Preventative Dental Care

PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

A healthy smile happens by prioritizing your daily regimen and professional routine visits. Your dentists at Vassey Dental Partners recommend professional cleanings twice a year to maintain optimal dental health.

A routine visit includes a professional cleaning by a licensed hygienist and a thorough examination by your dentist. Preventative dentistry helps identify potential problems early on before they can progress and require extensive dental procedures. Your dentist will check every tooth and your gums for any signs of decay and disease. If any issues are found, your dentist can utilize a more conservative plan for treatment, minimizing your expense and discomfort.

If evidence of early gum disease is detected, a non-surgical method called scaling and root planing can be an effective treatment option. This method can be used for removing tartar, plaque, and bacteria hidden deeply in the gums. Since gum disease is the most common reason for adult tooth loss, your dentist will offer treatment as soon as concerning signs are observed. Even if your gums feel fine, you could be on the verge of developing further complications, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. By prioritizing your professional visits, you give your dentist the opportunity to identify problems early on.

Being proactive about dental care from an early age can help your family avoid many dental complications. Encouraging your child’s oral health through regular dental cleanings is vital for their smile long-term. When healthy habits are established from the beginning, they will be more likely to last long-term. Teens and children are vulnerable to build up, plaque, and cavities. If your child is feeling anxious about their visit, we have several ways to help, including nitrous oxide, to put them at ease. The dentist office can be an intimidating place for children, so Vassey Dental Partners is committed to do everything possible to make your child’s experience positive. Typically, children should start their pediatric dental care once they reach the age of one.

Addressing TOOTH CAVITIES

Whether young or old, patients of all ages frequently develop cavities. Some patients may not even realize they have a cavity until the tooth becomes painful. Staying up to date on your dental visits is important for identifying and restoring cavities.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a cavity...

  • Cold or heat sensitivity
  •  Tooth pain
  •  Visible holes
  • Gum discomfort or bleeding

How does a cavity happen?

Cavities often develop based upon a patient’s dietary choices and/or teeth cleaning regimen. Inside of your mouth, plaque is always developing. When the plaque mixes with sugar, starchy foods, or beverages, bacteria can form and start to eat away at your tooth enamel. Over time, the tooth enamel can be compromised, putting the entire tooth at risk of a cavity.

Being proactive with your diet can greatly support your dental health.

  • Limit the number of times you expose your mouth to food/sugar.
  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, while limiting starchy foods.
  • Minimize the sugar intake in your diet, such as sugary sodas and candy.
  • Drink more water.

Tooth cavities will happen for most patients eventually, but a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid them.

Solutions for Cavities

If you currently have signs of decay or cavity, your dentist can make a customized recommendation for restoring your tooth. The goal will be to restore your tooth and limit any further damage.

Many cavities can be resolved using dental fillings. A variety of materials can be used for fillings, including composite resin, porcelain, or gold, but composite resin is the most commonly used. If your decay is severe or compromising a large portion of the tooth, you may require a crown. In some cases where decay has progressed and infected the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to resolve the issue.
In cases of serious damage or decay, inlays and onlays made from lithium disilicate can be an option. They are bonded with the tooth to provide greater strength.

Routine dental care is the key to having a healthy smile for the years to come. If dental issues are noticed early on, your dentist will be more likely to limit the damage to your teeth and your expenses.

SCHEDULE Your Visit

If you are currently experiencing pain or suspect you have a tooth cavity, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Call (770) 487-5346 or request an appointment online.

New Patient
Experience

Step 1

Please contact our team if you would like to set up your initial appointment. Our New Patient Coordinator will guide you through what to expect for your first visit to include a full set of X-rays, a gum assessment, and a comprehensive exam with one of our doctors. She will speak with you about your concerns and match you with the best provider to accommodate your needs and ensure you have the best dental experience.

Step 2

Determine a plan that works for you - Whether it is preventative care or cosmetic, our team will help you lay out the best path for you. After the initial exam, our doctors will walk you through your x-rays and intra-oral photos of your teeth, so that you can understand the current state of your oral health. In conjunction with your primary concern, we will walk through a few different treatment options, so that we can restore you to the best oral health.

Step 3

Take Action. During your first treatment at Vassey Dental Partners, you will be prepared from start to finish. We take the time to answer any treatment questions, utilize a wealth of resources to make you comfortable in the chair, and prepare you for the estimated out of pocket costs prior to treatment. If you have dental anxiety, we will go over several options that will help you have the most comfortable dental experience as possible. Options include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation.

Step 4

Follow Up & Long Term Care. Our goal is to take care of any necessary treatment and then to have you on scheduled recall visits to have your teeth cleaned. At this visit, we will monitor your periodontal health, complete periodic exams and annual xrays, so that we can diagnose conservative treatment.

Reviews & Testimonials

Kelli Adair

This review is coming from someone who skipped the dentist for years because of one bad experience after another. I suffered from extreme anxiety and had to be medicated before appointments. I also always took dentists up on the offer for laughing gas. Those days are behind me thanks to Vassey Dental! I have never had such a great experience at the dentist. Everyone is warm and welcoming. Dr. Lane is the most down-to-earth dentist! He explains every step of each procedure. Today I went in for a crown and he took me back to the lab to show me the process of creating my crown. It was a long appointment but they made sure I was comfortable along the way and I left with my permanent crown at the end of it! No temporary crown! Vassey Dental has truly saved my oral health!

Lynn Greubel

Normally I am not a fan of the dentist. However Vasseys office has changed that!!!! Dr Michelle Konwick and Lisa Ross always make me feel so special and take such great care of me. I appreciate these ladies so very much. I highly recommend giving them a try ❤️

Brandon Ben-Hanania

Great experience and service!

Kevin Duvall

The team at Vassey always does a great job. Great customer service. Always feels like they know and care about you personally.

Jennifer Godwin

Always the best customer service at Vassey Dental!

Danny Cox

Everyone works to make you feel comfortable and they do a great job.

Caroline Roberts

Dr. Lane and team provide unmatched care to everyone. They let you know exactly what is going on so those scary noises aren’t so scary. Office is very clean and welcoming. Cannot recommend Vassey enough.

A Fincher

Dr.Kate, Angie and all of the staff genuinely care about the welfare of their patients and go above and beyond to provide excellent service. They are extremely personable and are always positive . I look forward to my visits and have confidence in the outcome of any dental work performed . Highly recommended!

Ruth Smith

Always a good visit with Vassey Dental Partners. My favorite are Dr Harrah and Lisa. ♥️♥️

Justin Engle

Trisha is awesome! She always does a fantastic job cleaning my teeth. She is very thorough and has a great personality. The whole staff is wonderful. My family and I are grateful to have found Vassey dental when we moved from Ohio. 5 stars every time!

Abbie Huber

This office is superb in every way. From the moment you walk in the door until the time you leave, you feel welcomed and cared for by everyone in the office. Dr Harrah and his staff are fabulous!

Cindy Crosby

Love my dentist. My whole family goes here and they are wonderful.

Robert Luckey

Dr Harrah’s staff are second to none. Best on the globe. I trust his advice and expertise 100%.

Nicolette Phillips

Vassey Dental is awesome! I see Dr. Keyser and she and her whole team made sure I was comfortable throughout my cleaning and fillings. I told them last year I was going back to school and they sent me a letter in the mail wishing me luck in classes. They’re great at following up once any procedure is done. I know people usually don’t like visiting their dentist but they make appointments as enjoyable as possible. I usually stress about stuff like getting a cavity filled but they made sure to talk me through the whole process and made sure I was comfortable by playing music I enjoy, talking me through what was going on, and getting me a blanket. I wish I could remember the other dental hygienist’s name because she was really sweet and great at her job as well but I also have seen Angie and she was great as well. They’re so kind and great at doing their job. I would recommend this office to anyone looking for a dentist to go to!

Jessica Crowder

Lauren, the dental hygienist, was so awesome! She thoroughly cleaned my teeth and was so nice! I highly recommend Vassey!

Denise Gordy

Great experience as always. Timely and super professional

Diane Ussery

Everyone is so nice and make you feel very comfortable I had a great experience and would refer to family and my friends.

Sheila Geist

This place has been the greatest blessing! They make going to the dentist a good thing. 😊 Their professionalism, their kindness and their great sense of humor are all top of the line! I plan to stay with them always. It was so hard to say goodbye to Dr. Robinson, she is one of the greatest human beings it has been my privilege to know. Safe and happy travels in your retirement, dear lady! ✈️🏖🚢🛵💞🕊🙏🤗

TYLER THOMPSON

Dr. Lane is the man. Entire staff is friendly. Highly recommend

James Morrissey

I have been going to Dr. Konwick for many years. She has taken excellent care of my teeth and always explains what she is doing. Her and her staff are super friendly. Highly recommend!

Janet Caldwell

Christy did an excellent job of cleaning my teeth today. She is my guru for tips on keeping my teeth and gums healthy.

Matthew Perry

I hate going the dentist, but I love this place. The staff and quality of dental care are outstanding in every regard. Clean, efficient, and talented: from top to bottom. The front desk is phenomenal. The dental assistant, Chelsea, was an absolute pleasure. Dr. Lane found his calling in life, he is meant to be a dentist. Dr. Lane is an exceptional dentist from a technical standpoint and has great “bedside manner.” He is knowledgeable, friendly, and most importantly, a great dentist. I can’t recommend Vassey Dental enough. Thank you to everyone there.

Lori Wiegele

An efficiently run office with plenty of ancillary office staff, and highly skilled and super nice professional dental hygienists and dentists. I will not share the name of either one of mine because....I don't want to share them! They're just that great!