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By Summerville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Your Augusta and Evans, GA, dentists, Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris, can help, especially when it comes to getting a root canal. root canalMost people are afraid of root canal treatments because of rumors of pain and agony, but that is just a myth.

When would you need a root canal?

If your tooth develops an infection or becomes inflamed in the pulp of the tooth, a tissue consisting of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerve cells, a root canal may be necessary. Sometimes the pain you feel can go away on its own, but a root canal may be necessary if that doesn't happen.

What causes the infections?

There are several reasons why your tooth may have been infected. One reason could be that due to a poor oral or dental regimen, cavities may form. Cavities are formed when a person eats sugary foods and doesn't brush or floss. The result is the accumulation of plaque, which contains an acid-producing bacteria that breaks down the enamel, the protective layer covering your teeth. This exposes the sensitive layers of the tooth and allows the bacteria to infect the pulp unless the cavity is dealt with immediately.

What else can lead to you needing a root canal?

Cracks and chips can also help bacteria infiltrate the enamel and infect the pulp. Trauma to your teeth may be due to several things, such as playing a sport and sustaining an injury or even a car accident.

It's also possible to need a root canal because of dental procedures, such as getting a dental crown. The treatment may damage your dental pulp, which will lead to you needing a root canal from your Augusta and Evans dentist.

Need a consultation?

Getting a root canal is important to keep your teeth healthy. There's no need to be worried about a painful procedure because dentistry is more advanced today! For more information or to schedule an appointment for a root canal or another treatment, call your Augusta, GA, dentist at (706) 738-4723 and your Evans, GA, dentist at (706) 250-2998.

By Summerville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Bonding offers a simple, effective solution if a tooth is chipped, discolored or damaged. Our Evans and Augusta, GA, family dentists, Dr. dental bondingScott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris, explain how bonding can correct minor issues that mar your smile.

What is bonding?

If you've ever used spackle or wood filler to repair a wall or piece of furniture, you already have a general idea of the way bonding works. Bonding involves applying flexible composite resin to teeth to fill chipped or damaged areas, but can also be used to hide flaws and even improve the shape of a tooth. Exposing the composite resin to a curing light hardens it in seconds. Once the material hardens, it becomes as strong as your natural tooth enamel.

Will bonding help my smile?

Bonding is an excellent solution for many types of flaws. It may be a good choice for you if you have:

  • A Broken Tooth: It may be possible to reattach the broken portion of your tooth with bonding material if the piece is fairly small. If the break is severe, you may need a root canal and crown instead.
  • A Chip: Small chips in teeth can be easily filled with composite resin in our Evans or Augusta office. Because composite resin is tinted to match common tooth shades, the treated area will easily blend in with the color of your tooth.
  • A Discolored Tooth: Bonding is often used to conceal discolorations caused by taking tetracycline during childhood or dental issues.
  • Gaps Between Your Teeth: Large gaps between teeth will require braces, but small ones can be filled quickly and easily with composite resin.
  • A Short Tooth: Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep can eventually wear down your tooth enamel, shortening your tooth. Short teeth aren't just a cosmetic issue but may also affect your bite. Luckily, you can restore the height of your teeth with bonding. After your short teeth are lengthened with bonding, you'll probably want to be fitted with a nightguard to prevent future damage.
  • An Unusually Shaped Tooth: The appearance of your smile can be affected even just one or two your teeth look a little odd. Bonding the tooth can straighten a slightly twisted or crooked tooth and make oddly shaped teeth look more uniform.

Transform your smile with bonding! Schedule an appointment with family dentists Dr. Wingard and Dr. Morris by calling (706) 250-2998 for the Evans, GA, office or (706) 738-4723 for the Augusta, GA, office.

By Summerville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
January 03, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Need a family dentist? Your Augusta and Evans, GA, family dentists, Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris are here to help.family dentist

What can your family dentists do for you?

  • Crowns: A dental crown is a porcelain cap that covers a tooth. When your tooth is severely decayed and large portions of it are removed, your Augusta and Evans family dentists use a dental crown to help preserve what remains of your natural tooth. The crown will add support to your tooth and will conceal any cracks, dents, and chips.
     
  • Bridges: Bridges are custom-made oral appliances that can conceal dental gaps, and help restore proper bite and chewing functions. There are different types of bridges:
  1. Fixed partial dentures, which are bonded to existing dental implants or natural teeth, come in many forms: conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges.
  2. A removable bridge can be removed so you can clean it yourself, unlike the fixed partial dentures.
  • Fillings and Dental Bonding: In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your family dentists will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light.
     
  • Dental Care: Visiting your dentists for a biannual dental appointment is important to maintain your oral health. If you like eating hard candies and sugary food, well then opting for fruits and vegetables is a good idea to avoid cavities. Also, your doctor will teach you how to take care of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day is a must. Make sure you spend 2 full minutes brushing your teeth and tilt your brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you remove as much food debris as possible. Flossing your teeth before bed will also help preserve your crowns and natural teeth, of course! Your crowns can last up to 8 years or longer.

For more information on what your family dentist can provide you with, you should contact your Augusta and Evans, GA, family dentists, Drs. Scott Wingard and Caleb Morris, today!

By Summerville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
December 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Is your smile bright and white or dull and discolored? Over time, dental stains can dull even the whitest smiles. Luckily, teeth whitening can teethh whiteningerase stains and improve the appearance of your smile. Augusta and Evans, GA, dentists Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris share some information about the teeth whitening process.

Professional whitening removes stains safely and effectively

There's no shortage of teeth whitening kits in the aisles of your favorite Augusta or Evans stores. Depending on your preferences, you can paint whitening solutions on your teeth, apply adhesive whitening tapes or use special whitening trays. Unfortunately, everyone doesn't achieve the same results with over-the-counter kits. While your friend's teeth may look a little brighter after whitening, you may notice no difference in your smile, or even worse, your teeth may appear speckled.

Professional whitening in our office offers more consistent and dramatic results than over-the-counter products. Because we're skilled at applying the whitening gel, you won't have to worry that your results will be uneven. A thorough cleaning before whitening will remove plaque and tartar, ensuring that your teeth don't look mottled or speckled. Professional whitening gels contain a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the ingredient that bleaches away stains. Because the gel is stronger, you'll only need one session to achieve maximum whiteness.

After the gel is applied to your teeth, they'll be exposed to the LED light from the Zoom lamp. The Zoom light speeds up the bleaching process and decreases the amount of time needed to whiten your smile.

Sensitivity can be a problem when whitening your teeth. We decrease the risk of sensitivity by using a protective gel on your gums and roots and pulling your lips and cheeks away from your teeth with retractors. If you've experienced sensitivity in the past following a whitening treatment, let us know and we can make a few adjustments to make the process more comfortable.

After your whitening session, avoiding darkly pigmented foods and beverages can help you extend your results. If you notice that your teeth have become a little duller, we can provide you with an at-home whitening kit to touch up your teeth.

Would you like a whiter smile? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wingard and Dr. Morris by calling (706) 738-4723 for the Augusta, GA, office or (706) 303-8283 for the Evans, GA, office.

By Summerville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
November 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let an incomplete smile ruin your appearance. Let implants help.dental implants

Tooth loss can take quite the toll, from affecting the way you look to oral health complications, to self-esteem issues. Why let these problems happen to you when our Evans, and Augusta, GA, dentists Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris have solutions for replacing your missing teeth? You definitely have tooth replacement options. Find out more about dental implants and how they could give you back the smile you know and love.

How do dental implants work?

Implants are small metal restorations that, surprisingly enough, function just like tooth roots. Tooth roots are an important part of a tooth because they stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy and strong. When a tooth falls out the jawbone no longer gets the stimulation it needs, which leads to jaw deterioration over time.

Fortunately, a dental implant can be placed within the jawbone to naturally bond together with the bone and tissue to take the place of your missing tooth’s roots and to provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to prevent bone loss. The sooner you seek dental implants and have them placed after you have lost your tooth the less bone loss you’ll experience.

How are implants placed?

Before we begin the implant process our Evans and Augusta, GA, implant dentist will need to make sure that you are a good candidate for treatment. You will need to go through a thorough oral evaluation that includes X-rays in order to check the health of your jawbone. If you are a good candidate for implants these are the steps you can expect.

Step 1: Getting the Implant: Under local anesthesia, we will open up the gums to reveal the jawbone. We will then create a small hole in the jawbone where we will place the implant. This procedure is performed right here in our office and you’ll be able to go home the same day.

Step 2: The Recovery Period: Even though the surgery is minor we will need to give your mouth several months to not only heal but also for the jawbone to naturally fuse together with the biocompatible titanium implant. The placement of the implant will also be a factor in how long it will take for the implant to completely fuse together with the bone and tissue.

Step 3: Placing an Abutment: In order for a dental crown to fit over the implant we will need to place an abutment, a structure that connects to the implant (that is lying under the gums) with the artificial tooth (that sits above the gums). The abutment is also placed under local anesthesia since we will need to open up the gums to attach the abutment to the metal implant.

Step 4: Place the Crown: Once the gums have healed, which will take several weeks, we will have you come back in so that we can cement a custom-made dental crown over the abutment to complete your restoration.

Don’t let tooth loss cause further issues for your health. Turn to Summerville Dentistry in Evans and Augusta, GA, to find out what tooth replacement options you have available to you.





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Scott Wingard, D.M.D. orginally from Powder Springs, Georgia near Atlanta attended Georgia Southern University to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Biology.

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