Many patients are unhappy when they’re told that they’ll have to see a different dentist to get the treatment they need. Not only can this be time consuming, but it can also be costly as well. As such, one of our goals at Long Family Dental is to provide everything your smile needs in a single location. On this page, you’ll find a list of our specialty services. These are treatments that won’t necessarily be available at other regular dental offices, and they are often essential in maintaining the overall health (and maintaining the dazzling appearance) of your smile. Call us today to learn more about advanced dentistry in Midlothian, TX.
Dental implants are meant to be the roots of a new smile that will last the rest of your life. As such, it’s very important that the procedure is completed properly. Our CT scanner doesn’t leave anything to chance; it gives us a complete picture of your mouth’s anatomy so that we can plan the treatment while accounting for potential complications ahead of time. For example, we’ll know where sensitive nerves are located so that we can avoid damaging them during the surgery.
If you have a cavity treated quickly, most of the time the damage will only affect the enamel layer. Given enough time, though, the bacteria causing the decay can work itself to the inner nerve of the tooth known as the dental pulp, leading to severe tooth pain that can stop you from eating comfortably. An infected tooth does not necessarily have to be removed. Root canal therapy allows us to get rid of the damaged tissue so that the pain stops and the rest of the tooth is safe, allowing it to continue to function normally over the next several decades.
The primary goal of dentistry is to make the natural teeth last for as long as possible. There are extreme circumstances, though, where extracting the tooth is actually the best option for protecting the rest of the mouth. Most of the time, it’s recommended for teeth that are so badly decayed or broken that they can no longer be repaired with a crown or treated with root canal therapy. Also, gum disease can destroy the tissues holding the tooth in place, forcing a removal. Finally, we sometimes need to pull teeth to make room for dentures or to get rid of a baby tooth that should have fallen out long ago.
The wisdom teeth are normally removed for one simple reason: there isn’t enough room for them. They erupt much later than the rest of the permanent teeth, and the lack of space causes them to become trapped and grow at incorrect angles. This means they put additional pressure on the surrounding teeth and also make it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene, thus potentially leading to infections. Our dental office is well equipped to identify problematic wisdom teeth and comfortably remove them.
Just because a tooth is healthy doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a stain, chip, or another cosmetic flaw that can make it hard to smile. There are a few different cosmetic services to consider to brighten and enhance an otherwise dull or damaged smile, and you can find many of these solutions right here at Long Family Dental. Call us today to set up a consultation and begin creating a custom smile makeover plan that might involve porcelain veneers, professional teeth whitening, and more.