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.
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.
Our office recently purchased a portable radiograph unit called the “Nomad.” This new technology allows our office to take the radiograph correctly the first time and reduces radiograph retakes.
Our radiographs are high tech and allow us to correctly diagnose oral health problems so we can take better care of you!
What is a filling? A filling is a way to restore your damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape in the most conservative way possible.
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 a composite filling material.
We offer composite (tooth-colored) fillings that match the tooth surface that needs restored. We also restore root surfaces with a composite that actually recharges with fluoride every time you brush. This is high tech dental material and composite that reduces root sensitivity and lasts!
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. Usually a bridge will be recommended when inadequate bone prevents implant placement, or when patients don’t want lengthy bone grafting procedures.
We offer Emax, Zirconia and gold bridges.
Our bridges fit great and several three-unit (3 teeth bridges) can even be manufactured at our office the same day!
Dr. Brannock can discuss options with you to determine what type of bridge best meets your needs.
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. Root canals involve proper anesthetic technique, traumatized nerve removal and adequate root canal filler and sealer technique.
This procedure will be performed by Dr. Brannock or by an endodontist, a root-canal specialist. At our office we believe that you deserve the best care possible.
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. We know expert, caring oral surgeons in the area that can assist with the more complicated extractions.
What is a denture? A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures can be processed from acrylic, metal or flexible acrylic. We offer Valplast® dentures that have flexible clasps and show no metal.
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.