Smile Repair Solutions
When we can’t prevent dental decay or damage from happening, Dr. O and the Mt. Pleasant Family Dental team offer restorative dentistry services to renew the function and appearance of damaged smiles. From basic fillings using the highest quality composite resin materials to advanced dental implant placement and restoration, our skilled dentist and knowledgeable team provide effective, gentle dental care for every patient we treat. If you’ve experienced any level of dental damage or decay, please contact our Mt. Pleasant dental team to schedule an appointment. We are happy to treat patients from Pittsburg, Hughes Springs, Winfield and all the surrounding communities.
Traditional Crown & Bridge
Dental crowns and fixed bridges make it possible for Dr. O and his team to repair a wide array of oral health concerns including advanced decay and damage. Crown supported fixed bridges can even be used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. We offer crowns and bridges in a variety of high quality materials including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all-ceramic. The treatment process for both crowns and bridges can be completed in two visits. We begin by preparing the tooth, capturing bite impressions for the lab, and placing a temporary restoration. Once we receive your custom crown or bridge, you’ll return to our office to exchange the temporary for a custom restoration.
We’ve switched to tooth-colored, composite resin fillings in order to provide a more natural looking, conservative treatment option for patients with tooth decay or damage compared with traditional amalgams. These cosmetic restorations are quickly and comfortably placed, using just local anesthesia. We simply remove any damaged structures, apply the putty-like resin, and harden the composite using a curing light. Then, the tooth is smoothed and polished, leaving patients with a flawless smile in one short visit.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are titanium posts that can be inserted into the gums to replace the root structures of lost teeth. Many dentists refer patients to a specialist for the surgical placement of these implant posts, but Dr. O has completed advanced training and has years of experience with this procedure. That means we’re able to complete the entire dental implant tooth replacement process from the comfort of our Mt. Pleasant dental office. For a single tooth or a full row of teeth, dental implants provide natural looking and feeling support.
Partial & Full Dentures
One or two teeth may be replaceable with a fixed bridge or implant supported crown, but for patients with more advanced tooth loss, a partial or full denture may be a better option. Partial dentures are used to fill gaps between teeth, and a full denture replaces an entire arch. Dentures are crafted using a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. Partials can be held in place using metal clasps connected to remaining teeth, and full dentures create suction between the base and gums to hold the prosthetic in place. Both full and partial dentures can also be attached to dental implant posts.
Many patients cringe when we tell them they’re going to need a root canal. However, there’s no reason to dread this common dental procedure. In fact, root canal therapy may just relieve the severe toothache pain and sensitivity that precedes the treatment. We recommend root canals for patients who have damage or decay that access the nerve system of the tooth. The toothaches that often indicate a need for root canal occur because of irritation to the dental nerve, so we drill a hole to the soft inner pulp layer where the nerve is housed. Then, we remove all of the pulp and nerve tissue and replace it with a biocompatible substance. In many cases, we’ll place a dental crown over the tooth after treatment to protect patients’ smiles from damage or decay.
At Mt. Pleasant Family Dental, we’ll do our utmost to provide the necessary preventive and restorative care patients need to avoid tooth extraction. However, there are some cases where this may be unavoidable. When tooth removal is necessary, we’ll do our utmost to provide safe, painless extraction. Some of the reasons we may need to remove one or more teeth include:
- Severe decay or damage that may cause harm to overall oral health
- Preparation prior to orthodontic treatment where teeth are very crowded
- Preparation before creating and placing a partial or full denture
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that are last to erupt into the smile. Most patients do not have adequate space in their smiles to accommodate these teeth. In order to avoid impaction or dental shifting, we may recommend these teeth be extracted. Like any other tooth extraction, Dr. O will complete the process in complete comfort and safety. We typically encourage patients to have their wisdom teeth extracted when they first develop as the teeth are not as solidly fused with jawbone and will be easier to remove.