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Family Dental Care

family and preventive dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

Ricky Lane, DDS, MAGD has extensive training in all phases of general dentistry, and it is important to him to offer you all options available to maintain your oral health. Whether it is your child's first visit to the dentist, or you're an adult with changing dental health needs, we will always provide your family with outstanding service and comprehensive care.

Regular dental cleanings and exams are the key to preventing oral health problems. Following a consistent routine of preventive dental care visits is a good investment of your time and budget to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.

Dental Cleanings & Checkups

To maintain optimal oral health, you should be seen for routine preventive dental care 2-3 times per year, as recommended by Dr. Lane and your dental hygienist. At these appointments, we will clean your teeth and conduct a complete dental examination that includes any necessary digital X-rays. Your teeth and gums will be checked for signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease. We will perform an oral cancer screening to look for any abnormalities in the soft tissue of the mouth that could be indicators of cancer.

young child brushing her teeth

We welcome patients of all ages to our Statesboro dental practice.

Dentistry for children is focused on teaching kids good oral hygiene habits - we will review proper brushing and flossing, and discuss smart nutrition choices that are better for their teeth. Preventive dental visits for children may include dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help protect your child's teeth from developing cavities.

In most cases, we can assist your child with all of their dental treatment. If referral is necessary to meet your child's individual needs, Dr. Lane may recommend treatment by an orthodontic or pediatric dental specialist.

Dental Fillings

If a cavity is found during your examination, it will be necessary to remove the decay and repair the tooth with a dental filling. Tooth-colored composite bonding materials, "white" fillings, are used to repair small areas of decay or fracture. Dr. Lane can also replace old amalgam ("silver") fillings with white fillings so that your restorations blend more naturally into your smile.

tooth reflected in dental mirror to show composite filling

Tooth-colored Fillings:

  • Composite fillings are often preferred because they look and feel more natural.
  • Composite fillings result in less tooth sensitivity to hot and cold than amalgam fillings.
  • Composite fillings require less structural removal of the tooth than amalgam fillings.
  • Composite fillings contain no traces of mercury.

To place a dental filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth; he will then fill in that area with tooth-colored composite resin to restore the tooth's structure. This will stop the decay process from further damaging the tooth. With good oral hygiene care at home and routine preventive dental visits, your dental filling will last for many years.

Periodontal Health

The health of your gums is vital to the condition of your teeth. The gums provide support and blood flow to the teeth and jaw. If the teeth and gums are not thoroughly cleaned by brushing and flossing at least twice daily, plaque and tartar can develop between the teeth and at the gum line that will eventually lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. This oral infection can cause the gums to be tender, swollen, or bleed easily. If left untreated, the infection will eventually break down enough gum tissue and bone to cause the teeth to become loose and fall out.

illustration of severe periodontitis

Moderate to severe cases of periodontal disease can be treated with a combination of surgical and non-surgical dental procedures, along with more frequent dental hygiene visits (4-6 times per year) to promote the growth of healthy gum tissue. In the early stages, treatment of periodontal disease may be accomplished via a non-surgical procedure known as "scaling and root planing," a method of deep cleaning.

Dr. Lane uses dental laser technology for non-surgical periodontal treatment to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline.

Periodontal disease has been linked to several systemic health concerns, including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It is important to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine at home, and visit our office regularly for dental cleanings and checkups.

Our Statesboro, GA dental office is conveniently located for patients from Twin City, Metter, Swainsboro, Claxton, Sylvania, Savannah, Macon, and Pembroke. We invite you to schedule your next dental checkup today!