IV sedation provides medication directly into your bloodstream to help you relax quickly and feel
comfortable during your appointment. This type of sedation is very safe, but we will monitor you
closely throughout your entire treatment to ensure that there are no complications. Patients
often feel as though they have slept through their treatment following their procedure and do not
recall many of the details of their visit.
You will need to bring someone with you to drive you home from our office. We also recommend
that someone remain with you for several hours after you have arrived home, until the
medication has worn off.
We invite you to contact our office today for more information about IV sedation and to schedule
your consultation with our caring dentists. We look forward to providing you with a comfortable
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Transform your smile with dental veneers! This simple yet highly effective treatment can correct
teeth that are discolored, misshapen, chipped, cracked or gapped. When you receive dental
veneers in Richmond Hill, Georgia, Dr. Ray Wallace and Dr. Catherine Bordlemay will ensure
that your veneers are custom-made to fit your smile comfortably and securely. Plus, our veneers
are made from porcelain, so they will blend with your smile to provide a beautiful, naturallooking appearance. We welcome you to contact Ford Avenue Family Dentistry at (912)756-2936 to learn more about veneers and schedule your appointment with our dentists.
CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns
At Ford Avenue Family Dentistry, we understand that your time is valuable and that you would rather
spend your day somewhere other than at the dental office. If you have a tooth that is severely damagedor decayed, Dr. Ray Wallace and Dr. Catherine Bordlemay may recommend a dental crown to restoreyour oral health. However, our practice stands out from others. When you receive a metal-free dentalcrown from our dentists, your crown will be completed in just one visit. With CEREC technology, we cancreate a customized, metal-free crown while you sit in the dental chair. There is no waiting, no uncomfortable temporary crowns and no second appointment. With CEREC same-day dental crowns in Richmond Hill, Georgia, you can walk into our office with a damaged tooth and walk out with a perfect,new restoration.
Missing teeth? Our skilled dentists provide dental implants to restore your smile, oral health and
quality of life. At Ford Avenue Family Dentistry we both place and restore implants, allowing you
to complete your entire treatment in a single convenient location. We invite you to call us at
(912)756-2936 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ray Wallace or Dr. Catherine Bordlemay and
learn more about dental implants in Richmond Hill, Georgia. Dental implants are lasting, stable
tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth or
complete arches of teeth. The dental implant post, which is a screw made of titanium, is
surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. It replaces the missing tooth
root and ensures that your dental restoration is stable. A period of healing is then often required
to allow the bone to begin to bond with the biocompatible post.
Following this healing period, our dentists will place the dental implant restoration, or
replacement tooth, which fits on top of the implant post. Depending on which teeth are missing
and your personal dental needs, your implant restoration might be a dental crown, dental bridge,
or a complete or partial denture. Each dental implant restoration is custom-made to fit your
smile comfortably and aesthetically.
Replacing a missing tooth can restore your smile to optimal health, function and appearance. A
dental implant is a great option for restoring your smile because the implant is designed to look,
function and feel just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, it can last a lifetime.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a major concern among dental and other
health professionals. It can cause damage to your gums, teeth and jaw, as well as your overall
health. Gum disease is fairly common, but most people are unaware that they have it. At Ford
Avenue Family Dentistry, we want to help you maintain good oral health and prevent gum
disease. To do that, Dr. Ray Wallace and Dr. Catherine Bordlemay will examine your mouth for
any signs or symptoms of gum disease. We will also educate you about the symptoms so you
know what you can look for at home. If you have questions about any of the signs and
symptoms of gum disease in Richmond Hill, Georgia, we welcome you to contact us at
(912)756-2936 and schedule an appointment with our dentists.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect both your gums and your teeth. It is caused
by a buildup of plaque along the gum line, often a result of poor oral hygiene, medications or
other health problems. When the plaque hardens, it separates your gums from your teeth and
creates an area for harmful bacteria to hide out. If left untreated, the infection can spread to your
tooth roots and to your bone.
There are many risks associated with gum disease, especially if it is left untreated. In addition to
causing tissue, tooth and bone damage, the infection can enter your bloodstream and cause
problems to your overall health. This can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies
have also shown that periodontal disease (advanced gum disease) can affect premature births,
diabetes and pneumonia.
Although it is important to know the risks of gum disease, it is also important to recognize the
symptoms so you can get immediate treatment. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Bleeding, inflamed and tender gums
- Hardened yellow or white substances between your gums and teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Dark spots or gaps at the base of your teeth, along the gum line
In many cases, the early signs of gum disease go unnoticed, and patients do not realize that
they have developed gum disease until it is damaging their gums. To help catch gum disease
early on, it is essential that you visit your dentist regularly for checkups. You are also welcome
to visit our periodontist to see if you require gum disease treatment. Please call or visit our office
to schedule your appointment and learn more. We are here to help your smile stay healthy.
Fixed Dental Bridges
If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Ray Wallace and Dr. Catherine Bordlemay may
recommend a dental bridge. Dental bridges are natural-looking restorations used to replace a
single tooth or row of missing teeth. They are fixed in place with dental crowns. Some people
worry that dental bridges are not realistic enough. At Ford Avenue Family Dentistry, however,
we use advanced technology to create restorations that are identical to your natural teeth, giving
you the best restoration possible. We invite you to learn more about fixed dental bridges in
Richmond Hill, Georgia, by contacting us at (912)756-2936 and scheduling your appointment
with our talented dentists.
Cone Beam/Dental CAT Scan Imaging
Dr. Ray Wallace and Dr. Catherine Bordlemay are pleased to utilize advanced dental
technology as part of your oral care. As part of your treatment at Ford Avenue Family Dentistry,
our dentists may use our cone beam/CAT scan machine. This technology scans your mouth,
face and neck in a matter of seconds and produces an accurate 3D image. With this replica of
your facial structure, our dentists can more accurately and efficiently locate and diagnose any
problems and provide specific, personalized treatment plans. To learn more about how your
dental care can benefit from cone beam/CAT scan 3D imaging in Richmond Hill, Georgia, we
welcome you to schedule an appointment by contacting us at (912)756-2936.
At our office, we are committed to utilizing advanced dental technology to always provide you
with the highest level of dental care. We are proud to utilize cone beam 3D imaging technology
at our practice. Cone beam 3D technology is an imaging system that provides our dentists and
team with a three-dimensional image reconstruction of your teeth, mouth, jaw, neck, ears, nose
and throat. We may use dental cone beam 3D imaging to:
- Plan dental implant placement
- Evaluate the jaws and face
- View the head and neck as a comprehensive whole
- Diagnose tooth decay (cavities) and other dental problems
- Detect endodontic problems and plan root canal therapy
- Analyze dental and facial trauma
- Plan and evaluate the progress of orthodontic treatment
- Visualize abnormal teeth
Assess a TMJ disorder
Cone beam 3D imaging is effective for diagnosing and evaluating dental conditions, as well as
planning treatments. One of the advantages of 3D cone beam technology is that it provides our
dentists and team with a view of your mouth and supporting structures that is more
comprehensive than that provided by digital X-rays. To learn more about cone beam 3D
imaging and how it helps us provide you with exceptional care, we invite you to contact us