Dr. Bill Williams has served his patients with compassion and understanding since 1975. We believe your experience does make a difference. He is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Master of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics as well as the team dentist for the Gwinnett Gladiators for 11 years. Check on some before and after photos of Atlanta Extreme Makeover patients and Deserving Diva Smile Makeover Winners here. Dr. Williams is the dental director for Kenya Medical Outreach Dental missions with annual mission trips to Kenya from 2001-2011. Check out his 2005 and 2009 Honduras Dental Mission and 2008 Tanzania Mission pages.
Imagine being able to replace your lost tooth, not with removable dentures, but with an implant that looks and feels just like a normal, secure tooth. With dental implants from your Suwanee dentist, you can accomplish this. This procedure has become a popular option in dental reconstruction, with over a half a million implants placed ever y year in the U.S. With their natural appearance and strong fit, dental implants can be your answer to repairing your smile.
Advantages of dental implants include:
- A secure, comfortable fit that looks and feels natural, without the slipping of normal dentures
- No other adjacent teeth have to be ground down or disturbed to hold an implant in place
- You can talk and eat normally without inconvenience
- You will no longer feel self-conscious about missing teeth
During the implant process:
- Your jaw bone area just below your gums is fitted with metal posts.
- Once in position, the dental implants are mounted securely on these posts, giving you the look and feel of a brand new tooth!
- Now, not only your self-esteem will improve, but your oral health will as well.
Despite our best efforts to save a tooth, sometimes extraction is the only alternative. If this is necessary, we here at Suwanee Dental Care are committed to providing you the most comfortable, pain-free procedure possible.
Factors leading to extraction include:
- Extensive trauma
- Substantial tooth decay
- Gum Disease
- Badly cracked or broken teeth
No one likes the idea of losing a tooth; however, there are options we can provide to fill the empty space or replace the tooth, such as:
- Implant retained dentures, which look and feel like normal teeth
- Traditional dentures
- Dental bridges, which are three or more porcelain teeth fused together
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is used to remove the dead tissue from the tooth. After numbing the area around the tooth, the Suwanee Dental Care team in Suwanee will isolate the tooth and sterilize it in order to protect it from bacteria in the mouth. We will remove the dead tissue from the canals and fill those canals with a rubber filling material. The tooth is then built back up and prepared for a crown.
Years ago, completing a root canal would take several, long visits to the dentist. Today, root canals can often be completed in less than one hour during a single visit, thanks to recent advances in technology and new dental techniques.
TMJ, TMJD and TMD Treatment
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ, TMJD or TMD) cause tenderness and pain in your jaw, face, and head and neck.
These disorders occur as a result of problems associated with the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint on each side of your head in front of your ears that connects the lower jawbone to your skull.
Possible causes of the disorder are:
- Injury to the jaw, the joint or muscles of the head and neck such as from a heavy blow or whiplash
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Dislocation of the ball and socket
- Arthritis in the TMJ
If you grind your teeth at night, you may need a bite guard or mouth guard to protect your teeth and prevent them from meshing together.
Certain other causes may also affect your bite, which in turn may require corrective dental treatment. We can improve your bite by balancing the surfaces of your teeth, replacing missing teeth or replacing fillings or crowns.
Maintaining a stable bite is essential to your oral health and ensures that your teeth will come in contact in the most pain-free manner possible.
A revolution in orthodontics, Invisalign clear aligners provide an effective way to straighten your teeth while remaining virtually invisible. Wearing the comfortable, customized aligners will gradually shift your teeth into their correct position. Correcting teeth alignment is imperative, not just cosmetic wise, but for overall health as well. Invisalign offers the best of both worlds: comfortable, efficient straightening with an essentially invisible appearance.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
- Initially, we will have a consultation to discuss if Invisalign is right for you, and address any questions or concerns you have about the treatment, insurance or costs.
- Once you’re ready to proceed, x-rays and impressions are administered to create an individual treatment plan – including the position of your teeth and how they will align with treatment.
- Using your treatment plan, clear aligners are created customized to your teeth. Simply wear them everyday, taking them out to eat, brush and floss.
- You advance in the treatment by switching out aligners every two weeks for a fresh set. You will also meet with us every six weeks or so to examine your progress.
- Full treatment usually lasts around one year for adults on average. For best results, wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day. Once the treatment is complete, you will have a confident new smile!
Advantages of Invisalign
- Clear aligners are virtually invisible as opposed to metal brackets and wires
- Aligners are customized to fit your teeth, eliminating discomfort and irritation
- Aligners are conveniently removable for brushing or cleaning
- No food restrictions
- Helps in avoiding periodontal disease, which can stem from misaligned teeth
Periodontal / Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects millions of Americans. It is a painless infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth and is the largest cause of tooth loss. Often, patients do not even know they have periodontal disease. Since it can lead to serious complications like tooth loss it is important that it is diagnosed and treated. Recent studies also suggest possible relationships between periodontal infection and heart disease, diabetes and increased incidence of pre-term, low-birth weight babies. Recent studies have even indicated a relationship between periodontal disease and pancreatic and oral cancers
Oral Systemic Periodontal Connection
Research has shown that over half of Americans have signs of mild to moderate gum disease. People in this category often experience bleeding of the gums at home or in the dental chair. There are more advanced forms of gum disease which could lead to abscess formation, swelling and discharge from the gum tissue, bone loss, loose teeth and other serious issues – many that go way beyond oral health. There have been countless studies that indicate that a person’s oral health has a significant impact on his or her overall health.
An increasingly popular alternative to silver amalgam fillings are composite white fillings. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are virtually invisible and our team at Suwanee Dental Care can shade them according to the color of your teeth to create a perfect match, giving you a beautiful, white smile!
Benefits of Composite White Fillings
- Created to match your tooth to ensure a natural look and feel
- Because composite fillings can be created in smaller preparations, less of your tooth structure is lost and less drilling is needed
- The material is made from acrylic and glass particles, containing no mercury or other metals
- Provides support to remaining tooth structure, and insulates against temperature changes
The Filling Process
- First, the targeted tooth is prepared to remove decay
- Next, a bonding agent is applied to the prepared tooth
- The composite material is placed and molded to your tooth structure
- The material is hardened by focusing intense light rays on it for about a minute