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General Dentistry

At Mallard Creek Dental, one aspect of our practice is general dentistry. Please browse through the information to learn more about our general dentistry services.

Digital Radiographs

In our office, we use digital radiography. This allows us to take x-rays with 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.

By using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer.

The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment in each case.

Each treatment room is equipped with a computer monitor, allowing you to see your own x-ray and to discuss treatment with Dr. Brannock.


What is a filling? A filling is a way to restore your damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape.

If you have a tooth that requires a filling, Dr. Brannock will first remove the decayed tooth (the cavity), clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out space with filling material.

We offer composite (tooth-colored) fillings and amalgam (silver-colored) fillings. Dr. Brannock will discuss which option is best for you.


What is a crown? A crown is used to protect and replace the structure of your tooth that is badly cracked or damaged by decay.

At Mallard Creek Dental, we offer custom shaded and fit crowns, as well as gold or silver metal crowns.


What is a bridge? A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been.

Dr. Brannock can discuss options with you to determine what type of bridge best meets your needs.

Root Canals

What is a root canal? A root canal is a procedure that alleviates dental pain caused by tooth decay at the nerve. Sometimes traumatized teeth may need root canal treatment.

This procedure will be performed by Dr. Brannock or by an endodontist, a root-canal specialist.

Tooth Extractions

What is a tooth extraction? A tooth extraction is the removal of your tooth.

This procedure happens for many reasons, including, but not limited to: the tooth being severely damaged by decay, trauma, infection or gum disease.

Occasionally, teeth are removed for orthodontic purposes.

Dr. Brannock does perform surgical and non-surgical extractions, and in some cases, may refer you to an oral surgeon, a dentist who is specialized in removing teeth.


What is a denture? A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.

Dentures are custom-made to resemble your natural teeth, so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!

Nightguards And Mouthguards

What is a nightguard/mouthguard? A nightguard/mouthguard is made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth.

Mouthguards are recommended to protect your teeth and jaw during physical activity and sports.

Nightguards are recommended for patients who grind their teeth at night while they sleep.