General Dental Treatment in Fort Smith
We make sure that you are treated with the greatest care by our team and find an oral hygiene routine that is perfect for you and your family.
Our team will thoroughly, carefully examine your teeth and gums, specifically looking for any potential problems. Depending on the patient, we may take X-rays. If there are signs of decay or other problems, we will recommend dental treatment options and make notes of any conditions that may need future observation. We’ll provide oral hygiene instructions along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth.
Routine Teeth Cleaning
Twice a year, you should schedule a routine teeth cleaning. During this visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can't reach, such as underneath the gumline and between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth.
Fillings replace damaged or decayed tooth structure with a restorative material. There are several different types of filling material, including:
- Silver amalgam: Silver was once the most commonly used material when it came to dental restorations, such as fillings. However, silver fillings do not have much esthetic appeal to patients.
- Gold fillings: Gold fillings are durable, able to last about 10 to 15 years. The main drawback to gold fillings is the cost of the restoration, since gold is a precious metal.
- White fillings: Research led to development of new tooth-colored materials that are stronger, longer-lasting and more esthetically pleasing to our patients.
These tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth, adding strength by restoring most of its original shape. The fillings can be custom-colored to match your teeth and help give you the most natural-looking smile possible.
A tooth crown is a custom-made covering that our cosmetic dentist fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials.
The treatment plan for a patient receiving a tooth crown usually involves:
- Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it
- Resculpting the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown
- Making a physical or digital impression of the tooth in order to create the custom crown (see CEREC)
- Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it to the tooth while we make the permanent crown
- Removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made crown onto the tooth
- Ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, then cementing it into place
New technologies have greatly reduced the time needed to make strong, natural-looking crowns. Once we complete the procedure, take proper care to ensure the crown remains in good condition and the teeth and gums are healthy. With proper care, your crown can last a lifetime!
A bridge is a dental device to fill a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent the shifting of teeth, to fix bite problems or to ensure the strength and integrity of the surrounding teeth.
Fixed bridges are the most popular and consist of a filler tooth (tooth replacement) attached to two crowns in order to hold the bridge in place. Regardless of your needs, we have a dental bridge solution that will work best!
There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including dental injuries, a broken tooth, severe decay and infection or inflammation in the tooth pulp. When left untreated, these problems can cause extensive damage to the tooth structure.
Root canals can typically be completed in one visit, although more extensive cases may require another appointment. You will also be able to drive yourself home after the appointment.
An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if:
- A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth
- The tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired
- The patient has gum disease (periodontal disease)
- The tooth is impacted – this is usually the case with the third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” as they erupt years after the other teeth and often have insufficient room in the jaw. Depending on the complexity of the case, we may perform an extraction surgically or nonsurgically. We use mild anesthesia to ensure our patient is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.
We care for families from Greenwood, Sallisaw, Van Buren, Alma and Fort Smith. Call us at (479) 785-1419 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.