Bring Your Smile Back to Life

Neglected oral health inevitably leads to serious dental problems such as decay, gum disease, or worse, tooth loss. All too often, patients leave minor issues untreated and develop even worse complications in the mouth. Fortunately, Dr. Ruth Bailey offers several restorative dentistry treatments to her Knoxville, Tennessee patients. Within our comfortable, relaxing office, patients receive leading dental care to rebuild the strength and functionality of the teeth. Dr. Bailey’s goal is to preserve the natural teeth as best she can. If tooth loss does occur, she will work with you to determine the best approach for meeting your needs and restoring the integrity of the smile. To learn more about restorative dentistry, contact our Knoxville dental practice today.

Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” are laboratory fabricated castings that fit snuggly over badly damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns are made from various types of material, including gold, resin, or porcelain, which offers a more natural appearance. The procedure involves reshaping the tooth and taking a mold that is sent to our laboratory where the custom crown is fabricated. The crown restores the tooth to ideal form and function. Additionally, Dr. Bailey is talented in making your smile look natural and beautiful.

Dental implants are excellent for replacing one or more missing teeth. A titanium post is surgically placed into the jaw to function as the root of the tooth. Once the area heals a natural-looking prosthetic tooth is attached to the post filling the open space. Dental implants are strong and durable, and thus long lasting. Dr. Bailey works closely with an oral surgeon to ensure your individual needs are met. The artificial tooth is customized to fit your smile and look natural and beautiful. Additionally, the restoration functions and feels just as the natural tooth, allowing patients to comfortably eat, speak, and smile again.

Dental bridges may be recommended for patients with missing teeth. The bridge consists of two or more dental crowns affixed to the necessary number of prosthetic teeth. The crowns are securely placed over the existing teeth or dental implant posts, while the prosthetic tooth fills the open gap in-between. A dental bridge is a long-lasting solution – up to 15 years with proper maintenance – and helps improve the strength and functionality of the smile. If you are missing teeth it is important to seek treatment right away so additional oral health issues do not occur such as shifting of natural teeth, bone loss, or gum disease.