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
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
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of
- If you are missing teeth, a bridge may be a great option for
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
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
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
Fillings-Resin Fillings (don't use the resin Indirest filling video)
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
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
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.
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
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.
A removable partial denture
of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the
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
As part of our complete
examination process, we will evaluate any missing teeth and offer our
for the use of
partial or complete dentures as a rep lacement.
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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
disorders occur as a
result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and
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
symptoms arise from problems
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
Other possible causes include:
Dislocation of the
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.
than men experience TMD,
seen most commonly in people between the
ages of 20 and 40.
Common Symptoms for TMD
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
in open or
closed mouth position
Clicking, popping or grating
in the jaw
or closing the mouth
A tired feeling in
Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite- as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
the side of the face
May occur on one or both sides ofthe face
common symptoms of TMD include, toothaches,
headaches, neck aches, dizziness,
ear aches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and
ringing in the
our office, Dr. Byrd will do an examination
a panoramic x-ray to
determine if you have TMD problems. Treatment
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
The device is worn at night when you sleep
to stop you from grinding and
let us know at your next
us restore your mouth to
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
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 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.