We are a full service Norcross dental family practice where we can take care of most of your family's dental needs under one roof. Our goal is to provide the highest
quality dental treatment while making you as comfortable as possible during
the process and with results that will make you smile.
Your comfort during treatment is extra important to us. With over 30 years of experience, we are able to make your visits as
pleasant as possible. With modern pain control techniques, including
nitrous oxide and conscious and IV sedation, fear of the dentist is
now a thing of the past.
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- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Sedation Dentistry
- Crowns and Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Root Canal Treatment
- Gum Treatment
- Oral Surgery
- Invisible Braces/Invisalign®
- Teeth Whitening
- Children's Dentistry
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
You will be so happy that finding the right dentist for you and your family can be so easy!
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To schedule an appointment with a Norcross dentist, contact Gangwisch Dental Group, serving Norcross and all of the Atlanta area.
Dr. Richard P. Gangwisch, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., A.B.G.D.
Board Certified General Dentist
- Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, Ohio State University
- Former Dental Officer, U.S. Navy
- Former Clinical Instructor of Operative Dentistry, Emory University School of Dentistry
- Fellowship and Mastership, Academy of General Dentistry
- Diplomate of American Board of General Dentistry (Board Certified General Dentist)
- Member, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Published Author, Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Volunteer Dentist, Ben Massell Dental Clinic
Dr. John D. Hulsey, D.M.D.
- Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, Medical University of South Carolina
- General Practice Dental Residency, East Carolina University
- Volunteer Dentist, Ben Massell Dental Clinic
- 07/15/12Read MoreSleep ApneaSleep apnea can be a potentially life threatening condition. Unlike simple snoring, a sufferer of sleep apnea will stop breathing for as much as a minute to a minute and a half. This can happen many times during the night. As a result, the person will awaken in order to restart the breathing process. This causes sleep deprivation leading to lack of alertness and drowsiness during the day. It is important that cases of sleep apnea be diagnosed by a physician. If there is airway obstruction, many times, surgical procedures can be performed to alleviate the problem.
A C-PAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine may be prescribed. A specially fitted nosepiece is worn at night during sleep. It helps to keep the airway open, prevent snoring, and stops interruptions in breathing. There are some sufferers who can be helped with oral appliances that bring the mandible (lower jaw) forward, helping to open the airway. It can be helpful for those who have difficulty wearing a C-PAP machine at night. A physician should make the decision as to whether to try the oral appliance or not. If so, our office can construct an appliance to see if it alleviates the problem.Read More
- 07/15/12Read MoreSealants
Sealants are coatings that are placed on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Their placement can save literally thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime. To place a sealant, the dentist or assistant will clean all of the plaque off the tooth. This can be done with a traditional prophy cup, just like one used when getting ones teeth cleaned, or by air abrasion, kind of like a mini-sandblaster. Then, an acid solution is placed in the chewing surface. This will etch the enamel surface of the tooth. The enamel has a frosty appearance but microscopically, there are huge crevasses created when the acid dissolves away some of the mineral content of the tooth surface. It is this microscopic layer that is responsible for the retention of sealants. At this point, the acid is thoroughly rinsed off and a liquid plastic is flowed over the surface. An extremely intense light beam is placed over the area which hardens the plastic. The liquid has flowed into the microscopic crevasses and is not hardened in such a way that the sealant “adheres” to the tooth. Sealants are used only on the chewing surfaces to seal the tiny pits and fissures that are very susceptible to cavities. It will not seal in between the teeth or at the gum line. By placing sealants at an early age when the teeth are most susceptible to decay, it can help prevent cavities. Once a cavity is in place, it will have to be maintained over a person's lifetime, necessitating multiple re-fills and many dollars spent. That is why it is best to place the sealants on children.Read More
- 07/15/12Read MoreHow Does a Porcelain Laminate Stay in Place?Porcelain laminate veneers are a wonderful way to conservatively change the shape and color of teeth with a durable long-lasting restoration. The laminates are extremely thin (thinner than finger nails) veneers of porcelain. They are held in place by a bonding resin cement. The word “bonding” is somewhat of a misnomer as there is very little true adhesion involved. The enamel surfaces of the teeth and the inside surface of the porcelain are etched with an acid solution. This creates microscopic crevasses in those surfaces. A liquid plastic is flowed over these areas and filters down into the tiny crevasses. The plastic is then hardened with the rest of the cement with an intense light source. A silanating agent that has double bonds for porcelain and the resin cement will provide some mild adhesion for that interface and the new generation dentin bonding agents will also help adhere to areas where the dentin , the inner layer of the tooth, shows through. The resin cement can also help with the color of the tooth. The cement is naturally translucent, however, different agents can be added that can change the color and the opacity of the laminate, thus masking any problems with the underlying teeth.Read More
- 07/15/12Read MoreToothbrush AbrasionAs a dentist it is my moral and ethical obligation to tell my patients to brush their teeth. It is always a pleasure to see patients who take good care of their teeth. It is especially gratifying when we see a patient whose home care was far from sterling, but has gotten on the wagon and started brushing regularly. The problem is that some people get too much of a good thing. By being over-zealous with the toothbrush, one can damage their teeth and gums. We used to be taught to brush as hard as we could. That is reminiscent of the good old days when the bristles were made of natural materials. Once these bristles came in contact with saliva, they would soften, thus, more force could be applied without causing damage. Now the bristles are made of nylon which doesn’t soften when moistened. Therefore, vigorous scrubbing with a toothbrush can wear away gums and tooth. The gums will first recede due to the abrasion which can cause tooth sensitivity at the exposed root. Next, since the dentin (inner layer of the tooth) is much softer than enamel and it is now exposed to the brush because of the receded gums, it will wear away in a saucer like fashion at the gum line. This will require a filling to correct the damage. The better thing is prevention. Don’t overdo it on the force placed on a toothbrush. Plaque is not that difficult to remove with gentle brushing.Read More
- 07/15/12Read MoreMouthguardsThe use of mouthguards in athletics has significantly reduced accidental fracturing of teeth, reduced morbidity of many orofacial injuries and even possibly lessening the number of concussions. Mouthguards were first mandated for boxing in the 1920s. By the 1960s, their use became mandatory for high school and college football.
Mouthguards are currently made with polyvinyl chloride or polyurethane. They can be custom made by a dentist or at home with the “boil and bite” variety. The NCAA currently requires mouthguard use in four sports: ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse and football. The American Dental Association recommends mouthguards for 29 sports. Studies have shown that the frequency of orofacial injuries and fractured teeth in individuals who do not wear a mouthguard is from 1.6 to almost 2 times higher. As far as concussion prevention, the studies are inconclusive because concussions can happen without a blow to the jaw. However, it would be very logical to think that the cushioning effect of a mouthguard could reduce the number of concussions involving mouth trauma.Read More
- 07/15/12Read MoreDentally Related HeadachesThere are a wide range of causes of headaches and tooth and jaw problems are on that list. A toothache can refer pain up toward the ear, onward toward the temple, then eventually to an old-fashioned headache. The more common dentally related cause of headaches is pain from the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) and the related muscles of mastication. Inflammation in the joint itself can cause pain that can radiate to the head. When the surrounding muscles go into spasm, the constantly contracted muscles choke off the blood vessels reducing the blood flow. This causes a buildup of lactic acid. It’s the same discomfort we get when we start exercising after an extended layoff. It’s a malady called myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome. The muscle spasms will start with the chewing muscles, but then will get the other muscle groups involved. When these head and neck muscles begin to spasm, we call that — a headache. Although different from the migraine, it is nonetheless — a pain. Your dentist can help you with diagnosing and treating many headaches. Once serious problems, for example, brain tumors, have been ruled out, then the dentist can try a TMD splint, basically a mouthpiece, to take the pressure off the jaw joint, and will many times alleviate the pain.Read More