Are you searching for a smile makeover that looks and feels natural, is long-lasting, and is beautiful? Dr. Raborn, his staff, and world-class dental laboratory partners can provide you with just that. Treat yourself to the smile you’ve always desired. Contact us to discuss your options. You deserve it.
Dr. Raborn has vast experience and training in complex cases. No problem is too big to be addressed. If you are in pain, can’t chew properly, or have worn-down teeth, you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure. We can totally rebuild your teeth and smile as well as re-establish proper function for you. Contact our office to explore your options. Of all of the rehabilitations and full-mouth restorations that Dr. Raborn has completed, no one has ever expressed regret for making this investment in themselves. Over and over again, patients state that they wish they had done this earlier.
Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a regular dental exam. As part of our mission to use state-of-the-art technology at our practice, we use digital x-ray technology, which emits a significantly reduced amount of radiation compared to traditional radiography. Our team will utilize the information gained from these x-rays to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an effective treatment plan.
Fluoride is an element that helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening the enamel. It is naturally present in different amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The use of fluoride for dental purposes is promoted and supported by many health and professional organizations.
Sealants are coatings made of flowable resin that help prevent decay on the biting surfaces of teeth. They are usually placed on the permanent molars as they erupt in a child’s mouth and are designed to last throughout childhood and even into adulthood. Sealants are applied to the grooved chewing surfaces of the teeth, protecting them from harmful acids and plaque build-up. The application of sealants is a simple procedure requiring a short appointment and is proven to be effective in preventing decay children’s cavities.
When a tooth is decayed, fractured, or cracked, a filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or injured tooth will be prepared, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings are matched to the color of your existing teeth, so they are virtually invisible and maintain the aesthetics of your smile.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. A crown covers the remaining tooth and restores its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available, including non-metal crowns. Dr. Raborn will discuss with you the options that will best meet your unique needs.
Bridges are used to replace teeth that have been lost due to gum disease, decay, or injury. Leaving a gap in the smile can cause shifting of the surrounding teeth, creating issues with appearance, bite, and increased risk of gum disease. A bridge can close a gap in your smile. It looks and functions like natural teeth, is permanently cemented to the teeth on either side of the gap, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
A root canal, or endodontic therapy, is necessary when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth, causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular dental checkups help to prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. Some patients don’t experience any symptoms and are unaware there is a problem until they come in for a routine exam.
During a root canal, Dr. Raborn will remove the infected pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Then, he will fill the tooth with a special material to prevent further infections and help the tooth heal. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary to fully restore the function and appearance of the tooth.
When permanent teeth are significantly damaged beyond repair, an extraction is necessary. Every extraction we perform is gentle, comfortable, and completed in just one visit. We will also discuss your tooth-replacement options, which include dentures, bridges, or dental implants.
No matter how committed you are to regularly brushing and flossing, the shade of your teeth can be compromised by coffee, tea, smoking, aging, and other causes. We offer a teeth whitening treatment that will brighten your smile by several shades, creating a beautiful, natural-looking, white smile. Our treatment is more effective than any over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used for patients who are missing all of their teeth, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, to fill in spaces and prevent other teeth from shifting.
There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are created after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, which usually takes four to six weeks. The patient will go without teeth during this period.
Although dentures are very durable and will last many years, they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and painful. Immediate treatment is generally required to alleviate pain, save the smile, and ensure the patient’s oral and overall health. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth or severe tooth pain, call us immediately at 225-261-3360, and we will get you in as soon as possible.