Center for Smiles

Center for Smiles
Dr. Carl Friddle, D.D.S.
Arkansas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
5008 South U Street
Fort Smith , Arkansas 72903

drfriddle@thecenterforsmiles.com

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479.452.8800

Services

We are proud to offer cutting-edge technologies and the latest innovations to our patients. You can rest assured that you are getting the most advanced care while visiting the Arkansas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. After a personal consultation and listening to your concerns and expectations we will assess what is the most optimal treatment for you. Dr. Friddle can take care of all your dental needs from fillings to veneers. Below you can read about some of the services we provide, but are not limited to. Please contact us with any questions you may have!

Zoom! Whitening

Anyone with stained or discolored teeth can benefit from The Zoom! The Zoom! is a revolutionary, safe and efficient whitening procedure. In just over an hour at the dentist's office, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for dramatic results. Plus, the convenience of The Zoom! means the days of wearing trays and gradual whitening are a thing of the past. The Zoom! process involves painting a hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel on your teeth and then activating it with a specially designed light. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure, and you'll walk out of the dentist's office with teeth six to ten times whiter!

FAQ about Zoom! Whitening

Q: Who benefits from tooth whitening?

A: Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Dr. Friddle can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.

Q: How does Zoom! work?

A: The Zoom! light-activated whitening gel's active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As the hydrogen peroxide gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.

Q: What does a patient experience during the Zoom! procedure?

A: During the procedure, patients can relax, read, or even take a nap! Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.

Q: How is exposure to the Zoom! light controlled?

A: The Zoom! procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected. The clinician is required to ensure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated or protected. Protective eyewear is required during the procedure.

Q: How long does Zoom! whitening take?

A: The complete procedure takes just over an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. (A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom! whitening session.)

Q: Are there any side effects?

A: Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The Zoom! light generates minimal heat which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure but always dissipate.



Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the most advanced method of enhancing the appearance of your teeth. They can be used to whiten, strengthen, close spaces, or modify the shape of your teeth. Veneers are made of porcelain laminates, a ceramic material that is thinly applied to the front of the teeth. To accomplish the desired effect, procelain veneers take approximately three visits to the dentist's office. Porcelain veneers have become extremely popular because they are more natural looking and aesthetically pleasing. To learn more about dental veneers, please contact the Arkansas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, serving all of Arkansas ' Cosmetic Needs.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires a minimal amount of anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Porcelain veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth, and to improve a smile. Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, the wafer-thin porcelain veneers can achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options.

Why a porcelain veneer ?

Porcelain veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size, or shape. Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.

What happens during the procedure?

Patients need three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.

Diagnosis and treatment planning: It's critical that you take anactive role in the smile design. Spend time in the decision-making and planning of the smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one consultation, if necessary, to feel comfortable that your dentist understands your objectives.

Preparation of teeth: This appointment will take from one to two hours. To prepare the teeth for the porcelain veneers, the teeth are prepared as needed to achieve the optimum color and contour. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. At this appointment, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This can take about one to two weeks.

Bonding of veneers: This appointment will take about one or two hours. First, the dentist places the veneers with water or glycerine on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the esthetic results, and pay particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam initiates the release of a catalyst to harden the cement.

How about maintenance?

For about a week or two, you will go through a period of adjustment as you get used to your "new" teeth that have been changed in size and shape. Brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you'll return for a follow-up appointment.

Have realistic expectations

Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It's not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. Nevertheless, this procedure can greatly enhance your smile, and can heighten inner satisfaction and self-esteem.



CROWNS

A crown is a restoration that covers, or "caps," a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won't solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn't get worse. Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn't enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discolored teeth.

How is a crown placed?

After reducing the tooth and removing the decay, an impression of the tooth and tissue is made and sent to the lab for the crown fabrication. A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. On the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and makes all the necessary adjustments. Once the the patient is pleased with the results, the crown is permanently cemented onto the tooth.

Will it look natural?

Yes. The dentist's main goal is to create crowns that look and function like natural teeth. That is why the dentist's technique and expertise is so important. To achieve a certain look, a number of factors are considered, such as the color, bite, shape, and length of your natural teeth. Any one of these factors alone can affect your appearance. If you have a certain cosmetic look in mind for your crown, discuss it with your dentist at your initial visit. When the procedure is complete, your teeth will not only be stronger, but they may be more attractive.

Why crowns and not veneers?

Crowns cover more of the tooth than veneers and are indicated for teeth that have sustained significant loss of structure, or to replace missing teeth. Crowns may be placed on natural teeth or dental implants.

What is the difference between a cap and a crown?

There is no difference between a cap and a crown. How long do crowns last? Crowns should last approximately 5-8 years. However, with good oral hygiene and supervision most crowns will last for a much longer period of time. Some damaging habits like grinding your teeth, chewing ice, or fingernail biting may cause this period of time to decrease significantly.

How should I take care of my crowns?

To prevent damaging or fracturing the crowns, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. You also want to avoid teeth grinding. Besides visiting your dentist and brushing twice a day, cleaning between your teeth is vital with crowns. Floss or interdental cleaners (specially shaped brushes and sticks) are important tools to remove plaque from the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. Plaque in that area can cause dental decay and gum disease.


Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (synthetic material) that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighboring teeth for support, they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.

Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone.

How do they work?

Strategically placed, implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost tends to be greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble real teeth.

Can anyone receive dental implants?

Talk with your dentist about whether you are an implant candidate. You must be in good health and have the proper bone structure and healthy gums for the implant to stay in place. People who are unable to wear dentures may also be good candidates. If you suffer from chronic problems, such as clenching or bruxism, or systemic diseases, such as diabetes, the success rate for implants decreases dramatically. Additionally, people who smoke or drink alcohol may not be good candidates.

What can I expect during this procedure?

An oral surgeon must perform surgery to anchor the "artificial root" into or on your jaw bone. The procedure is done in the dental office with local anesthesia. In some cases, a general anesthesia is administered. Medications may be prescribed for soreness.

How long does the process take?

The process can take up to nine months to complete. Technology, however, is trying to decrease the healing time involved. Each patient heals differently, so times will vary. After the screws and posts are placed surgically, the healing process can take up to six months and the fitting of replacement teeth no more than two months.

What is the success rate of implants ?

The success rate for implants depends on the tooth's purpose and location in the mouth. The success rate is about 95 percent for those placed in the front of the lower jaw and 85 percent for those placed in the sides and rear of the upper jaw.

How do I care for implants?

Your overall health may affect the success rate of dental implants. Poor oral hygiene is a big reason why some implants fail. It is important to floss and brush around the fixtures at least twice a day, without metal objects. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your new implants. Additional cleanings of up to four times per year may be necessary to ensure that you retain healthy gums.

What is the cost of implants?

Since implants involve surgery and are more involved, they cost more than traditional bridge work. However, some dental procedures and portions of the restoration may be covered by dental and medical insurance policies. Your dentist can help you with this process.

Is my dentist trained in implant therapy?

Dentists who have received training through an extensive program can complete this procedure. Your dentist may perform the procedure or consult with a team of dental health specialists to produce the result discussed with you. Ask your dentist questions about his or her training in implant therapy.

Other Services Provided:

TMJ

Full Exams with X-rays

Cleaning & Perial Scalings

Crowns & Veneers

Inlays & Onlays

Dentures & Partials

Root Canals

Bridges

Dental Implants

Tooth Colored Filling
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