General Dentist in Huntsville AL
You and your family’s smiles are important to us. That’s why Dr. Brian Cook, our Huntsville, AL dentist, provides multiple preventive and general services to keep your teeth healthy for as long as possible. Our Huntsville office makes it easy to schedule routine checkups before work or school and fit in gentle care when something extra is needed.
Preventive and General Dentistry Services in Huntsville, AL
For all our patients, we recommend preventive care appointments twice yearly. During these visits, we perform essential services to help decrease your risks for gum disease, cavities, and unnecessary tooth wear.
We protect your teeth with options such as:
- Regular cleanings
- Comprehensive exams
- Oral cancer screenings
- Low-radiation digital x-rays
- Protective mouth guards and bite splints
- Dental sealants
- Oral hygiene instruction
- Fluoride treatments
Our Huntsville, AL dentist also provides the services that help you reverse dental issues such as cavities, root infections, and breakage.
Dental fillings are designed to close cavities. Endodontic therapy (or root canal therapy) is designed to save a root infected tooth. We also offer custom mouthguards in Huntsville, AL to help with grinding and clenching.
Custom Mouth Guards
People who are involved in sports or grind their teeth are usually at a higher risk for broken teeth or dental emergencies, which could lead to tooth extraction. Our custom-fitted mouthguards stay in place when you need them the most, preventing traumatic injuries or chipped teeth.
Root Canal Therapy
Sometimes filling a tooth or putting a crown on it just isn’t enough. But instead of having to pull the tooth, we can take an extra step to extend its function for several more years by performing a root canal.
Root canals are like fillings that extend into the chamber inside the middle of the tooth, through the root. They seal out bacteria and infection after a diseased nerve has been removed. Dr. Cook recommends doing this when we see evidence of nerve damage, such as:
- Abscesses along the gum lines
- Darkening of the enamel on an individual tooth
- Accidental trauma, such as a fall or sporting injury
- Deep cavities or cracked teeth
- Severe pain or sensitivity
Periodontics to Save Your Smile
Do you think you might have gum disease? Quick action can prevent the infection from causing tooth loss and destruction of your bone.
Here’s what to be on the lookout for:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Swelling or discomfort of the gum tissues
- Problems with food packing under your gums or between teeth
- Persistent bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth
- Excessive tartar buildup
- Receding gum lines (“long” teeth)
- Loose teeth
Even if your parents had gum disease, we can take steps to combat periodontal disease so that you don’t have to lose your teeth. The key is catching symptoms early.
The examination process involves a full mouth series of x-rays and a detailed periodontal exam. Dr. Cook or one of our registered dental hygienists measures the attachment levels of your gums across six points of each tooth. This data will be used in conjunction with x-rays to pinpoint areas of tissue detachment and bone loss.
If the pockets under the gums are any deeper than 3 millimeters, some form of gum infection is present. Pockets that are 5 to 6 millimeters or deeper will need “deep cleaning” to remove the bacteria and facilitate healing.
During the deep cleaning, we may need to numb your mouth to prevent discomfort. A slim, ultrasonic device is used to thoroughly clean the root surfaces of all calcified tartar as it rinses away plaque biofilm. In most cases, we will clean half of your mouth and have you return to do the second half about a week later—especially if local anesthesia is needed.
After your deep cleaning, it is essential to visit our office every three months until symptoms of the disease are no longer prevalent. We will also provide you with the information you need to care for your teeth between visits.
Orthodontics in Huntsville, AL
Straight teeth are healthier teeth and much easier to brush and floss.
Dr. Cook is a certified Six Month Smiles provider. This type of orthodontic treatment allows us to straighten your front teeth in less time than conventional braces. In most cases, the entire process is completed in just six to nine months.
Six Month Smiles relies on clear brackets and white wires so that the appliances blend in with your smile. This teeth-straightening therapy is ideal for adults who want to straighten their smile line.
Ask a member of our team about our free Six-Month-Smile evaluations.
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If you’re looking for quality dentistry for yourself—or yourself and your family members—contact us today.
We serve patients in Huntsville, Madison, Meridianville, Moores Mill, New Market, New Hope, Lacey's Spring, Arab, Hazel Green, Gurly, and all surrounding locations.