Procedures

We provide family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry in a friendly and caring atmosphere. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call or email us with questions!

Here are just a few of the dental services that we offer:

Composite Fillings Post Op

A composite filling was prescribed for one or more of the following reasons: decay, food trapping between your teeth, damaged or failing existing filling, fracture, chipping, or wear.

You may experience the following:

  • Mild discomfort
  • Inflammation, tenderness, and redness of the gums (due to injection)
  • Temperature sensitivity (will diminish over time)
  • Numbness following procedure lasting approximately 1-3 hours (avoid chewing as not to injure your lip, cheek, or tongue)
  • Soreness of the jaw

Home care:

  • For any discomfort, if NOT ALLERGIC, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen, over the counter, as directed on bottle
  • Warm salt water rinses as needed
  • Regular brushing and flossing is recommended
  • Flossing is EXTREMELY important and necessary. When flossing, pull the floss out the side, DO NOT pop the floss up through the contacts.

Follow up:

  • If your bite feels uneven or you feel you are biting harder on one side than the other along with any sensitivity to hot or cold, call us immediately for an adjustment. Do not put it off as trauma can occur causing further damage and more extensive treatment.
  • We understand that it may be frustrating when the tooth did not hurt to begin with and you feel discomfort after placing the new filling. If the sensitivity does not subside it may be possible that further treatment, such as root canal therapy, may be necessary for extensive decay.

We are committed not only to quality esthetic dentistry, but your comfort as well. If you have any questions, concerns, or if symptoms persist, DO NOT HESITATE to contact our office.

Crowns & Bridges

Crown and bridge procedures usually take two appointments to complete. Temporaries are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is complete. A crown was prescribed for one or more of the following reasons: advanced deep decay, cracks, fracture lines, advanced wear, extremely large, damaged or failing fillings. On occasion, approximately 3-5% of crowned teeth will require root canal therapy to alleviate pain or sensitivity, some we expect some we don't.

You may experience the following:

  • Mild discomfort
  • Inflammation, tenderness, and redness of the gums (due to injection)
  • Temperature sensitivity (will diminish over time)
  • Numbness following procedure lasting approximately 1-3 hours (avoid chewing as not to injure your lip, cheek, or tongue)
  • Soreness of the jaw

Home care:

  • For any discomfort, if NOT ALLERGIC, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen, over the counter, as directed on bottle
  • Warm salt water rinses as needed
  • Gentle brushing at the gum line inside and out for 2 minutes after meals and at bedtime is recommended
  • Flossing is EXTREMELY important and necessary. When flossing, pull the floss out the side, DO NOT pop the floss up through the contacts.
  • Avoid sticky foods and chewing gum on the temporary. Chew on the opposite side.

Follow up:

  • A follow up appointment will be scheduled as soon as the permanent restoration has arrived (usually 8-10 days after initial appointment)
  • If you currently use a Night Guard, please bring it to your final appointment so it may be adjusted to fit your new crown.
  • If temporary comes loose or breaks off DO NOT leave temporary off, even if you have no discomfort, as teeth will shift and permanent restoration will not fit properly. Call us immediately.
  • If your bite feels uneven or you're biting first or harder on the temporary or you have persistent pain calls us for an adjustment.
  • After the permanent restoration is delivered, mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods is common; it should disappear gradually within a few weeks.

We are committed not only to quality esthetic dentistry, but your comfort as well. If you have any questions, concerns, or if symptoms persist, DO NOT HESITATE to contact our office.

Dentures & Partials

Denture and Partial Denture procedures usually take several appointments to complete.

You may experience the following:

  • Mild discomfort
  • Sore spots
  • Speech problems while adjusting to appliance
  • Uneven Bite
  • Increased salivation

Home care:

  • After initial placement, denture/partial must be worn for the FIRST 24 CONSECUTIVE HOURS to aid in locating the exact location of severe sore spots and make adjustments as necessary.
  • To help with speech adjustments, it is important that you practice talking.
  • Remove dentures, preferably over night, (at least 8 hours) to prevent sores and fungus.
  • It is important to clean the denture/partial denture with a denture brush and a mild toothpaste after meals and before bed time. The denture should be soaked overnight in water, mouth wash, or denture cleaner. If left dry, the denture may warp.
  • Over the counter adhesives are safe to use. Before soaking, make sure the adhesive is completely removed from the denture.
  • Brush the roof of your mouth as well as your gums and tongue. If you have a partial, keep remaining teeth absolutely clean to prevent decay or gum disease.

Follow up:

  • A follow up appointment will be scheduled for adjustments 24 hours after delivery
  • Wearing ill fitting dentures for too long can cause severe bone loss
  • It may take several weeks to adjust to the new denture
  • Over time gum tissues and bone may change with weight loss or gain. Periodic re-lines may be necessary.
  • Routine hygiene appointments are still recommended in order to maintain healthy gums

We are committed not only to quality esthetic dentistry, but your comfort as well. If you have any questions, concerns, or if symptoms persist, DO NOT HESITATE to contact our office.

Immediate Dentures & Partials

Denture and Partial Denture procedures usually take several appointments to complete. These dentures are delivered at the time the remaining non-restorable teeth are removed.

You may experience the following:

  • Mild Discomfort
  • Numbness
  • Sore spots
  • Speech problems while adjusting to appliance
  • Uneven Bite
  • Increased salivation (can last a few days)
  • Swelling (peaks between 48-72 hours)
  • Bleeding

Home care:

  • After initial placement, the denture or partial must be worn for the FIRST 24 CONSECUTIVE HOURS as they serve as bandages to the sockets, help in controlling the bleeding, and aid in locating sore spots allowing Dr. Donelson to make adjustments as necessary.
  • Apply a cold compress externally to aid with bleeding and swelling.
  • As your sockets heal, the dentures will become loose and will need one or more soft relines within the first three months to aid in healing. After three months from the delivery, a final hard reline will be scheduled.
  • For any discomfort, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen, if NOT ALLERGIC, or any prescribed medications.
  • Start with cold and soft foods then, gradually move to more difficult foods. Cut food into small bites for easier chewing.
  • To help with speech adjustments, it is important that you practice talking.
  • Remove dentures, preferably over night, (at least 8 hours) to prevent sores and fungus.
  • It is important to clean the denture/partial denture with a denture brush and a mild toothpaste after meals and before bed time. The denture should be soaked overnight in water, mouth wash, or denture cleaner. If left dry, the denture may warp.
  • Over the counter adhesives are safe to use. Before soaking, make sure the adhesive is completely removed from the denture.
  • Brush the roof of your mouth as well as your gums and tongue. If you have a partial, keep remaining teeth absolutely clean to prevent decay or gum disease.

Follow up:

  • A follow up appointment will be scheduled for adjustments 24 hours after delivery
  • Over time gum tissues and bone may change with weight loss or gain. Periodic re-lines may be necessary.
  • Wearing ill fitting dentures for too long can cause severe bone loss, therefore, routine appointments are still recommended in order to maintain healthy gums and bone.

We are committed not only to quality esthetic dentistry, but your comfort as well. If you have any questions, concerns, or if symptoms persist, DO NOT HESITATE to contact our office.

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