We work hard to help patients keep their smiles whole and healthy for life, but when dental damage or decay does occur, our team has the training and expertise to provide comfortable, effective restorative dentistry services. Drs. Allen Myers and Benjamin Perry utilize innovative dental techniques and technologies to provide predictable oral health renewal following even the most severe dental trauma or extensive tooth decay. Contact our Chattanooga team to find out more or schedule an appointment.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns fit over the top of damaged teeth to restore full form and function. This is one of the most frequently used treatment options, and we may use dental crowns to restore decayed or damaged teeth, create cosmetic transformations, protect root canal treated teeth, and even replace lost teeth as part of dental implant or fixed bridge restorations.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are nothing to be feared, but they have a bad reputation for being extremely painful. Actually, root canals significantly relieve the painful infection that precedes them. Root Canal therapy is used to save teeth that have decay and trauma that reaches the inner pulp layer of teeth where the nerve system of the tooth is housed.
Partial & Full Dentures
After extensive tooth loss, patients may need traditional partial and full dentures. These prosthetic teeth allow our team to replace any number of consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth. Partials fill gaps in smiles and full dentures replace an entire arch of lost teeth. We also offer dental implant supported partials and dentures for improved comfort and stability.
Dentists typically try to prevent tooth loss and preserve natural dental structures, but in certain situations, removing teeth is the best course of action to protect patients’ overall oral health. If we need to remove teeth to keep patients’ oral health intact, our dentists have the training and experience to complete these procedures comfortably and safely in our state-of-the-art dental practice. Common reasons for tooth extraction include the following:
- Severe decay or damage that makes restoration impossible
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment where crowding is a concern
- Preparation for a full or partial denture
- Wisdom teeth, third molars, are the last to erupt into the smile, and we often recommend extraction as there may not be adequate space within the smile to accommodate these additional teeth
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep apnea, the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time, is a common sleep disorder, affecting more than 40 million US adults. While the dentist may not be your first thought when seeking treatment for sleep apnea, dental practitioners undergo advanced training in the orofacial structures and how every part of the face (including the airway) functions and interacts. This makes dentists highly qualified to provide safe, effective treatment options for sleep apnea sufferers. Dentists craft custom oral appliances that shift the jaw to keep airways unobstructed during sleep. The American Sleep Apnea Association recommends patients seek treatment from a dentist in the following instances:
- They are unable to adapt to CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy
- CPAP therapy impedes their bed partner’s sleep
- They travel frequently and are unable to transport their CPAP easily
- They do not receive adequate treatment with CPAP alone and wish to combine CPAP with oral appliance therapy
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Patients who experience dental phobia or anxiety, those who have difficulty numbing with local anesthesia alone, and those who have sensitive gag reflexes may all want to consider mild dental sedation with nitrous oxide. Inhaled through a nasal mask, the dentist is able to quickly and easily adjust the dosage to ensure optimal patient comfort throughout any procedure. Additionally, the effects of nitrous oxide sedation wear off as quickly as they take effect, making it possible for patients to return to their daily activities immediately following treatment.