Posts for: April, 2018
We can help you determine the best solution for treating your tooth loss in Lawrenceville, GA.
There are many reasons adults face tooth loss. Whether you got in a serious accident or you have advanced gum disease, the goal of our Lawrenceville, GA, dentists is to make sure that your smile gets the care and restorative treatment it needs to look its best again. Find out why some people turn to dentures to get their smiles back.
They are Inexpensive
This is one of the biggest reasons people choose to get dentures to replace their missing teeth. Dentures are the cheapest option for treating your tooth loss up front. We know that not everyone can afford dental implants but that doesn’t mean that they should have to just put up with missing teeth. Dentures offer many patients a new smile and a new lease on life without having to break the bank.
Get Your New Smile Fast
Many people have already dealt with gaps in their smile long enough and really don’t want to wait any longer to get their full smile back. We understand that all you might want is to feel confident again in your appearance. If this is the case, then there is no faster way to get the results you want than to turn to our Lawrenceville, GA, general dentist for dentures. Some dentures can be created and fitted in a matter of days (as compared to dental implants, which can take several months to complete).
Almost Anyone Can Get Them
As with any dental treatment, there are certain factors that can determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate. Of course, because getting dental implants requires surgery not everyone is right for this treatment. Luckily, just about anyone who is dealing with tooth loss can be a good candidate for dentures.
We know that while everyone may want to get a tooth replacement that is as close to natural teeth as possible, we also know that not everyone wants to undergo invasive procedures or even surgery. Unfortunately, in order to get dental implants, you will have to undergo two different surgical procedures. If this turns you off, then you may want to consider dentures, which do not require surgery or invasive dentistry. We will just take molds of your mouth and then have a dental lab create your very own custom-fitted dentures.
Do you have questions about getting dentures in Lawrenceville, GA? Are you ready to chat with us about your tooth replacement options? If so, then there has never been a better time to call Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry.
There are well-known holidays on the calendar this month, but here’s one that might have escaped your notice: “Keep America Beautiful Month,” which is observed throughout April! At this time, people from coast to coast are encouraged to clean and beautify their communities. So why not think of it as an occasion to spiff up your smile? Here are five ways to do exactly that:
Have your teeth professionally cleaned. A routine dental visit, which includes a professional cleaning and exam, is one of the best preventive healthcare values there is. It’s a chance to catch dental problems (including potentially serious ones like oral cancer) before they become more difficult to treat. A dental professional can remove built-up deposits of tartar from your teeth using specialized instruments—something you can’t do at home. Plus, you’ll leave the office with a freshly polished smile that looks and feels great.
Get a professional teeth whitening. Having whiter teeth often makes people look more youthful. And one of the best ways to brighten dull teeth is with professional teeth whitening. You can achieve the fastest, most dramatic results with an in-office treatment—up to ten shades in just one visit! We can also make you a custom take-home kit to achieve similar results over time.
Repair chipped teeth. If you feel self-conscious about a chipped tooth, consider cosmetic bonding. In this relatively inexpensive procedure, which often takes just one office visit, tooth-colored resin material is applied to the chipped area and hardened under a special light. The translucent resin is built up layer by layer, bringing teeth with minor flaws back to a great, natural-looking appearance.
Replace old dental work. Sometimes old dental work can stand out more than we’d like it to. This is especially true of amalgam (silver) fillings—but even white fillings can absorb stain after many years. If you feel old dental work is detracting from your smile, it may be time to replace it with up-to-date dental materials.
Straighten your smile. Did you know that there is no maximum age for successful orthodontic treatment? It’s true: Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. And if you think metal braces wouldn’t fit in with your look or lifestyle, consider one of the less-visible alternatives to traditional orthodontic hardware—such as ceramic braces and clear aligners.
Having the smile you want can make you feel more confident in any month of the year. If you’d like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”
If you press your tongue against your teeth, unless something is badly wrong they won't budge. In fact, your teeth are subjected to a fair amount of pressure each day as you chew and eat, and yet they remain firmly in place.
But there's a deeper reality—your teeth do move! No, it's not a paradox—the gum and bone tissues that hold your teeth in place allow for slight, imperceptible changes in the teeth's position. Their natural ability to move is also the basis for orthodontics. Here are 3 more facts you may not know about your teeth's natural ability to move.
Teeth are always on the move. Teeth are held firmly within the jawbone by an elastic gum tissue called the periodontal ligament and a thin layer of bony-like material called cementum. In response to pressure changes, though, the bone dissolves on the side of the teeth in the direction of pressure and then rebuilds behind it, solidifying the teeth's new position, a process that happens quite slowly and incrementally. And it will happen for most of us—some studies indicate more than 70% of people will see significant changes in their bite as they age.
Orthodontics works with the process. Orthodontic appliances like braces or clear aligners apply targeted pressure in the direction the orthodontist intends the teeth to move—the natural movement process does the rest. In the case of braces, a thin metal wire is laced through brackets bonded to the front of the teeth and then anchored, typically to the back teeth. The orthodontist incrementally tightens the wire against its anchors over time, encouraging tooth movement in response to the pressure. Clear aligners are a series of removable trays worn in succession that gradually accomplish the same outcome.
Watch out for the rebound. That nice, straight smile you've gained through orthodontics might not stay that way. That's because the same mechanism for tooth movement could cause the teeth to move back to their former positions, especially right after treatment. To avoid this outcome, patients need to wear a retainer, an appliance that holds or "retains" the teeth in their new positions. Depending on their individual situations and age, patients may have to wear a retainer for a few months, years or from then on.
If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”