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Georgia Mission of Mercy

June 15, 2013  |   Toothfully Speaking   |     |   Comments Off on Georgia Mission of Mercy

On June 14th, 2013 I participated in the 2nd Georgia Mission of Mercy held in Norcross, Georgia. This was the 2nd event held in Georgia and the 2nd such event in which I served. The Mission of Mercy provides dental care for the needy on a first-come, first-serve basis. This ministry was started in Virginia and has now been expanded to several states. Over a two day period, approximately 1,500 volunteers treated 2,000 patients, providing fillings, cleanings, extractions, root canals, and dentures.  Many people lined up overnight to be sure to receive care.   I signed up to serve in the oral surgery department, removing severely infected and damaged teeth for patients in pain.  I was fortunate to have two first year GRU dental students assisting me.  Marielle Youmans and Stuart Beauchamp aided in setting up the supplies and seating patients, but also had the opportunity to remove  multiple teeth under my supervision.  They were hard working and enthusiastic, and learned quickly.  The patients loved them, and by the end of their 12 hour day, they were doing all the work while I got the hugs.  Shown below are Marielle, Stuart, ...

Turn Your Day Around

January 13, 2012  |   Testimonials   |     |   Comments Off on Turn Your Day Around

Who would think that a trip to the dentist would be the thing to turn your day around – but that’s what you and your staff did for me this morning!  You ground my tooth down to a nub, shoved string up into my gum, and gave me two shots – and it was still a pleasant experience!  I am so glad Mary and I have made the switch. Sparky Newsome

Replacing a Tooth

July 05, 2011  |   Toothfully Speaking   |     |   Comments Off on Replacing a Tooth

Dentists always try to save teeth, but not all teeth can be salvaged. Sometimes major decay, fracture, gum disease, or nerve damage can doom a tooth to removal. How can you replace a lost tooth? Dentists have many ways to give you a tooth back. If many teeth have been lost, a partial or removable denture can be made to fill in spaces. For a single tooth, your dentist can do a bridge, where crowns on either side of the space suspend a false tooth between them. Another option is an implant, which is a metal cylinder surgically placed into the bone of the extraction socket. After a few months of healing, a crown can be attached to the implant and will function just like the original tooth. Although a more expensive treatment, an implant does not involve grinding down nearby teeth. If you have lost a tooth and want it replaced, ask your dentist to discuss your options and give his best recommendation. Dr. Bruce Holes 706-678-4300

Vacation Emergencies

July 05, 2011  |   Toothfully Speaking   |     |   Comments Off on Vacation Emergencies

Murphy’s Law, when applied to dentistry, is that if something is going to go wrong, it will happen on vacation or over the holidays.  What can you do with a dental emergency when you are far from home? The first thing is not to panic.  Often, dental emergencies can wait until you get home.  Broken cusps or a lost filling usually can go a week or so without treatment.  They may feel sharp to your tongue or sensitive to cold, but they rarely develop into a toothache.  Pharmacies also sell temporary materials that can be mixed and placed in the opening to protect the area for a short time.  A lost crown can be left off and stored in a safe place until you return without risk of damage to the underlying tooth.  A tooth that is loose, causes swelling, or gives throbbing pain, however, does need immediate care, either with a prescription from your dentist by phone, or temporary care by a dentist in the area. The best way to prevent this problem is to keep up with your six or three month cleanings and check-ups. An ounce of prevention can go a long way toward avoiding a ruined vacation. Dr. Bruce ...

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