Restorative dentistry is among the most common services we offer at Sugarloaf Smiles. Almost everyone will need some form of restorative procedure at some point in their lives. Our goal is to save your teeth whenever possible and to replace them when necessary. We are able to monitor your dental health if you keep up with your regular appointments every 6 months. In the best case scenario, we prevent the need for any restorative procedures. Ideally, we detect any problems as soon as possible so that they can be corrected and your teeth restored. However, we are proud to offer several restorative procedures in our office.
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, we can create most crowns same-day!
With same-day crowns, the need to make an impression using the uncomfortable thick putty-like material is eliminated. These crowns utilize a small intra-oral camera to take 3D impressions of your tooth. With the help of a CEREC® computer, Dr. George 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. 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.
Computer-aided restorations (inlays, onlays, veneers and crowns) reduce time in the dental chair.
At Sugarloaf Smiles in Duluth, GA, we are proud to offer CEREC® Same-Day Crowns. This service allows patients to receive a dental crown in one visit, using 3D imaging and CAD/CAM technology. The procedure is completed quickly and easily and results in a perfect fit for the patient’s teeth. We believe that this service offers many benefits to our patients, including convenience, affordability, and quality. The advantages of this state-of-the art, clinically proven latest advance in cosmetic dentistry are:
Using a CEREC® computer, we at Sugarloaf Smiles can custom design your restoration in our Duluth, GA office. This eliminates the need to send the restoration to an outside laboratory; which previously required a second appointment many weeks later for our patients to receive the finished product.
The CEREC® “Computer-Assisted Design-Computer-Assisted Manufacturing”, or “CAD-CAM” technology gives our Duluth dental office complete control over all steps in preparing and producing your restoration. This ensures a perfect fit and a life-like match to your real teeth. Being able to offer our cosmetic and restorative dentistry patients same day service is also a nice feature.
CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems.
Same-day crowns are dental crowns that are created using 3D imaging and CAD/CAM technology. This allows the dentist to create a crown that is a perfect fit for the patient’s teeth. The procedure is completed in one visit, which means that the patient does not have to go through the hassle of having a temporary crown installed and then returning to have the permanent crown fitted.
Patients who are in need of a dental crown but do not have time for a multiple-visit process may be candidates for CEREC® Same-Day Crowns. The service allows for a fast and convenient option for those who are looking to restore their smile in a timely manner. 3D imaging and CAD/CAM technology create a precise fit for the patient’s teeth, which leads to fewer complications and a more comfortable experience.
One of the main benefits of CEREC® Same-Day Crowns is that it is a more convenient option for patients. With this service, patients can receive a crown in one visit, rather than having to come in for multiple appointments. This can be particularly helpful for those who are busy or traveling, as it eliminates the need to take time out of their schedule for multiple visits.
Another benefit of CEREC® Same-Day Crowns is that it results in fewer complications. Since the dentist is able to create a crown that is a perfect fit for the patient’s teeth, there is less chance of it becoming loose or falling off. This can help to ensure that the patient receives lasting dental care.
Overall, CEREC® Same-Day Crowns is a convenient and effective service that can provide lasting dental care.
Once a patient has received a CEREC® Same-Day Crown, they should expect to feel some pressure and minor discomfort. The tooth may also be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. It is important for patients to follow the instructions provided by our dentist in order to ensure that the crown heals correctly.
If you are in need of a dental crown, our dental office in Duluth, GA offers CEREC® Same-Day Crowns. This service allows patients to receive a dental crown in one visit, using 3D imaging and CAD/CAM technology. The procedure is completed quickly and easily and results in a perfect fit for the patient’s teeth. We believe that this service offers many benefits to our patients, including convenience, affordability, and quality. Schedule an appointment with us today to see if CEREC® Same-Day Crowns is right for you!
When you experience an infection or trauma to a tooth, we may recommend a root canal. We will be able to treat your condition right here in our Duluth, GA dental office.
Many of our patients express fear or concern about pain when it comes to having a root canal. However, the symptoms you feel are often the most painful part of the procedure. Because root canals eliminate your infection and promote healing, you should begin to improve soon after your treatment.
If you have a toothache that won’t go away, it may be time to find a dentist who does root canals in Duluth, GA. Sugarloaf Smiles can help you get relief for your tooth aches, and help you discern why you’re hurting. Sometimes the cause of the pain is a tooth that is infected and needs a root canal.
Though many jokes have been told about root canals, modern dental technology is very effective and root canals are a relatively painless way to clear out a tooth infection and save your natural tooth or teeth, while also helping rid you of your tooth pain. Dr. George Zohrabyan, DMD wants to help you keep your natural teeth, whenever it is possible, and he specializes in oral surgery, including root canals.
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 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 is sealed to prevent further damage. Usually, a crown is recommended to cover and restore the tooth’s shape and function after a root canal. While root canal treatment has received a poor reputation, advancements in techniques and equipment have made it a quicker and easier process.
Sensitivity to hot and cold
Swelling or tenderness
Injury to a tooth
If you think you may need an emergency root canal, please contact our office. In most cases, we can accommodate same-day appointments.
When you experience an infection inside your tooth, it can cause painful inflammation and sensitivity. Dr. George Zohrabyan diagnoses this condition by using digital x-rays and other testing to determine the cause of your pain. Other root canal symptoms include:
This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
Using a root canal procedure to conserve a tooth may provide you with many benefits to your oral health. Some of these benefits include:
If you experience any of the above symptoms, most likely non-surgical tool root canal treatment is recommended to eliminate the diseased pulp. The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.
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.
Rotary endodontics utilizes a superior method for cleaning out the chambers that house your pulp and nerve. Because it uses a highly flexible, thin tip, it reduces the chance of damaging the fragile interior of your tooth. It is also a quieter and more comfortable method to clean out the infection in your tooth. Because of this advanced technology, your procedure will be comfortable and you can enjoy increased success when it comes to treatment.
Once Dr. Zohrabyan removes the infection, he will sterilize the area, fill it, and seal it with a temporary restoration while you heal.
You might be surprised to learn that your tooth is more brittle after a root canal. We may recommend a dental crown to protect a fragile tooth. Chewing requires extreme force and can result in broken or split teeth following a root canal unless we protect these teeth with a crown. We create custom porcelain crowns in our office that look and feel great. With a root canal and the appropriate restoration, we can extend the life of your tooth by decades.
At the center of every tooth is a hollow area, known as the “pulp chamber”. The pulp chamber serves as a sort of reservoir that holds soft tissues such as the nerve, connective tissue, and blood vessels.
The nerve of a tooth is located in the root. The root canals run from the root’s tip to the pulp chamber. However, the nerve does not play a major role in the day-to-day function of the tooth as it is primarily only used to detect hot or cold temperatures.
A root canal treatment may be required when the pulp of the tooth becomes damaged and bacteria starts to fill up the chamber and multiply.
This, along with decaying pulp, causes the tooth to become infected or abscessed. An abscessed tooth typically has pus-filled pockets at the tip of the root.
An infection in the tooth usually manifests in the canal, causing facial swelling, bone loss around the end of the root, or a drainage hole in the side of the tooth.
The experienced staff at Sugarloaf Smiles will take an x-ray of the tooth in question prior to the treatment in order to check the shape of the canals and determine if the bone or surrounding area is infected.
To begin the process of treating the tooth, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the particular area.
By using a rubber sheet also known as a “dam” to isolate the tooth, your dentist keeps the tooth and surrounding area clean and dry and free of saliva.
A hole is then drilled into the tooth to gain access to the pulp chamber.
Once your Duluth dentist has exposed the pulp chamber, he or she will then begin to remove infected pulp and, eventually, the nerve itself.
This process is accomplished through the use of root canal files. These files, which vary in diameter, are placed one at a time into the tooth and down the entire root canal.
This effectively cleans out any debris from the chamber and canal. Once this is done, your dentist will refill the canals and chamber with a rubber compound and seal it with cement.
The cost associated with this specialized procedure will vary. It is contingent upon factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. It is also dependent upon age, general health, and the existence of any underlying medical conditions. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth. Simply put, if you need a root canal, it’s worth getting it done right away. The cost of not doing so is exponentially greater.
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 stroke, ulcers, diabetes, arthritis, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
At Sugarloaf Smiles, several periodontal treatments are available to improve the health and of your mouth, while preventing gum issues from progressing. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, Dr. George will determine your best course of action. Some options include:
When the gums are pulling away from the teeth and creating deep pockets, a gingivectomy procedure is necessary. These pockets are difficult to remove plaque and calculus from. The gum disease is usually removed before the bone supporting the teeth is damaged. Dr. George removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to remove pockets between teeth and gums. By removing the pocket walls, the gingivectomy procedure makes it easier to remove calculus and thoroughly smooth the root surfaces. By creating a favorable environment for gingival healing, the gingival contour is restored. The gingivectomy procedure was originally developed to treat periodontal disease, but now it is also a common cosmetic surgery. In order to improve the appearance of gums, overgrown gum tissue is removed.
Scaling and root planing deep cleans and removes bacteria above and below the gum line. Local anesthesia can be used to lessen any discomfort.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.