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Restore Your Smile, Restore Your Life!

Our primary goal is to prevent dental health problems before they arise. We do this through patient education, preventive care, regular exams, and teeth cleanings. However, when we only see you in our office twice yearly, the other 363 days are up to you.

We know, just like us, our patients are human, and nobody’s perfect. Even with the most diligent care, sometimes disease, accidents and decay happen. Thankfully, modern restorative techniques and materials allow us to repair or replace teeth to look, feel and function just like your natural teeth!

If you have a tooth that’s been damaged by disease, decay or injury, you should seek restorative treatment as soon as possible. When teeth are allowed to remain damaged or missing, it leaves your oral health vulnerable, and will only get worse over time. Not to mention it can become difficult or painful to enjoy your favorite foods, to speak normally, and to smile with confidence. A dental restoration can improve the look, feel and function of your smile, boost your confidence, and allow you to live your life to the fullest!

See the restorative services we have to offer at Northside Family Dentistry!

Implants

Implants are a solution for missing teeth. When space is created by a missing tooth, it allows surrounding teeth to move, which may lead to further tooth loss. An implant is affixed to the jaw bone to mimic a tooth and tooth root, keeping the surrounding teeth in line, and restoring function.

Dentures & Partials

For folks missing several or all of their teeth, dentures may be the perfect solution. Dr. Shanks can set you up with a great set of full or partial dentures to help improve your ease of speaking and eating, digestion, confidence, and overall quality of life. Dentures can be removable prosthetics that work on their own or fixed in place in conjunction with dental implants.

Implant Supported Dentures

If you are a good candidate for dental implants, meaning you have a healthy and dense enough jawbone to support them, Dr. Shanks will likely recommend implant supported dentures for the most life-like feel, fit, and function. Dental implants are currently the gold standard in modern tooth replacement technology because they function just like a natural tooth root to protect your oral health and jawbone, and stabilize restorations.

Dentures don’t have to be clunky and ill-fitting, and you don’t have to settle for messy adhesives and removables. Get a permanent, secure solution with implant supported dentures!

Crowns

Unlike veneers, crowns cover the entire tooth and is a required step after any root canal procedure. Crowns can now be color matched to the shade of your other natural teeth! We can even have a crown placed in the same visit with our CEREC® technology!

Bridges

Dental bridges work by literally bridging gaps between teeth. Dr. Shanks performs this procedure by anchoring dental crowns to the teeth on either side of a gap and filling it with a bridge of one or more fabricated teeth.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Today, getting a filling or other dental restoration doesn’t mean a mouth full of metal. Tooth-colored materials allow your natural smile to shine seamlessly, so no one will ever have to know you’ve had dental work done.

The result is a safe, dependable restoration that won’t expand and contract with changes in temperature like metal fillings, bonds directly to your teeth, and blends perfectly with your natural teeth. Ugly metal fillings are no longer necessary! Not to mention they are completely safe for the human body, unlike the trace amounts of toxic mercury found in metal fillings.

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy is a process used to remove decayed dental pulp (also known as the root). Once the decay is removed and cleaned, the remaining healthy root is left to support the tooth. A crown is then placed to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth.

How does a root canal work?

In some cases, the Northside Family Dentistry team may refer you to an endodontist (a dentist specializing in root canals) to perform the procedure, which can take up to three visits to the office. First, your doctor will administer anesthesia to numb your mouth. Next is the removal of the infected nerve and surrounding tissue. Once the tooth is free of the damaged elements, your Crossville dentist will clean and seal the inside of the tooth, and then apply a dental composite to fill the tooth.

If the damage was severe enough to compromise the structural integrity of your tooth, it may be necessary to use a crown to prevent any further problems. Now, your root canal is over! The best part is that if you continue to visit Dr. Shanks at Northside Family Dentistry for your regular checkups, and brush and floss regularly at home, your tooth may stay healthy for the rest of your life.

Extractions

Extractions are never our first choice at Northside Family Dentistry. However, we recognize that extreme decay or pain might mean an extraction is the best choice for you. Please know that we will explore all possible options before advising the removal of a tooth. If an extraction is necessary, we will do everything in our power to make it a pain-free procedure.

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