General and Family Dentistry
During your first visit to Szikman Dental, one of our board-certified dental hygienists will clean your teeth, and the dentist will perform a full examination to determine what treatment, if any, is required to restore your mouth to full and optimal oral health. We also recommend a full series of x-rays on your first visit with us. (Although, if your previous dentist did x-rays within the last three years, you may have those forwarded to our office instead.)
Should you have an emergency, we will do everything we can to accommodate you within a reasonable amount of time â often within a day. If you require a specialist, such as an orthodontist for braces or a periodontist for gum surgery, we can recommend a variety of competent specialists in Atlanta â many of them leaders in their fields.
Gum Disease Prevention
Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. The main culprit in about 70 percent of all adult tooth loss cases, it results when sticky, colorless bacterial plaque is not properly (and regularly) removed from the teeth. Anyone can develop gum disease, but certain risk factors do increase the odds of a person getting it. Not surprisingly, people who smoke or chew tobacco are more likely to have periodontal disease. However, diseases such as diabetes, certain medications, and chronic dry mouth can also lead to problems with your oral soft tissues. Thankfully, gum disease is easily prevented and treated through good home care and professional cleaning.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is the most common disease in the United States, outranking both heart disease and cancer. Undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, which is why we make every effort to either prevent the condition or catch it in its earliest stages. In more advanced cases, we are able to treat damaged gum and bone using dental lasers that eliminate periodontal infection and stimulate repair of the tissue. If you notice pain in your mouth or swollen red gums, contact our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Traditionally called root canal surgery, endodontic therapy is often performed to save a damaged or decayed tooth that would otherwise require extraction. During the procedure, we treat the soft inner portion of the tooth â the pulp â while maintaining the outer structure of the tooth. We do this by first drilling an opening in the crown of the damaged tooth to get access to the sometimes complex root canal system. We remove infected pulp from the canals and use tiny instruments to clean and reshape the chambers, readying them to be refilled with a rubber-like compound called gutta percha. A cement material is then applied to seal the canals and prevent bacteria from reentering. The salvaged tooth is then ready to be topped with a crown or tooth-colored restoration.
Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque. While daily brushing will scrub off much of the dental plaque that accumulates on the tooth's surface, some hard-to-clean dental surfaces (especially the back molars) are highly susceptible to the damaging effects of lingering plaque. One way to avoid this situation is by using a dental sealant, a plastic resin that can be bonded into the grooves of the tooth to create a smooth surface where plaque can't take up residence. The sealant acts as a barrier to protect tooth enamel from decay.
Proven to be one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent tooth decay, fluoride kills disease-causing bacteria, guards against tooth sensitivity, and seeps into hard-to-reach places to prevent further decay. Dental professionals have long recommended fluoride treatment for children, believing that it was only effective in treating developing teeth. In recent years, however, research has shown that the topical fluoride found in toothpastes, mouth rinses, and professional fluoride treatments is also effective in fighting tooth decay in adult teeth. To take full advantage of fluoride's benefits, consider scheduling a fluoride treatment at each checkup as a supplement to the dosage you're getting in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Even though modern dentistry allows us to perform corrective procedures that would have been unthinkable to past generations of doctors and patients, we at Szikman Dental never underestimate the power of preventative care. The first and most essential step to having a healthy set of teeth is to prevent problems from arising in the first place, which is why we stress the importance of routine cleanings by our experienced staff. Just as important as your regular check ups at the dentist, however, is the day-to-day care you give your teeth. At our office, we'll not only give you a thorough cleaning but also advise you on what you can do on your own to keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition.
Optimal dental health requires a partnership between the patient and the dentist. You practice good oral hygiene habits at home. And we finish the job by providing professional cleaning that effectively removes plaque â the sticky, bacteria-filled film that gathers along the gumline and other hard-to-reach spots. We can remove the damaging particles by using professional instruments that range from the traditional scraping instruments to ultrasonic machines that loosen plaque deposits with high-frequency sound waves.
Our friendly and competent front office staff will call and verify your dental insurance and assist you with treatment plans, scheduling, and estimation of co-payments. We even have a financial coordinator who can set up payment arrangements for certain cases.
To save you the hassle and confusion of dealing with dental insurance forms, we'll file the paperwork for you. We accept most forms of dental insurance, including many PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plans. If you have a question about whether or not we accept your dental plan, contact your carrier and ask if we are listed as participating dentists. Or, simply contact our office for assistance.
The Szikman Dental Group
2070 South Park Place
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
Free parking available