Dentures

Although we strive to save natural teeth, there are times when the replacement of some or all of the teeth is necessary. Removable partial dentures are appliances that can be taken in and out of the mouth and can replace several teeth. Partial dentures function by clasping on to existing natural teeth. Traditional (rigid with metal clasps) and Valplast (flexible with acrylic clasps) partial dentures are excellent ways to restore function to an area where teeth are missing. In cases where replacement of all teeth is necessary, a complete denture would be the treatment of choice. Dentures are retained by the remaining ridge after teeth have been removed; however, dentures can also be retained by the placement of dental implants. Dentures can be very esthetic, and most importantly, restore function and chewing efficiency.

Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)

Most simply, a root canal is the removal of all nerve tissue from a tooth. There can be many reasons why a nerve would need to be removed. Two typical examples would be a tooth that has an inflamed/infected pulp causing pain, or that the removal of the nerve is necessary for proper restoration of the tooth. An inflamed/infected pulp is a frequent occurrence that can be caused by a variety of factors such as decay, large fillings, or trauma. The inflammation can produce extreme hot and/or cold sensitivity in the tooth, and it is also possible that the tooth may have swelling in the adjacent gums causing pain on biting. Root canals should be a pain free experience and, once completed, show no sign of symptoms.

Extractions

It is always best to save a tooth. However, there are times when the removal of a tooth is necessary. In this instance, it is always important to have a plan to replace the tooth that will be extracted. When a tooth is removed, not only is the function of that tooth lost, but also stresses the other teeth as they adapt to the increased load. Over time, this continued stress could cause damage to other natural teeth.

Fillings (Tooth-Colored)

When a tooth has a cavity, a simple filling is sometimes all that is needed to restore the tooth to its proper function. With the advances in research over the past ten years, tooth-colored resin filling material normally works best in all teeth. From a cosmetic standpoint, most patients prefer tooth-colored fillings to silver amalgam fillings. However, if you do prefer silver amalgam that filling material is available at your request.

Implants (Nobel Biocare®)

While implant dentistry may seem relatively new, it has actually been around for a very long time. Most commonly, implant dentistry procedures are broken down into two phases. The first phase is the placement of the actual implant. After placement, bone grows almost immediately around the implant to stabilize and provide the foundation for its restoration. The second phase is to restore the implant with a porcelain crown.

A dental implant is an excellent way to replace any tooth in the mouth. It also provides the most natural look and feel so you receive a great cosmetic and functional result. Most notably, dental implants have one of the highest long-term success rates of any dental procedure that is performed today.

Invisalign® Orthodontics

If you desire straighter teeth without the hassle of brackets and wire, Invisalign® orthodontics may be for you. Invisalign® utilizes a series of clear trays to gradually align teeth without the use of metal. Each tray is designed to move the teeth in small increments, eventually providing a smile with perfectly straight teeth. Invisalign® is the ideal cosmetic solution for the smile you’ve always wanted.

Mouth Guards

Protecting the teeth and gums while playing sports is very important. Athletic mouth guards are the best way to prevent dental-related problems while participating in sports. If you or your dentist identifies a need for a mouth guard, both custom and regular fit are available at Bailey & Wright Dentistry.

Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment

The number one cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque, calculus, and bacteria underneath the gums, resulting in inflammation. Over time, the bone that holds the teeth in place begins to dissolve. As a result, teeth can become loose and may need to be removed. In patients who are in need of treatment for periodontal disease, the plaque, calculus, and bacteria underneath the gums is removed before the damage becomes too great. After this initial treatment is performed, home care and regular trips to the dentist are extremely important. If additional therapy is required, a referral to a periodontist (dentist that specializes in the treatment of severe gum disease) may be necessary.

Porcelain Crowns and Bridges

A crown is a full coverage restoration. The purpose of a crown is to protect a tooth that has a large part of its structure missing, or contains a large amount of filling material. A crown is cemented on to the tooth to provide a long-lasting result.

A bridge or “fixed” bridge is similar to a crown, but is used to replace a tooth or teeth in the mouth. In the event a tooth is missing, the teeth that surround that space can be used to support a bridge by receiving crowns. A bridge is “fixed” because it is cemented on to the teeth and cannot be removed. Once cemented, the bridge will provide a fully functional tooth where there was once just a space. Caring for a bridge is the same as any tooth or crown; however, there is special floss that is can be used to clean around the bridge.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin coverings for the front sides of the teeth that have great potential to create a perfect smile. Veneers are very popular cosmetic treatment because they do an incredible job of hiding discolored, chipped, or poorly shaped teeth. Veneers can be placed anywhere in the mouth, but most commonly, they are used on the upper front teeth. Veneers can also be used is to close a diastema which is a large noticeable gap between the upper front teeth.

Preventive Care

The most important thing that any dental office can provide is preventive care. This includes receiving regular check ups, cleanings, the use of fluoride, and if needed, sealants. Bailey & Wright Dentistry strives to prevent gum disease and cavities from forming in order to preserve picture perfect smiles.

Professional Teeth Whitening

As individuals age, it is normal for teeth to become yellow or stained. One of the easiest ways Bailey & Wright Dentistry can improve a smile is to perform teeth whitening. When it comes to teeth whitening, there are many available products that an individual can choose from. However, having your teeth whitened by a professional is the safest and most reliable method.

Sealants

Sealants are a special type of filling material that are primarily placed on children, but can also be used on adults. Because our natural teeth may have very deep grooves and crevices, it can become difficult to reach these areas with a toothbrush. As a result, a sealant may be placed to prevent decay and the formation of a cavity, allowing for more effective teeth brushing and preventive care.

Snoring and Teeth Grinding Treatment

Not only can snoring irritate a spouse, but also affect our quality of sleep. A snoring problem can be corrected with the use of an appliance that is worn while you sleep. The appliance is designed to open the airway, which allows for easier, more restful breathing throughout the night. Correcting a snoring problem not only allows for more restful sleep, but also improves overall health.

Another area of concern is teeth grinding. People grind their teeth for many reasons and can easily turn into a habit, especially at nighttime. Continuous grinding can cause damage to the teeth (fracture, cracks, etc.), strain the muscles in the face, and cause inflammation in the tempromandibular joint (TMJ). Like snoring, an appliance is available for teeth grinding. The appliance should be worn during the hours that the person most frequently grinds their teeth. It works to protect the teeth by acting as a barrier. Continuous wearing of the appliance retrains the mind to break the habit of grinding.

Bailey & Wright Dentistry

Provided Services

Bailey & Wright Dentistry offers a wide range of services for your entire family, including porcelain restoration and veneers, implants, professional teeth whitening, Invisalign®, comfortable root canal therapy, crowns and bridges, dentures and extractions, and most importantly, routine and preventive care. For a complete list of services, please click here.

Payment Options

Bailey & Wright Dentistry accepts most insurance plans and major credit cards, Care Credit®, and offers suitable payment options. As a courtesy to our patients, Bailey & Wright Dentistry will submit your dental insurance claims.

Appointment Requests

As our practice grows, we continue to accept new patients. As a result, we invite you, your friends, and family to experience quality care that Bailey & Wright Dentistry has to offer. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, please complete the appointment request form or contact us at 317.897.6074.