An experienced dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and polishes each tooth during a professional cleaning.
If there are signs of dental damage, Dr. Bridges will recommend restorative treatment. Crowns are created from ceramic, metal, porcelain fused to metal, or zirconia. If your damaged tooth is visible when you smile, ceramic and zirconia materials resemble the color of a natural tooth and will blend with surrounding teeth. For damaged molars, Dr. Bridges recommends metal crowns because they’re strong and durable.
Dr. Bridges performs tooth extractions and root canal therapy. In some cases, root canal therapy prevents the need for an extraction. During this procedure, Dr. Bridges creates a small hole in the damaged tooth. He removes the inflamed pulp and sterilizes the inside of the tooth to restore its function. He completes the procedure by capping the tooth with a crown, which provides strength and protection.
For patients who need a dental implant restored, Dr. Bridges is your go-to dental professional. You’ll need to see another specialist if it’s dental implant placement you’re in need of. However, if your crown is simply cracked or broken, the team at Chisholm Trail Smile Center has got you covered. Dr. Bridges’ job is to guide you through any questions you may have, perform any necessary restorations, and direct you toward skilled specialists when appropriate.
Many patients want a brighter, more beautiful smile. Dr. Bridges uses in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatment to enhance the appearance of a stained smile. At Chisholm Trail Smile Center, we use Zoom and Opalescence to brighten yellowed smiles. The bleaching agents in these products are stronger than the ones used in over the counter products. External dental stains that are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages are removed through whitening treatment. Many patients find that teeth whitening treatment is all they need to create a smile they’re proud to show off.
If you have a tooth that stands out from the rest, Dr. Bridges corrects the unattractive tooth through bonding or tooth contouring. When Dr. Bridges bonds a tooth, he uses a tooth-colored composite resin. Essentially, he paints on layers of the resin and shapes the material to resemble a natural tooth. The resin is hardened with a special light and produces long lasting results.
Tooth contouring reshapes an unappealing tooth by removing small amounts of enamel. This procedure is comfortable, so patients won’t notice that enamel is being removed to redesign the shape of the tooth. Dr. Bridges will administer a local anesthetic before beginning this procedure.
Attending a consultation with Dr. Bridges is the best way to determine which dental procedure is right for you. After a thorough examination, he provides you with a list of options that will produce the results you desire.