A Smile Is a Curve That Sets Everything Straight
Optimal Oral Health in Port Arthur, TX
At Smiles By Design, we offer a range of advanced comprehensive dental services for teeth cleaning (and beyond!) to patients of all ages. Our dentist Dr. Bartlett, has the skills and knowledge necessary to provide every patient with the care they need. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatments.
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Dental Services from a Team that Cares
Routine Dental Cleaning
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every six months or as recommended by Dr. Bartlett. Plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth during the cleaning, leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that the naked eye cannot see.
Do you wish you had a brighter, more radiant smile? Then professional teeth whitening may be right for you! Teeth whitening can remove certain stains from
- Tea, coffee, wine, and soda
- Certain medications
- The natural aging process
- Tobacco use
Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter, brighter smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with our doctors to see if you’re a candidate for teeth whitening!
Dental x-rays are a great preventative, diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our dental team will utilize this important information to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an accurate treatment plan.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with a bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available, and our doctors will discuss these individually depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and look unsightly. With bridges, our doctors will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth are permanently cemented and helps maintain the rest of your teeth.
Temporomandibular Disorder is fairly common in the population, and symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Clicking/popping/grating sound from either joint
- Ringing or fullness in either ear
- Sore facial, chewing, or neck muscles
- Headaches of unknown
- Difficulty staying asleep at night
- Grinding of teeth during the day and/or at night time
Our doctors will evaluate your condition using a physical examination, radiographs and/or diagnostic models of your teeth.
Treatment may include:
- Occlusal (bite) Splint Therapy
Selective bite adjustment (even out tooth contacts)
- Restoration of teeth to adjust or support bite
- Replacement of missing teeth to adjust or support bite
When it comes to the restoration of implants, our team is the one to trust to get the job done right and help maintain your beautiful smile. At Smiles By Design, we specialize in implant restoration, which allows us to restore your old implants and make them look new again. Your dental implant will look and act just like a natural tooth once again.
Dental implants are a great alternative to traditional bridgework, and dentures. They are safe and look and feel just like natural teeth. Implants are permanently anchored into the patient’s jawbone, and no preparation of adjacent teeth is required.
It is essential to replace missing teeth because if left with spaces, your teeth can shift and cause various other dental and medical problems. Dr. Bartlett has extensive experience in treatment planning and designing implant solutions custom-tailored for each patient. When your dental implants are placed, your jaw will bond and attach to the implant, making them very strong and functional. All surgical implant services are completed in-house, so our patients don’t have to rush around to a specialist’s office.
What are the benefits of implant dentistry?
Dental implants offer a range of benefits, including:
- Allows you to keep the rest of your teeth healthy.
- Dental implants help prevent the deterioration of your jawbone, keep your face structure in place, and keep your still existing teeth from shifting.
- Helps to maintain anatomy.
- When you have missing teeth, you run the risk of the bones in your face shrinking.
- Bone loss can lead to your jawline receding and changes in your facial structure.
- Expertly placed dental implants will not move around, which means most denture problems are eliminated.
Complete dentures are used to replace a person’s teeth when they are all missing. Removable dentures are designed to restore your smile’s health, function, and beauty. They are crafted to fit your mouth comfortably and snugly. When in place, dentures can:
- Help restore your ability to eat and speak
- Replace your missing teeth
- Prevent facial sagging
- Improve the appearance of your smile
Your dentures will be made to look and feel like natural teeth so that you can feel confident every time you smile. We invite you to call our office today if you are missing teeth to learn more about the benefits of dentures.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient’s oral and overall health. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 409-727-2164, and we will schedule you in as soon as possible. Should you call after hours, call our regular number, and our voicemail will inform you of how to get in touch with us.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is needed 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 checkups with your dentist help avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients, no symptoms are obvious, and they are unaware a problem exists until their dentist sees them for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp and disinfect the tooth’s canals. Once the area has been disinfected, the tooth’s canals are filled with a special material to prevent further infections and help heal the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative to metal braces for adults and adolescents. We use a series of custom fabricated trays to straighten the teeth. No one will know that you are wearing them.
For dental care that you can trust and rely on for the entire family, call us at 409-727-2164 today.
We look forward to the opportunity to assist you with all of your dental needs!