Within our website, you will find an abundance of information about our practice, procedures we provide, and dentistry in general. Our patients should have as much information as possible in order to make important, informed decisions regarding their oral health and treatment options.
In additional to routine dental checkups, we provide a range of services including:
Bondings and Fillings:
Porcelain fillings are what we use here at Professional Lane Dental, it is advisable to remember that a dentist is the only person who is qualified to make a decision regarding whether or not you require a filling. When you visit your dentist for your regular exam, he/she will look inside your mouth and use specially designed instruments that helps the dentist examine the surfaces of your teeth. If you have some damage, a filling is generally recommended. The area to be filled is numbed with a local anesthetic, so you will not feel the procedure. Most fillings take less than one hour and match your natural tooth color. In addition to looking natural, they may help save your tooth.
If a large portion of your tooth is damaged due to decay, a crack or a cavity you may need a cap or a crown to repair the damage. If the damage has affected the nerve of the tooth, you may need to have a root canal. If the dentist determines that your tooth can be repaired with a filling, he/she will use on of the fillings listed earlier after removing the cavity. You may either choose which filling you would like, depending upon what you can afford or whether or not you have health insurance, or you may take the dentist's recommendation. Generally, composite or porcelain fillings will be recommended for most situations. Gold fillings have increased in popularity, but many people still desire a filling that matches their natural tooth color and is therefore less visible.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration. It is used to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite.
They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. Types of bridges may vary, depending upon how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. Conventionally, bridges are made using the indirect method of restoration.
The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. A bridge is fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by a preparation pattern determined by the location of the teeth and by the material from which the bridge is fabricated. In other words, the abutment teeth are reduced in size to accommodate the material to be used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth in a correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
If you think you may be in need of a bridge or crown come see us at Professional Lane Dental!
If you are looking for a local children's dentist in Dothan, AL Professional Lane Dental is the place to come to! Come feel welcome at Professional Lane Dental. Our beautiful practice is nestled on Main Street in the middle of Dothan, setting the stage for tranquility and a relaxing dental experience. We love our patients of Dothan and the Wiregrass Area, and enjoy serving them one smile at a time. As a local family dentist we look forward to meeting you, and being your encouragement for healthy living and a beautiful smile. We hope you for choose Professional Lane Dental as your dental home. Our patients and their family are important to us and we strive to develop long lasting, trusting relationships with you. We are always welcoming new patients, and would love to have you a part of our dental family. Please call us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. As a local family dentist we always love to hear from you! To schedule an appointment or take a tour of the practice and meet the doctors call us at 334-792-0997!
Professional Lane Dental is skilled in many different aspects of cosmetic dentistry! Dr. Nancy Hein and Dr. Emily Anne Latta Grisham are educated in implant technology, veneers, lumineers, and in house whitening.
Different whitening methods include in-office bleaching, which is applied by a professional dentist; at-home bleaching, which is used at home by the patient; over the counter, which do patients apply. The ADA recommends having one's teeth checked by a dentist before undergoing any whitening method. The dentist should examine the patient thoroughly: take a health and dental history including allergies and sensitivities. The whitening shade guides are used to measure tooth color. These shades determine the effectiveness of the whitening procedure, which may vary from two to seven shades.
If you need a crown and have damaged teeth look no further than your local Dothan dentist, Dr. Nancy Hein and Dr. Emily Anne Latta Grisham. Damaged teeth can be restored with a crown that can be used change the shape, appearance color and function.
Crowns are used cap teeth that have root canals, or extensive filling. There are different types of crowns that are made from different materials and one of the popular materials is porcelain. Dr. Nancy Hein and Dr. Emily Anne Latta Grisham will normally suggest the right material for your needs, which will depend on the tooth that should be restored.
Porcelain is one of the popular materials, because it resembles the tooth enamel, and provides a natural look.
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth; the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity support them. Conventional dentures are removable. However, there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
A partial denture is used to replace one or more teeth, to help you with your bite, chewing and other various things. If you are looking for the best place to get your partial denture in Dothan, AL you should visit Professional Lane Dental! At our dentist office in Dothan, AL we provide you with the best possible care in getting a partial denture done. At Professional Lane Dental you are in good hands!
Emergency situations happen all the time. For medical emergencies, there are emergency room facilities, but what about emergency dental facilities? We are an emergency Dothan dentist at Professional Lane Dental! If you are not registered with an emergency Dothan dentist, you may just have to resort to emergency dental measures. It is important to know about the different emergency dental needs and knowing when to call.
Before we continue, let us take a look at a few things being considered as dental emergencies:
The mild dental emergencies: Swollen gums, Abscess, Toothache, Root canal trouble, Lost fillings, Loose crowns, Broken dentures, Chipped tooth, Tooth decay, Wisdom teeth problems, Mouth ulcers
As you can see, the mild dental emergencies are things that you can still bring under control should your dental emergency happen after hours. Should you experience toothache, loose crowns, a chipped tooth or a mouth ulcer, you do not need to call the emergency dental room just yet. Simply wait till morning time and make an appointment to see your dentist to have your problem fixed. In the meantime, take some painkillers. This will help you get some temporary relief.
The 'more serious' dental emergencies: Fractured, broken or dislocated jaw, Severe bleeding, Swelling in the face or neck area, Loss of consciousness
The 'more serious' dental emergencies are also often referred to as oral injuries or accidental injuries. These emergencies are commonly seen in sporting accidents, car accidents and children, and should be directed to the emergency dental care facility as soon as possible. These are emergencies that need immediate medical attention and should be taken care of instantly. Also, these emergencies are the only that really mandates a visit to the emergency dental room. If you feel like you have a dental emergency please do not hesitate to call us at 334-792-0997.
Here's a list of some very common dental implant procedures:
Single Tooth Implants - For single tooth replacement. The insertion of a single titanium dental implants followed by the attachment of a single crown.
Fixed-Bridge on Implants - For two or more teeth missing. Involves the insertion of two dental implant spread across two, three, or four teeth. This is followed by the attachment of a fixed bridge spanning two, three, or four teeth.
Over-denture - Almost like the All-on-Four™ implant option but uses two implants instead of four and can still be removed with the assistance of a dental professional. For people who have lost all or the majority of their teeth.
All-on-Four™ Dental Implant Procedure - This is the most drastic dental implant procedure. Involves the placement of four titanium dental implants either on the top of bottom of the jaw bone and are followed by the construction and attachment of a fixed denture that essential acts like a new set of natural teeth.
Most dental implant procedures are done in two phases. The first, after an initial consultation, is the insertion of the titanium dental implant into the patients' jawbone. For some treatments, this can involve as many as four dental implants (screw-like titanium embedded into the jaw bone). After there has been enough time for the jaw to accept and merge with the biocompatible titanium implants (which usually takes 1-2 months), it's now time for the next step.
From that point on, an appointment is scheduled for the attachment of the crown or the prosthetic tooth/teeth. This actually only takes a couple hours or less. The newly fabricated denture or crown/bridge is then attached either by another titanium screw or by screwing the crown into the dental implant. Overall, you're easily in and out of the dental office within 2-3 hours. After that, you can start eating with your new implants right away.
Many people neglect their teeth cleaning routine and do not realize that dental care is an important part of overall health. In order to be healthy, you must incorporate oral hygiene in your daily routine. If left unattended and not looked after, many health problems can occur such as cavities and gum disease.
Dental decay from a build-up of plaque is very common as it is difficult to see the plaque and often people do not give their teeth the attention they need to stay healthy. The bacteria within plaque, produces acidic substances that can erode the enamel on your teeth. Your saliva works in the mouth to neutralize the acid produced by bacteria however once the plaque has built-up it cannot penetrate through to carry out its job. Prevention is always better than the cure as once the plaque has built-up, it can lead to cavities in the surface of your teeth if not attended to.