At Southern Smiles of Lewisburg, we can provide a wide range of dental services without having to refer you out to other specialists. This flexibility saves you time, money, and keeps your dental healthcare under one roof. Our focus is on total preventive care for our patients. This begins with regular hygiene visits, regular check-ups and continued home oral health routines.
Beyond preventative care, Dr. Brent and Leah Lee offer cosmetic dentistry, including veneers. With their combination of experience and knowledge - the practice of cosmetic dentistry can transform the appearance of your smile while also attending to function and health. Southern Smiles of Lewisburg also provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury. Including common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.
Teeth Cleanings You should schedule a routine dental cleaning at least twice a year. During this visit, one of our highly- trained dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your toothbrush can’t reach, such as in-between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.
Root Canals A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler. A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain. There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including: Inflamed/infected tooth pulp, severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements, tooth decay, chipped or broken tooth, trauma to the tooth, swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth, and repeated dental procedures on a tooth Fillings The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture. We offer composite fillings to restore your smile with a safer and more natural look and feel. We will replace old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with composite fillings to restore your teeth as well. With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials. Crowns A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance. The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves: Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it, re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown, making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown, making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the custom-made crown is being created. After receiving the custom-made crown from the lab (usually about 2 weeks), we will apply the custom-made crown by removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made one onto the tooth. After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place. This process generally consists of a minimum of two to three visits over a three to four week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime. Bridges A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent: Shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease. Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile. There are three main types of bridges: A fixed bridge is the most popular and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place. The “Maryland” bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches existing tooth color. The cantilever bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.
Extractions An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, if the patient has gum disease, or if the tooth is impacted (usually the wisdom teeth). Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A mild anesthesia is used to ensure your child is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Whitening There are a variety of ways to improve the appearance and coloring of your teeth. We offer in-home whitening kits that are easy to use and results are seen in as soon as one month!