Fillings/Restorations

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.

If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown (or ‘cap’) may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated through root canal therapy.

Crowns

A crown is used to cover and protect a damaged or fractured tooth. Besides strengthening the tooth, a crown can also improve its shape, alignment and overall appearance. Crowns are primarily used to prolong the life of the tooth by providing a full coverage restoration.

Implants

Implants are the ideal treatment for replacing a missing tooth. Implants are titanium fixtures that are placed into the jawbone and are restored with a crown or can be anchors for a “snap on” denture. Implants are a better option than a bridge because they do not rely on adjacent anchor teeth for stability.

Bridges

A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth/teeth. A bridge consists of two anchoring teeth on either side of a gap. These are called abutment teeth and inside the gap sits the pontic. Bridges are cemented permanently and are not removeable. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science since it replaces a missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically.

Veneers

Veneers are used to conceal a number of aesthetic problems associated with teeth. These problems include: discoloration and stains, chipped, broken or worn teeth, misshapen or uneven teeth, and even gaps between teeth. The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable.

Bonding

Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth.

Bleaching and Teeth Whitening:

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so make sure your smile is bright and attractive! We will take an impression of your mouth to create customized whitening trays for you to use in the comfort of your own home. We also offer in house whitening procedures. Professional teeth whitening is a simple, effective way to ensure that your smile is vibrant and beautiful.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only make us look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly and help our overall well being. Our hygienists help prevent new cavities and preserve teeth that have been restored.

Non-Surgical Gum Treatment

Non-Surgical Gum Treatment or Periodontal therapy is meant to protect the foundation around your teeth called the periodontium. When this foundation (periodontium) is compromised, it threatens the stability of the teeth just like the foundation of a house. To treat unhealthy periodontium, it may require a deep cleaning that involves anesthetic, local antibiotics and root planing.

TMJ Splints

TMJ Splints may be necessary when the jaw joint or temporomandibular joints experience discomfort of the muscles or inflammation. There are many reasons for this including injury, dislocation, arthritis, or misalignment.

Resin appliances or bite guards are fabricated and can be worn day or night to temporarily reposition your jaw and to prevent tooth wear due to excessive grinding.

Cerec (Same Day Crowns)

Cerec Technology allows us to prepare teeth and fabricate crowns in one appointment. Say goodbye to the “gooey” impression material, the uncomfortable temporary crowns, and the two week wait to get your final crown.

3D-Technology

Bird Family Dental is committed to utilizing advanced dental technology to provide you with the best dental care. We are excited to offer and utilize cone beam 3D imaging technology at our dental office. Cone beam 3D technology is an imaging system that provides our dentist and team with a more comprehensive look at your teeth, mouth, jaw, neck, ears, nose, and throat, then traditional digital X-Rays. This technology allows Dr. Bird and his team the ability visual one’s bone structure and to evaluate for complex procedures such as implants and endodontics.

Root Canals

When a tooth becomes infected due to bacteria or decay, a root canal may be necessary in order to keep the tooth. This treatment includes removal of the nerve and blood vessels of the root system in order to devitalize a tooth. Root canals are the best alternative to extracting an infected tooth.

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!

More info: There are two types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all teeth.

Tooth Extraction

A dental extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. This may be necessary if the tooth is damaged beyond practical repair. There are several reasons for a tooth extraction, but some of the most common are severe tooth decay and infection, gum disease, and if a tooth is blocking another tooth from coming in.

What to expect:
When the tooth is extracted your dentist will administer an anesthetic to numb and reduce discomfort in that area. Throughout the tooth removal you will feel slight pressure that will not cause pain or discomfort. This procedure can be administered in a matter of minutes.

IV Sedation

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!

IV conscious sedation is used for advanced procedures such as wisdom tooth extraction, full mouth extraction, implants, or upon request by the patient. Dr. Bird provides this service in house on selected days.