (because it’s more difficult to keep your teeth clean).
Types of Dentures
The dental associates at Lost Mountain Dental offer several types of dentures and will help you select the best one based on your needs, goals and budget.
The dentures that we offer in our Marietta, GA dental office are called cosmetic dentures because they are highly aesthetic and look and feel just like natural teeth. The dentures that Lost Mountain Dental offers are designed to fit stably and comfortably in your mouth.
There are basically two types of dentures: Full Dentures and Partial Dentures. Full dentures replace all of a person’s upper or lower teeth. A partial denture replace several missing teeth, similar to a dental bridge.
A denture can either be removable or fixed. Fixed dentures are anchored by dental implants and often called implant dentures.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures, simply known as implant dentures, have an extremely high success rate and level of patient satisfaction. While there is a greater investment for implant dentures, they do provide superior long term benefits over removable dentures.
- Secure fit, no worries about dentures falling out when you eat or speak
- Improved bone retention, implants help to prevent bone loss
- Ability to eat foods without restrictions
- No adhesives necessary
Dental Bridges in Marietta GA
A dental bridge can be used to replace one missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth to restore a functional smile. At Lost Mountain Dental, Dr. Mulkey, Dr. Hildreth and Dr. Kennedy offer custom ceramic dental bridges in Marietta, GA that can be made to fit comfortably and blend with the appearance of your natural smile.
Today’s dental bridges are almost always fixed for a secure solution to missing teeth that enables you to enjoy the best quality of life.
Dental Bridge: What To Expect
The dental bridge process is multi step and will begin with a consultation to evaluate your dental health and discuss your personal cosmetic concerns. The goal of your treatment is to restore function and aesthetics to your smile for long term oral health.
Your Lost Mountain dentist will begin your treatment by preparing adjacent teeth to support the new bridge. In most cases this involves the placement of a dental crown to strengthen the teeth that the dental bridge will be attached to. The next step will be dental impressions to be used in the creation of your custom dental bridge to ensure a comfortable fit.
A temporary bridge is often placed while your new, custom appliance is being fabricated in a dental lab. Once ready, you will come in for a final visit and the permanent placement of your dental bridge.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures will depend on your specific condition, the type of denture and materials used. Your dentist will present you with the various options and costs before selecting a treatment. Lost Mountain Dental accepts most dental insurance as an out of network provider, and will submit the necessary paperwork and billing. In addition, we offer flexible payment options and an in office savings plan for qualified patients.
Do you repair dentures?
If you need denture repair, please contact our office. In some cases, we may be able to repair an existing denture. In other situations, the dentist may recommend replacing the denture.
What is “All on Four”?
All on four is the name of a popular implant denture procedure, where as few as four dental implants are placed in the jaw to secure a denture. Your dentist will evaluate your condition and place the number of implants that will yield the best results for your needs and goals.