Dental Care You Can Trust
Part of providing great, comprehensive dental treatment is taking the time to understand each individual patient's needs. We want you to fully understand your diagnosis and treatment options, no matter what your condition is. Our team will take the time to carefully explain your treatment and payment options (link to Patient Information page), and ensure you are comfortable with the decisions you make regarding your dental health.
We are pleased to offer you the following dental services:
Crowns and Bridges
If a patient has severe damage to their teeth or is suffering from advanced tooth decay, crowns are necessary. A crown restores the function, strength, and esthetics of the remaining tooth by covering it. There are multiple crown material options, and each will be discussed on an individual basis with the patient. Together, we will help you choose the right material to use, depending on which area of the mouth needs to be restored.
When decay, gum disease, or injury causes tooth loss, bridges can be utilized. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. If teeth next to a missing tooth (or teeth) begin to shift, it can result in pain, discomfort, pain, and may look unsightly. A bridge looks and acts like a natural tooth, and will close any gaps in your mouth. Bridges help to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth and are permanently cemented.
If a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth or severe trauma has affected your mouth, it can cause an infection of the nerve. Root canal therapy is necessary if this happens. Regular visits to your family dentist can help to prevent the need for endodontic therapy. When a tooth's pulp becomes infected, it unfortunately cannot heal itself, and must be treated in order to avoid further issues. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in your mouth may be the signs that a pulp is infected. For some patients, they are not aware of a problem because there are no obvious symptoms. The problem is usually identified while they are in for a routine exam.
Endodontic therapy is completed by having your dentist clean out the infected pulp and disinfecting the canals of your tooth. The canals of the tooth are filled with special material after the area has been disinfected. This helps to prevent further infections and aids in the healing process. In some cases, a bonded post, core build-up, or a crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
When patients are being fitted for implants, Dental CT Imaging is used. The CT scan is non-invasive and uses special X-Ray equipment to produce multiple pictures or images of the inside of the body. These images are joined together to create a cross-sectional view of the area the doctor is focused on. This type of imaging helps the dentist gain valuable information about the anatomy of a patient's mouth before the implant is inserted. This helps to better the outcome of the surgery, as it helps the dentist locate nerve endings, bone locations and densities, and other measurements.
This type of procedure provides 3-D imaging to dentists, and takes a lot of guesswork of out of placing implants. It is a safe and fast procedure, and can help the dentist determine if you are a good candidate for implants or how to proceed with your surgery.
Periodontal Disease Diagnosis and Treatments
Gum (periodontal) disease can progress without a patient knowing. Even if you feel healthy and may not exhibit any symptoms, it is important to attend regular visits to the dentist. If gum disease is left untreated, it can destroy the supporting bones in a patient's mouth. Treatment and early prevention is essential for this reason. Our practice maintains the highest level of care to help you maintain proper oral health and to prevent gum disease from ever developing.
TMD Diagnosis and Treatment Scans
The exact cause of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are unknown, but it usually causes severe discomfort and pain. The temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone to your skull, and works like a sliding hinge. TMD disorders cause pain in your jaw joint and can usually be alleviated with non-surgical treatments and self-managed care.
The physical exam to diagnosis TMD typically involves your dentist:
- Feeling your jaw and listening to your jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Pressing on areas around your jaw to identify where the pain is coming from
- Observing your jaw's range of motion
If your dentist suspects a problem with your jaw or teeth, it may require a CT scan or x-rays to help reveal problems with the joint.
Typical dental x-rays do not provide your dentist with a full-fledged look at your teeth and mouth. Regular x-rays require multiple exposures to gain a well-rounded look at your mouth. With 3D imaging, your dental provider can study your mouth from every angle, and gain a better understanding of where your nerve endings are, the condition of your bones and teeth, different parts of your face. The procedure is easy and completely painless, and provides your dentist with a complete view of your face, neck, and teeth, which will help them create a more comprehensive and complete treatment plan.
If you have dental phobia and your fear and anxiety prevent you from receiving the appropriate dental health, sedation dentistry may be a great option for you. Our practice offers three different types of conscious (awake) sedation:
- Nitrous Oxide ("laughing gas")
- Oral Sedation (sedative pills)
- Intravenous Sedation (for a deeper level of sedation)
Finding and utilizing the right conscious sedation technique allows our team to provide our services for patients who dread going to the dentist in a safe and comfortable setting.
To ensure you receive the highest, and most current level of care, Dr. Cherry has completed additional training in sedation dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the American Dental Society for Anesthesiology.
We take great pride in providing life changing beauty through cosmetic dental work. We promise to focus on the fine details of every procedure, which is the key to successful aesthetic results. All dentistry images featured on this site were performed by Dr. John Cherry.
Partial and Complete Dentures
Complete and partial dentures are specially crafted to fit snugly and comfortably into each patient's individual mouth. If all of a patient's teeth are missing, complete dentures are used to replace the teeth. If a patient needs to restore beauty, health, and function of their smile, removable dentures are applied. When dentures are in place they can:
- Prevent facial sagging
- Help restore your ability to speak and eat
- Replace your missing teeth
- Improve the appearance of your smile
It takes only a few visits to create and place dentures. All dentures are individually and custom made to look and feel like natural teeth. This will help you feel confident every time you smile. If you are missing teeth and would like more information about the benefits of dentures, please contact our office today.