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

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Dentist Offices Peachtree City GA

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.

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Dentist Peachtree City GA

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.

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Dentist Peachtree City GA - New Patient Experience

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.

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Dentist Peachtree City GA - New Patient Experience

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

Nika Angel

My appointment was August 4th, 2022. Before I went in, I said a prayer as I had not been to the dentist in many, many years because after a very bad experience, I have a fear of the dentist. When I walked in, I was greeted by the receptionist and then escorted to the back by Ms. Michelle. On the way to the back, Ms. Michelle and I talked, and she made me feel really comfortable. Before she did any treatments, I told her that the online reviews I had read, were absolutely true because I felt really comfortable and at ease. She took an x-ray and then Dr. Harrah came in. He discussed everything that was going on with my mouth. All the questions I had, which were a lot he answered, and then made sure I didn’t have any others. He was through and patient. He didn’t make me feel rushed or like a burden for asking questions. It was a great experience. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the while or have a fear of the dentist, PLEASE go to Vassey Dental Partners, as you will not be disappointed. Also, best of luck to Sophie. Sandra

Gordon McKenzie

Newly moved to PTC. Had a very positive first meet and greet with Dr Russel Harrah and his assistant Michelle. Thorough and complete review of my medical history and current oral condition giving concise explanations of noted concerns and potential treatment options. Listened to my thoughts and plotted a path forward to meet all needs. Very professional and friendly. Kudos to the Vassey team. Looking forward to their care.

MichaelR

My wife and I recently had our first visits to this wonderful practice. As a retired dentist of 37 years, I can say that this practice is state of the art with techniques, sterilization, and methods. I would add that in all of my years, I have never seen a practice with as many long-term employees who are genuinely happy to see patients. Their courtesy and professionalism are second to none. Having such a staff is a hallmark of a patient centered practice that treats its employees well. Peachtree City is fortunate to have such a wonderful place for dental care.

Kayla Sharp

I’m a new patient at Vassey & I will be here long term. They are great with communication , patient, explains all costs / procedures in detail so there is no confusion , the office is immaculate & overall everyone is incredibly kind! Love this place !

Nicole Tootle

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Dr. Keyser and her assistant are fabulous.

Michele Parker

Been going for over 30 years. They are awesome!!

Fred Hunt

This is dentistry as it should be practiced. Best experience I have ever had.

Jason O'Neal

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely recommend this practice.

Kitty Reeves

Excellent care as always.

James Stewart

Vassey dental is by far the best dental practice I have ever used. Dr. Konwick is the most caring and amazing person and that doesn’t even begin to mention her amazing skills as a dentist. Her work is impeccable. I was a very tough case, with years of damage to repair, and I can’t believe how great it looks. I don’t know if they do awards for dentist, but if they do, I officially nominate her and her team!! 5 stars isn’t enough!!!

Marla Bassette

Best dentist office ever! The staff are so friendly and professional. I'm so glad that I lucked up on finding this dentist office.

Lauren Crigler

I had a great experience at Vassey dental. I really felt cared for and listened to by Dr. Lane and all the staff. All my concerns were addressed. They are truly a cut above.

Jen Myers

I personally work in the dental field at another office but never have time during work for my dental needs since we are caring for our patients. With that said, a few years ago I became a patient with Vassey Dental. Every experience I’ve had there has been positive. It’s clean, modern and over all just a good vibe. Dr Lane is caring and practices conservative dentistry; which is greatly appreciated! I went today for a scheduled appt for 3 fillings… turns out they ended up just needing sealants (that is not only more cost effective but also less natural tooth removed!WIN!WIN!) He’s a top notch dentist and his assistant Chelsea is AWESOME! I love their work chemistry and their banter is HILARIOUS! Keep up the great work!!!!

Joseph Scimeca

Top quality service and attention. Can't say enough good things about this place.

Perry McGuire

Great dentistry and even greater customer service. Extremely kind people who love their job and each person who walks through their door.

D HW

Literally the best dental experience I’ve ever had. EVERYONE was so warm & welcoming from check in to check out. Dr. Fowlkes along with his assistant Morgan made me feel so at home. Dr. Fowlkes was very thorough & made sure I understood everything that was going on. The after hours care is also just so amazing. lm looking forward to bringing my whole family back! I’m honestly grateful for this dentist office, I wish I had found them sooner.

Robin Hurst

Where can I start.. This was the best dental visit I've had since covid and what impressed me most was the fact that I wasn't uncomfortable with the fact that hadn't been to the dentist office and I felt at ease. Morgan was absolutely The best and Dr Fowkles wasn't so bad either.. just kidding it was my first visit at this office and I am very thankful that my Dr was very knowledgeable and will guide me to better teeth! Also it was my hubby first time there as well and he was very grateful for Chelsea and Dr. Lane! He said they made him very comfortable. Highly Recommend!

Jodie Harmon

I love this place!! I have been going to Vassey for about 7 years. All the staff are exceptional, and super easy to book appointments with little notice when I can only come certain days. Ashley my hygienist is always so positive and does a great job, highlighting the areas that I have done well cleaning and what I need to improve. I am so happy to come into the office semi-annually!

Kim Fourman

This was the first dentist that we’ve been to where we felt like the overall experience was a positive one. They are very professional and caring, we’re very happy to have found them!

Jeff Schott

Every facet of this practice is excellent. Front and back office, schedulers, dentists, assistants, and hygienists. Just the best.

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FAQ

What is preventative dentistry?

Preventative dentistry includes a variety of different services that are designed to help patients maintain good oral health. This includes attending regular dental check-ups, having regular teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments, and to also develop the healthy habits required in between dental visits. These habits include routine brushing and flossing of the teeth and attention to making changes in lifestyle choices to increase overall dental health.

How often should I schedule dental check-ups?

Early and regular dental check-ups are essential in maintaining a healthy smile throughout life. A six-month schedule for dental check-ups is the best option for most children and adults with a good level of dental health.

However, individuals of any age may benefit from a shorter period between check-ups. People with periodontal disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and specific types of cancers may need to see their dentists on a more frequent basis. Other issues, such as taking specific medications or injury or trauma to the mouth may also require additional monitoring by the dentist for a period of time.

What is the cost of a dental check-up?

Most dental insurance policies cover most or all of the costs of dental check-ups. Routine check-ups decrease the risk of more costly procedures, and covering routine costs is a cost-saving measure for insurance carriers.

If you do not have insurance coverage, contact the office at 770-676-1291. We offer different options for those paying for check-ups and dental procedures.