in Lowell, MA

When your teeth need repair it affects your quality of life.

You are less likely to feel confident smiling and you might experience problems with eating and talking. Bright Smiles Dental has many solutions when your smile has been damaged by some kind of trauma or tooth decay. The goal of our restorative dentists is to get your smile healthy, functional and beautiful again.

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Tooth-Colored Fillings

Even if you are fastidious with your at-home dental hygiene, it’s still likely that sometime you’ll need a filling. We offer fillings made of a safe composite material that is matched to the color of your teeth.

Does it hurt to get a dental filling?

The area where you need the filling will be completely numbed before the procedure so you won’t feel pain. Because composite fillings are bonded directly to your tooth, less drilling is required. This not only makes the procedure more comfortable for you, but it also allows more of your natural tooth to be preserved.

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Dental Crowns

When a tooth becomes compromised by either damage or decay so that it isn’t strong anymore, a dental crown is a good solution to save the tooth. After a root canal is performed to save a tooth, a dental crown will be used to strengthen what remains of it. Your tooth is shaved down so the dental crown can be fitted over the top and cemented on. The crown is custom created to fill in the space that your tooth used to occupy.

What are dental crowns made of?

The type of crown we recommend will depend on where it will be placed in your mouth. Dental crowns can be made of gold, metal covered by porcelain, or porcelain. The material can be made to match your existing teeth.

Why might I need a dental crown?

You might need a dental crown to make a weak tooth stronger so that it is fully functional. Teeth with deep crevices that have cracks or have been weakened by fillings can be saved by crowns. Another reason you might need a dental crown is to cover up a misshapen tooth and make it more attractive. Although tooth crowns are frequently used to replace or repair molars, they can be used anywhere in your mouth.

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Dental Bridges

If you are missing one or more teeth, you’re a good candidate for a dental bridge. Dental crowns are placed on your existing healthy teeth on either side of the space created by the missing tooth. The teeth topped by the dental crowns act as the abutments or anchors for the dental bridge. The bridge is made up of artificial teeth that span the space left by the missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges are made to match your existing teeth and they look and feel very realistic. They are an affordable solution to the problems created by missing teeth.

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Full & Partial Dentures

If you are missing quite a few teeth you might be a better candidate for dentures. Today’s dentures are much improved over dentures of just a few years ago. They are made of durable materials that are natural looking and we will be sure that your dentures fit comfortably in your mouth. We offer both full and partial dentures. Our dentists will consult with you to find the best option for your unique situation.

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Root Canal Therapy

Root canals are passageways running inside the tooth. They contain nerves and blood vessels that go from the tooth’s pulp down into the jawbone. The pulp and root canals are protected by the hard outer layer of the tooth but when decay makes it past this barrier, it can cause infection and pain. If the decay isn’t treated, eventually the tooth will die and need to be extracted. Root canal therapy is a common and safe procedure used to save the tooth.

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Tooth Extractions

We will always do what we can to save a natural tooth. Sometimes that means root canal therapy and sometimes it means getting a dental crown. But you can rest assured that if your tooth does need to come out, our gentle dentists will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Tooth extractions are handled in our office so you won’t need to find an oral surgeon.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Some people get their wisdom teeth without a hitch but it’s quite common for this third set of molars to create problems. They usually start emerging between age 15 and 25. If they come in at the wrong angle or create crowding or damage to the surrounding teeth they’ll need to be extracted. This is a very common reason for tooth extraction and our experienced dentists will make sure you don’t feel pain during the surgery.

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