More Than Just a “General” Dentist

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More Than Just a “General” Dentist

What can Grant Park general dentist Abbey Lee do for you? Becoming a licensed and qualified dentist means learning how to provide care for every aspect of oral health. From teeth and gums to other oral tissues, a general dentist provides every service you might need to keep your smile beautiful and healthy.

Do you need a Grant Park general dentist? Someone who is friendly and nonjudgmental? Visit Smiles 4 Grant Park for a meet-up with Dr. Abbey Lee. We always take the time to get to know our patients so we can provide the most appropriate care for your needs. Call us at 404-328-7177 to make an appointment.

Preventive Care

When it comes to your teeth, prevention is always better than cure. Cavities are preventable, and routine dental appointments give Dr. Lee the opportunity to make sure your family does not suffer from dental decay. Preventive visits include a dental cleaning to remove the calculus (hardened plaque) that you may have missed when brushing and flossing, so it doesn’t lead to cavities.

During exams, we check for decay and demineralized tooth enamel (a precursor to cavities) so we can provide treatments to restore healthy structure and function. We provide preventive treatments such as fluoride and sealants to keep your teeth strong and resistant to the unavoidable danger of mouth bacteria. We also routinely screen for signs of oral cancers and gum disease during preventive visits. We leave no stone unturned to ensure your teeth and gums stay in good shape.

Restorative Care

Most people will develop at least one cavity in their lifetime, and some people have teeth that are simply less resistant to decay. When you experience a cavity or structural damage to your teeth (such as a fracture or crack), Dr. Lee provides fillings, crowns, and endodontic therapy in a calm and relaxed setting. We always make sure our patients are anesthetized properly before we begin restorative work, so you don’t have to worry about sensitivity during your time in the chair. If you’ve lost teeth, Dr. Lee can help you restore your dental function with a dental bridge, implant, or denture.

Periodontal Therapy

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss worldwide, and up to 80 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of the condition. This can be alarming news, but if you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease you can still keep your teeth and gums healthy with regular periodontal therapy. Deep cleanings and treatments such as pinhole surgery can help make sure your symptoms stay under control and prevent mouth bacteria from damaging your gum tissue.

Cosmetic Dentistry

You may be wondering why a dentist would care about what teeth look like. Truth be told, we just want to see healthy teeth; but we know that patients care about how their teeth look—and patients matter to us!

If you are not happy with the way your teeth look, we prefer you seek safe and effective ways of improving their appearance. Since we know what is safe and what isn’t, dentists have been able to develop and innovate several treatments that can make your teeth look as beautiful as they are healthy. From stains to chips and gaps, virtually any cosmetic flaw is correctable with modern cosmetic dentistry techniques. We can even change the size and shape of some of your teeth to create a more balanced smile. Dr. Lee is also qualified to provide BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane® injections to help correct signs of aging around the mouth, nose and eyes. This is a natural complement to cosmetic dentistry, as it can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

Orthodontics

Speaking of cosmetic appearance, did you know that straightening the teeth with orthodontics is about more than just how you look? Straighter teeth are healthier teeth, because they fit together better when you bite and chew, and are easier to keep clean. Patients with proper alignment tend to develop fewer oral health problems as they get older, and it’s never too late to straighten your teeth. Dr. Lee provides orthodontic treatment for adults and older teens in the form of Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles, both of which are faster and more convenient than traditional bracket-and-wire braces.

Protecting the Teeth

If you have family members that play sports, protecting their teeth from fast balls and flying elbows should be a priority. All it takes is one mistake on the ball-field and you could lose a permanent tooth. Since dental bridges and implants cost you time and money, we recommend preventing potential injury to the teeth and mouth with a sports guard. With a simple dental impression, Dr. Lee can provide a comfortable sports guard that will fit you perfectly and provide more protection than the one-size sports guards available at stores.

Similarly, a night guard can protect your teeth from cracks and enamel damage due to bruxism. Grinding or clenching the teeth when you sleep can lead to permanent damage and painful symptoms. Doctors aren’t entirely certain what causes bruxism, but it may be related to bite imbalance, stress, neurological conditions, or even genetics. A night guard is a small piece of acrylic that fits between the teeth and prevents the gnashing friction that can cause structural damage and vulnerability to tooth decay.

Treatment for TMJ Disorder, Sleep Apnea, and Snoring

TMJ disorder is a painful condition caused by improper function of the temporomandibular joints when you open and close the jaw. If you have chronic headaches, facial pain or jaw muscle fatigue, Dr. Lee may be able to help you restore proper function. We also provide snoring and sleep apnea treatment that is especially helpful for patients who have not been successful with other treatments, such as CPAP machines. Visit Dr. Lee to learn more about these specialty treatments.

Grant Park general dentist Dr. Abbey Lee is your one-stop source for all things related to oral care. Visit our practice to meet Dr. Lee and you’ll see why so many enjoy her friendly and professional brand of customized care! Call us at 404-328-7177 to make an appointment.

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