SERVING THE GREATER BIRMINGHAM AREA
You can look good and have a healthy smile. Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways cosmetic dentistry can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, stained or discolored teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth and having a “gummy” smile. Our doctors create a customized treatment plan for you, based on your age, goals and where you are financially comfortable.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Trust Dr. Johnson to repair your tooth with a filling when decay is threatening your healthy smile. This routine procedure is completed by the dentist removing the decayed portion of the tooth and filling it with inert material. While fillings have traditionally been made from precious metals, you can now take advantage of composite resin fillings that perfectly match your existing tooth structure. Your smile will look and feel as good as new with a tooth colored filling from our doctors. If a crown is needed, we now have Zirconia crowns available. This is an all white tooth colored crown. Ask our team for details.
Bonding refers to the placement of tooth-colored resin to correct chipped and broken teeth, discolored teeth and in some cases, space between teeth. Bonding is generally considered more conservative than veneers or other cosmetic dentistry. The benefits of bonding include the ability to maintain the natural structure of the tooth and the ability to color and sculpt the resin to create natural looking teeth. Like a natural tooth, the resin may stain with the use of coffee or other staining foods.
Pulp therapy (also known in pediatric dentistry as a “baby root canal”) addresses issues with the internal structure of the tooth, where the pulp (made up of the nerve and blood vessels) is located. Often, these issues cause discomfort or pain when eating or trying to sleep, and pulp therapy will give your child relief and will restore his or her ability to chew without trouble.
The most commonly used pulp therapy is called a pulpotomy. During this treatment, the affected nerve tissue in the crown of the tooth is removed. The goal is to maintain the vitality of the baby tooth. Although used less often, a pulpectomy is done when the entire pulp of the tooth is infected. The pulp from the crown, as well as the roots, is removed. The goal of a pulpectomy is to keep the tooth in the mouth for as long as possible, avoiding or delaying extraction.
In either case, after the pulp is removed, the space is filled with an inert material to maintain the structure of the tooth. Finally, a crown restores the functional shape of the tooth, recompleting your child’s beautiful smile.