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Sep
25

Prosthodontics

Posted in Dental Implants

You may be unfamiliar with the term “prosthodontics,” but prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontics (or prosthetic dentistry) is the dental specialty pertaining to conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth. Gaps in your teeth lead to open gum spaces. Because your gum is a tissue, exposed areas can lead to infections and diseases. Many people are also self-conscious about having missing teeth, which can cause low self-esteem that can lead to depression.

Thankfully, there are dentists known as Prosthodontics that specialize in this field and focus on the replacement of missing teeth for optimal health. Prosthodontists are experts in dental rehabilitation. With the use of crowns, bridges, veneers, partial dentures, full dentures, and dental implants, Prosthodontists provide comforting and esthetically pleasing results.

If you having missing teeth or exposed gum area, it can affect the function of your bite and how your jawbone lines up. Both of these misalignments can cause TMJ and severe headaches. A Prosthodontist will design a treatment plan with you to improve your quality of life. So much of our health begins in our mouths. From what we eat to how we care for our teeth, our smiles impact our lives and emotions far greater than we may give them credit.

Don’t wait any longer to speak to your Alpharetta dentist about having your missing or deficient teeth cared for. Treating this one area of your health can positively impact your entire life. Prosthodontists understand not only how to specifically care for your specialized care, but they care about how their treatment will affect your quality of life.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics

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Sep
25

Improving Your Adult Smile

Posted in Braces

It is never too late to improve your smile. Most people desire to have a great smile, and adults understand that an attractive smile is beneficial personally as well as professionally. While most people still associate braces with the awkwardness of middle school youth, adults all over the U.S. are getting braces each year. Corrective teeth-straightening methods have developed considerably over the last decade, and adults no longer have to worry about obvious metal braces. Today there are more lightweight and esthetically friendly options available.

Many adults opt for clear braces that are not easily noticeable from a distance or in most photographs. Clear braces use the same method of brackets and adjustments to straighten teeth, and adults can expect to wear them an average of 12-20 months. With regular brushing and avoiding stain-causing foods and beverages, clear braces will remain “clear” for as long as they remain on your teeth.

There are also clear aligners (such as Invisalign) that correct your teeth over a period of time. Each aligner is made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that are worn throughout the day and night, only taken out when eating, brushing, or flossing. Each aligner is custom-made to gently adjust your teeth into the desired position. After about two weeks, you will switch out your aligners for a new set that will continue your progress. Invisalign is very popular among adults because they are virtually invisible – so much so, most people won’t even notice they you are wearing them. On average, corrective treatment by your Alpharetta dentist with Invisalign takes approximately one year for adults.

With options available that take the notice off your corrective treatment, adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to improve their smiles. The end result is a beautiful and radiantly confident smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck

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