Fairhope Restorative Dentistry
at Living Oaks
Sometimes your smile may need more than just a routine cleaning. If a tooth is decayed, chipped, cracked, or discolored, Living Oaks Dental provides options that will bring your smile back to health. Our dentists will work with you to understand your individual needs and provide honest, informative recommendations.
Decayed Tooth Fillings
Fillings are the best way to repair your teeth if they’ve been affected by decay. Nobody wants to get a cavity, but even if you take great care of your smile, there’s always a chance that your tooth may be affected by decay. If you don’t get a filling, your cavity could get worse, and you may need a more costly, invasive treatment like a root canal or a dental crown.
At Living Oaks Dental, we use modern, tooth-colored fillings to ensure that we restore and protect your tooth without affecting the aesthetics of your smile. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a special type of dental resin, and they offer durability and a completely natural appearance, which makes them a better alternative to traditional metal-amalgam fillings.
Restore Infected Teeth
Root Canal Therapy
If one of your teeth has become infected due to tooth decay or an oral injury, root canal therapy is the best way to restore it and preserve the remaining tooth structure. Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment used to open up a hole in the tooth and remove the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth, which causes the infection. Then, the tooth is disinfected, cleaned and sealed, and covered with a dental crown to protect the remaining tooth structure. The entire process is minimally-invasive, and usually only takes 1-2 hours.
Protect Damaged Teeth
Dental crowns are also sometimes called “caps” because they are designed to cover up and cap the entire exterior chewing surface of your tooth. Crowns are usually used to fix advanced cases of tooth decay or teeth which have been broken or damaged by an oral injury. However, crowns are also sometimes used as a cosmetic treatment to treat teeth that are very small or misshapen. During treatment, Dr. Brabston will remove any damaged or decayed enamel, trim the remaining tooth, then create a crown that will feel and function just like your natural tooth.
The Signs Of A Damaged Or Infected Tooth
If you believe that you may have a damaged or infected tooth, there are a few key signs and symptoms that may indicate you need restorative treatment. These include:
- A painful toothache that persists for multiple days, or “radiates” from your mouth to your jaw
- Swelling around the affected tooth
- Discoloration of the gums around the affected tooth
- Increased sensitivity to heat and cold, or pressure from chewing
- Increased sensitivity when eating acidic or sugary foods
- Pain when biting or chewing
If you recognize one or more of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment today. Damaged or infected teeth will not go away on their own, and the longer you wait to get help, the more likely you are to lose your tooth. Getting restorative treatment from Dr. Brabston is the best way to ensure the best outcome for your dental health and get back to your normal, day-to-day routine.
From diagnosis to after-procedure maintenance, we’ll be with you every step of the way throughout your restorative treatment. Visit our office or schedule a consultation to go over which options would work best for you and your dental health.
Whether you’re looking to make a routine appointment or come in for a restorative procedure, you’ll be in good hands with Living Oaks Dental. Our skilled staff will take care of you from the moment you walk through our doors and long after. You’re a top priority for us, and we’ll provide every comfort along the way. Our office is warm and inviting, you’re welcome to come through any time we’re open. We look forward to meeting you!