If you ever experience dental damage or decay, Dr. Ken Higgins and the Carrier Family Dental team have the skill and experience necessary to offer advanced restorative dentistry services to repair damaged teeth and renew your full oral health. If you need help repairing dental damage or would like to schedule a regular checkup with our Grand Prairie, TX dentist and time, contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule an appointment that fits your busy schedule.
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are two of our most commonly used restorative dentistry options. We use these restorative treatments to repair severely decayed or damaged teeth or to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. Like all of our restorative treatments, we use the highest quality materials to ensure your repaired smile will look, feel, and function like brand new. Dental crowns are restorations that fit over the top of the damaged or decayed tooth restoring full shape and size to the damaged tooth. Fixed bridges combine one or more replacement teeth with two dental crowns, one on each end, that provide support for the tooth replacement prosthetic. We attach the dental crowns to healthy teeth on either side of a missing tooth, and they anchor the replacement teeth in place. The placement of dental crowns or bridges occurs over the course of two or three visits to our office. During your first treatment appointment, we prepare the tooth, capture bite impressions, and place a temporary restoration. Once we receive the custom restoration from our dental lab, you’ll return to exchange the temporary crown or bridge for a custom crafted solution.
For those patients who experience minor dental chips, cracks, or decay, we may recommend tooth-colored, composite resin fillings. These restorations are easily completed in a single appointment, and best of all, the high quality composite resin can be shaded to perfectly match your existing dental structure. Once your treatment is complete, you may not even remember which teeth were damaged. The treatment process is simple. We begin by numbing the area that will be treated. Then, we prepare the tooth by removing any damaged structures and applying an etchant material that will improve the bond between the tooth and composite material. Next, we apply a small amount of custom-shaded composite resin to the tooth where it will seep into even the smallest pits and grooves forming a solid bond with the natural dental structures. Finally, we use a curing light to harden the putty-like resin material into position, leaving you with a flawless smile.
If you’ve experienced more extensive tooth loss, partial or full dentures offer a solution to replace multiple consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth or a full arch of teeth. Partials fill the gaps in patients’ smiles, and they are crafted from a gum like base that fits snuggly between remaining healthy teeth. The base is held in place with metal or plastic clasps attached to the remaining teeth, and they support the replacement teeth. Full dentures are similarly crafted with a gum colored base that supports the arch of replacement teeth, but because there are no remaining teeth to provide support, the base is molded to fit against the gum line creating suction that holds the denture firmly in place.
If you have a severe toothache, sensitivity to heat and cold, a fever, infection at the gum line around a single tooth, or discoloration of a single tooth, you may be in need of root canal therapy. Root canals are required when tooth decay or damage accesses the nerve system within the inner layer of the tooth, the pulp. Root canal therapy removes the pulp, nerve, and damaged tooth structure, replaces it with a similar biocompatible substance, and reseals the tooth. In most instances, we also place a dental crown to improve the strength of the treated tooth.
The goal of restorative dentistry is typically to prevent the loss of natural teeth, but there are circumstances that make tooth extraction the best option for maintaining oral health including advanced decay and preparations for orthodontic treatment or denture placement. The most commonly extracted teeth are third molars (aka wisdom teeth), which are the last to erupt into patients’ smiles. This late eruption can lead to crowding, impaction, and other health concerns, and we may need to extract the teeth to prevent this unnecessary damage and easier at home care.