Preserves and Maintains Your Smile's Health
Dr. Brett Hester offers a wide range of general dentistry services at his Valdosta, GA, practice. A great-looking smile can help you feel your best, and maintaining good oral health contributes to good overall health. We encourage you to practice daily oral hygiene at home, and visit our office twice a year for a check-up. During these visits, we can professionally clean your teeth and identify signs of more serious conditions, such as oral cancer, in their earliest and most treatable stages. We are focused on customer service for the whole family, taking time with every patient to determine their needs, and working hard to remove any risk of pain or infection.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy preserves your tooth when the soft tissue within the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This is usually caused by deep decay, trauma to the tooth, or repeated dental procedures. Without treatment, you tooth could develop an abscess or require extraction. With-state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Hester provides root canal treatment that is as comfortable as it is effective.
Root canal treatment removes infected material from your tooth and replaces it with an alternative material to preserve it.
Cleanings and Exams
We recommend visiting us at least every six months for a complete exam that includes a cleaning. These checkups allow us to detect any oral health issues in their earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat. Regular exams also allow you to achieve a clean slate of oral health on a regular basis, which can help you experience a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Dental sealants are a type of special plastic material that we paint onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. When the material hardens and bonds with the surface of the tooth, it fills in pits and fissures to create a barrier against decay. Appropriate for adults as well as children, sealants work by keeping out the food particles that would otherwise get trapped and break down into acids that cause decay.
Fluoride helps prevent cavities and repair the damage caused in the very early stages of cavity development. Fluoride treatments are applied directly to your teeth and only take a few minutes to complete. They work by replacing lost minerals and strengthening your tooth enamel. For about thirty minutes following your treatment, you should not eat anything to allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride. Fluoride treatment is a simple and effective way to help keep your teeth healthy and protected from decay.
Periodontal disease results in infected gums due to the buildup of plaque. When plaque is not removed through brushing and flossing, it hardens to form tartar, which can only be removed by a professional cleaning. Proper dental hygiene can help prevent periodontal disease, and regular dental visits for cleaning can help remove any tartar that has built up. In more severe cases, Dr. Hester can treat periodontal disease in a variety of ways, from medication to surgery.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder involves problems with the joint between your jawbone and the temporal bone of your skull. TMJ disorder is characterized by difficulty opening the jaw, pain in the face, jaw or neck, pain in or around the ear, dizziness, teeth clenching, and difficulty or discomfort while chewing. If you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to TMJ, Dr. Hester can conduct a comprehensive evaluation and help you explore your treatment options.
Simple Tooth Extraction
Dr. Hester performs simple tooth extractions to correct problems with oral health. Patients may need an extraction for situations including severely crowded teeth and severe tooth infection or damage. Dr. Hester places great importance on patient comfort, and will ensure that your extraction is a successful and comfortable experience. Proper post-op care will help you heal and avoid complications. If the tooth needs to be replaced, Dr. Hester can recommend the best method, such as a dental implant or crown and bridge.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
For patients who struggle with sleep apnea, we offer customized treatment plans to help you achieve a sound sleep. Depending upon your needs, we can create a custom mouthpiece, which is designed to gently realign your jaws and ensure your airway remains open throughout the night. For more severe cases, we may recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. This device delivers a steady flow of air through a mask placed over the nose and mouth.
Dr. Hester and his staff are dedicated to improving and maintaining your oral health with the highest standard of care. To learn more about general dentistry or any of our other procedures, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.