What To Do When You Know You May Need Extensive Dental Work
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What To Do When You Know You May Need Extensive Dental Work

Are you shying away from the cameras, and missing out on the best of what life has to offer because you’re embarrassed of your teeth or because they’re causing you pain? You don’t have to live with it any longer. No matter where you’re your starting, or how long it’s been since you’ve seen the dentist, we don’t judge. Welcome to a shame-free experience at Midlothian Dental Center.

During your first visit to restoring your smile, we do a thorough examination of your teeth and jaw. We know that extensive dental work can be intimidating and cause anxiety, which is why we develop a plan together of how we’ll restore your smile. 

During the development of your treatment plan, please 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 this old silver filling with a tooth-colored filling that better matches your other teeth, made of stronger resin, which doesn’t have the negative side effects of a traditional silver filling.

Crowns (also known as caps) may be suggested, and 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.

Finally, implants are a great option if you are experiencing tooth loss. For many years the only options were dentures, which have to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, and without a tooth or implant your jaw bone can start to deteriorate. Whether you’re missing one or several teeth, a single implant or implant-supported bridges may be required. Unlike dentures that have to be removed for proper care, implants are fused with your jaw bone and are permanent. 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.

Depending on the treatment that needs to be completed, your restored smile could be completed in as little as one day or over the course of several appointments. Your dentist will cover this during your initial visit, and make a plan to get your smile back as quickly as possible.

 

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You don’t have to live with pain – or dissatisfaction with your smile –  any longer. Call our office today at (804) 794-4588 to make an appointment.

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