At Hartselle Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of services to care for your mouth. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your teeth and mouth, please contact us today.
We offer many affordable options for teeth whitening treatments – both in office and take home. We also specialize in custom made cosmetic veneers and crowns. In addition, we offer tooth colored bonding that is custom matched to your tooth shade.
We leave time in our day for emergency visits to evaluate your problem and treat same day if possible.
Professional Cleanings and Exams
Our office uses the latest technology in digital xrays to help examine and diagnose dental issues with minimal radiation. Intraoral cameras are also used to diagnose and educate our patients. Our highly trained staff hygienists provide gentle and thorough cleanings in our office. Deep cleanings are somet imes needed for patients who have advanced gum disease or periodontitis. Other periodontal services are also provided if a patient’s condition requires. Basic oral cancer screenings will also be provided with each regular exam.
Root Canal Treatments
In cases where a tooth has deep decay or sustained significant trauma, root canal therapy could be required. A root canal consists of removing the infected nerve and cellular tissues and disinfecting the canal. A permanent filling is then placed to fill in the space. Many teeth will require a full coverage restoration of the tooth after root canal threrapy is completed.
Treatment of Sleep Apnea/Snoring Devices
In many cases, a dental appliance can help to treat symptoms of sleep apnea or snoring with referral from a patient’s physician.
Athletic Mouthguards and Protective Nightguards
It can be beneficial to use a guard, or covering, to protect your teeth from grinding while sleeping. Similar to how a mouthguard protects teeth during sports, this layer prevents damage to the teeth that can occur naturally. There are a wide variety of different types of mouthguards, ranging from pre-formed pieces to ones that are custom fitted to your teeth and jaws. Some of these can even be formed at home through a boil-and-bite process.
An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and your dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the removed tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area. Caring for your mouth after an extraction is very important. Your dentist will outline how you should care for the area of the extraction. It is important to allow your mouth time to heal, so avoid activities like smoking, drinking through a straw, or eating foods that may aggravate the area.
Tooth Colored Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown can be needed to strengthen teeth that have been compromised by large fillings, endodontic treatment or trauma. Crowns can also be used in cosmetic procedures to change the shape or shade of a tooth. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration that is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth by permanently joining artificial tooth the adjacent teeth. Crowns and bridges are then bonded into place using a dental cement. In many cases these final restorations will be made in dental lab and a patient will have a temporary restoration in the interim while the crown or bridge is being made.
Tooth Colored Fillings
By using the latest advances in dentistry, we are able to offer fillings that are tooth colored. Before we even get started, we match the color of the filling material to the color of your teeth so that your fillings will not be not visible. Even better, using tooth-colored fillings is safer. With the latest advances in technology, the new fillings are even stronger than traditional ones. They effectively seal the gap between the restoration and your tooth. They are less likely to decay or break down.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Removable dental replacements, or dentures, are a common service that we provide for our clients. We provide both complete dentures (for when all teeth are missing) and partial dentures (for when some teeth are missing). There are both conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and are placed 8 to 12 weeks after removal. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.
We offer many different types of dental restorations to replace any broken or missing teeth. We offer fillings to fill in any broken teeth. We use a type of cement to fill in any broken teeth so that they look natural. When you are missing teeth, we have a lot of different options. We may place implants in, which are replacement roots. Overtop of implants, we place crowns which restores your teeth to the size and shape that they should be.