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Summerville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
3991 Amberley Trail
Evans, GA 30809
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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.

By Summerville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
November 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   Orthodontics   Braces  

How Invisalign treatment from your dentists in Augusta and Evans, Georgia can improve your smileinvisalign

It doesn't matter whether you are a teen or an adult, having a straight smile can improve your appearance and your life. Many people may hold back from orthodontic treatment because of how long it takes, and the unsightly metal that appears when you smile. Now, thanks to a new state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment, teens and adults alike can have a straight smile more quickly and discreetly than ever before. The answer is Invisalign!

Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris at Summerville Dentistry want to introduce you to Invisalign, the revolutionary way to get the straight smile you’ve always wanted. They have two convenient office locations in Augusta, and Evans, Georgia to serve you.

Invisalign straightens your teeth using a set of clear plastic trays, called aligners. You will be given your first set of aligners, which you wear for a two week period and then you move on to another set. You will wear the next set of aligners for an additional two weeks. You continue progressing to a different set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete, usually at around 9 to 15 months.

Invisalign is much more user-friendly than conventional metal brackets and wires. That’s because Invisalign is:

  • Comfortable, because the aligners are made of smooth plastic, with no sharp metal parts
  • Beautiful, because the aligners are clear and virtually unnoticeable by the people around you
  • Convenient, because you can remove the aligners to eat and brush and floss

Invisalign is a strong, effective treatment which can correct poor tooth alignment, underbite, overbite, open bite, and crossbite. Treatment can also close up the gaps between teeth and correct tooth overlap.

Imagine a straight smile in as little as 9 to 15 months! Imagine straightening your smile with beautiful, discreet, comfortable plastic trays! Invisalign can make it happen! To find out more about this amazing way to straighten and beautify your smile, call Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris at Summerville Dentistry, with offices in Augusta, and Evans, Georgia. Call today!

By Summerville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
October 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Would you know what to do if you have an issue with your dental implant? Evans and Augusta, GA, dentists Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. implant restorationCaleb Morris discuss the steps you should take if you notice a problem and explain dental implant restoration options.

What parts of the dental implant can break?

Dental implants consist of the implant itself, a titanium post that bonds to your jawbone; an abutment and a dental crown. Although these three parts function as one unit, damage to any of them can cause problems.

What should I do if my implant breaks?

If you experience a problem, don't chew with the implant or manipulate it to see if you can fix it. Call our office during regular hours to schedule a priority appointment with our Evans or Augusta office. When you come to your appointment, be sure to bring any broken parts of your implant.

What types of dental implant problems can occur?

When problems occur, they're often due to:

  • A Broken Implant: Broken implants aren't very common, but do occur occasionally. If your implant breaks, you'll need to receive a new one. In some cases, bone grafts may be needed to increase your jawbone depth before you can receive your new implant. Although you may not have needed bone grafts initially, these step may be necessary after an implant has broken.
  • Loose Implant: Loose implants can occur due to several reasons. Your implant may become loose if you grind your teeth at night or if you've developed an infection called periodontitis. Other causes can include gum disease or incomplete bonding. Addressing the cause of the implant failure can help you avoid future problems. For example, if you grind your teeth, wearing a nightguard while you sleep can prevent damage to your new implant.
  • Crown Issues: Loose or broken crowns can be repaired or replaced. Sometimes, loose crowns can be caused by problems with the abutment screw that connects the crown to the dental implant. Replacing the screw can solve the problem. If your crown is faulty, it will need to be replaced.

Prompt dental implant restoration is essential if you break your implant. Schedule an appointment with dentists Drs. Scott Wingard and Caleb Morris by calling (706) 303-8283 for the Evans, GA, office or (706) 738-4723 for the Augusta office if you experience an implant issue.





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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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