Restorative Dentistry by Dr. Barber
Dental implants are custom-made replacements for natural teeth. The implants themselves are artificial tooth roots anchored in the gums and jawbone onto which replacement teeth are secured. Since implanted teeth are fixed in the mouth rather than being removable like dentures, they are more comfortable and more like your own teeth. Increased function means you can enjoy a wider variety of nutritious foods, which contributes to your overall health and well-being. At Alliance Family Dental, we are able to provide patients with dental implants that can improve the quality of your life. Dr. Barber is experienced in this type of restorative dentistry and can help improve your appearance, boost your self-confidence, and allow you to speak more clearly with dental implants.
Partial and Full Dentures
Another common type of restorative dentistry, dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. They can be made of acrylic plastic, porcelain, and some actually contain metal. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth. Partial dentures also prevent other teeth from shifting position. Dr. Barber has provided a lot of Fayetteville, NC patients with full or partial dentures.
Complete dentures are either “immediate” or “conventional.” An immediate denture is either a complete denture or partial denture that is inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of the natural teeth. The immediate denture acts as a Band-Aid to protect the tissues and reduce bleeding after tooth extraction. The conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. Many of our patients in Fayetteville, NC love the fact that immediate dentures give them function and natural-looking teeth while the gums are healing.
Root Canal Treatments
Many people panic when they hear the phrase “root canal”. However, this dental restoration is sometimes crucial to preserving the structure of a tooth. If you require a root canal, or endodontic, treatment, Dr. Barber will explain the procedure fully, to help you see it in a different light. Alliance Family Dental uses modern methods for this procedure that are more comfortable than methods from the past. Root canal treatment is indicated to treat inflamed nerve tissue within a decaying tooth, relieve pain, and stop infection from spreading.
After we carefully remove the nerve tissue, we fill the interior of the tooth to keep the structure intact. Special patient comfort measures like anti-anxiety medications and local anesthesia make root canal treatment a comfortable experience. Our gentle and compassionate Fayetteville, NC dentist will make your experience very pleasant and rewarding.
As you probably know, tooth decay will spread if not repaired. This can lead to tooth loss that can affect the appearance of your smile. At Alliance Family Dental, we offer both tooth-colored fillings and traditional amalgam (“silver”) fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin, which provides a strong hold and custom-color match to the tooth. Alternatively, we can use traditional amalgam fillings upon request. Our goal is to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible when preparing a tooth for a filling because natural and healthy tissue is a precious thing. Our Fayetteville, NC dentist, Dr. Barber, always does her best to save a tooth from further decay.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns, sometimes referred to as caps, are natural-looking covers that fit snugly over teeth to conceal cracked, badly discolored, injured, weakened or chipped teeth. Crowns minimize physical discomfort and provide support for damaged teeth. Ultimately, crowns can improve the overall appearance of your smile while making your teeth more resistant to injury.
A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining the gap to adjacent teeth or dental implants. With a bridge, the teeth adjacent to the space are “crowned” and bridge the gap with a pontic, or “dummy tooth.”
Alliance Family Dental offers these and many other procedures to revitalize your dental health. Trust our well-trained, caring and experienced Fayetteville, NC dental team to do a spectacular job for any of your teeth restoration needs. Give us a call at 910-868-4664!