Posts for category: Dental Procedures
When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.
"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."
Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!
“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”
Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.
Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.
Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.
Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.
If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”
How dental crowns from your dentists in Lawrenceville, GA, can help your smile!
If your smile could use a little improvement, consider dental crowns! Dental crowns provide both strength and beauty to give you an outstanding smile. If you have badly damaged, broken, or worn-down teeth, dental crowns can make your smile whole again. The dentists at Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, offer crowns to help you achieve the smile you deserve!
More about Crowns
You may need dental crowns to improve your smile if you have teeth that are:
- Missing a large amount of tooth structure
- Filled with large, crumbly, old metal fillings
- Filled with leaking, old tooth-colored fillings
- Worn down from aging, grinding, or bad habits
- Weakened by root canal treatment
Dental crowns work to strengthen your teeth by covering the entire visible surface of each tooth, above the gumline. They prevent breakage by spreading out the stress and pressure of biting across your entire tooth. Large dental fillings can actually weaken teeth because they create a wedge between different sections of your teeth, increasing the potential for your teeth to break or crack when you bite down.
Dental crowns can also improve the aesthetic beauty of your smile. This is because one of the most common dental crown materials is porcelain, which has light-reflecting properties, just like natural tooth enamel. In fact, a full porcelain crown is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. People will notice your smile, not your crowns!
For more strength, porcelain is often fused to a metal underlay, in what is known as a PFM crown. PFM crowns combine beauty and strength for a crown that is perfect for back teeth, which need more strength for chewing.
To view amazing before-and-after photos of Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry patients, please visit the Before & After section on the website at http://www.sedationdentistatlanta.com/gallery.html
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If you need to improve your smile, consider dental crowns! For more information about dental crowns and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, call The dentists at Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, Georgia today! Our number is (770) 995-1957.
After a dental examination revealed you had periodontal (gum) disease, you began undergoing treatment. Now after several cleaning sessions, the infection has subsided and your gums have returned to a healthy shade of pink.
But your gum care isn’t over — depending on the infection’s severity you may need to visit us more often than the normal six months between regular checkups.
Gum disease arises from dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants built up on tooth surfaces due to poor oral hygiene. The bacteria cause an infection in the gums, which initiates a response from the body’s immune system that triggers inflammation.
Without proper treatment, periodontitis can come back in which the infection spreads deeper below the gum line. Pockets of infection can reoccur as gum tissues weaken and lose their attachment to teeth. This continuing damage can ultimately lead to both tooth and bone loss.
To stop the disease it’s necessary to remove all the infection-causing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) from tooth surfaces, including around the roots. This is performed manually and could require surgery once again to access areas below the gum line.
To guard against this it’s necessary for you to undergo regular periodontal maintenance (PM). Besides cleaning, PM gives us an opportunity to check for signs of returning gum disease and, if found, plan for another round of treatment.
Although not written in stone, the interval between PM appointments that seems the most effective for preventing recurrence is every three months. In cases of advanced, aggressive gum disease, appointments may need to occur at even shorter intervals, for example every two months.
PM for susceptible patients with decreased resistance to disease require extra time and effort for the hygienist, along with a renewed daily hygiene habit of effective brushing and flossing by you to keep the disease at bay. But preventing another occurrence of gum disease and its consequences is well worth this extra attention for the health of your teeth and gums.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Need a root canal? Root canal therapy is performed annually by dentists on more than 20 million patients. A root canal is a procedure that is used to fix teeth that are infected or badly decayed, and give your teeth a second chance. The Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry, located in Lawrenceville, GA, offers a complete range of dental services to their patients—read on to find out what a root canal is and when it is needed!
Root Canal Explained
The procedure is performed in order to remove damaged dental pulp after it has become infected. This pulp is made up of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that help the tooth grow. If root canal therapy isn't performed, the infection may spread, resulting in the tooth needing to be removed.
Root Canal Procedure
In most cases, a dentist will perform a root canal while you’re under local anesthesia. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the pulp inside your tooth. Next, the dentist will clean, disinfect, and shape the root canals, before placing a filling to seal the tooth. After this, you will return to the dentist, who will place a permanent crown on your tooth to protect it and restore it to full function.
When it is Needed
Root canal treatment is required when the dental pulp is infected or inflamed. The infection or inflammation can have a variety of causes, though it is generally either a chip or crack in the tooth, or deep tooth decay. A traumatic dental injury may also cause damage to the dental pulp even if the tooth does not have a visible chip or crack. If pulp infection or inflammation is left untreated, it can lead to an abscess or cause pain.
Benefits of Treatment
In the past, injured and diseased teeth had to be removed. Today, they can often be saved through root canal therapy.
Severe toothache is a sign you may need a root canal, and you will be happy to know that the treatment will ease your pain and improve your well-being. Root canal therapy is virtually pain-free, given that local anesthesia is very effective in blocking any discomfort during this procedure.
If you think you may need a root canal, contact the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry at (770) 995-1957 today to schedule an appointment in Lawrenceville, GA. Relieve your mouth pain by giving us a call!