A Stronger Smile for You with Quality Restorative Dentistry

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Few things can affect your quality of life like an unhealthy smile. Whether you have a growing cavity or are missing multiple teeth, you need a dentist you can trust to deliver the quality treatment you need to help your smile recover.

Dr. Don Phipps and his team are passionate about providing the tailored treatment you deserve. Combining skilled service with quality materials, we can help to rebuild, restore, or replace your teeth so that you can smile with confidence again.

Ready to rediscover what a healthy smile can do for your happiness? Contact our office to schedule your visit today!


Comprehensive Restorations at Willow Dentistry of Nipomo

Dr. Phipps is dedicated to helping patients of all ages and circumstances receive exceptional care to completely restore their smile. To help meet your dental care needs, we provide a broad range of dental restorations delivered as part of your personalized treatment plan.

Our restorative treatment options include:

At our practice, we know that feeling good about the way your smile looks is just as important as its health. Dr. Phipps uses high-quality materials in all restorations and takes great care to design and deliver restorations that also offer cosmetic appeal. This level of care and attention to detail is provided to everyone, from our youngest patient to our oldest.

Dental Implants Renew Your Smile

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If you’re looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss, dental implants rise above the rest. This treatment is the only option that can replace both the root and crown of a tooth, providing stability and preserving your oral health completely.

Dental implants consist of a biosafe titanium post placed into the jawbone, where the two fuse together to create a new, permanent tooth root. Implants are incredibly versatile, and with the right number and placement, they’re capable of supporting anything from a single tooth to a full arch of teeth.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

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Dental implants have been relied upon as a safe and effective treatment for decades. Dr. Phipps has completed advanced training to be able to properly plan and place dental implants, ensuring better health and success throughout your treatment.

Before planning your treatment, our dentist takes the time to make sure you are healthy enough for the procedure, and that your jawbone is strong enough to support the implants. If your jaw has weakened or shrunk from tooth loss, preliminary treatment such as a bone graft may be needed. Thousands of people today enjoy the benefits of dental implants, from their comfortable feel and low maintenance to the stability and support they offer over other tooth replacement options.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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The cost of your dental implants will vary depending on numerous factors. The number and location of the teeth being replaced determine how many implant posts will be needed, and what kind of prosthetic they will support. Whether you need additional procedures will also affect the overall price.

At Willow Dentistry of Nipomo, we want to help patients achieve their healthiest smile possible. We offer membership plans for the benefit of our patients, and will gladly help you explore options for financing. To find out more about what your financing options may be for dental implant treatment, contact our office today!

The Dental Implant Process

Receiving dental implants is a process of several months, but the results last a lifetime. There are four phases to the treatment, each one designed to help make your implant treatment a true success.

  1. Planning – To begin, Dr. Phipps evaluates your oral situation to determine whether implants are right for you. He plans the placement of the implant posts, what type of prosthetic they’ll support, and whether any preliminary care is needed.
  2. Placement – Placing the implants is always done with skill and precision. Depending on your situation, you may have several posts placed at once, or you may have more than one procedure to complete the placement.
  3. Healing – After placement, your mouth will need to rest and heal while the bone fuses to the implant post. This process takes several months and is necessary to ensure the post is stable and will withstand daily chewing force.
  4. Completion – At last, Dr. Phipps attaches your custom prosthetic to your implants via an abutment. Once placed, you’ll be able to speak, chew, and smile with the implant just as you can with a natural tooth. If the prosthetic wears down or becomes damaged, renewing it is a simple process, with no further surgery required.

Composite Fillings Offer Discreet Protection

Tooth decay can happen at any age, leaving your teeth in need of repair. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for a dark, invasive metal filling. Composite fillings provide top-tier protection while preserving the aesthetics of your smile.

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Dr. Phipps uses high-quality composite to deliver the best possible results. What makes composite fillings such a valuable treatment is the many benefits it has to offer compared to amalgam (metal) fillings. These benefits include:

  • Matching to the surrounding enamel for seamless aesthetic appeal.
  • The ability to bond to tooth enamel, creating a strong seal.
  • The ability to fit into smaller spaces, preserving more of your natural enamel.
  • No mercury or heavy metals involved.
  • No sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

How Do I Know if I Need a Filling?

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Typically, our dentist will notice signs of tooth decay during your six-month dental exams. He’ll explain your treatment options to you and work with you to determine the best course of action, whether that’s a filling or a different treatment. You should also be on the lookout for signs you may notice yourself, and be sure to inform Dr. Phipps and his team of anything you’ve noticed between visits.

Pain when biting and chewing is a common symptom, as is sensitivity to heat and cold. You may also notice discoloration, especially dark spots in your tooth enamel. Pay close attention to the molars in the back of your mouth, which are more likely to be missed when brushing and develop decay more frequently.

Dental Crowns Offer Versatile Treatment

When it comes to repairing teeth, few treatments are as versatile and effective as a dental crown. A crown is a custom-made cap that fits over a tooth, stabilizing it and protecting it from damage or decay. Our office provides crowns of high-quality ceramic, designed to mimic your natural tooth in color and appearance. This allows you to enjoy a strong, healthy smile without affecting your smile’s appeal.

7 Reasons You Might Need a Crown

Crowns are effective for addressing a broad range of health concerns, and their durability and longevity make them excellent choices when repairing a tooth. Here are seven reasons a crown might be right for you.

  1. You have a tooth with advanced decay.
  2. Your tooth is cracked or broken.
  3. Your tooth has a large filling that makes it vulnerable.
  4. Your tooth needs strengthening after root canal therapy.
  5. Your teeth are small, worn, or misshapen.
  6. A crown will improve your bite or alignment.
  7. A crown is used to complete your dental implant.

Fixed Bridges Fill the Gap of Missing Teeth

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Failing to replace teeth can have numerous consequences for your health and confidence. If dental implants aren’t right for you, consider a fixed bridge. This porcelain prosthetic can replace as many as three teeth in a single gap. The prosthetic teeth (called pontics) are suspended between two crowns, which are placed over neighboring healthy teeth to support the bridge and anchor it in place.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

A missing tooth is more than just a cosmetic issue. There are numerous health concerns that come with losing a tooth. Here are some of the ways a dental bridge helps to protect and preserve your health.

  • It keeps teeth from moving out of alignment.
  • It improves your ability to bite and chew.
  • It reduces uneven wear on teeth.
  • It decreases the risk of jaw pain.

Full and Partial Dentures

Dentures are the tried-and-true option for tooth replacement. While they’ve been in use for centuries, today’s dentures use innovative materials and designs to create a sturdier, more comfortable, and more secure denture than ever before. If you need multiple teeth replaced, a denture may be the right choice for you.

Denture Types and Materials

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Our practice uses only top-quality materials to create your custom dentures. Dr. Phipps takes great care when designing your dental prosthetic to ensure that it fits and functions well for you.

The type of denture selected will depend on a variety of factors, including your overall oral health, how many teeth you have left, your oral structure, and your budget. There are three main types of dentures for you to choose from, allowing you to pick the one that makes the most sense for you and your health.

Full Dentures

The most well-known type of denture. These dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. They feature an acrylic base, with teeth made of ceramic or acrylic, and rest on the gums while using suction or adhesive to keep them in place.

Partial Dentures

If you still have some healthy teeth remaining, partial dentures can help you replace what’s missing and take the pressure off your teeth to help preserve them. Partial dentures are customized to fit each unique dental structure, anchoring to your teeth by clasps of metal or acrylic. This gives them added stability and doesn’t require suction or adhesive.

Implant-Supported Dentures

The most secure option for dentures is an implant-supported denture. A full denture can be supported by 6-8 implants on average, precisely placed to absorb the pressures of chewing and keep the denture firmly and comfortably in place. These dentures fit and function like real teeth, and don’t need to be removed for cleaning or rest.

Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal treatment can sound intimidating, but if you have an inner tooth infection, you’re likely experiencing significant pain and difficulty. Root canal therapy (RCT) is a time-tested treatment designed to alleviate your pain and restore your tooth, preventing the need for an extraction.

Pain is typically the most noticeable sign that you have an inner tooth infection, but this isn’t always true. It’s important to be alert for potential signs of an infection, including:

  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Swelling in the gums, face, and neck
  • An abscess in the gums
  • Drainage from the tooth root
  • Grayish-black discoloration of the tooth

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

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While many believe that root canal therapy is painful, this is rarely the case. For most patients, it’s no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. In fact, root canal therapy will actually alleviate pain rather than cause it.

During your treatment, the area is numbed to make treatment more comfortable for you. When it’s done, you’ll find the pain significantly reduced. It’s common for there to be some soreness after treatment, but this will go away within a few days, and you’ll be back to speaking, eating, and smiling without pain once more.

What if I Have a Dental Emergency?

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If you or a loved one is suffering a dental emergency due to pain or trauma, we urge you to contact our office right away. We’ll help you assess the situation and provide quick, decisive treatment to help preserve your healthy smile.

In cases of injury, such as a broken or knocked-out tooth, quick treatment can be the difference between saving the tooth or losing it. Dr. Phipps provides swift, effective emergency care with skill and compassion. Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you think you have an emergency at hand!

Get the Dental Care You Need in Nipomo

No matter the state of your smile, our team at Willow Dentistry of Nipomo is here to help. We’re proud to offer skilled and compassionate care tailored to your needs and are excited to help you enjoy a smile you can be proud of.

Contact our office today to make your appointment and take the next step to a better smile!


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