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By 1st Choice Dental Care
February 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.

Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.

Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.

Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.

Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.

You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.

If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful smile, 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 “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”

One of the benefits of choosing dental implants in our Woodstock, Ga dental office is that we can replace a single missing tooth or a full arch of teeth with our Done in One™ treatment solution.

Done in One™ is similar to All-on-4 and Teeth in a Day.

Single Dental Implants

A missing tooth leaves a gap in your smile that causes more pressing concerns than just the cosmetics of missing teeth. When a tooth no longer exists, and the bone no longer receives the forces of chewing, it can cause the underlying bone to deteriorate. Your teeth and bone have a dependent relationship.

In addition to bone loss, a gap left in the smile allows the teeth to tilt and shift toward the gap, much like a missing fence post causes the fence to become unstable.

Dental implants replace the entire tooth – including the root. That means your dental implants simulate a tooth in every possible way and supports the underlying bone while hold teeth in line.

Single dental implants are easy to care for. You can brush and floss them normally.

Replacing Multiple Teeth with Dental Implants

You can certainly replace an entire arch of missing teeth with single dental implants if you have enough healthy underlying bone. Unfortunately, tooth loss typically occurs over the course of many years, giving the bone plenty of time to begin to deteriorate. Our Done in One™ full-arch tooth replacement system combines the stability of dental implants with the ease and affordability of bridges and dentures.

After we complete the evaluation and planning process, we will remove any remaining diseased teeth and place 5-6 dental implants per arch. In as little as 48 hours, we will place a full arch of teeth to the implant anchors, which are designed just for you.

The replacement teeth are easier to adjust to and allow you to taste your food better than traditional dentures.

To learn more about dental implant treatment in Woodstock, Ga, contact 1st Choice Dental Care to schedule your complimentary consultation.

February 11, 2019
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Done In One™ Permanent Implant Teeth in 48 Hours is a procedure where all the upper and/or lower teeth are replaced in one visit with fixed teeth. The Done In One hybrid bridge is a custom milled nanoceramic bridge bonded to a custom milled titanium framework. This revolutionary material combines exceptional strength and unparalleled aesthetics. This procedure helps those suffering from ill-fitting dentures, dental disease, failing or missing teeth with a revolutionary full mouth reconstruction in just two days! This is an advanced procedure that requires planning, skilled surgery, and optimal restorative care.

Our Done in One certified team of doctors work together on each individual case to ensure the best fit and result for you!

 

In our Woodstock, Ga dental office, Done In OneTM, formerly Teeth Express, means you start the week with missing, discolored, and failing teeth, but two days into the week you have a brand new smile.

This procedure, performed right here at 1st Choice Dental Care, is simply the best option for a new smile, and patients from around the globe are securing appointments with our top cosmetic dentists regularly.

How Done In OneTM Works

Done In OneTM is a custom bridge bonded to titanium, set apart by its unique strength and beautiful aesthetics. The artificial teeth on this bridge look and function just like natural teeth and the bridge is permanently affixed to your jaw. This bridge means full mouth reconstruction in two days.

Five Steps to a New Smile

1. The first step deals with tooth and gum assessment, which may include x-rays.

2. The next step is smile design, which includes measuring and preparation for your new smile.

3. Step 3 is surgery day. You will be kept comfortable while our cosmetic dentist removes any remaining teeth and implants titanium posts for your new smile. You can leave our office with temporary teeth that look very natural.

4. This step, about two days later, means your permanent replacement bridge is attached, and your beautiful new smile is complete.

5. The final step is a post-surgery check approximately one week after you receive your new smile.

A New Life Following Done In OneTM

This innovative and fast procedure means no more toothaches, crumbling teeth, or dentures that can slip.

With Done In OneTM, you will face the world with confidence and a beautiful new smile.

Contact the Top Dentists in Woodstock, Ga

If you’d like to schedule a Done In OneTM consultation, or if would like more information about your cosmetic dentistry options in Woodstock, Ga contact 1st Choice Dental Care today.

By 1st Choice Dental Care
February 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.

Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.

There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.

So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.

Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”





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