General Dentistry

Claxton Family Dentistry is a comprehensive dental practice, offering you all the treatments you need to keep your smile both healthy and beautiful. Below are some of the general dentistry services we offer. If you are in need of a service that you do not see listed here, please give us a call; chances are we will be able to offer you the help that you need.

Twice-yearly dental exams are vital to maintaining oral health. When it comes to dental care, it is always better to be proactive than reactive. The Claxton Family Dentistry team needs to see you once every six months to ensure that all is going well and there are no signs of developing problems.

During each of your dental exams, we will take x-rays to make sure that there are no problems lurking below the surface. Then we will provide you with a thorough cleaning. We will also ask you questions about your personal habits and any medications you are taking, since both of these could mean you are at greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

A twice-yearly professional cleaning is the most basic form of prevention we can offer, but basic doesn’t mean that it isn’t effective. These cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup that your toothbrushes at home—even the really good ones—simply cannot get to. And not only will these cleanings improve your dental health, they will also leave your teeth feeling so incredible that you won’t want to eat! We like to think of these dental cleanings are personal pampering as much as health care.

A composite filling is when a hole in the tooth is filled with medical-grade material. This is done to help strengthen the tooth so that removal is not necessary, and also to restore the function of the tooth. Composite fillings can be used with patients of all ages, allowing us to help anyone suffering from tooth decay.

When you experience a toothache, the usual culprit is an infection of the pulp of the tooth, which is the various material at the center of the tooth. When this happens, a root canal is needed to help prevent the infection from spreading further and causing significant damage. Once the root canal has been completed and the infected material is removed, a filling or crown will be used to seal the tooth and prevent infection from recurring.

When a tooth has experienced such significant decay that we simply cannot save it, tooth extraction will be recommended. We want you to understand that all possible steps will be taken to ensure your comfort, including the use of gas or sedation. Once the tooth is removed, we can replace it using one a several different options.

Some individuals have an intense fear of dental treatment. However, we do not think this should stop anyone from receiving the treatment they need to be happy and healthy. For these patients, we offer the chance to use prescribed sedatives so they can be more relaxed and comfortable while undergoing their treatment. With sedation dentistry, patients remember little to nothing of their office visit, but they are still aware enough to communicate with us as we work.

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