Dentistry For The Whole Family

At Sugarloaf Smiles you’ll find a dental team your whole family will love!

At our Duluth area office, Dr. George, provides patients of all ages with a wide range of dental services. Our office offers everything from general dentistry and dental implants to complex full mouth makeovers to provide the best care possible to each member of your family. Our highly trained team will partner with you and your loved ones to work towards beautiful smiles and maintaining lifetime of good oral health.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are an effective way to protect teeth against cavities. Sealants are thin plastic coating that is “painted” on the enamel of the teeth, usually on the chewing surfaces of the molars. Sealants act as a barrier against plaque and acids that cause cavities and protect the fine grooves of the tooth that are even too small for a toothbrush to reach. Both children and adults can benefit from dental sealants.

Same Day Crowns

Dental crowns can transform your smile and hide a lot of dental issues, including gaps, cracks, discoloration, and crooked teeth. In the past getting a dental crown would often take several weeks and require multiple appointments for you to get your new smile, but at Sugarloaf Smiles in Duluth, we can create most crowns same-day! This saves you time and addresses your dental needs quickly.

What is the differences between traditional crowns and same day CEREC crowns?

A traditional crown procedure usually requires at least two appointments. Your dentist will take a mold of your tooth and then send your impression off to an outside dental laboratory where your crown will be fabricated. In the meantime, a temporary crown is placed on the tooth until you come back in a few weeks to have the permanent crown fitted.

With CEREC crowns this restoration can be done within one day and you’ll leave your dentist with your tooth and smile fully restored in just a few hours.

With same-day crowns, the need to make an impression using the uncomfortable thick putty-like material is eliminated. Our Duluth same day crowns utilizes a small intra oral camera to take 3D impressions of your tooth. With the help of a computer, your dentist designs your crown with precise measurements to ensure a perfect fit. Once the final design is ready, a milling machine creates your crown out of a single ceramic block. Then it only takes a few minutes for your dentist to prepare your crown and affix it to your tooth.

A crown may be recommended to:

  • To protect a tooth that has been damaged by trauma or weakened by decay
  • To restore a cracked or broken tooth
  • To provide support to a tooth with a very large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth enamel left
  • To support a dental bridge
  • Cosmetically enhance a tooth

 

There are several options available for the material your crown is made of including ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel. Based on your needs,  Dr. George will help you decide which type of material is best for you.

Fillings

Dental fillings are most often used to restore the appearance and function of teeth that have been damaged by cavities. They can also be used to repair small chips or cracks in teeth. Restoring a tooth with a filling can repair both the tooth’s strength and its shape.

There are several filling materials available and our dentists will help you determine the best choice for you based on your individual needs.

What are the types of dental fillings:

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Amalgam- Amalgam fillings are a traditional way of filling cavities and have been used by dentists for over a century. Since amalgam fillings are more noticeable, they are most commonly used as fillings for the back teeth.

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Composite- Also referred to as tooth-colored fillings, this composite resin material can be closely matched to the natural color of your teeth and are a virtually undetectable way to repair cavities, as well as chipped, cracked, broken or worn teeth.

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Ceramic-  A ceramic restoration is the strongest, most reliable solution available These Stain-resistant, porcelain fillings are not only durable and long lasting, they also result in a more natural-looking

What to expect during your filling procedure?

To ensure the procedure will be as painless as possible, Dr. George or Dr. Cohen will use a local anesthesia to numb the tooth and the surrounding area.

Once the area is numb, the decay is removed, leaving as much healthy tooth remaining as possible. The area is thoroughly cleaned of all bacteria and infection and repaired with a filling material. The new filling prevents further decay or damage to the tooth.

Dental fillings are extremely common and are a relatively routine procedure. The entire procedure generally takes an hour.

After the procedure has been completed, the numbness in your mouth will continue for another couple of hours until the anesthetic wears off. The restored tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold for the next several weeks. 

Just like the rest of your teeth, how long your filling lasts is directly affected by your overall oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental visits are vital in ensuring your restoration is long lasting.

Periodontal Therapy

Did you know that gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss around the world? A solid foundation for healthy teeth begins with strong, healthy gums.Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that results in gums that are red, puffy, and bleed easily. It can often be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits. However, if gingivitis is left untreated it can progress into the more serious form of gum disease, periodontal disease. Periodontal disease leads to the deterioration of the bone and gums, which can result in tooth loss. Periodontitis causes bacteria to build up between the teeth and gums that can lead to a higher risk of developing other health issues including:

Sugarloaf Smiles offers periodontal treatments in Duluth, GA. We have several periodontal treatments available to improve the health and of your mouth, while preventing gum issues from progressing. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, our dentists will determine your best course of action. Some options include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing – Scaling and root planing deep cleans and removes bacteria above and below the gum line. Local anesthesia can be used to lessen any discomfort.
  • At-home Treatment – Custom trays are made from impressions of your mouth. This treatment option allows for a topical antibiotic medication to be administered directly to the gums, over time, the antibiotic kills the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease.
  • Laser Treatment- At Sugarloaf Smiles we are proud to offer laser treatments for periodontal disease. This technology utilizes different wavelengths to  target the bacteria and deep clean your gums.

 

In more severe cases, surgery may be the best option for you. Some of these options include:

  • Pocket Reduction- Pocket reduction surgery, also known as gingivectomy or flap surgery involves gaining access to the tooth’s roots by lifting back the gums to remove tartar and bacteria. This procedure reduces the number of places bacteria can accumulate.
  • Soft Tissue Grafts- Periodontal disease can lead to gum tissues pulling away from the teeth and leaving pockets where bacteria can build-up. Soft tissue grafts fill in the gaps between your gums and teeth, reducing the pockets for bacteria to hide, restores your gum line to a more ideal position.
  • Bone Grafts- Bone grafting is a common procedure that helps reconstruct and repair the jawbone. Fragments of your own bone, synthetic bone, or donated bone are used in this procedure. The procedure itself is relatively painless thanks to local anesthesia, and it can typically be completed in just one appointment.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal may be necessary to save a tooth when decay or infection reaches the nerve at the center. Root canal therapy in Duluth involves our dentist gently removing the tooth’s infected pulp and thoroughly clearing the tooth of and debris and bacteria. After cleaning out the infection, the canal is filled with material that restores both the form and function of the affected tooth, and to seals it to prevent further damage. Usually, a crown is recommended to cover and restore the tooth’s shape and function after a root canal.

Signs that you may need a root canal

  • Abscessed gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache
  • Swelling or tenderness around a tooth
  • Injury to a tooth

 

While root canal treatment has received a poor reputation, advancements in techniques and equipment have made it a quicker and easier process. Local anesthesia makes it a relatively pain-free procedure and patients are back on their feet in no time with a much healthier mouth.

We are fortunate to have our experienced endodontist, Dr. George who performs root canal therapy for patients in Duluth, GA and the surrounding areas.

Most root canals are usually completed over the course of two office visits. The first for the actual procedure and the second after the infection has healed to place your dental crown.

It is normal for your tooth to be sensitive for a few days post-procedure. This can usually be treated with over the counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve).

Taking good care of your teeth and gums is a must after a root canal. By following good oral hygiene habits and giving your teeth the attention they deserve, a tooth treated with a root canal can stay healthy for the rest of your life.

Want to learn more about how Dr. George can help? Call us at 770-813-1200. Same day emergency appointments are often available.