We know damaged, broken-down or missing teeth can be embarrassing, and sometimes painful. Our Waycross dentists apply restorative dentistry techniques and years of experience to rebuild smiles back to optimal health and function.
When teeth become compromised by decay, wear, or trauma, or are missing altogether, the risk of infection, periodontal (gum) disease and pain increases. Restorative dentistry utilizes the strength of dental materials and prosthetics to rebuild tooth structure.
When the nerve of a tooth has become infected as a result of dental disease or trauma, our dentists may recommend a root canal. A root canal procedure can save a tooth and is usually the preferred treatment, rather than extraction. A small opening is made in the tooth to remove the infected nerve and tissue, the canal is then disinfected and sealed. Following a root canal, the tooth is restored with a dental crown to protect it from breakage.
When a dental filling is not sufficient to repair a large area of decay, or an old filling has broken-down weakening the tooth, a dental crown can be used to restore its structural integrity. A crown will protect the tooth from further damage while leaving the root structure in place. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain facings over metal or all-porcelain, depending on biting forces and location of the tooth in the mouth.
If one or more teeth are missing, a dental bridge can be used to preserve that space in the mouth and restore bite and function. A bridge is anchored on each end by attaching to existing healthy teeth or dental implants and can support single or multiple crowns.
Dental implants are a remarkable advancement in dentistry. These tiny, cylinder-shaped devices made of surgical titanium are inserted into the tooth socket to replace the function of a tooth root. Once in place, the dental implant is restored with a crown, bridge or denture to bring function and a natural-looking appearance back to your smile.
Dental implants may be used to replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth. Denture wearers can also benefit from dental implants with appliances that snap into place, allowing them to chew and laugh with confidence.
Our dentists place and restore dental implants in the comfort of our Waycross dental office. Your new smile begins with a personal consultation where we will evaluate the health of your teeth and gums to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants and answer any questions you may have about the treatment process.
Dentures can be designed to replace multiple missing teeth or all the natural teeth in an arch. A removable partial denture typically has a metal or acrylic base structure that clasps securely to natural teeth, preserving the space left by missing teeth. A complete denture replaces all the teeth in an upper or lower arch. In most cases, extraction of remaining teeth to replace them with a full set of complete dentures is the last option considered. We recommend stabilizing dentures with dental implants whenever possible.
Our practice offers oral conscious sedation for patients in need of extensive treatment, or those who experience a high level of anxiety related to dental visits. Dr. Crummey is a member of DOCS, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation™, and has received training in dental oral conscious sedation protocols.
Sedation dentistry can allow patients to receive the care they need in fewer appointments, while in a fully relaxed state.
You don't have to struggle with dental problems. Our dentists and team can provide a treatment plan and financial options that fit your schedule and budget. Contact Dental Care Associates of Waycross to Schedule a personal consultation today!