Did you know that you should have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months? No matter how diligent you are about brushing and flossing, plaque can still build up over time. Plaque can eventually build up in places that are hard to reach, forming a layer of calcified deposit known as tartar.
If it’s been a while since you had your teeth professionally cleaned, contact us today. We’d be happy to schedule your next routine dental cleaning as soon as possible.
Gum Disease & Periodontal Treatment
Periodontitis is a common, yet serious, gum infection that’s caused by poor oral hygiene. When plaque is able to form a hard layer on the teeth, regular brushing and flossing may not suffice. If left untreated, periodontitis will cause swollen gums, bleeding, bad breath, infection, and pain.
We begin periodontitis treatment by performing a thorough cleaning of your teeth. We’ll remove all plaque, tartar, and areas of infection. In more severe cases, we may have to administer antibiotics or corrective surgery.
We also treat gingivitis, a milder form of gum disease. In the early stages of gingivitis, we can treat the condition non-surgically. If there are no improvements after removing the plaque, more intensive treatment may be necessary.
The best way to prevent gingivitis and periodontitis is to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. It’s also important to get regular teeth cleanings at least twice a year. To schedule your next teeth cleaning, call us at 706-647-7111.
Everyone is susceptible to cavities, and most people develop one at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, cavities don’t go away on their own. If left untreated, they can cause painful complications, like tooth abscesses and nerve damage.
Dr. Allen provides different types of fillings for cavities. At the first sign of a cavity, Dr. Allen will perform x-rays and meet one-on-one with a patient. During a filling, he’ll work to ensure his patients are comfortable and at ease throughout the procedure.
Are you currently suffering from a toothache? A toothache is one of the telltale signs of a cavity. But even if you aren’t exhibiting signs, you could still be experiencing tooth decay. That’s why it’s important to have a dentist check for cavities every six months. If you suspect that you have a cavity or wish to schedule a checkup, call our office at 706-647-7111.
Root Canal Treatment
It’s not uncommon for bacteria to reach the innermost layer of a tooth, otherwise known as the pulp. Once infected, the pulp needs immediate removal; otherwise, it can cause the entire tooth to rot from the inside out.
A root canal is a procedure that removes an infected pulp, including the nerve attached to it. After removing these infected areas, the tooth is then cleaned and sealed. In most cases, a dental crown is placed to cover the area.
If you think you need a root canal, don’t wait. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.
After losing a tooth, you may be wondering what your treatment options are. Dental implants are one of the more advanced methods of restorative dental treatment. They replace the area where a tooth was once rooted. Over time, implants, which resemble tiny screws, bond with your natural jawbone.
After your dental implant procedure, Dr. Allen will discuss the next stage of treatment, which involves capping an implant with a dental crown or bridge. Dental crowns and bridges are custom-made to match your natural smile. Dr. Allen specializes in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and he’d be happy to discuss your treatment options with you.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are prosthetic caps that are placed and cemented over dental implants or existing teeth. A crown resembles an individual tooth. It’s often placed over a tooth that has been fractured or has undergone a large filling or root canal. Bridges resemble multiple adjacent teeth, and they can fill in areas where more than one tooth is missing.
Restorative dental technology is better than ever, and it’s easy to get a perfect molding of your existing teeth. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, our team is ready to help restore your confidence. Contact our office to learn more about dental crowns and bridges and other restorative dental practices.
Teeth bonding is a cosmetic procedure. It involves using resin composites to fill in missing areas of a tooth. During a bonding procedure, Dr. Allen examines the natural color of your teeth, making sure the resin composite matches it. After applying a bonding liquid to the tooth, Dr. Allen then covers it with the composite resin. He then shapes the area to match the tooth. Finally, he hardens the area using a curing light.
If you’re interested in teeth bonding, call our office at 706-647-7111 to set up a consultation appointment.
Are your teeth discolored, worn down, or uneven? If you’re wondering how to improve the overall appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers make a great option. These thin shells are permanently bonded over teeth to give them a more even and whiter appearance. Each shell is shaped to match the natural shape and color of an individual tooth.
Porcelain veneers are an alternative to bonding, dental crowns, and bridges. They can brighten your smile and reshape your natural teeth. They can also repair larger cracks that regular bonding can’t fix. To discuss your options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, call our office at 706-647-7111 to set up an appointment.
Do you suffer from chronic jaw pain? Do you ever experience jaw lock or radiating pain towards your ears or mouth? Temporomandibular disorder affects the area of the joint that connects to the skull. It’s not known what causes TMJ/TMD, but arthritis, stress, and teeth grinding can all contribute towards it.
Only a dentist can diagnose you with TMJ/TMD. Dr. Allen will perform a physical examination, checking your bite, facial muscles, and for any sounds that may accompany your jaw movements. He may administer x-ray tests to help make a final diagnosis.
Sometimes when a tooth is severely damaged or decayed, removing it may be the only option. Tooth extraction often occurs as a result of complicated infections, severe periodontal disease, or injuries. In cases where a patient has crowding teeth and needs braces, tooth extraction may be necessary.
Discovering that you need a tooth pulled can be tough news to bear. Dr. Allen and his staff are available to answer your questions and help you throughout the treatment process.
Ulcer Treatment & Lesion Removal
Most oral lesions and canker sores go away on their own within a couple of weeks. But if you’re suffering from a painful mouth sore or a lesion that won’t heal, it’s time to call a dentist for help.
Dr. Allen and his team specialize in ulcer treatment and lesion removal. After performing a visual examination, we’ll clean the area and provide you with a treatment plan going forward. In some cases, we may prescribe or recommend topical anesthetics or mouthwashes to treat the area. In other instances, we’ll show you how to clean and tend to the area at home.
Dr. Allen also specializes in lesion removal. Call 706-647-7111 if you’re currently suffering from a painful mouth ulcer or lesion. We’ll schedule a checkup appointment right away.
Stained or discolored teeth can make it hard to appreciate your smile. It’s natural for smiles to fade over time with age. Coffee, tea, wine, and foods with deep hues, like beets and berries, can cause permanent staining. There are over-the-counter whiteners that work for some people – but not all.
If your teeth are extensively discolored or stained, professional teeth whitening may be your only option. Our teeth whitening services are safe and produce longer-lasting results. Contact us to learn more about our whitening services.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Dr. Allen specializes in oral cancer screenings and performs them during routine visits. There’s a better chance for a cure the sooner we’re able to diagnose oral cancer in the early stages.
Smoking or using tobacco products, drinking heavily, or spending a lot of time in the sun can increase your chances of developing oral cancer. If you wish to learn more about oral cancer, contact our office to schedule a screening.
Cosmetic Gum Contouring
Are you self-conscious about your smile because it reveals an uneven or disproportionate gum line? Gummy smiles are not uncommon, but many people dislike the way they look.
Through cosmetic gum contouring, we can help you achieve your best smile. We use modern laser technology to reshape and realign your gum line. Whether you have a high lip line, excess gum tissue, or a receding gum line, cosmetic gum contouring may be an option for you. To learn more, contact us today.
Modern Laser Dentistry
At the office of Dr. Michael T. Allen, we use state-of-the-art dental lasers for a variety of procedures. Our laser equipment helps treat gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth sensitivity. We also use laser equipment for cosmetic dentistry purposes, like teeth whitening and gum contouring.
To learn more about modern laser dentistry, call our office at 706-647-7111.
Dentures are removable prosthetics that replace missing teeth. When someone is missing all their teeth, complete dentures can help restore their smile. There are also partial dentures, which can cover areas of missing teeth and fit adjacently to natural teeth.
If you’re currently missing teeth or need multiple tooth extractions, contact our office. Dr. Allen is happy to discuss your options for partial or complete dentures.
The outermost surfaces of the teeth are shaped by a unique set of grooves and depressions. Food and other debris can easily get caught in them, especially on the back molars where we chew our food.
Dental sealants provide a layer of protection against food, debris, plaque, and tooth decay. Sealants are a form of preventative treatment and are most commonly administered on children and adolescents. To learn more about dental sealants for you or your child, call us at 706-647-7111.