Crowns are sometimes referred to as a “cap.” Many times a crown is recommended as a full coverage restoration to prevent the tooth from further breakage. Teeth which have had multiple fillings over the years often have to be more definitively restored in this way. Crowns can be tooth colored and made out of porcelain, porcelain fused to gold, or all gold. Both doctor and patient will consult together to make the best decision for which type of crown is best in each situation
Missing Teeth
There are many ways to replace a tooth which has been lost. Options include removable and fixed prostheses. The doctor will go over each option along with pros and cons on a case by case basis.
Dental Implants
A dental implant is a surgical fixture placed into the bone. A permanent crown is fabricated to fit on top of the implant replacing the missing tooth.
Dental Bridge
Can be utilized to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Crowns are cemented to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, with a false tooth suspended in between. Bridges are important if a tooth is missing because it can restore proper function, dental health and your appearance.
Partial Dentures
Partials can be a cost-effective method to replace one or more missing teeth. Partials are typically fabricated out of cast metal with acrylic teeth applied. They usually clasp around the remaining teeth and are removable.
Are fabricated when a patient is missing several or all of their teeth. They can be very beneficial by restoring lip and cheek support, also can help with chewing, swallowing food and speech. This procedure can take several visits and there are different types of full and partial dentures that the Doctor will be happy to discuss with you during your visit. Incorporating placement of implants into your treatment plan can be discussed as well to aid in retention of the dentures.
Digital Xrays
We are proud to announce the addition of digital xrays to our practice. Not only do these xrays aid in early detection of cavities, and other potential problems; they can be taken using significantly less radiation. These images pop right up on the computer screen with no need for toxic chemicals to develop them. Better for our patients, and better for our environment.
We prefer to take care of routine extractions in the office. Occasionally due to patient comfort, or the need for sedation, we have a team of oral surgeons we work closely with. Our office can coordinate your appointment to ensure you have the best quality of care for each situation.
Emergencies Welcomed
No one likes to be in pain. Our office reserves time each day dedicated to helping get people comfortable. Once your emergency situation is resolved, a comprehensive exam is usually recommended to ensure there are no future unpleasant surprises.
We offer composite, or tooth colored fillings, as well as traditional silver amalgam fillings. The doctor will discuss the pros and cons of each and advise which one is appropriate on a case by case basis. Nothing lasts forever, especially not in a biologic environment. Teeth which had fillings placed longer than 10 years ago may have new decay due to everyday wear and tear.
As we age, take new prescription medicines, or have changes in our diet, stress levels and lives in general, sometimes we become more susceptible to decay. Dr. Barringer uses prescription home fluoride therapy as an alternative to doing multiple fillings whenever possible.
Implant Restoration
Implants are restorations that are permanently anchored into your jaw. They are used to replace missing teeth and are an alternative option to crowns and bridges and offer more stability and comfort. This procedure is done with us working with your periodontist or oral surgeon and together we place and restore the implant and this can take several visits.
Oral Cancer Screening
Screening for Oral Cancer and head and neck Cancer is done at every cleaning and exam appointment, generally at six month intervals. The screening is done to detect early signs of Cancer. During the screening process, we will be looking for any abnormal tissue areas and/or swollen Lymph Nodes. Most times when something out of the ordinary is found, there is a reasonable explanation. When a lesion is noted, photos may be taken and emailed to the oral surgeon and pathology department at UNC School of dentistry for interpretation.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, sometimes referred to as gum disease or pyorrhea is screened for at every routine examination. The ADA recommends that you see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and a check up. It is possible to not have any warning signs and have periodontal disease. Treating this can vary depending on how farthe condition has progressed. Some of the signs that could indicate the beginning of a problem are: bad breath or a bad taste, bleeding gums or tenderness when flossing and brushing, overly sensitive teeth to hot or cold and receding gums to name just a few. We will start with an evaluation complete with probing and charting, determine what type of cleaning is best for you and discuss all of your treatment options. Recent medical studies have founds links between gum disease and diabetes, as well as gum disease and heart disease.
Root Canal Therapy
This treatment procedure is done when a tooth has been damaged due to a deep cavity or trauma to the nerve of the tooth. In most cases following a root canal a crown will need be placed to protect tooth fracturing. Root canals can sometimes take two appointments and is done under local anesthesia. Root canals can cause some people a bit of anxiety prior to their appointment but you should know that this procedure can stop your toothache, prevent bacteria from spreading and save your tooth from extraction and prevent the need for a bridge or denture. Occasionally a referral may be made to an endodontist, a root canal specialist. We work closely with the few endodontists to whom we refer, and our team can assist you in making an appointment if it becomes necessary.
have your teeth become discolored over the years? Would you like for your smile to look whiter and brighter? With just a few applications of whitening solution the results are dramatic. We take impressions of your teeth and fabricate custom trays. We then dispense the whitening solution to you and give you detailed instructions on its use. Bleaching is not the answer for every patient, so we evaluation everyone on a case by case basis.
Composite Bonding
This bonding is made of a porcelain-like material that is bonded to the tooth and is also color matched for a more natural looking restoration. Because these restorations are bonded to the tooth it allows the Dentist to prepare a more conservative preparation.