Southern Rivers Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Southern Rivers Dental, our team is always available to answer any questions that you may have about our services. 

We offer comprehensive dentistry based on research and coupled with years of experience. If you have any questions about this or about specific treatments or procedures, we invite you to contact our Newnan, GA dental office today. 

Meanwhile, the questions we hear most frequently from our patients are addressed below for your convenience. 

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At Southern Rivers Dental, we offer quality dentures to all our patients.

Dentures are generally removable, but at our Newnan, GA office, we provide affixed dentures to allow ease of wear.

Affixed or anchored dentures are attached to the jawbone with a few strategically placed dental implants. A dental implant is a thin, titanium post surgically implanted in your gum. These strong posts can support an entire arch of restoration teeth on a denture.

The benefits of anchored dentures include:

  • Jawbone support to help prevent bone loss
  • No denture slippage while speaking or chewing
  • No adhesives
  • No realigns

An affixed or anchored denture represents a more permanent feeling restoration, and patients often choose this option to provide peace of mind and a hassle-free denture experience based on no adhesives or realigns.

One of our top Newnan, GA denture dentists will assess your oral health to determine whether you’re a good candidate for implant-retained dentures.

Get in Touch with the Team at Southern Rivers Dental Today

If you’d like to schedule a dental exam with one of our dentists, contact our office. If you are new to dentures, would like to upgrade a current denture, or are considering implants for your denture, we are standing by to help.

At Southern Rivers Dental, we understand that oral exams and certain dental procedures can raise your anxiety levels. Our team makes every effort to ensure a pleasant and relaxing dental experience for every patient to help you through. This includes utilizing the latest technologies coupled with the experience of our top-rated Newnan, GA dentists.

Our thorough but gentle team pays close attention to your comfort level throughout your appointment. We offer neck pillows and blankets to complement your comfort, too. 

Additionally, we offer nitrous oxide for ultimate relaxation, and if you are feeling especially anxious–or if you're undergoing an invasive procedure–we can provide IV sedation. With IV sedation, you likely won't remember your dental treatment or procedure. However, IV sedation is safe, and we monitor you closely until you're alert. 

If you decide on IV sedation, it is important to have a friend or family member on hand to drive you home following your treatment or procedure in our Newnan, GA dental office. 

At Southern Rivers Dental our compassionate team is dedicated to your comfort and your oral health. 

Contact Our Dental Office Today

If you would like to schedule a dental appointment, or if you have questions about sedation dentistry, get in touch with our Newnan, GA team today.  

General Dentistry

We pride ourselves on practicing comprehensive, preventive, general, and cosmetic dentistry.

Not only do our experienced Newnan, GA dentists have years of experience, but they have completed extra training beyond the scope of dental school to ensure predictable and quality results for every patient.

While the scope of our practice concentrates on preventive and general dentistry to underscore healthy teeth for life, our dentists can easily tackle needs that fall outside the normal cleaning and exam.

On rare occasions, if you present with a dental issue that does not allow us to predictably complete care, we use specific area specialists who align with our practice’s values and philosophies.

At Southern Rivers Dental, we easily provide general exams and dental cleanings. We also do fillings and root canals.

If you’re looking for something beyond that, we also offer cosmetic dentistry, which includes:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Crowns and bridges

Our excellent team at Southern Rivers Dental not only covers a broad scope of dental treatments and procedures, but we do so with compassion and attention to detail.

Schedule Your Next Appointment with Our Newnan, GA Team

If you’re looking for comprehensive dental care for yourself and your family, get in touch with us today. Or contact our dental office if you have further questions.

Yes, all dentists at Southern Rivers Dental can take care of your general dentistry needs. Dr. Charles Smith offers IV sedation, complex root canals, complex extractions; including wisdom teeth extractions, implants, bone grafts and sinus lifts.

General Dentistry consists of  cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, simple root canals, tooth whitening, and simple extractions.

  • Routine cleanings
  • Perio maintenance cleanings
  • Fillings (silver and tooth colored)
  • Bridges
  • Crowns
  • Implants
  • Implant crowns
  • IV sedation
  • Simple and complex extractions 
  • Root Canals
  • Invisalign 
  • Teeth Whitening 

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. You can help maintain your oral health by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and scheduling your routine cleanings two times a year. 

Having a cleaning and examination at least twice per year ensures that a dental professional can evaluate or rule-out any existing dental diseases (i.e. Oral cancer, cavities, gum disease)

Radiographs (x-rays) are indicated at least once per year, or to evaluate an existing dental pathology. At a minimum dental x-rays allow for a dental professional to look for oral cancer, cavities, and bone loss from gum disease.

Children's Dentistry

We recommend bringing children in for a cleaning around age four (4). At the first appointment, the child will have a cleaning and exam by the dentist.

Our highly trained staff understands the obstacles and nature of providing quality care to children. Our goal is to build a foundation of good oral healthcare, so we strive to make our cleaning and check-ups as fun and engaging as possible.

Emergency Dentistry

Yes, all patients of record have access to their doctor’s personal number via our after hours phone system.

We will see patients of record at the earliest time possible.  This includes after normal business hours for patients in pain.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a specific clear aligner orthodontic company.  These clear aligners (trays) are used in sequential order to facilitate the movement of teeth.  At Southern Rivers Dental we pride ourselves in diagnosing and treating patients with mal-aligned teeth. This type of treatment renders a beautiful smile with properly functioning teeth

Cosmetic Dentistry

We offer a variety of services to enhance the esthetics of your teeth. The first and least invasive is bleaching. We use an at home bleaching application that is specific for each patient.  If bleaching will not change the teeth to the appropriate lightness then we can perform dentistry to aid in shape and color. The three main ways to enhance esthetics with dentistry is with orthodontics (braces/aligners), porcelain veneers, and tooth colored filling (bonded restoration).

Dental Implants

In most cases, dental implants do not hurt in bone.  The placement of an implant is a surgical procedure and the manipulation of soft tissue
(gums) is what will cause any early discomfort.

At Southern Rivers Dental, we offer quality dentures to all our patients.

Dentures are generally removable, but at our Newnan, GA office, we provide affixed dentures to allow ease of wear.

Affixed or anchored dentures are attached to the jawbone with a few strategically placed dental implants. A dental implant is a thin, titanium post surgically implanted in your gum. These strong posts can support an entire arch of restoration teeth on a denture.

The benefits of anchored dentures include:

  • Jawbone support to help prevent bone loss
  • No denture slippage while speaking or chewing
  • No adhesives
  • No realigns

An affixed or anchored denture represents a more permanent feeling restoration, and patients often choose this option to provide peace of mind and a hassle-free denture experience based on no adhesives or realigns.

One of our top Newnan, GA denture dentists will assess your oral health to determine whether you’re a good candidate for implant-retained dentures.

Get in Touch with the Team at Southern Rivers Dental Today

If you’d like to schedule a dental exam with one of our dentists, contact our office. If you are new to dentures, would like to upgrade a current denture, or are considering implants for your denture, we are standing by to help.

Dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically placed in bone.  It is the platform for which a tooth can be screwed into. Dental implants are now the ideal way to replace missing teeth.  It will function and look like a natural tooth.

The first step of any dental implant procedure is a consultation to review your medical history and dental health.  This will define if you are a candidate for getting a dental implant. The healing process after surgery can range from 3 to 6 months.  After the healing process, the prosthetic portion (getting the tooth) will take a minimum of 3 weeks. After the final process is complete it is recommended that regular check ups be performed to evaluate the stability of the implant under function

Crowns and Bridges

A bridge is a replacement for one or multiple missing teeth.  The teeth on either side of the missing space are crowned. Those crowned teeth anchor a fake tooth within the missing space.  Bridges are cemented in, and thus are not removable.

A crown is a “cap” that encapsulates a tooth for either structural stability or esthetics.

Research shows the life expectancy of a bridge and/or a crown is seven years.

Sedation Dentistry

We offer oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) moderate conscious sedation.

Sedation, whether oral or IV, allows for patients with dental anxiety to be relaxed at the dentist.  This allows for a safe and efficient experience. Also, sedation is used for more invasive procedures such as multiple dental implants, molar root canals, and complex extractions to ensure patient safety.

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