When Should a Sudden Issue Cause You to See an Emergency Dentist?

Atlanta GA Dental EmergenciesEvery person across the globe only receives one set of permanent teeth during his or her lifetime. These teeth are meant to remain inside the mouth to provide a complete, functional, and beautiful smile, and they are expected to last for years and years. However, in order for these teeth to last decade after decade, taking proper care of the teeth is essential. While daily flossing, brushing at least twice a day, avoiding bad habits, and protecting the teeth are vital components of oral health, being able to know when a sudden issue should cause you to see an emergency dentist is also vitally important.

As with all types of emergencies, taking the appropriate steps within an appropriate time frame when a dental emergency occurs can make the difference between saving a tooth and losing a tooth. The most traumatic dental experiences typically revolve around the loss of a permanent tooth or a permanent tooth that has been knocked out of alignment. Permanent teeth are not naturally replaced, so knowing how to respond to this type of dental emergency is essential in protecting your smile. If a tooth has been knocked out of alignment but it still hanging on by its roots, you have a good opportunity to save it. Try to gently push it back into its proper position. Do not use force, as you do not want to snap any of the roots that are keeping the tooth alive. Once the tooth is closer to its natural position, bite down gently to keep it in position and then seek immediate dental care. The success rate for saving a tooth that is still attached to its root is high, but it requires dental intervention quickly.

A tooth that has been completely knocked out of the mouth is one of the scariest and traumatic dental emergencies. Do not panic! First things first, find your tooth. The only way that a knocked out tooth can be placed back in the mouth is if you have it. Once you find the tooth, hold it by its crown (the top of the enamel) not the root. If necessary, rinse any dirt or debris off the tooth – but do NOT scrub it. You do not want to damage any of the root ends that are still alive inside the tooth. Try very carefully to place the tooth back into its socket. The roots within the gum are still alive, and there is a possibility that they will begin to reattach themselves to the roots within the tooth – but this must occur very quickly after being knocked out. If your mouth is in too much pain to place the tooth back into its socket, keep it moist in a small amount of milk. You must seek dental intervention immediately from a dentist for the highest chance of successful treatment. Remember, remain calm, think fast, act quickly, and get to the dentist’s office.

Other dental emergencies are often not quite as traumatic as damage to or loss of a permanent tooth. A chipped or broken tooth is quite common, and while you should arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible, it is typically not a life or death situation for your tooth. If you have the chipped or broken pieces of the tooth, they should be placed in a cool cloth that has been dipped in milk. This cloth should be kept in the refrigerator so that the milk does not spoil, and should be taken with you when you go to the dentist.

A cracked tooth is another emergency that often does not require immediate attention, but should be addressed sooner rather than later. A cracked tooth that is causing you severe pain should, of course, be brought to your dentist’s immediate attention in order to alleviate your pain and prevent further damage. Cracks in the teeth are considered emergencies because they leave the teeth vulnerable to infection and more damage. If you have a cracked tooth, it is wise to have it addressed by your dentist within a few days’ time.

Any type of toothache, abscess, or significant swelling of the gums or mouth should be seen by your dentist straightaway. A toothache is often the first symptom that a more serious issue is present. Intervention from your dentist at the onset of a toothache can often prevent the serious issue from becoming a problem. An abscess or severe swelling inside the mouth is also an indication that a serious infection is present within your mouth. Oral infections must be treated promptly to prevent them from spreading into the blood stream and posing serious health issues to the rest of the body.

Sudden issues that arise within your mouth require you to make a choice: have the issues addressed immediately or ignore them. If you care about your smile and want to keep it healthy and complete, it is vital that you seek emergency dental intervention for dental emergencies. Acting quickly can make the difference between saving your tooth or losing your tooth. Saving a tooth will also save you a significant amount of money and time.

At Pure Dental Health, we go out of our way to help patients who have suffered a dental emergency. Your comfort is our priority, and restoring your mouth to excellent condition is at the center of all that we do. Our practice is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm, and we allow time in our schedule to dedicate towards emergencies that may arise. Call us now if you are suffering from dental trauma or pain!

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Four Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures that Make Great Smiles

Atlanta GA Cosmetic DentistryYour smile is a recognizable feature of who you are, and it leaves a lasting impression on those you encounter – whether it be day to day or on a chance meeting. Because your smile is an integral feature of your facial appearance, feeling confident in your smile has a great impact on others around you. If you are known for easily sharing your smile with others, people view you as friendly, confident, out-going, and as someone they are happy to be around. However, if your dissatisfaction with your smile keeps you from sharing it with others, people may often view you as standoffish, cold, unfriendly, and hard to please. Understanding how your smile affects not only your appearance, but also your relationships with others, can help you make the decision to seek out cosmetic dentistry procedures.

For years, many people associated a beautiful smile with Hollywood celebrities and the “elite” in society. However, today, there are options available to people in all areas of life who wish to enhance their smiles. Four cosmetic dentistry procedures that make great smiles are:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental veneers
  • White fillings
  • Six Month Smiles®

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic procedure done in the United States, period. As a dental procedure, dentists have continued to see a rise in the number of patients who request this cosmetic dentistry procedure. Millions of Americans have had great success transforming their smiles by simply brightening and whitening their teeth. Even those whose teeth are not perfectly straight can achieve remarkable benefits from teeth whitening. A bright, white smile is a clean smile that is healthy in appearance; attracting others to your presence. For most people, teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure that is inexpensive and quick.

Dental veneers are another option for dramatically improving the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are very thin porcelain shells that are permanently bonded to the existing surface of the front of the teeth in order to restore or improve the tooth’s appearance. Most people are good candidates as long as there is enough tooth enamel available to bond the veneers to. Dental veneers are used to close gaps in the front teeth and hide flaws such as chipped or broken teeth, malformed teeth, and stained or discolored teeth. Porcelain dental veneers are a permanent solution that can completely transform the entire appearance of a person’s smile, or that can be used to treat a single tooth so that it matches the other natural teeth.

White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are tooth colored fillings used to restore cavities and decayed teeth. White fillings provide an ideal solution for those who need to have a cavity filled within their front teeth. As these teeth are the most noticeable, using white fillings helps to hid dental work. Aside from simply filling new cavities so that they are not noticeable inside the mouth, many people are choosing to replace their old, amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made from liquid mercury, powdered silver, tin, and copper. Many people believe that they suffer poor health from having these amalgam fillings inside their mouths for extended periods of time; thus, they are replacing them with white fillings.

Six Month Smiles® are braces for adults that focus major improvements on the front teeth. Traditional braces can take between two to three years to complete their transformation of a person’s smile. That means that adults have to suffer through that length of time wearing metal brackets and wires on their teeth that make it obvious that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment and the constant requirement for adjustments and visits to the dentist. With Six Month Smiles® dental patients are able to achieve a beautifully straight smile that they are proud to show off to those around them.

At Pure Dental Health, we offer cosmetic dentistry procedures at competitive prices. The health and satisfaction of our patients are our highest priorities. We accept most forms of dental insurance and offer extended hours to allow working professionals time to visit our office before or after a traditional work schedule. We also proudly offer financing and payment options for patients whose dental insurance does not cover the cosmetic procedure that they wish to have done. Please contact our office today.

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Dental Crowns: A Royal Repair for Your Smile

Atlanta GA General DentistA dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its size, shape, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns have been used as cosmetic dental procedures for centuries, and luckily they have improved a great deal. Dental crowns can be dated as far back as the Egyptians, who used are known to have used wooden crowns for those of lower class and pure gold for pharaohs. Today, dental crowns are typically constructed out of durable resin so that they look like natural teeth within the mouth.

Dental crowns can be used both restoratively and cosmetically. When used as a restorative procedure, dental crowns have the purpose of restoring the strength of a tooth so that it can successfully remain inside the mouth. A weak, cracked, or broken tooth can be restored by placing a crown over the tooth. Oftentimes, a tooth that is severely broken is not strong enough for a dental filling, or because there is not enough tooth surface left for a filling to be placed. In this instance, a dental crown can be created to make up for the missing structure while also giving the mouth a complete tooth from the surface.

Any time it can be avoided, a tooth is not extracted from the mouth. The jaw bone is dependent upon the teeth providing structure and stability. When a tooth is lost or pulled out, there is a gap in the smile as well as a gap in the jaw bone’s support system. The roots of the teeth are deeply implanted in the jaw bone. When a tooth root is missing, the jaw bone will begin to weaken and deteriorate around the gap. Dental crowns typically cover the tooth root (or a tooth that has been restored by a root canal) to allow the jaw bone to stay completely supported. Dental crowns are also used in dental implants. A crown is the visible tooth that covers the implanted post within the jaw. This restorative use of dental crowns provides stabilization that not only supports the jaw bone, but also supports neighboring teeth and prevents further, more extensive dental work from becoming necessary.

Dental crowns are also used as a cosmetic dental procedure to restore the appearance of a person’s smile. Chipped, cracked, broken teeth, misshapen, and severely discolored teeth can all be enhanced by dental crowns. Having a beautiful, complete smile is important to the majority of people throughout the United States. Dental crowns allow for a person’s smile to have a uniformed appearance by creating a crown that matches a person’s natural teeth. The most common uses for cosmetic dental crowns are:

  • Repairing a damaged or broken tooth
  • Hiding the loss of tooth enamel due to grinding of the teeth
  • Hiding severe discoloration that cannot be lifted by whitening procedures
  • Strengthening the tooth after root canal surgery
  • Providing extra protection for a tooth that has received a large filling
  • Preventing the further spread of decay in a weakened tooth
  • Repairing a tooth that cannot support direct composite bonding

Dental crowns involve two stages, both of which can be performed right in our office. Stage one involves the dentist preparing the tooth to receive the crown. The tooth will be cleaned and then reshaped. This reshaping is done under local anesthesia to prevent pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the tooth is reshaped, the CEREC imagery equipment creates a 3-D image of the tooth. This image is sent to the milling unit of the CEREC machine, where the ceramic dental crown is created. Once the crown is milled, it will be fitted into place, bonded, and polished.

At Pure Dental Health, you do not have to be of royal descent to receive a crown. Using CEREC technology, we create durable, beautiful crowns in a single visit to restore the appearance, strength, stability, and health of your smile. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We accept most forms of dental insurance and offer CEREC one-day crowns at competitive prices.

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CEREC Same Day Dental Crowns  

Atlanta GA Same Day Dental CrownsTraditional dental crowns have been used for decades to repair a cracked or broken tooth. While this method has had great success for the patients’ oral health, multiple dental visits were needed to create a perfect crown for each individual mouth. This required time, patience, and flexibility on the patients’ part that is not always easy to achieve. Tight work schedules, travel inconveniences, and being left with a temporary (and often uncomfortable) crown was never an ideal situation for patients who needed to receive a dental crown. At Pure Dental Health, we are pleased to offer same day dental crowns with our latest technology: CEREC.

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) uses CAD/CAM technology to develop and create customized dental crowns in a single dental visit. Essentially, the CEREC system allows dental crowns to be a chairside treatment, particularly for those who need only a single tooth restoration. CEREC can create precise restorations for multiple teeth in a single visit as well, it will simply take a bit longer. The CEREC system uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth and transfers the “optical impression” to a computer screen. From here, the dentist uses CAD to design the custom restoration. The Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) takes over and automatically creates the restoration.

How CEREC works:

The technology of CEREC allows Pure Dental Health to further meet the needs of their patients with accurate and fast dental crowns. For patients who come in for a dental emergency or who have made an appointment for a dental crown, the process is no longer a grand ordeal. Our streamlined development of customized crowns utilizes the accuracy of CEREC to create a dental restoration with as little disruption to your day as possible. For a single tooth restoration, the entire process takes around an hour. Our dental staff can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of the teeth.

CEREC uses Computer Aided Technology that incorporates a camera, computer, and milling machine in one instrument. The specialized camera is used to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth and the surrounding tissue and neighboring teeth. This “picture” is the optical impression, making the need for messy and uncomfortable biting impressions no longer necessary. The optical impression is then transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to accurately design the restoration. Once the design has been created and it has been “placed” on the computer screen to ensure proper fit with the mouth structure, the CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Once the milling of the restoration is complete, the dentist will bond the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The restoration will have a precise fit, and it will match the natural color of the neighboring teeth so that it will be undetectable inside the mouth.

With this technology, patients no longer have to feel self-conscious about silver fillings that discolor their smiles. This revolutionary technology also eliminates the need for multiple dental visits, making it much more convenient to the patient. The research, documentation to support, and proven success of CEREC technology have opened the door for precise, safe, and effective dental restorations.

Pure Dental Health is proud to offer this amazing technology to all of our patients. We strive to provide excellence throughout all of our dentistry services, and CEREC is just our latest approach in our goal of optimal dentistry.

Contact our practice today to learn more about CEREC or to schedule an appointment.

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Dental Implants

Atlanta GA Dental Implants PeriodontistWhile there is no one faultless solution for replacing missing teeth that will work for everyone’s mouth or budget, dental implants are as close to perfect as people can ever find. Dental implants have been proclaimed as the greatest dental advancement in the last century. Dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement option because they provide a permanent solution for a complete smile.

When there are missing teeth within a mouth, the entire mouth is left vulnerable to literally breaking down. The teeth inside the mouth work to support one another; when one or more of the teeth are missing, the support of the mouth is compromised. Teeth are held securely in place by their roots within the jaw bone. If a tooth is missing due to loss, decay, or extraction, there will be a hole in the mouth and jaw bone. When neighboring teeth do not have the correct amount of support, they will begin to lose their own stability. This process is known as bone deterioration, and it will cause the teeth that are next to a missing tooth to become loose in their sockets; if the missing tooth is not replaced, a ripple-effect will occur and those teeth will eventually fall out – leading to the continual loss of teeth. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that can not only offer a permanent replacement tooth, but that can also reestablish the structure and stability of the jaw bone.

Dental implants are more than what is seen when you smile. Dental implants are surgically implanted tooth anchors that are placed into the jaw bone. All teeth have strong roots holding them securely in place, and dental implants mimic this same structure. Tooth anchors are created out of titanium and act as the tooth root for a replacement tooth. The tooth anchors are surgically secured into the jaw bone, and then the process of Osseo integration occurs where the jaw bone “accepts” the anchor and stimulates the bone to grow around the anchor and hold it in place. Once the mouth has healed from the surgery and Osseo integration process, a permanent dental crown is placed on the tooth anchor. Once a crown is placed, the mouth not only looks complete and natural, but it also functions naturally. Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.

The obvious benefits of dental implants are that they are a permanent and naturally functioning tooth replacement option. Unlike dentures, dental crowns, and bridges, they will not slip, click, or move when you eat, talk, or smile. They also strengthen the jaw bone and reduce bone loss, helping to retain the structure of your face for a more youthful appearance. Most people are good candidates for dental implants. Through a thorough examination, the oral health and bone structure will be examined in order to determine whether or not patients are good candidates for this highly effective dental restoration option. Most patients with stable bone structure and a good medical history are able to successfully undergo the dental implant procedure.

It is important for patients to understand that choosing dental implants will not give them a “quick” solution to missing teeth. Dental implants do take a good amount of time, and those who need to replace multiple teeth can expect the entire process to take about a year. Dental implants are also more expensive up front due to the surgical implantation and multiple steps in the process. However, these two factors should not discourage you from choosing dental implants as your tooth replacement option. While it is true that dental implants are more expensive up front and that they will take longer than other options, it is important to remember that dental implants offer a permanent solution. Dentures, crowns, and dental bridges typically need to be replaced every seven years. The continual cost of replacement, and the continual need for dental work, will add up over time. Making the investment in dental implants can actually save many people time and money in the long run.

At Pure Dental Health, we want to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health throughout their entire lives. We proudly offer dental implants to patients who have experienced missing teeth so that they can regain their confidence and complete oral health. Our dental practice is dedicated to the highest standard in dentistry and in patient comfort. We also offer financing and payment options to help our patients fit dental implants into their budgets.

If you are ready to explore the possibility of permanently correcting your smile through dental implants, please contact our dental practice today. Pure Dental Health is your source for excellence in implant dentistry in the greater Atlanta area. Call today to schedule your appointment to learn more about how dental implants can transform your smile and improve your quality of life.

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Invisalign

For decades, the only way for people to achieve straighter teeth was through the traditional orthodontic treatment that utilized metal braces. While highly effective, they are often an undesirable approach for adjusting a person’s teeth simply because of how noticeable and unattractive they are. Adults are typically the most self-conscience about undergoing orthodontic treatment; whether they fear embarrassment in professional settings or in their social lives, adults often choose to live with crooked teeth rather than choosing orthodontic treatment. This is where the advantages of Invisalign clear aligners become so desirable for those who are looking into other orthodontic treatments. Invisalign clear aligners are an innovative approach to straightening the teeth, and they are a great alternative for many people who do not wish to suffer through metal braces for the next two or more years.

The Invisalign system was designed to give discretion to adults who desired orthodontic results without having to wear traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners work by using a customized set of dental aligners that gradually move the teeth into their desired positions. After your visit to the dentist to determine that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, you will be given a few sets of aligners that are worn for approximately two weeks. After two weeks (or a specific time determined by your dentist), you will change your aligners to the next set in progression to carefully adjust your teeth. Each time a new aligner tray is custom fitted to your mouth, slight adjustments are being made to shift and straighten your smile. This slight shifting takes the place of tightening adjustments that are typically made with traditional metal braces. The aligners work to move the teeth into their desired positions.

Aligner trays are made from BPA-free plastic, making them safe for everyday wear. The transparency of the aligners makes them virtually invisible to others, allowing you to keep your orthodontic treatment as discreet as you wish it to be. Because the dental aligners are custom fitted to your specific mouth, they are quite comfortable to wear. You need not worry about irritating wires and brackets that can cause sores on the mouth because the aligners simply sit on top of your natural teeth. Patients of Invisalign Orthodontic treatment are able to go about their daily lives without any interruption or inconvenience. Invisalign aligners can be worn during recreational activities and sports without worry of injuring the mouth during participation.

Invisalign is a truly convenient method for straightening the teeth and achieving a beautiful smile. The aligners are worn each day for at least 22 hours per day, and they do the work. The only times that the aligners should be removed is when you eat, drink anything other than water, floss, and brush your teeth. Their discretion allows them to go unnoticed, and if you are discreet while removing your aligners, no one will suspect that you are even wearing them.

At Pure Dental Health, we want all of our patients to have the ability to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Invisalign orthodontic treatment is often less expensive than traditional orthodontics simply because it is often a faster method for aligning the teeth. The average case for Invisalign treatment is 12 months. However, the timing of any one person’s treatment is always based upon the conditions of a patient’s teeth and how long it will take to achieve each individual’s results. Our doctor will map out a specific aligner interval sequence based on each person’s teeth in order to create a specific time frame for successful treatment.

Some of the main conditions that can be successfully treated through Invisalign are:

  • Gapped Teeth
  • Over Bite
  • Under Bite
  • Open Bite
  • Cross Bite
  • Crowded Teeth

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign and whether or not it is an appropriate treatment for your smile, please contact Pure Dental Health today. We proudly accept many popular dental plans and offer financing for those needing payment options for any treatments not covered by insurance. We want to help you achieve the smile that you have always wanted.

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Dental Veneers

Cosmetic DentistryMany people who are unhappy with their smile feel that they either have to shell out an enormous amount of money to correct it or that they simply have to live with it. Neither of these need be the case, and at Pure Dental Health in Atlanta we are proud to offer patients a variety of choices for improving their smiles.

Dental veneers are an outstanding method of improving the appearance of the teeth without extremely invasive or expensive measures. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain placed over the teeth in order to modify the appearance, shape, size, and/or color of the natural teeth. Many people choose to have porcelain veneers placed to reduce gum exposure when they smile, to hide gaps in the teeth, to cover crooked or chipped teeth, and to create a white, vibrant smile. Porcelain dental veneers are not a perfect choice for everyone, therefore it is important that you do your research and that you choose a trusted dental practice with expertise and experience successfully placing veneers.

A quick Google search of “celebrities with veneers” will bring up many results that show just how successful porcelain veneers can be at transforming a person’s smile. Many people are almost unrecognizable before and after dental veneers because of the remarkable transformation that is able to be achieved through this simple dental procedure. It is also remarkable how drastic the results can be with relatively little dental work. Orthodontics take months, even years, to accomplish what dental veneers can provide in just a few weeks.

Dental porcelain veneers have been used for decades to help celebrities achieve beautiful smiles to make them “camera ready.” Today, this cosmetic procedure is available to people in all walks of life so that they, too, can achieve a smile that they are proud to show off. Many people make the decision to get dental veneers before a wedding, a job interview, or an advancement at work – any time that they feel that their appearance matters.

Dental veneers take approximately 2-3 visits over a few weeks to create and complete your new smile. The first step for this cosmetic procedure is meeting with your dentist to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for veneers. At Pure Dental Health, you will meet with one of our dentists to determine is porcelain veneers are right for you and what flaws veneers can hide. Our practice is proud to be able to provide digital imagery that will show you what your new smile can look like with veneers, making it easier to decide whether or not you want to move forward with the procedure. If it is decided that this is an appropriate and desired route to take, an outline of your teeth will be taken and the new design for your veneers will be sent to a lab to be created.

Before porcelain dental veneers can be placed on your natural teeth, your teeth will need to be prepared for veneers. A thin layer of the tooth enamel from the front of your teeth will have to be removed so that there is room for the veneers. This is the most important aspect of dental veneers to understand. While it is considered to be “minimally invasive,” the removal of any portion of dental enamel is a permanent action. In order to protect the teeth and hide the removal of enamel, dental veneers will need to be something that you always have. Once the veneers are created and the teeth are prepared, the final process of adhering the veneers to the teeth will be done. It is essential that a strong bond is achieved between the tooth and the veneer in order to keep the veneers in place and so that they are natural in appearance. The process of adhering the veneers to the teeth occurs in a single visit. You will walk in with one smile, and you will walk out with a new one!

Dental veneers are an ideal option for many people because they are individually sculpted for each patient. In most cases, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a natural tooth and a dental veneer. Patients are also often pleasantly surprised that porcelain veneers resist stains much better than the natural teeth. Maintaining porcelain dental veneers is typically as simple as maintaining proper oral health to your natural teeth. Routine brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist will be required in order to promote optimal oral health. It will be important that you refrain from biting your nails, grinding your teeth, or opening bottles with your teeth so that you do not damage your veneers. Those without veneers should also avoid these actions.

If you would like more information about dental veneers and if they are the right choice for creating the smile you have always wanted, please contact Pure Dental Health in Atlanta today to schedule a consultation. We are proud to be a dental practice that is designed with your comfort in mind by putting your needs first. We accept many insurance plans and have payment options available for your convenience.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal2

Emergency Dentist in AtlantaWisdom teeth removal is sometimes viewed as a “rite of passage” into young adulthood. While not everyone has his or her wisdom teeth removed, a large portion of the population does require the extraction of these back teeth to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems from occurring in the future. The procedure to remove the wisdom teeth is an out-patient procedure with a relatively short recovery time. Removing the wisdom teeth is most often described as a proactive approach to protecting your oral health, and at Pure Dental Health we proudly offer comprehensive family dentistry in the most comfortable and rewarding ways possible.

The reasoning behind having the wisdom teeth removed is very significant. It is important that you visit a highly skilled dentist who can determine if wisdom teeth removal would benefit your future smile and oral health. Not everyone requires the extraction of their wisdom teeth; therefore, choosing a dentist with the knowledge and expertise of making a wise decision is essential. Your entire mouth is dependent on the structure of the jaw bone and how the teeth fit into their places. If the wisdom teeth are not extracted from the mouth before issues begin to arise, there could be a huge amount of damage done to the other teeth inside the mouth. Problems that can occur from wisdom teeth erupting in the mouth are:

  • The wisdom teeth become impacted, making them unable to break through the gums. This can cause a whole host of issues such as an infection, a cyst, and damage to the other teeth and bone.
  • The wisdom teeth can come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
  • The wisdom teeth may partially erupt through the gum tissues. This causes the gum tissue to create a flap of tissue, where food and germs can become trapped and cause a painful and serious infection.

When wisdom teeth removal is considered to be the best choice, it is a very effective oral surgery. The complications of crowded teeth, impacted teeth, infection, and gum disease can wreak havoc inside the mouth; yet, this relatively common oral surgery prevents major issues.

The wisdom teeth removal process is an out-patient procedure that is typically performed under general anesthetic. This general anesthetic prevents pain throughout the entire body and allows the patient to sleep through the procedure so that the dentist can efficiently complete the procedure. Most patients who are going to be put under general anesthetic are required to abstain from eating or drinking after midnight on the night before surgery. Other than being free of infection, this is really the only “preparation” that you can do before the procedure.

The wisdom teeth are removed by the dentist opening up the gum tissue over the tooth and removing any bone that is covering the tooth. The tissues that are connected to the tooth will be separated, and the tooth will then be removed from the mouth. For extremely impacted wisdom teeth or those that are in a difficult position, the teeth must sometimes be cut into smaller pieces in order to make them easier to remove. Following the removal, the opening will be closed with stitches. In most cases, dissolvable stitches are used so that patients do not have to worry or stress about coming back to the dentist to have stitches removed. A folded cotton gauze pad will be placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding.

The recovery from wisdom teeth removal is usually very easy and lasts only a few days. In fact, many people schedule their surgery on a Thursday or Friday so that they have the weekend to recuperate and return to school or work on Monday. It is necessary to relax after the removal of wisdom teeth in order to prevent excessive bleeding. Eating very soft foods (e.g. pudding, broth, Jello®) will be necessary until the mouth heals. Drinking water will also be imperative to stay hydrated, but you must not use a straw. The sucking action of using a straw can loosen the blood clots that have formed in the back sockets and delay healing. While it will be impossible to brush your teeth for a few days, your dentist will give you a special mouthwash to use. This rinse will protect your teeth from developing cavities, reduce swelling, and relieve discomfort. Of course, your will be sent home with painkillers to reduce your discomfort and help you rest, but these painkillers should only be used as specifically instructed and only when needed.

Do not smoke after your wisdom teeth removal. The same sucking action used with a straw is also used when inhaling on a cigarette, and this sucking can loosen the blood clot in the back of the mouth. Nicotine also decreases blood supply and will bring contaminants and germs to the surgery area. In fact, it is always suggested that people quit smoking period. Using the few days of healing from surgery as a “cold turkey” method for quitting smoking is highly suggested.

Removing the wisdom teeth can be a proactive approach to protecting your oral health. When it comes to wisdom teeth removal in Atlanta, Pure Dental Health is the practice to trust for superior, patient-centered care.

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Six Month Smiles

Atlanta GA Dentist for Six Month SmilesYour smile is one of the first things that people notice and remember about you. If your smile is not leaving the impression that you want it to, you may be a good candidate for Six Month Smiles. A modern approach to traditional orthodontic treatment, Six Month Smiles uses the tried and true technology of orthodontics combined with a cosmetic approach to fit your lifestyle.

Many orthodontic candidates above the age of 16 can find success with Six Month Smiles. This orthodontic technology is designed specifically for those with crooked or spaced teeth but who do not need to have a major alteration to their bite. Six Month Smiles provides shorter overall treatment time, making the entire process of having your teeth put in proper alignment more comfortable, convenient, and less expensive than traditional braces. At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to offer this orthodontic treatment to teens and adults.

Many adults feel that they are too old for braces. They have a difficult time seeing past the “metal hardware” of traditional braces, and they are convinced that they must simply go through life with a smile that they are unhappy with. However, Six Month Smiles offers a visually appealing approach to orthodontics. In fact, the brackets that are used with Six Month Smiles are virtually invisible so that people will barely notice that you are even wearing them! Six Month Smiles uses Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and Chameleon® tooth-colored wires while your teeth are being straightened as a part of their revolutionary technology. This “invisible treatment” alone is enough to make many people jump at the chance to gain straighter teeth.

Another added benefit of Six Month Smiles is that the average treatment time is only six months! Adults and older teens often do not have two to four years to devote to their orthodontic treatment. College, work, travel, and life are too busy to worry about orthodontics for years. Six Month Smiles provides the convenience that you are looking for to work with your busy life, not against it.

Brackets and adjustable wires have been used for decades to straighten people’s teeth into their desired positions. This is the most effective method for moving the teeth effectively and safely, while also encouraging the teeth to stay in their new positions. With the use of low force, your smile can be transformed into one that you are proud to show off confidently. Six Month Smiles focuses on the placement of the teeth that are visible when you smile. This reduces the amount of force that is used during orthodontic treatment, and this low force actually means that teeth seldom need to be extracted before or during treatment. This is a huge benefit from traditional braces, which often require a more invasive approach to straightening the teeth and moving them around inside the mouth.

Even during your treatment process, you will not feel the need to hide your smile. Traditional metal brackets and wires can have a negative social impact on wearers. Metal against the natural color of your teeth is hard to hide, meaning that you may feel embarrassed or self-conscious in both your professional and personal lives. Yet, with the cosmetic approach used with Six Month Smiles, you will enjoy the “invisibility” of your braces as they move into their beautiful positions.

As with all orthodontic treatments, you will be required to wear a retainer once your braces are removed in order to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. There are different options available for retainers, the two most popular being a removable retainer or a bonded retainer that is placed on the back surface of the teeth. Retainers hold the teeth in their new places so that they will not shift back into their old positions. Retainers are essential after your orthodontic treatment has been completed. Many people find that they will require another round of orthodontics when they do not wear their retainers regularly – a huge disappointment after the investment of their time and money.

At Pure Dental Health, Dr. Justin Scott offers an outstanding option for adults in Atlanta who desire to have a straighter, more beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that offers an aesthetically straightened look and straighter smile for most patients in just six months.

If you are tired of hiding your smile, if the appearance of your smile keeps you from participating in conversations or promotions, or if your smile is something that you are embarrassed by – it is time to make the decision to correct it. Contact Pure Dental Health in Atlanta today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Scott will walk you through the expectations of Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment and whether or not this is the best option for achieving the smile you have been dreaming about. Call us today!

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2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

 

Your Diet and Your Oral Health

Your diet affects every aspect of your health, yet many people overlook this fact. A greasy diet will affect your skin, a high-fat diet will affect your weight, and a high-sugar diet will affect your teeth. Almost every aspect of your body’s health begins with choices that you make surrounding your mouth. Smoking, food choices, and beverage choices all involve what is allowed to enter into the body via the mouth. Yet, many people neglect this simple fact because they brush their teeth daily and floss occasionally.

The body is an extremely intricate machine in which all parts work together. If one part of the body is unhealthy, the entire body will suffer. If you have ever broken or injured a toe, then you understand how this can be. A broken toe can put you off your feet for at least a week, yet it can make exercising uncomfortable for upwards of a month. A single toe injury can be painful and cause you to gain weight, lose muscle tone, and affect your entire health. Now, think of what an unhealthy diet can do to your mouth – and your entire body – when you consistently make unwise food choices.

Inside the mouth are millions of bacteria that thrive off of the food particles that are left behind after you eat and drink. These bacteria help to break down these food particles by producing acids inside the mouth that make their job easier. It is these acids that cause tooth decay and gum disease. The oral bacteria are most attracted to the sugars in the foods and beverages that you consume. They congregate at sugary particles in large numbers and produce a great deal of acid. It is important to note that artificial sweeteners taste the same to bacteria as real sugar does, so choosing a Diet Coke over a Regular Coke does not protect the teeth in any way.

Maintaining a healthy diet consists of the following:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables in their natural states (hence not baked in desserts)
  • Lean sources of protein
  • Whole grains
  • Dry beans
  • Legumes
  • Low-fat dairy products

A healthy diet does more than keep the numbers on the scale low, it protects the mouth from decay – which in turn protects the body from poor health. At Pure Dental Health we will be happy to help you find a diet plan that meets your needs and protects your oral health. Call us today.
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Pure Dental HealthAtlanta Dentist
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642