Posts for: February, 2017
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
Crowns and bridges are dental devices that are very closely linked. In fact, bridges are made up of two crowns that are anchored to healthy teeth. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that 15 million Americans have crowns and bridges. The purpose of both of these dental devices is to restore your teeth cosmetically and functionally. Learn more about getting crowns or bridges installed by a dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, GA and what these devices can do for your smile.
Make Your Smile Pretty Again
Everyone wants a pretty smile. It’s especially important to Americans. According to a Delta Dental survey, 50 percent of respondents believe your smile is your most important physical feature. Both crowns and bridges have the potential to make your smile look more beautiful. They are made of high-quality porcelain that looks identical to a healthy tooth. A crown can also make a dull, badly discolored tooth look white and polished again.
Make It Easier to Eat and Talk
The durable material that makes up crowns and bridges is resistant to damage and will give you more confidence when you’re eating and talking. When you have a missing or vulnerable tooth, it can change the way you speak. Also, though it is best to avoid contact with dark foods and liquids, the material is also resistant to staining.
Relatively Quick and Easy to Install
It takes about two appointments with your Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw dentist to have crowns or bridges installed. At the first appointment, your teeth are prepared and impressions are made. At the second visit, usually a few weeks later, the crown or bridge is bonded in place. Expect each appointment to last only about an hour or two—you might even be able to get the procedure completed on an extended lunch break.
See a Dentist for a Consultation
Getting a crown or bridge starts with a consultation to ensure that your teeth are healthy enough to support these devices. Call 1st Choice Dental Care at (678) 293-8773 to schedule a consultation with a dentist at one of our three convenient locations: Woodstock, Kennesaw or Marietta, Georgia.
Dental implants are specialty dental devices that help people who are struggling with missing teeth. They are growing in popularity and have a very high success rate of 98.4 percent according to American Association of Endodontists. Patients of 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, GA are often curious about a few details regarding these dental devices. Explore these frequently asked questions about tooth implants and their corresponding answers.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
These are a few of the most pertinent advantages of choosing dental implants over other solutions, like dentures:
- With a firmly rooted tooth, there's no risk of it falling out when you’re talking or eating.
- The tooth looks and feels just like your original teeth—very natural.
- Your bone tissue stays strong and vigorous.
- You’ll forget it’s there.
- Overall increased self-esteem, confidence and comfort.
What Is the Process Like?
You can expect the process of getting a dental implant to take about three appointments. The first visit to your Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw dentist will be to review your X-rays. If you have ample bone tissue for the procedure, the implant will be inserted at the next appointment. The next visit is when you’ll receive your permanent crown. You should make time for a checkup a few weeks after the procedure is finished.
Can Dental Implants Replace a Row of Missing Teeth?
A device called an implant-supported denture can be created that will replace an entire row of missing teeth. About four implants are placed into the jawbone—when they heal, a denture appliance can be connected to them. It gives you a secure tooth replacement option that still has many of the benefits of individual implants.
How Long Will They Last?
There's no telling how long your dental implant will last once it is integrated into your smile. It could last for a lifetime if you do the following:
- Observe pristine oral hygiene habits, including flossing.
- Avoid clenching or grinding.
- See you dentist for professional cleanings regularly.
Are You Eligible for This Treatment?
The only way to tell if you are eligible for dental implants is to talk to a dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care. Call (678) 293-8773 and choose from one of three locations for your visit: Kennesaw, Marietta or Woodstock, GA.
The popularity of dental implants has increased significantly over the past decades. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dentists now treat about half a million Americans with tooth implantation surgery every year. You may discover that this procedure is just what you need to improve your smile. Here are a few things you need to know about dental implants in anticipation of your appointment at 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, GA.
They Can Replace One or More Missing Teeth
Though many dental implant surgeries only involve replacing one missing tooth, devices can be created to replace a row of missing teeth using implants. Your dentist can create a 3-unit bridge in a case where there are three adjacent teeth that need replacement. If the entire top or bottom row is missing, a 4-implant denture device can be designed. Another option is an implant-supported removable denture that clicks on and off when needed.
They'll Make Your Life a Little Easier
Dental implants placed by your Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw dentists will help improve both the function and appearance of your teeth. In other words, they can make your life a little bit easier in certain ways. For instance, you no longer have to suppress your smile in pictures to hide your teeth or gums. Dentures can slip, making for embarrassing moments. You will also be able to comfortably enjoy your meals and favorite foods again, like corn on the cob and apples.
They Require Constant and Continuing Maintenance
You have to take on new oral care habits to ensure that your dental implant stays put. Here are a few best practices:
- Brush for two or more minutes, twice or more per day—preferably after each meal.
- Floss between the teeth thoroughly to ensure food particles don't turn to plaque, a substance that threatens the integrity of the implant.
- Schedule regular cleanings with your dentist to prevent peri-implantitis, a sort of gum disease that can affect implants.
They're Available at 1st Choice Dental Care
One more thing you need to know about dental implants is that they can be installed at 1st Choice Dental Care. Call (678) 293-8773 today to schedule a consultation at one of our three offices, which are located in Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, GA.