Advanced Restorative Dentistry
Our teeth are extremely valuable and crucial for completing many daily tasks such as eating and speaking. If you are struggling with cavities, tooth loss, or have recently had a dental injury, our skilled, non-judgmental dental team has experience dealing with a variety of dental issues. At Birmingham Dentistry, we can help you regain a healthy, attractive, fully functioning smile once more!
After our dental team removes decay from a tooth, it often leaves behind a cavity or misshapen region on the tooth. To fix the tooth’s appearance and strengthen the tooth’s structure, we use a composite resin material to reshape and preserve the tooth. The composite resin is available in many shades so we can match the material to your tooth shade for a seamless restoration. Tooth-colored fillings are long-lasting and durable. They even have a tooth-like sheen to them so most people won’t even be able to tell that you have a dental filling.
Dental crowns, also known as tooth-shaped caps, are ceramic restorations that are fabricated to look and feel like a natural tooth. They are bonded directly over an existing tooth to treat a wide scope of dental problems. They can also be attached to dental implants using an abutment (connective piece) for tooth replacement. Crowns can be used to:
- Aid in Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
- Cover a Worn-Down, Discolored, or Misshapen Tooth
- Help Hold a Dental Bridge in Place
- Protect a Weak Tooth
- Restore a Broken Tooth
- Strengthen a Tooth After Root Canal Therapy
- Support a Tooth with a Large Filling
When you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth in a row, dental bridges are a budget-friendly, successful method for tooth replacement. A bridge is a prosthesis designed with dental crowns on each end and natural-looking replacement teeth connected in the middle. The crowns attach to existing teeth on the sides of the gap or to dental implants placed there. Once the crowns are bonded or connected in place, the replacement teeth fill in (bridge) the empty space and give you back a complete, functioning smile. Wondering if bridges are the right option for you? Contact us to learn more!
Full & Partial Dentures
Thanks to advancements in dentistry, dentures are now more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before. At Birmingham Dentistry, we create both traditional and implant-supported dentures to replace partial and full arches of teeth. Traditional dentures are designed to fit snugly along the gumline and held in place with extra-strength denture adhesives. Implant-supported dentures are designed to snap directly onto four to eight implants strategically located along the gumline. Whether you’re looking to replace some or all of your teeth, we’ll work with you to design the look of your new teeth and walk you through the types of dentures we offer. We’ll recommend a style of denture based on your replacement needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Start-to-Finish Dental Implants
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution. The implants themselves are small, titanium posts that are placed directly into the jawbone in place of the missing teeth. They mimic natural tooth roots and will even fuse with the jawbone over time. Once fusion is complete, the dental implants will provide a solid base for replacement teeth to connect to. Depending on the number of teeth you’re missing, we can design a dental crown, bridge, or denture to attach to your implant(s). Not only do implants and the restorations look and feel like natural teeth, but the implants actually stimulate the jawbone and prevent long-term bone loss.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a common dental issue that many people face. It is an infection that damages the soft tissue and can even eat away at the jawbone. The sooner you seek treatment for gum disease the better your chances are of reversing its effects. At Birmingham Dentistry, we perform scaling and root planings, also known as deep cleanings to thoroughly clean out the gums and remove any plaque buildup. After the scaling portion of the treatment is complete, we will smooth out the tooth roots to encourage gum reattachment. We also use ARESTIN® antibiotics in the deep pockets that have formed to reduce pocket size.
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth is severely damaged and decayed, it can cause the pulp inside of the tooth to die. Root canal therapy is a treatment designed to preserve and repair a tooth. The most common causes of pulp death are deep cavities and dental trauma. Left untreated, the infection can spread and cause more damage. Through root canal therapy, we make a small entry point at the top of the crown to reach the diseased pulp. We’ll remove it, disinfect the area, and use a filling material to seal the root canal. Then, if necessary, our team will place a crown over the tooth for additional protection. Many patients report feeling almost-instant pain relief after their root canal treatment!
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt between the ages of 15 and 26. While some people have enough room for them to come in and experience no issues, it’s not uncommon for people to have problematic wisdom teeth. Many people don’t have the room in their jawbone for the teeth to fit and many wisdom teeth wreak havoc on the surrounding teeth and gums while they’re coming to the surface. They can come in at an angle, get stuck under the gums, crowd existing teeth, and more. At Birmingham Dentistry, we perform gentle wisdom teeth removal procedures to take out wisdom teeth and preserve patients’ dental health. In addition to numbing the mouth, we also offer sedation to ensure that patients are comfortable throughout the procedure.