"Your Smile Starts Here" - That's our pledge to you at Ledbetter Family Dental Care.

At Ledbetter Family Dental Care, we believe that the key to a healthy smile includes daily cleanings and regular check-ups. Our goal is to keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright by seeing you on a customized schedule based on your history and oral condition (every 3, 4, 6, or 12 months) for routine check-ups.

We will examine your teeth and customize your check-up as part of your personalized care.

During a typical check-up at Ledbetter Family Dental Care, you can expect us to:

  • Perform an evaluation of your overall oral health and oral hygiene
  • Clean your teeth by removing any stains or deposits on your teeth
  • Perform a head and neck/cancer screening exam
  • Take dental X-rays or, if indicated, do other diagnostic procedures
  • Assess your risk of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Determine if you need tooth restoration or tooth replacement
  • Check your bite and jaw for problems or potential issues in the future
  • Demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques for your teeth and gums

A healthy mouth and a bright smile depend on two things: your commitment to brush and floss your teeth daily, and our commitment to see you routinely (every 3, 4, 6, or 12 months) for routine check-ups and cleanings.

When we clean your teeth, we make it our goal to gently remove any stains or deposits on your teeth. This core service provides us the chance to ensure that you walk away with a fresh, bright smile.

A dental X-ray allows Dr. Ledbetter to see detailed images of specific areas of your mouth. Among the various types of X-rays available, we offer the following to ensure optimal care for our patients:

  • Bitewing. This type of X-ray allows Dr. Ledbetter to see the clinical crowns of the upper and lower teeth. During a bitewing X-ray, you will bite down on the X-ray film holder while the X-ray images are being taken.
  • Periapical. This type of X-ray allows Dr. Ledbetter to see the clinical crown and roots of a particular tooth and the surrounding bone.
  • Panoramic. This type of X-ray gives Dr. Ledbetter a broad view of the entire mouth, sinus, and both jawbones. This X-ray is particularly useful in identifying cysts, tumors, or cancers.

For patients visiting our office regularly for routine check-ups, we generally take bite-wing X-rays once a year, periapicals as indicated, and panoramics every 3 to 5 years.

When parts of a tooth have been damaged, we ensure that the tooth is preserved and that future damage is prevented by replacing that part of the tooth with a filling.

Cavities are the most common reason for someone to need a filling, but other causes that may necessitate a filling include grinding your teeth, chipping a tooth, using your teeth as tools, or even biting your nails. These habits can erode the chewing surfaces of your teeth enough to require a filling to restore a healthy bite.

You may need a filling if:

  • You observe visible holes or dark spots on a tooth
  • There are visible chips or cracks in your teeth
  • Your teeth are extremely sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods
  • You feel sharp pain when biting down on the affected tooth
  • You feel a constant dull pain or ache in a tooth

As part of our personalized care for you as our patient, we strive to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible when we are serving your dental needs.

Fillings do not have to be unpleasant - first we use a topical numbing gel to numb the gums, then we will numb the area of your mouth needing the filling to ensure that the restoration of your tooth is as painless as possible. We also offer Nitrous Oxide gas which provides a calming effect as well as analgesia.

Dental crowns, one of the services Dr. Ledbetter's office provides, ensures that weakened or broken teeth are reinforced and restored so that further damage to your smile is prevented.

The main goal of a crown is to provide support to weakened or broken teeth. Crowns, also referred to as caps, are placed over worn or damaged teeth, or to provide cosmetic benefit by restoring a discolored tooth to its former color.

There are three types of crown services that we offer at Ledbetter Family Dental Care:

  • Gold crowns

    Because precious metals (such as gold alloys) are incredibly durable and are non-reactive, they are a preferred material for dental crowns. These crowns offer outstanding durability and longevity. However, since gold crowns do not look like natural tooth enamel, we typically reserve them for the teeth in the back of your mouth (molars).

  • High Noble Metal and Porcelain Crowns

    We employ a technique that combines the durability of an all-metal crown with the cosmetic benefits of an all porcelain crown called "Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)" to provide you an affordable option for restoring visible teeth needing crowns.

  • Cerec (one appointment all porcelain) Crowns

    All porcelain crowns provide our patients with the most natural look - they are generally indistinguishable from natural teeth.

    Traditional crowns take multiple visits to complete the crown placement procedure. Patients will receive temporary crowns while the permanent crowns are being prepared.

    The days of waiting are over! Your crown procedure can be reduced to a single visit to the dental chair when you choose CEREC one appointment all porcelain crowns.

    Dr. Ledbetter has been offering this revolutionary technique for the last 6 years. We make it our goal to offer services that provide the utmost convenience for our patients!

As part of our personalized care for you as our patient, we strive to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible when we are serving your dental needs.

Dr. Ledbetter is able to replace multiple missing teeth by using a bridge. Dental bridges literally "bridge the gap" that is created by one or more missing teeth.

If we are able to provide you with a bridge, it will be our goal to:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the normal shape of your face
  • Evenly distribute the forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth
  • Ensure that your remaining teeth do not shift their position due to lack of reinforcement from adjacent teeth
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