At Chisholm Trail Smile Center, Dr. Bridges is proud to perform a wide variety of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Sedation dentistry is paired with any of our services to calm the nerves of patients with dental fear. Dr. Bridges uses nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to comfort apprehensive patients during their procedure. You may feel tingly and light headed when under the influence of nitrous oxide. However, you will remain awake and responsive during treatment.
Patients should attend a professional dental checkup and cleaning every six months. During your checkup, Dr. Bridges examines your mouth for abnormalities, such as cavities, damages, and the presence of gum disease. For children, he looks for orthodontic issues, as well as abnormalities. If there are signs of oral issues, Dr. Bridges will recommend appropriate treatment.
An experienced dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and polishs 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.
Patients with missing teeth can restore their appearance and oral function through bridges or dentures. Dr. Bridges creates natural-looking restorations that produce the same level of functionality as natural teeth.
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.
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.
For more information about the services we offer at Chisholm Trail Smile Center, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bridges.