Family Dentistry

Acworth area family dentistry you actually look forward to.

Everyone Should Believe In Family

Preventive care is an important skill to help children understand at an early age. Making exams and cleanings a regular part of children’s health care shows them that taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth should always be a priority.In the event of cavities, root canals, gum therapies or other health-related procedures, we offer gentle, yet effective treatments for the whole family.We can also provide you information on diet choices and sound habits you can practice as a family to ensure the best dental health. We all know the importance of brushing after each meal, but it should be modeled and practiced in the home. There is a known connection between gum disease and heart disease. For older family members, it is vital to floss regularly and brush the gums to stimulate blood flow in the gums. We offer periodontal treatments to help get your gums healthy again and aftercare suggestions to maintain your periodontal health.If you are concerned with dental health for your entire family, please let us know your concerns. We are here to care for the dental needs of all age groups.

Our Preventive Treatments

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Cleanings

Everyone should be diligent with home care of their teeth, which includes brushing, flossing, and periodontal care. However, some areas can be missed, even with the best home care routine. This is why regular appointments for professional dental cleanings are so important.All cleanings are designed to clean away plaque, which is a natural bacteria that grows in your mouth on food debris. If plaque is not cleaned off, it will harden into a substance called calculus. It is the presence of calculus that leads to periodontal disease.There are many techniques for cleaning, and you can think of a professional cleaning as a deep cleaning. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of the buildup of plaque and calculus.We recommend a cleaning every six months to ensure you and your family are well protected from the risk of periodontal disease.
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Exams

For both children and adults, two dental exams each year are recommended by the Academy of General Dentistry. Doing this minimizes the risk of gum disease, problems with tooth structure, cavities, and oral cancer, as well as other dental issues.During exams, we begin with a visual examination of the mouth, looking for problems or abnormalities. Intra-oral cameras help us look closely at the tissues and tooth structure of the month.Dental x-rays, taken with our digital x-ray technology which uses only 10% of the radiation of traditional x-rays, reveal structural issues in the teeth and gums. Oral cancer screenings are also completed in dental exams with the purpose being early detection should something unusual be present in the mouth.Generally, a dental exam is a short but important diagnostic process.
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Gum Therapy

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is an inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, gum disease can be a severe illness, causing the loss of teeth and bone degeneration. Luckily, with good, regular attention to brushing your teeth properly and regular cleanings at my dental practice, gum disease can be avoided.Gum disease is caused by bacteria, so cleaning is necessary; this includes both brushing and flossing. When brushing, you want to brush along the gumline, onto the gums. Doing this will stimulate blood flow in the gums, helping to keep the tissues healthy. Of course, flossing between the teeth will prevent decay as well.There is a proven link between gum disease and heart disease. As you age, it becomes increasingly important to avoid gum disease. Gum disease also can lead to lost teeth and bone loss in older patients. So, we encourage regular visits for visual examinations and cleanings. Gum disease can be spotted visually by a dentist, so regular visits are important to keep this in check.Being aware of risk factors related to gum disease is important. If you smoke, have diabetes, or have a family history of gum disease, you may want to be extra proactive.
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Digital X-Rays

Dental radiographs provide diagnostic information that allows Dr. Duncan to tell if problems are arising in the tooth or bone. X-rays also allow Dr. Duncan to solve the problem before it becomes more severe.While it is believed that the risks of dental radiographs are exceedingly small compared to the benefits conferred by having them done, Dr. Duncan believes in going the extra mile with digital x-rays. The radiation exposure is up to 90% lower than traditional X-rays and the process is much better for the environment. The need for retakes is also significantly reduced.

‘‘ My family and I have been patients of Eric Duncan for over 8 years. Eric and his staff are great. Every visit we are greeted with smiles and great attitudes. ’’

Frank G., Actual Patient

Our Restorative Treatments

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Root Canals

A common procedure we perform is referred to as a root canal. This method eliminates infections in a tooth which cause tooth decay. With today’s modern technologies and treatments, we do our best to make the process as painless as possible.Technically, a root canal is called endodontic therapy. When the pulp of the tooth (or the part with blood vessels and nerves) becomes infected with some outside microbial infection, it is necessary to clean out the infection and protect the remainder of the tooth. Following the procedure, the tooth is structurally sound, and the root remains healthy.The best protection from the sorts of infections that require root canals is everyday cleaning that keeps your teeth healthy. Brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings to eliminate factors that decay the enamel of a tooth will keep your teeth and gums clean.
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Headache Therapy

We are trained in neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses on the healthy relationship among the teeth, jaw joints, and head and neck muscles, and addresses the issues related to TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).Severe headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a TMJ problem. Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches, and a TMJ headache is a form of a tension headache. Clenching and grinding the teeth, which are TMJ symptoms, produce pain from the muscles in the head, which causes pain. Unfortunately, these headaches can be so frequent or severe that they are frequently misdiagnosed and treated as migraine headaches. Neuromuscular dentistry ensures the muscles are properly aligned, so they do not have to work hard positioning the teeth to a strained bite.Neuromuscular dentists understand that the bones, joints, muscles, and nerves in the face and neck have a complicated relationship. They work to correct the bite, relieving strain on the jaw and the surrounding muscles. Once the bite has been aligned, pain in many areas of the body disappears. If you suffer from headaches or these sorts of symptoms, please contact us today for a consultation.
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CEREC Crowns

Temporary crowns and second visits are now unnecessary thanks to new CEREC technology. We offer this new one-visit crown technology in our office, adding greater convenience to the process of getting a crown. The waiting time between your procedure and when you get your permanent crown is eliminated by CEREC.With CEREC, we can create a 3D digital model of the tooth restoration. This can be done for crowns, veneers, onlays and inlays. Once the digital model is completed, an on-site milling machine carves out the restoration from a block of ceramic material, creating the crown or veneer in mere minutes.The benefits for you include speed and accuracy. No longer do you have to be careful eating on a temporary crown while you wait for a laboratory to ship out your crown or restoration. Now, with CEREC, you can come in for a restoration and walk out with the job done the same day.
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Neuromuscular Therapy

We are trained in neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses on the healthy relationship among the teeth, jaw joints, and head and neck muscles. Many people live with the pain of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) on a daily basis because of a lack of diagnosis. Neuromuscular dentistry treats TMJ at its cause, not at its symptoms. Frequently, people will seek out treatment for the symptoms caused by TMJ, not the actual problem. The problem is that TMJ can cause pain in some places that do not seem related to the alignment of teeth, making it tricky to diagnose.Severe headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a TMJ problem. Clenching and grinding the teeth, symptoms of TMJ, produces pain from the muscles in the head, which is a headache. Neuromuscular dentistry ensures the muscles are properly aligned, so they do not have to work hard positioning the teeth to a strained bite. By putting the temporomandibular joint back into alignment and placing the jaw into its optimal position, neuromuscular dentistry can alleviate most headache problems related to TMJ, muscle, nerve, and joint disorders.Facial pain is one of the symptoms that can arise when a patient’s bite is not properly aligned; TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunctions and some related symptoms can occur. The jaw area of the face is a complex network of bones, joints, muscles, and nerves. When the jaw becomes unaligned, the surrounding bones, muscles, and nerves are also affected.We can help facial pain problems by working with the source of the problem, the bite. We will stabilize and realign your bite so that the teeth, muscles, and joints all work together without strain. Now is the time to do something about that facial pain.
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Metal-Free Fillings

At Brookpointe Dental, we offer metal-free fillings to protect your teeth from tooth decay and have it blend with your smile seamlessly. Not only do composite fillings look like natural teeth; its materials are stronger and more resilient than amalgam (silver) fillings. You can smile proudly and never be embarrassed with the sight of silver.
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Bridges

Are you missing teeth? A bridge can be fitted between two teeth to fill in the gap with a natural-looking tooth. Bridges are an excellent option to stop the shifting of surrounding teeth, preventing crooked teeth and a bad bite. Plus, they are securely placed, so you don’t have to worry about it falling out.

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