Indications You May Need Dental Implants

Should you get dental implants? If you’ve considered them, you should know that there are some indications that may make your decision easier.

You got a cavity, or felt your bite change.

If you’ve been missing a tooth or teeth for a while, there’s an increased likelihood that you may develop dental caries in a tooth that’s near the gap. The void also increases the possibility that your other teeth can shift, knocking your bite out of alignment and interfering with you ability to chew normally.

In fact, if you have a tooth missing, you may be chewing only on the other side — even unconsciously. And that imbalance in the way you eat can mean you will develop problems with your jaw. One result can be painful TMJ.

You’ve noticed a change in the way you look.

Invariably, tooth loss leads to bone loss. Bone is being rebuilt continually through the natural operation of your teeth. When there is a tooth missing, the decreased stimulation to the underlying bone causes it to decrease in both width and height. Gum tissue deteriorates, and your ability to chew and speak can be impaired.

But you lose more than function. Your teeth are also the support system for your mouth and face. When teeth are missing, you’ll see gradual structural changes to your face. Lips sag. Cheeks sink in. The lower part of your face will appear smaller, making you look older.

You cracked a tooth.

If you have a tooth missing, you may have already cracked a tooth in the vicinity. Once you’ve lost a tooth, there can be a cascading deterioration in your oral health.

At Pure Dental Health, our goal is always to help you preserve your smile and promote optimum oral health, which contributes to your overall health and well-being.

You’re uncomfortable in public with your Essix retainer.

Have you been using an Essix retainer to compensate for missing teeth? It’s very effective, since no one can tell you’re wearing it. But as you know, you can’t chew with it, so you have to take it out to eat. That may not be a problem for you if you usually eat alone. But if you have a job that requires you to socialize, you know there’s no good way to accommodate your retainer.

Are you looking for a job? If you have been, you know that a firm handshake and a confident smile can be as important as a solid resume in advancing your cause in an interview. If you’re missing teeth, you’re probably sabotaging yourself in the workplace.

You’ve been told you should get dentures.

If you’re missing teeth today, it’s useful to look back a couple of decades to review the kind of oral hygiene you practiced growing up. Poor self-care eventually catches up with you. Sometimes, there’s not much that can be done to save your teeth if you’ve neglected their proper care. Have you been told to consider full dentures? If so, you’ll definitely want to compare them with dental implants.

Dentures are removable. They need to be held in place with adhesives you have to keep buying. But dental implants are permanent prosthetics that become a part of your jawbone. They look, fit and function just like natural teeth. You won’t be self-conscious about having a great-looking, healthy mouthful of teeth.

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If you’re ready to discuss getting dental implants, please contact us at Pure Dental Health today. Schedule an appointment for a free CD scan that we’ll use to evaluate your teeth and determine your options. Learn more about how we can help you restore your smile and make you want to share it with everybody.

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Consider the Value of Dental Implants

When deciding upon replacing a missing tooth, one of the first things most people consider is how much the different options cost. An equally important question one should consider however is how long the option will actually last. Asking both of these questions gives a better indication of the value. After all, what is getting something for half off if it doesn’t actually work or last?

In addition to a dental implant, a dental bridge is an option for replacing missing teeth. When comparing the cost of a dental bridge to a dental implant, a dental implant is typically a larger investment. While a dental bridge can range from $3-4K dollars, an implant can be a $4-6K investment. Bridges are faster to make while implants take more time to complete. When only considering the financial factor, one might conclude that a dental bridge is a better value.

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Time factor

How long will each last? It always depends on how well someone takes care of it. One way we can level the playing field is by taking a sample of people that have had a dental bridge and a sample of people that have had a dental implant, wait 10 years and see how many treatments are still in place. Studies very similar to this one show that the survival rate (how many that are still functioning and in place) for dental bridges are 50% while the survival rate of dental implants are 90-98%.

So at 10 years, assuming you have a dental bridge go bad, you could wind up having to replace both the supporting teeth with dental implants and a brand new bridge. So now instead of just paying for one implant you have paid for two implants and two bridges. This puts us at $14-18K for half the cases. For many considering this, it makes the bridge more of a temporary option. All of these scenarios are based on averages and a lot of assumptions obviously. However, many have learned that, over time, a dental bridge is more of a risk than an implant. With anything in the dental field there are many variables that might make the dental bridge make more sense but just looking at the cost could bring you to a short sighted conclusion.

Dental Implants as Investment

Many times people come to our office to gather pricing for restoring their mouth with a dental implant. With multiple implants the figure can easily exceed 5 figures. That’s as much as a car! But here is a question, which is a better value? When you buy a car you don’t always buy a used car just because it is cheaper. You have to consider the cost of maintenance and how long it will last. The average car costs around $33,560 according to the Kelley Blue Book while the average length of time drivers keep their vehicle according to research by R.L.Polk is less than 6 years. Even at the low end, a 90% survival rate at 10 years for a dental implant really makes it a great value.

Yet how many times per day do we use our teeth? Well typically 3, and we will be doing that everyday, 3 times a day, for the rest of our lives. Something to consider.

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All-on-4 Implants: Right 4 You?

If you’re missing a tooth or two, dental implants have traditionally been the answer. But if you’re missing several or many teeth — and/or if a number of your teeth are on their “last legs,” so to speak — you might be a prime candidate for an All-on-4 implant.

So what is an All-on-4? Well, here’s the idea: rather than individual implants for each missing tooth, the All-on-4 procedure replaces all of your teeth on the top or bottom — or both top and bottom, if needed — of your mouth. All-on-4 does this with just four implants (or “anchors”), rather than one for each tooth. In other words, if you had to replace all 14 (or 16) of your top teeth, you wouldn’t need 14 (or 16) individual implants. All-on-4 would replace them all with just four implants, giving you a whole new prosthetic arch, a brand new set of teeth, and a perfectly natural look.

The procedure, invented in 1998 by a Portuguese dentist, has taken off in recent years as Baby Boomers age and develop greater needs in dental care. Hundreds of thousands have received the treatment and, according to one study, 98 percent of them would recommend it to others.

Some advantages of an All-on-4 include:

  • Can replace all of your teeth in one day
  • Treatment involves just one surgery
  • Secure placement won’t shift or loosen
  • No bone graft usually necessary
  • Lower cost than multiple individual implants
  • Rapid improvement in quality of life!

How does it work? Four anchors are implanted into the upper or lower jawbone. Think of it sort of like putting a plastic anchor into drywall, and then attaching something with screws — a towel rack, for example — to that anchor. It holds firm. But with All-on-4, the anchor doesn’t go into the “drywall,” but the “stud” — the actual bone at the top or bottom of your mouth. So it essentially becomes part of the structure of your mouth, and holds really firm.

Atlanta GA All-on-4 Dental Implants

It’s such a radical procedure that many patients even call it “life-changing” because of dramatic improvements in function, aesthetics, speech, and even self-esteem. Reviews on this treatment have generally been excellent. “A real life-saver,” one patient said after her own All-on-4 treatment. “My [new] teeth feel like my own — so secure, that I know I never have to worry about them ever again. Getting implants is the best decision I have ever made!” Another patient said, “I was very self-conscious about my situation and thought there was no solution to my problem. I cannot believe the difference All-on-4 has made in my life.”

Pure Dental Health serves patients with the All-on-Four procedure here at the Buckhead office. Since the All-on-Four is a more expensive treatment, so we offer a variety of financing and payment options to help meet your budgetary situation. Schedule a visit today for a free consultation to discover if this is the right treatment for you.

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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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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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Restorative Dentistry

Your smile was meant to last you a lifetime, yet that does not always work out for everyone. Each year in the United States, millions of American face issues that compromise their oral health. Restorative dentistry provides treatment options to restore the health, function, and appearance of teeth that have been damaged due to decay, gum disease, age, and trauma. In order for your mouth to fully function properly, all teeth need to be in their proper place – meaning that no teeth should be missing or severely misaligned, and they need to be of ideal health. Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, Georgia, proudly provides restorative dentistry procedures to patients here in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

It is important to understand that all of your teeth are reliant upon one another. When a tooth’s health is compromised from disease, infection, or injury, it can easily pass on its troubles to neighboring teeth. In fact, it is inevitable that the issue will spread to neighboring teeth if the issues are not resolved because both the teeth and the gums are living tissues that share the same blood supply. If a tooth is missing, the bone and gums that are left behind will begin to weaken because they are no longer supported by a tooth. Bone degeneration is one of the most severe consequences that can occur within the mouth, yet many people tend to write it off because “it’s just one missing tooth.”

At Pure Dental Health, we want patients to understand that there is a domino effect that occurs when one or more teeth have compromised health. We provide the following restorative dentistry services to help restore the health of your mouth:

  • Dental Bridges
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentca Denture System
  • Dentures
  • Partial Dentures
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Root Canals
  • Tooth Extractions

If you live in or around the metro Atlanta area and are in need of restorative dentistry services, please contact Pure Dental Health today to schedule an appointment. We are committed to providing exceptional, patient-centered care that restores the health of your entire mouth.

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3 Signs Your Dental Implants Are Failing

Dental implants have a success rate of 98%. However, just as with any major medical procedure, there is a risk for complication or failure. Staying under careful monitoring with your dentist is very important, but being aware of the signs of a dental implant failure can save yourself (and your smile) from further complications.

Here are 3 common signs that your dental implant could be failing:

  • Feeling discomfort or pain. If you are experiencing pain shortly after your implant procedure, it could be residual healing that is completely normal. However, if it has been a long period of time before new pain develops, you need to visit your implants dentist.
  • Swelling or inflammation in the gums. If your implants have healed and they suddenly start to look red or puffy, this could indicate an infection.
  • Loose implant. An implant that you can wiggle is cause for concern, as this indicates that it is no longer secure within the jaw.

In general, a well-placed and healthy implant should feel exactly like your own teeth. If you notice anything different, it shouldn’t be ignored. Any presence of infection should be treated immediately to prevent damage to your jawbone. Infections can be treated with antibiotics or if it has reached your jawbone, then a bone graft may be needed to repair significant damage or bone loss. If your implant is loose, your dentist needs to see you sooner rather than later. It may be that you need to have the implant removed completely.

Remember that you can prevent a large majority of dental implant failures by staying diligent with your oral hygiene. The risk of infection dramatically decreases when you are brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist on schedule. Choosing a highly qualified and experienced dentist, such Dr. Justin Scott, can also significantly boost your odds for a successful dental implants experience. He will understand the proper dental implants size and system to use in order to avoid undue stress on your implants and jaw. If you have recently had implants placed and are experiencing problems of any kind, go ahead and make the call to get it checked out. When it comes to the health of your smile, it is better safe than sorry.

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Dental Extractions

A dental extraction is never suggested or performed on a whim. We are all given just one set of permanent teeth, and these teeth are meant to last for a lifetime. However, due to different circumstances, many people find themselves needing a dental extraction in order to save the health of their entire mouth. At Pure Dental Health, we provide excellent dental extractions for patients in Buckhead and the surrounding areas. We do all that we can to make our patients’ dental extractions as painless and comfortable as possible. For those with extreme dental anxieties, we will cater to you in order to help you relax with our variety of options, which include IV Sedation.

Many people associate wisdom teeth (or tooth crowding) with the main cause of dental extractions, and while they are common, there are other reasons why dental extractions are necessary. Teeth that have decayed, have a severe infection, or have suffered traumatic injury are causes of dental extractions. These teeth must be removed from the mouth in order to promote optimal health. A tooth that is unhealthy can easily spread its infection or disease to neighboring teeth and gums, causing severe complications. While it may not seem like a dental extraction is an ideal solution, it often times is the best solution. Because the gums are live tissue and are in a warm, moist climate that is ideal for bacteria to thrive, any sort of infection or decay can spread at a very rapid rate. By removing an unhealthy tooth the mouth can be saved.

If you are looking for a qualified dental practice that offers dental extractions with care and excellence, contact Pure Dental Health today. Our entire staff is committed to providing patients with the highest standard of care. We will walk you through every step of your needed procedure, and we will also help you determine the next best steps after a dental extraction to restore your smile. Call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you.

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Dental Implants

For many years the only option for replacing missing teeth was through a partial or complete denture. While this method was effective, it was not always an ideal solution – especially for those who simply needed to replace one tooth (or very few teeth). Dental implants are the latest advancement in tooth replacement. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that serves as the foundation for a permanent replacement crown that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. At Pure Dental Health we are proud to offer our Atlanta patients this extraordinary option for replacing their missing teeth. With a success rate of 95-98%, patients have never been more satisfied with a tooth replacement method.

With dental implants, replacement teeth are held into place by an anchor that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. This anchor takes the place of the missing teeth roots and will firmly and permanently hold the replacement tooth in place. While it is true that the procedure for dental implants requires more time for healing and complete restoration, the outcome is one that is ideal and permanent.

At Pure Dental Health, we are committed to offering our patients the absolute best care. Our patients come first in everything we do. We offer dental implants at competitive prices and we accept most forms of dental insurance. If you are looking for a solution to your missing tooth or teeth, please contact Pure Dental Health in Buckhead today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to getting to know you and restoring your smile.

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Root Canals

Years ago when a person had a severe toothache the tooth was almost always extracted from the mouth. However, thanks to advancements in dental care, that is not the case any longer. Today, root canals are a way to save an infected tooth while also treating the infection. At Pure Dental Health we provide comprehensive dental care to all of our patients including root canal procedures to help patients achieve a healthy smile that will last them for life.

During a root canal procedure the pulp of the tooth, nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the remaining space is filled with a special, medicated material to restore the tooth to its full function. It is very important that a root canal procedure be done as soon as decay or infection is found inside a tooth. Quick care will help to ensure that the tooth will not die and make it necessary for an extraction to be performed. The signs that a tooth has decay and may need a root canal are:

• Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

• Severe tooth pain

• Tenderness or swelling

• An abscess on the gum line

At Pure Dental Health, we provide restorative dental procedures such as root canals in the comfort of our clean, contemporary office. Sedation dentistry is also an option for patients who have fear or anxiety related to having dental work done. At Pure Dental Health, our patients are our highest priority. Everything we do is with you in mind so that you can experience an enjoyable, positive dental experience. If you are experiencing tooth pain, know you need a root canal, or are simply looking for a dental practice to trust – contact Pure Dental Health today. We are currently accepting new patients, and we look forward to working with you.

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