Quality Restorations for Healthy Smiles in Austell
Your smile is a vital part of your health and life, so when it needs care, you want to know that you have a dentist who puts your health as his highest priority. Dr. Terry Hopper and the team at Austell Dental Excellence are all committed to helping you repair your smile with high-quality restorations and personalized service. From simple composite fillings to complete tooth replacement with dental implants, we’ll find the right treatment to help you recover your healthy, confident smile.
As a family dentist, Dr. Hopper is dedicated to helping every member of your family enjoy their healthiest smile. Visit today to learn whether our restorations can help your smile be its best.
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Dental Restorations We Can Offer
We know that every patient faces unique challenges to their dental health. That’s why we offer a broad range of services so that we can choose the most appropriate treatment and personalize it to your needs.
We offer the treatments you need to protect and care for your entire smile – not only your teeth but your gums as well. Our restorative services include:
Choosing Amalgam-Free Dentistry
In pursuit of better health and results for your treatments, our office is completely amalgam-free. We don’t use any metal amalgam in our restorations, including fillings and crowns. Instead, we rely on high-grade composite and ceramic materials to create quality restorations that look natural in your smile.
There are many benefits to choosing amalgam-free restorations. Not only do they look more natural, but they allow our dentist to save more of your natural tooth enamel during placement. Most importantly, they contain no mercury or heavy metals of any kind. Be sure to ask Dr. Hopper if you’d like more information about the benefits of amalgam-free restorations.
Quality Dental Implants to Restore Your Smile
When you’ve lost teeth, the impact on your oral, emotional, and overall health can be significant. The consequences of missing teeth include bone loss, teeth shifting out of alignment, affected speaking and chewing, and often a loss of confidence. Dental implants allow you to overcome these challenges by effectively replacing the entire tooth from root to crown.
Whether you need to replace a single tooth, a set of teeth, or an entire row, dental implants have the reliability and versatility to help restore your smile. Schedule a consultation with our office to find out if you qualify for this permanent tooth replacement option!
Top 5 Benefits of Dental Implants
All tooth replacements are valuable for your oral health and confidence, but dental implants come with the widest array of advantages to your health, aesthetics, and lifestyle. Here are five benefits implants can offer your smile.
- Permanent – Dental implants are inserted into the jaw, where they fuse with the bone and become a permanent part of your smile.
- Stable – As long as the implants have sufficient jaw bone support, they can keep your restorations steady, so you can speak, bite, and chew without fear of your restoration slipping.
- Convenient – Unlike removable restorations, no special care is required for implants. Simply brush and floss as you normally would, and maintain your six-month cleanings so the dentist can ensure your gums and jaw stay healthy.
- Healthy – Implants replace the entire tooth, including the root, which helps to prevent bone loss. They also keep teeth from shifting out of alignment and completely restore your speaking and chewing ability.
- Lifelike – The crowns, bridges, and dentures supported by implants are designed to look, feel, and function like a normal tooth. Each restoration is shade-matched to look just like your teeth, so they blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement that includes the root as well as the crown. An implant post made of biocompatible titanium is carefully placed into the jawbone, where it fuses with the bone to become a permanent root. Then, an abutment is used to secure your new crown, bridge, or denture into place.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Many people who are missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants. The most important factors are the strength of your jawbone and your overall health.
To determine whether you’d be eligible for dental implants, Dr. Hopper will perform a thorough visual and digital exam. He studies the health of your teeth and gums to determine if there is a healthy foundation for your implants. A digital x-ray will also reveal whether the jawbone is too thin or brittle to support an implant.
Gum disease is one of the biggest threats to dental implants because the advanced stages can result in bone loss. If your gums appear unhealthy, Dr. Hopper will pursue treatments to help restore your gums before proceeding with implant placement.
If your jawbone isn’t strong enough to support implants, a bone graft may be needed. This process uses either your own transplanted bone material or a synthetic substitute to restore the bone to adequate strength. If a more complex restoration is needed, like a sinus graft, we’ll refer you to a trusted specialist who can provide the care you need.
Are Dental Implants Expensive?
At many dental offices, the cost of dental implants varies depending on a broad range of factors, such as the number of teeth replaced, the location of the implants, how many are needed, and much more. This varies the cost of implants if complex factors are present.
At Austell Dental Excellence, we’re passionate about helping our patients afford the care they need. Our dental implants are priced at a flat fee, so you can easily see and understand the cost. We can make our implants affordable because the entire service – including placement, abutment, and restoration – is covered conveniently in our office. We also work with a majority of dental insurances and offer CareCredit for those who need financial assistance.
Dr. Hopper and his team believe in comprehensive and conservative treatment. If you have a tooth that’s damaged, we’ll look for the most effective solution to help you protect your tooth and avoid the need for an extraction.
Dental crowns allow us to repair and restore teeth that have been damaged or decayed, whether due to cavities, a fracture, or an accident. Your crown is specially designed just to fit your tooth so that it functions well and looks natural in your smile.
When dealing with a small amount of damage or decay, a composite filling allows us to strengthen your tooth and preserve as much of your enamel as possible. These tooth-colored fillings are completely molded into the space where the decayed tooth was removed. They bond well to enamel and can fit into small spaces, which allows Dr. Hopper to keep more of your healthy enamel in place. This tight bond also creates a durable seal, preventing further decay from taking root.
Saving Your Smile with Root Canal Therapy
If decay is left untreated and makes its way to the tooth’s center, it can cause an infection in the soft nerves and tissues, which won’t go away on its own. To protect the root and alleviate pain, we can remove the infected tissue with root canal therapy.
Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal treatment is often recommended if a tooth’s inner chamber, known as the pulp, has become infected. Most of the time, these infections cause severe, throbbing pain, especially when biting or when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. You may also notice swelling in the surrounding gums and cheek.
It is possible, however, for a pulp infection to have no outward signs and to be painless. This is why it’s important to keep your six-month exams so that Dr. Hopper can carefully evaluate your tooth and treat infections quickly to save your tooth.
Is a Root Canal Treatment Safe?
We know many people are intimidated by the idea of root canal therapy, but this treatment is safer and more effective than ever before. A root canal treatment is no more uncomfortable than receiving a filling, and is designed to help alleviate the pain you experienced before coming to our office. Successful treatment allows you to preserve your natural tooth, helping you avoid more complex and costly tooth replacements.
What if I Need an Extraction?
Sometimes, a tooth or the bone and tissue supporting it may be too damaged to save. In those cases, we can perform an expert extraction to ensure that the tooth is removed cleanly and with minimal impact on the rest of your smile. We can also perform extractions on simple wisdom tooth cases. For truly complex care, we’ll refer you to a trusted specialist.
Protecting Against Gum Disease with Periodontics
Your gums provide the foundation for your healthy smile, which is why we take great care to monitor, treat, and protect your gums. Our periodontal treatments can help you to alleviate gum disease in its early stages, helping you to avoid the consequences of advanced gum disease. This proactive approach helps to protect your gums and your natural smile for years to come.
Why Gum Disease Treatment Matters
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and is also incredibly subtle in its early stages. Many adults have some form of gum disease and aren’t even aware of it. Unfortunately, gum disease can rapidly change into the more advanced stage, which leads to bone loss, gum recession, and leaves tooth roots vulnerable to cavities and damage.
The sooner your gums receive treatment, the less invasive that treatment needs to be. That’s why it’s so important to keep up your dental exams and cleanings so that Dr. Hopper and his team can monitor your health and ensure your entire smile gets the care it needs.
Types of Gum Disease Treatment
Our office provides a variety of treatments for gum disease, and we can tailor them to your specific needs.
Professional Cleanings – Your six-month cleanings do more than give your teeth a good polish. Removing hardened tartar helps to prevent and alleviate gum inflammation, which reduces the chance of infection.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleanings) – When pockets of infection form beneath the gum line, this treatment helps address this issue. A specialized antibiotic is used to remove bacteria. Then the tartar is removed from the tooth root (scaling), and the enamel is smoothed out (root planing) to prevent bacteria from returning, and to allow the gums to secure the tooth once more.
Osseous (Pocket Reduction) Surgery – If the pockets beneath the gums are too deep, we may use osseous surgery to shrink the pockets, remove infected tissue, and secure the gumline. Dr. Hopper uses dental lasers to make this process more precise, effective, and comfortable.
Gum Contouring – Some patients have an abnormally high gum line, making teeth appear shorter and potentially affecting the way you eat, speak, and smile. Laser dentistry can help to cleanly reshape the gum line, creating a healthier and more aesthetically appealing smile.
Treating Gum Disease with Laser Dentistry
Dr. Hopper uses innovative dental lasers to make gum treatments a more positive experience for you. Not only does it make the treatment itself more comfortable and precise, but it offers numerous benefits for your health as well.
Lasers are incredibly precise, allowing Dr. Hopper to treat only the targeted area and minimizing the impact on your surrounding healthy teeth and tissues. Since there’s no cutting involved, this treatment method helps to maximize your comfort. It also reduces bleeding and sterilizes the area, so there’s less risk of infection and your healing times post-treatment will be shorter.
If you’re interested in learning whether laser dentistry is the right choice for your treatment, ask Dr. Hopper and his team for more information at your next visit, or contact our office today!
Quality Care for You and Your Family in Austell
Whether you need restorative care for yourself or a loved one, having a reliable team can help ensure that you feel good about your treatment and can enjoy positive results. Dr. Hopper and the Austell Dental Excellence team are here to help you understand your options and get the personalized care that’s right for you.
Ready to enjoy your best smile? Contact us and schedule your visit today!
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