I am extremely excited about the new options available to help my patients. Just as technology seems to change our lives daily, the same trends are taking place in my practice. Many of the new procedures available to me are unlike the dental practice of even a few years ago. If you haven’t been to a dentist in a while, you will be amazed at some of these advancements.
My goal is to help patients keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. Regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings will help keep your teeth healthy and allow early detection of any problems. If there are any unhealthy areas on your teeth, I will work with you to build an affordable treatment plan.
Dental Sealants. Importantly, you can also protect your back teeth through what we call Dental Sealants. Back teeth have tiny pits and fissures in them that are so small they cannot be cleaned by a toothbrush.
A Dental Sealant is a special, thin plastic material that is applied to a chewing surface of a back tooth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting your enamel from plaque and acid. This is especially important for children when they first get their permanent teeth.
Managing Your Oral Health. We also fully subscribe to the American Dental Association’s program named “Manage Your Oral Health”. I believe you will learn a great deal of important preventative information if you visit their site. Click here.
Brighter, whiter, healthy-looking teeth are desired by most people. We have a very simple and quick process to rapidly achieve this result.
We will make “trays” from impressions of your top and bottom teeth. Similar to the design of athletic mouth guards, the trays are made of thin, flexible and nearly invisible plastic designed to custom-fit your teeth. Daily, you will fill the trays with a special whitening agent and wear them on your teeth for 30 minutes. The process typically takes about 20 days to achieve the desired whitening level.
Dental Veneers or Traditional Veneers
I can help make your smile more beautiful with Lumineers, a contemporary type of dental Veneers.
These are extremely thin porcelain materials about the thinness of a contact lens applied to the fronts of your teeth. We can correct a wide variety of unsightly dental distortions or conditions, such as:
- Tooth Discoloration
- Noticeable Gaps
- Permanent Stains
- Broken Teeth
- Misshapen Teeth
I use Lumineers. They are extremely thin but durable and can last up to twenty years or longer to become the new cosmetic surfaces for your teeth. The process is painless, usually done without shots or drilling. I often do not remove any tooth structure, so these veneers are safe for patients with sensitive teeth.
Generally this work can be done in two visits.
Fillings and Crowns
Fillings. It seems that almost everyone from childhood to an advanced age sometimes needs a filling.
I utilize the very latest techniques of General Dentistry to repair your teeth and use permanent materials to extend the life of each tooth that may require a filling. We now are able to offer tooth-colored fillings on back teeth as well as those in the front.
Crowns. A crown is another type of Dental Restoration. Generally its purpose is to “cap” a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size and function. It also strengthens and improves the appearance of a damaged tooth.
Crowns are advisable for a number of reasons, such as:
- To restore a tooth when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to provide support for a large filling.
- To attach a Bridge to replace some missing teeth.
- To protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
- To restore a tooth that has already fractured.
- To restore a tooth that has had a root canal.
- To cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth.
- To cover a dental implant.
After a careful examination of your teeth, I can recommend three types of crowns:
- A full porcelain fused to metal type of crown.
- A full ceramic crown.
- A full cast metal alloy crown.
Generally I am able to closely match the crown to the color of your other teeth.
Dentures and Dental Implants
Denture-wearing patients often have one or more of these problems:
- Inability to eat what you want.
- Shifting, tilting and wandering dentures.
- Being tired of the taste and feel of messy denture adhesives.
- Sore gums.
- Trouble speaking clearly.
- Having a fear of smiling.
Often I can recommend ways to deal with all these problems.
Dental Implants. One thing I sometimes suggest is Dental Implants. In my practice I do mini-dental implants which require less healing time. These are tiny, elongated titanium screws that act like the original roots of your teeth. With a carefully controlled, minimally-invasive technique, these very small devices (1.8 mm in diameter) are placed in the jawbone.
The heads of these implant “anchors” provide a strong, solid foundation for securing your dentures. However, your dentures are easily removeable for daily cleanings.
If for some reason, these Dental Implants are not appropriate for you, I can suggest other ways of dealing with your problems, especially if your present dentures are ill-fitting.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be particularly self-conscious about your appearance.
When teeth are missing, it can be difficult to chew, or other teeth may tilt into the empty space or up and down. This can affect your bite and place unusual stress on your teeth. This sometimes leads to chewing on one side only which can also place unusual stress on your jaw joints. A missing tooth also can result in “shrinking” of your jawbone.
A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. The replacement teeth are permanently attached to the neighboring teeth.
I have a variety of methods and materials I can use to do this. Bridges are made from metal, ceramics, or a combination of both. I’ll consider the appearance and function of your bridge and discuss the material that I think is correct for your needs.
If one of your teeth becomes injured, diseased, or painful, it can often be saved through a specialized dental procedure known as a Root Canal.
This procedure involves the removal of the tooth’s pulp, a small thread-like tissue that was important to the development of your tooth. If the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it loses its vitality. If the injured or diseased pulp is not removed, the tissues surrounding the root of the tooth can become infected. An abscess can form, resulting in pain and swelling. Without treatment, the tooth may be lost.
When I see an abscessed tooth caused by decay, the first step is to remove the decay. I will over-simplify the procedures involved next, but basically after the decay is removed, I make an opening into the pulp chamber inside the tooth.
Next, I remove the pulp and clean and shape the root canals. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) are then filled with a special material. Then I may need to insert a metal post in the root canal to support the restoration that follows—your new crown.
The crown of your tooth is then restored. As long as the root(s) of a treated tooth are nourished by the tissues that surround it, your repaired tooth can remain healthy.
However, good oral hygiene is critically important to ensure the tooth does not again become diseased.
The word periodontal means “around the tooth.” Healthy gum tissue fits like a cuff around each tooth.
Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support your teeth. When untreated, periodontal disease may eventually lead to a loose tooth or eventually, the complete loss of that tooth.
Several warning signs can signal a periodontal problem. If you have any of the following symptoms, I’d like to see you. These warning signs include:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
There are five major types of periodontal disease, and upon your dental examination, I will recommend the correct treatment course for you.
Odyssey 2.4G Diode Laser
This chair-side laser is used in procedures requiring great accuracy and patient comfort. The 2.4G contains two lasers in one. The first is a highly accurate “laser pointer” for aligning the working infrared laser to be precisely where he needs it to be.
The second is the actual, high-tech “infrared laser” used for many procedures such as gingival surgeries, and cauterizations.
Dexis Digital X-Ray
The new Dexus digital X-ray system has three primary benefits for my patients.
First, it requires lower radiation than conventional X-ray systems.
Second, during the office visit, the Dexus saves my patients about half an hour of chair time–compared to the time needed to prepare conventional bite-wing X-rays.
Third, digital images provide me a new level of detailed accuracy for your treatment needs.
E4D Dental SystemThis is the latest technology for making crowns, fillings, or veneers in the office.
The E4D is a brand new Dentist System that provides great accuracy and patient convenience. In all but a few cases, it eliminates the middle man where error can be introduced. The system produces wonderful results.
Only ten other dental offices in Mississippi own an E4D Dental System.
*One visit denistry is possible with proper notification.