Dr. Clark Carroll is a graduate of The Medical College of Georgia, School of Dentistry and a native of Eastman, GA where he maintains a full time dental practice.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, the Pierre Fauchard Society and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
He served ten years on the Georgia Board of Dentistry including two terms as president. A member of the Central Regional Dental Testing Service, he examines nationally dental and dental hygiene graduates for licensure. Dr. Carroll has received the Georgia Dental Association’s Honorable Fellow Award and was selected the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year for 2007. He provides comprehensive cosmetic, reconstructive, restorative and preventive services on a personalized basis.
Generally, no. However, it is advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride and is ADA approved.
The brand of toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard bristle brushes tend to cause gingival irritation and contribute to gum recession. A small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It is not necessary to "scrub" or brush teeth hard.
These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns". However, patients often refer to the tooth-colour ones as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns".
Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.