Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, including the panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth and the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.
Our practice offers the latest in comfortable, convenient dentistry with our CEREC® tooth restoration system. Using the CEREC® equipment, we can now complete a color-matched ceramic tooth restoration – filling, crown or veneer – in a single visit.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root. Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber is cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals are reshaped.
Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other irritants. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue.
Our goal is to help you to minimize the risk of emergency treatment. This is why we commit a generous amount of time to designing a lifetime treatment plan that will help you offset the possibility of unforeseen pain or tooth breakage.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for replacing one or more missing teeth or holding dentures in place. At Austin Family Dentistry, we do dental implants in our offices! For missing teeth and dentures, step one is to install the implant. Next, after the area has healed, we finish off with a crown or attach the denture to ensure it is stable. But how long is long-term? Well, dental implants can last up to 25 years! That’s 25 years of a more confident smile, increased comfort eating and speaking, and reduced jawbone loss from missing teeth.
Sedation dentistry helps make patients comfortable. The use of medications can help make you relax so that you have a great experience at your appointment.
Due to the large percentage of Americans who avoid trips to the dentist as a result of severe dental anxiety, this method has become an increasingly popular field in the dental profession. This technique has enabled Dr. Austin to offer his patients a way to relax so that they can receive the treatments necessary to maintain proper oral health.
Cosmetic dentistry is a wonderful, life-changing experience. If you are unhappy with your smile, we can design a beautiful new and improved smile for you. You can bring in a photograph of a celebrity’s smile, or we can create a unique design to fit your facial features, age, and gender.
Bleaching & Whitening
Bleaching is an incredibly easy way to get your teeth their whitest. If you are in a hurry, in-office power bleaching is the best for you. We can change the color of your teeth by 3 to 4 shades in about an hour and a half single visit. If you are not in a hurry, then the take-home bleaching kit can get your teeth white in a matter of days.
Teeth Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. The darker tissue of your teeth, called dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked.
Many other cosmetic procedures are performed at our Little Rock office, including orthodontics, composite bonding, and re-contouring. Many dentists don’t have much experience and/or may feel uncomfortable with cosmetic dentistry. While seeking a dentist to transform your smile, please ask to see before and after photographs and ask about his or her experience in cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is truly an art form. In our office, we have transformed the lives of many people with cosmetic dentistry. We have extreme confidence in what we do and would love to see you come in for a free cosmetic consultation. Your life-changing experience is only an appointment away.
Sleep apnea is the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep. It’s oftentimes indicated by snoring, and typically, sufferers will wake up gasping for breath. Sleep apnea may repeatedly occur, resulting in a poor night’s sleep and daytime drowsiness. The disease can also cause serious health issues, such as increased blood pressure and the restriction of oxygen to the brain and bloodstream.
There are more than 80 different oral devices on the market to treat sleep apnea. “Tongue retaining devices” are a popular treatment technique, as are “mandibular repositioning dental appliances,” or devices that move the lower jaw forward. Both of these options serve to reduce the likelihood of the tongue falling backward and blocking the airway.
Oral appliances are most effective in the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea, although they do provide a treatment alternative for patients with severe OSA who cannot or will not tolerate positive airway pressure therapy. Despite their double-retainer-like appearance, oral appliances are typically comfortable to use. Sometimes for more complicated sleep apnea, an oral appliance and CPAP are used in combination.
Oral devices used to treat OSA must be prescribed by a physician and fitted by a dentist, oral surgeon, or ENT who has sleep medicine experience. Our office is able to prescribe and fit these devices.
Are you ready to schedule a sleep apnea appointment with us? Begin by filling out our sleep apnea history exam and online patient form.
Having an attractive smile is important for the self-esteem of children, teenagers, and adults alike. Undergoing orthodontic treatment to increase the beauty of a smile may enhance confidence.
Dr. Bryan Austin has had extensive continuing education in the field of orthodontics, completing over 1000 hours of classroom credit. He is also a member of the prestigious American Orthodontic Society. We routinely create beautiful smiles by using traditional braces, retainers, and even clear brackets that are virtually invisible.
The technique that we use is called the “straight wire” technique. Using this technique, we very rarely have to take out teeth such as premolars to alienate crowding. The patients and parents feel comforted knowing they don’t have to have teeth extracted to have a beautiful smile. This technique is usually much faster than traditional orthodontics. We complete most cases in about a year and a half.
Invisalign’s® invisible, removable and comfortable aligners will give you the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted. And best of all, no one can tell you’re wearing them. Invisalign is great for adults and teenagers.
Call our Maumelle office at (501) 851-3262 or our Little Rock office at (501) 223-9489 today to set up a free consultation to see if family orthodontics is an option for you or your children.