Dental Services

At Dr. Linn’s dental practice in Abilene Texas, we are focused on providing complete family dentistry with emphasis on prevention, restoration, and decay detection. From kids to cosmetics, we offer a wide range of services to help with all of your dental needs. We enjoy speaking one-on-one with our patients and educating them on the best techniques available to achieve excellent oral health.

Services we offer include, but are not limited to:

Preventive Care (Dental Cleanings)

It is suggested that patients visit their dental office for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by Dr. Linn and Dr. Edwards. During the cleaning, plaque and tarter build up will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and healthy smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Dental Exams

Oral health is closely related to your general health. A dental check-up can alert your dentist to other medical conditions such as diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal irregularities. Routine dental visits are important to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions affecting your mouth.

At Gary G Linn, DDS, PC, we perform a comprehensive dental exam at your first appointment. This includes checking your jaw joints, x-rays to check for cavities, and an examination of your entire mouth, checking for precancerous or cancerous lesions, oral sores, and gum disease. They will also examine any existing fillings, crowns and other current restorations.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has advanced decay and can't be fixed with a traditional filling. A Crown covers the remaining tooth and restores its functionality and esthetics. At Gary G Linn, DDS, PC, we provide several crown material options including non-metal crowns. Doctors Linn and Edwards will discuss your individual restoration needs.

Bridges are implemented when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can cause greater problems for your dental health if not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, we are able to close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanent, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implants

If you're missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the perfect solution for you. Dental implants are a cornerstone of dentistry and provide the best option for replacing missing teeth in certain situations. It is important to replace missing teeth, because if left with spaces, your teeth can shift and cause a variety of dental problems. We have multiple options available for replacing a single missing tooth or the entire dentition. To see if you're a candidate for dental implants, call us today and make an appointment!

Root Canals (Endodontic Therapy)

Root canal therapy is necessary when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular dental exams with your dentist helps to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. However, once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.

When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections, and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring the tooth.

Teeth Whitening

Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile. With our whitening services, the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration will slowly disappear leaving a beautiful white smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with us to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are a thin porcelain or ceramic restoration that is applied and bonded to the front of your existing tooth structure. Your porcelain veneers are customized for a perfect fit and natural appearance. Veneers are an excellent choice for correcting gaps between teeth, crooked or misaligned teeth, or discoloration resistant to dental bleaching.

Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance that serves as a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and can even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from shifting.

A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the need to go without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will be made.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Also known as "laughing gas", nitrous oxide combined with oxygen breathed during dental procedures can provide a very relaxing, comfortable experience for anxious patients. It is always available at our office for anyone who has mild to moderate anxiety.

For more information about any of our services or to make an appointment, call 325-691-1440 today! We look forward to hearing from you.