Posts for: January, 2019
Find out the many ways these dental restorations can improve your oral health.
These oral prosthetic devices are designed to restore damaged or missing teeth. So, as you might imagine, there are many adults out there that can benefit from getting dental crowns or bridges from our Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, dentists. Here’s how dental crowns and bridges can improve your smile’s appearance and functionality.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a dental cap that is placed over a weak or damaged tooth in order to restore it. A crown can actually provide the tooth with renewed strength and resiliency, while also improving the tooth’s appearance in the process. Crowns are often made from porcelain because this material can be matched to the shade of your smile, making your replacements looks just like the rest of your teeth. Here’s when our Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, general dentists may recommend getting a dental crown,
- To protect a weak tooth
- To preserve the natural tooth structure
- To replace a large dental filling when it can no longer support the tooth
- To restore a fractured or cracked tooth
- To secure a dental bridge into place
- To cover a dental implant
- To improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- To restore a tooth after root canal treatment
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more missing teeth by filling gaps with false teeth. In order to place a false tooth, dental crowns will need to be cemented over any natural teeth surrounding the gap. Once the crowns are in place, they provide the anchors needed to stabilize and hold the bridge in place. Both crowns and bridges are custom-made, so our dentists will need to take impressions of your smile first to create a dental restoration that offers a precise fit. Once the crown or bridge is made, they will be cemented over the tooth or teeth.
Interested? Give us a call!
Do you want to talk to us about whether your smile could benefit from crowns and bridges? If so, turn to the restorative dental experts at 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA. Call our office today at (678) 293-8773 to learn more.
Dental caries (tooth decay) is a leading cause of tooth loss. But with prompt diagnosis and care we can often stop it before it causes too much damage.
The traditional treatment approach is simple: remove all diseased tooth structure and then restore the tooth with a filling. But this otherwise effective treatment has one drawback: you may lose significant healthy structure to accommodate a suitable filling or to make vulnerable areas easier to clean from bacterial plaque.
That's why a new treatment approach called minimally invasive dentistry (MID) is becoming more common. The goal of MID is to remove as little of a tooth's natural enamel and dentin as possible. This leaves the treated tooth stronger and healthier, and could reduce long-term dental costs too.
Here's how MID could change your future dental care.
Better risk assessment. MID includes a treatment protocol called caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA). With CAMBRA, we evaluate your individual tooth decay risk, including oral bacteria levels, the quality of saliva flow to neutralize mouth acid, and sugar consumption. We then use our findings to customize a treatment plan that targets your areas of highest risk.
New detection methods. The real key to fighting tooth decay is to find it before it can destroy tooth structure with the help of new diagnostic technology. Besides advances in x-ray imaging that provide better views with less radiation exposure, we're also using powerful dental microscopes, lasers and infrared photography to show us more about your teeth than we can see with the naked eye.
"Less is More" treatments. In contrast to the dental drill, many dentists are now using air abrasion rather than a dental drill to remove decayed tooth material. Air abrasion emits tiny material particles within a pressurized air stream that leaves more healthy tooth structure intact than with drilling. We're also using new filling materials like composite resin that not only resemble natural tooth color, but require less structural removal than other types of fillings.
Using MID, we can treat tooth decay while preserving more of your natural teeth. This promises better long-term outcomes for future dental health.
If you would like more information on new treatments for tooth decay, 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 “Minimally Invasive Dentistry: When Less Care is More.”
While orthodontists can effectively correct most poor bites (malocclusions), some can be quite complex requiring much time and expense. But there's good news—we often don't have to wait on a malocclusion to fully develop if we catch it in time. Thanks to interceptive orthodontics, we may be able to intervene much earlier and eliminate or reduce the degree of difficulty with treatment.
Interceptive orthodontics is a group of techniques and devices used in early childhood to help deter a possible malocclusion. Here are 3 ways this approach could make a difference in your child's bite development.
Guiding jaw growth. On a normal-sized upper jaw, the permanent teeth usually have ample room to erupt. Not so with a smaller jaw: incoming teeth become crowded and may erupt out of alignment or too close to each other. Orthodontists often use a device called a palatal expander to aid an under-sized jaw in its development. The device fits along the roof of the mouth between the teeth and applies gradual outward pressure on them. This encourages the jaw to widen as it grows, thus providing more room for erupting teeth to come in properly and decrease the chances of obstructive sleep apnea in the future.
Reshaping and repositioning jaw bones. An overbite can occur when the jaws aren't properly aligned, often due to poor muscle and bone development. This is where devices like the Herbst appliance are useful. Its hinge mechanism encourages the lower jaw to grow further forward. The jaws can thus develop in a more normal way, minimizing the development of a malocclusion.
Maintaining space. Primary ("baby") teeth are important for dental development because they help guide future permanent teeth to erupt properly; they also keep nearby teeth from drifting into the intended space. But when a primary tooth is lost prematurely due to disease or trauma, the space can become vulnerable to this kind of "drift." With a simple mechanism called a space maintainer we can hold open the space created by a prematurely lost primary tooth until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt.
These and other techniques can help stop bad bites from developing in young children, minimizing or even eliminating the need for future orthodontic treatment. That means a healthier mouth for your child and less impact on your wallet.
If you would like more information on interceptive orthodontics, 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 “Interceptive Orthodontics: Timely Intervention can make Treatment Easier.”