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By Temiko G. Braswell, D.D.S.
March 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental VeneersAre you ready for a new smile? Veneers can renew your smile with no shots, no drilling and no pain. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are placed over the front surface of teeth. They can treat many cosmetic dental issues at the same time. Led by Dr. Temiko Braswell, Braswell Family Dentistry (located in Perry, GA) offers a complete range of dental services. Dr. Temiko Braswell is one of the finest dentists serving Warner Robins, Houston County, and Perry, GA. Read on to find out how veneers can renew your smile.

Veneers can fix your smile flaws

Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth instantly. Veneers are hand crafted and cover the front surface of the teeth. They're routinely used to restore teeth that are crooked, chipped, cracked, worn down, misaligned, or irregularly shaped. It's also possible to fix gapped teeth through the use of veneers. These shells are bonded to the teeth changing their shape, color, size, and length.

Veneers can strengthen your teeth

Veneers can strengthen and protect your worn-down or weakened teeth from further damage. Porcelain veneers are made from a medical-grade porcelain material. They're permanently cemented to the teeth, adding the strength of porcelain to each treated tooth. Veneers provide strength comparable to tooth enamel. Although veneers are thin, they become very strong once they're bonded to the teeth.

Veneers can whiten your smile

If you use tobacco products, your teeth will darken over time. Certain medications such as antihistamines, antipsychotics, and drugs for high blood pressure can cause teeth stains. Pigments from dark-colored beverages and foods also cause permanent stains on your teeth. Porcelain veneers can whiten your teeth and keep them looking their best for years to come. Unlike tooth enamel, porcelain veneers resist stains remarkably well.

Veneers are natural looking

Porcelain veneers are natural looking and will give you a true smile makeover. Your porcelain veneers will have the same natural look, feel, and luster as your tooth enamel. When you achieve the natural-looking, beautiful smile you've always wanted, you will experience a boost in your self-esteem and self-confidence. Veneers have made such a difference in the lives of many people.

You will look better for longer

With porcelain veneers, you can enjoy a fresh smile for years to come. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your porcelain veneers will last for many years. Veneers are long lasting – up to 15 years – compared to composite (plastic) veneers (up to seven years). Depending on the type of damage or wear they incur, veneers may need repair or full replacement. It's up to the wearer to protect their veneers in order to increase their lifespan.


Have a smile that radiates beauty. Gain confidence and quality of life. Veneers will do you and your smile a world of good. Don't wait. Call Braswell Family Dentistry at (478) 988-3200 today to schedule a dental consultation serving Warner Robins, Houston County, and Perry, GA, and get the smile you deserve. We want you to live an extraordinary life!

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When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.

“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”

The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”

A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.

It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.

So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

HeresWhatyouNeedtoKnowaboutaRootCanalTreatment

A root canal treatment is a common procedure performed by dentists and endodontists (specialists for inner tooth problems). If you're about to undergo this tooth-saving procedure, here's what you need to know.

The goal of a root canal treatment is to stop tooth decay within a tooth's interior and minimize any damage to the tooth and underlying bone. This is done by accessing the tooth's pulp and root canals (tiny passageways traveling through the tooth roots to the bone) by drilling into the biting surface of a back tooth or the "tongue" side of a front tooth.

First, though, we numb the tooth and surrounding area with local anesthesia so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.  We'll also place a small sheet of vinyl or rubber called a dental dam that isolates the affected tooth from other teeth to minimize the spread of infection.

After gaining access inside the tooth we use special instruments to remove all of the diseased tissue, often with the help of a dental microscope to view the interior of tiny root canals. Once the pulp and root canals have been cleared, we'll flush the empty spaces with an antibacterial solution.

After any required reshaping, we'll fill the pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling called gutta-percha. This rubberlike, biocompatible substance conforms easily to the shape of these inner tooth structures. The filling preserves the tooth from future infection, with the added protection of adhesive cement to seal it in.

Afterward, you may have a few days of soreness that's often manageable with mild pain relievers. You'll return for a follow-up visit and possibly a more permanent filling for the access hole. It's also likely you'll receive a permanent crown for the tooth to restore it and further protect it from future fracture.

Without this vital treatment, you could very well lose your tooth to the ravages of decay. The time and any minor discomfort you may experience are well worth the outcome.

If you would like more information on treating tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”

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While tooth decay is a potential problem at any age, the risk increases as you grow older. Not only are senior adults more susceptible, decay is often more difficult to treat. That’s because cavities can occur at or below the gum line, often due to gum recession.

If that’s the case, we won’t be able to fill the cavity in the usual way because the gum tissue is in the way. To make it possible to treat, we may need to perform a minor surgical procedure known as crown lengthening.

As the name implies, the procedure helps expose more of the crown, the tooth’s visible part, from the surrounding gum tissue. In basic terms, we’re repositioning the gum tissue away from the biting surface of a tooth to make room for a filling. It’s also useful for improving a tooth’s appearance by making it look longer, or creating room for a crown or other dental restoration.

After applying a local anesthesia, the dentist (or periodontist, a specialist in the gums) creates a tiny flap of gum tissue with a series of incisions. This allows the dentist to move the affected gums out of the way to access the underlying bone. The dentist then reshapes the bone to adequately support the gum tissue when it’s finally repositioned to expose the crown. In its new and improved position, the dentist sutures the gum tissue in place.

For a few days afterward, the patient will need to restrict their diet to soft foods, avoid strenuous activities and apply an ice pack to help reduce swelling the day of surgery. They will also prescribe a pain reliever and possibly an antibiotic to reduce the chances of infection.

While most people return to normal activities a few days later, you’ll usually have to wait a few weeks for the gums to heal before undergoing any further treatments for the affected teeth. But even with the wait, crown lengthening could make it possible to not only save your tooth but improve your smile as well.

If you would like more information on treating tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crown Lengthening: This Common Surgical Procedure Restores Function and Improves Appearance.”

December 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Crooked smile? Invisalign can give you the straight, beautiful smile you've always wanted. Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces, and has made a huge difference in many people's lives. Braswell Family Dentistry, located in Perry, GA, offers Invisalign treatment to their patients—read on to discover its benefits!

1. Beautify Your Smile

Invisalign can fix your smile problems and make you feel better about yourself. The treatment corrects the same problems as conventional braces, including overcrowded teeth, gapped teeth, crooked teeth, and an overbite. Invisalign achieves these feats by straightening your teeth with a series of custom-made aligner trays. These trays gently and continuously move your teeth in small increments until you have a flawless smile!

2. Improved Comfort

Invisalign aligners are made of thermosoftening plastic created exclusively for the Invisalign treatment plan. The aligners are very comfortable, so you will be able to wear them all day without any effort. On the hand, metal braces, though an effective method of straightening teeth, can be uncomfortable to wear.

3. Improve Oral Health

Straightening your smile with Invisalign can result in better oral health, as it is much easier to properly clean between teeth that are properly alligned. Additionally, during treatment, you can remove your Invisalign aligners for more effective brushing and flossing. Metal braces make brushing very difficult because food and plaque can stick to the teeth and brackets.

4. Enjoy Delicious Food

Invisalign fits your life without interruption, unlike other options. With metal braces, there's a long list of foods you can't enjoy because they can adhere to the brackets and teeth. With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions at all—you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want!

5. Avoid Embarrassment

Too embarrassed to wear metal braces? You can straighten your smile without a mouthful of metal. Invisalign aligners are almost invisible, meaning that other people may not even notice you’re wearing braces! 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Want a better life? Start with your smile! Call Braswell Family Dentistry at (478) 988-3200 today to schedule a consultation in Perry, GA. When it comes to Invisalign, the benefits are endless!