Family in Florence, AL

General Dentistry

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy & Strong!

At William McClanahan DMD in Florence, AL, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best dental care possible. That’s why we offer a wide range of general dentistry services. These treatments are intended to keep your smile healthy. Using the latest technology and techniques, we are able to create a comfortable environment for patients of all ages across the Shoals area. Each treatment room is equipped with TVs and iPods, as well as nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” for more nervous patients or more extensive treatment. Our family-friendly, caring and knowledgeable staff care about you and your smile.

For more information regarding our wide range of general dentistry treatments, or to schedule an appointment with our friendly team, contact us today at 256-767-7141! We also offer several cosmetic dentistry treatments. We look forward to giving you the healthy smile you deserve.

In order to catch any developing dental problems as soon as possible, it is recommended that adults visit the dentist for a routine cleaning twice a year. During a routine cleaning, one of our hygienists will not only thoroughly clean your teeth, but will also screen your mouth and teeth for signs of decay, oral cancer and gum disease. The earlier these problems are caught, the better the chances of successful treatment. The hygienist will provide you with advice as to how you can improve your at-home dental habits, such as by adjusting your brushing techniques, flossing more often or improving your diet. Visiting the dentist for routine checkups is an important step in maintaining your dental and oral health!

Digital x-ray technology allows us to receive digital images of your teeth, mouth and jaw while reducing your exposure to radiation by up to 90%, as compared to traditional x-rays. These images can be viewed immediately on a monitor, can be stored on a USB for safe keeping, and can be sent via the computer to other doctors, specialists, or insurance companies depending on your needs.

After a cavity is removed, a filling is used to close up the tooth. At William McClanahan DMD, we offer both silver amalgam and tooth-colored fillings. Silver amalgam fillings are more noticeable in the mouth and require a more extensive removal of current tooth structure, but they also are very durable and resistant to the force of chewing. On the other hand, tooth-colored fillings blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, and they help to better retain the original tooth structure, but they aren’t quite as resistant to intense force. Dr. McClanahan can help guide you in which type of filling is best for your needs.

A crown is a cap that is placed over a decayed or broken tooth to restore its strength and prevent further damage. Our crowns are custom-created to perfectly match the rest of your teeth.

A bridge is a device used to replace a missing tooth. Crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, and then these crowns are connected to an abutment, or an artificial tooth, that is placed into the gap.

Our crowns and bridges are made of either porcelain or a porcelain-metal combination to ensure that they look good in your smile.

If you have missing teeth, dentures and partials are great replacement options. Whether you need a partial denture for just one missing tooth, or a full set to replace all of your top or bottom teeth, we will custom-create your set. After taking precise measurements of your mouth, jaw and face, we will design and make dentures that will fit comfortably in your mouth as well as allow you to speak and chew properly.

We perform a root canal when a tooth’s decay or infection has reached the root of the tooth, but it can still be salvaged. During a root canal, we will remove the infected pulp from the tooth and root, and then we will disinfect the tooth to kill any remaining bacteria. Then, we will restore the tooth using a crown. At William McClanahan DMD, we can provide the root canal, crown-prep and crown build-up all in the same visit!

If a tooth is decayed, infected or broken beyond repair, or if a tooth is causing overcrowding, we will need to perform an extraction. During an extraction, we will carefully remove both the tooth and the root. After, we will discuss replacement options for you. These options include dentures as well as crowns and bridges. Leaving a gap in your smile is not a good idea, not only because it is not aesthetically pleasing, but also because a gap can result in teeth shifting, gum disease, and jawbone deterioration.