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A Little About Us

Smiles by Morrison offers a complete line of preventative dental care, cosmetic dental care and dental surgery. Some of the services we provide include routine cleaning and exams, emergency care, placing fillings in teeth with cavities, dental implants, dentures, partials, bridges, teeth whitening, crowns, tooth extractions and root canals. Regardless of the dental care that you need, we at Smiles by Morrison will see to it that you receive the highest quality of care.

At Smiles by Morrison, we work with people who have dental anxiety all the time. If you have put off going to the dentist due to fear of pain or the process in general, we can help. Dr. Neill Morrison and every member of his staff are patient and friendly. We take the time to explain each procedure to you and let you know what to expect. We can also offer you one of several forms of sedation dentistry. If you opt for sedation dentistry, it will help you to relax during your appointment. It is similar to feeling sleepy or in a dream-like state. You are aware of what is going on around you and can answer questions, but you feel peaceful and relaxed at the same time.

There have been many advances in cosmetic dentistry over the past few years that make it possible for people to have the smile they have always wanted. If missing, chipped or stained teeth make you feel self-conscious and hold you back socially, we invite you to learn more about cosmetic dentistry from Smiles by Morrison. During your consultation with us, we will listen to your concerns about your teeth and smile and make personalized recommendations.

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Our Services

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Full mouth dental reconstruction or rehabilitation is done for people who need repair and/or replacement of most or all of their teeth. This treatment is needed in various scenarios when someone’s mouth is badly damaged or deficient due to tooth loss, trauma, neglect, dental decay, extreme grinding of the teeth, or congenital defects. This type of patient typically needs more comprehensive dentistry to restore their mouth to normal function and appearance. Their treatment plans may include a combination of root canal therapy, extractions, fillings, crowns, bridges, dental implants, and prostheses.

Dr. Morrison received special training for this type of dentistry in his postgraduate program upon finishing dental school. Comprehensive full-mouth rehabilitation was a major focus of his postgraduate residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. This additional degree has allowed him to treat numerous patients with these advanced needs in his practice from all over the region.

Dental Wellness

Periodontal Diseases

Gingivitis and Periodontal diseases are caused by the build-up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on the teeth when they are not brushed adequately. Plaque gives bacteria a place to attach and grow. The bacteria can cause harmful toxins. If these toxins are not removed from the teeth it will irritate and inflame the gums. When this plaque is not removed it also begins to harden and attach to the tooth. This is called tartar, or calculus. This can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. This process is different from a regular cleaning and check-up since it requires the hygienist to remove the hardened tartar and clean down below the gum surface. This process is referred to as scaling and root-planing.

If left untreated, this disease process will cause the inflamed gum tissue to pull away from the teeth and form spaces called pockets around the teeth. As these pockets deteriorate the surrounding gum tissue and bone are damaged and lost. Over time, teeth may fall out or need to be removed.

Keeping your gums healthy is vital to the overall health of your body. Research suggests that periodontal diseases may be related to other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. For more information on this topic please visit www.ada.org.

Whitening

There are two different techniques for tooth whitening.

Home Whitening

Patients who choose to whiten their teeth at home generally have custom-made whitening trays made by the dentist. These trays fit precisely to your teeth to help provide even exposure. The active whitening agent is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. No harm is done to the teeth as they are essentially “cleansed” beneath the enamel layer. There are generally no side effects although some people may have temporary tooth sensitivity or temporary irritation of the surrounding soft tissue. In these cases, patients should discontinue whitening until the sensitivity and/or irritation improves. Otherwise 10-14 days of one-hour whitening sessions are generally sufficient.

Office Whitening

In-office whitening is very similar to whitening at home except the whitening agent used will generally have higher concentrations of the peroxide. These higher concentration gels are stronger so they can only be used as a prescription material by the dentist. The office procedure requires lip and cheek retractors and a barrier placed over the adjacent gum tissue. For the best results it is generally recommended that the patient follow up with home bleaching. This allows the patient to maintain the results from the in-office treatment over the long term.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is a self-explanatory term that describes the restoration of one tooth, multiple teeth, or the entire mouth. The goal is to “restore” the tooth back to its original form, function, and appearance. Restorative dental work can be as routine as fillings or as complex as root canal treatment, bridgework, or dental implants.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings, better known as “tooth-colored fillings” are the most commonly placed fillings in dentistry today. A composite filling is placed after decay has been removed from a tooth. It is chemically and mechanically bonded to the tooth and the material used is strong and long-lasting.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

A dental crown is used to …

  • restore teeth without enough tooth structure to support a filling
  • protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • restore a fractured tooth
  • cover a tooth that is badly shaped or discolored
  • cover an implant after implant placement

There are different materials used to make Crowns. These include porcelain fused to metal, full porcelain, and full gold crowns. All types are very natural and durable but each material has pros and cons depending on the situation. Most crowns today are hand-made using some of the same techniques used to fashion custom-made jewelry, while some crowns are made with modern computer and cad-cam technology. They are created to look natural and feel comfortable to the patient. The crown is prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel from the entire tooth. The dentist will then take an impression of the prepared tooth and make a temporary crown for the patient to wear while the permanent crown is being made. The patient will return in two to three weeks for the permanent crown to be bonded in place.

A Fixed Bridge is a series of crowns that are connected. It is used to replace the missing tooth or teeth where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed bridge is bonded in your mouth and cannot be taken out. The crowns that cover the natural teeth are called abutments and the false tooth that replaces the missing tooth is called a pontic. The preparation and delivery for a bridge is the same as a crown procedure.

Cosmetic Dentistry

A great smile can be the most attractive feature of your face, and that great smile means more to others than you may realize. It is important in personal, business, and social settings. It can also be important for most jobs or careers since a great smile conveys health, success, confidence and youth. In today’s society, most everyone wants a whiter, more beautiful smile. Dentistry today offers several ways to accomplish that goal.

Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a thin covering of porcelain that is permanently bonded to your natural tooth. The dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel from the front and sides of a tooth leaving the rest of the tooth untouched. This helps provide room for the veneer and prevents the tooth from looking bulky. The color is chosen to provide a whiter, but natural appearing smile. A dental veneer can be used to cover discolorations of teeth, close gaps, or help with tooth alignment. There is no special maintenance for teeth treated with dental veneers other than good daily hygiene.

Composite Fillings or “Bonding”

Resin composite is the primary filling material used today in dentistry. Composite is better known as the “tooth colored fillings”. This form of bonding can be used when a tooth has decay, a tooth is chipped, a patient would like a space filled between teeth, or to cover a discolored area on a tooth. Some patients also choose to use resin composite to replace existing silver fillings for a more esthetic look. Composite fillings and bonding are not an invasive procedure and can help improve the overall appearance of a smile. This material has also proven itself over the long term to generally be as durable as the silver amalgam fillings.

Smile Makeovers

Many patients choose to have “smile makeovers” to enhance their smile or restore their smile to a more youthful appearance. This term describes treatment to the teeth that may involve one or more of the procedures listed above. Generally, the front six to ten teeth are involved in treatment since they are the most visible. Tooth replacement can also be a part of a smile makeover.

Root canals

Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve in a tooth has been damaged by any variety of reasons. Some causes of damage are trauma, deep decay, large fillings, bacterial infection, tooth fracture, tooth cracks or sometimes simply a random occurrence of nerve tissue death at any given time. The blood supply and nerve innervation to a tooth run through the central canal inside the tooth root. When this tissue becomes damaged, the most common symptoms are temperature sensitivity, pain when eating, random toothaches and in some cases, swelling and/or drainage from the site of infection. When a root canal procedure is done, the dentist will remove the nerve tissue inside the root, clean and disinfect the canal space and fill the hollow canal with a sealer material. After a root canal is done, a permanent crown must be placed. The crown will restore the tooth and protect the treated root canal from micro-leakage of bacteria into the root canals. Root canal treatment is the only way to save a tooth with irreversible nerve damage.

Implants

Dental implants have been used around the world for more than thirty years. More patients are choosing to replace their missing teeth with dental implants once they understand the benefits. Dental implants provide a conservative option when trying to prevent further alteration of the adjacent teeth which occurs when using a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture.

The implant is rarely rejected in healthy individuals regardless of age since the surrounding bone cells bond to the titanium surface of the implant. When a tooth is removed, the implant is placed into the bone from which the natural tooth root came. The implant will then integrate into the patient’s bone in a matter of weeks. The process of bone cells bonding to the titanium surface of the implant is called osseointegration. This process generally takes place between eight to twelve weeks. Once the healing is completed, the dentist will place an attachment piece to the top of the implant (the abutment) and then a crown on the attachment. These three units make up the final implant restoration.

Dr. Morrison is one of the few dentists in the region that has been trained to place the titanium implant into the bone as well as restore the implant with the abutment and crown. Unless the patient presents with complications all of the treatment is completed in his office.

In 2007 Dr. Morrison spent the year taking advanced training courses as a student with the Triangle Dental Institute in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. This is where he learned advanced training techniques in implant surgical and restorative treatment. Overall, he has spent several hundred hours in continuing education on dental implant treatment and has treated numerous patients with these procedures. In 2008, he earned a Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists for his work in the field of dental implants.

Benefits for choosing dental implants:

  • Avoidance of treatment to the adjacent teeth. By leaving the adjacent teeth alone you are helping to maintain the strength and integrity of those teeth.
  • Dental implants can be flossed and brushed normally since they stand alone. This allows the mouth to be healthier than with bridges or removable partial dentures which can trap food, plaque, tartar, and bacteria under them.
  • Unlike a dental bridge, implants do not rely on the health of a natural tooth. The natural tooth is completely removed which means the implant, abutment, and crown have a zero chance for tooth decay.
  • If maintained properly, implants tend to last twice as long as other tooth replacement options.
  • When dental implants are placed in vacant bone, natural bone loss that would normally occur in the area is prevented.

Not only do dental implants replace individual teeth by supporting crowns but they can also be used to support bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures in people with multiple missing teeth or those with no teeth at all. In these situations multiple implants are placed and utilized to support the chosen prosthesis.

Denture wearers benefit greatly from dental implants by gaining support, stability and retention of the denture. This is a wonderful way to keep a denture stable without using denture paste thus improving your eating ability and therefore your overall health.

Tooth Replacement

In dentistry, there are four main ways to replace missing teeth. These four ways include:
1. Dental Implants
2. Fixed Bridges
3. Removable Partial Dentures
4. Dentures

Dental Implants

Dental implants feel much like natural teeth and are considered to be a complete replacement of the tooth itself and the root. The natural tooth is removed and the dentist places a small titanium fixture in the space where the root used to be. This fixture will then fuse to the bone acting like your natural tooth root. A connector (abutment) and crown are then placed on top of the implant to complete the restoration.

Many patients are choosing implants for tooth replacement because they are more durable, more natural, and healthier in the mouth than the other options. They are very predictable in healthy patients but a thorough medical and dental evaluation will determine if you are a good candidate. Smokers, uncontrolled diabetics, and people with uncontrolled periodontal disease have a lower success rate than that of healthy individuals. Having a complete examine by the dentist will help you to determine if an implant is the right choice for you!

Fixed Bridges

A fixed bridge is a series of crowns that are connected to replace a tooth or teeth in the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed bridge is bonded in your mouth and cannot be taken out. The crowns that cover the patient’s natural teeth are called abutments. The false tooth that replaces the missing tooth is called a pontic. The different types of materials that can be used for a bridge include porcelain, zirconium oxide (white), aluminum oxide (white), porcelain fused to metal, and all metal in some cases.

The advantages of a fixed bridge:
1. Looks and functions like your natural teeth
2. Not an appliance you have to remove and clean daily
3. Faster process
4. Very strong
5. Predictable insurance coverage

Removable Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures are used to replace several missing teeth in the same arch. Partial dentures have plastic or porcelain replacement teeth molded to gum-colored material that is then attached to a cast metal framework. These appliances attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps for strong support. A removable partial denture is generally the least expensive way to replace several missing teeth at once. Partial dentures are worn during the day and are removed at night and during brushing. This appliance can trap food underneath, so it is very important to take it out daily and clean the partial as well as your other teeth to keep your mouth healthy.

Complete Dentures

A complete denture is made when a patient needs every tooth in the upper and/or lower arch replaced. All of the natural teeth are removed and replaced by the denture either simultaneously (immediate dentures) or over a period of time after healing has taken place. This prosthesis is obviously the least desirable alternative but many patients have learned to function with them over time. They generally will need a professional reline periodically to readapt to the changing tissues underneath. The bone and tissue of the jaws deteriorate over time without the presence of teeth or dental implants so the dentures become loose and ill-fitting. Some people need adhesives if the shape of their mouth or the lack of bone support requires it.

Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from a denture after loosing all your natural teeth, patients will have problems with changes in their facial appearance, changes in speech, and compromised eating abilities.

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Dr. Morrison

Dr. Morrison

Dr. Morrison is a native of Greensboro, and a graduate of Southeast Guilford High School. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993, he attended the Medical College of Virginia – School of Dentistry and graduated in 1997. It was in Richmond that Dr. Morrison met his wife Rebecca. They now have a daughter, Vivian, who was born in 2005 and a son, Smith who was born in 2007.

Dr. Morrison pursued a post-graduate residency program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program in 1998. Complex restorative dentistry, implant dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry were major focuses in this training program.

Dr. Morrison is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, the Guilford County Dental Society, and he is also a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Neill Morrison’s goal is for each patient to experience the most comfortable, personal, and highest quality care that he can provide. The most rewarding part of dentistry for Dr. Morrison is helping people to overcome their dental fears as well as giving people the opportunity to have the smile they have always desired.

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Our dental team is exceptional. The staff members are caring, upbeat, and highly trained. We are here to make sure our patients are always comfortable and well taken care of. Everyone will be treated with respect, understanding, and fairness. We have enjoyed developing relationships with our patients and appreciate the family and friends they have continued to refer.

Our Email Addresses:
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Why Choose Us

24 Hour Emergency Service

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15 Years of
Experience

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Offering Sedation Services

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Invisalign Premier Provider

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Work with Most Insurance Plans

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Flexible Payment Options

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What Our Patients Say About Us

In the many years I’ve been seeing Dr. Morrison, I’ve had nothing but excellent treatment by a caring and professional team. From the front desk to appointment completion, I feel at home in an unrushed and welcoming environment. I’ve never experienced one second of pain during treatment, and the staff is humorous and kind. I’d recommend Dr. Morrison to anyone seeking a new doctor.

Elizabeth U.

Everyone there is great, friendly and professional. I was seen on-time and was in and out in no time at all.

Eric B.

I’ve been going to Dr. Morrison for 11 years and have always been pleased with the service he gives. His office staff and his assistants are wonderful. He always has your best interest in mind, both physically and financially.

Laura S.

I always receive excellent service. Dr. Morrison’s office is such a warm and friendly atmosphere. They genuinely care about their patients.

Brenda H.

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408 Parkway Suite A,
Greensboro, NC 27401
336-378-1355