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By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
April 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether one of our Columbus, GA, family dentists, Dr. Phillip Tully III or Dr. W. Newton Sharp, has recently told you that you have a cavity fillingsor you are just curious to learn more about specific dental services we offer, you’ve come to the right place. Many people will deal with a cavity at some point during their lifetime and it’s always important to understand how a cavity is removed and the tooth is restored.

What is a tooth-colored filling?

Also referred to as a dental filling, this tooth-colored composite resin is used to fill a cavity and restore a tooth both in strength and appearance. The resin is moldable, making it easy for our Columbus dentist to shape and contour the resin over the cavity to completely fill it. While there are other kinds of dental fillings, a tooth-colored filling is the most common and popular option since it blends right in with the tooth. With a tooth-colored filling, no one will ever be able to tell that you have one.

How is a tooth-colored filling placed?

First and foremost, our Columbus dentist will need to remove the decayed portions of the tooth to prevent the decay from spreading. In order to do that, we will first administer local anesthesia to the gums around the tooth. This will ensure that the area is completely numb so you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure.

Once your mouth is numb, we will use a dental drill to remove the decay. Once the decay has been removed it’s time to rebuild the tooth with your new filling. We will choose the shade of resin that will most closely match your tooth. From there, we will apply it in layers. As we mentioned, the resin is like putty, so we can shape, mold and trim it to blend right in with the rest of the tooth. Once a layer has been shaped we will harden it into place with a laser. We will continue to apply layer after layer until the tooth is completely rebuilt. Lastly, we will polish the tooth so that the resin offers a sheen that’s similar to natural tooth enamel.

How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

Composite resin fillings are pretty strong and resilient; however, they aren’t designed to last the rest of your life. Of course, maintaining good oral hygiene is one surefire way to guarantee that your filling lasts as long as possible. The average lifespan of a tooth-colored filling is about seven to 10 years (but they can last longer, too).

Do you have questions about the comprehensive dental services we offer in Columbus, GA? Do you need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tully or Dr. Sharp? If so, then give us a call. We are here to help in any way we can.

By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
January 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you need a crown but don't have enough room in your schedule for multiple dental appointments? Same-day CEREC crowns offer a dental crownsconvenient alternative to the two-appointment crown process. Columbus, GA, dentists Dr. Phillip Tully and Dr. W. Newton Sharp explain how CEREC works.

CAD/CAM technology simplifies crown production

Thanks to computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), crowns can be created in the dentist's office, rather than a dental laboratory. Versatile crowns are used to strengthen, stabilize and restore fragile or damaged teeth, but also offer an excellent way to improve the appearance of a crooked, discolored or short tooth.

Traditionally, the crown process involved reducing the size of your tooth, making an impression of your mouth with gooey dental putty, then sending the impression to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the crown. You left the office with a temporary crown and were given a list of foods to avoid to prevent damaging or dislodging the temporary crown. Two weeks later, you returned for the new crown.

When you receive a CEREC crown, you'll only need to visit our Columbus, GA, office once. After preparing your tooth, we'll use a digital camera to create a virtual impression of your mouth. Many patients are particularly happy to hear that there's no longer any need to use uncomfortable putty impressions, thanks to the virtual impression process.

After we create the virtual impression, we'll manipulate a 3D computerized image of your mouth to design a crown that will fit your mouth perfectly. With just a click of a button, the design will be sent to our in-office milling machine, where it will be crafted from a block of ceramic. The entire process only takes about an hour and completely eliminates the need for a temporary crown. Should there be any issues with the fit of your crown, a new crown can be created while you wait.

Are you interested in finding out if a CEREC crown is a good option for you? Call Columbus, GA, dentists Dr. Phillip Tully and Dr. W. Newton Sharp at (706) 323-6491 to schedule an appointment.

By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
July 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Some signs of oral health problems are easy to recognize. For instance, a toothache can be a sign of a cavity, while gums that bleed whenroot canal brushing or flossing can be an indication of gum disease. For other oral health concerns, such as root canal problems, many people are unfamiliar with the symptoms and do not know when to see a dentist. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of root canal problems and seeing a dentist right away can prevent the problem from getting worse. Dr. Phillip Tully is your dentist in Columbus, GA, for root canal treatment.

Signs and Symptoms

There are several indications of the need for a potential root canal. If you develop any of these signs or symptoms, see a dentist in Columbus for treatment. Common signs and symptoms of root canal problems include:

  • Persistent pain and pressure in the mouth
  • Severe tooth or mouth pain
  • Sharp pain when biting down while eating
  • Pain and sensitivity when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages

Root Canal Treatment

Root canals are needed when the soft pulp material at the center of a tooth is infected and causes an abscess to form below the root of the tooth. An untreated abscess can cause other oral health problems to develop and lead to extraction of the infected tooth. Root canal treatment makes it possible to preserve the tooth, eliminating the need for extraction. Root canal treatment involves clearing away the infected pulp from inside the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the area is cleaned and filled, much like a cavity and the tooth is restored.

Benefits of Root Canals

There are several benefits to having root canal treatment. Your Columbus area dentist can advise you if root canal treatment would work for you. Some of the benefits of root canal treatment include:

  • Avoiding extraction of infected teeth
  • Preserving the natural teeth
  • Strengthening infected teeth that have become weak
  • Restoring normal tooth functioning, such as biting and chewing
  • Protecting surrounding teeth by reducing the strain on them
  • An uncomplicated procedure similar to filling a cavity

There are several signs and symptoms of root canal problems. See a dentist in Columbus, GA, right away if you are experiencing these signs or symptoms. Root canal treatment can preserve an infected tooth and prevent the infection from spreading. To find out if you might need root canal treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tully by calling the office at (706) 323-6491.

By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Modern dentistry provides many convenient, effective solutions to dental issues. One of the best examples of these state-of-the-art dental crownsprocedures is CEREC. CEREC cuts out the need for a dental laboratory in creating porcelain dental restorations, saving patients time, money and effort. Learn more about CEREC and how it can benefit you with Dr. Phillip Tully at his practice in Columbus, GA.

What is CEREC?
CEREC is a state-of-the-art system which allows your dentist to create porcelain dental restorations right inside their office rather than relying on a dental laboratory to perform the design and creation process. CEREC’s system consists of a computer CAD/CAM program, a special wand for taking 3D images of the mouth, and the CEREC machine itself, which carves the restoration from a block of ceramic. Your doctor will use CEREC’s system to perfect the design of your restoration and ensure that your results have the most natural look possible.

What can CEREC do for me?
CEREC can create dental restorations like crowns, bridges and veneers. These restorations can be used on their own or in conjunction with dental procedures like dental implants. The CEREC system cuts out the need for a dental laboratory. Skipping this step saves you the fees associated with using the lab and the time spent waiting for your restoration to return to your dentist’s office. CEREC also eliminates the need for taking physical clay impressions of your mouth. Eliminating the laboratory step allows your dentist to design, create and place your restoration all within the same dental appointment.

CEREC Porcelain Dental Restorations in Columbus, GA
If you need a dental restoration, your dentist can help you determine if CEREC restorations are the best course of treatment for you. CEREC has proven to be a safe and effective method to create dental restorations, using high-quality materials to ensure the most durable restoration and natural look possible. For more information on CEREC, please contact Dr. Tully at his practice in Columbus, GA. Call (706) 323-6491 to schedule your consultation for porcelain dental restorations with Dr. Tully today!

By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
July 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

The facts about dental fillings

If you have a tooth that is decayed, there is a good chance your tooth can be restored with a dental filling. Dental fillings can give back fillingsyour full set of teeth, restoring teeth broken by trauma, worn down by age or decayed from poor hygiene and too much sugar. Dr. Phillip S. Tully III in Columbus, GA wants you to know all the facts about dental fillings and what they can do to restore your smile.

Dr. Tully first has to remove the damaged or decayed area of your tooth, making sure you only have healthy tooth structure remaining. Then Dr. Tully will discuss the different materials and choices for your filling. Together, you can determine the best choice for your needs and budget. Consider:

Metal (amalgam) fillings, if you want the strongest and most durable filling material; metal fillings are a good choice for back teeth where biting forces are the strongest.

Gold fillings, if you want a strong filling and you like the beautiful color of gold; these fillings are custom-made in a dental laboratory and require more than one appointment.

Composite or tooth-colored fillings, if you want a filling that is virtually indistinguishable from your existing teeth. Your Columbus dentist can match the color of composite perfectly so people will notice your smile, and not your fillings.

Porcelain fillings, if you want a cosmetically beautiful, strong filling. This type of filling is created in a dental laboratory, and so it requires more than one appointment to complete.

Glass ionomer fillings, if you need a filling along the gumline; these fillings are also tooth-colored and can be matched very well with your existing teeth.

A dental filling placed by Dr. Tully can provide you with years of protection, restoring both full chewing function and creating a beautiful addition to your smile. If you have teeth that are damaged or decayed, don’t wait! Restore your teeth with a dental filling before the damage or decay gets worse. Call Dr. Tully in Columbus, GA today and get back your smile!