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TMJ Dysfunction

02 October

Studies indicate that more than 80 percent of Americans suffer from tension headaches. Many tension headaches originate from muscle tension in the face. The temporomandibular joints (the little triangular joint you can feel in front of each ear), or TMJ for short, allow your jaws to open, close, and move side to side, forward and […]

Gum Disease

02 October

It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. Don’t think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form. If your gums bleed when you brush, you may have gum […]

Dental Bridges

02 October

Missing teeth can be a distraction, and sometimes people lose teeth or multiple teeth in a row. If a span of teeth is missing, it can sometimes be bridged. The news about bridges is that, thanks to modern technology and advanced dental materials, Dr. Tony Ratliff can make you a bridge that looks and feels […]

Veneers

02 October

How would even, straight teeth impact your self-esteem? Would you feel more confident in social or romantic situations? Would you be more likely to pursue career advancement? Most Americans perceive an attractive appearance as a major personal asset and confidence builder. Dr. Tony Ratliff recommends custom, porcelain veneers to transform the smiles of his image-conscious […]

Root Canal Therapy

02 October

When a tooth incurs significant damage, the nerve within the tooth root’s can die. This results in tooth death and can lead to the need for extraction. However, Dr. Ratliff views tooth extraction as a last resort and saves many teeth through a simple root canal procedure. Dental advances have made root canal procedures easier […]

Crowns

02 October

Have you ever bitten into your favorite candy, only to feel the agony of a tooth breaking? If so, you know the severity of tooth pain. To repair damage teeth, including those with extensive tooth decay, Dr. Tony Ratliff usually recommends an aesthetic crown. As an advanced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Tony Ratliff works with skilled […]

Tooth-Colored Fillings

02 October

Would you knowingly put mercury in your mouth? Not the planet, the heavy metal. Of course you wouldn’t! Yet, if you have amalgam fillings, mercury is in your mouth. Dr. Tony L. Ratliff recommends replacing your silver/amalgam fillings with natural-looking, tooth-colored fillings. Actually, our practice is mercury free. We eliminated those dark, silver fillings many […]

Dental Sealants

02 October

Do you remember how proud you felt when your child’s first tooth emerged? That precious, shining little pearl represented perfect oral health. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could always protect your child’s teeth and keep them as healthy as that very first tooth? Dental sealants provide a strong defense against the cavities caused by […]

Smile Design

02 October

Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. Are you ready for an extreme smile makeover? At Stony Creek Dentistry, Dr. Tony L. Ratliff and Dr. Kathy S. Ratliff will work together with you to create the smile design you’ve only dreamed about until now. Your smile […]