Decay can creep up on you easily, even with a good brushing and flossing routine. If we notice signs of decay at an exam, we recommend having that decay removed and a filling placed. Decay can spread if left untreated, so it’s best to get the filling as soon as possible. Our fillings are made of a composite material that is tooth-colored, so no one will ever notice you have a filling. Composite fillings are smaller and easier to place than traditional silver amalgam fillings, too, so the procedure is quick.
Crowns & Bridges
We use crowns and bridges for a variety of reasons in dentistry. Crowns, also called “caps,” cover broken teeth, help maintain a proper bite after a large filling is placed, protect a tooth after a root canal, or replace a missing tooth entirely when paired with a dental implant. Crowns look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, so don’t worry about making drastic lifestyle changes. Just enjoy your healthy smile.
Patients missing one or a few teeth can benefit from a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a metal appliance that contains a false tooth in place of one or more missing teeth. We place a crown on either side of the gap and use those to secure the bridge inside your mouth. The appliance “bridges the gap” left behind by the missing teeth and completes your smile.
Are you missing most or all of your teeth? We can fit you for a partial or full denture to give you back use of your teeth once again. Advancements in materials and manufacturing techniques have made dentures more comfortable than ever before. Talk with Dr. VanHoose about how dentures can help you get back to enjoying some of your favorite things again, like smiling with confidence and eating your favorite foods.
Start-to-Finish Dental Implants
Are you missing one or more teeth? Do you have difficulty doing once-easy tasks such as eating and talking? You don’t have to miss out on the things you love! We proudly offer state-of-the-art implant care to restore your smile. Dental implants are small titanium posts that we surgically place into your jawbone to mimic tooth roots. The implants fuse with the bone to create a stable foundation for a replacement tooth to attach to. Depending on your needs, we can connect a dental crown for single tooth replacement, bridge for multi-tooth replacement, or denture for replacing most or all of your teeth. Instead of having to refer you out to another dentist, our state-of-the-art facility can complete the entire implant process, from placement to restoration, in house.
Root Canal Therapy
We know that the term “root canal” sends shudders down our patients’ spines, but our root canal procedures provide a cure for your tooth woes in a gentle way. If you have pain from an infection, extensive decay, or deep injury or trauma, we can use a root canal to clean out the affected tooth pulp from the roots, fill the area with an antibiotic to kill any bacteria, and seal the tooth with a filling. Once the tooth is cleaned out, we top it with a natural-looking crown and your smile is as good as new again. If you’re anxious about the procedure, let us know so we can have nitrous oxide on hand to help you relax.
Our goal is always to preserve your natural tooth, but sometimes the best option to prevent further decay or infection is to remove the tooth. If we recommend that, our team will go over the procedure in detail and answer any of your questions.