What To Do When You Need Extensive Dental Work

Are your teeth holding you back from living life to the fullest? Maybe you’re embarrassed of them or they are causing you pain. At Midlothian Dental Center, we won't judge you. It doesn't matter why you're here or how long it's been since you last saw a dentist.

During your first visit to restore your smile, we do a thorough examination of your teeth and jaw. Extensive dental work can be intimidating and cause anxiety. That's exactly why we develop a plan together of how we’ll restore your smile. During the development of your treatment plan, we welcome you to ask any and all questions concerning your oral health.

Crowns, Fillings, Implants OH MY! -- Here’s What To Expect:

If you have a silver filling, it might degrade or blacken over time. It also might expand, meaning it could potentially damage the tooth’s structure and fall out. We can replace your old silver filling with a tooth-colored one that matches your other teeth. It's made of stronger resin and doesn't have the negative effects of a silver filling.

Dentists may suggest crowns (also known as caps), which cover the entire tooth down to the root. If you have a lot of tooth decay or a broken tooth, this is a common recommendation because crowns can endure heavier use. 

Did you know that when a broken tooth does not support facial muscles like it used to, you may look different? Crowns can help restore your natural face structure, so you can get back to looking exactly like YOU.

Implants are another great option if you are experiencing tooth loss. In the past, dentures were the only solution. If you don't have a tooth or implant, your jaw bone can weaken. If you are missing one or several teeth, you may need a single implant or implant-supported bridges.

Implants fuse with your jaw bone and remain permanent, unlike dentures that require removal for proper care. With proper care of your implants, they can last a lifetime.

What Can I Expect During The Procedure?

Pain is NOT the name of the game. For each of the treatments listed above, we use an anesthetic to block the pain, ensuring you don’t feel a thing. If you have difficulty becoming or staying numb, please let us know before your appointment. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), conscious sedation, or IV sedation for those with higher levels of anxiety surrounding treatment, as well as those who have difficulty becoming numb.

Based on the required treatment, your smile restoration could be accomplished in as short as a day or spread across multiple sessions. Your dentist will cover this during your initial visit, and make a plan to get your smile back as quickly as possible.

Call our office today at (804) 794-4588 to make an appointment.

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