AT PHIPPS DENTAL PRACTICE
AT PHIPPS DENTAL PRACTICE
Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Phipp’s team is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and to providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry available.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Do you still have your wisdom teeth? Have you been putting off their removal? Phipps Dental Practice can help. A number of painful and lasting problems can occur due to the arrival of wisdom teeth. Consequently, at some point in your life, most everyone requires that their wisdom teeth be extracted as a measure of preventative dentistry. However, with today’s dental technology, this procedure has been improved to maximize your comfort and to speed along your recovery time.
Before extracting your wisdom teeth, Dr. Phipps will administer a local or general anesthetic, based on your needs and on your medical history. Dr. Phipps will open-up the gum tissue over the tooth, will remove any bone covering the tooth, and will then separate any connective tissue, removing the tooth itself. If necessary, he will use stitches to close-up the surgical wound.
In most cases, your recovery from wisdom tooth extraction will only last a few days. Your Phipps Dental Practice team will provide you with detailed information on the do’s and don’ts of recovery, and you will be prescribed medication to manage any pain. Finally, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re no longer at risk for the many problems wisdom teeth can present!
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable ― especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Dr. Phipps takes advantage of advances in technology and in dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective, while also taking less time.
A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth (the pulp) when it has become infected and inflamed. Dr. Phipps will gently file the infected tissue out of the root canals of the tooth (where the procedure gets its name) and will fill the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling or, in some cases, a crown.
Sometimes injury or decay extensively damages a tooth. And, in certain cases, extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. Dr. Phipps will gently extract your troublesome tooth, giving you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and for completing your beautiful smile once again.
A nightguard is a simple solution that protects your teeth and jaw from the harmful results of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. Phipps Dental Practice provides a custom-molded, plastic mouthguard to comfortably fit over your upper or lower teeth, creating a barrier between your teeth. The cushion of the nightguard between the teeth absorbs the force of teeth grinding. A nightguard reduces teeth clenching and grinding, as well as TMJ problems by helping the jaw muscles to relax. Finally, you may rest comfortably again!
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth? If so, you may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. However, with new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a longer-lasting, brighter, whiter smile.
If you’ve previously received crowns at the dentist, you may remember the process requiring at least two dental visits over a two or three week period. Now, with the E4D Dentist™ System, Phipps Dental Practice can actually have your crowns designed, created, and positioned in your mouth all at one visit!
You can straighten your teeth without metal braces. Invisalign® is an FDA-approved system that uses clear, removable aligners to incrementally straighten your teeth. There are no uncomfortable brackets or wires, and because you remove the aligners to eat and drink, there are no food restrictions or problems with brushing or flossing.