Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, accidents can still happen, and cavities can still form. Although our dental team at Tylan Creek Family Dentistry will do everything we can to keep your smile looking and feeling its best, you may need additional dental work to repair and rebuild a chipped, broken, or severely decayed tooth. If this happens, you can count on your dentist in Greenwood to provide outstanding restorative solutions, each designed to give you back your beautiful smile. No matter the problem, we offer an array of services that will put your oral health back on track and minimize the potential for additional concerns in the future. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment. We’ll be here to walk you through the process of achieving a healthier, fully functional smile.
For decades, dentists have relied on the safety and effectiveness of dental crowns and bridges. These tried and true restorations make it possible to protect weakened teeth as well as replace those that are missing from the top or bottom arch of your mouth. Customized based on your individual needs, you can expect your restoration to blend in beautifully with the rest of your smile, never making it obvious you received any form of dental work.
The most common reasons we might recommend a dental crown include:
It is also possible to receive a series of fused dental crowns that create what is known as a fixed bridge. This is placed onto healthy teeth that serve as anchors and fill in the gaps of your smile left behind by missing teeth.
No matter the reason for your dental crown or bridge, you can expect to visit our office twice to receive your final restoration. However, if we believe you qualify and are interested in receiving your dental crown or bridge much quicker, it is possible for us to create your restoration in-house using CEREC technology to produce a same-day crown.
If you have multiple missing teeth or an entire arch, you may want to consider a tooth replacement option that will not only produce a healthy, beautiful aesthetic but will also be an affordable solution. With partials and full dentures, we can deliver the results you need and deserve. A partial works much like a puzzle piece, replacing consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth along an arch. Created from acrylic, gum-colored base, it includes artificial teeth that sit in appropriate areas to fill in the gaps of your natural smile. Metals clasps or clips attach to your healthy teeth to keep the prosthetic in place.
A full denture is made from the same materials but instead, replaces an entire row of teeth. It can be created for the upper and/or lower arch and stays in place with the help of your natural suction, although, many patients opt to use a dental adhesive for added security.
For individuals who prefer a more permanent, stable, and longer-lasting restoration, however, implant-supported dentures are a possible solution if there is enough jawbone strength to support the implants and custom restoration.
When a patient experiences immense pain or increased sensitivity in a particular tooth, decay or damage may have reached the innermost layer (the pulp). If this area, which consists of various nerves and blood vessels, is damaged or infected, we will need to perform a root canal to minimize further harm to the tooth. The process requires removing the infected pulp and thoroughly cleaning the various canals located within the tooth. Once this is accomplished, we will fill the tooth to create a tight seal that prevents future reinfection or damage. If necessary, we will recommend a dental crown be made to place over the weakened tooth to protect its structural integrity and allow it to strengthen over time.
It is the goal of every dentist to help patients maintain their natural, healthy teeth as long as possible. Unfortunately, there are instances that require the removal of a tooth to prevent certain problems from worsening and negatively impacting a patient’s oral health. The most common reasons we might suggest tooth extraction include:
Should it be necessary that we remove a tooth, our team will ensure you are completely comfortable before starting the procedure. Whether it is a simple or complex removal process, you can trust that your dentist in Greenwood will ensure your comfort and safety as well as provide detailed instructions for a successful and swift recovery.
Millions of Americans live with some form of sleep apnea and don’t even realize it. When breathing ceases for 10 seconds or more, you may wake gasping for air or experience a choking sensation. The reason for this is a blockage that occurs in your airway, preventing adequate airflow while you sleep. The only way to know if you have sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep study, which will lead to a formal diagnosis. You may be recommended for CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure), but many individuals find it to be bulky, difficult to maneuver, and uncomfortable to wear. If you want a smaller, more portable, and comfortable option to treat your sleep apnea, our team can provide you with an oral appliance that will shift your jaw forward and apply enough pressure to your throat muscles to keep your airway open while you sleep.
When preparing for a more complex procedure or method of treatment, our dental team in Greenwood uses a Conebeam/CT 3D scanner. As one of the most advanced pieces of dental technology, it takes a 360-degree scan of your head, producing high-resolution images of your oral cavity and facial structure in a matter of seconds. Using these images, we can readily view various aspects of your smile that help in the planning process for dental implant placement, ClearCorrect® orthodontics, and even early orthodontic intervention for young children. Because the images are digital, it is easy to quickly scan and send them to various dental labs, insurance companies, and other practices that might need them should you require additional treatments in the future.
At Tylan Creek Family Dentistry, we always want your recovery process to be a success. This is why we believe in doing everything we can to help you heal quicker, so you can get back to resuming normal activity sooner rather than later. Using platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) therapy, we can take a small amount of your own blood and apply it to your gum tissue and bone to encourage faster regeneration and healing. Whether we need to remove a tooth, place a dental implant, or perform a bone graft, this process will allow you to be back on your feet in less time.