Ruth Ann D'Arco, DDS
Carmen Vaughn, DMD

TEL 706.650.2285
345 North Belair Road
Evans, GA 30809

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definition of terms

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean in order to prevent dental problems and bad breath. back

 

Dental Cleaning

Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque from teeth, in order to prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontitis. It is part of a complete program of oral hygiene. back

 

Sealants

Plastic resin placed on the biting surfaces of molars to prevent bacteria from attacking the enamel and causing caries. back

 

Bonding

A composite resin applied to a tooth to change its shape and/or color. Bonding also refers to how a filling, orthodontic appliance or some fixed partial dentures are attached to teeth. back

 

Fillings

A lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, plastic or porcelain. back

 

Crowns

Crown refers to the restoration of teeth using materials that are fabricated by indirect methods which are cemented into place. A crown is used to cap or completely cover a tooth. back

 

Bridges

A fixed or removable dental appliance that replaces lost and/or missing teeth. back

 

Root Canal

The nerve of the tooth is removed from the canal inside the root and replaced with a sterilized filling material. back

 

Dentures

An artificial substitute for natural teeth and adjacent tissues. back

 

Veneers

Ultra-thin, custom-made facings bonded to teeth to enhance and restore function and/or appearance. Veneers can be used to treat chipped, worn, crooked, and/or discolored teeth. back

 

Extractions

The process or act of removing a tooth or tooth parts.

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Whitening

The process of lightening discolored or stained teeth. Treatment can be in-office or at-home. back

 

Implants

Artificial tooth roots that are placed into bone to mimic the root structure of a tooth. They can be used to replace teeth or to support and retain dentures. A crown, bridge, or denture is then placed over the implant to restore natural tooth function. back

 

TMJ Treatment

The connecting hinge mechanism between the base of the skull (temporal bone) and the lower jaw (mandible). back

 

Night Guards

A plastic type of appliance that is used to relax the jaw muscles and/or prevent the teeth from
wearing down due to bruxism (grinding), which typically occurs during sleep. People who wake up with sore muscles, facial weakness, or a jaw that is "locked" are good candidates for this device. back

 

invisalign

The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear, snap-on, custom fit, removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, forcing them to shift. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but since the trays are made of clear plastic, they are virtually invisible. In addition, because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. back

 

wisdom teeth

These are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth and they usually appears around age 18, which
is how they got their name. Wisdom teeth are often impacted (obstructed from erupting), and are usually extracted. back

 

Gum treatment

Gum treatment is the treatment of active gum and jaw bone disease. Gum disease treatment can slow or stop the progression of gum disease. Since there are different stages of gum disease (from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis), there are different levels of treatment. In some cases, the patient may be referred to a specialist. back

 

lumineers

Lumineers are dental veneers made of a unique porcelain known as Cerinate that allows the patient to easily remove the veneers due to the lack of modification required to the tooth to apply the veneer. back

 

orthodontics

The area of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance and correction of the growing and mature dentofacial structures, including those conditions that require movement of teeth or correction of malrelationships between and among teeth and facial bones by the application of forces and/or the stimulation and redirection of the jaws within the craniofacial complex. back

 

Sedation Dentistry

Our office offers Nitrous Oxide Sedation. This is a very effective way for the doctor to help you stay relaxed and comfortable during a dental procedure. It is a very light form of sedation, which works fast and wears off quickly.
We also offer Oral Sedation. This is a wonderful option for patients as it allows you to be comfortably sedated through an entire dental visit by simply taking a prescription medication the doctor will give you along with the Nitrous Oxide.
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Simpli5

Simpli5 is an express aligner system designed for the correction of anterior teeth in cases requiring mild to intermediate correction. The system is comprised of five aligners per arch that are programmed with incremental correction to move the teeth to their desired end-result.
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