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Family Dentistry

We guide you to long-term oral health.

Services That Promote Smiles

Helping the entire family develop healthy habits.
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Comprehensive Exams

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During your dental exams, Dr. Collier…Learn more about our dentist… will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth, lips, gums, cheeks, and all other soft tissue in your mouth. He uses modern technology to provide a precise diagnosis and to showcase his findings.

This complete assessment allows Dr. Collier to check your current oral health and address any issues that might require immediate attention (i.e., cavities or signs of gum disease).

Regular dental exams are the foundation of a healthy and happy smile. By catching issues early on, we can design custom treatment plans to help recapture your oral health. What’s more, we’ll include a preventative dental plan to maintain your healthy body and smile.

Oral Hygiene & Cleanings

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When it comes to preserving your oral health, our fantastic hygiene appointments are as crucial as daily brushing and flossing.

This preventative service, alongside our superior cleanings, help us keep your mouth disease-free and bacteria-free. With our gentle touch, we’ll get rid of all plaque and tartar above and below your gum line while you are in complete comfort. What’s more, we explain everything, so you feel educated and empowered throughout your visit.

With your family’s best interests at heart, we’ll use this visit to give you excellent advice to improve your dental health so you can take your at-home hygiene routine to the next level.

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Periodontal Therapy

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Your gums are the foundation of your smile and the gateway to your overall health. Therefore, looking after them is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. However, there is a common enemy we all must fight against: gum disease.

Periodontal (gum) disease appears when plaque and calculus build up between your teeth and affect the surrounding tissues. Some common symptoms of the disease include:

  • Chronic bad breath

  • Red, irritated, or swollen gums

  • Bleeding gums

  • Receding gum line

In its early stages, gum disease can be treated with a professional cleaning and a good hygiene routine. However, if this issue has advanced, Dr. Collier will offer a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to remove plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line.

All our periodontal services incorporate soft tissue lasers to make your treatment a more pleasant experience for you.

Oral Cancer Screenings

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As a patient-centered practice, we are committed to providing you with comprehensive care and a systemic approach that safeguards your family from potential health threats.

During your routine appointments, we perform oral cancer screenings to check for early signs of this disease. Our advanced screenings consist of a visual and physical exam of your oral cavity and connected tissues.

Early detection is essential for better treatment outcomes and could increase your chance of survival by 90%. If there is any cause for concern, we’ll work alongside your medical physician to make a full diagnosis and outline a treatment plan.

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Sealants

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Brushing and flossing are vital for a healthy smile, but some places can be tough to reach, especially for our younger patients. Also, pits and fissures on the surface of your teeth can become deep and trap food, leading to cavities. To help combat this, Dr. Collier offers dental sealants.

A sealant is a thin plastic coating painted onto your tooth. It acts as a barrier against bacteria and prevents food or debris from becoming stuck in your teeth’ grooves.

This treatment offers a cost-effective and preventative solution to protect your family against tooth decay and cavities.

The best part is that sealants are easily applied, and the process is fast and effective.

Root Canals

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When a cavity hasn’t been repaired correctly, it can reach the nerve (pulp) of your tooth and cause it to become infected. If that’s the case, a root canal may be necessary to save your natural tooth and restore your smile’s integrity.

During this routine procedure, Dr. Collier will remove the infected pulp and clean out all the bacteria within your tooth. Then, he’ll fill the space (canals) with a composite resin and place a filling or crown to restore your tooth to full function.

In the past, root canals were painful, but through our high-quality, comprehensive care, Dr. Collier will make this procedure as comfortable and smooth as possible.

If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain, contact our office immediately…Visit our contact us page…. Dr. Collier will get rid of your pain and restore your smile back to health!

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Mouthguards

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Mouthguards can be a simple yet effective solution for protecting your teeth and preventing major dental issues from occurring.

Whatever your situation may be, our mouthguards are custom-made to meet your individual needs and produce a comfortable fit.

At T. Lance Collier, DMD, we offer:

Nightguards: These appliances are designed to protect your teeth from grinding (bruxism) or clenching while you sleep. They can also help reduce pain associated with jaw and bite issues.

Sports guards. These mouthguards protect your teeth from injuries associated with several sports. Because they’re custom-made, they perfectly fit your smile and allow you to perform at your highest level.

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Emergency Dentistry

If you need urgent assistance, then please call us at (706) 494-2844.

If you ever have a dental emergency, you can rely on Dr. Collier and our team to help!

Accidents happen suddenly, but seeking immediate treatment can make a big difference. Please don’t hesitate to call us! Our experienced team is prepared to care for your dental needs in a soothing and calming atmosphere.

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Reflux Counselling

Specialist advice for these uncomfortable conditions.
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Did you know your digestive health can have a significant impact on your oral health?

Acid reflux is a fairly common condition that many experience from time to time. When it starts to become more frequent, it could lead to severe health conditions if left untreated.

Learn about the two types of acid reflux and how Dr. Collier can help.

Gastroesophageal Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a condition that occurs when acid from your stomach moves into your esophagus – resulting in a burning sensation in your chest or throat (heartburn).

During GERD episodes, small amounts of stomach acid can travel to your mouth, causing a gradual wearing away of the enamel (protective outer layer of your tooth) on your teeth. This can affect the appearance of your smile and make your teeth more vulnerable to harmful bacteria.

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

Laryngopharyngeal reflux, also known as silent reflux, is similar to GERD, but instead of the acid just reaching the esophagus, it travels into the back of your throat.

When this becomes chronic, it can cause severe damage to your vocal cords and lungs. Some symptoms of silent reflux include hoarseness, throat irritation, continual throat clearing, chronic cough, shortness of breath, and sinus infections.

Treatment for both conditions is very similar. It involves lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as prescribing medication in some cases.

Living with reflux of any kind can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence!

Dr. Collier is here to help you diagnose and find a long-term solution to this problem so you can enjoy life to the fullest!

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