Haight Family Dentistry is dedicated to ensuring your visit is as comfortable and anxiety-free. Each procedure we perform will be thoroughly discussed with you by our dentist and all questions you have answered prior to the start of your care. Please call us at 972-527-5555 if you have questions regarding a specific dental procedure or condition.
Do you want a beautiful smile? Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your smile and boost your self-confidence. Imagine, a single whitening procedure can counteract years of exposure to coffee, tea, red wine, cola and smoking, giving you the smile you've always dreamed of!
If you are looking for a dentist and have teeth that have stains that cannot be removed by bleaching, and veneers or crowns are not necessary, then cosmetic bonding might be a good option for you. Cosmetic bonding is an affordable, quick and painless way to repair many cosmetic flaws or injuries, including:
- • Gaps in teeth
- • Spots or stains
- • Chipped teeth
Dental bonding sculpts individual teeth without requiring the removal of any tooth structure. This technique bonds a composite material that looks, acts and feels like your natural teeth. This procedure usually doesn't require the use of an anesthetic; is a relatively quick procedure; and gives an immediate result that is less expensive than veneers.
White Composite Fillings
In the past, dentists used a silver and mercury metal material to fill and seal cavities. Because a larger amount of the natural tooth structure must be removed, these types of fillings often weaken teeth. Recent innovations now allow us to replace old silver fillings with composite fillings that are stronger, safer and more natural looking. Say goodbye to "metal mouth" and hello to a beautiful new smile.
Teeth are often able to be restored with conservative composite fillings. However, when too much of a tooth's natural structure is removed from large decay, failing restorations, or cracks, a crown or "cap" may be necessary. A crown may be needed to:
- • Restore a tooth when it is unable to support a large filling
- • Replace missing teeth for a bridge
- • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or restore fractured teeth
- • Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
- • Cover dental implants
A crown essentially covers a tooth to restore it to its natural shape and size. This permanent covering fits over your original tooth to strengthen and improve the appearance of the tooth. Fitting a crown generally requires at least two visits to the office.
Missing teeth can create a host of aesthetic and functional problems including sagging facial muscles, inability to eat certain foods, and speak. Dentures may be your best solution if you've lost all your natural teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury.
Fitting a patient for dentures does not have to be a traumatic experience. During the preliminary visit, the remaining teeth are removed and a model is made of the patient's jaw. An immediate denture may be fitted so the patient does not have to be without teeth while the mouth tissue heals. Once the oral cavity is completely healed, the patient is fitted with their custom dentures.
Many people are afraid or uncomfortable going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry offers pain-free and anxiety-free dental procedures for patients who fear dental procedures, fear needles, have difficulty with their gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth, or have difficulty becoming numb from oral injections. It also provides an opportunity to perform multiple or lengthy dental procedures in a single session.
Sedation dentistry requires that the patient take a prescribed medication about one hour before the scheduled visit. The patient will arrive at the dentist in a deeply relaxed state, though fully responsive. During the procedure, patients aren't unconscious, but mentally "detached" from what's going on. The sedative usually lasts about six hours and the patient will need a ride to and from the dental appointment.
Other types of conscious sedation include inhalation and intravenous sedation. Inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide with oxygen, otherwise known as "laughing gas") is the most common sedation technique. Patients recover more quickly and may leave the dental office alone and immediately resume normal activities. Intravenous conscious sedation is also a safe sedation technique. Patients will not remember any of the procedure and will feel as though they were asleep, even though they were wide-awake throughout. Intravenous sedation requires the patient be monitored for blood pressure, breathing and heart rate. Patients may only leave the office with an escort.
If you fear dental procedures, then sedation dentistry may be the no-pain, low-anxiety dental alternative you desire.
Many people are afraid or uncomfortable going to the dentist. They fear needles, have difficulty with their gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth, or have difficulty becoming numb from oral injections. If you are a nervous patient, nitrous oxide may be the answer for you.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, offers patients pain-free and anxiety-free dental procedures. Patients are put in a relaxed, yet fully responsive state where they will be unaware of the treatment. From brightening to bridges, patients are completely comfortable but completely free of anxieties. Treatment can be completed in less time and with less stress, which allows quicker recovery. With nitrous oxide, patients typically leave the dental office alone and can immediately resume normal activities. Ask your dentist if nitrous oxide is right for you.
Many people are afraid or uncomfortable going to the dentist. We offer pain-free and anxiety-free dental procedures for patients who fear dental procedures or have difficulty becoming numb. Dr. Haight will numb the area using a topical gel, where you will get a gentle and painless injection. Our local anesthetic also prevents pain in your mouth by blocking the nerves that sense and transmit pain. The result is a painless and anxiety-free dental procedure that will leave you smiling!
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth's nerve or pulp area becomes diseased or injured, a special dental procedure called root canal therapy may help you save that tooth. If the diseased pulp is not removed, your tooth becomes infected and you could lose it. During a root canal, the dentist removes the pulpal tissue, as well as cleans and seals the canal to protect it. Once you are healed, your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger. Generally, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort.
An extraction is performed when a tooth becomes impacted because it is prevented from growing into its normal position in the mouth by gum tissue, bone or other teeth. In addition, teeth may be extracted to make more room in the mouth prior to straightening the remaining teeth (orthodontic treatment), or to remove teeth that are so badly decayed or broken that they cannot be restored. Tooth extractions can usually be performed with local anesthesia.
Six Month Orthodontics
Six Month Smiles® is a revolutionary new orthodontics system developed specifically for adults. This system offers adults a cost-efficient, timely solution for crooked teeth. Come in today to find out if you're a candidate for Six Month Smiles!