Posts for: July, 2018
Find out why everyone should receive routine dental cleanings every six months.
Whether you don’t remember the last time you went to the dentist or you are wondering when you should start taking your little one in for routine checkups, it’s always a good time to ponder whether your smile is getting the proper dental care it needs to ward away cavities and gum disease. So, how often should you visit one of our Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, dentists? The answer might surprise you.
Those who aren’t at an increased risk for cavities or gum disease can usually get away with seeing their general dentist in Kennesaw and Woodstock every six months (twice a year). Of course, it’s important that you don’t neglect your smile and don’t take long periods of time away from the dentist. These routine dental checkups are one of the best ways to protect teeth and gums from problems. We can also catch problems earlier on when they are much easier to treat.
With half of American adults suffering from gum disease, it’s important that you come in for regular checkups so that we can detect this issue early on before it wreaks havoc. If left untreated, gum disease can also cause extensive and severe damage not just to the gums but it can also lead to tooth loss. Furthermore, gum disease has also been linked to heart disease, as gum disease-causing bacteria can get into your bloodstream where they can stick to blood vessels within the heart.
Of course, there are certain people that are at an increased risk for developing cavities and gum disease. Those people include:
- Pregnant women
- Those with compromised or weakened immune systems
- Menopausal women
If you are part of one of these high-risk groups, then it might be a good idea to visit your Kennesaw and Woodstock family dentist even more regularly than just every six months. You may actually benefit from coming in every 3-4 months, so talk to your dentist about whether or not you might need to come in for routine checkups more often in order to protect your smile.
1st Choice Dental Care offers locations in Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, to make it easier for everyone to schedule a dental cleaning when it works best for them. No matter if you want to schedule a checkup for yourself or your child, give us a call today.
Now you can get your new dental restoration in just one visit.
For those who’ve gotten dental crowns in the past, they can tell you that getting this restoration requires multiple trips to the dentist’s office. Of course, we know that everyone leads busy lives and sometimes getting to see the dentist once is a challenge, let alone two or three times in a short period of time. If you require a dental crown to protect or support a damaged or weakened tooth, our Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, dentists are here to tell you how you could get your new restoration in just one visit.
That’s right, now you can come into our office and have a crown designed and fabricated right here on the premises while you wait. You’ll walk out the same day with a brand new crown. Of course, some people are skeptical, believing that these dental crowns might not be the same caliber as traditional crowns; however, our Kennesaw and Woodstock general dentists take digital images of your teeth to get more precise measurements, which results in a crown that offers a superior fit. These restorations are also made from porcelain, which is stain-resistant and extremely durable.
Getting CEREC crowns means that you can protect your tooth from further damage and get back that beautiful smile without having to wait. Once dental images are taken, these images are put onto the computer where special CAD/CAM software is used to design a perfectly fitted crown based on the exact measurements. Once the crown has been designed, we will transfer these measurements to the milling station, where we will choose a porcelain block that most closely matches the shade of the tooth and then place the block into the machine so that it can carve out your new restoration.
Once the restoration is complete, we will go ahead and check the fit before cementing it in place over the tooth to restore resilience and functionality back into the tooth. CEREC crowns are great because they can save people a lot of time, stress, and hassle. Plus, you’ll give your smile the protection it needs to prevent further issues.
Anyone dealing with a severely malformed or discolored tooth, or a tooth that is weak, worn, or fractured can benefit from same-day crowns; however, if you are dealing with a fracture that lies under the gums, CEREC crowns will not be able to restore your tooth.
Do you have questions about getting CEREC crowns? Want to find out if this is the restoration for you? If so, call 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA, today to book a no-risk consultation with us.
A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.
We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?
Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.
When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?
In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.
So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.
If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”
Ensure your kids maintain optimal health with these 5 easy-to-do tips
Here are 5 back to school dental health tips:
Let us help you keep your kids healthy this year
Along with daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, a balanced and nutritious diet is another key part of great oral health. The foods you eat can have a profound impact on how well your teeth and gums withstand diseases like tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
At the heart of proper nutrition are organic compounds called vitamins. Along with trace minerals, vitamins help the body convert food into energy, repair cellular and tissue damage and protect against environmental toxins. When you don’t receive an adequate amount of each vitamin your health can suffer; in terms of dental health, your teeth and gums can weaken and become more susceptible to disease.
Vitamins play a wide variety of roles, including within the mouth. The Vitamins A and C contained in fruits and vegetables and Vitamin E in vegetable oils are antioxidants that protect cells and their DNA from destructive elements in the environment. As such, they’re a major prevention factor against tooth decay and gum disease. Vitamin D, found in dairy products, eggs or certain seafood, is used by bone and teeth to absorb calcium. Without sufficient calcium, teeth and bone lose vitality and strength.
This recognized power of vitamins for optimum health has also fueled the multi-billion dollar nutritional supplement industry. But studies show that your best source for vitamins are the foods you eat—and the more natural foods and less processed products you eat, the better your vitamin and mineral intake. Taking supplements isn’t necessarily wrong—but it’s not in your best interest health-wise to depend on them for vitamins and minerals at the expense of healthier eating.
So in all you do to prevent dental disease, don’t overlook your diet. The vitamins and minerals you receive from foods in their most natural state will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile beautiful.
If you would like more information on the role of nutrition in dental health, 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 “Vitamins & Dietary Supplements.”