Kevin L. Ragsdale, D.D.S.
1501 Broadrick Dr., Suite 2
Dalton, GA 30720
(706) 275-6631

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1501 Broadrick Dr., Suite 2
Dalton, GA 30720

Teeth Whitening, Dental Implants, Veneers

Dr. Ragsdale and his staff offer a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. You can read more on this page about specific services.
 

  • Bonding
  • Cosmetic Contouring
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Specialty Dentures
  • Cosmetic Fillings
  • Implants
  • Veneers
  • Whitening
  • Sealants
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Extractions
  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Dentures
  • Cosmetic Dentistry

 

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Initial Oral Exam

Your Initial Oral Examination, if it is a non-emergency appointment, will include a visual examination of your teeth, gums, tongue, floor of mouth, cheeks and palate; a complete gum examination and probing will be done in order to help us determine your gum (periodontal) condition and type of treatment needed.

We will also diagnose any oral conditions, from cosmetic to restorative, to replacing missing teeth and make treatment recommendations and discuss treatment options with you to help guide you in making treatment decisions that you are comfortable with.

We will also take any necessary x-rays. Our office now utilizes complete digital technology when applicable, including full mouth x-rays as well as bitewing x-rays to check for decay, gum disease, or pathology. Digital x-rays use less radiation and are more detailed than the standard x-rays used in the past. If for some reason you prefer the standard method for taking x-rays, this is still available.

Implants
 
 
Implants are titanium tooth- root- shaped structures that are placed in the upper jaw or lower jaw to replace a missing tooth, replace multiple missing teeth or to help stabilize and retain a partial denture or full denture.  Implants allow for removable (full dentures or partial dentures) or non-removable (crowns and bridges) treatment to be done.  Dr. Ragsdale refers to two periodontists (gum specialists) with whom he has been working for over 20 years.

Implants are composed of two treatment phases: the first phase is done by the periodontist and that is the placement of the implant into the bone at determined sites and to allow for healing of 3 to 6 months.

The second phase is after the healing phase is completed and this is the restorative phase. Dr. Ragsdale does this (restorative) phase and has been restoring implants for 25 years.  Dr. Ragsdale and his staff see every day how implants positively affect their patient’s quality of life, confidence, and smile CCosmetic DentistryCCos

Cosmetic Dentistry

Utilizing proven dental materials and techniques, cosmetic dentistry can allow you to create and have the confident, beautiful smile that you desire. Cosmetic dentistry can involve any one or a combination of treatment including whitening, veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, tooth-colored fillings, periodontal treatments and braces. Cosmetic dentistry can involve one tooth or the full mouth, one visit or multiple visits.

Sealants

Sealants are a clear or white-tinted material applied to the biting surfaces of mainly permanent molars as a method to help eliminate or decrease the possibility of decay occurring in those teeth. The permanent molars, most commonly the first permanent molar (the six year molar) are the most frequently decayed teeth. A sealant can only be done if the tooth is decay-free. Sealants require no anesthesia and take just a few minutes to apply. Sealants are an excellent preventative, time-saving and money-saving dental treatment. 

Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal scaling and root planing, also called or known as non-surgical periodontal/gum treatment or “deep cleaning”, is a program utilized to treat periodontal disease of various stages to prevent or aid in periodontal surgery.  Our program is most commonly a three visit program that is widely successful when done following our treatment and follow-up recommendations. Our program is done with anesthesia (either local or topical) and will clean above the gumline, below the gumline, on the tooth surfaces above the gum, and the root surfaces below the gumline removing food debris, plaque, calculus, and infected and inflamed gum tissue to get a clean, sterile environment  for the gums to begin to get healthy. We also utilize antibiotics when needed, prescription mouth rinses, home care instruction, and any other special dental aides necessary to get your gums healthy and to keep them healthy. 

Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain or ceramic restorations bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They are used to change color and/or shape. Veneers can be used on teeth that are stained, discolored, uneven, chipped, oddly shaped, crooked or with spaces between them. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and greater color stability than bonding. Veneers usually require the removal of a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate them, however there are instances when veneers can be done without any removal or altering of tooth structure (these are called no prep veneers, an example of which are Lumineers.)  Veneers can be done on all teeth except primary teeth and permanent molars. Biting and functional habits and other habits such as ice-chewing, hard candy chewing, fingernail biting, opening packages, and tearing fishing line may not make the patient a candidate for veneers.

Veneers may be done in one or two visits and can utilize our CEREC technology when possible.

During the tooth preparation for a veneer, unless doing no-prep veneers, the teeth are lightly prepped to allow for the final veneer thickness. During the bonding phase, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with a try-in gel to check fit and color. The veneer will be permanently placed on the tooth with a tooth-colored bonding material.

Porcelain veneers, like crowns, are facsimiles of natural teeth. Unlike crowns which are a solid core and allow little or no light transmission, veneers are thin and allow light transmission, therefore it is not unusual to see slight color variations upon close-up inspection of veneers.  However, if a patient desires a color that is highly cosmetic or the underlying tooth is too dark or if the spaces are too big, or the tooth is out of position too severely, then a crown, not a veneer, may be necessary.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns, also known as caps, are traditionally made of porcelain and, at times, gold. However, Dr. Ragsdale prefers to use tooth-colored materials when possible, and due to advances in material strengths and resistance to fracture this is possible almost anywhere in the mouth for any patient. Crowns are used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal in order to strengthen the tooth, because a root canal will make a tooth brittle and prone to fracture. It also will cover the tooth and keep it natural -looking since a root canal will cause a tooth to darken. Crowns are also indicated when decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, making it too large to fill. Crowns can also be used to repair teeth that are cracked or overfilled and prone to future breakage, possibly preventing more expensive, time-consuming treatment or potential tooth loss. Additionally, crowns can also be used to cosmetically enhance a patient's smile whether it involves one tooth or multiple teeth.

In the past, a crown has taken two or more visits. However, Dr. Ragsdale in 2011, in an effort to bring better dentistry to this area, acquired CEREC technology which allows crowns in almost all cases to be done in one visit. Implant crowns and complex cases may still require two visits. Dr. Ragsdale and his staff have undergone extensive training to become proficient with this technology. CEREC crowns do not involve impressions, temporaries or a second visit in most cases. CEREC technology involves digital scanning of the tooth and computer designing of the crown and the fabrication of the crown utilizing CAD/CAM technology to allow the crown to be fabricated. The CAD/CAM technology allows us to design the crown and customize the fit to each patient's specifications. This CEREC crown visit usually requires no more time than the first visit when a crown was done in the old "two visit" system and research has shown that CEREC crowns are stronger and more durable than conventional porcelain crowns and they have no dark line at the gum, making these crowns virtually undetectable.

Crowns require no more care than regular teeth; that is regular brushing and flossing and visits with your dental hygienist twice a year. Also remember that things that can break a tooth can break a crown such as ice-eating, candy chewing and untreated TMJ issues.

Bridges are non-removable dental treatment that can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. Bridges involve crowning the tooth or a group of teeth in front and in back of the space needing to be closed. Bridges are done to restore function and support in the area where the teeth are missing. Bridges also protect the gum in the area of the missing tooth (teeth) and protect the teeth in front and in back of the space from excessive bite pressure due to the loss of teeth in the space area.  Additionally, bridges prevent teeth from shifting in front and in back of the space as well as in the opposing arch, which can lead to gum disease, tooth breakage or tooth loss and possibly TMJ issues.

Bridges are still traditionally done in two visits; however, CEREC technology is advancing rapidly to allow bridges in some cases to be done in one visit.

Bridges are done with tooth-colored materials in almost all cases.

Bonding

Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes tooth-colored filling material (composite) to cosmetically change teeth. It can be used to close spaces up to a certain width, repair cracked or broken teeth up to a certain limit, and alter the color of teeth provided they are not too dark or stained. Bonding is the least expensive of the cosmetic treatments. Bonding, by its very nature, is a very beautiful and natural-looking alternative to veneers or crowns. Its limitation is such that since it is layered on and not of a porcelain or ceramic material, it is not as color-stable, durable or wear-resistant long term as veneers or crowns, but it is still a good and economical alternative to crowns or veneers.

Cosmetic Contouring

Cosmetic contouring is a simple, non-invasive treatment to correct slight irregularities and chips in tooth structure. It is done as an alternative to situations where crowns, veneers, or bonding would require removal of excessive tooth structure or not be successful long term. Contouring involves utilizing small burs or discs specifically made to smooth tooth structure without removing large amounts of tooth structure or using anesthesia. Cosmetic contouring will leave the area smooth and glossy.

Cosmetic Fillings

Dr. Ragsdale has not used amalgam (silver) fillings in his practice since 1996. All materials for fillings and crowns are tooth-colored so a patient gets the strength of tooth-colored materials as well as the beauty of tooth-colored fillings.dingBC

Teeth Whitening

We offer two levels of teeth whitening depending upon your budget, time involvement, particular stain/color of your teeth and your desired whiteness.

  1. Traditional trays that are worn overnight for two to four weeks
  2. ZOOM in-office whitening…this is the most popular. We offer this as a program. Our fee includes pre-treatment desensitizing gel, four ZOOM cycles, touch up trays for the whitened teeth/arches, and one tube of touch-up gel. 

Root Canals

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. 

All teeth have between one and four canals.

The causes of teeth needing a root canal can include decay to or near the pulp, broken tooth, cracked tooth, gum disease causing a nerve to die, trauma to the tooth, whether recent or in the past, the tooth darkening, orthodontic movement, internal resorption, a previous crown or filling near or onto the nerve and excessive biting pressure or grinding.

Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.

A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.

Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.

Procedure

Root canal therapy usually entails one to three vists. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.

Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.

The fee for the root canal does not include a post, if needed, or crown.

Specialty Dentures

Specialty dentures are dentures that are designed to fit over implants or onto precision attachments of crowns to allow for a more precise fit and to correct some bite, cosmetic, or functional situations. They can be full dentures or partial dentures.

Dentures

Dr. Ragsdale does both partial dentures and full (complete) dentures. We utilize custom teeth, both in the natural and cosmetic shades.  We make dentures to fit the normal mouth, over implants, and precision attachments.

We can also make complete dentures or partial dentures for patients with existing complete or partial dentures. In addition, we can also do immediate complete or partial dentures where teeth will be extracted and then dentures placed (delivered) immediately following the extractions so there is no need to go without teeth. We can also extract the teeth and wait six to eight weeks before beginning the dentures, but there is no need to do this because the bite, facial muscles, chewing, speaking and cosmetics can be replaced by utilizing immediate denture techniques.

We also offer acrylic partials to be utilized on a temporary basis to allow for various restorative, extraction or implant situations. For this situation we utilize conventional acrylic partials, Snap-On Smile, In-Style Smile or ESSIX partials.

Snoring Treatment

We utilize Silent Nite treatment to treat snoring and mild cases of sleep apnea. This treatment is not meant to replace C-Pap treatment unless approved by a physician. The Silent Nite snoring treatment is 80 to 90 percent successful and is a simple process involving impressions and then a return visit for receiving the Silent Nite appliance.

Nightguard/Bruxing

We fabricate clear acrylic upper or lower mouthpieces to help minimize and eliminate the harmful effects of clenching, grinding, or bruxing. This can prevent tooth breakage, tooth loss, tooth mobility, muscle tenderness, ear pain, gum issues and potentially more devastating TMJ symptoms. This is a simple process involving impressions and a return visit for receiving the nightguard.

Nitrous Oxide/Anxiolysis

Our office offers several options for reducing anxiety during dental treatment, whether it is a long visit or a short visit. We offer laughing gas (nitrous oxide) as well as medication to help reduce anxiety. Whether it is laughing gas alone or in combination with a pill or a pill by itself, we have a way of reducing nervousness. Please note: This is not a general anesthetic or any mechanism that will put you to sleep. This will only relax you and if you go to sleep, it is perfectly safe.

Toothaches

Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Additionally we do not recommend the use of heat in the area that is hurting or the long-term use of any over-the-counter toothache medicine.

Tooth Extractions

Dr. Ragsdale does tooth extractions for single or multiple teeth, including extractions of wisdom teeth (third molars) as needed.

Dental Emergencies 

Our goal is to help you to minimize the risk of emergency treatment. This is why we commit a generous amount of time designing a Lifetime Treatment Plan that will help you to offset the possibility of unforeseen pain or tooth breakage. Read More...

 


 

 


 

 

 

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