Posts for: June, 2016
Have you ever wondered if crowns or bridges could help you?
If you’re looking for information about how crowns and bridges could help you, it’s probably time to speak with a qualified dentist such as can be found on the staff of 1st Choice Dental Care in Marietta, Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA. The professionals with 1st Choice Dental can give you valuable information and advice on options for fixing damaged or decayed teeth or replacing missing teeth.
Depending on your situation, one option your dentist might discuss with you are crowns and bridges. Unlike dentures, both crowns and bridges are permanent prosthetic dental devices. A crown is a prosthetic device that covers a damaged tooth. It is usually made of ceramic, porcelain, or resin, is shaped and colored to look like one of your real teeth and is custom designed and built just for you.
A crown procedure usually takes more than one visit to the dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will carefully examine and analyze your situation. This usually involves taking an impression of the tooth to be repaired, then preparing that tooth for a crown. The dentist will use that impression to custom design your crown. The dentist will then prepare the tooth for the crown, either by filing it down or adding filling, depending on the need.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to fill a space caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Like crowns, your dentist will design your bridge specifically to your needs. Also, the dentist will probably do the procedure in more than one visit. The dentist will need to assess your situation and prepare the two teeth to which the permanent bridge will be attached. This usually involves reduction of the anchor teeth to fit crowns to which your dentist will attach your bridge.
Bridge and crown procedures are among the most common, safe, and effective dental procedures done today. For more information about how crowns and bridges could help you, call 1st Choice Dental in Marietta, Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA.
Your child has had braces for a few months and making good progress with correcting a poor bite (malocclusion), but you’ve also noticed something else: his gums are becoming red and swollen.
These are symptoms of gingivitis, a periodontal (gum) disease. It’s an infection that arises when plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, isn’t adequately removed from teeth with daily brushing and flossing. The braces increase the risk for gingivitis.
This is because the hardware — metal or plastic brackets cemented to the teeth and joined together by metal bands — makes it more difficult to reach many areas of the teeth with a brush or floss string. The plaque left behind can trigger an infection that causes inflammation (swelling) and bleeding.
To exacerbate the situation, gums don’t always take well to braces and can react by overgrowing. Wearing braces may also coincide with a teenager’s surge in hormones that can accelerate the infection. Untreated, gingivitis can develop into advanced stages of disease that may eventually cause tooth loss. The effect is also heightened as we’re orthodontically putting stress on teeth to move them.
You can stay ahead of gingivitis through extra diligence with daily hygiene, especially taking a little more time to adequately get to all tooth surfaces with your brush and floss. It may also help to switch to a motorized brush or one designed to work around braces. You can make flossing easier by using special threaders to get around the wires or a water flosser that removes plaque with a pulsating water stream.
And don’t forget regular dental visits while wearing braces: we can monitor and treat overgrowth, perform thorough dental cleanings and treat occurrences of gingivitis. In some cases you may need to visit a periodontist, a specialist in gums and supporting teeth structures, for more advanced treatment. And if the disease becomes extensive, the braces may need to be removed temporarily to treat the gums and allow them to heal.
Orthodontic treatment is important for not only creating a new smile but also improving your teeth’s function. Keeping a close eye out for gum disease will make sure it doesn’t sidetrack your efforts in gaining straighter teeth.
If you would like more information on dental care during 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 “Gum Swelling During Orthodontics.”
Dental veneers offer a simple way to change the look of your smile, whether you want to improve the appearance of one tooth or all of them. Kelly Vaughn, D.D.S.; Nalini Kataria, D.M.D.; Emil Orza, D.M.D., and David Wang, D.M.D., your Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care, share several advantages of veneers.
Veneers are thin but tough
At first glance, you might think that wafer-thin veneers aren't thick enough to cover imperfections in your smile and stand up to wear and tear, but these thin shells are incredibly durable. Veneers are made of porcelain, a material that looks very much like your tooth enamel, and are very resistant to staining. Since they're only attached to the fronts of your teeth, they don't require extensive dental work.
Veneers are versatile
Veneers can conceal a variety of flaws, including:
- Chipped or cracked teeth: Wear and tear or grinding your teeth can cause chips that are noticeable when you smile, laugh or talk. Veneers cover those imperfections very effectively. If grinding caused your problem, you'll want to wear a nightguard to prevent damage to your new veneer.
- Gaps between your teeth: If you're self-conscious about slight gaps between your teeth, veneers offer the perfect way to hide those spaces.
- Short teeth: Your smile may look a little lopsided if one tooth is shorter than the surrounding teeth. When you add a veneer, your tooth blends in with nearby teeth.
- Discolorations: Whether a tooth is discolored due to a large filling, root canal treatment or tetracycline use, veneers can disguise the problem.
- All-over whitening: Veneers are a good choice if you want to whiten your teeth but haven't been satisfied with home or professional whitening. Whitening can lighten your teeth as much as eight shades, but sometimes it's not possible to achieve the perfect shade with whitening alone. Since veneers are available in a range of shades, you can choose one that will make your smile stand out.
Getting veneers is easy
The veneer process can be completed in as little as two dental visits. During the first visit, your dentist will file down the front surfaces of your teeth slightly and make an impression which will be sent to a dental laboratory. You'll be given a temporary set of veneers to wear until the lab finishes your permanent veneers. When you return, your dentist will test the fit, make any adjustments, then attach the veneers to your teeth with dental cement.
Are you ready to transform your smile with veneers? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Vaughn, Kataria, Orza and Wang, your Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA, dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care, by calling (678) 293-8773. Make over your smile with veneers!
Dental implants not only replace lost teeth, but also offer several other important benefits. Kelly Vaughn, D.D.S., Nalini Kataria, D.M.D., Emil Orza, D.D.S. and David Wang, D.M.D., your Woodstock, Marietta and Woodstock, GA, dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care, explain how a dental implant can affect your entire smile.
Dental implants keep your jawbone strong
After you lose a tooth, the jawbone underneath begins to shrink and weaken because it is no longer stimulated by your tooth roots. When the jawbone shrinks, your lower face may begin to sag and other teeth may begin to loosen. Dental implants replace your roots and provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain strong.
Implants help prevent tooth decay
You might not think that losing just one tooth could cause a significant problem, but each tooth plays an important role in keeping all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw straight. After you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side begin to slowly lean toward the opening in an attempt to fill the gap. Eventually, other teeth begin to move too, and soon several of your teeth may begin to overlap.
Cleaning these overlapping areas can be hard, but if you don't remove every speck of plaque, tooth decay can occur. Implants reduce the risk of tooth decay by keeping your teeth aligned properly.
Implants are long-lasting
Bridges and dentures, the other tooth replacement options, must be replaced eventually. Because your dental implant bonds with your jawbone, it becomes just as strong as your natural teeth roots. In most cases, your implant will never need to be replaced. Dental implants are often the lower cost option in the long run for that reason.
Implants make eating easy
Dentures have limitations. When you choose this tooth replacement option, you lose some biting power and will have to avoid hard foods. Because implants don't affect your biting power, you can continue eating the foods you enjoy.
Whether you need to replace one tooth or all of them, dental implants offer an excellent tooth replacement option. Call Drs. Vaughn, Kataria, Orza and Wang, your Woodstock, Marietta and Woodstock, GA, dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care at (678) 293-8773 to schedule an appointment to learn if implants are a good choice for you. Restore your smile with dental implants!
A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.
“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”
That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.
Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:
- Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
- Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
- Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!
So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”