Pine Mountain Family Dentistry
Pine Mountain Family Dentistry

Our Range of Treatments

 

From prevention to restorative dentistry: We offer the entire range of modern dentistry to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful for life. Get an overview here of the types of treatments we offer.

 

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Our Main Focuses

Prevention: Keeping teeth healthy

We believe in thoughtful, conservative treatment — which means a strong emphasis on preventative care. The prevention of oral health issues happens when patients keep their yearly scheduled appointments so we can help maintain your healhty mouth.  

 

We’ll advise you on the best ways to care for your teeth at home, including providing product recommendations and advice on how to improve your brushing and flossing techniques. In our office, you’ll receive a thorough examination to troubleshoot for any budding issues.

 

Our preventive measures ensure the continued good health of your gums and teeth. We’ll also take special care of existing dental work and any implants or prostheses you may have. In the process, we develop customized preventive concepts for both children and adults.

Additional treatments at our practice

  • Implants and prostheses
  • Teeth-cleaning
  • Whitening
  • Aesthetic dentistry
  • Root canal treatment
  • Pediatric dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use? 

 

A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head.  A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums.  Sonic (electric) toothbrushes with a timer and pressure warning are excellent in controlling 'over-brushing' and maintaining your dental health.  It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

 

Q:  How often should I see the dentist?

A:  You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.

Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.  At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities.  Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health.  These include:

  • Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your overall health and also your dental health.
  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Removal of calculus (tartar)Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
  • Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.

As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth.  We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so will require regular check-ups and cleanings.

Q: Is one toothpaste better than others? 

 

A: Generally, no.  However, it’s advisable to use a toothpaste containing Fluoride to decrease the occurrence of dental decay.  We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

 

Q: How often should I floss? 

 

A: Flossing once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.  Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

 

Q: What’s the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”? 

 

A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth.  A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants.  A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient.  Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

 

Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?

 

A: Not necessarily.  While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.  We will evaluate based on the patient's needs.

 

Q: What can I do about bad breath?

 

A: Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment.  Some people with bad breath aren’t even aware there’s a problem.  If you don’t brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which causes bad breath.  Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can cause damage, leaving an unpleasant odor and worsening dental problems.  If you’re concerned about bad breath, come in to see us.  We can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help control or even eliminate it.

Do you have questions about our services?

Contact us by phone at 706-663-2272 or directly using our contact form.

 

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Where time-honored family values meet the latest dental health technologies!

Pine Mountain   Family Dentistry

 

8944 Hamilton Road

Pine Mountain, GA 31822

 

Phone: 706-663-2272

Fax:  706-663-2075

 

Email: pmfdentist@gmail.com 

Office Hours

Mon - Thurs 8:00 - 5:00

Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00

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