This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. This can include whitening, bonding, crowns, or veneers. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it changed. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth. Please click on the services below for more information on each one.
Other restoration services are sometimes needed when teeth are likely to break, too broken down to be restored with a traditional filling, or when teeth are missing. These services include Crowns, Implant Restorations, Implant Dentures, Dentures, and Partial Dentures. Please click on the services below to learn more about each option.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The dentist or hygienist will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics for discussion might include lifestyle factors that can affect oral health and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth.
A dental restoration is a material that has been placed in a prepared tooth to restore function and morphology when tooth structure has been lost due to decay or fracture (generally because of extensive caries which weakens the cusps or external trauma), or to improve the esthetics of the tooth. Dental restorations may be fabricated out of a variety of materials. Common direct restorations include 'silver fillings' or dental amalgams, and 'tooth-colored fillings' or direct composite resin restorations.
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to pulp. (Regular cleanings & checkups prevent and detect problems early) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged through the root tip and begin to eat a way at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pup is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to holt/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad case in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.
A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for your teeth. These structures together are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth or recession, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planning done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction, or referral to a periodontist. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Regular cleanings, checkups, X-rays, and other preventative procedures are imperative to prevent problems from occurring in the future. Prevention is the key to dentistry!
Your smile is the first thing people notice, so you want it to look its best. At The Verrett Dental Center in Gulfport, MS, we are dedicated to providing you and your family with the highest standard of care to ensure dental health and beautiful smiles. We are a general dentistry practice offering a wide variety of services, from routine check-ups and cleanings to root canals and cosmetic restorations. Whether you're looking for a dentist to help you bring out the best in your smile or a place to bring your family for check-ups, call us to set up an appointment today!
Dr. Kevin Verrett
Dr. Kevin Verrett is a native of Morgan City, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University, and in 1995, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Following Dental School, Dr. Verrett moved to Gulfport. He has been practicing General Dentistry in Gulfport for 20 years.
Dr. Verrett is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Society, and the Mississippi Dental Association. When he is not at home with his wife, Carly and two sons, Clint and Gordy, he enjoys running, biking, swimming, and competing in Ironman competitions throughout the United States.
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fridays (By Special Appointment Only)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Verrett Dental Center
1708 East Pass Road
Gulfport, MS 39507
\\ Tel: (228) 822-9190
Years of Experience