Dental News & Updates

Posts for: May, 2016

By Dentistry for Midtown
May 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Before we discuss cosmetic options for transforming your smile, and before any preparations for treatment, there’s one question that needs to be answered: What do you want to be different about your smile?

There’s a common misconception that cosmetic changes to the teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is primarily a technical achievement based on rigid principles of beauty. Patients believe they must defer to their dentists for what will look best. But that’s not the entire picture: what’s often lost in the understanding is that it’s your smile — the smile at the end of the process you must be comfortable showing with confidence.

In this regard, there are two types of patients, with no right or wrong view — simply what a patient perceives as the smile they want. Some want the “perfect” smile — the greatest level of regularity between teeth shape, size and alignment and the maximum level of brightness. Others are more comfortable with a “natural” smile, a more subtle look with just enough change to create something new and different. The latter may even desire a less than perfect look that doesn’t “fix” all their imperfections — the ones they believe give their face “character.”

Knowing to which side you lean is important at the outset. It’s then important for you to communicate those expectations with us. While we’re focused on the technical aspects of treatment — tooth length, the lineup of teeth with other facial features or the gum-to-lip distance — only you can express what’s going to be a beautiful yet comfortable smile for you. By meshing the technical requirements with your personal desires, we’re able to formulate a makeover plan that fits you.

It all begins with a comprehensive examination to determine the exact health state of your mouth, and it may be necessary to first perform dental work to improve it. From there we can discuss what is and isn’t possible to change the appearance of your teeth and gums. In the end, we want the same result as you — a beautiful smile you’re happy and confident to show the world.

If you would like more information on smile makeovers, 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 “Great Expectations: Is what you get what you want?

By Dentistry for Midtown
May 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants can help you smile again

Would you like to trade your smile in for a new one? Well, now you can do the next best thing; you can restore your smile to greatness dental implantswith dental implants! If you are missing teeth and have wide spaces in your smile, you can complete your smile with the best replacement on the market. You deserve a great smile, and thanks to dental implants you will be proud to smile again. Your dentists at Dentistry for Midtown, in Atlanta, Georgia, want to help you restore your smile.

You should try to replace teeth as soon as you can. Your smile will look better and you will also help to retain the bone in your jaw. When you lose teeth, your supporting bone begins to disappear and if you add a dental appliance, the pressure from the appliance causes your bone to diminish faster. You lose your firm jawline and your youthful facial fullness.

Your Atlanta dentists want you to know when you choose dental implants, they will help you retain bone and keep your firm jawline and youthful look. That’s because dental implants are made of titanium and bone fuses to the implant.

The dental implants placed by your dentists won’t decay and are stain resistant. They also boast a success rate of more than 95 percent, the highest of any surgical implant! With your new dental implants, you will experience:

  • Natural beauty, because dental implants are made of translucent porcelain
  • Better chewing ability, which helps your digestion and overall health
  • Enhanced self-confidence, knowing your teeth won’t move around when you speak or eat
  • Greater convenience, because you clean them just like natural teeth

Your Atlanta dentists will place your implant through a simple procedure in the office. Over time, your bone will fuse with the implant, embedding it securely. The implant becomes the “root” of your tooth. After the implant area has healed, your dentists will cap the implant with a beautiful, new crown.

Dental implants can restore your smile and help you smile again. Why settle for old school dental bridgework, partials or dentures? You deserve state-of-the-art treatment at a state-of-the-art facility. It’s time to call your dentists at Dentistry for Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia. Get started on your new smile by calling today!

By Dentistry for Midtown
May 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”

With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.

Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.

But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”