Dr. Elizabeth Duling is a dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL that is dedicated to patient care. Whether her patients need routine dental cleanings, emergency care, or treatment for the whole family, she is here to help. Dr. Duling specializes in providing dental services that immediately address current concerns to help prevent future dental complications. Taking care of your oral health can protect you from more dental health concerns like periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
Dr. Duling works with each of her patients to design custom treatment plans. These plans are designed to prevent future dental problems. Preventative dentistry is meant to stop cavities, enamel wear, gum disease, missing teeth, and other oral health issues. At routine dental visits in Dr. Duling’s office, she and her dental hygienists provide tooth cleanings, examinations, and screenings. Regular dental office visits allow us to find problems early. As dental problems worsen, their solutions can become more intensive, complicated, and costly. We focus on patient education and disease prevention through routine exams, cleanings, and good oral hygiene.
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We also offer the convenience of family scheduling: our office can provide routine dental care for parents or caregivers and children at the same time, making it easy to keep everyone’s smile healthy.
Dr. Duling provides root canal treatment for both children and adults. Root canals are needed when the pulp in the inner chamber of a tooth is infected. Although some patients may think that root canals are painful procedures, we provide oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide for our patient’s comfort. During root canal treatment, Dr. Duling removes the infected pulp, cleans out the inner tooth chamber, and then seals the tooth. She may provide patients with a dental crown to protect the tooth and ensure that it does not get re-infected.
General Dental Care
General dentistry can include routine dental treatments to care for dental trauma or solutions for dental fear or anxiety:
Contact our office if you have a dental emergency. We work to schedule dental appointments for all of our emergency patients as soon as possible. Some of the most common dental emergencies that we treat include toothaches, knocked-out teeth, and broken dental restorations. We treat dental trauma with cosmetic care, restorations, extractions, repairs, or infection-removal.
We offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. These dental sedation methods help keep patients relaxed and comfortable during their procedures. Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask and can make patients feel drowsy and peaceful. Oral conscious sedation is taken before treatment and helps reduce patient anxiety. Patients with dental fear or anxiety benefit from dental sedation because they do not have to feel pain or be conscious during their treatment.
Patients with severely decayed or damaged teeth often require a tooth extraction. Impacted wisdom teeth also need to be removed. Also known as the “third molars”, wisdom teeth need to be removed if they are causing pain or causing overcrowding teeth. Teeth that are extracted due to infection or damage may be replaced with dental implants or implant restorations. It is important to replace these teeth to prevent remaining natural teeth from shifting.
Sports mouthguards need to be worn during contact sports to protect teeth from injury, prevent tooth loss, and protect dental work from damage. Store-bought mouthguards may fall out because they do not conform to teeth. We use dental impressions to create a custom-fit for our patients. With our sports mouthguards, patients don’t need to clench their teeth to keep their mouthguards from falling out during their game.
Dr. Duling is a family dentist that accepts patients of all ages to her Owens Cross Roads office. Along with her dental team, Dr. Duling can help you care for your child’s primary or baby teeth. She will help recommend the right care for your child in their stage of life. Keeping up with scheduling regular dental visits ensures a lifetime of healthy smiles for you and your child.
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We can schedule a parent-child routine dental care visit to make it easier to fit into your day and offer a nervous young patient the opportunity to visit alongside their most trusted adult.
General Dentistry FAQs
My teeth feel fine. Do I have to visit the dentist still?
The purpose of general dentistry is to prevent dental problems from developing and providing quick and effective solutions when a problem is discovered. Even if your teeth and gums feel okay, it is important to be seen by dentist so they can look for problems that may not have obvious symptoms. Additionally, we will clean your teeth to remove decay-causing plaque and tartar. If problems are discovered, we will recommend immediate treatment when it is most conservative.
What will happen if I skip my dentist appointments?
If you skip your regular dentist appointments, you are at risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. These two common dental problems are caused by lack of proper dental care. Even if you brush daily, food particles and hide in many places including the gum line. If left behind, it can cause teeth cavities to form or even infections in the gums. And these problems will not simply disappear without treatment. Additionally, they can progress into even larger problems. If you let it get to this point, treatment can be intense, painful, and expensive.
How do I take care of my teeth between dental appointments?
At-home oral hygiene is very important. Food particles and plaque must be removed from your teeth often. To do this, we suggest brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle tooth brush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Flossing once a day will take of food that may be stuck. Sugar is the number one cause of dental cavities and should be limited if not cut out of your diet all together. We also suggest brushing your tongue to remove plaque-causing bacteria.
Request a Dental Appointment
Do you need a sports mouthguard? Maybe you want some tips for how to care for your child’s teeth. Contact Dr. Duling’s dental office for dental treatment at 256.202.4186. You can also schedule a consultation online. Keeping the health of the teeth and gums in check is key to enjoying a more comfortable and beautiful smile.