Most people don’t give their temporomandibular joint (TMJ) a second thought – until there’s a problem! Unfortunately, it’s easy for jaw pain to develop because the TMJ is the most complicated joint in the body. For starters, it’s the only joint that’s bilateral, so the right and left sides have to work together in perfect harmony for everything to function properly. Not to mention that the TMJ also moves in 2 ways (hinging and sliding), whereas most joints in the body only move 1 way. That means that it’s fairly easy for jaw pain to develop if anything is off-track. But, the good news is that a dentist can provide non-surgical TMJ treatment that’s incredibly effective for treating this common condition. Keep reading to learn more!
Lake Oconee Dentistry Blog
September 8, 2018
August 15, 2018
Nearly everyone knows that Botox is a wonderful way to restore a youthful appearance by softening both smile lines and frown lines. But did you know that Botox has therapeutic benefits as well? That’s right – while Botox in dentistry can certainly be used to restore your smile’s youthful appearance, it can also bring you relief from any pain around your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) as well. If you’re one of the many Americans suffering from TMJ issues, you know that it has a huge impact on your quality of life because it prevents you from eating, smiling and laughing comfortably. But with Botox, it’s easier than ever to reduce these symptoms and restore the function of your jaws. Keep reading below to find out more about the cosmetic and therapeutic benefits of this procedure!
August 13, 2018
The American Red Cross has announced an emergency need for donations of all blood types to address a critical shortage. To help meet this need, Lake Oconee Dentistry will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, August 30th. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the practice’s parking lot and has appointments from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. available that day. Anyone in the community is welcome to participate.
“According to the Red Cross, blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in,” says Dr. David Bradley, co-owner of Lake Oconee Dentistry. “We have hosted successful blood drives in the past and felt that, given the shortage, now is the perfect time to host another one.”
Every day in the U.S., roughly 41,000 blood donations are needed. That means nearly every two seconds, someone needs blood. Just one pint of blood can save three lives. Although all blood types are needed, there is a particularly critical need for Type O. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be given to patients with any Rh-positive blood type. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. Emergency workers often reach for Type O blood when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.
In an effort to increase the number of donors over the next 30 days, the Red Cross is offering a $5 Amazon gift card to anyone who donates blood by August 30th. Participants in the Lake Oconee Dentistry blood drive will qualify for this special offer. Those interested in donating are asked to please reserve a time in advance by going to www.redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code LOD.
Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
“Donating blood is a simple process and makes a huge difference in the lives of others,” says Dr. Bradley. “We are looking forward to a really successful event.”
April 3, 2018
When you brush your teeth, are you worried that you’ll never be able to hide the stubborn intrinsic stains you’ve gathered over the years? Did you suffer a minor dental injury after an accident that permanently changed the appearance of your smile? Do you wish your teeth didn’t have so many gaps, but don’t want to seek orthodontic treatment?
If these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, you’ll want to read this post from your cosmetic dentist in Greensboro. They can use porcelain veneers to solve many cosmetic issues in your smile!
March 5, 2018
When it comes to teeth, most people feel that brighter is better. Everyone wants to have a smile that dazzles; yellow or dull-looking teeth aren’t an option for folks who truly want to look their best and turn heads wherever they go. But how can you obtain that Hollywood-level glow? We recommend that you skip the OTC products and opt for professional teeth whitening in Greensboro instead.
February 26, 2018
Drs. David and Patti Bradley, owners of Lake Oconee Dentistry, are opening a training school for anyone interested in becoming a dental assistant. Assist to Succeed Lake Oconee is currently enrolling students for a new 12-week session, which begins April 7th.
“Many people find it difficult to break into dental assisting because the available programs are too expensive and take too long,” says Dr. David Bradley. “Assist to Succeed is a 12-week program that is held on Saturdays, which makes the training more convenient, efficient and economical for people looking to start a new career.”
The Assist to Succeed curriculum gives students hands-on training to become a successful dental assistant. Students receive 80 hours of lecture and lab with a practicing dentist in a fully-operational dental office. Additionally, students will also be able to learn and observe procedures at specialty offices. Students will earn their Georgia radiology certification and CPR certification as part of the course.
The Saturday classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Oconee Dentistry office, located off Highway 44 in Greensboro, between the Publix parking lot and the movie theater. The dental assisting school is certified through the state of Georgia Non-Public Post Secondary Education Commission.
“Our graduates will be able to get a job dental assisting because they will have hands-on experience working with patients,” says Dr. Bradley. “Our ultimate goal is to get them hired, and we’re going to give them the tools they need to help make that happen.”
Assist to Succeed Lake Oconee will be holding an informational open house on Wednesday, March 21st at 6 p.m., at the Lake Oconee Dentistry office. Those interested in attending the open house should call 706-347-2635 to reserve your spot, as space is limited. Those who attend the open house are eligible for $500 off tuition. Tuition includes books and supplies.
Drs. David and Patti Bradley opened Lake Oconee Dentistry in 1998. Since then, the practice has grown to include four dentists and 23 team members. In addition to providing standard preventive maintenance exams and professional cleanings, Lake Oconee Dentistry offers short-term orthodontics, cosmetic enhancements, dental implant placement and restoration, teeth whitening, and oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea. Lake Oconee Dentistry is proud to be recognized as the area’s “Best Dentist” by readers of The Lake Oconee Breeze for six years running. For the last two years, the practice received the additional awards of “Best Customer Service” and “Business of the Year.”
February 8, 2018
Fillings are one of the cornerstones of modern dentistry. They fill in cavities in the teeth, protecting those pearly whites from further decay. But some people hesitate to go to the dentist when they’re experiencing the symptoms of a cavity. They might brush off their discomfort, hoping that it goes away when in reality, they’re risking that their minor oral health problem will develop into a major one. Your dentist in Greensboro strongly recommends that you don’t delay getting your cavities filled in. Here’s why.
January 9, 2018
If you’re trying to fix alignment issues or crowding in your teeth, you may be familiar with the innovative orthodontic treatment known as Invisalign. This series of custom-made clear aligners can offer results without all the downsides associated with traditional metal braces. Since this treatment is so different, it’s typical for patients to have many questions before undergoing Invisalign. That’s why your dentist in Greensboro is ready to keep you informed as you peruse your options.
Patients usually ask how long Invisalign treatment takes or what they need to do after treatment ends. To learn how Invisalign differs from traditional braces and what you’ll need to do to ensure effective results, keep reading.
December 14, 2017
It’s just about time to welcome a new year, and as your dentist in Greensboro, we’ve got a resolution of our own. We want to make sure our patients to love their smiles in 2018 — and that begins with you. Whether it’s the way your smile looks or functions, if you are not 100% satisfied with your teeth, this is the year to do something about it. Keep reading to find out more about our suggestions for better oral health in 2018, and how we can help you achieve the smile you love at long last!
November 29, 2017
When you brush your teeth do you see traces of blood after rinsing your mouth? That coppery taste that’s left behind from hints of blood in your saliva could be a sign that you’re developing gum disease, a real concern for your oral and overall health. Your dentist is here to help you recover optimal oral health with these different types of periodontal therapy.