Dr. Angie Rhodes offers restorative dentistry to ensure her patients are proud of their smiles. All of our teeth work together. Each tooth has an important role by itself, and when supporting each other. When you are missing teeth, your jawbone begins to degenerate and you will begin to have other problems with your oral health. Restorative dentistry is the division of dental care that focuses on repairing problems with treatments such as crowns, fillings and dentures.
At Dr. Rhodes’ office, the restorative dentistry treatments we offer include:
In recent years implant dentistry has become an efficient and reliable treatment option. Dr. Rhodes works closely with our local periodontists to make sure we meet your treatment goals from start to finish. Implants are a great alternative to replace missing teeth, conserving tooth structure that is often removed with a traditional bridge and providing a more natural solution than a partial denture.
Crowns and bridges
Dr. Rhodes offers crowns and bridges as tooth replacement options in her practice.
Bridges can fill a gap caused by a missing tooth, improve speech and correct misaligned bites. Bridges offer more fixed and natural feeling stability than a removable appliance to fill a tooth’s space. It typically takes two appointments for your custom bridge to be made.
Crowns are used to repair teeth that have been damaged because of cavities or trauma. The crown is made of a strong, tooth-colored material, which gives your tooth a natural appearance.
Partial dentures are similar to a bridge, but they are removable. Partial dentures are a good option when you still have some natural teeth. The remaining teeth and gums support the partial dentures. If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Rhodes might suggest this as a treatment option.
If you are missing all of your teeth in your upper or lower jaw, dentures are a solution to restore your smile. Dentures are removable prosthetics that are supported by gum tissue or remaining teeth. Dentures can improve speech and give you back your smile and confidence.
Night guards and snore guards
If you clench your teeth at night, this can lead to headaches and migraines. Talk to Dr. Rhodes about the benefits of a night guard. This is a thin, clear appliance that is worn over the surface of your teeth while you sleep, similar to a retainer or a sports mouth guard (only less bulky). Dr. Rhodes will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth so the night guard is properly fitted to your mouth. You should wear your night guard every night.
A snore guard might be your solution if your snoring keeps others awake at night or prevents you from getting a restful night’s sleep. The snore guard helps keep your lower jaw in a forward position to prevent your breathing passageways from becoming blocked. The device helps you sleep quietly and comfortably.