Dr. Charles Hicks and Dr. Shannon Hicks, Hicks Dental provides a comprehensive range of general and cosmetic dental services. Our doctors and staff are proud to serve patients from Palatka, FL and surrounding communities in Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler Counties. We are committed to providing each patient with personalized treatment plans and services.
Our practice provides a full range of treatments including routine cleanings, root canals, veneers, dental implant placement and restoration, Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, dentures, 3D imaging, crowns, fillings, bridges, and more. We focus on providing our clients with flexible and efficient dental care, and utilize superior technology. We focus on one patient at a time to ensure you receive the best care and treatments.
Cosmetic dentistry is dually focused on restoring aesthetics and function to your smile. Our dentists, Dr. Charles Hicks and Dr. Shannon Hicks are proud to provide a full range of restorative dental services in Palatka, FL. This includes smile enhancement, restoration, and maintenance treatments. Our practice is committed to helping each patient achieve and maintain optimal dental health, no matter what stage of life they are in.
If you have a tooth or teeth in an advanced stage of tooth decay, a dental crown may be your best treatment option. Like fillings, bridges, or implants, dental crowns restore strength, function and aesthetic to your teeth. A crown can be made from several materials and covers the remaining tooth structure. The material used depends on the area of your mouth being restored. We have the technology to make your crowns and veneers and some bridges right here in our office.
Most crown procedures require two appointments, but our office is proud to feature same-day crown services. Our goal is to help restore your smile quickly and efficiently. Using CEREC technology, we are able to produce single tooth restorations in one visit. This means you do not have to bother with temporary crowns, dental impressions, or the inconvenience of scheduling a second appointment. This system works by taking a digital picture of your tooth, which is then converted into a 3D image that is used as a design for your custom-made restoration.
It is important to keep your gums in good health, as they provide the foundation for your teeth. Unhealthy gums can cause greater problems for not only your oral health, but your overall health. During your routine exams, we will examine your gums. To help keep your gums healthy, we will clean the pockets along the gum line. This helps prevent gum disease and gingivitis. If you are exhibiting signs of gum disease, we will discuss the available treatment options with you. Our goal is to restore your oral health.
If you have lost teeth due to decay, injury or gum disease, a dental bridge can be utilized. Bridges are devices used to replace missing teeth and are attached to adjacent natural teeth. Bridges can be permanently attached or removable. They prevent your remaining teeth from shifting, which can result in pain and discomfort.
Our practice uses natural tooth-colored fillings or composite fillings to restore teeth after cavities have been removed. In addition, a filling helps prevent future decay by saving natural tooth structure. This is a more conservative restoration option than amalgam/silver fillings. This type of filling can also protect against broken teeth, improve tooth stability, color, and strength. The composite material is carefully matched to your tooth structure, and is virtually undetectable once it’s placed.
Six Month Smiles® is a short-term orthodontic treatment that provides a modern twist on classic orthodontic methods. Braces have long been recognized as the most widely used and most effective method or helping patients with crooked teeth get the healthy and beautiful smile they desire. But Six Month Smiles is a technique that takes the most effective aspects of braces while modifying the treatment and the materials. As a result, Six Month Smiles gives adults with an effective cosmetic solution that fits into every lifestyle.
Replacing missing teeth is crucial to your dental and overall health. Leaving gaps in your mouth can cause your remaining teeth to shift, which destabilizes your bite and can cause discomfort. When properly maintained, a dental implant is a great restoration option that can last a lifetime. A dental implant consists of titanium rods which are surgically placed into the bone beneath the gums. The rods then fuse to the jawbone and provide a stable foundation for a replacement crown, bridge, or dentures. The healing period usually lasts from three to six months to allow the metal posts to fuse with the jaw bone. These replacement teeth look, feel, and function like natural teeth. In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, you must have sufficient bone structure. Our office is the only provider of metal-free dental implants-Ceraroot and Z-Systems in Putnam County.