Restorative Dentistry: Beautifully Repaired Smiles That Will Last
If you’re currently walking around with a compromised smile, whether that be because of broken or decayed teeth, then you know how much of a problem it can really be. People judge each other on the state of their teeth all the time, and just one affected tooth can severely impact your ability to make a positive first impression.
At Serene Family Dental, Dr. Rana Lee and our team can give your smile back everything it has lost and more thanks to our restorative treatments. With just one or two simple procedures, we can make your smile strong, healthy, functional, and most of all, beautiful once again.
Metal Free Crowns & Bridges
When you come in to get one of your teeth repaired with us, we won’t simply give you a metal crown that will stick out in your smile. Our practice only uses natural-looking, all-ceramic restorations so that you don’t ever have to compromise your appearance when getting the dental care that you need.
If you have a tooth that is broken or severely decayed, we can rebuild it using a dental crown. This is a tooth-shaped restoration that fits over the top of your natural tooth, and it can be shaped and colored so that it blends in seamlessly with your other teeth while providing optimal function at the same time.
Also, if you are MISSING a single tooth or a few in a row, we can even use crowns to replace them by building a dental bridge. For this, we’ll place two crowns on either side of the gap in your smile, and these will be attached to prosthetic teeth that sit on top of your gums and literally “bridge” the space between them.
Fillings have been used to fix small cavities and slightly damaged teeth for generations, and the reason for that is simple: they work! The only problem is that traditional fillings, made of a material called amalgam, always leave a large gray splotch on any tooth they repair. This is why our practice only uses tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are actually made of a strong, durable, and malleable material called composite resin. What makes these different from traditional fillings is that this material can be specially shaded to match the color of your teeth so that they are practically invisible. Plus, the material actually bonds much more securely to the teeth than amalgam, meaning that your newly repaired smile won’t just look great, but it will last as well.
Dentures & Partials
Generations of people have been able to reliably replace multiple missing teeth with traditional dentures, and with the latest advancements in dentistry, they are now smaller, sleeker, and more natural-looking than ever.
If you have teeth missing throughout your mouth, then a partial denture can be used to seamlessly fill in the gaps. For an entire row of missing teeth, our team can provide you with a comfortable set of full dentures. In either case, we’ll take all the time we need to make sure you get the fit and look that is perfect for you.
Root Canal Therapy
We know that root canals don’t have the best reputation in the world, but what if we told you that thanks to local anesthesia, this treatment is actually completely painless? It’s true-- we would never do anything that would cause you discomfort! In fact, a root canal is actually one of the best tools we have to RELIEVE severe dental pain and save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
We typically use root canals to treat teeth that have an infection or damage in their innermost chamber where the sensitive nerve resides. After completely numbing you, Dr. Lee will create a small opening in your tooth, remove the damaged tissue, clean and sanitize the area, fill it with a medicated material, and then fully restore the tooth with a dental crown. Most patients say the experience is comparable to getting a filling, and they are always overjoyed by the pain relief it provides!
While Serene Family Dental’s number one goal is to preserve your natural smile, sometimes the best course of treatment may involve removing a tooth. This might be necessary if:
A tooth is too damaged to be repaired
Gum disease has damaged the structure surrounding a tooth
To make room for a set of dentures
To make room for orthodontic treatment
To replace a weakened tooth with a dental implant
In any case, we’ll make sure you are thoroughly numbed and comfortable before beginning your procedure. Dr. Lee is so gentle, in fact, that most patients don’t even feel it when the tooth actually comes out!
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that typically start to come in around the ages of 16-25, and for most people, this is a problem because there simply isn’t enough room for them in their mouth. This can lead to crowding, pain, and these teeth often become infected as well. We will keep an eye on your wisdom teeth during your regular checkups so that we can extract them before they cause you any problems.
When it is time for them to come out, we’ll put you under a gentle form of general anesthesia so that you’ll sleep through the appointment and wake up with no memory of it afterward.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep apnea is a very serious disorder that affects over 20 million Americans each night, and common symptoms include constant exhaustion, loud snoring, and waking up during the night gasping for breath. Over time, this can severely tax the body and increase the chances of both stroke and heart attack. To help manage this condition, Dr. Lee can provide safe and effective treatment using oral appliance therapy. For this, all a patient needs to do is wear a small customized mouthguard to bed each night so that they can sleep peacefully and symptom-free. This method has shown itself to be extremely helpful in treating patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and it has the full backing of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
If you're one of those people who is nervous about going to the dentist, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Research suggests that about 75% of the entire country feels the same way! To help you relax at our office, we can offer you a choice of sedation options to make sure you always have a tranquil and enjoyable dental experience.
For those who are only slightly anxious, we can offer nitrous oxide sedation. You’ll simply breathe in the “laughing gas” through a small mask on your nose, and within minutes, you’ll feel perfectly warm and calm. After the mask is removed, there are no lingering effects, and you can go on about your day as normal. If just the thought of going to the dentist makes you edgy, then we can help you using oral conscious sedation. Dr. Lee can prescribe you medication to take the day of your appointment so that by the time you sit in the treatment chair, you’ll be completely mentally and physically relaxed. In fact, most patients say they have little to no memory of their visit afterward, and that’s how many of them like it!
It’s a point of pride for Dr. Lee and our team at Serene Family Dental that we can help patients of all kinds with any type of dental problem. Whether your smile needs just a little attention or a complete restoration, you can always trust it to us. You don’t have to deal with an incomplete smile anymore; we can help you.
To start getting your smile back today, please contact our office for an appointment. We are based in McKinney, and we are happy to serve patients from Stonebridge Ranch, Prosper, and New Hope as well!