What is commonly known as gum disease is referred to in dentistry as periodontal disease? This common condition is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, an often painless inflammation in the gums. With early treatment, this condition may be stopped and reversed. More advanced gum disease, periodontitis, cannot be cured or reversed, but can be managed with ongoing care and preventive oral hygiene. Signs that your gums may be inflamed or infected include:
- Gums bleed when you brush or floss
- Gums look shiny, swollen, or red
- Gum tissue is tender to the touch
- You have persistent bad breath
- Your teeth feel loose
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The team at Atlanta Center for Dental Health recognizes that “silver” amalgam fillings may have a number of negative effects on oral and systemic health. Patients who visit us for cavity repair are gently treated with mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings made from durable composite resin material. We use only the latest and best BPA-free materials in our cosmetic tooth repair fillings.
Teeth that have been extensively damaged, weakened by decay, or broken can be repaired with a beautiful, natural-looking crown. Crowns cover the entire visible portion of a tooth and act as a buffer to strengthen the tooth and protect the fragile structures underneath from the force of biting and chewing.
The fixed dental bridge is one of the most commonly used procedures for tooth replacement. This restorative process involves prepping the teeth on each side of the empty space. These teeth will anchor the bridge, which contains the two crowns and an artificial tooth replacement. Made in the dental lab, the artificial tooth will be bonded between the crowns and it will sit on top of the gums after the bridge has been affixed to the anchor teeth. The fixed bridge remains in place at all times and will look and feel very natural. The only difference in care is that a bridge must be flossed using a special tool that cleans under the artificial tooth.
Partial and full dentures
Dr. Hepler would love to help every patient keep their natural teeth for their whole life. We understand that, sometimes, the path towards a restored smile involves tooth replacement. For a number of reasons, partial or full dentures may best fit a patient’s needs. For that reason, we are happy to offer dentures as an optimum tooth replacement treatment.
Simple extractions may be performed by Dr. Hepler, saving patients the time and inconvenience of having to visit multiple offices.
Wisdom tooth extractions
Wisdom tooth removal may also be performed here in our office. For this procedure, patients may choose to incorporate sedation or nitrous oxide, which eases physical and psychological tension and maximizes the potency of local anesthetic. With every visit, your comfort is our first priority.
Root canal therapy
When a tooth has become infected at its core, root canal therapy may be the fastest and most efficient way to eliminate pain. Root canal therapy is selectively performed by Dr. Hepler. If you suspect you may require this type of care, please contact our office for a prompt consultation.