Repairing Damaged Teeth with Restorative Dentistry in Lakewood
Your Dallas Area Dentist Providing Dental Restorations
If you unfortunately have an injured or decayed tooth, it can negatively affect not just your oral health, but your overall wellbeing. That’s why Dr. Mariya Barnett, your accomplished female dentist in the DFW area, wants to help you overcome the problem as soon as possible with effective restorative solutions. Our team offers a wide range of restorative dentistry options that give you back your strong, aesthetically-pleasing dental structure so you can enjoy your smile’s fullest potential. Contact our office today to schedule your first appointment, or if you have any questions about your smile health. Families from Lakewood, TX and other surrounding areas are always welcome!
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are one of the most common and versatile restorative services recommended to patients, and for good reason. They’re designed to cover a single tooth, replicating its natural shape and appearance while protecting the remaining natural structure underneath. Dental crowns can be used to correct the following issues:
- Severe tooth decay
- Weakened tooth structure that needs protection
- Significant cosmetic imperfections
- Restoring a tooth that’s been treated with root canal therapy
- Restoring a lost tooth that’s been replaced with a dental implant
Dental crowns are also an important component of dental bridges, which replace consecutive missing teeth sturdily and permanently. Unlike removable dentures, the bridge is anchored in place within the appropriate gap by placing new crowns over adjacent healthy teeth. This will help patients maintain their oral function and prevent other teeth from gradually shifting out of place.
Nearly 92% of adults have experienced one or more cavities over the course of their lives, and a quarter of them currently suffer from decay that still needs to be treated. Today, patients don’t have to worry about receiving silver fillings that mar an otherwise beautiful smile. Dr. Barnett places tooth-colored fillings that are crafted from shaded composite resin in order to preserve your confident appearance. These fillings are also very comfortable (no more metallic sensitivity to temperature changes) and conservative, which means we can keep more of your tooth’s natural healthy structure intact and create stronger, longer-lasting results.
Full & Partial Dentures
Going through life with a missing tooth is hard; going through life with several missing teeth is nearly impossible. For many, tooth loss takes away the essential joys of life, like eating favorite foods and feeling confident while chatting with friends. Thankfully, there are options available to you at Dr. Barnett’s office. If your priorities are convenience and affordability, a custom full or partial denture can provide the reliable coverage your smile needs. These removable devices can be cleaned outside of the mouth and stored when sleeping for added comfort. Implant-retained prosthetics are also available for those looking for a more reliable and retentive option.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy may have a scary reputation, but it’s actually a very safe and highly successful restorative procedure that can return health to badly damaged and/or infected teeth, saving them from the threat of extraction. During this procedure, Dr. Barnett will carefully access the inner chamber of the tooth in order to remove diseased pulp and clean the area. A customized crown will cover the treated tooth, rebuilding its natural shape and renewing its strength. With the help of sedation dentistry and modern anesthetic, patients remain fully comfortable throughout the process.
General Tooth Extraction
Having to remove one or more natural teeth is never our first choice for patients, but there are situations where it’s necessary for your overall oral health and wellbeing. These include:
- Traumatic dental injuries
- Advanced tooth decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- The need to remove “baby” teeth to make way for emerging adult teeth
- The need to remove one or more teeth to make way for successful orthodontic treatment
- Wisdom tooth removal
Dr. Barnett along with her husband, Dr. Andrew Barnett, a board certified periodontist, will be on-site to handle extraction cases. Patients can rest assured that our team will keep them comfortable throughout the process.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to develop and sometimes they remain impacted in the gums while other times they emerge through the gums. Not all people even have wisdom teeth, but if they are present, these third molars usually appear between the ages of 16 and 22. Unfortunately, the lack of space left in the mouth to accommodate them can result in dangerous overcrowding, impaction, and higher risks of infection. Dr. Barnett will keep a close eye on developing wisdom teeth as patients age, and she may recommend extraction as a valuable preventive measure to protect patients and their smiles.