Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing.
Dental bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a dental bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached.
The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold or impression is taken of the area which is sent to our dental lab. The lab will use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on the teeth at either end of the open space (abutments) and crown or crowns to replace the missing teeth (pontic).
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for our lab to fabricate your permanent bridge.
This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to seat the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is secure.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again.
You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
If you have missing teeth, you should strongly consider having them replaced.
Along with the aesthetics of having missing teeth, it may also affect your speech, the structural integrity of your mouth and jaw, your facial structure and may cause discomfort when eating.
Let our team at Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry help restore your smile.
We love to see children in our practice!
Age three is a good age to begin childrens dentistry habits. Our office is very child friendly. There are books, toys, and stuffed animals to entertain them.
Your children are always welcome to come with you to one of your cleaning appointments.
Here, they will become acquainted with the sounds and surroundings of a dental office. It is our goal for children, as well as adults, to have a positive experience at the dental office. This will set the stage for many years to come.
Veneers and Cosmetic Laminates
Porcelain veneers offer the ultimate in cosmetic dentistry.
A veneer is a thin porcelain facing or covering that bonds to the natural tooth structure. We can match them to your natural or desired tooth color for a uniform, authentic appearance. Porcelain veneers are also highly stain-resistant and may actually strengthen your natural teeth. A much more conservative alternative to crowns (caps) that can give you the smile you have always dreamed of and deserve.
What's the process to get dental veneers?
Getting dental veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little anesthesia required during the procedure. For porcelain veneers, the teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist. The molds are then sent to our lab to be custom made for you.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.
Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for dental veneers.
Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.The results are simply gorgeous!
Let Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry help give you the smile you've always dreamed of!
There are many reasons you might consider porcelain veneers, but if you have any of the following dental problems, you may find them especially helpful.
Dull or stained teeth
Crowded or crooked teeth
A gap between your front teeth
Chipped or broken teeth
The reasons for getting a dental crown can be broken or fractured teeth
cosmetic enhancement, decayed teeth, fractured fillings, large fillings and a tooth that has had a root canal.
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.
Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom dental crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two to three weeks until your new crown is fabricated by our dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb
The dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and reshaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary dental crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked and adjusted to ensure you are biting properly. You will be cautioned to not eat any sticky or chewy foods on the temporary.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed
The tooth will be cleaned, and your new dental crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. It will then be cemented on permanently.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Dental crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, and it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. Dental crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
Restore your teeth to their best with Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Good oral hygiene should always be practiced to avoid tooth extraction.
Tooth loss can have a major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although the dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs: Severe decay, Wisdom teeth, Advanced periodontal disease, Infection or abscess, Orthodontic correction, Malpositioned teeth, Fractured teeth or roots, Impacted teeth
After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted.
Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.
To make your tooth extraction more comfortable, we pre-medicate you the night before.
Someone will need to bring you, stay in the office during surgery, and take you home. After the extraction, you will rest at home for the remainder of the day. Ice packs and a pain killer will help to reduce the discomfort. After a routine tooth extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth.
When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The removal of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerged from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. These are impacted teeth and they can be growing in any direction under the tissue. They are looking for the pathway of least resistance to erupt into your mouth.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems.
When they are partially erupted, they sometimes have a flap of tissue over part of the tooth. This allows for bacteria to flourish around the tooth. Often times, there is a cyst around the wisdom tooth that creates a pocket to hold concentrated bacteria in that area. The cysts can destroy the surrounding bone and possibly damage the tooth beside it, cause swelling and pain. The flap of tissue can also cause pain when eating. After receiving orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will recommend removing the wisdom teeth to prevent unwanted movement.
To make your tooth extraction more comfortable, we pre-medicate you the night before.
Someone will need to bring you and take you home. After the extraction, you will rest at home for the remainder of the day. Ice packs and a pain killer will help to reduce the discomfort. After wisdom teeth extractions, the discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.
Let the Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry team help relieve your discomfort.
Composites are resin dental fillings that are the color of your natural teeth, creating a natural appearance.
They are strong and less noticeable than other materials.
They are secured to your tooth, whereas, the older dark dental fillings were held in by the preparation. The composite filling will not work itself out of the tooth preparation.
After an examination appointment to determine if you have decay
The dentist will prepare the tooth by getting you numb with anesthesia and/or the nitrous oxide. He will then remove the decay and place the dental filling, and adjust your bite to make sure it is not too high. Routine brushing and flossing will keep your new dental filling healthy and clean.
Need to get a dental filling taken care of? Contact Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to get fixed up.
Routine teeth cleaning is crucial for keeping your foundation stable and healthy. At your initial appointment, the dentist, hygienist, and you will create a plan to keep your teeth and gums healthly.
The hygienist will conduct an initial oral exam and cancer exam of your gums and teeth; document any changes in your overall health and medicine use; measure the surrounding bone support, chart and document existing work and decay; take digital x-rays; clean and polish your teeth; talk to you about caring for your teeth and gums; and answer any questions you might have about home care products. Your dentist will also conduct an oral exam of your mouth, gums, and teeth; ask about changes in your overall health or medicine use; review the teeth cleaning done by the hygienist; diagnose any oral health problems; and make treatment recommendations.
Oral Cancer Screening
A dental exam is the first line of defense in early detection of oral diseases including oral cancer. An oral cancer screening incorporates systematic visual examination of all the soft tissues of the mouth, including manual extension of the tongue to examine its base, a bimanual palpation of the floor of the mouth, examination of the borders of the tongue, and the lymph nodes surrounding the oral cavity and in the neck.
Intra Oral Photographs and Digital X-rays
Digital x-rays (radiographs) are a vital and necessary part of your dental visit. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed. X-rays may be needed to evaluate an injury or plan treatments. Two common types of x-rays used are cavity checking x-rays of the molars (bitewings) and around the head ("pano"). The pano is a great x-ray for checking supporting structures of the teeth and root tips and determining if there are cysts/tumors present or the location of non-emerged wisdom teeth. Intra oral cameras are tiny cameras that can take a photo to be able to see what is going on in your mouth for better communication between doctor and patient. Intra-oral photographs can also help in explaining a treatment to your insurance company.
Grinding or clenching of teeth at night may cause discomfort in addition to damage to dental restorations, cracking of teeth, loosening of teeth, joint pain and muscle fatigue. A custom made night guard made from soft or hard material fitted to your teeth prevents damage from opposing teeth and will help relieve some of the pressure of grinding and clenching. A custom made mouth guard is also important for preventing injuries in sports and is more comfortable than a mouth guard purchased over the counter.
Prescription Therapeutic Products
Depending on your dental health, your dentist may recommend additional preventive measures such as Oxyfresh (sold in our office) to combat bad breath, a prescription mourthrinse to kill bacteria in your mouth or a prescription toothpaste to help with sensitivity.
Dental X-rays may reveal
Digital radiography (digital X-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental X-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of X-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be viewed and enlarged, helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems more easily. Digital X-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental X-rays. Even though digital X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient's exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those X-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
Abscesses or cysts.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Decay between the teeth.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Gum Disease (Periodontal) Treatment
Gum disease (periodontium) refers to the bone, gums, and ligaments that support your teeth.
It is your foundation. Signs of a unhealthy periodontium include: red, swollen, bleeding gums, soreness, loose gums, exudate, bad breath you can't get rid of, loose teeth or a tooth that has moved, or pain when you bite. Any of these can cause instability of your foundation.
The beginning treatment for gum disease or perio is a complete examination and measurement of your bone support.
If it is determined you have gum disease, we will recommend a deep scale of the roots of your teeth. This can be done with anesthesia and /or nitrous oxide. We will use an ultrasonic cleaner and hand instruments to accomplish this. A perio scaling is usually one two hour appointment, but can be done in two one hour appointments if the need arises. You will be given a prescription for a mouth rinse, chlorahexadine, to use. This is an antimicrobial rise to help healing and reduce bleeding. After the scaling, another appointment six weeks after will be made to re-check the measurements and review homecare. The patient will then be put on a three month recall for at least a year. This is to make sure we maintain good results. During this time, if some measurements are not healing, we will recommend placing an antibiotic directly into the gum area. This will be a 28-31 day supply of a medicine to the place where it is need most. If, however, we have no resolution with this treatment, we will refer you to a periodontist, a gum specialist.
Showing signs of gum disease? Contact Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today!
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed to reach all the way to the pulp chamber.
The tooth has three layers
the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is the blood supply and nerve supply of the tooth. It is a sterile environment.
However, regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early which can help avoid a root canal altogether.
Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs to be removed or a root canal. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It will become very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, or a bad taste you can't get rid of.
The root canal treatment is two visits.
It begins with putting the patient on an antibiotic to help reduce the bacteria in the pulp chamber. This also helps relieve the soreness and pain the patient is suffering.
Next, the dentist will anesthetize the area to be worked on, and begin by making a preparation to remove the infected pulp.
This is done with very small files inserted into the pulp canals. There can be one, two or three canals, depending on which tooth we are working on. The files are inserted and removed, removing the infected pulp. After the canals are cleaned and sterilized, the chamber is filled with a medicated filling and a temporary filling is placed. The patient is then released. The second root canal appointment is to finish removing all the infected pulp and preparing it for a crown.
Needing a root canal? Contact Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for an appointment today.
Dental sealants are a flowable plastic that we flow into the grooves of the chewing surface of your children's teeth.
These grooves are very narrow and do not allow for a toothbrush bristle to adequately clean them. If left uncovered, they will in time, develop a cavity. Sealants are placed on the permanent molars, but can also be placed any where there is a pit that could cause a cavity. Adults can also have dental sealants placed on the chewing surfaces of their teeth to protect from decay.
It is a painless procedure.
First, we clean the tooth with a pumice to remove all plaque on the top of the tooth. Next, we apply another cleaner to prepare the tooth for the sealant. Then we flow the dental sealant on top of the tooth and shine a light which hardens the sealant in place. That's it! We then instruct the patient not to eat anything sticky and chew sugarless gum.
With the dental sealant in place, plaque is easily brushed off the tooth.
Dental sealants are a great way to protect your teeth and your children's teeth.
As your teeth will darken over time, teeth whitening can offer a rejuvenation.
They can darken from the beverages you drink, including coffee, tea, and sodas. Other known factors include childhood illness, medicines, tobacco use, or lack of proper oral hygiene. Helping you achieve a beautiful white smile is a priority for our office!
During the procedure to whiten your teeth
You will need to refrain from dark colored drinks or time them three or four hours after you have your teeth whitened. On the day of the "Boost", you will need to wait twenty-four hours before drinking any colored liquids.
To whiten or lighten your teeth, we need to open the enamel pores or canals to allow the teeth whitening solution to enter.
We use the Opalescence Whitening system.
It is very easy to use and has very good results. There are two parts to this whitening system. First we start with ten pre-loaded take home trays called Tres Whites. The patient will be instructed to use one Tre White (top and bottom) daily for 30 minutes for three or four days. Then you will come into the office for your whitening appointment.
This is called the "Boost" appointment.
We will then polish your teeth and then apply a barrier over your gums to protect them. Next, we apply the whitening solution, 45% strength, to your teeth. The solution will stay for two – fifteen minute intervals. Stirring every five minutes. This will "boost" your whitening! The patient will then go home and begin using the remainder of the Tres Whites the next day.
Any part of the whitening process can be repeated at any time to refresh or touch up your smile.
Nothing improves your appearance as much a a beautiful white smile.
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Our goal is to provide the utmost in quality care for our patients. We will strive for total dental and physical health for all of our patients, because their well-being will always be our primary objective. At Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have been dedicated to serving families in Garland, TX just like yours for over 30 years. We know that comprehensive dental care can make all the difference in a person’s life. Let us be your resource for obtaining a healthier, more beautiful smile.