“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is how the old adage goes – but sooner or later, most of us will need a cure of some kind. If you or a family member are experiencing a dental concern, the Greybull Dental team is ready to assist you with a wide variety of restorative services. Whether the issue is as common as a small cavity or as serious as extensive tooth loss, Dr. Lance Anderson and Dr. Tate Anderson have the experience and training needed to bring back your smile’s full strength and confidence. They can even provide several specialty services, such as wisdom tooth extractions!
Dental crowns are a highly versatile restorative solution that’s often recommended when natural teeth are badly decayed, injured, or simply worn-down to the point that fractures are a high risk in the near-future. We’ll create a precise, custom design for the new smile addition, and it will cover the remaining structure while also recreating its original appearance and level of function. Dental crowns may also be recommended to anchor dental bridges in place, restore teeth treated with root canal therapy, or replenish placed dental implants.
Dental bridges are named as such because they literally “bridge” gaps left by missing natural teeth. This style of prosthetic may be ideal if a patient has multiple gaps in a row. Traditionally, two dental crowns are attached to adjacent healthy teeth as “anchors” to hold the bridge sturdily in place; however, this reconstructive technique does require natural dental structure to be removed and minimized. A healthier, more conservative option is to use dental implants instead for optimal stability and support.
The most common type of restorative care is a filling, which helps rebuild dental structure after cavities have occurred. At Greybull Dental, our dentists are proud to now use tooth-colored composite resin for a much more natural and conservative result – no metals required. This also means that your new filling won’t have the same strong reactions to hot and cold foods as traditional fillings, improving everyday comfort.
The loss of many natural teeth can leave patients struggling to perform even the simplest tasks, such as chewing food or speaking clearly. Thankfully, a personalized full or partial denture can bring back the strong and functional smile you deserve. Today’s modern prosthetics consist of ceramic teeth that are attached along a realistic base that’s gum-colored. The base will sit on top of the natural gum tissue, either replacing some missing teeth along a single arch (a partial denture) or recreating an entire arch all at once (a full denture). For added permanence, implant-retained dentures are also available here in Greybull.
Every natural tooth contains an inner chamber of soft tissue and nerves – this is also known as the pulp. If an infection is allowed to penetrate this vulnerable area, patients are likely to experience very painful toothaches or even lose the natural tooth altogether. Thankfully, root canal therapy can serve as a saving grace. Our dentists will use special tools and modern, comfortable techniques to safely remove the infected pulp from within the structure, likely helping the tooth stay in your smile for many more years to come.
While our team will always do everything in our power to help patients maintain natural teeth, extraction may sometimes be the best course of treatment. Here are some situations where this approach may be in the patient’s best interest: