During your first visit you will be introduced to the office through our Comprehensive Oral Examination. This detailed examination is the foundation of our relationship and therefore we place a great deal of importance on this visit. After a complete review of your medical and dental health history and a review of any questions or concerns you may have we will begin a series of steps to gather a complete picture of your current oral health. This will include digital radiographs (x-rays), digital pictures, examination of your jaw joints (TMJ) and the associated muscles, examination of hard and soft tissues of the mouth, and an oral cancer screening. In cases where there are complex treatment needs we will often recommend having study models made to assist Dr. Williams in the planning and treatment of your case.
After this information is gathered and some preliminary assessment is made, all effort will be made to complete a dental cleaning at this appointment. Depending on the presence and severity of any periodontal disease (gum disease) a more thorough cleaning may be necessary and may need to be scheduled for another visit.
One of the first treatments most patients have in our office is with one of our amazing dental hygienists. Depending on the current condition of your gums we will recommend a preventative treatment/cleaning (for healthy gums) or a type of periodontal therapy (for patients with gingivitis or gum disease) and will customize an ongoing hygiene schedule designed to meet your individual needs.
Digital radiography provides a few advantages over traditional film radiography. These advantages include significantly less radiation to the patient compared to traditional radiography, the ability to enhance and enlarge the images to aid in diagnosis, and the ability to better communicate with colleagues and even insurance companies.
Dr. Williams is able to in many cases use a digital impression system to avoid the use of uncomfortable and messy putty impression trays. This allows for an extremely accurate impression leading to higher quality outcomes, less chair time, and an improved overall experience. Click here to see how it works.
Dental implants have become the treatment of choice in many cases where one or more teeth have been lost. While there are other options for replacement of missing teeth including Bridges, Partial Dentures, and Complete Dentures Dr. Williams believes that in most cases dental implants offer a far superior solution. Dr. Williams has trained extensively in the surgical placement of implants and their restoration and will be excited to explain the benefits that dental implants have to offer if you are ever faced with having to replace a missing tooth.
Dr. Williams provides different treatment options for teeth whitening. While most systems use a peroxide-based chemical to whiten the teeth there are multiple options depending on your desired outcome. Dr. Williams will be glad to discuss which teeth whitening treatment option will be best suited to your individual needs.
In many cases when optimal aesthetics is desired Cosmetic Crowns and/or Veneers may be an option to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. Dr. Williams will take much time to do a thorough work up of your case utilizing models of your teeth, pictures, and wax-ups/mock-ups to plan your treatment. Thorough planning of these cosmetic cases allows you and Dr. Williams to have a vision for your new smile before you even get started.
In some cases due to significant loss of tooth structure, fractures/cracks, or extensive previous dental restoration a crown (or cap) is recommend to restore the tooth and withstand the continued stress of being in function. Dr. Williams is committed to using the latest technology and the highest quality materials and laboratories. Click here to see how it works.
Technology in the area of routine dental fillings has come a long way over the years. Dr. Williams only uses the best materials available and does not use dental amalgam as he believes that modern adhesive dentistry provides more functional and more aesthetic options for dental restorations.
A dental bridge is a way to replace one or two missing teeth. A bridge is essentially two or more crowns with a false tooth bonded to them. While giving the appearance of a tooth, bridges leave a lot to be desired functionally. With recent advances made regarding dental implants, many times we have better treatment options to offer instead of traditional dental bridges, but in some cases they are still utilized.
Many times when multiple teeth are lost one replacement option is with a removable dental prosthesis. Depending on the number of teeth that are missing and the condition of the remaining teeth Dr. Williams will make a recommendation of different options. Often a removable dental prosthesis such as a partial denture or complete denture can be a more functional tooth replacement when dental implants are added for retention of the prosthesis.
Often when a patient experiences teeth pain it is an indication that there has been involvement of the nerve or pulp within the tooth or an indication that the nerve itself is dead. This can be due to a fracture or crack of the tooth, a cavity that has expanded into the nerve, or a traumatic event involving the tooth. A root canal is a treatment that removes the involved nerve and pulp of the tooth and replaces it with an inert material. In most cases Dr. Williams will recommend that a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy have a crown placed soon after treatment in order to maintain the strength of the tooth.
Dr. Williams may recommend a custom occlusal guard if he sees signs of teeth wear beyond that which is expected during normal activity. Often this wear is exaggerated by habits such as nighttime grinding or clenching of your teeth. Many patients experience muscle tightness or pain associated with the jaw joints (the Temporomandibular Joint or “TMJ”). Dr. Williams will be glad to discuss and make recommendations if the signs or symptoms suggest a joint problem.
Dr. Williams recommends a custom athletic guard for individuals involved in impact sports. A custom athletic guard can be much more comfortable and more protective than an over-the-counter mouthguard.
During his Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Dr. Williams had extensive surgical training. Although Dr. Williams hates it when one of his patients has to have a tooth extracted he is confident in his surgical skills and is able to perform most extractions in the office. Of course if you are faced with having to lose a tooth Dr. Williams will have multiple options for replacement so that your beautiful smile is not compromised.
Dr. Williams is a preferred Invisalign® provider. Invisalign® is a technologically advanced way to straighten teeth using a series of clear aligners. Dr. Williams will be happy to discuss whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment in our office. We also work with very well-respected orthodontists to determine your best orthodontic treatment options.