Posts for: December, 2017
How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta can improve your smile
Restoring your teeth is only one focus of dentistry. Modern cosmetic dentistry also helps to improve upon the smile nature gave you. The right cosmetic dental procedure can correct just about any aesthetic problem with your smile. Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care want to introduce you to just a few of the cosmetic dental procedures available. They have office locations in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA to take care of your dental needs.
If you have old or broken metal fillings that were placed years ago, chances are you’ve wondered about how we can help improve your smile. The answer is tooth-colored fillings! These fillings use a liquid resin material known as composite, which can be matched perfectly to the color and shape of your teeth. That means you can still have a strong, protective filling, but no one will notice it!
A professional teeth whitening treatment is another way to make your smile stand out. Professional whitening treatments can whiten your smile up to 8 shades, and your beautiful results can last up to 5 years! The results you get from professional whitening can’t be matched by over-the-counter products from grocery stores or mall kiosks. You can choose from an in-office treatment that takes about an hour, or a take-home whitening kit that you can use when it’s convenient for you.
For a dramatically beautiful change, you might want to consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths of translucent porcelain which are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are an excellent choice to cover up cracks, fracture lines, chips and other unsightly issues. They also resist staining, so you can have a cup of coffee and still enjoy a white smile.
These are just a few of the cosmetic services available at 1st Choice Dental Care. For a complete listing of cosmetic dental services, please visit the cosmetic dentistry page on the 1st Choice Dental Care website at http://www.my1stchoicedentalcare.com/cosmetic-dentistry.html
You owe it to yourself to find out more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you and your smile. Call the experts, your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care, with offices in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA. Start on a beautiful new smile by calling today!
What your dentists in Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw want you to know
You may be brushing and flossing out of habits learned long ago when you were growing up. It’s important to follow good oral hygiene habits, but it’s also important to know WHY you are taking care of yourself. Why do you have a proper oral hygiene routine? Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care want to help answer that question. They have several convenient office locations in Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw, GA to serve your dental needs.
You need to follow a proper oral hygiene routine to remove plaque and food debris from your mouth. Plaque contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins can destroy both the soft tissues (your gums) and the hard tissues (your teeth) in your mouth. By removing the plaque regularly and thoroughly, you prevent the production of destructive toxins.
If you don’t remove the plaque, eventually your gums will become inflamed and diseased, which can eventually lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes bone loss around your teeth, which can lead to tooth loss.
The acids in plaque can also cause tooth decay, which can progress deep down into the inner tissues of your tooth. Once it reaches the inner tissue, called the pulp, you will need a root canal, and you may even need the tooth extracted if it is too badly damaged to be restored. Then you are looking at expensive tooth replacement with partials, bridges, or dental implants.
All of this can be avoided by following a proper oral hygiene routine, which should include:
- Brushing after meals and before bed
- Flossing at least once each day
- Professional dental cleanings every six months
- Professional dental exams including x-rays once each year
It’s important to take good care of your mouth, because a healthy mouth protects your general health too. For more information about oral hygiene and other dental topics, services and treatments, call your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care, with offices in Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw, GA. Call today!
Discover how to have your best and brightest year for teeth ever
#1 Brush and Floss Regularly
#2 Optimize Your Dental Hygiene Technique
#3 Get a New Toothbrush
#4 Start Using Mouthwash
#5 Stop Smoking
#6 Limit Dietary Sugars
#7 Enjoy Sugarless Gum
#8 Cut Back on Coffee
#9 Trim Down Alcohol Consumption
#10 Add a Multivitamin
#11 Drink More Water
#12 Quit Tooth-Harming Habits
#13 Get Dental Veneers
#14 Schedule a Dentist Appointment
Capping the Conversation
Soon after the primary (baby) teeth begin to give way, the teeth a child will have the rest of their lives start erupting into the mouth. But while they’re permanent, they’re not as strong and developed as they will be in adulthood.
That’s why we treat young permanent teeth differently from older adult teeth. For example, a decayed adult tooth may need a root canal treatment; but this standard treatment would often be the wrong choice for a child’s tooth.
The reason why involves the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth, which plays a critical role in early development. Young permanent teeth continue to grow in sync with the jaws and facial structure. Most of this growth is in the dentin, the layer between the enamel and pulp, which increases proportionally to the other layers as the tooth matures. The pulp generates this new dentin.
A root canal treatment completely removes the diseased tissue of the pulp. This isn’t a major issue for a mature tooth because it no longer needs to generate more dentin. But it can have long-term consequences for an immature tooth whose growth may become stunted and the roots not fully formed. The tooth may thus become brittle and darkened, and might eventually require removal.
Because of these potential consequences, a root canal treatment is a last resort for a young permanent tooth. But there are modified alternatives, depending on the degree of pulp exposure or infection. For example, if the pulp is intact, we may be able to remove as much soft decayed dentin as we can, place an antibacterial agent and then fill the tooth to seal it without disturbing the pulp. If the pulp is partially affected, we can remove that part and place substances that encourage dentin growth and repair.
Our main goal is to treat a young tooth with as little contact with the pulp as possible, so as not to diminish its capacity to generate new dentin. Avoiding a full root canal treatment if at all possible by using these and other techniques will help ensure the tooth continues to develop to full maturity.
If you would like more information on dental care for children, 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 “Saving New Permanent Teeth after Injury.”
For decades, dentists have used dental fillings to cover up and protect the surfaces of the teeth. Fillings are usually added to the teeth after cavities have been found and cleaned. While this treatment is most common for children and teens, in some cases adult patients may need fillings to restore their smiles. Find out if you need a dental filling, a treatment available at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta, GA.
What Is a Filling?
A dental filling is a substance that is added to the surface of a tooth and then cured until it hardens in place. The substance settles into the pits and fissures of the tooth, closing up any holes or cracks. Fillings are commonly made of metal amalgam, composite, or cast gold material. In some cases, dentists use porcelain or glass ionomer material to make the tooth and the filling match more closely.
Do You Need One?
If you have a cavity, it’s highly likely that you will need a filling in the near future. After all traces of decay are cleaned by your Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta dentist, the filling will cover up and stabilize the tooth so that it can get stronger. If you have noticed that one of your teeth or more of your teeth has chips cracks or have become painful, that may also indicate that you may need a filling. The dental filling material can be applied to all surfaces of a tooth to strengthen and repair it.
Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
If you ever had a tooth filled as a child, metal amalgam material was probably used. A lot of patients still have the metal-colored fillings that they received at childhood because they are very durable and long-lasting. However, nowadays more patients are requesting tooth-colored fillings (porcelain, composite, or glass ionomer material). The benefit of getting a tooth-colored filling is that when you smile, laugh, or talk, no one will ever know that you had a cavity.
Call for a Tooth Exam and Checkup
The only way to know for sure that you need a dental filling is to see your dentist for a quick check up. Call 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta, GA today at 678-293-8773 to schedule an appointment.