Experienced General Dentist in Central Mississippi

Advanced General Dentistry

We offer a wide range of general dentistry treatments to patients of all ages at our Ridgeland, MS office. Whether you are due for your semiannual checkup or exploring dentists in Central Mississippi, our team can help. Dr. Joe Burns has been enhancing smiles in patients for over 25 years.

General maintenance of your oral health is the fundamental basis for your oral and overall health. Oftentimes, patients want to improve their smile with a cosmetic procedure. Fortunately, Dr. Joe Burns is highly experienced in cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to improve your appearance and health.

The state of Mississippi has the lowest percentage of adults who have visited a dentist in the past year, according to WalletHub. The team at Joe Burns, DDS Family, and Cosmetic Dentistry want to reverse that trend in Central Mississippi. We believe the gateway to your overall health begins in your mouth. By and large, you can lower your risk of oral disease and other diseases in the human body with a proactive oral hygiene plan.

Dental Cleanings

Even the most conscientious daily brushing and flossing cannot remove all the plaque from your teeth. In just 48 hours, plaque can harden into tartar, a stubborn substance that can only be removed at a dentist’s office. Both plaque and tartar contain bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. This is why it is so important that you schedule regular dental cleanings with a trusted practitioner. 

During your dental cleaning at our office, a hygienist will remove plaque and tartar, helping to lower your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Your hygienist will also answer any questions you have about brushing, flossing, and the best practices for at-home oral hygiene.

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Oral Exams

Oral exams, or dental checkups, are necessary every six months to remain vigilant about the onset of any dental issues. We want to find and treat problems in their earliest stages to avoid complications. During your checkup at our office, we may take low-radiation digital x-rays and intraoral images of your teeth.

Your doctor will review your oral and medical history, current medications, and any symptoms you are currently experiencing. He will then evaluate your teeth, gums, soft tissues, and jaw joints. If the doctor discovers anything of concern, he will explain his findings and work with you to develop an optimal treatment plan.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

Do you suffer from migraines, earaches, or jaw pain? Some patients who exhibit these symptoms are actually suffering from a disorder of the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, called TMJ disorder. Dr. Burns utilizes a variety of methods of TMJ disorder treatment, in some cases including the use of an oral appliance that repositions and stabilizes the jaw.

The stabilization of the jaw joint serves two purposes. The first is pain relief: when tense and overworked jaw muscles can finally relax, TMJ pain subsides. The second purpose is to help “reprogram” jaw muscles to hold the joint in proper alignment. TMJ is a complex disorder with a variety of causes, and it manifests in myriad ways. It is important to seek treatment from a skilled practitioner who has experience successfully managing TMJ.

Preventive Care

The best dentistry is preventive because it reduces the risk of patients developing dental and oral health issues that require restorative treatment. In accordance with the American Dental Association’s recommendations, we advise patients to schedule two dental checkups and cleanings each year, or more frequently if recommended by your dentist.

At checkups, your doctor can screen for gum disease, oral cancer, and alignment concerns. We advise patients to brush and floss daily and eat a balanced diet with limited sugar to help prevent cavities. Also, we encourage patients to bring their young children to our office for their first dental cleaning, helping to instill good oral hygiene and alleviate dental anxiety at an early age.

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