Why You Should Consider Cosmetic Dentistry

Thinking about Cosmetic Dentistry?

It has been a long few months.  You have been staying at work late each day, trying to get as much done as possible to nail everything down perfectly.  As you sit down to start another workday, your boss approaches you.

“You have been doing outstanding work.  And it has not gone unnoticed.  We would like to honor you at a reception next month.  Great going!” she exclaims, as she shakes your hand.  You remain still, completely miffed by what has just occurred.  You catch a glance into the window and see your smile—“Wow! That could use some work!” you say.  “What should I do to get this smile at its best before that reception?”

The answer lies with the Pure Dental Health team and cosmetic dentistry.  Pure Dental Health offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry options that best fulfill the needs of your smile.  Throughout this blog, we will address why you should consider cosmetic dentistry, and how some small procedures can make a dramatic difference to the look of your smile

Cosmetic Dentistry and Your Smile

You might have thought about cosmetic dentistry before and are still reviewing all of your options.  You might be new to the idea and do not have very much information about the procedures.  Either way, Pure Dental Health is here to show you some of the top cosmetic dentistry procedures that we have available.  Some of these procedures include:

  • Teeth Whitening- who says that good things in life don’t come for free?  At Pure Dental Health, we provide free teeth whitening with regular dental exams for life.   In addition, we also offer other teeth-whitening solutions to keep your teeth at their most white. You can knock years off of your age with the help of teeth whitening.
  • Adult Braces- you are never too old to have the smile that you have always wanted.  With 6-month smiles, you can have a beautiful smile in less time than traditional methods.  White brackets and wires are used so that braces blend away while making your teeth straighter than ever before.
  • White Fillings- replacing metal fillings with white ones can remove the look of “metal mouth” instantly.  While amalgams used to be commonly used to fill cavities, there are now new pieces of dental technology, which provide patients with mercury-free and cosmetically pleasing options.

These are just a few of our cosmetic dentistry options that make a huge difference in the way that clients feel about their smiles.  Simple changes for dramatic results.

More Information about Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are interested about cosmetic dentistry procedures, then do not hesitate to contact our Pure Dental Health team.  We will answer any of your questions about cosmetic dentistry, including cost, recovery time, and which procedures are right for you.

You deserve to have your dream smile.  Let the Pure Dental Health team help you achieve those dream results!


Sports/Energy Drinks and Dental Health

A recent study published in the May/June issue of General Dentistry, a peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, reported that a significant increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, particularly among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth.  The study reports that the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel.

Most people perceive sports and energy drinks to be much healthier than soda and many adolescents consume these drinks in hopes of improving their sports performance and energy levels.  However, the high acidity levels are eroding the enamel on teeth, causing irreversible damage.  Without the protection of enamel, teeth can become overly sensitive and are more likely to decay and develop cavities.

In the study, the researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure to sports or energy drinks.  Energy drinks were found to have a significantly greater potential to damage teeth than sports drinks.

A reported 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens currently consume energy drinks and as many as 62 percent consume at least one sports drink per day.  For this reason, it is important to education adolescents and their parents about the effects of these drinks on dental health.  Academy of General Dentistry spokeswoman, Jennifer Bone, DDS, MAGD, recommends that her patients minimize their intake of sports and energy drinks and also recommends rinsing the teeth with water after consuming these types of drinks.  She also says that patients should wait at least one hour after consuming sports or energy drinks before they brush their teeth.  If not, the acid contained in the drinks will be spread onto the tooth surfaces, increasing the erosive action.

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Gum Recession

If you have noticed that your teeth look longer than they used to appear or if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, your gums may be receding.  Gum recession refers to the process in which the tissues that surround the teeth wear away in the direction of the root.  When this happens, it creates pockets or gaps where more of the root is exposed.  These pockets and gaps are easy places for disease-causing bacteria to build up.  Gum recession is a common problem experienced by many adults and should not be ignored.  If it is left untreated, it can cause significant damage to the bone and tissue surrounding the teeth and can even lead to tooth loss.

Gum recession can be caused by a variety of factors including periodontal disease, aggressive tooth brushing, insufficient dental care, hormonal changes, use of tobacco products and grinding or clenching your teeth.  If you are noticing changes in your gums, it is important to make your dentist aware.  He or she will most likely want to perform a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing.  This process removes the tartar and calculus that has built up in the spaces where the recession has occurred.  Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat any infection that is present.  If your gum recession is severe, you may require surgery.  There are three types of gums surgeries that are used to treat severe gum recession:  pocket depth reduction, regeneration and soft tissue graft.  A qualified periodontist will be able to help determine the best surgical procedure for treating your particular situation.

The best way to prevent gum recession is to practice good daily oral hygiene, seek regular dental care, quit smoking and eat a healthy well-balanced diet.  If you think you may have receding gums, schedule an appointment with a qualified dentist today.

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Health News Article

Article Title: Use of Lasers by Cosmetic Dentists

Article Source: http://worldental.org/teeth/dental-lasers-cosmetic-dentists/7087/

Article Review:

You might have heard about lasers in dentistry, but wondered how lasers could be beneficial for your dental health.  In this article, the basic concepts of laser dentistry are discussed. Laser dentistry can offer multiple benefits over traditional dental procedures.

One of these benefits is the ability to recuperate faster than ever before from dental procedures.  In the past, you might have found yourself feeling a considerable amount of pain after a dental procedure.  With laser dentistry, procedures can be completed in a more efficient, and less painful way.  In-turn, you leave the dentist’s office with a beautiful smile and less pain.

Your Pure Dental Health dentists also use laser dentistry to perform new techniques that were never possible before.  With a soft tissue laser, cavities can be identified in their earliest stages, catching tooth decay before it becomes worse.  Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue, can be used for crown lengthening, and to remove soft tissue.  With all of these procedures, there is less bleeding than with traditional dentistry, and the recovery time is significantly less.

For more information about laser dentistry, or to learn more about our procedures at Pure Dental Health, do not hesitate to contact us.  We keep up with the latest technology and procedures to ensure that our patients have healthy and beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.  Look for more of our health news articles too!



A Younger Smile Almost Instantly

Your Smile

The rain is pouring down and you know that the majority of the day is going to be spent nestled by the fire with a good book.  You head into the kitchen to start the teakettle, eager for something to sip on and maybe a sweet bite as well.

As you make your way to the living room, tea in hand, your eyes glance upon some old photo albums.  “Oh wow, I haven’t looked at these in forever,” you mumble under your breath as you wipe some dust off of the pictures. You are instantly taken back to the times of your prom, your first days in college, and your first apartment. Memories start flowing and you can almost taste the experiences.

With each page that you turn, you begin to realize something more and more prominent. Your smile has aged dramatically throughout the years.  The beaming smile that used to greet the world has faded and added a few chips and cracks.  But what can you do to turn back time?

The answer lies with Pure Dental Health.  The specialists at Pure Dental Health know the latest and best procedures to take your smile from old and dated to beautiful and timeless.  How is this possible?  Keep reading our Pure Dental Health blog to learn more!

Removing Years from Your Teeth

You might think that nothing can be done to help with the aging process of your teeth.  However, with the experts at our Atlanta Pure Dental Health office, there are multiple ways that you can improve the look of your smile.  Some of these ways include:

  • Teeth Whitening- a quick and easy way to change the look of your smile is with teeth whitening.  Years of staining can be removed in less than an hour in -office.  Best of all, at Pure Dental Health, if you come in for your regular teeth cleanings, we give you a free whitening tray and whitening gel so you can whiten your teeth at home.  A younger looking you at home or in-office!
  • Porcelain Veneers- porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are attached to the fronts of your teeth to make chips, gaps, cracks, and severe stains disappear.  These “instant orthodontics” give many of our patients the ‘movie star Hollywood’ smiles that they have always wanted, but never thought possible.
  • Six Month Smiles- when most people think of braces, they think of metal brackets, plenty of waiting time, and expensive procedures.  With Six Month Smiles, you can have a straighter, more youthful smile in 6 months with clear braces.  Less expensive than traditional braces with beautiful results—a win-win scenario!

Pure Dental Health and You

If you think that any of these procedures might be a good fit for your dental needs, then do not hesitate to contact us at Pure Dental Health in Atlanta, Georgia.  We will answer any and all of your questions about the procedures and see what would be right to improving your smile.

Do not wait for a youthful smile, let us help you achieve unparalleled results today!


Treatments for Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a common dental health problem affecting many Americans.  When plaque and tartar is left on teeth it provides the right conditions for bacteria to growth.  The bacteria irritates the gums and may make them bleed easily.  This condition is called Gingivitis.  If left untreated, Gingivitis can progress to a more serious form of gum disease and can be extremely damaging to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth.

The first step in treating gum disease usually involves a deep cleaning referred to as “scaling and root planing.”  Many times, a dentist will follow a deep cleaning with adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials (antimicrobial rinses).  Once you have received a deep cleaning to treat gum disease, it is important to keep up a regular oral hygiene regiment at home that includes brushing thoroughly at least two times per day and flossing at least one time per day.

If the periodontal disease is more advanced and cannot be treated effectively using non-surgical methods, gum surgery may be required.  There are four different surgical procedures that can be used to treat advanced periodontal disease including pocket reduction procedures, regenerative procedures, dental crown lengthening and gum graft surgery.  There is currently some research supporting the use of lasers in treating periodontal disease.

If your gums are red, swollen or bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so he or she can examine your gums, make a diagnosis and provide the appropriate treatment, if needed.

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Dental Headache Treatments

If you suffer from chronic headaches or even migraines, you may want to talk to your dentist.  Many times, chronic headaches or migraines are caused by clenching or grinding your teeth at night when you sleep.  You may not even realize that you are doing it.  A dentist can examine your teeth and help determine if this is the cause of your headaches.

If you do grind or clench your teeth at night, your dentist may want to fit you with a night mouth guard.  Although night guards are available for sale over the counter at drug stores and other outlets, a custom made night guard fitted by a qualified dentist is going to be more comfortable to wear and  more effective in preventing the clinching and grinding that is causing your headaches.  Custom-fitted mouth guards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions.  The process requires making an impression of your teeth and then forming a mold over the impression using a special material.  Due to the extra time and work involved in making a custom night mouth guard, they are more expensive than the ready-to-wear guards that can be purchased in stores. However, the added comfort and protection you gain with a custom-made night mouth guard may be worth the extra cost.

There are currently several types of custom-made mouth guards available on the market.  The NTI night guard system is one of them.  This dental appliance is much smaller than typical night mouth guards and is more comfortable to wear.  For more information about the NTI night guard system and to determine if this system is right for you, talk to your dentist today.

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Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

If you are currently missing teeth, is important that you replace them to restore the  form and function of you smile and to protect your dental health.  Failure to replace missing teeth can lead to painful and expensive oral health issues including periodontal disease and bone loss.  Also, if a missing tooth is not replaced, the adjacent teeth will shift to fill in the gap.  This can cause problems with your bite as well as the alignment of your jaw.

But what is the best option for replacing missing teeth?  It depends on your lifestyle, your dental and medical history and your budget.  A qualified dentist can help you determine which option best suits your particular situation, however, it is helpful to know a little bit about the options that are currently available.

Dentures and partial dentures can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.  A full set of dentures can be used to replace all the teeth in either the upper or lower arch of your mouth.  Full dentures require the use of some type of denture adhesive cream to hold them into place and can be removed at night or for cleaning.  If you have remaining teeth in either arch of your mouth, a partial denture can be used to replace only the teeth that are missing.  A partial denture is held into place by a gum colored piece of plastic that rests on the top of the mouth and is attached by metal wires.  Most dental insurance plans pay for at least a portion of the cost of dentures.

For some, dentures are a good fit.  Others find dentures to be uncomfortable to wear and unnatural in appearance.  Many patients also report that they are unable to enjoy foods that are harder to chew and do not like the hassle, taste, consistency and smell of denture adhesive creams.

Dental implants are another option for replacing one or more missing teeth and are considered by many to be the best available tooth replacement option.  The process involves inserting prosthetic screws into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once the jawbone has healed and the screws have fused with the jawbone, crowns, bridges or partial dentures may be attached to the screws to take the place of missing teeth.  Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and result in replacement teeth that look, function and feel like natural teeth.

The only downsides to dental implants are the fact that they cost more than other tooth replacement options and are not fully covered under many dental insurance plans.  They also require two procedures: one to insert the prosthetic screws into the jaw and one to attach the replacement teeth to the implants.

If you are currently missing teeth, don’t risk your dental health by failing to replace them.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist today so he or she can help you determine the best tooth replacement option to meet your needs as well as your budget.

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Restoring the Function and Appearance of Your Smile

You smile creates a lasting first impression and has a dramatic affect on your appearance as well as your self-confidence.  If you have dental health issues that are affecting both the function and appearance of your smile, there are many restorative and cosmetic dental procedures that can be used to restore your smile and your confidence.

Despite advances in dentistry as well as oral hygiene, many Americans still suffer from tooth loss.  If you are missing a tooth or teeth, it negatively affects your appearance as well as your oral health.  Missing teeth can cause embarrassment but they can also lead to serious dental health issues such as infection of the bones and tissues that support the teeth and even bone loss.  If you are missing a tooth or teeth, your remaining teeth will shift to fill the space.  This can cause problems with your bite and the alignment of your jaw.  Options for replacing missing teeth include bridges, dentures, partial dentures and dental implants. Each of these methods are acceptable tooth replacement options, however, some options have significant advantages over others and they all differ in cost.  A qualified dentist can help you select the best method to suit your needs as well as your budget.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, advances in cosmetic dentistry now make it possible for virtually anyone to achieve a beautiful smile.  Tooth whitening can be used to whiten teeth, remove stains and discoloration and give your smile a more youthful appearance.  Porcelain veneers can be used to change the color, size, length or shape of teeth.  Clear or metal braces can be worn to straighten crooked teeth and tooth colored fillings and crowns can be used to treat teeth that are decayed.

Using a combination of advanced restorative and cosmetic dental procedures, you can now get the smile you have always wanted.  If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile or if you have dental health problems such as infected teeth, missing teeth or decayed teeth, seek treatment from a qualified dentist in your local area.

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