Hartwell, GA Preventive Dentistry Protects Smiles
You only have one smile, and our team at Lee Dental Group is determined to help you enjoy it for many years to come. With thorough preventive attention, Dr. Michael Lee can effectively treat dental damage and other oral health concerns as soon as they appear, potentially saving patients from more severe trouble down the road. We love treating whole families! Contact our Hartwell, GA location today to schedule your first appointment, or if you have any questions or concerns.
Check-ups & Cleanings
We strongly recommend that young children, senior citizens, and everyone in-between attend at least two dental examinations and cleanings each year – that means paying our Hartwell dental team a visit every six months! During your check-up, our goal will be to fully understand the scope of your oral health needs with the help of a thorough visual review and X-rays. Dr. Lee will review each tooth, your gum tissue, your bite, any current restorations, and more before recommending potential services that are a good fit for your condition and personal goals.
Additionally, a routine cleaning with one of our talented hygienists will thoroughly remove decay-causing plaque and tartar, as well as minor dental stains. You’ll be able to leave our office with a smile that feels nicely polished!
The deep chewing grooves on your premolars and molars can be magnets for food particles and decay-causing bacteria. What’s worse is that these areas can be difficult for younger patients to reach, leading to a rise in cavities. Thankfully, our team can help keep teeth safe and healthy with dental sealants. This plastic material is bonded to the tooth surfaces during a quick and comfortable procedure, effectively creating a barrier that keeps out trouble and leaves your smile healthier.
Treatment for Bruxism/TMJ Disorder
Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is a common oral health problem, and while it’s most likely to affect professional adults with a lot of regular stress, patients of all ages can be a victim. You may not even be aware that you’re one of them – bruxism is most likely to happen during sleep, after all. Left untreated, this condition can cause significant dental damage, constant headaches, and even the development of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
At Lee Dental Group, Dr. Lee will review your smile carefully for signs of either bruxism or TMJ disorder during routine appointments, and if needed, we can provide a custom oral appliance as effective treatment. By wearing this device as directed, patients can reduce aggravating contact between teeth and relieve unpleasant discomfort.
Oral Cancer Screening
You’re surely familiar with cavities and gum disease when it comes to common dental problems – but what about oral cancer? Oral cancer causes the death of one person every hour on average, and this happens because most cases aren’t properly diagnosed until they’ve already reached advanced, destructive stages. Thankfully, Dr. Lee has made oral cancer screenings an essential part of regular check-ups for patients from Elberton, GA and beyond. Our team will review your oral tissue for tell-tale symptoms, such as:
- Red or white patches of skin within the mouth.
- Oral sores that are slow to heal or tend to bleed easily.
- Oral lumps, crusts, or thickened areas.
If we locate something suspicious, a biopsy can be arranged to identify whether cancerous cells are present or not. The earlier your condition is identified, the better chances of a successful recovery!
Fluoride is often known as “nature’s cavity-fighter,” and it’s not hard to understand why. Studies have shown that when this natural mineral is added to water supplies, the people drinking it tend to have stronger, less decay-prone teeth on average. Dr. Lee typically recommends additional fluoride applications for younger patients who don’t seem to be receiving enough of it in their daily diet, as well as some adults. Our team can also suggest a fluoridated toothpaste product for your family if needed.
Being able to help the youngest members of your family on the right path towards lifelong oral health means the world to our team! Dr. Lee welcomes children, and our team will always treat them with the patience and warmth they need to feel right at home. Gentle check-ups will reveal any potential developmental concerns as soon as they appear, and cleanings, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and other services will provide their growing smiles with valuable support and protection.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is such a common oral health condition that it’s actually the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. At Lee Dental Group, our goal is to diagnose this dangerous infection as soon as possible and provide effective, revitalizing therapy. Depending on the severity of your current condition, Dr. Lee may recommend scaling and root planing (an in-depth cleaning that removes bacteria from under the gum line and the tooth root surfaces) or state-of-the-art laser treatment with PerioLase that eliminates diseased tissue precisely and comfortably.