General/Preventative Dentistry

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease (also called gum disease or gingivitis) refers to the infection of the supportive tissues of the mouth due to toxic bacteria found in plaque. Many individuals suffer from some degree of gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss, break down of the soft tissue in the mouth, and jaw and other significant health problems. Your doctors at DentalWorks focus on preventative dentistry and assess your periodontal health. If needed, they will conduct the appropriate therapy to restore your oral health. 

One-year-old Exams

Do you know when your child’s dental care should begin? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the appearance of the first baby tooth is a good indicator. For most babies, this occurs when they are between six months and one year of age. A simpler way to remember for your child is: first dental visit by first birthday. It’s important to remember that baby teeth serve as place-holders for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged, permanent teeth can grow in out of position, resulting in crowding and/or crookedness. 

Root Canals

Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable, especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Your dentists at DentalWorks take advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while also taking less time. 

Tooth Extractions

In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively and an extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. We can remove your troublesome tooth and cam give you the treatment options for replacing that tooth to complete your beautiful smile once again. 


For years, silver/mercury was the primary material used by dentists to fill cavities. Today, tooth-colored restorations are superior both in appearance and in durability. You deserve only the best, which is why we offer tooth-colored restorations. If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth, give us a call for an evaluation to see if bonding with composite resin will give you the smile you’ve always wanted and the enhanced self-confidence that goes along with it.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer affects tens of thousands of Americans every year, and one case in four is fatal. As with most cancers, the key to beating the disease is catching it before it progresses to a later stage. With early detection from a routine oral cancer screening, there is a 90% rate of cure after diagnosis. Trusted dentists like Dr. Matt and Dr. Meredith McCracken are truly your only line of defense against oral cancer. They and their team of dental professionals are the only ones to regularly evaluate your oral health and to notice any potential abnormalities. Gain the peace of mind that comes with a regular oral cancer screening from Dental Works with the help of the latest dental technology, even a diagnosis of oral cancer can be successfully treated through early detection.

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Dental Works of Tuscaloosa

13107 Peterson Loop Rd, Cottondale, AL 35453, US




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9:00 am – 5:00 pm


9:00 am – 5:00 pm


9:00 am – 5:00 pm


9:00 am – 5:00 pm