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Dr. Travis Hampton, DMD Alcovy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
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Dr. Travis Hampton Graduated from the Medical of Georgia in 1991 with a doctorate degree in dental medicine. Dr. Hampton has maintained a family practice in Covington, Georgia since that time. Dr. Hampton has been married to his lovely wife Gina for 20 years and has two beautiful children, Rebecca 18 and Michael 17. While not practicing dentistry, Dr Hampton enjoys golfing and other sports, and playing the guitar. Dr. Hampton believes in continuing education and as of now is finishing his 5 year mastership program in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Contact Information
Phone: 770-784-7030
Address: 5229 Hwy 278 NE
  Covington, GA 30014

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Section: Dentistry
Q:  My child\'s teeth look darker since we found out he has asthma and has to do treatments several times a day. Is this normal?

I am sorry to hear that your child was diagnosed with asthma. Having lived with this disease in my family for many years, I know of it's effects first hand. I can tell you that it is not normal for inhalers to stain teeth, but it is possible. Approximately 1% of patients who use Albuterol for a long period of time experience tooth discoloration. Inhaling medication through your mouth can cause a fungal infection called oral candidiasis. Sometimes called thrush, this infection appears as white spots in your mouth and can be painful. A more common side effect would be dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to a lot of dental problems from increased tooth decay and periodontal problems to staining. The American Dental Association recommends to rinse your mouth after using your inhaler to help prevent these problems. Of course, brushing more frequently will help as well.

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Q:  How long does invisalign take?
A:  Invisible braces, or Invisalign, is a process in which teeth are moved using a series of clear trays to achieve a more pleasing smile. The trays move the teeth .3mm per tray until the desired results are obtained. Because different people have various amounts of crowding or spacing, it is difficult to answer your question but I can say that the typical case would be around 8-14 months. Not all cases can be treated with Invisalign and in some cases conventional orthodontics (braces) are recommended, but for adults who are a candidate, Invisalign is truly difficult to see and can improve their smiles without people ever knowing that they are in 'braces'.

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Q:  What Causes Periodontal Diseases?
A:  Periodontal disease is the most common disease in the world. More common than a common cold. It is a silent disease, meaning that you could have it but have no pain associated with it. It is caused by bacteria, but it is a little more complex than that. Bacteria (or plaque) makes a substance called tartar that sticks to your teeth both below and above the gumline. Tartar looks like little blobs of cement, or more accurately, like miniturized coral reef in the ocean. Just like in the ocean where all of the fish swim around the coral reef, in your mouth all of the bacteria swim around the tartar. To your body, this is a foreign object, much like a splinter would be, say, in your thumb. And just like around a splinter, you get redness and swelling around the tartar. We call this gingivitis. When the infection that is in you gums, spreads down to the bone holding your teeth in place, it is called periodontitis. Ginigivitis is reversible, remove the splinter (or tartar), keep it clean (floss and brush), and in 2 weeks it will usually heal. Periodontitis is irreversible. Once the bone is lost, we cannot grow it back. We can only control periodontitis. The disease is completely preventable though, so that is why dentists and hygienists are always telling you to see your dentist on a regular basis so that we can check you for the disease and let you know if you have it. Remember, it is a silent disease, so you may have it without knowing it. Now having said all of that, there are factors that increase your likely-hood of getting periodontal disease. The #1 factor in getting gum disease is not bacteria but genetics. If your parents had gum disease then you are much more likely to get it. The #2 factor is the bacteria. You control the bacteria and tartar by having good home care (brushing and flossing), and going to the dentist on a regular basis to remove the tartar that is forming. #3 is smoking and #4 is diabetes. Diabetics don't heal well in general and periodontitis is an infection. I imagine that answered your question, lol. Be sure to floss, brush, and see your dentist regularly to prevent or help control periodontal disease.

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Q:  Where did you develop such a verbose vocabulary?
A:  Hang on, let me look up verbose.....jk. I know that I can be a bit oratorical at times but that is only because I have always been didactic by nature, even when I was a taciturn, little kid trying to find my place in school. Of course, I am just kidding again. But being more serious, that is why I love answering your questions. I have a real passion for what I do and I love to share it with other people. I realize that my answers can be verbose at times, but remember, my area of expertise is in dentistry, not English. So if I leave a dangling participle every now and again, forgive me. I will try to be more succinct with my sentence structure in the future. I'll be sure to speak to my editor about that. In the mean time, if you have any dental related questions, please feel free to ask and I will try my best to give you a good answer. On a side note, I hope everyone has a great new year and remember to put daily flossing on your new year's resolution.

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Q:  I recently had a root canal done (1 1/2 weeks ago) my dentist said there was a lot of infection in the tooth and that he had to clean it out a lot. he did a filling also in the tooth next to it. The root Canal was done in tooth #10 and the filling in #9 which already had another filling in the center of #9 . I have been on Keflex for the last week and a half. The tooth is still very sensitive to cold and really sore. he did not put a crown on the root canalled tooth he did a core build up. The dentist office told me he xrayed the tooth after the canal adn the filling next to it and it was done really well. The pain in the tooth is sharp and for a week after the procedure it actually hurt up into my nose. Should I be concerned about this treatment or is it normal to still feel so much pain in the tooth. Also the filling over teh tooth feels rough not sure if thats normal or not.
A:  It is possible to have some discomfort around the root tip of a tooth that has had a root canal and sometimes you can feel this discomfort for a few weeks. It is not common but it does happen. Typically my patients will feel some mild pain the first day the root canal is completed and usually this is well controlled with motrin. In fact, I have not prescribed a prescription pain pill for a root canal is some time and more patients will say that they felt no pain at all afterwards than those who report more serious pain. After the 1st day most patients report only a mild biting discomfort. When a patient reports a severe biting pain the first thing I always check is the bite on the new filling. If the bite is higher than normal, even the slightest bit, then the tooth will hurt. If the bite is not high, then the pain will usually abate on it's own within 2 weeks. So if the pain is improving, follow it for another week. It should go away. If it is not improving or getting worse, have your dentist check the bite on the new filling. As for the filling feeling rough, that is not normal and is easily fixed by your dentist as well.

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Q:  Hello, I am diabetic, and I had to have the top row of teeth removed. I have aset of false teeth. The problem is, they make me sick literally when they are in. If i try to talk I start to gagge really bad. Sometimes I will throw up. The back of the plate seems like it is gagging me. I cant eat with them iN . SO I NORMALLY DO NOT put them in, therefore i dont do alot of family functions, or go places. Can you PLEASE help me. When I got this done about 2 yeears ago, I had to pay cash because I am on medicare. Do you know hy I am having the problms with them. thanks. you can also email me if too long of an answer. thanks so much
A:  I am truly sad to hear that you are having such problems with your denture. I tell my patients that dentures are artificial body parts. They are man made replacements to God given teeth. As such, they are never as good as good teeth. A small portion of people have a strong gag reflex and cannot wear a denture without gagging. What you are saying in your question is unfortunately far too common with dentures and many gaggers will not wear their dentures at all leading to poor ability to chew food, loss of facial support, and the loss of one our most warming features, the ability to smile. The reason you are gagging is because your denture in the back is stimulating your gag reflex. The denture needs to be shortened. The problem is that the upper denture has to go back far enough to rest on your 'soft palate'. You might be able to have the denture adjusted back there to get off of your gag reflex but stay on the soft palate, but if you have a strong gag reflex, you may have to adjust the denture completely off of the soft palate. This will most likely solve the gagging problem but will lead to a retention problem. If this happens you can 'glue' the denture in or get implants. I would strongly suggest that you get implants. I know that they cost more money, but do it. Your life would be so much better. Implants will allow you to hold the dentures in place, without any glue and with no denture in the back of your throat making you gag. The roof of your mouth would not be covered by plastic anymore. Even though implant dentures cost more than other treatment options, my implant denture patients are still my happiest patients. Call a dentist that has experience with implants and get a consultation. You have many options to getting your smile and ability to eat back.

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