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Root canal therapy (Endodontics) is the treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is severely decayed or infected. In order to save the tooth, the tissue inside the tooth, bacteria, and any decay must first be removed. The resulting space is then filled with medicated dental materials, to restore the structural integrity of the tooth.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone because it has been broken or damaged by decay. First, depending on the state of your tooth, an SDS dentist will attempt to fix it with a filling, crown or other, less invasive treatment. However, sometimes there is far too much damage for the tooth to be corrected or the tooth is unable to be restored due to fracture and therefore, must be extracted.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into
the jawbone. This type of implant is a great way to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to having removable dentures. Implants also provide excellent support and stability for dental appliances and the teeth attached to implants are very natural looking, enhancing or restoring a patient’s smile! Dr. Patterson has been extensively trained in the placement of dental implants and has been placing them for over 10 years.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and can even enhance your smile!
For people with sleep apnea that is undiagnosed or untreated, trying to get a full nights’ rest can be a literal nightmare. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep that can disrupt your natural sleep cycle. Breathing pauses can last anywhere from several seconds to minutes, and happen as often as 30 times or more per hour.
Dr. Patterson and his entire staff have been trained in the field of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. We work closely with physicians to provide an alternative to the CPAP device (as seen in the picture above). It is a custom fit, sturdy oral appliance. Our staff is equipped to monitor your progress with a home sleep test unit. Feel free to call us for more information.
Many patients believe their teeth are extremely yellowed and discolored; however, in most cases, that’s actually the natural shade of their teeth. A combination of various intensive whitening methods can get your teeth to be paper white like the movies, but that’s not necessarily healthier or more natural. That being said, we advise those patients looking for teeth whitening to consider their options with this new information.
The process of obtaining dental x-rays used to be uncomfortable and, at times, even painful. Now, with the latest dental technology in all of our rooms, we are able to obtain higher quality images of your teeth and mouth without the discomfort. This also helps us to properly rule out false readings that can often appear as cavities on traditional x-rays.
All fillings are white composite restorations. They bond to the tooth and the inner surface is coated with a protective base to minimize tooth sensitivity later.
Veneers and cosmetic crowns with no metal base are provided to close spaces, straighten crowded teeth and brighten your smile.