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Patrick Fields, DDS
Dentistry in Cabot, AR

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We know you have questions about your dental health, and we want you to be well informed when it's time to make decisions. We have compiled a list of common questions that we hear from our patients. If you don't see the answer you need here, please contact us at (501) 941-2482, and we'll be happy to share more information with you.

Crowns & Bridges

Dental fillings are an excellent solution for restoring small areas of decay found in your tooth. By being proactive about your preventive cleanings and checkups with Dr. Fields, you can detect and treat most tooth cavities with dental fillings.

However, when your tooth has deeper decay or is cracked or broken beyond what a filling can restore, your dentist in Cabot may recommend a crown for you. A crown is shaded and shaped like your tooth and designed to fit over the remaining structure. It not only provides support and function so you can chew again, but it also blends flawlessly with your smile.

If Dr. Fields has recommended a dental crown in Cabot to repair your tooth, you mustn't delay your treatment. Tooth decay or a fracture can get progressively worse and could impact the root and nerve of your tooth. When this happens, it causes a painful infection that requires a root canal to preserve your tooth.

Dr. Fields diagnoses all treatment using a risk-based approach, so you can trust that it's the treatment needed to maintain your smile. If you have questions about tooth crowns, fillings, or the treatment we've recommended for you, we encourage you to contact your team at Patrick Fields, DDS today at (501) 941-2482 for more information.

Dental Implants

Whether you are missing one or a few teeth, modern dentistry offers several solutions, and Dr. Fields can help.

For single tooth replacement, Dr. Fields may recommend either a dental bridge or implant.

Tooth implants are ideal because they replace both your root and your tooth, which protects your bone from deterioration while also restoring your smile. Dr. Fields can complete dental implants from start to finish here at our Cabot dental office. 

A dental bridge can replace a single tooth or multiple adjacent teeth with crowns on each side that act as anchors for artificial teeth.

If you are missing most or even all of your teeth, Dr. Fields may recommend a full or partial denture. A complete denture is an appliance that replaces all of your teeth. It's made of acrylic and designed to mimic your natural teeth, so you regain the function and aesthetics you lost. We can also use a few tooth implants to support a denture, which provides more security and stability and eliminates movement or slippage.

A partial is a removable appliance that replaces multiple teeth but also lets you maintain your healthy teeth. A partial completes your smile and helps you eat and chew with ease again.

If you or a loved one is living with missing teeth, Dr. Fields would love to talk with you about the options you have to restore your smile. Contact our dental office in Cabot today with any questions you might have.

Full and Partial Dentures

Whether you are missing one or a few teeth, modern dentistry offers several solutions, and Dr. Fields can help.

For single tooth replacement, Dr. Fields may recommend either a dental bridge or implant.

Tooth implants are ideal because they replace both your root and your tooth, which protects your bone from deterioration while also restoring your smile. Dr. Fields can complete dental implants from start to finish here at our Cabot dental office. 

A dental bridge can replace a single tooth or multiple adjacent teeth with crowns on each side that act as anchors for artificial teeth.

If you are missing most or even all of your teeth, Dr. Fields may recommend a full or partial denture. A complete denture is an appliance that replaces all of your teeth. It's made of acrylic and designed to mimic your natural teeth, so you regain the function and aesthetics you lost. We can also use a few tooth implants to support a denture, which provides more security and stability and eliminates movement or slippage.

A partial is a removable appliance that replaces multiple teeth but also lets you maintain your healthy teeth. A partial completes your smile and helps you eat and chew with ease again.

If you or a loved one is living with missing teeth, Dr. Fields would love to talk with you about the options you have to restore your smile. Contact our dental office in Cabot today with any questions you might have.

General Dentistry

Many people suffer from fear or anxiety when they visit the dentist, and unfortunately, it keeps a lot of folks from having the healthy smiles they want.

At Patrick Fields, DDS, we understand that visiting the dentist is not comfortable for everyone, and we want to provide our patients with the best experience possible when they visit our Cabot dental office. Besides our warm and welcoming environment designed to put you at ease, we also offer the option for you to use nitrous oxide during your dental procedure

Nitrous works fast to help you relax, and it's safe to use during most types of dental procedures. Since it's delivered in gas form, it leaves your body soon after we remove the inhalation mask so you can get back to your normal daily activities right away. It is also safe for you to drive yourself home or back to work after using nitrous oxide during your dental visit.

Nitrous may be an ideal solution to help patients with anxiety, special needs, strong gag reflexes, or the desire for the convenience of completing multiple treatment procedures during one visit.

Put your mind at ease and talk with your Cabot dentist about using nitrous oxide to help you feel more comfortable in the dental chair.

Invisible Braces

Instead of using metal brackets or wires, Invisalign offers a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth with clear plastic aligners. You wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day and change them every two weeks. You'll check in with Dr. Fields periodically to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. And it's as simple as that to have a straighter, more beautiful smile without the hassle or embarrassment of wearing metal braces!

Some of the other advantages that Invisalign offers is:

  • No uncomfortable wires or brackets poking at your cheeks or other soft tissues
  • You can remove the trays for eating and brushing your teeth
  • No one will ever know you're straightening your teeth since your aligners are clear and not noticeable
  • You can change your trays to the next set at home so you'll have fewer visits to your Cabot dentist to check-in

It's easy to get started with Invisalign by scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Fields. He uses 3-D technology to design your new smile, and he can show you what it will look like even before you start your treatment.

Some dental insurance plans include an orthodontic benefit that helps defray the cost of treatment with Invisalign. Contact your Invisalign dentist in Cabot today at (501) 941-2482 for more information on how we can help you achieve a straighter smile.

 

Preventive Dentistry

Consistent teeth cleanings and checkups can help you avoid many dental and non-dental related problems, and we recommend that most patients see Dr. Fields every six months for preventive care. Patients struggling with gum disease in Cabot may need teeth cleanings every three to four months to help them maintain their dental health.

When you have an examination with Dr. Fields, he will screen you for problems like gums disease and tooth decay. If these concerns are detected early on, it is much easier and less expensive for you to treat them.

The bacteria that cause gum disease can contribute to other systemic health problems like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, complications during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and more. By protecting your dental health against gum disease, you are also guarding your overall health and well-being.

Dental insurance plans often cover preventive cleanings and checkups at 100 percent, which means that there is little to no out-of-pocket cost to you for these visits. Taking advantage of these benefits and visiting your dentist in Cabot every six months is your best defense against gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities.

Give your team at Patrick Fields, DDS a call today at (501) 941-2482 to schedule your next dental appointment to protect your health.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings restore teeth that have been damaged by decay without compromising the aesthetics you want for your smile. They are durable, customized to seamlessly blend with your tooth, and can potentially last for 10 to 12 years with excellent home care.

Besides complementing your smile, some of the advantages that tooth-colored fillings provide are:

  • They don't react to temperature in the way that metal fillings do, which can cause the metal to pull away from the tooth and break down.
  • They are bonded directly to your tooth, which adds strength and durability.
  • They protect your natural tooth since they don't require the removal of as much tooth structure for placement.

Tooth-colored composite resin can also be used for a procedure called dental bonding that can repair small cosmetic issues like chips and fractures, size discrepancies, and discoloration. Bonding is a quick and effective procedure for enhancing your smile without depleting your wallet.

We are proud to offer our patients the best dental materials and many options for restoring and enhancing their smiles. If you have a cavity and need a filling, or you're interested in making some aesthetic changes to your smile, call our Cabot dental office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!

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