Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Crowns are one of many services we provide in Smithville, MO. Dr. Matthew Garrison provides dental crowns to our patients who need to protect their teeth, whether they are weakened from decay or a previous root canal.

Crowns are custom made to fit over the tooth and are bonded to fit securely. While they are not a permanent solution, they can last 10-15 years with good care and maintenance. Crowns are brushed and flossed daily, just like natural teeth, and patients can eat normally with them.

Here at Garrison Family Dentistry in Smithfield, MO, we provide crowns for a variety of purposes. Some patients have weakened teeth that are susceptible to breaking because of tooth decay or a root canal. They need a crown to protect the tooth and keep it. Other patients have staining or do not like the appearance of a particular tooth, and choose to get a porcelain crown to cover it. Whatever the reason, we are happy to provide a crown in 2-3 short dental visits. Give us a call if you have any questions about dental crowns and how they are performed. When you call, ask us about our complimentary X-rays with a new patient exam.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Night Guards

Night guards are an essential piece of orthodontic equipment worn by our patients who have problems with teeth grinding or clenching their teeth while they sleep. Here at Garrison Family Dentistry, we have many young and old patients with signs of teeth grinding. These signs include waking up with headaches, jaw soreness or the enamel on their teeth wearing down. We offer a special type of night guard, called an NTI night guard.

There are a variety of reasons our patients need a night guard, including the following:

1) Children or adults who play contact sports and need to protect their teeth.

2)People who grind or clench their teeth at night.

3)Children or adults with TMJ or TMD, which increase the risk of teeth grinding.

4)Patients that are experiencing jaw or head pain as a result of teeth grinding.

The NTI night guard is FDA approved and is custom made for the patient. Dr. Matthew Garrison takes impressions of the teeth and has a night guard made to fit comfortably in the patient’s mouth. It helps protect their teeth while they sleep and helps patients find relief for head, neck, ear or jaw pain. If you are in the Smithville, OH area want to find out if a night guard might be of benefit to you, call us directly at (816) 532-8706.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Here at Garrison Family Dentistry, we offer veneers as a cosmetic dentistry option for patients who want to get the smile they desire.

We recommend veneers to our Smithville, MO patients for many reasons, including

  • Gaps between teeth

  • Tooth discoloration

  • Severe tooth staining

  • Chips in teeth

  • Cracked teeth

  • Irregularly shaped teeth

Dental veneers are made of thin pieces of porcelain and are custom made to fit over the existing teeth. When they are bonded securely to the tooth, they feel and appear to be like natural teeth and are not obvious to others. Patients who get veneers can continue eating, talking and brushing their teeth without the worry that the veneers will fall off. The entire process of getting veneers by Dr. Matthew Garrison doesn’t take more than three visits and two weeks right here in our office.

To determine if veneers are the best option for your cosmetic smile makeover, please contact us directly at Garrison Family Dentistry and arrange your consultation. Don’t forget to ask us about our patient specials.