400 S. Gold Ave.
Deming, NM 88030
575-546-2684

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays are a fast and comfortable tool we use to assess your dental needs. They’re safe enough to be used during pregnancy, and some studies have found that they emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays. With no chemical processing needed, digital x-rays are a good choice for you and the environment.

X-rays are commonly used in dental exams of patients of all ages, because many problems with the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. An x-ray is needed to reveal:

  • Small areas of decay between teeth or below existing restorations
  • Deep cavities
  • Infections in the jaw bones
  • Deep gum disease
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Some types of tumors
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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can take the joy out of the everyday things we love, from eating our favorite foods to smiling and speaking with confidence. If you know what this feels like and are ready for a change, ask us about dental implants! Dental implants are the preferred method of replacing missing teeth, and healthy, successful implants can last for years.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental Implants
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in both the upper and lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, implants naturally fuse with bone and become a solid anchor for the restorations that Dr. Williams will eventually place on top. Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth.

Dr. Williams has been trained in both the placement and restoration phases of implant dentistry, so you can receive all of your treatment in one office.

Why Dental Implants?

There are a number of reasons to consider dental implants. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink and make your face look older than it is. Successful and properly maintained implants preserve the structure of your lips, jaw, and cheeks, and they can even help prevent the bone loss that commonly occurs after tooth loss. Dental implants are an excellent restorative option for:

Single Tooth Replacements. This procedure is relatively quick and simple, as one tooth is replaced by one single implant.

Multiple Tooth Replacements. In what is known as a “fixed bridge,” implants are permanently placed in the jaw, then connected to a series of crowns.

Full Arch Replacements. Some dental healthcare professionals refer to these type of implants as “full mouth restorations.” A full arch replacement is a permanent, long-lasting, and functional alternative to removable dentures for people who are missing most or all of their teeth.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Many patients suffering from advanced tooth decay, root canal failure, trauma to the mouth, or severe natural wear and breakdown of their teeth are benefiting from this revolutionary option in restorative dentistry. However, there are still some things to consider before you decide on dental implants. For example, implants are best performed after adolescence, when the teeth and jaw bone are fully developed. Additionally, the implant procedure can be more complicated for individuals with gum disease, active diabetes, immune deficiencies, and for patients who smoke. To ensure that you get the treatment that’s right for you, visit Dr. Williams for a full implant evaluation.
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Crowns, Inlays & Onlays in Just ONE Visit!

With CEREC®, we can help you maintain and improve your smile more conveniently than ever before. This high-tech system allows us to create and place crowns, inlays and onlays in just one office visit.

CEREC restorations are made out of a durable ceramic material that can be adjusted to match the color of your other healthy teeth. Dr. Williams first takes a picture of the damaged tooth using a special camera. From this digital image, we then construct a virtual model of your restoration and send it to our onsite milling unit. The computer-aided manufacturing that follows is incredibly precise, ensuring a great fit when we bond your newly milled crown, inlay or onlay to your tooth. Best of all, CEREC’s digital technology makes messy impressions and uncomfortable temporaries a thing of the past. Come in and experience the difference!

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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Beneath the top two layers of your tooth (the enamel and the dentin, respectively), there is a nerve that delivers sensations such as pain and heat to the brain. Whether from excessive decay or physical trauma, this nerve can become damaged, causing an abscess to form at the root of the tooth. Root canal therapy will prevent further damage or decay, extend the life of your natural tooth, and most importantly, relieve your pain. Though it has a reputation for being painful, the toothaches associated with an infected root are most likely causing you more pain than the treatment will.

Root canal therapy is highly successful, and a tooth that has received the treatment can last you a lifetime. Especially when used in conjunction with a natural-looking crown or composite filling, no one will even notice a difference in your smile!

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Arestin®

Arestin

Have you been told that you have or are at risk of developing gum disease? Ask Dr. Williams about Arestin®, an antibiotic powder that can stop the infection right where it starts. After your deep cleaning, Dr. Williams simply applies Arestin to the small space between your tooth and gum tissue (known as the “perio-pocket”). The procedure is painless and has been proven to fight infection for up to 21 days.

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Drug-Free Headache Prevention

Headache Prevention

Traditional theories have linked tension-type headaches (TTH) to muscle contraction and tightness in the jaw, scalp, neck, and shoulders. NTI (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition)  is an innovation in headache treatment that prevents intense clenching and teeth grinding (bruxism) so your jaw and head muscles can relax. The NTI device is a small, FDA-approved mouthpiece that fits securely on either your upper or lower front teeth while you sleep. It creates exclusive contact between your incisors (the 8 teeth in the front of your mouth with straight edges) and prevents your molars from touching or grinding, which stops your pain at its source without drugs. We want to help you find relief!

We look forward to seeing you smile!
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Panoramic X-rays

Panoramic X-rays

We use panoramic X-rays to get a complete look at your teeth and jaw. A panoramic image allows us to see all of your teeth in one image. They allow us to make better, more accurate diagnoses on possible impacted teeth, bone loss, and TMJ dysfunction. We also use panoramic X-rays when planning for orthodontic treatment and the placement of dental implants.

Panoramic X-rays are fast, and they're easier than regular bitewing X-rays. We'll have you stand at the X-ray machine for less than a minute. The machine rotates around your head, so you don’t have to do anything at all! We'll have the image quickly, too, so we can start the diagnosis and treatment process fast.

We look forward to seeing you smile!
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Cephalometric X-rays

When planning your orthodontic treatment, we'll use cephalometric x-rays, or a "ceph," to get a side view of your head. We use this image to calculate how orthodontic treatment will affect your jaw and the surrounding bone. We may repeat the ceph imaging throughout your treatment, too, to see how it's going, as well as a final image once your treatment is completed.

We look forward to seeing you smile!
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