At Prairie Creek Dental, we offer a variety of services to care for your mouth. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your teeth and mouth, please contact us today.
Dental Cleanings: Prevention is the key to maintaining a healthy smile. Professional dental cleanings and regular routine exams are essential to detect problems early. When problems are treated earlier, it is less expensive to repair and usually an easier healing process.
Crowns – A tooth can lose its normal shape and size for a variety of reasons. A crown covers your tooth to help restore its original shape and size. Crowns can also be used to make teeth stronger and look better. Crowns have a variety of uses. In some cases that require a large filling, there isn’t enough tooth remaining to keep the filling in place. A crown can strengthen the tooth and hold the filling. Crowns can also protect teeth that are weak, or help fix ones that are broken. Discolored or misshaped teeth can be covered by a crown, as can dental implants.
Bridges – Bridges can solve the issue of missing teeth. Similar to dentures, bridges replace gaps in your smile with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, and alloys. Bridges can be removable or fixed. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned by patients, whereas fixed bridges have to be removed by a dentist. Bridges can be implanted to the jaw or under the gums. With so many options, it is important to consult with your dentist about which type of bridge is best for you.
A dental bridge is used to replace the space of a missing tooth by placing crowns on the teeth adjacent to the missing space and connecting them together. A dental bridge is a quicker alternative to dental implants that require up to 6-12 months of healing before a crown can be placed.
Implants – Dental implants are roots placed in your mouth for either permanent teeth to be placed on or ones that you can remove. Dental implants are done to improve a patient’s smile and usually their self esteem. Having missing or bad teeth can be quite embarrassing. Dental implants also can be done to improve oral health. Many people find it easier to eat with dental implants. Their speech can also be improved. Dental implants are also more comfortable because they are made to become permanent.
Fillings – Dental fillings are used to fill cavities and repair broken or chipped teeth. Fillings can be done with various materials, but composite resin fillings match the color of your teeth, and the most common.
Dentures – A standard denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. Partial dentures replace a single missing tooth while complete dentures replace all of your teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry – Everyone wants a beautiful, white, and straight smile. We want to make it a reality. There are many procedures that can improve your teeth and correct issues such as discoloration, chips, gaps, or irregularities. Common options include bonding, veneers, bleaching, reshaping, and cosmetic, non-metal crowns that are strong and beautiful.
Veneers -Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are used to hide stains, chips, decay, or irregularities, and are popular because they are permanent with minimal removal of the tooth structure. If you are interested in veneers, please give us a call to schedule
Teeth Whitening – There are many options for teeth whitening including whitening toothpastes, at-home whitening strips, and in-home whitening with trays. Of course effectiveness, safety, and results vary greatly between products, so please consult with us if you are considering these choices.
Gum Treatment – Gums are the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is when this tissue becomes infected and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease. Plaque (the bacteria on teeth) is constantly forming, so regular dental care is important to preventing buildup that affects the gums. If you experience bleeding or swollen gums, gums that are pulling away from your teeth, bad breath or taste, loose or changing teeth, you may have signs of gum disease.
Root Canal – A root canal is a procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Although normal tooth decay can become increasingly worse and eventually lead to a root canal, often times blunt trauma can cause the tooth to die as well. Your dentist will remove the dead nerve from the tooth and then seal it off to prevent another infection or abscess from forming around the tooth. If the nerve is not removed the infection will continue to climb deeper into your gums, often causing swelling, pain, and discomfort.
If you have any questions about our services and how we can help your smile, feel free to contact us today at (972) 436-2431.