3156 E Cherokee Dr
Canton, GA 30115
We offer many dental services including...
Each patient that is new to our office receives a comprehensive exam. At this appointment, we review your medical history and medication list. We chart all of your teeth, restorations, and decay. We do an oral cancer screening, a periodontal screening, a TMJ screening and assess your overall dental health. We also take intraoral pictures to help you see what we see. This is just another way we involve you in the treatment process.
In our office, we have digital x-rays. These are not only a valuable educational tool, but also a way to take necessary dental radiographs with less radiation. In fact, digital x-rays have been shown to have 90% less radiation that traditional dental x-rays. They can also be viewed on a large screen to help explain dental conditions and pathology to you, the patient.
When you have a dental prophylaxis at our office, you will experience a thorough but gentle cleaning, appropriate home care instructions, a periodontal screening exam and an oral cancer screening exam. We want you to leave with cleaner teeth, and also an education on how to keep your mouth and entire body healthy. We recommend that adults with healthy gums have a cleaning every 6 months, and the same for children starting around age 2. Some adults may need to have more frequent cleanings based on their periodontal health.
Oral cancer is a serious problem that is on the rise. Each time you visit our office for an exam and cleaning you receive an oral cancer screening. At this screening, we inspect your lips, cheeks, gums, tongue and throat for any suspicious sores or bumps. If we suspect something is not right, we will send you to a specialist to have the area biopsied. Oral cancer can be treatable if detected early, and we consider it our mission to detect anything out of the ordinary.
Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage is even visible. In our office, we use topical fluoride varnishes, usually during a cleaning appointment. For patients with a high risk of cavities, we may prescribe a special toothpaste for daily home use, or a gel to be applied with or without a mouth tray.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavities. Studies have shown that sealants can be 100% effective in protecting these surfaces from decay. Everyone can benefit from sealants, but they are usually applied on the newly erupted teeth of children - these are the teeth most susceptible to decay.
Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching of the teeth that may cause facial pain. In many patients, this occurs at night when they are sleeping. We can make a plastic mouth appliance, such as a night guard, that's worn to absorb the force of biting. This appliance can prevent future damage to the teeth and helps change the patient's destructive behavior.
When there is a small to moderate amount of decay (or caries) in a tooth, we can restore the tooth using a direct restoration or filling.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. It is made of acrylic plastic and sometimes porcelain and metal materials. A denture closely resembles natural gum tissue and teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. We do not place the implant itself in our office (we send you to a surgeon to have this step completed), but we do place the final restoration (crown, bridge, partial or denture) on top of the completed implant.
In our office, we use the Zoom! chairside whitening system. The whitening process itself takes about an hour, and is shown to produce lightening of several shades in this time period. You the patient relax in our dental chair during this time (watching your favorite sitcom or movie) and leave with a brighter smile!
Our at-home whitening systems consist of custom-made whitening trays and a daytime or nighttime whitening system. You will find the trays comfortable and the system easy to use. The process takes about 10 days to 2 weeks to complete, and you can notice a significant difference in the color of your smile!
Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile. All-porcelain crowns are used when we need a cosmetic option to replace missing tooth structure.
An extraction is the dental term for having a tooth removed. Of course, we are in the business of saving and restoring teeth, but every once in a while, a tooth needs to be removed. Many teeth are able to be removed in our office, without having to travel to another location or specialist. We accomplish this with local anesthesia and laughing gas if this makes you more comfortable.
For those patients who are a bit anxious about having dental treatment, we offer laughing gas. This is an inhaled gas that helps to calm and relax patients while they are receiving care. It is helpful both with adults and children.
We have flat-screen TV’s in each of our operatories to help distract patients from the dental treatment process. Patients can watch cable TV or DVD’s – they can even bring their own movies from home!
My experiences with dentists in the past had not been positive and as a result I had ultimately stopped getting treatments. Then I found the Dameron team of Dr. Laura and Dr. Merrick. They have been amazing. They are very professional, thorough, personable, and accommodating. I have a challenging situation and they have been exemplary in handling my case.