Maintaining & Restoring
Whether it’s time to schedule teeth cleanings for the entire family, or if you’re in need of crowns, dental implants, or periodontal treatment, we can help.
- Teeth Cleanings
- Dental Fillings
- Tooth Extraction
- Periodontal Therapy
- Root Canal Therapy
- TMJ Therapy
- Night Guards
- Emergency Care
- Soft Tissue Laser Treatment
- Sports Mouth Guards
Good oral hygiene is essential to maintaining a healthy mouth. We recommend patients have a routine dental cleaning and an exam twice a year to help prevent cavities, infection, periodontal disease, and other serious problems.
Routine dental cleanings are quick and will leave your mouth feeling fresh and healthy. At your cleaning, one of our dedicated hygienists will remove the plaque and calculus that ordinary brushing and flossing can’t reach.
As part of our disease prevention program, we will take yearly x-rays to aid in the diagnosis of tooth decay or other hidden conditions. One of our highly skilled doctors will then examine you for any cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, bite problems, and TMJ dysfunctions. We find that a dental cleaning, thorough examination, and patient education are key to keeping your mouth healthy and preventing disease.
Dental fillings are used to repair teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. At Jackson & Jackson Dental, we use high-quality composite resin to replace the damaged tooth structure with a filling that bonds directly to the tooth, blending perfectly with the natural shape and color of the tooth.
We know that some patients have anxiety when it comes to dental appointments. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Jackson III care deeply about their patients and take the time to address any fears that they may have and take necessary steps to make the procedure as easy as possible.
A tooth may need to be removed for many different reasons, including deep tooth decay, significant damage, or infection. In the event that a tooth must be extracted, our skilled doctors numb the area and carefully remove the tooth to ensure maximum patient comfort. As with all of our other procedures, patient comfort is one of our primary concerns, and we will go above and beyond to reduce any anxiety and put the patient at ease.
Anytime a tooth is going to be extracted, it is important for us to discuss the options available to replace the tooth. Some of those options include dental implants, dental bridges, and partial dentures. For patients who have many teeth that require extractions, All-On-4® (Teeth In A Day) may be a great option to replace those lost teeth with a beautiful and functionally stable restoration.
Periodontal disease is a condition caused by the progression of untreated gingivitis, also known as gum disease. Gingivitis is caused by the accumulation of plaque and bacteria at the gumline, causing inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, the inflammation caused by the plaque and bacteria will penetrate into the bone and connective tissue around the tooth, leading to bone loss and periodontal pockets where plaque, calculus, and bacteria can continue to accumulate. Severe periodontal disease can cause teeth to become loose and potentially require the tooth to be removed.
To determine the patient’s initial gum and bone health, we probe around each tooth and record the measurements at the new patient examination. Periodontal therapy begins with scaling and root planing, sometimes called a “deep cleaning”. After the initial scaling and root planing is complete, we reevaluate the patient’s periodontal condition to determine the periodontal treatment plan. Additional periodontal therapy may consist of localized antibiotic treatment, replacing poorly contoured restorations to facilitate better hygiene, or surgical procedures.
Root Canal Therapy
Endodontic therapy, commonly known as root canal therapy, is the treatment of an infected nerve in the root of a tooth. The nerve is part of the dental pulp found in the middle of the tooth; the pulp also contains the blood supply and lymphatic system of the tooth. When a tooth becomes severely decayed, fractured to the nerve, or damaged by trauma, the pulp becomes irreversibly affected and leads to a dental abscess. A dental abscess is a pocket of infection that if left untreated can cause severe pain and swelling, bone loss, or lead to other dangerous health issues or spread to other areas of the mouth.
We treat infected teeth by performing root canal therapy, which involves eliminating any signs of infection, cleansing the root canal, and filling the root to seal the tooth. After a root canal has been completed, Dr. Jackson and Dr. Jackson III recommend a build-up and crown to protect the tooth from future fracture. Some of the common symptoms of a dental abscess are intense sensitivity to pressure, hot or cold, pain or swelling in the jaw or face, severe toothache, or a foul odor and taste in the mouth. If you are experiencing any number of these symptoms, please contact us immediately to schedule an appointment.
The Temporomandibular joints (TMJ), sometimes called the “jaw joints”, are the complex hinge-like joints that allow your mouth to open and close. There are many conditions that can cause pain or discomfort in the TMJ, such as traumatic injuries, overuse, arthritis, and congenital defects. Some common symptoms of Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) include: migraines, frequent headaches, shoulder or neck pain, popping or clicking when opening or closing, and TMJ pain.
The most common TMJ disorder treatments are fabrication of a custom occlusal splint or an occlusal equilibration. A custom occlusal splint is a hard acrylic mouthguard that helps create stable bite contacts between all of the teeth. It controls muscle activation during jaw movement by properly aligning the jaw. A custom occlusal splint is usually worn at night while sleeping. An occlusal equilibration is a procedure to recontour and polish the teeth to create ideal contacts between all of the teeth. This helps to properly align the jaw. A stable bite is critical to proper function, comfort, and dental health. Be aware that TMD symptoms can mimic other medical conditions. If you are having any of these symptoms and are concerned about your dental health, contact us to schedule an appointment to address these concerns.
A night guard is an acrylic mouth guard that is worn at night while sleeping to prevent sleep bruxism, also known as nighttime clenching and grinding. Some of the signs and symptoms of sleep bruxism include headaches in the morning, sensitive teeth, tooth wear, or a bed partner reporting grinding noises. A night guard helps prevent excessive wear on the teeth during clenching and grinding and helps reduce muscle activity during grinding.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call 706-845-0544 to discuss your concerns and receive instruction on how to proceed and minimize damage.
Common Dental Emergencies
Toothache: A toothache could be the result of many possible dental problems. If you are suffering from sudden tooth pain, contact our office and we will schedule a visit. Over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen may help to ease the pain. DO NOT apply anything directly to the affected tooth surface.
Object Stuck in the Teeth or Gums: In the event of an object becoming lodged between teeth, carefully use dental floss to try and remove it. To avoid damaging the teeth or gums, NEVER use sharp objects or anything other than dental floss to attempt to remove the embedded object. If you are unable to remove the object, call our office.
Loose Tooth: If a child has a very loose primary (baby) tooth, gently remove it to avoid inhaling or swallowing the tooth. If an older child has a loose permanent tooth as a result of an accident, contact our office immediately for instruction on how to proceed.
Knocked Out Tooth: If a tooth is accidentally knocked out, contact us immediately for advice on how to proceed and possibly save the tooth. Pick up the tooth by the crown (top of the tooth, not the root), rinse with warm water and place in a clean container of milk.
Broken, Chipped or Fractured Tooth: In the event of tooth damage, contact our office immediately for instruction on how to proceed. If possible, locate and save the tooth fragment. Rinse the mouth with warm water and use a cold compress as needed for pain.
Sealants are a very efficient and non-invasive method of preventing tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Sealants are primarily placed on permanent 6 and 12-year molars in children. Sealants are flowable resin composite materials that are placed in the deep pits and grooves to prevent harmful acid and oral bacteria from getting deep into the tooth. Sealants are maintained through childhood and can last into adulthood.
Soft Tissue Laser Treatment
At Jackson & Jackson Dental, our use of advanced diode laser technology has made procedures more comfortable than ever before. Dental lasers are more accurate and produce long-lasting results, with little to no postoperative discomfort. Lasers can be used to treat gum disease, periodontal disease, remove excess tissue, and sculpt gums for ideal esthetics.
Sports Mouth Guards
Sports mouth guards are important for protecting you or your child’s teeth during sports or recreational activities. Wearing a mouth guard can prevent chipped teeth, broken teeth, and reduce potential damage to the lips, tongue, or cheeks during active or contact sports. We fabricate custom fitted mouth guards in a variety of colors.
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Implants
- All-On-4® (Teeth In A Day)
- Complete Dentures
- Partial Dentures
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
Dental crowns are used to address both cosmetic and restorative needs. A dental crown is a “cap” that is custom designed and fitted, and covers the entire tooth. Dental crowns can be used to treat discolored, cracked, broken, misshapen, or decayed teeth. They are also used to protect teeth that have had a root canal, or as the final restorative step after the placement of a dental implant.
At Jackson & Jackson Dental, we take advantage of the latest advancements in dental materials and technology to make porcelain crowns that are metal-free, incredibly durable, and mimic the shape and color of natural teeth. Metal-free, porcelain crowns prevent staining or discoloration at the gum line. The new ceramic materials we use for crowns are stronger than metal crowns, more esthetic, and are more translucent, producing a superior restoration that looks more natural.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge contains multiple dental crowns connected together that can be supported by natural teeth or by dental implants.
Dental implants have significantly changed the way we plan and treat missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Implants reduce the loss of bone and gum tissue in areas where teeth are missing. They also provide strong, stable support for crowns, bridges, and dentures, restoring smiles and allowing patients to regain normal function when chewing. Here at Jackson & Jackson Dental, we restore all types of dental implants with a variety of prosthetics.
All-On-4® (Teeth In A Day)
All-On-4® or “Teeth In A Day” is a revolutionary procedure that uses dental implants and full arch dental prosthetics to replace failing teeth in a single day. Losing all of your teeth is a traumatic experience that affects not only function, but overall quality of life. All-On-4® replaces all of the upper teeth or lower teeth with a strong and beautiful denture that is secured with four implants. If you want to learn more about All-On-4® or “Teeth In A Day” treatment, contact us at 706-845-0544.
Complete dentures are full arch prosthetics that replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures restore function to patients that were unable to chew due to missing or failing teeth. For patients that have been missing teeth for many years, dentures can also give a patient a smile that looks beautiful and youthful.
There are three types of complete dentures. Traditional complete dentures are supported by the gum tissue. Overdentures are held in place by snapping onto attachments on implants or natural teeth. Hybrid dentures (All-on-4 or Teeth in a Day) are retained and supported by four to six implants and provide the best retention and support for ideal function and esthetics of any denture.
Removable partial dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth in the upper or lower arch when there are still healthy teeth remaining to support the prosthesis. Partial dentures allow patients to regain normal chewing function, but are not as stable as dental bridges or dental implants. While partial dentures can improve overall esthetics, they do not provide the level of esthetics achieved by using dental implants or dental bridges.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction or full mouth rehabilitation is a complete and comprehensive planning and treatment process used to restore both the upper and lower arches of teeth. The goal of a full mouth rehabilitation is to restore the teeth and mouth to optimal health, function, and esthetics.
To achieve this goal, we go through a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment planning process to identify conditions and their associated oral problems. We then use a combination of restorative and cosmetic procedures such as veneers, dental crowns, bridges, dental implants, and removable prosthetics to deliver a functional smile that is both healthy and beautiful. If you have concerns about your dental or oral health and want to learn more about your options, contact us at 706-845-0544.