Invisible Braces

Nearly-invisible braces are an excellent alternative to traditional orthodontic metal braces for adults and teens. Dr. Woody is an Invisalign certified dentist.

Near Invisible braces use ‘invisible’ aligners that gently shift your teeth into the correct position. The aligners can be removed during eating and brushing making them very hygienic. Treatment time will vary according to your specific needs. These clear aligners are the virtually invisible way to improve your smile.

Composite Fillings

Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are used for cavities. They provide good durability and resistance for fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a great choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural. 

The composite material is custom color matched to the patient’s tooth shade and bonded into place. A high gloss polish is added to blend the filling material into the surrounding tooth structure. The result is a durable long lasting dental filling that will enhance your smile and function. 

Dental Bridges

Named for the way they “bridge” the gaps between teeth lost to trauma or decay, bridges restore your smile’s health and beauty by placing durable porcelain teeth where your natural teeth are missing. Bridges can replace one or multiple missing teeth by anchoring to the teeth fore and aft of the gap. They will also restore normal function and bite and prevent teeth from moving or drifting. Fixed bridges are bonded into place, which means they are not removable and stay in place. They are custom matched to your existing tooth color to enhance your smile and function. 

Dental Crown

A dental crown is sometimes referred to as a dental “cap.” Dental crowns are usually needed when teeth are weakened and suffering from a large fracture, a crack, or large decay. Usually in these situations the tooth is weakened to the point that it will not hold a filling in place or there is not enough tooth left to even bond a filling into place. A crown will protect and strengthen a tooth and is made of durable natural looking porcelain that is color matched to the patient’s surrounding teeth. 

Dental Wellness Check

Good oral hygiene is the foundation of keeping your mouth and teeth healthy, functional and beautiful. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends routine dental cleanings every six months or twice yearly for most patients. Routine dental visits will prevent gum disease and tooth decay. 

If you’re looking for a new dental practice or you’ve simply lapsed in your regular dental checkups, contact us today! We would be delighted to schedule an appointment for you, and answer any questions you may have about the hygiene services we offer.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. Dental implants allow the dentist to mount replacement teeth directly into a metal post or frame that has been surgically positioned in your jawbone.

Dr. Woody completed a two year Advanced General Dental Residency to learn modern and enhanced techniques to restore dental implants. This includes procedures that maximizes aesthetics when restoring implants that are visible in a patient’s smile. 

Tooth Extractions

Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma, especially when they are associated with toothache.

Dr. Woody completed a two year residency at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Advanced General Dentistry to further his training in surgical extractions and other boney surgical procedures. Dr. Woody also performs surgical extractions of some wisdom teeth. 

*For complex cases patients will need to be referred to an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMFS). 

Porcelain Inlays

Porcelain inlays and onlays offer an exceptional amount of strength that makes them an excellent choice for supporting weakened molars or back teeth. They are usually for teeth that must stand up to heavy chewing and are severely decayed or previously undergone several fillings. Different from crowns, which cover the tooth in its entirety, inlays and onlays are intended to restore and protect a particular part of the tooth. 

Porcelain inlays and onlays can be customized to meet the shade of your natural teeth, ensuring a more attractive, natural look. Inlays and onlays are fashioned from the same high end porcelain material used in crowns and bridgework. 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a great way to enhance or transform your smile. Dental veneers can address issues with teeth ranging from discolorations and crooked teeth to filling in gaps and spaces between teeth. They are made from thin but durable high end porcelain which allows patients to pick a desired shade to complement existing teeth or completely change the look of their smile. Veneers cement or adhere to the visible front surfaces of the smile zone (teeth you can see). 

Root Canal

In the center of all teeth is the nerve or pulp of the tooth. Dr. Woody likes to call this area the core of the apple. For a variety of reasons including deep decay or a cracked tooth, the nerve or pulp can become injured, infected or even die – a root canal could then be needed.

A root canal is a procedure that will remove the injured or infected pulp of the tooth. This will create a healthy environment inside of the tooth and allow the patient to save the tooth rather than having to extract it.

*In some cases the patient will need to be referred to an endodontist (a root canal specialist).

Teeth Whitening

Over time teeth can become discolored due to a variety of reasons. Age, coffee, medications and even red wine can cause staining. Teeth whitening can be used to correct tooth discoloration and can enhance the shade of your teeth easily and safely. Whitening is also relatively inexpensive compared to other means of cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about teeth whitening at any visit. Some extreme discoloration cannot be corrected by tooth bleaching. 

Athletic Mouth Guards

When it to comes sports or recreational activities protecting your teeth and mouth is absolutely essential. Mouth guards will protect and minimize injury to the teeth, inner lining of the cheek and lips and also the tongue during active play. Many people consider a mouthguard only essential in contact sports however Dr. Woody recommends mouth guards for gymnastics, skiing or skating as well. A mouth guard can be a single preventive piece of gear that help an athlete avoid or minimize  expensive dental work should any injury occur. 

Non-Surgical Gum Therapy

No matter how well you care for your teeth, you may be suffering from gum disease. Gum disease is sometimes painless and slow-progressing. It can become an unmanageable and irreversible disease if not caught and treated early. After a comprehensive periodontal or gum screening, Dr. Woody and his team will determine if gum disease is present. 

Non-surgical gum treatment is sometimes referred to as “scaling, scaling and root planing or deep cleaning.”

*In some cases the patient may need to be referred to a gum specialist or periodontist for treatment or further evaluation. 

Emergency Care

A broken or knocked out tooth can cause panic in any parent, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. In the meantime to reduce the swelling apply cold compresses, and of course, contact our office as soon as possible.

Contact Us

  • Dr. Woody Soonattrakul
  • Dr. Joseph Gross
  • 904 Talon Drive O'Fallon IL 62269
  • 618-726-2280
  • Fax 618-726-2282

We are located next door to Bank of America in O’Fallon, Illinois off U.S. Highway 50 West and across from Jack Schmitt Cadillac.

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