Oral health is an important aspect of your general health. When your dental health suffers, your overall health suffers as well. Pineville Family Dentistry offers a wide range of treatments for many different dental health issues. Whether you are suffering from a cavity, severe decay, or a tooth that has fallen out, we can help with compassionate solutions.
When you come in to have a cavity filled at Pineville Family Dentistry, Dr. Babb will use composite fillings to restore your tooth. Composite fillings are also known as “white” or “tooth colored” fillings. As implied, these fillings look natural and leave patients with a beautiful smile after treatment.
Amalgam fillings, also known as “silver fillings”, leave patients with noticeable dental work and often take a toll on their confidence after treatment. Composite fillings are more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam and often require less drilling because the resin composite is more flexible than metal.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that can be applied to a damaged tooth in order to restore its shape and structure. If you have a cavity that is too large to be treated with a filling alone, or if your tooth has been cracked or weakened, a crown can “cap” your tooth to repair and protect it from further damage.
During your appointment, Dr. Babb will clean the affected tooth and remove any harmful decay and bacteria. He’ll use a digital scanner to get detailed images of your tooth in order to create a custom crown that fits, feels and looks perfectly natural. After your treatment, your new tooth will look beautiful and its full function will be restored.
The most common reason that a patient may need to have a tooth extraction is the problematic eruption of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth typically grow in between the ages of 17 and 25. These third molars often cause many issues that can affect your dental health. Painful wisdom teeth may require extraction, and removal can also be necessary if your third molars are overcrowding the rest of your teeth. If a wisdom tooth is impacted (trapped below the gum line), this can lead to an abscess or infection, and should also be removed.
A tooth may also require removal if it has been severely damaged by decay and cannot be saved with root canal therapy. If a tooth has become loose due to periodontal disease or an injury, an extraction may be the only option. If it is necessary to remove a damaged tooth, Pineville Family Dentistry has other restorative options like dental implants and partial dentures to replace missing teeth.
Daily activities like speaking and eating are often taken for granted, but if you are missing one or more teeth, these normal actions can be a struggle. Pineville Family Dentistry offers full and partial dentures to help restore the health and appearance of your smile, whether your teeth are missing due to an injury, decay, or disease.
Dentures are prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth and are custom-made for your mouth. The devices are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of your gums and the rest of your oral cavity. These replacement teeth are removable, so you can take them out for cleaning and during sleep.
If you’re looking for a permanent option to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants might be the right choice for you. While implants are an investment in your dental health and the appearance of your smile, these durable prosthetics can last a lifetime with proper care. Dental implants have an up front cost, but since they don’t need to be replaced, they can save you both time and money in the long run.
A good candidate for this restorative option will have healthy gums and adequate jawbone to support the surgically placed post of the implant. If you are interested in a natural-looking, permanent replacement option for a missing tooth, call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Babb. He’ll assess your dental health, discuss your needs, and let you know if implants are the right solution for you.