Treatment

We offer the following dental services:

Teeth Cleanings

general dentistry servicesDr. Guillot and his experienced hygienists will determine the appropriate interval for your routine dental examination and cleaning. Most healthy adult patients should visit the dentist every six months. During this routine examination and cleaning visit, Dr. Guillot will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth. His dental hygienists will remove plaque and calculus (tarter) from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can’t reach, such as underneath the gum line and in-between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and, if appropriate, apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.

Fluoride is an important advancement in dental and oral health. Studies consistently show that a moderate but consistent exposure of teeth to fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure and helps prevent future decay.

Digital radiographs (X-rays) will be obtained yearly to determine if any changes have occurred to your oral status, as well. If you are due for your regular dental cleaning, please call our office to schedule an appointment.  Our friendly office staff will be happy to assist you in finding a convenient time to maintain this all-important step in your dental health.

We welcome emergency walk-ins. Contact us now and allow us to get your beautiful smile back to you.

Teeth Whitening

Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your natural white smile is one of our priorities. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile.

Teeth whitening services are growing in popularity, and it’s one of the most requested services offered by our practice. Everyone sees the growing consumer market focused on whiter teeth. However, we are trained professionals using industry-approved methods.

Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient’s needs are different. We are proud to offer ZOOM! Advanced Power Plus Whitening Systems, both in-office sessions, as well as home whitening systems, to achieve your maximum whitening level. Call us today for a whitening evaluation.

Nothing improves your appearance more than a bright, white smile!

Fillings

The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a long-lasting dental material. Many options are available, including amalgam (silver metal) fillings, composite (tooth-colored) fillings or ceramic inlays, onlays, or crowns. Dr. Guillot will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each of these treatments in order for you to determine which types of restorations are right for you.

Eventually, most large fillings of any type will fail as a result of breakage or decay penetrating around the edges. This is one reason that a tooth may need to be restored with a different type of procedure. Durable and esthetic ceramic crowns are becoming the restoration of choice when large fillings are just too unstable to be viable. Dr. Guillot performs cosmetic fillings when possible but uses his own CAD CAM technology to make beautiful, natural-looking ceramic crowns in his office.

Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment may be needed when certain types of dental issues exist. A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types may be acquired. Some causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause malocclusions. Addressing these issues in childhood or adolescence is optimum for future oral stability.

Dr. Guillot does treat many types of adult cosmetic orthodontic cases. When these problems are outside the scope of cosmetic treatment, he will refer your case to a specialist for evaluation. Orthodontic treatment, either with brackets and wires or with a clear removable tray system, can be used to close gaps between the teeth and address many other problems related to tooth position. Adult orthodontic treatment is a growing area for the cosmetic dental field. Dr. Guillot takes much interest in helping his patients achieve orthodontic success!

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns
general dentistry servicesA crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain (ceramic), gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Ceramic generally has the most natural appearance and is extremely durable.

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:

  1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
  2. Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.  
  3. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes one to two weeks).  
  4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the custom-made crown is being created.  
  5. Applying the custom-made crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made one onto the tooth.
  6. After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place

Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. In many cases, your crowns can last a lifetime.

Bridges
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent:

  • Shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease.
  • Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.

There are three main types of bridges:

  • The fixed bridge is the most popular and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
  • The “Maryland” bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment (adjacent) teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches existing tooth color.
  • The cantilever bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.

Dentures

Because Dr. Guillot has established a Denture Lab at the office of Pine Belt Dental: John L. Guillot, DMD, providing same-day repairs in many cases, as well as offering the convenience of timely fabrication of your dentures, you can now have the dentures you have been contemplating sooner than you think!

Dentures alone are not physiologically identical to your actual teeth, they are the next best alternative. The need for dentures can arise from a loss of your natural teeth due to periodontal disease, injury and tooth decay. However, we can bring back the smile on your face with dentures to restore your missing teeth. With improved technology and updated materials, we can now make them appear more natural and more comfortable for the patient.

Types of Dentures
general dentistry servicesReplacing your missing or damaged teeth will benefit not only your appearance but your overall health. Using state-of-the-art technology and updated materials, dentures can now be custom designed to look more natural and feel more comfortable.

It may take some time to adjust to your dentures. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but these regular activities will resume normally once you are accustomed to your dentures.

Complete Dentures
Complete dentures are artificial, removable replacements for the natural teeth of the upper or lower jaw or both.

  • Upper dentures
    Upper dentures are generally held in place by a vacuum created between your appliance and the palate of your mouth.
  • Lower dentures
    Lower dentures are horseshoe-shaped to accommodate the tongue, and, due to lack of suction, are often held in place by implants placed in the jaw for support.

Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth by attaching a metal framework to your natural teeth.

Caring for your removable appliances:

Proper denture care is essential to the durability of your dentures and the overall health of your mouth.

  • Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. (Don’t forget to brush your gums and tongue, as well.)  
  • While not being worn, keep your dentures in denture solution and/or water (not hot) to prevent warping.  
  • Handle with care and keep out of the reach of children and pets.  
  • If your dentures become loose, chip, break or crack, see your dentist immediately.

Veneers

Veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” typically attached to your front teeth. Veneers are customized from porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are sometimes a great alternative to improve the appearance of your smile.

Common problems that veneers are used for:

  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth • Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Dr. Guillot offers Lumineers® veneers. Call or stop by our office for more information on these break-through cosmetic alternatives for a beautiful smile!

Cosmetic Bonding

Bonding is a common solution for:

  • Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface

Often, composite bonding is used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, a type of plastic, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.

Composite bonding has many advantages:

  • It is a quick process, which typically lasts about an hour.  
  • It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive.  
  • Composite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth.
  • Composite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.

Composite bonds do stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, foods and candy.

Dental Implants

Implants first arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions, including:

  • Single Tooth Replacement
  • Anterior Replacement
  • Posterior Replacement
  • Full Upper Replacement
  • Full Lower Replacement

If you are in need of replacement teeth, whether one or many, ask whether dental implants may be right for you. Dr. Guillot will refer you to an oral surgeon for placement of the Implant post, after which he will restore the tooth with a ceramic crown. This results in a totally natural looking tooth that is fully functional.

Post Implant Care

Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.

Root Canals

Dr. Guillot performs many root canal procedures for those in need of this treatment. A root canal is a procedure that removes diseased pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with a specialized sealing filler material.

A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth shell, thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled. The procedure occurs as follows:

  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
  • The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.  
  • The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.  
  • With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
  • The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.  
  • A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.  
  • Patients MUST have the tooth permanently restored, usually with a crown.

Tooth Extractions

General Extractions
An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. In children, extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired.

In adults, extractions are sometimes necessary if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, is malpositioned or impacted, or if the patient suffers from periodontal disease. Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or nonsurgically.

Wisdom Teeth
Your third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth." Usually appearing in the late teens or early 20s, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.

In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.

To potentially stave off this result, an extraction of one, several or all of the wisdom teeth may be advised. If that is the case, we will make the appropriate referral to an oral surgeon. Ask our staff for more information regarding tooth extractions if you feel you may need one.

Periodontal Disease

The term “periodontal” means “around the tooth.” Therefore, periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. The infection starts when the gums become inflamed due to bacteria in plaque; a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth daily. While this is often the main cause of periodontal disease, other factors can also be attributed to affecting the health of the gums and bone, including:

  • Smoking or Tobacco Use
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications
  • Diabetes
  • Poor Nutrition

There are many forms of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is perhaps the mildest form of gum disease. While the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily, there is very little to no discomfort associated at this stage of the disease. Through a good oral hygiene regimen and treatment from your dentist, the results of gingivitis can be reversed.

Periodontitis is another form of periodontal disease and can be aggressive or chronic. Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients. Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of periodontal disease and is frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.

Treatment and Prevention of Periodontal Disease
In certain cases, periodontal surgery may be recommended to treat periodontal disease when nonsurgical treatment is ineffective. Dr. Guillot may advise procedures such as pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts or bone regeneration to treat periodontal disease. If a tooth has been lost due to periodontal disease, dental implants are always an option for permanent tooth replacement.

Good oral hygiene and regular visits with your dentist and periodontist can prevent periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing can keep plaque to a minimum and, in conjunction with professional cleanings 2-4 times a year, can keep your teeth healthy for life.

Sealants

The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.

Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.

 

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Contact Information

Pine Belt Dental, PLLC

49 Cross Creek Parkway
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Phone: 601-264-5800

Business Hours
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