Dr. Ragan Faler

Dentistry
Stockbridge, GA
26 years experience male

Locations

Ragan L Faler, DMD, PC

Stockbridge, GA

Address

239 Village Center Pkwy, Suite 200, Stockbridge, GA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Fax

(678) 289-0383

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia

Cigna

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (The)

Humana Insurance Company

Ameritas

Lincoln National Life Insurance Company

Eagle's Landing Periodontics

Stockbridge, GA

About

Bio

Graduate of Mississippi State University in 1993. UAB School of Dentistry in Birmingham, AL in 1997. Masters from UAB Graduate School, and a Specialty in Periodontics from UAB and BHAM VA Medical Center in 2000. He is Board Certified and is also an adjunct professor at UAB Depart of Periodontics.

Specialties
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Dentistry

Dentistry - Periodontics

Doctor Q&A

243 Answers
284 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Considerations: Just because you are currently on warfarin doesn't mean that you can't have implant or oral surgery procedures safely in an office setting. Your surg... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Depends : Many people can. It is smart to take a day of possible. Exertion can create swelling. If you must go to work, use plenty of ice compression the day of... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Herbal remedy: A better herbal remedy for dry socket is oil of clove. This is where eugenol is derived which is used routinely as a dry socket treatment.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Abcess: If you had an abcessed tooth, then a filling is not the right treatment. The abcessed tooth would require a root canal treatment. If you had a root c... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Don't wait : Wisdom teeth should be removed as a preventative procedure. Waiting for them to come in is a big mistake. They may never come in. Once they are full... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Medications. : Red wine in itself will not. However, alcohol can interfere or potentiate the effects of medications. Wine shouldn't be mixed with pain medications an... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
No: The nerves that are at risk for damage are the inferior alveolar, lingual, and facial nerves. These are sensory nerves, not motor nerves. Which means ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Crown lengthening : Crown lengthening is a procedure to expose more sound tooth so a new crown can be placed. Consideration needs to be given to the adjacent teeth as wel... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Lie bumps: Commonly referred to as a lie bump, they are an inflammation of the small tastebuds on the tip of the t the tongue. It is relatively unknown why they... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Not likely : Restorative dental work such as fillings, crowns, then not likely. Cleanings and periodontal treatment as well. However, with invasive surgery such ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Other causes: There are other causes of facial pain. Myofacial pain associated with tmj, trigeminal neuralgia, sinus pain, etc. I suggest you get a second opinion,... Read More
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A 92-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Electric vs manual: Sonicare or braun oral b are in my opinion the better powered brushes. They are also far better for patients with dexterity problems. Stroke victims, ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Allergy: It is very common to have mild food allergy which can present as lip swelling, itchy throat or palate or gum tissues. You may want to consult an aller... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Yes : Oil of clove is a soothing obtundant that may help a little in the short term.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
No. Please do: Gastric contents are very damaging to teeth. Brushing after vomiting removes stomach acid and helps prevent erosion caused by vomiting.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Helps a little: Carmex will speed up the healing a little by keeping the site moist an a little protected. If anything, it may help it feel better.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Reduce the reflex : The gag reflex is a strong reaction and can be very frustrating when it comes time to swallow a pill, have a dental x-ray, or wear a denture. One tri... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Several things: Commonly candida, or yeast, can cause burning in the mouth, which can arise after antibiotic treatment. A more obscure disorder, called burning mouth ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Why avoid?: Tartar buildup is mainly due to missing places when brushing. Simple regular cleanings and improving home care will reduce tartar buildup. Avoiding ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Mucosal sloughing : Sloughing of mucosal tissues after using mouth rinses and tooth pastes is fairly common. Generally seen in products containing wintergreen, sanguarine... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Gastric distress : Nsaids such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin can irritate the stomach. Some patients are instructed to take food, or a full glass of water, with these medici... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
1- 10 days or more: Take it easy a simple extraction can give you little to no discomfort. One more involved can cause significant swelling which may not even begin to ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Sedation: Most likely, the anesthesia will be a combination of versed, fentanyl and propofol. The medicines make you sleepy, give you some amnesia, and usually... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Premedicating: It is common for patients to have medication to reduce anxiety prior to dental appointments. There is a compounding sedation effect when opiates such... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Yes: Care around dental implants is very similar to natural teeth. Brushing and flossing, is routine, but may require an extra cleaning lesson or an extra... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Airway obstruction : Sleeping with your mouth open can dry your mouh and cause the tongue to expand. You may need to see an ENT for an exam. Weightless, healthy sinuses, a... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Glue or screw: The restorative dentist will make a working model of our implant once it is ready. They will either make the crown that can be srewed to the implant, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
A few: Many times, keterolac, or toradol, is given IV during the procedure. It is a non steroidal antiinflammatory. Also, other steroids such as dexethason... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Sjorgen's: Sjorgen's syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects the mucous membranes. The structures such as salivary and lacrimal glands get damanged its s... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Gum disease: This is a classic sign of a gum infection. I'd recommend you seek a periodontist for an examination.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Narcotic/combination: Diclofenac is a non steroidal which relieves pain by reducing swelling. It filters through the kidney. Most agree that a narcotic such as hydrocodone/... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Oral surgeon: See an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Have the TMJ examined and follow the doctors course of action.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Don't delay. : They aren't designed to last very long. Although the crown may function, the "seal " of a temp crown can be washed out, therefore your saliva will pen... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Sore: Post operative swelling and bruising can be common along with difficulty chewing harder foods. You may require pain medicine for a few days. General... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Refuse or consent: Not consenting means refusing. Otherwise, it is understood that when you seek treatment, then you want it. If she doesnt understand, then she must a... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Bridge or implant: The advantage of a fixed bridge will be less appointments, less out of pocket and overall cost. The disadvantage of a bridge is that 1. It is a 10 y... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Lichen Nitidus: Possibly a skin disorder called lichen nitidus. Many bumps, discolorations, and textures can be normal. But, some are early signs of infection, or di... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Shortens the healing: A cold sore generally takes 14 days to run its course. Once the vesicles have popped, and the crusty scab has formed, there isn't a lot one can do to... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Doesn't matter: A misconception is one should wait for a wisdom tooth to grow in. Wisdom teeth should be removed well before this most of the time to prevent damage ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Active cold sores: If there is an active oral lesion such as a cold sore, then the virus is transmittable. The herpes virus doesn't survive very long on the countertop t... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
White patches : Leukoplakia means "white plaque" or white patch. Lichen planus is an autoimmune reaction between cell layers of the oral mucosa usually with a white,... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Several factors. : Deep cavities require deep fillings. Tooth colored fillings can contract and be sensitive for a while. Nerves from cavities can be irritated during ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Maybe: May be a cavity or may be gum recession, crack in a tooth or filling. Let your dentist take a look. You could avoid major work if now its only a smal... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Second opinion: Ask to see another dentist for a second opinion if he hasn't referred you yet. Nothing wrong with a second set of eyes. I'm never offended if a pa... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Root canal: Most likely the nerve of the tooth is infected, and the inside of the tooth needs to be cleaned out by having a root canal filling done. If the tooth... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Differences: Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum only and has not progressed into gum, bone, and other attachment loss. It doesn't always progress into period... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Diagnosis?: Have you had any treatment? Generally, oral yeast responds very well to anti fungal rinses etc. Have you actually had a culture, or are you just seei... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Worth mentioning: This can be an early sign of diabetes. It's worth a simple test to get it checked.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Gum disease for one : Tonsillar stones are one of the most common causes of chronic bad breath. Periodontal disease is another. Also a decayed tooth, or gastric reflux as ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Time: Impacted wisdom teeth surgery will have significant pain and swelling in some patients for a week or so. Between day 1 and 7 is really early to worry... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Jan 9, 2013
I commend Dr. Faler for his vast knowledge of all aspects of dentistry and his consistently excellent answers and advice.
Nov 3, 2012
very knowledgable and quick responses. We need more doctors like Dr. Faler. Excellent. Excellent!
Mar 22, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you doctor, over here they didn't speak any English so it was frustrating, reason I looked for advice here, but she is getting better.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Dentistry
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HOSPITAL

Awards

University of Alabam
Adjunct Instructor
Top Dentist, Third Place, Georgia - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Periodontology
American Dental Association
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