Specializing in:

Bridges

Bonding/Composite Fillíngs

Crowns

Dental Implants

Dentures

Hygiene/Periodontal Health

 

Root Canals

Teeth Whitening

Tooth Extractions

TMD

Veneers

The "Wand"

 

Bridges

Before   After

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns. The teeth on the outside of the missing teeth need to be crowned for support and a porcelain crown is attached to replace the missing tooth. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. 

The benefits of dental bridges are:

  • Restoring your smile 
  • Restoring the ability to properly chew and speak 
  • Maintain the shape of your face 
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by repiacing missing teeth 
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position 
  • If you are missing teeth, a bridge may be a great option for you. 

Bonding/ Composite Fillíngs 

Before   After

Bonding which is also referred to as composite fillings can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth. Bonding is also used to fill the tooth after a cavity has been removed or to cover up stains or discolored teeth. Itis a popular method used to enhance the aesthetics of your smile.

Many people no longer desire silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile. We have not used silver fillings in our office for many years. The advancements in dental technology reassure that you will no longer need to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly, and silver/mercury fillings.

Unlike amalgam fillings, bonding restores the tooth back as close as possible to its original physical integrity. Not only does bonding look great, but it can last for several years with proper care. Composite bonding is a safe and affordable solution for many dental problems.

Fillings-Resin Fillings (don't use the resin Indirest filling video)

Crowns

ln some cases, a tooth may have deep decay, cracks, discoloration, or other problems. ln this circumstance, a filling or bonding would not be sufficient treatment. ln this case, Dr. Byrd will recommend that a crown be placed on your tooth.

A crown is a permanent covering that fits over a tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. They are made from a variety of materials such as porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. Dr. Byrd’s skills, along with one excellent dental lab help you maintain a natural looking smile.

The process of making a crown to fit your tooth properly, it will take at least 2 visits. On the first visit, we prepare your tooth for a permanent crown and impressions are taken to send to our dental lab. Our highly trained office stafïc will make you a temporary crown to wear While the lab is making the permanent crown. An appointment wili be scheduled for two to three weeks in order to have your permanent crown seated. Proper home care along with regular checkups can help you maintain your crown for a lifetime.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a good permanent solution to replace missing teeth. Implants are sometimes the best option in dentistry to replace a missing tooth because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth. 

The entire implant process takes the course of a few months. The implant must be allowed 3-6 months to heal. This process is called osseo-integration, which is where the jaw bone will form around the implant. While the healing process is taking place, temporary crowns are installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a beautiful smile.

The actual implant procedure is not performed at our office. Dr. Byrd feels that this procedure should be done by a specialist who has had extensive training in implant surgery. Our office will refer you to the best specialist for your case.

Once the implant has been placed and healed, the patient will return to our office to have the restoration placed. Having an implant placed will restore your teeth to new and make your smile look great.

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures that are available. They are complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. A conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position.

As part of our complete examination process, we will evaluate any missing teeth and offer our recommendations for the use of partial or complete dentures as a rep lacement.

Hygiene/Periodontal Health

At Dr. Byrd’s office, We make sure that you receive the highest level of service, ensuring that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.

Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as Well. if periodontal treatment is needed, we can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment. If your periodontal disease is advanced We may refer you to one of our chosen specialists.

 Root Canals

"Root Canal" can be a very scary term to hear at a dental visit. However, with all of the new advances in technology, the procedure has become easier for dentists and patients as well. If a tooth has become infected, a root canal is the recommended procedure to save a tooth instead of removing it. A root canal is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected because of dental disease or trauma. A Root Canal is performed by making a small opening in the top of the tooth. A special instrument is then used to remove the infected nerve and tissue from the root or roots of the infected tooth, so that the tooth can be disinfected and sealed. An antibiotic is often prescribed to take care of the infection. After root canal treatment, it is highly recommended that the tooth have a crown placed to improve the appearance and to make it stronger.

lf an infected tooth is left untreated, it can turn into an abscess. The infection is a serious problem that can cause bone loss in the jaw. Left untreated, infection can also be fatal. Root canal treatment will lead to pain relief and restore your mouth to good health allowing you to enjoy eating the foods that we love.

Dr. Byrd does most root canal treatments. In some cases, he may recommend that you see a root canal specialist, which is also called an endodontìst.

Tooth Extractions

A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractìons are performed for a Wide variety of reasons including: tooth decay, primary teeth- ready to be removed, periodontal involved teeth and teeth that are impacted. Tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable is the most common reason to extract a tooth. lt is also necessary for Dr. Byrd to remove primary teeth occasionally. These teeth need to be removed to make Way for the permanent tooth to come in. If a patient has untreated periodontal infection around a tooth, they may need to be removed. Depending on the complexity of the case an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically.

At our office We do most extractions. Following an extraction We will send you home with a list of instructions. It is important that you follow these instructions to ensure that you have no complications.

(If you lost your copy at checkout, instructions are listed on our website) In some cases, after examining the patient and the x-ray, Dr. Byrd my feel it is best to refer you to an Oral Surgeon.

Teeth Whitening

Before    After

It is very important that We brush and floss our teeth every day, but proper home care alone doesn’t seem to get our teeth as bright white as We would like. There are several culprits to darkening teeth, which include: coffee, Wine, smoking and even certain foods. The best way to ensure that your teeth are a brilliant white is to have them professionally Whitened.

In our office we perform what is referred to as I'zoom”, or I’|aser”, Whitening. The product that We use to whiten teeth is called Opa/escence. It contains 40% carbamide peroxide.

We also make a tray for you to Wear at home periodically to maintain your tooth color, or to brighten even more if you chose.

Come relax with us for a couple of hours at Dr. Byrd’s office and let us enhance your smile with teeth Whitening.

TMD: Temporomandibular Disorders

Temporomandibular disorders occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. This disorder is often incorrectly called TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint.

The cause of TMD is not clear, but dentists believe that symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself.

Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck-such as from a heavy blow or whiplash- can cause TMD.

Other possible causes include:

  • Grinding or clenching teeth 
  • Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket 
  • Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ 
  • Stress,which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench teeth 

People with TMD can experience severe pain and discomfort that can be temporary or last for many years. More women than men experience TMD, and TMD is seen most commonly in people between the ages of 20 and 40.

Common Symptoms for TMD include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide 
  • Limited ability to open the mouth wide 
  • Jaws that get "stuck" or "locked" in open or closed mouth position 
  • Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw jcint when opening or closing the mouth 
  • A tired feeling in the face 
  • Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite- as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly 
  • Swelling on the side of the face 
  • May occur on one or both sides ofthe face 

Other common symptoms of TMD include, toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, ear aches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears.

At our office, Dr. Byrd will do an examination and possibly a panoramic x-ray to determine if you have TMD problems. Treatment options vary depending on your situation. NTI device or medications may be prescribed depending on your needs.

NTI is a mouth piece that we custom fit to your dentition. The device is worn at night when you sleep to stop you from grinding and clenching your teeth.

If you experience TMD symptoms, let us know at your next appointment. Let us restore your mouth to good health. 

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shell-like custom facings that adhere to the front of your teeth to cosmetìcally enhance their appearance. Veneers are customized from porcelain material and are permanently bonded to your teeth. Making a perfect veneer is a tedious process that requires skill and experience.

Dr. Byrd has 30 years of experience developing an artistic approach to cosmetic dentistry, mastering the veneer. Veneers require less preparation and removal of natural tooth structure than other types of restorations, so for the patient it is a less stressful appointment. ln placing these new veneers on your teeth, you are able to fix the look of issues such as staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and many other issues.

If you are considering veneers to enhance your come and let Dr. Byrd take a look to see if they are
an ideal so|ution to your problem.

"The Wand" 

The main reason Why people fear going to the dentist is getting an injection (shot). At Dr. Byrd's office, the primary concern is patient comfort, so We are proud to say that our practice has a computerized local anesthesia delivery system called ”the Wand”.

Injections can be irritating for many reasons, but with Ilthe Wand”, anesthetic is released slowly causing Very little or no pain at all. lt does not look or feel like a syringe. ”The Wand" helps patients relax before and during a procedure which enables them to return to their normal activities following treatment.