Restorative Dentistry

Whether you practice diligent daily hygiene and see the dentist regularly or have neglected regular check-ups for years, our caring team at Smile Dental would love to help you restore and maintain your oral health. You may need a few tooth-colored fillings or a dental crown. Perhaps your smile is missing teeth – in that case, we can offer dental bridges, dentures and partials, or dental implants. Even if your oral health is in a serious state of disrepair, we want to see you. Smile Dental offers full mouth reconstruction and oral surgery in our conveniently located offices.

Schedule a comprehensive oral exam and consultation by calling our Little Rock office today! We can help you regain a healthy, vibrant smile that you can take pride in.

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Periodontal Disease Therapy

Because periodontal disease (gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss in US adults, our practice offers an extensive periodontal department. At your first appointment, one of our trusted hygienists will assess your gums for signs of disease. If we detect problems, therapy may include preventive care, scaling, root planing, and/or Arestin antibiotics. Severe cases could require surgery to fully treat.

Rest assured, gum disease can be arrested and reversed with the help of periodontal therapy. However, early treatment is best because gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and pregnancy complications.

If your gums are swollen, tender, red, or prone to bleeding, you may have gingivitis, which is the first stage periodontal disease. Call today to schedule your checkup or bi-annual hygiene appointment!

Tooth Colored Fillings

Our dentists want to keep your smile healthy and beautiful throughout your life! That’s why, when decay sneaks in, we recommend tooth-colored fillings to treat it. In the past, dark, obvious amalgam was the filling material of choice. However, because of advances in modern dentistry, decay can now be replaced inconspicuously.

After the gentle removal of any decay, we will tint composite resin to blend in with your existing dentition. We will place the resin, then cure it with a special light and sculpt the tooth colored filling to maintain your proper bite.

Call Smile Dental to schedule your checkup today. We look forward to building and maintaining your beautiful smile!

Dental Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays

When a tooth incurs extensive decay, a crack, or other instances of significant damage, a dental crown, inlay, or onlay can restore its function and strength. Dental crowns are created in a laboratory from materials that mimic natural tooth structure. Our team can place Elite dental crowns, an established brand of great quality. A crown fits snugly over the portion of a tooth that extends above the gum line. Inlays and onlays, also made in a dental lab, fit inside a hole left behind by tooth decay.

If your smile needs aesthetic repairs, call our Little Rock, AR practice today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation and consultation.

Dentures and Partials

Do missing teeth dampen your otherwise happy smile? An aesthetic denture or partial could help you regain your confidence, oral function, and smile. Our team can design and order dentures that closely imitate natural dentition. Many patients particularly enjoy open palate dentures for their comfort and fit. At Smile Dental, you’ll gain a restored smile you can place full confidence in.

Schedule a convenient appointment today by calling one of our offices. Patients considering dentures or partials may also want to explore dental implants, which offers a near-identical feel and look when compared to natural teeth.

Dental Implants

The closest prosthetic to a strong, natural tooth, a dental implant has both a root and a crown. The process involves placing a small titanium post in the socket left by a missing tooth. Titanium is biocompatible, so jawbone tissue will naturally grow over the post, creating a strong anchor for a dental crown.

Our Little Rock office will then place an aesthetic crown atop the dental implant post giving you a complete, gorgeous smile that’s capable of eating steak and corn on the cob! Dental implants can be used to replace one or more teeth. Learn more by scheduling a personal consultation and evaluation at one of our dentist offices. Dental implants can restore your quality of life, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime!

Dental Bridges

Don't let missing teeth steal your spectacular smile. Our team at Smile Dental may recommend a bridge to return your full, functional smile. We work with a trusted dental lab and talented ceramists who create lifelike prosthetic teeth for our patients. Your bridge will consist of a row of false teeth that have been precisely personalized to match your existing occlusion and teeth color. The bridge will connect to two abutment crowns placed on the teeth next to the gap. Inconspicuous clasps make the bridge appear natural.

Enjoy restored oral function and beauty with an aesthetic dental bridge. If your smile is missing teeth, call Smile Dental today and schedule a comprehensive evaluation and consultation. We can't wait to make your smile!

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Extensive decay, disease, or damage can destroy a smile. Whether your smile has fallen victim to injury or years of oral neglect, Our Little Rock dental team is skilled in restorative aesthetic dental work that can rejuvenate your smile and give you the confidence you deserve. Your full mouth reconstruction will begin with an extensive discussion of your smile goals. We will will then conduct a comprehensive exam to determine which procedures would be best for you.

Your full mouth reconstruction plan will be presented with digital images, X-rays, and/or models and diagrams so that you can clearly understand our recommendations. We welcome your questions because the more you know, the wiser your decisions will be. Full mouth reconstruction can give you the strong, healthy, comfortable, and functional smile you need to truly enjoy life again.

Call us today to schedule a full mouth reconstruction consultation. Don't waste another day just wishing for a strong and beautiful smile when you could have one with our help!

Oral Surgery

Sometimes surgery is necessary to restore full oral health or determine whether disease is present. Smile Dental offers many kinds of oral surgery here in our office. We can perform comfortable root canals, biopsies, periodontal disease therapy, gum lifts, and extractions.

Root Canals

Root canal therapy involves removing damaged pulp from inside a tooth's canal and replacing it with manmade material. A root canal can save a tooth from extraction and minimize the potential for infection. We offer comfortable root canals with the latest in precision technology and anesthesia. Many patients find our endodontic procedure so comfortable that they’re able to sleep right through it!

TMJ Therapy

When jaw joints (temporomandibular joints or TMJ) are misaligned, patients may experience several painful and even debilitating symptoms, such as:

  • Ringing ears
  • Popping or clicking jaws
  • Pain in the face, neck, shoulders, or mouth
  • Tooth wear from grinding and clenching
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
  • Headaches, and even migraines

If these symptoms sound familiar, we may be able to offer relief through non-surgical therapy. Our team can assess your jaw, dentition, and muscles to determine whether TMJ is the source of your pain. Then, with a comfortable, custom-molded oral splint, your jaw can be repositioned to provide much-needed relief. For bruxism (clenching and grinding), we may recommend a preventive nightguard to that will keep your teeth apart while you sleep.

Schedule your TMJ assessment today by calling our Little Rock, AR practice. We want you to look good, be healthy, and feel fantastic!

14810 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72223 USA
Todd Higginbotham, DDS Little Rock, AR dentist providing preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. (501) 673 - 3905