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Not Enough Bone for an Implant? Not Necessarily a Problem

“Use it or lose it” holds true for a lot of things, including your jawbone. The bone in your jaw is very sensitive to pressure from teeth. When tooth roots apply regular force against the bone, it triggers natural processes that reinforce the bone. Take those teeth away, and your bone will only disintegrate in […]

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Try a Crown in a Day!

Gone are the days of waiting for weeks to get your new dental crown. Many dental offices are providing these restorations within a single visit. Is a same day crown right for you? Crown In A Day – How? CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology is an up-and-coming field in dentistry. Dental practices are investing […]

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The Time of Day You Schedule Your Kids’ Appointments is Important!

You’re unbelievably busy. Sometimes, just too busy to worry about details like what time your child’s dental appointment is at. But that’s one small detail that you might not want to brush off so quickly. When it comes to kids, a little time makes a big difference. The time of day your child comes in […]

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Dental tips:

Not Enough Bone for an Implant? Not Necessarily a Problem

“Use it or lose it” holds true for a lot of things, including your jawbone.

The bone in your jaw is very sensitive to pressure from teeth. When tooth roots apply regular force against the bone, it triggers natural processes that reinforce the bone.

Take those teeth away, and your bone will only disintegrate in a process called resorption. Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile and act as substitute tooth roots. But the less bone there is, the harder it gets to anchor a dental implant.

In years past, an implant was simply not an option in the face of bone resorption.

It’s a different story today, however.

CT Scans And Virtual Planning

A two-dimensional panoramic x-ray may easily reveal that you don’t have a lot of bone to work with. But more detailed scans and advanced computer programs now give dentists and surgeons a better idea of what they can do for your smile.

By carefully assessing the available bone, your dentist may be able to calculate the best angle to place an implant for the most secure fit.

Bone Grafting

Classic bone grafting is almost always an option. You’d have many choices as to the material and source of the graft. The only downside is that grafting surgery adds more healing time to your treatment.

All-On-Four

All-on-Four and other similar systems use multiple miniature implants to support a denture in places where it wouldn’t fit otherwise.

There’s usually no reason for a lack of bone to prevent you from getting dental implants. Schedule time to talk with your dentist or even a periodontist (gum specialist) about your implant possibilities.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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Try a Crown in a Day!

Gone are the days of waiting for weeks to get your new dental crown. Many dental offices are providing these restorations within a single visit. Is a same day crown right for you?

Crown In A Day – How?

CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology is an up-and-coming field in dentistry.

Dental practices are investing in technology that allows dentists to scan a tooth, virtually design a restoration, and mill it out in an on-site machine. All of this can happen in a single appointment.

In lieu of taking a messy impression of your prepared tooth, your dentist will simply take a picture with a special camera. The resulting virtual image becomes the template for designing your crown.

The milling machine hews a strong crown or bridge right out of a solid piece of ceramic. Your dentist will add the finishing touches, check the fit, and cement in place right then and there. No need for messing with a temporary!

Keep In Mind . . .

A single-visit crown is a great invention because of how much time you save. However, it tends to lack the handmade look of traditional porcelain crowns. That’s because the classic method allows master dental lab technicians to fine-tune the details. They know how to make a false tooth look just like a real one and they prepare it differently from the way the machine does.

You may prefer to have a crown for a front tooth designed the old-fashioned way, such as if it’s a tooth that will always be visible when you smile.

But bridges and crowns for your back teeth are no problem with CAD-CAM!

Talk with your dentist to find out what restorative options are right for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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The Time of Day You Schedule Your Kids’ Appointments is Important!

You’re unbelievably busy. Sometimes, just too busy to worry about details like what time your child’s dental appointment is at.

But that’s one small detail that you might not want to brush off so quickly. When it comes to kids, a little time makes a big difference.

The time of day your child comes in to see the dentist can affect a lot: their mood, how well they cooperate, how much the dentist can get done, and even how your child views dental care.

Is Your Child A Morning Person?

Most toddlers are fresh and energetic first thing in the morning. An early appointment may be best so that they get it over with quickly. Then, they can spend the rest of the day forgetting the event if it wasn’t their favorite thing!

Just be sure that the schedule doesn’t interfere with any daily naps. A grouchy toddler is not easy to provide dental treatment for!

Small People, Big Pressures

As adults, we often miss the good old days of school when our worries were few and small.

But we also tend to forget just how big those worries seemed at the time.

Your child, although old enough to cooperate at the dentist’s, still gets tired just like you do. He or she may be stressed after a bad day, a tough exam, or after school activities.

As easy as it sounds to book your kid’s appointment for right after school, try to think of how they may feel. Don’t push them to do more in a day than they can handle!

Your family dentist can provide more tips on how to help your children have a positive experience at the dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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What to Do When Your Lower Denture Won’t Stay in Place

When a denture doesn’t fit right, it’s usually because of a problem with the lower jaw.

The lower half of your mouth is a tough spot to fit.

This could be due to any combination of reasons:

  • Atrophied (lost) bone
  • Jawbone ridge is too narrow to support a denture
  • There’s too much loose tissue around the jaw that moves around
  • You can’t get suction the way you do on the palate
  • Your lower jaw experiences more movement than the upper half

Is there anything you can do to fight back? Let’s start with the simplest solution and work our way up.

Try a denture adhesive. Even a well-fitting lower denture may feel unstable. Using a small amount of paste may give you all the reassurance you need.

Get your denture adjusted. It may just be time to get your denture relined. If you’re layering on the adhesive, then it’s time to get your denture some professional help.

Cut off a few ties. Your gums attach to your tongue and lips by thin bands of skin. These bands can affect the way your denture fits. Gently reshaping them free could improve the fit of your denture.

Consider implant support. The surest way to securely anchor your lower denture is to use dental implants. They don’t have to be large or many – a couple short implants may be sufficient. Your denture will get fitted with buttons that snap onto the implants.

Sooner or later, you will need to see your dentist about your loose denture. He or she will help you identify the exact problem and recommend a fitting solution.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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How Lasers Are Changing Your Dental Experience

Wait, lasers? Yes, that’s right – they aren’t just for sci-fi movies! Lasers are actually playing a big role in dental care these days. They’re just one part of a whole wave of new technology that’s improving the your treatment experience.

Laser Cavity Detection

Digital dental x-rays use radiation to spot cavities in their early stages. But you usually only get a few x-ray exposures per year. To check for suspicious spots in the meantime, your dental hygienist may use a cavity-detecting laser.

This device looks like a little box with a pen attached to it by a wire. The pen tip shoots out a low-energy laser beam that picks up on abnormal tooth structure. Pretty neat, right?

Surgery With Lasers

In addition to laser cavity detection, lasers are also frequently used on gums and other soft tissues in areas like:

  • Disinfecting periodontal pockets
  • Gum surgery
  • Removing cold sores and growths
  • Cutting tongue-ties

All of these procedures can be done quickly and painlessly and quickly removed with the help of a laser. Energy from lasers is powerful enough to sanitize surgical sites while cauterizing blood vessels. This leads to a tidier procedure and faster healing.

Swap The Drill For A Laser

Lastly, lasers are being used more and more for treating teeth themselves:

  • Desensitization
  • Cavity removal
  • Filling preparation

Some procedures skip the scary drilling portion altogether because of using a laser. Laser dentistry could make it much easier for you to tolerate treatment if you struggle with dental anxiety.

Who knows what further technology will come about thanks to lasers?

Ask your local dentist about how lasers are currently raising the standard of dentistry in your community.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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Hidden Dangers of 4 Sneaky Oral Habits

Which of the following are you guilty of?

  1. Opening Packages With Your Teeth

Here’s one almost EVERYBODY has attempted. We’ve all been in that situation where we didn’t have scissors handy and just had to get that bag of chips open.

As useful and tough as your teeth are, try to not use them as tools! This is how unexpected fractures happen.

  1. Chewing On Your Tongue, Lip, Or Cheek

This habit is pretty insidious – it happens so easily without you knowing it! It’s kind of like nail-biting, but seems more sanitary since you aren’t putting your hands in your mouth.

The biggest concern is that chronic (though shallow) injury to soft tissues in your mouth can trigger dangerous growths later on. This doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get cancer, but it could be a contributing factor.

  1. Tongue-Thrusting

What is tongue-thrusting?

It’s simply the unconscious habit of pushing your tongue against the back of your front teeth. A lot of people don’t realize they have this problem until a dentist shows them how it’s caused their buck-toothed look. Many times, it’s the result of extended thumb-sucking or pacifier use as a child. It can create an “open bite” where your front teeth don’t close together properly.

  1. Ice Chewing

For some people, chewing on ice satisfies an odd craving. For others, it’s just a habit to nosh on the crunchy cubes in their soda. Either way, frequently eating ice is not good for teeth.

Tooth fractures, enamel wear, sensitivity, and loose fillings can all result from an ice crunching habit.

Need help kicking a harmful oral habit? Plan a chat with your local dental hygienist or dentist for tips on quitting.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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Diabetes and Tooth Decay – What’s the Connection?

If you are living with diabetes, then you likely already know about the slew of complications that can follow. Being diabetic puts you at risk for infections, kidney problems, circulation complications, eye issues, and more.

Did you know that cavities should be on that list, as well?

Tooth decay and diabetes share a common denominator: sugar.

How Cavities Start

Cavities are holes in your teeth that are worn away by acid. This erosion can start with acids in your food, but it’s mainly caused by acid-producing bacteria. These germs feed on the carbohydrates that pass through your mouth and give off a waste product that destroys enamel.

This process affects everyone, with or without diabetes. Really, everyone needs to be alert to the concentration of simple carbohydrates their teeth are exposed to.

Diabetics in particular, however, need to be extra vigilant.

Diabetes Affects Your Decay Risk

Glucose is one of those simple carbohydrates that cavity-causing bacteria love to eat. They thrive in a sugary environment. If your body isn’t processing sugar correctly, then your saliva will also register high levels of glucose.

All that extra sugar makes for an environment ripe for tooth decay. But this is usually only an issue if your blood sugar level is frequently out of control.

Diabetes doesn’t have to rule your life if you can keep it under control. By maintaining the best oral health possible, you can also reduce the impact of diabetes on your smile.

See your dentist on a regular basis for checkups and cleanings. He or she will also recommend products to reinforce your teeth against decay and tools to make oral hygiene a breeze.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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Are Your Braces Causing White Spots On Your Teeth?

Most orthodontic patients are concerned about getting white spots on their teeth. These lesions look like ghostly shadows of your braces after you get them removed.

White spots are very common and hard to avoid entirely. But on the plus side, you do have a lot of control over how badly you are affected.

These white patches are shallow areas of demineralized tooth enamel. The enamel dissolves, turns chalky white, and becomes prone to developing a cavity.

What dissolves enamel?

Acids produced by bacteria are primarily to blame. The demineralization process happens when four elements are in place:

  1. A tooth surface
  2. Acid-producing bacteria
  3. Carbohydrates for the bacteria to eat
  4. Time for the bacteria to multiply and do their dirty work

Actually, this process affects all teeth in all people – not just those with braces. 

So what part do braces play in all of this?

It’s simply the fact that brackets provide a little extra protection for those acidic germs hiding out in your plaque. Your tongue and lips do a great job at keeping your teeth clean. A toothbrush and floss take care of the rest.

But throw in some metal and ortho cement, and getting your teeth perfectly clean becomes a more tedious process.

It’s easy to miss spots above and around brackets when you brush. You know what a strain it can be to floss around braces, too! If you miss the same area often enough, the plaque will accumulate and wear away the enamel in that spot. When the braces come off – voila – a white spot.

To minimize or avoid white spots altogether, keep your toothbrushing game strong. It also helps to visit your dentist throughout your treatment for frequent professional cleanings.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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Botox in Dentistry?

While it may sound like an added perk to your smile makeover, getting Botox® from your dentist could mean a lot more for you.

A lot of family and cosmetic dentists are reaching out to offer more services in their practice. This allows them to serve the patients’ needs more completely.

If you wanted to give your smile an all-over boost, wouldn’t you prefer to get it all done at one place?  But you may want to consider looking into Botox® treatment for other dental-related reasons.

  1. Dull TMJ Pain

One of the most common reasons for using Botox® in dentistry is to relax tense muscles around your jaw. Botox® prevents muscles from contracting too much and can provide up to three months of relief from the pain of TMJ disorder.

  1. Save Your Teeth

If you have a chronic habit of bruxism (teeth grinding and/or clenching), then your teeth are in trouble. Botox® can reduce the power of your bite, giving your teeth a much-needed break.

  1. Immune System-Supporting Mood Boost!

You know that good feeling that comes from a workout or healthy lunch or a new haircut?

Botox® can actually provide a similar rush. This drug relaxes muscles to give you relief from chronic pain – that’s a reason to feel good! If you choose to get treatment for cosmetic purposes, you’ll likely experience a big confidence boost.

All those feel-good emotions will help strengthen your immune system to fight off gum disease.

Before diving headfirst into Botox® treatment, you should make sure of what you’re getting into. Consult your dentist or another qualified Botox® provider in your area to find out whether this therapy is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

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Does Bad Breath Mean You’re At Risk for Heart Disease?

Bad breath and heart disease? That escalated quickly.

Let’s clarify one thing: when we say “bad breath,” we’re not referring to the garlic bread you had at lunch today.

The odor you need to be concerned about is connected to something far more serious.

Your Heart And Your Gums

Gum disease starts out small, usually in the form of gingivitis.

Gingivitis is reversible gum inflammation triggered by plaque bacteria. If it chronically persists, then it can worsen into periodontitis, a much deeper infection affecting ligaments and bone beneath the gums.

Growing research indicates that there is a strong connection between your gum and heart health. High levels of gum inflammation are associated with arterial plaque deposits and inflammation that can lead to blood clots. These clots, in turn, put you at risk for heart attack and stroke.

Periodontal Disease – Do You Know The Signs?

Periodontal disease is a common but silent disease. Most adults are affected by it at some point in their lives but don’t realize it. This is because your teeth and gums don’t usually feel any different, at first.

Look out for these classic tell-tale signs of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding on brushing and flossing
  • Gum recession
  • Teeth feeling loose
  • Swollen gum line
  • Bad breath

Yes, bad breath could indicate that you have a chronic gum infection going on. Periodontitis can cause a powerfully offensive odor because of the raging inflammation and dying gum tissues going on around your teeth.

If you (or others close to you) have complaints of bad breath despite your best efforts to mask it, there could be something very serious to blame. Call your local dentist to plan a gum evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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