Patient Services

Welcome to our offices… We hold ourselves to the highest standards in character, service and philosophy of treatment.

We invite you to see for yourself just what you can expect when you become our patient.

Contact our offices today for expert and caring services…

  • We value our relationship with you…
  • We listen to your dental concerns and honor them with the appropriate treatment as they promote good health…
  • We stand with the American Dental Association and its research for sound clinical dentistry…
  • We meet or exceed all OSHA and CDC recommendations for disinfection and sterilization to ensure your safety…

Our offices offer the following services in addition to cosmetics and oral conscious sedation. (Please see our sedation or cosmetic dentistry pages for more information about these procedures.)

ORTHODONTIC SERVICES
We have some orthodontic services for children, teenagers, and adults. Straightening your teeth can help prevent gum disease and greatly improve the appearance of your smile. We will make sure you receive the treatment you need to have a gorgeous smile! We offer functional appliances, minor teeth movement, and active retainers.

CROWNS
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.

DENTURES
The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The chosen teeth are then removed. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can used to further stabilize the dentures.

IMPLANT RESTORATIONS
Did you know that we can replace missing teeth without the need for a denture? Did you know that if you do have a denture, there is a way for you to completely stabilize it without using any adhesives? Do you know we have a way to make it affordable?

Dental implants are the answer to problems related to shrinkage of your jawbone, missing teeth, and social embarrassment due to denture instability. They can help you better taste your food, maintain the health of your jawbone, and speak more clearly. Implants can help you eat a better diet, develop better nutrition, and increase the quality of your health and your life! We work in conjunction with our implant surgeon, Dr. Steven Molpus, to help people just like you. If you would like to view more online information about implants or Dr. Molpus, go to www.arkansasimplantsurgeon.com. We have the answers, and we want to help you!

ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp or nerve. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. Once this occurs the pulp/nerve becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp/nerve is infected it must be treated because it cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp/nerve has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.

BRIDGES
This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

EMERGENCY TREATMENT
Dental emergencies usually rise from an infection, a fractured tooth, or traumatic injury to the face. Our patients have confidence that we will treat them promptly, because your health is our focus.

TMJ TREATMENTS
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it’s where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong the following can occur:

•Headaches
•Earaches
•Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
•Clicking or popping of the jaw
•Pain in the jaw muscles
•Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face

Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.

SNORE APPLIANCES
If you are experiencing snoring or sleep apnea, a snore appliance may be an option for you.  It is an oral appliance that fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.