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Dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria from plaque accumulates in between your teeth. Periodontal disease leads to a host of serious dental issues, including tooth loss, and has even been linked to dangerous health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.

Fortunately, you can prevent dental disease by developing good oral hygiene habits. Visit your Columbus, GA family dentist for help in maintaining your teeth's health. Dr. Phillip Tully and Dr. W. Newton Sharp provide a wide range of dental services to help keep your teeth healthy.

Brushing Teeth

Brushing your teeth is one of the primary ways to prevent dental disease. Using a proper teeth-brushing technique as well as a fluoride toothpaste removes sticky plaque from your teeth. It's important to brush at least two times a day, as regular tooth brushing prevents cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Additionally, it can keep your breath fresh and gradually remove stains from your teeth.

Flossing Teeth

Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is important, but that's not the only thing you need to do to prevent dental disease. Using dental floss is another important component. Dental floss removes food particles and plaque that your toothbrush is unable to reach. Flossing helps your teeth look brighter too. It plays a crucial role in preventing plaque, tartar and gum disease.

Regular Dental Checkups

Visit your dentist for a checkup every six months. Regular dental exams and teeth cleaning prevents dental diseases before they start. Smokers, diabetics, pregnant women, and those with weak immune systems should see their dentists more often.

During a dental checkup, your dentist checks for cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. Given that patients often live unaware of these dental issues, it is important that a dentist diagnose them before they reach an advanced stage.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Columbus Family Dentist

Do your part in preventing dental disease by practicing excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss your teeth, and visit your dentist every six months. If you are looking for a family dentist, contact our office in Columbus, GA, by dialing 706-323-6491.

By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Dental sealants from your dentists in Columbus, GA, can keep your child’s smile healthy

Did you know that brushing and flossing may not be enough to keep away tooth decay? It’s true! In fact, many cavities begin in the deep grooves and crevices that are a part of the normal tooth anatomy. Fortunately, your dentist has an effective weapon to fight tooth decay. It’s called a dental sealant, and it can protect you or your child’s smile.

Here at the Columbus, GA, office of dentists Dr. Phillip S. Tully III and Dr. W. Newton Sharp, we offer a wide range of dental services for people of all ages, including dental sealants to keep your child’s smile healthy and free of tooth decay—read on to learn more!

What sealants can do to keep your child healthy

Regular brushing and flossing can do a lot to prevent tooth decay, but that won’t completely help protect the deep grooves and crevices in your child’s teeth. After all, these spots are perfect for bacteria and food debris to collect in. If left undisturbed, an acid is produced that eats away at tooth enamel, causing the formation of cavities. Dental sealants fill up the deep grooves and crevices, providing a hard, smooth surface that bacteria and food debris can’t penetrate.

Parents and children alike love dental sealants because they are:

  • Effective, because they dramatically reduce the possibility of tooth decay
  • Pain-free, because the sealant procedure requires no anesthetic
  • Quick, because each tooth takes only a few minutes
  • Inexpensive, because dental sealants cost only a fraction of the price of dental fillings

The right time for your child to have dental sealants placed is when the permanent molars fully erupt. For most children, the first permanent molars should be sealed when your child is between the ages of 5 and 7. The second molars should be sealed when your child is between the ages of 11 and 14. Dental sealants are also a great option for adults looking to protect their smiles from cavities and decay.

Contact us

To learn more about the dental sealant process and how it can protect you or your child’s teeth, call Dr. Phillip S. Tully III and Dr. W. Newton Sharp in Columbus, GA, today by dialing (706) 323-6491.


By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
February 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC Crowns  

Yes, you can restore a damaged tooth in just a single dental appointment.

When you find out that you need a dental crown you may put off the procedure because you feel like you just don’t have the time, but our Columbus, GA, dentists Dr. Phillip Tully and Dr. Newton Sharp believe that nothing is more important than restoring your smile as quickly as possible. That’s why Dr. Phillip Tully III and Dr. W. Newton Sharp and their team are proud to offer CEREC dental crowns, which make it possible to make and place your dental crown the very same day.

What are CEREC crowns?

CEREC crowns are identical to traditional crowns the only difference is that this restoration is made in-house rather than turning to an outside dental lab. This means that we no longer have to wait weeks to have an outside dental lab create your new crown, we can do the job ourselves in our office while you wait.

A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is placed over a pre-existing tooth that is damaged or weakened from decay, infection or trauma. Our Columbus family dentists may recommend a dental crown if you are dealing with a cracked or fractured tooth, if there is significant decay that a filling can’t fully support or if you need to undergo a root canal.

What are the benefits of getting a CEREC crown?

Besides the most obvious benefit of getting a crown the very same day, there are other benefits that our patients will enjoy if they are good candidates for same-day crowns. Other major benefits include,

Easy, mess-free digital impressions: In the past, crowns required dental molds in order to get measurements of the tooth. These putty-like molds were awkward, messy and often took a few minutes to set. Now, we can snap digital images of your teeth in a matter of minutes and turn them into 3D images on the computer. No messy impressions needed. Plus, these digital images take very precise measurements, which means a perfectly fitted crown each and every time.

Bye, bye temporary crowns: Another drawback to traditional crowns is that we had to wait weeks for a dental lab to make and return your new crown. In the meantime, that meant placing a one-size-fits-all temporary crown over the tooth to protect it. This crown isn’t fitted to your mouth so it can be a bit bulky and awkward, prone to falling out, and can make it challenging to eat certain foods. With CEREC crowns we make and place your restoration the very same day so you don’t have to worry about wearing a temporary crown.

We make getting dental crowns and other dental care easier. If you are looking for a dentist in and around Columbus, GA, that can provide you with the restorative dental care you or a loved one needs then call our office today at (706) 323-6491.

By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
July 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Get the smile you’ve always dreamed of having with dental veneers.

A smile is one of the first things that others notice about you. Consequently, if you are dealing with chips, cracks, gaps, or misshapen teeth,dental-veneers then you may be feeling less than confident in your appearance. Fortunately, our Columbus, GA, dentists, Dr. Phillip Tully III and Dr. W. Newton Sharp, offer dental veneers to hide these imperfections and to give you the smile you want.


Understanding Dental Veneers

Veneers are ultra-thin, yet durable, tooth-colored shells that are usually made from porcelain or composite resin. These shells are custom-made based on measurements taken of your teeth. From there, our Columbus, GA, cosmetic dentist will permanently adhere the veneers to the front of your teeth to hide imperfections.

Since veneers cover the entire front surface of your teeth, this means that they can easily hide a wide range of dental flaws, such as,

  • Cracks and chips
  • Unevenness
  • Malformed or misshapen teeth
  • Severe discolorations and dark stains
  • Gaps between teeth

Veneers can even make teeth appear longer, which is great for those who have dealt with teeth grinding in the past and are dealing with worn teeth now as a result. Besides changing the length, shape, and color of your teeth, veneers can also give you a straighter smile. While this won’t be able to give you the same results as orthodontic treatment, if you have a small gap between your front teeth or certain teeth overlap then veneers might be all you need to get a straight, beautiful smile.


The Process of Getting Dental Veneers

The process is very simple and straightforward, with most patients finalizing their veneers in just two visits. Here’s what to expect:

First visit: We will examine your teeth and take x-rays. After that, we can determine that you are right for veneers and begin to prep your teeth. To do this, we will shave a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. From there, we will take molds of your teeth to send them to a dental lab. Temporary veneers may also be placed during this time.

Second visit: Now that the dental lab has created your veneers, it’s time to have them fitted. We will temporarily apply them to check the fit and bite. If you are satisfied with the way your veneers look, we will also apply the dental resin and then harden it with a specialized light. One final polish is performed, and then your new smile is complete!


Give Us a Call

Are you interested in learning more about getting dental veneers from our Columbus, GA, office? If so then call our office today at (706) 323-6491 to schedule a consultation.

By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
March 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: preventive care  

Are you wondering why you should visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings?

We know that you lead a busy life, so it can be difficult to fit everything in; however, nothing is more important than ensuring good oral preventive carehealth. Luckily, there are so many simple measures you can follow day to day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Are you wondering why these routine dental checkups are so important and whether you really have to visit our Columbus, GA, dentists Dr. Phillip Tully III and Dr. W. Newton Sharp every six months?

Routine Dental Checkups

Even if you’ve never had any issues before you should still carve out time in your schedule to see your dentist. These checkups should happen twice a year and they offer a host of benefits for your smile. Here’s what routine checkups do for your oral health:

  • Remove plaque and tartar buildup to prevent decay and gum disease
  • Detect dental issues early on
  • Screen for gum disease and oral cancer
  • Freshen breath and remove surface stains from teeth
  • Prevent the need for more invasive dental treatments, which can save time and money

Everyone over the age of 3 should be coming in for checkups and cleanings. It is the best way to preserve your oral health and to help you maintain a beautiful smile.

Brush and Floss Daily

Along with visiting your dentist in Columbus, GA, it’s also imperative that you are doing what you can to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This means brushing your teeth twice a day (once in the morning and again at night before bed) and also flossing daily. Here are some helpful tips to follow to make your at-home routine stellar:

  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when the bristles begin to fray
  • You should also replace your toothbrush head immediately after an illness
  • Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes each time
  • Ideally try to floss your teeth before you brush, which can dislodge plaque and food from between teeth to make brushing more effective

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Just as what you eat provides your bodies with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy, it also offers your smile the same benefits to keep teeth, gums, and bones healthy. To maintain good oral health here’s what you should do:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Avoid sugar and starches, which can increase plaque and decay
  • Stay away from sodas and sports drinks, which can erode enamel
  • Enjoy crunchy foods like apples, which can also remove plaque
  • Make sure you are drinking enough water everyday

Is it time to schedule a dental checkup for you or a member of your family? Schedule cleanings for everyone by calling our dental office in Columbus, GA, today. We would be happy to work with your schedule to find times that work best for you!

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