Dental News & Updates

Posts for: July, 2017

By Dentistry for Midtown
July 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are one option for replacing missing teeth and their roots. Dental implants are permanent so there is no risk of them fallingdental implants out. Additionally, they look and function like natural teeth so no one will even know they are replacements. Dental implants offer several other benefits, as well. At Dentistry for Midtown, dental implants can be placed by Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis or Dr. Sunny Patel, your dentists in Midtown.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants can restore your smile, as well as normal tooth functioning. Dental implants offer multiple benefits, including:

  • They replace missing teeth and restore your smile.
  • They blend in and look like natural teeth.
  • Normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing, are restored.
  • Installation is permanent with no need for dental adhesives.
  • Once installed, they will not fall out or slip out of place.
  • Speech improves/returns to normal without gaps adversely altering tongue placement.
  • When properly cared for like natural teeth, dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Having a full smile with no missing teeth can boost self-esteem.

Installing Dental Implants

In Midtown, dental implants can be placed by your dentist at Dentistry for Midtown. Dental implants are made of a metal implant that sits below the gum line, a porcelain crown that sits above the gum line and the abutment that connects the implant and crown. Installation usually requires two appointments. At the first one, your dentist will place the implant into the jaw bone to anchor it in place. The crown will be installed at a second appointment after the implant has had time to fuse with the jaw bone. Once complete, only the crown will be visible.

Dental implants deliver several benefits, including a renewed smile and restored tooth functioning. In Midtown, dental implants are available at Dentistry for Midtown. To schedule learn more about dental implants and find out if they are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Koch, Dr. Soulimiotis or Dr. Patel by calling Dentistry for Midtown at (404) 249-1716.

By Dentistry for Midtown
July 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   dentures  

Dentures can be an effective and affordable solution for people who've lost all their teeth. With them a person can once again eat nutritiously, speak clearly and smile confidently — and with regular care they can last for years.

As part of that ongoing care, be sure you consider one important thing with your dentures: you may want to take them out at night while you sleep. If you do you'll lessen your chances of developing these 4 health problems.

Accelerated bone loss. Traditional dentures are fitted to rest securely on the gums. This, however, creates pressure on the gums and the bony ridges beneath them that can contribute to bone loss. Wearing dentures around the clock usually accelerates this process, which could eventually lead to among other problems looser denture fit and discomfort.

Bacterial and fungal growth. Microorganisms that cause oral diseases find conducive breeding spots on the underside of dentures while they're worn in the mouth. Studies have found that people who continuously wear their dentures are more likely to have bacterial plaque and oral yeast than those that don't.

Potentially dangerous infections. Bacterial and fungal growth increases your risk of oral infections that could affect more than your mouth. A recent study of elderly nursing home residents found those who wore their dentures during sleep were over twice as likely to develop serious cases of pneumonia requiring hospitalization. It's believed bacteria harbored on the dentures can pass from the mouth to the lungs as a person breathes over them while they sleep.

Blocked salivary flow. During the night our salivary flow naturally ebbs; wearing dentures while we sleep could cause denture stomatitis, in which the tissues covered by a denture (particularly along the roof of the mouth) become inflamed and infected with yeast. It's often accompanied by angular cheilitis or cracking at the corners of the mouth that becomes infected by the same yeast.

Wearing your dentures while you sleep contributes to conditions ranging from irritating to life-threatening. To prevent such problems clean your dentures as well as the rest of your mouth regularly — and talk to your dentist whether you should leave them out when you go to bed.

If you would like more information on denture care, 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 “Sleeping in Dentures.”

By Dentistry for Midtown
July 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.

When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”

Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.

There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.

By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.

So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.

If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.