Nashville Restorative Dentistry
At Belle Meade Smile Center, we offer a holistic approach to restorative dentistry that addresses a variety of dental issues. From replacing missing teeth with dental implants to offering crown and bridge treatments, fitting dentures, and providing periodontal care for gum disease, we aim to alleviate discomfort and restore your smile's functionality.
Benefits of Dental Implants and how they work
Dental implants are titanium posts engineered to replace missing teeth, functioning similarly to natural tooth roots. Unlike removable dentures, these implants are surgically inserted into the gums and anchored to the jawbone. Over time, they fuse with the bone through a process known as "osseointegration." A permanent crown is then attached, offering a replacement tooth that looks and feels like your own.
Key Benefits of Dental Implants from Belle Meade Smile Center:
- A natural-feeling and looking alternative to real teeth
- Durable and long-lasting solution
- No need for removable appliances
- Preserves healthy bone structure
- No impact on adjacent teeth
- Resistant to cavities
Understanding Types of Dentures in Nashville
Full dentures replace an entire row of teeth along the upper or lower gum line, held in place by natural suction and possibly denture adhesive. Partial dentures replace one to three teeth and are anchored by stable teeth on either side of the gap. Our team takes meticulous measurements to ensure your dentures blend seamlessly with your natural smile.
Full or partial dentures are appliances, usually removable, that fit over the gums and hold artificial teeth in spaces where natural teeth are missing. Everyone has heard of dentures, but it tends to be of those subjects where so much information is passed around and so little is really understood.
For example, popular wisdom is that only the first set of dentures fit correctly. That's only partially true. They tend to feel best because the gum ridges have not yet receded. But we can now re-fit new dentures that look and feel just as good as the original.
Dentures are often misunderstood, but advancements in dental technology allow us to create dentures that fit as well as the original set. The fit depends on your gum health, which is why we recommend annual denture check-ups. Contrary to popular belief, dentures don't wobble due to overuse but rather changes in gum tissue and bone structure.
How Do Nashville Dental Crowns Work?
Dental crowns serve to entirely encapsulate a damaged tooth, enhancing its strength, appearance, and alignment. They can also be affixed to an implant for a tooth-like structure and function. At Belle Meade Smile Center, we utilize a specialized milling process to create crowns that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. We offer a range of shades to match your existing teeth, ensuring a natural look.