Dental Designs of Savannah

300 Bull Street

Savannah, GA, 31401

(912) 234-1944

Dr. Richard M. Thomas, Jr. is a general and cosmetic dentist with a passion for helping patients achieve healthy, radiant smiles. Committed to education, advances in the field of dentistry and especially to his patients, Dr. Thomas has dedicated himself to improving his patients’ lives.

Dr. Thomas obtained early acceptance into dental school after only three years of pre-doctoral studies. He graduated from Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry before beginning his professional dental career in Savannah, Georgia.

Dr. Thomas completed postdoctoral coursework in Comprehensive Esthetic Dentistry at the Ross Nash Institute, where he later returned to be an instructor. He has also pursued postdoctoral studies on Implant Dentistry at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. Each year, Dr. Thomas invests many hours into continuing education.

As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Thomas is intimately involved in the national dental community. He also plays an important leadership role among local dentists as Past President of the Savannah Dental Society. Dr. Thomas shares his expertise through presentations to local dental study groups, local dental societies, and small business and neighborhood groups.


Advancements in technology over the years have helped dentists make dental treatment comfortable and convenient. Dr. Richard Thomas and our Dental Designs of Savannah Team utilize a number of technology systems to support the care that we provide for our valued patients.

We believe that by blending current dental technologies with our commitment to the highest standards of personalized service, our patients are able to enjoy a pleasant experience and one-stop dentistry for all their oral health needs.

A few of the dental technology systems that we use at our Savannah dental office include:

CEREC® One-Visit Crowns

Do you need a dental crown? You may be a candidate for CEREC® dentistry.

Dr. Richard Thomas is a CEREC® dentistry provider in Savannah, Georgia. He may recommend a CEREC® dental crown to restore your tooth if it has extensive decay or has a large, broken filling.

How does CEREC® dental crown technology work?

CEREC® restorative technology provides the digital tools for Dr. Thomas to design and deliver your permanent dental crown in a single visit:

  • After removing the damaged structure and preparing the tooth for crown, Dr. Thomas will use the CEREC® imaging camera to record digital ‘impressions’ of the tooth. Unlike a traditional crown that requires messy impression materials, CEREC® captures your tooth anatomy with a 3D camera. There’s no need for goopy mouth trays.
  • Dr. Thomas uses the CEREC® 3D tooth model to plot your crown design. Once complete, he transfers the file to our milling chamber, where your crown is built from ceramic materials to match your smile – while you wait.
  • After the crown milling process is complete, Dr. Thomas polishes your crown and bonds it to your tooth.
cerec one visit dental crowns

Same day service, same day crowns with CEREC® digital dentistry.


Dr. Richard Thomas is a certified Invisalign® dentist in Savannah, Georgia. Invisalign® clear orthodontics is a comfortable alternative to metal wire-and-bracket teeth braces.

Invisalign® straightens teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners that are easy to remove to clean your teeth or to enjoy your favorite foods. Dr. Thomas works closely with the Invisalign® laboratory specialists to plan your orthodontics and design each aligner to move teeth in a calculated manner.

As your dentist, Dr. Thomas directly manages your orthodontic process to ensure that each adjustment is well planned to support your dental health. You visit our office every few weeks to check your progress and receive your new aligner. Learn more about Invisalign®

invisalign clear orthodontic aligners

Are you ready to enjoy a straighter smile? Contact Dental Designs of Savannah to schedule your Invisalign® Consultation.

Dental Lasers

Lasers are used in dentistry in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to teeth and oral soft tissue. At Dental Designs of Savannah, dental laser technology is a part of our everyday routine. Some of the procedures that Dr. Thomas provides using dental lasers include:


  • Dr. Thomas uses a laser cavity detection system to assist in finding small areas of tooth decay and buildup of hardened tartar (calculus) below the gum line.
  • Oral cancer screenings are crucial for detecting this life threatening disease as early as possible. In addition to a visual examination, Dr. Thomas uses a laser screening device that helps to highlight suspicious areas of soft tissue that could be cancerous.

Soft Tissue Procedures

  • Dental lasers are invaluable for removal of diseased soft tissue that has been affected by periodontal disease. The focused laser energy destroys harmful bacteria and aids with tissue healing and growth of new tissue.
  • Laser contouring of soft tissue can be used in cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the appearance of a gummy smile or an uneven gum line. The dental laser creates a soft tissue seal and cauterizes the surgical incision area to promote healing; faster healing times reduce post-surgical discomfort.
  • Cold sores on the lip and inside the mouth can be painful. In many cases, Dr. Thomas is able to use the dental laser to treat cold sores to reduce discomfort and speed healing.

Digital Radiography and 3D Imaging

Dental x-rays, or dental radiographs, have advanced from the days of film systems to digital processing. Dr. Thomas may recommend different views of radiographs, such as cavity x-rays (bitewings) and individual tooth x-rays to look for signs of tooth nerve damage, abscesses or bone loss. He may also request larger radiographs that display the jaw bone, facial structures and jaw joints (temporomandibular joints or TMJ).

Our office is equipped with all-digital dental radiography systems; digital x-rays require significantly less radiation exposure than the film x-rays of the past. Digital x-rays also give Dr. Thomas the ability to show you images of your teeth on a computer screen.

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

Savannah implant dentist Dr. Richard Thomas often utilizes Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) to assist with dental implant restorations, root canals and Invisalign® orthodontics. CBCT technology is a three-dimensional (3D) radiography system that is used to capture images of the facial structures, teeth and jaw anatomy.

Using CBCT technology, Dr. Thomas can rotate the 3D image to see the height of the jaw bone in all directions and identify the location of the nerve canals that connect to the roots of the teeth. This information is important in the planning stages of treatment.

CBCT imaging is used to analyze the jaw bone density and determine the best placement location for dental implants to support integration and healing. Dr. Thomas works closely with surgical specialists, oral surgeons and periodontists; the specialist will place the dental implant and Dr. Thomas will complete it with a final restoration. Dr. Thomas and your surgical specialist will review CBCT images to determine the best treatment plan for your implant restoration.

Digital Impression Scanner

If you have ever had dental impressions taken, you no doubt have an instant appreciation for ‘digital’ dental impression scanning. Similar to CEREC® dentistry, our digital intraoral scanner is equipped with a small camera that our clinical team uses to capture images of your teeth to send to our dental laboratory. The laboratory technicians work with Dr. Thomas using these images for virtual planning of laboratory-fabricated crowns, bridges, veneers, study models, or complete and partial dentures. And, the best part, digital impressions mean that you don’t have to tolerate a mouthful of goopy, messy impression putty!

Dental Technology at your local Savannah dentist office

If you are ready to take the next step towards your dental health, Contact Dental Designs of Savannah to schedule a new patient consultation and complete dental examination. Dr. Thomas and Team will use our technology systems to keep you informed about your oral health and create a plan for your future smile.

Dr. ThomasDr. Richard M. Thomas, Jr. is a cosmetic dentist with a passion for helping patients achieve healthy, radiant smiles. Committed to education, to advances in the field of dentistry, and especially to his patients, Dr. Thomas has dedicated himself to improving his patients’ lives. When you come to him, you can expect nothing less than excellence. He taught at the Nash Institute for Dental Learning in Charlotte, North Carolina, where dentists go to learn how to provide modern dentistry using new techniques and materials.

As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Thomas is intimately involved in the national dental community. He also plays an important leadership role among local dentists as Past President of the Savannah Dental Society as well as Editor of the Southeastern District Dental Society Newsletter. Dr. Thomas shares his expertise through presentations to local dental study groups, local dental societies, and small business and neighborhood groups.


Get the beautiful smile you have always wanted. Invisalign® is an invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. And it has been proven effective in both clinical research and in practices nationwide. So whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted since wearing braces, you’ll have a new reason to smile.

Because there are no metal wires and brackets, Invisalign® is comfortable. And because it is removable, eating, brushing, and flossing are no problem. You can still enjoy your favorite foods and smile without holding back. With Invisalign®, there’s nothing to hide. The latest technology makes it possible.

Other procedures include:

Meet the team

Our Team attends a wide range of seminars and conferences to constantly expand our knowledge in Cosmetic Dentistry. Amy and Beatriz greatly enjoy pampering and making our guests feel relaxed and comfortable in our office.

Amy Anderson has been a Dental Hygienist since 1999, all of which have been with Dr. Thomas. Amy is from Augusta, Georgia. She studied at Armstrong Atlantic University where she graduated in 1999 Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene Education. Amy enjoys attending seminars with the office team to expand her knowledge in Cosmetic Dentistry. Outside of her career, Amy treasures spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Beatriz Hunt is a graduate from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela, South America. In 1997 she earned her Doctor of Odontology degree and license as a General Dentist in Venezuela. Prior to that, Beatriz graduated from a music conservatory. Beatriz has worked with Dr. Thomas as a highly qualified Dental Assistant since 1999. She is married and has two wonderful children. Beatriz and her family enjoy cycling, traveling, and many activities with their church, The Sanctuary. Beatriz is our team’s movie critic due to her passion for the cinema.