Posts for: January, 2017
You don’t have to be born with the perfect smile to achieve one.
You wouldn’t believe how much cosmetic dentistry could do to revive a dull, aesthetically unpleasing smile. There is no reason to be embarrassed by your smile any longer when you can choose to get cosmetic dentistry from our Midtown, GA dentists Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis and Dr. Sunny Patel. Find out the many wonders that lie behind these amazing dental treatments.
You hate the stains and discolorations on your teeth caused by foods, drinks, or smoking and you want to finally get your smile white again. Those at-home whitening kits aren’t going to do the trick. You need something stronger and more effective like our in-office whitening system. Using the strongest whitening gel available, we can get teeth several shades whiter. Of course, if you prefer to whiten your teeth from home, you can also talk to our Midtown, GA cosmetic dentists about at-home teeth whitening.
Do you have discolorations that teeth whitening can’t treat? Do you have small chips or cracks in one or more teeth? Are you looking to make minor adjustments to your smile’s appearance? If so, then dental bonding can help. The same tooth-colored material used to fill a cavity will also be used to hide these dental flaws and reshape your smile. Bonding is completely painless and non-invasive, and results can last for several years.
If you want to change the size or shape of your teeth then these custom tooth-colored shells may be the best choice for revitalizing your smile. By shaving down some of your teeth and adhering these layers of porcelain over the front surface, we can completely makeover the shape of your smile. Cover teeth that are slightly crooked, improve the overall shape of a malformed tooth, hide cracks, chips and fractures, and cover up spaces between teeth. There are so many things veneer can do for your smile.
Also referred to as caps, these hollow restorations are designed to fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth to improve its appearance and also to restore a broken or weak tooth. If a tooth is so severely misshapen or discolored, a dental crown might be a great option. A dental crown can also be used to cover a dental implant or support a dental bridge.
You wouldn’t believe how much getting cosmetic dentistry in Midtown, GA could do for your smile and your self-esteem. Let the cosmetic experts at Dentistry for Midtown give you a beautifully crafted smile that you just can’t wait to show off.
Did you see the move Cast Away starring Tom Hanks? If so, you probably remember the scene where Hanks, stranded on a remote island, knocks out his own abscessed tooth — with an ice skate, no less — to stop the pain. Recently, Dear Doctor TV interviewed Gary Archer, the dental technician who created that special effect and many others.
“They wanted to have an abscess above the tooth with all sorts of gunk and pus and stuff coming out of it,” Archer explained. “I met with Tom and I took impressions [of his mouth] and we came up with this wonderful little piece. It just slipped over his own natural teeth.” The actor could flick it out with his lower tooth when the time was right during the scene. It ended up looking so real that, as Archer said, “it was not for the easily squeamish!”
That’s for sure. But neither is a real abscess, which is an infection that becomes sealed off beneath the gum line. An abscess may result from a trapped piece of food, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, or even an infection deep inside a tooth that has spread to adjacent periodontal tissues. In any case, the condition can cause intense pain due to the pressure that builds up in the pus-filled sac. Prompt treatment is required to relieve the pain, keep the infection from spreading to other areas of the face (or even elsewhere in the body), and prevent tooth loss.
Treatment involves draining the abscess, which usually stops the pain immediately, and then controlling the infection and removing its cause. This may require antibiotics and any of several in-office dental procedures, including gum surgery, a root canal, or a tooth extraction. But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate!
The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth.
If you have any questions about gum disease or abscesses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Periodontal (Gum) Abscesses” and “Confusing Tooth Pain.”
For over a century now, health providers have depended on blood and urine samples to diagnose many forms of disease. Very soon, though, we may routinely use a different bodily fluid that's easier and cheaper to collect: saliva.
Secreted by six hundred or more glands in the mouth, saliva performs a number of important functions for digestion and overall oral health. Saliva lubricates the mouth to make food easier to swallow. Its enzymes begin the digestion process breaking down food even before we swallow. It also helps wash out food particles that could build up as plaque on the teeth and harbor disease-causing bacteria.
In terms of dental health, its greatest role is as a neutralizer of food acid. It's natural after we eat for the acid levels in the mouth to rise above normal. If acid remains in contact with enamel for an extended period of time it can soften the enamel's minerals and make it easier for them to erode. Within thirty minutes to an hour after eating, saliva neutralizes acid and restores the mouth's normal pH level. Saliva also contains calcium and phosphate materials, which helps restore some of the minerals the enamel may have lost from the acid contact.
But we're discovering saliva can do even more: we can now use it as an indicator for certain conditions in the body. Like blood or urine, saliva contains molecules that can serve as biological markers for different types of disease. By employing devices calibrated to detect these markers, we can use saliva to uncover cancer, diabetes or other systemic conditions.
As these particular devices are manufactured and become more available, the use of saliva for disease diagnosis will rise. In the future, you may not need a trip to the bathroom or wince at a needle stick — a swab of your saliva will do!
If you would like more information on saliva's role in your health, 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 “Saliva: How it is Used to Diagnose Disease.”