There are times that necessitate the removal of a tooth. At Ledbetter Family Dental Care, we understand that it can be difficult to lose even a single tooth.

Fortunately, we offer services to help you replace missing teeth, such as a bridge, a dental implant, or dentures.

If it is necessary to remove a tooth, we are committed to making you as comfortable as possible while we perform the extraction. We would also do our best to find the right tooth replacement option for you.

There is a space within the root of a tooth known as the "root canal". It is possible for the pulp tissue or nerve within the tooth's root canal to become infected, inflamed, or even die, causing the tooth to become tender and painful or to abcess. When this happens, Ledbetter Family Dental Care offers root canal therapy to correct this issue.

The most common cause for needing root canal therapy is tooth decay, but other causes can include trauma to a tooth, having had multiple fillings in the same tooth, or a tooth that needs a post, "build-up" and crown.

We make it a priority to ensure as much comfort as possible when our patients undergo procedures such as root canal therapy. Contrary to its reputation, we find root canal therapy to be similar to any other dental procedure for our patients, with the exception that the procedure may take longer.

Another option to replace missing teeth can be accommodated by a type of prosthesis called a denture. These devices are typically removable (although some are fixed to dental implants). There are two different types of denture services that Ledbetter Family Dental Care offers:

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are used when all teeth are absent, effectively replacing an entire arch.

Partial Dentures (Partials)

Partial dentures are attached to teeth to fill in gaps where other teeth are missing. Partial dentures help maintain your smile and chewing while also serving to keep your remaining teeth in proper position rather than shifting over time.

Dental implants are yet another way to replace missing teeth and help maintain your healthy smile. Dental implants replace the root structure of missing teeth or serve to support bridges or fixed partial dentures. The bone actually fuses to the implant and a crown is placed to provide the replacement tooth structure.

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that provide essential support for your teeth. These tissues include the gums, periodontal ligaments, and the jawbone. It begins when bacteria from plaque infects the gum tissues. If the plaque is not removed when you brush and floss, it will turn into a hard substance called tartar(or calculus). If tartar builds up around the gum line, the healthy attachment between the gums and the teeth is broken, allowing bacteria and plaque under the gums and along the tooth roots. This will lead to infection, disease, and the loss of bone around the tooth and eventually loss of the tooth.

If a patient experiences gum disease that results in loss of bone structure or deep bleeding pockets around the teeth, we offer non-surgical periodontal therapy. This involves removing hard deposits (calculus/tartar) on the roots under the gums, Laser debridement of the diseased gum tissue, and anti-microbial medicine placed in the pockets around the teeth. These patients are monitored closely to assess resolution of their disease.

Ledbetter Family Dental Care strives to ensure that our patients visit for regular check-ups to help prevent gum disease, and if necessary to discover and treat gum disease that has already begun to set in.

We value your children at Ledbetter Family Dental Care. Establishing a good relationship with a dentist from an early age is essential to your child's overall health. We make it our goal to maintain a calm and inviting office so that your family feels at home during each visit.

Children of all ages are welcome at Ledbetter Family Dental Care, even if your child is still in the early stages of growing his/her first teeth. It's never too early to introduce your child to the dentist, if even to help familiarize your young one to new sights and sounds in order to foster a friendly relationship with his or her dentist, right from the start. We call this first visit a "Happy Visit". This "Happy Visit" is free of charge when combined with a parent's regular visit.

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