Read below to learn about the various services that we offer at Family Dental Center.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 423-247-6961.
For your safety, our office uses only digital x-rays, which produce up to 80% less radiation compared to traditional x-rays.
Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel and are proven to lessen the risk of tooth decay. We recommend these not only for children, but adults as well, especially if they are experiencing sensitivity or increased decay. We can also provide toothpastes with a higher fluoride for home use. This is especially helpful for those who have a lower saliva flow resulting in dry mouth since we often see higher rates of dental decay in these patients.
A sealant is a clear or tooth colored coating brushed over the chewing surface of permanent back teeth. The material flows into the deep grooves of the tooth, sealing the areas that are the most likely to decay, preventing bacteria and plaque from becoming trapped within the grooves, thus helping to prevent decay.
Periodontal (Gum) Therapy
One of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue. Your gums are the supportive and protective tissue for the underlying bone, and the tooth/bone connection. Gum disease is typically a slowly developing infection, though it can develop acute episodes which act rapidly. See us for prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Also known as endodontic treatment, a root canal is a procedure designed to save a tooth with an infected pulp (the central nerve/blood vessel part of the tooth) chamber. It is an alternative to an extraction. (Regular checkups/cleanings can help prevent infection). An infected pulp can occur when decay reaches the nerve chamber of the tooth, and can also occur when there is traumatic injury or a very deep restoration in the tooth. This is a serious problem that can affect your entire body as well as cause pain. Signs and symptoms of infection may include pain to hot or cold, pressure or pain when chewing, swelling and a bad taste or odor. There are times when no symptoms are present and a chronic infection is only discovered during a dental exam. After root canal treatment if performed, the tooth will usually need a post/core buildup and a crown to fully restore it to normal function.
Our goal is to save teeth for you lifetime and we emphasize the use of good oral hygiene and regular checkups to achieve that goal. There are, however, times when tooth extraction is necessary. Some reasons for extraction include: Crowded teeth in which for orthodontic reasons, space is required; teeth damaged too badly to restore, due to decay or trauma; teeth that have such severe gum disease they may be considered hopeless to save; abscessed or infected teeth; impacted teeth; supernumerary teeth (extra teeth that can be potentially harmful) An x-ray will be taken and the tooth evaluated before it is removed. There are times when we may refer you to an oral surgeon if we feel that is in your best interest. Call us today to schedule your visit with one of our team members. We look forward to serving your dental needs!
Composite Fillings (Tooth Colored Fillings)
For years, you had no choice in the color of your fillings. Now we can provide you with a tooth colored filling that has a very cosmetic appearance when compared to the older amalgam (metal) fillings. The composite fillings allow the dentist to remove less of the tooth structure and because they bond directly to the tooth, they provide a better seal, providing better protection against further decay.
Tooth Whitening (Bleaching)
Tooth whitening is a method used to lighten natural teeth. A bleaching gel is placed over the teeth and over a period of time, the teeth become lighter in color. Compared to most other methods of lightening teeth, bleaching gives you the most “bang for your buck”. It does not affect the color of any man made material like veneers, crowns, fillings, etc. See us to find if you are a good candidate for bleaching!
Clear-Aligner Therapy (Invisible Braces)
Clear aligners are a series of nearly invisible mouth trays that are used to straighten crooked teeth. The trays are removable but are typically worn at all times other than eating and cleansing teeth. Many people refer to these clear aligners as "invisible braces".
Fillings are the common term used to define a material that replaces missing tooth structure. A portion of the tooth may be missing due to the need for decay removal or due to fracture. Fillings can be made of several materials such as: Composite- This is our first choice in most instances. This material bonds to and is compatible with tooth structure, is tooth colored and strong. Glass Ionomer- It is tooth colored as well.
A complete denture is a removable dental appliance that is designed to replace all the teeth in the arch, either all the upper teeth, all the lower teeth or both. Though most people seem to learn to speak and chew well with upper dentures, lower dentures can be a challenge. For that reason, we greatly encourage the use of dental implants to stabilize lower dentures.
A removable partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. It consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic (plastic) base which fits around the remaining teeth.
Implants/Dental Implant Restoration
A dental implant is an artificial “root” placed within the jawbone. Dental implants are very versatile and can be used to help replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or even stabilize a denture. Implants are usually made of titanium which is extremely well tolerated by the body, and does not decay. Dental implants are the closest thing that you can get to a natural tooth! In the case of a single tooth replacement, an implant is placed, then a post (abutment) is placed on the implant and finally a crown is placed over the abutment. With multiple missing teeth, different connectors can be used to build upon the implant to connect them to the final appliance, whether it be removable or non-removable. Successful dental implants require planning on the part of both the dentist placing the implant and the dentist building upon that implant. We work as a team to make this happen and the end result is that dental implants are one of the most successful long term services dentists can provide.