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Restorative Dental Treatment

Dental Treatments – Restorative Dentistry Atlanta

Today’s advanced dental treatments and materials can give you a healthier, more complete smile that can last you a lifetime. Your Atlanta, GA dentist, Dr. Mixson, can help revitalize and maintain your teeth and gums, giving you the smile you’ve always wanted.


A restorative dentist like Dr. Shelly Mixson offers a variety of treatments that serve to improve one’s oral health. These treatments can solve a variety of problems, but all are aimed at fixing issues that can cause pain and impact health while also providing patients with a more pleasant smile that they can show off with confidence.

Often, patients surmise that they have a dental problem but aren’t quite sure what it is or what it will take to fix it. That’s where Dr. Mixson’s skills and training come into play.

As an experienced restorative and cosmetic dentist, she offers comprehensive consultations that help get to the root of the problem and participates in plenty of discussion about ways to fix those issues.

Some restorative treatments offered at Gentle Smiles Dental include the following.

Fillings and restorations

Because a lot of public water includes fluoride, children these days have far fewer cavities in their mouths then those who grow up prior to the 1980s.

Back then, a visit to the dentist usually meant that you’d leave with yet another silver filling, which is why it’s not unusual to note that anyone over the age of 50 who practiced good oral care has a mouth full of these things.

Unfortunately, for many, these silver fillings are wearing down and need to be replaced, preferably with tooth-colored resin fillings that are less visible and healthier, too. (Silver amalgam fillings contained liquid mercury and a variety of other metals!)

Dr. Mixson and her staff have replaced countless old fillings with tooth-colored alternatives and doing so is an easy process.

The result means no more unsightly silver fillings and a set of teeth that are healthier thanks to modern alternatives.

Tooth extractions

There are a number of reasons for teeth to be pulled. Often, they are pulled to make room for other teeth but are sometimes extracted because they are either impacted or infected, which could cause other serious health problems.

At Gentle Smiles Dental, we’re all about the “gentle” when it comes to extractions. Dr. Mixson and her staff take advantage of modern technology to offer extractions that are practically pain-free and require little recovery time.

Crowns and bridges

Crowns and bridges are prosthetic dental devices that help with a variety of issues. Crowns can assist in restoring broken or fractured teeth, repair decayed teeth, or restore a tooth that has had root canal. They also help your smile look better.

Similarly, a bridge is used to eliminate gaps between teeth, improve alignment and bite, to prevent teeth from shifting, and to support lips and cheeks so that the face does not sink.

There are several types of bridges offered and Dr. Mixson can ascertain which is right to fix your problem.

Dental Implants

Implants are metal posts or frames that are inserted into the jawbone just below the gum. They serve as placeholders for replacement teeth, which will be mounted on those posts.

Dental implants are recommended for several different reasons: to prevent teeth from shifting into empty spaces, to support permanent dentures, and to conserve the jawbone and prevent facial sinking.

Dental implants require several visits spaced apart so that the mouth has time to heal between appointments.


Patients require dentures when their teeth are damaged or decayed and can no longer be preserved and/or when their dental and overall health means removing their permanent teeth is necessary.

Dentures help restore the ability to eat well and also speak more clearly, since missing teeth can affect both of those as well.

Dentures can be partial or full and some can be inserted immediately after teeth are pulled.

Dr. Mixson offers comprehensive consultations for those considering dentures so that, together, you can determine which option is right for you.

For more information on the many treatment options offered at Gentle Smiles Dental, take a moment to call our office and speak to one of our staff members.