At Pleasant Plains Dental, we offer a variety of general dentistry treatments that range from routine cleanings to cosmetic treatments and restorative work for dramatic smile makeovers. Everyone should have a smile they are proud to show off, and our team is dedicated to helping all of our patients achieve that.
Preventive & General Dentistry
Quality preventive care has positive effects on your oral health as well as your overall health. A healthy mouth is strongly linked to a healthy body. We offer a number of general, preventive services to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
- Routine Cleanings & Exams
- Digital X-Rays
- Dental Sealants & Fluoride Treatments
- IV Sedation Dentistry
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Custom Mouthguards & Nightguards
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, or completely missing? Did decay or damage to a tooth lead to a painful infection? Our restorative procedures can help get your teeth feeling and functioning like normal again in no time.
If you have teeth that are chipped or cracked, or have been weakened or damaged due to severe grinding, crowns can add strength to your teeth to help protect them from further damage. Your porcelain crown will be created using molds of your teeth. Once fitted, your crown will feel and function just like your natural teeth.
Bridges connect to crowns on either side of a gap in your teeth to replace missing teeth. A bridge is a great alternative to dentures when it comes to replacing only a few missing teeth.
If you are missing many teeth, dentures may be the best way to improve your smile and let you get back to leading a full a life. Over the course of three to four appointments, we mold and fit your dentures, so they are as comfortable and secure as possible. Once you get used to your new dentures, you’ll be smiling, talking, and eating with ease once again.
We also offer implant-supported dentures for a more secure fit.
A tooth infection is painful, and we don’t want you to suffer through it. Dr. Ernst and our team are equipped to perform root canal therapy to clean out your tooth, restore it to health, and protect it against future infections. While many people often associate root canals with pain, the pain from the infected tooth is typically much worse than any discomfort felt during the root canal procedure.
If you’re in pain, Dr. Ernst will examine the tooth causing you issues. If a root canal is determined to be the best solution, Dr. Ernst will walk you through the procedure thoroughly and answer any questions you have. Additionally, sedation will be provided to keep you comfortable throughout.
In our Indian Trail office, we are able to perform some oral surgeries without the need to refer you to a specialist. Bone grafts for dental implants can be performed in-office if Dr. Ernst determines that there is significant bone loss due to missing teeth. If you have bone loss, a bone graft will ensure that your new implants will fuse better with your jawbone and give a more solid anchor for the restoration.
We are also able to extract wisdom teeth in our office. When wisdom teeth erupt in late teen and early adult years, there often isn’t enough space in the mouth for them to fit comfortably. This can cause shifting of surrounding teeth or even infection due to impacted teeth. Extracting the wisdom teeth helps to keep your other teeth straight and healthy.
Whenever we perform oral surgeries, sedation is offered and carefully monitored throughout the procedure.
If you want to brighten or straighten your smile and get a set of pearly whites you’re excited to show off, our cosmetic dental services may be able to help.
Over half of Americans over the age of 35 have some degree of gum disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. Issues can range from mild gingivitis, characterized by red and swollen gums, to advanced periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss, infections, and an increased risk of stroke or heart attack.
Gum disease is treatable, and at Pleasant Plains Dental, we offer a number of treatments to get and keep your gums healthy. Deep cleanings and proper home care can help reverse gingivitis. Arestin® local antibiotic also treats gum infections. Our soft tissue laser