At Middle Georgia Center for Cosmetic Dentistry our goal is to create an exceptional dental experience for our patients. Our Warner Robins dental practice provides comprehensive services including family dentistry, restorative care, cosmetic dentistry, and specialty oral surgery procedures.
We know that choosing a dentist is an important health care decision, and we sincerely value your trust in us. General & Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Curtis Hayslip and Oral Surgeon Dr. Michael Billingsley believe our patients deserve the best possible care delivered with the highest level of compassion. They look forward to sharing what dentistry has to offer to improve your smile and maintain your oral health.
Managing your family’s dental health is easily accomplished with good planning. We begin with a complete dental examination to provide you with a current oral health review, along with recommendations to keep those precious smiles healthy.
Our initial examination is an important first step in your care. We carefully evaluate your oral condition to look for signs of gum disease, decay, infection and oral cancer. Regular check-up appointments give us the opportunity to continually monitor your oral health to help prevent and detect these serious conditions.
Routine Cleanings and Checkups
We recommend that our patients visit our office every 3-6 months for routine preventive care. At this visit, we will take necessary digital xrays and Dr. Hayslip will perform a dental examination to evaluate the condition of your teeth, gums and jaw joints. We may recommend fluoride treatments or sealants for your child to help prevent tooth decay.
At each checkup visit, Dr. Hayslip and our Hygienists will measure your gums to look for signs of periodontal (gum) disease. If periodontal disease is diagnosed, we may perform periodontal therapy in our office or refer you to a Periodontist (gum specialist) for treatment.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer usually appears as red, white or discolored lesions, patches or lumps in or around the mouth. It is usually painless in the early stages, and often goes unnoticed, so regular screenings can be life-saving. At each preventive visit, we will examine the tongue and oral soft tissue for signs of oral cancer.
In addition to regular visits to the dentist, we recommend that our patients brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. It is especially important to thoroughly clean the teeth, gums and tongue prior to bedtime to reduce the bacteria levels in the mouth and minimize harmful bacterial activity as much as possible while you sleep.
Dental Crowns are full coverage restorations for teeth that have become structurally weakened by decay, broken-down fillings or trauma. A tooth with a large filling, root canal or fracture is in danger of breaking, or falling out altogether. With the help of a dental crown, a damaged tooth can easily be saved, restoring the tooth’s natural function and appearance.
Dental Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is anchored on either end by attaching to existing healthy tooth structures or dental implants. It supports single or multiple crowns to restore the area so you can bite and smile with confidence.
For patients that have recently had crown and bridge procedures in our practice, download our Post-Operative Care Instructions for Crown and Bridge Procedures.
Dental Implant Restorations
We are so excited to offer dental implants to our patients! We meet so many patients that have lost their teeth over the years who feel their smile is hopeless. Not so! We see, time and time again, the change in a patient’s self-confidence and quality of life after replacement of missing teeth with dental implant restorations.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a small cylinder that is placed in the jawbone by our MGCCD Warner Robins oral surgeon, Dr. Michael Billingsley to serve as a replacement for the tooth root. The implant is strategically placed to replace the strength, stability, resilience and support of natural teeth that have been lost due to decay, periodontal (gum) disease or trauma.
Mini Dental Implants
In some cases, “mini” dental implants may be selected due to health, financial or provisional needs. Mini dental implants are an adapted version of the traditional dental implant and provide attachment for artificial teeth when it is necessary to use an alternative procedure.
Once restored, dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. They are used for a number of solutions for replacement of a single tooth or multiple missing teeth such as implant-secured crowns, partial dentures, bridges and dentures.
Dental implants offer a number of benefits to support proper dental health.
They may be used to:
What to Expect
Dr. Hayslip will perform a complete dental examination, including photos and any necessary dental x-rays, to fully understand your oral health condition. During this examination, he will perform an oral cancer screening and periodontal assessment to ensure that there is no underlying disease or infection; these concerns would be a health priority and would need to be addressed first.
With a full set of dental records, Dr. Hayslip will provide you with recommendations for your care and his plan for restoring your smile. He will share this information with Dr. Billingsley to plan your dental implant procedure.
Your Treatment Plan
Following the diagnostic process, Dr. Hayslip will help you map out a treatment timeline. Dental implant procedures generally involve a series of planning visits, such as dental impressions, additional necessary x-rays and pre-surgical consultation. The treatment process includes surgical placement of the dental implant, fitting and attachment of the implant crown, bridge, partial or complete denture and follow-up visits to monitor healing. The implant restoration appointment sequence usually spans a few months to allow for planning and appropriate healing times.
Periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. It is a progressive disease that begins when bacteria penetrate and grow beneath the gums. As the disease spreads, gum tissue and eventually bone become infected and are destroyed. If left untreated, periodontal disease will break down enough bone and gum tissue to cause the teeth in the affected area to become loose and eventually fall out.
Common signs of Periodontal Disease:
If detected early, periodontal disease can be treated with non-surgical treatment. In some cases, surgical procedures to remove infection or repair bone defects are required.
When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected as a result of dental disease or trauma, our doctors may recommend root canal therapy. During a root canal procedure, a small opening is made in the tooth so that the infected nerve and tissue can be removed and the roots of the teeth can be disinfected and sealed. Following a root canal procedure, the tooth is restored with a crown to protect it from breakage.
Root canal therapy may be recommended if:
Restoration vs. Tooth Extraction
A root canal is usually the recommended procedure to save a tooth that has become infected, rather than removing it. Once restored, the tooth can continue to support its role to the body by remaining in position to support the jaw bone structures, bite balance and proper chewing.
The majority of adult patients will develop one or more wisdom teeth by their late teens or early twenties. Most people have problems with wisdom teeth because there is usually not enough room in the mouth for them. They are very difficult to keep clean and any infection or decay will eventually affect other teeth. We usually recommend removal of third molars, or wisdom teeth, as they are often troublesome and not functional for most patients.
Our Warner Robins dentists are equipped and trained to provide a full range of routine and surgical dental procedures in the comfort of our office.
For restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures, Dr. Curtis Hayslip offers the options of Nitrous Oxide Sedation or Oral Conscious Sedation. Oral Surgeon Dr. Michael Billingsley is certified to provide dental IV sedation for patients undergoing implant placement, wisdom teeth extraction or other dental surgery procedures.
Dentistry today offers so many options to care for your smile! During your initial consultation, we will fully explain what to expect and help you plan for your treatment. We encourage you to ask any questions, or bring your spouse or family member to go over your procedure and follow-up instructions together.
We will review before & after cases similar to your own to help us determine the path to your final result. Whether you complete your treatment in a few, longer appointments or over several visits, we can help you develop a plan that meets your budget and scheduling goals.
Dentistry is an important investment in your health! We will work with you to develop a payment approach that meets your needs. If you have dental insurance, we will research your coverage to maximize your insurance benefits. Convenient third-party financing through Lending Club Patient Financing and CareCredit is also available for costs not covered by insurance.
Our Warner Robins dental practice is conveniently located on Russell Parkway. We are central to Warner Robins AFB, Macon, Perry, Centerville and Houston County and Bibb County communities. Get a map & directions to our office.
Your new smile begins with a personal consultation. Contact Middle Georgia Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Warner Robins today!