Nowlin Dental Clinic
201 Garrett St, Elk City, OK
FAX: (580) 225-8205
Dentist cannot diagnose or treat patients without examining them in person. The information provided on this site is for general educational purposes only. If you are concerned about actual symptoms or complaints consult with your own dentist.
Composite fillings - also known as tooth-colored fillings - are dental restorations designed to be inconspicuous and natural in appearance. They blend well with the teeth and appear more natural than amalgam (silver) fillings, which are darker and more easily seen. Composite fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds that chemically bond to the teeth. They can be used to fill in decayed areas of the teeth, as well as to help repair chipped or broken teeth. Advancements in dental technology have made it possible for dentists to use tooth-colored fillings on molars, which receive more wear than other teeth.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is available for everything from simple restorations, to gum treatment, to more complex procedures. We can put an end to anxiety with this safe technique. Sedation is as simple as taking a pill. The pill will make you drowsy, although you will still be awake. We are very sensitive to our patients' concerns, especially those with fear and anxiety. Our patients' health and comfort is our primary concern at all times. You will need someone to drive for you and stay on the premises during your procedure.
Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace damaged or missing teeth. Crowns - also known as caps - are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or the crowns nearest the empty space. Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place. Patients who get crowns or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
Dental emergencies are any trauma or condition that requires immediate attention. Examples include: severe toothache, broken tooth, a knocked out tooth, or pain in the gums or soft tissues of the mouth that may indicate signs of infection or an abscessed tooth. Dental emergencies are likely to require follow-up treatment. We strive to schedule patients on the same day they call if at all possible.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures are an effective and affordable way of replacing missing teeth. Composed of a durable plastic resin and sometimes porcelain, both partial and full dentures can be fabricated to look and feel natural. Today's dentures are custom-fit to make it possible to eat foods with confidence and speak articulately. We offer mini implants which are an affordable way to secure your denture. Dentures can be crafted for maximum comfort. Most denture wearers find that partial and full dentures can restore much of their original tooth function - not to mention create a beautiful, natural looking smile.
General Dentistry and Cleaning
Everyone should see a general dentist for routine oral health examinations, twice-yearly cleanings, and treament of routine oral health complications, such as minor tooth decay. General dentistry is as much about prevention as it is about treatment. Visiting a general dentist one time every six months can aid in the detection of decay, oral disease and other dental health problems before they progress. Even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms of tooth decay or gum disease, it is important to visit your dentist for an examination and cleaning. Patients who visit their dentist regularly are more likely to retain their natural teeth and enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.
Nitrous Oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. It is one option we offer to help make you more comfortable during any procedures.
Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss unless treated. Root canals remove the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The organic portion of the tooth that remains may be restored using a cap or crown that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.
Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient's smile - sometimes by as many as 1 to 3 shades in a single session. According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening procedures have become some of the most popular esthetic dental treatments among patients. In comparison to over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents that deliver faster and more effective results.
Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentist usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Although the procedure is performed in a dentist's or oral surgeon's office it is considered surgery. The most common reason for tooth extractions is severe tooth decay and cavities. Other causes for extraction include advanced periodontal disease and cracked teeth. Although many circumstances that require extraction are unavoidable, some could be prevented with regular visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings.