It is suggested that patients should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Dental Services for the Whole Family
At the dental office of Jim Harrell, Jr., D.D.S. and Associates, we provide our patients with a range of comprehensive dental services. Drs. Harrell, Meek, and Meek have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide every patient with the care they need. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatments.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
As part of every patient’s routine dental check-up, they will receive a comprehensive head and neck exam to screen for any abnormalities. If the need arises, we have the ability to biopsy suspicious areas and provide further treatment.
Many people have this disease and don’t even know it! It is usually characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. It is the number one reason for tooth loss. Research has shown links between periodontal disease and medical problems such as strokes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy risks. Other studies have shown that periodontal disease can shorten life expectancy by 7 to 10 years. Treatment varies according to the severity of the disease. Early stages (gingivitis) can generally be corrected with regular six-month cleanings. More advanced stages usually require numbing and involves deep scaling and root-planing, followed by more frequent follow-up cleanings. More advanced cases involve being referred to a Periodontist (a gum and bone specialist).
Dental fillings are necessary when a tooth has a cavity or has a minor chip or fracture. There are several restorative options available and our dentists will discuss these with you to determine what is best for your individual situation.
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available and your dentist will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, your dentist will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist help to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
Complete dentures are used to replace a person's teeth when they are all missing. Removable dentures are designed to restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. They are crafted to fit your individual mouth comfortably and snugly. When in place, dentures can:
- Help restore your ability to eat and speak
- Replace your missing teeth
- Prevent facial sagging
- Improve the appearance of your smile
For those patients looking to improve the stability of an existing denture, consider connecting your denture to dental implants.
Dental implants are becoming a cornerstone of dentistry and provide the best option for replacing missing teeth in certain situations. They also provide the ability to stabilize dentures. We will provide a comprehensive evaluation if you have missing teeth and are considering dental implant therapy. We have multiple options available for replacing a single missing tooth or the entire dentition. We strive to make this option affordable for all our patients, so you can enjoy the full benefits of this technology.
Veneers are an effective cosmetic dentistry treatment that can enhance the beauty of your smile. We provide porcelain veneers because they look and feel like natural teeth. Your dentist will place the porcelain veneers onto the surface of your teeth to correct:
- Large gaps between the teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Stains and discolorations on the teeth
- Teeth that are crooked, uneven, or misshapen
Veneers typically require very little tooth preparation and can be placed in just two visits to our office. When your veneers are completed, you will be able to enjoy the bright and beautiful smile you have always wanted.
Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile. With our whitening services the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear leaving a beautiful white smile.
If you are concerned about the overall alignment of your teeth, please inquire about our different orthodontic options which include traditional braces, retainers, and clear aligners. We will work with you, no matter your age, to find an option that you are comfortable with and that will make you feel confident in your smile.
We offer a variety of different mouth guards to address issues such as night time clenching/grinding, snoring, sleep apnea, and protection of teeth for sports.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is something that many people are afflicted with. We offer a great program of TMJ therapy that can balance out your teeth, muscles, and joints. Our dentists specialize in this, so TMJ patients will receive the best care possible in the area. Options and treatment plans can be personalized to fit your needs and desires. Whether you’d like to reshape your teeth, get a specialized splint, or completely restore your teeth, all these options are available to you.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 336-835-3337 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible.
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