The Importance Of Routine Dental Examinations

Did you let 2013 slip by without visiting the dentist for a routine dental cleaning and checkup?  If so, resolve to do better in 2014.  Visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled dental cleanings and checkups is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your long-term dental health and give your teeth the best chance of lasting for a lifetime.  For this reason, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that most individuals visit the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and examination.  If you have dental health issues such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you come in more often than every six months.

Your routine dental cleaning and examination provides an opportunity for a specially trained dental hygienist to professionally clean your teeth.  Dental hygienists use special equipment and techniques to remove plaque and tarter than cannot be removed during regular flossing and brushing.  Your examination provides an important opportunity for your dentist to check the overall health of your mouth and look for signs of any problems such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, infection, malocclusion, oral cancer and more.  In addition to a physical examination, your dentist may want to take x-rays to help diagnose any dental health problems.  By diagnosing and treating any dental health issues early, you can prevent more costly and painful dental health problems from occurring in the future.

If you have not been in to see your dentist in more than six months, schedule an appointment today.  You will be glad you did!  Happy New Year!

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

Replacing Missing Teeth

Is replacing a missing tooth one of your New Year’s resolutions this year?  If you have lost a tooth due to tooth decay, infection, gum disease, trauma or any other reason and have been putting off replacing it due to cost or fear of the dentist, now is the time to replace it.  Failure to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can lead to a variety of serious dental health problems and can threaten the health of your remaining teeth.  For starters, a missing tooth leaves a place where bacteria can accumulate and contribute to periodontal disease and other problems.  Also, if you leave a space in your jaw, the other teeth in your mouth will shift to fill the space.  This can cause your teeth to shift out of proper alignment.  Perhaps the most serious consequence of failing to replace missing teeth is the fact that it can lead to irreversible bone loss in your jaw.

So, the question becomes, how do you replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth?  When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are a variety of options to be considered.  A fixed dental bridge is one option for replacing one missing tooth or a few contiguous missing teeth.  You can also consider a partial dental.  If you are missing all of your teeth, you may want to consider full dentures.  Dental implants are another tooth replacement option and can be used to replace one, several or all of your teeth.  While this option is more expensive than the other options, it also offers many benefits that the other tooth replacement options do not offer.  Dental implants provide a long-term, fixed solution to missing teeth and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel an function like normal teeth.  For many, the ability to have replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth and the ability to eat all the foods they love without worry is priceless.  While dental implants are not completely covered by most dental insurance plans, many dental practices offer in-house and/or flexible financing plans to help cover the cost.  Your flexible savings account (FSA) can also be used toward the cost of dental implants.

Your dentist is the best person to help you decide which tooth replacement option works the best for your particular situation.  Don’t put your dental health at risk by failing to replace one or more missing teeth.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist today!

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me?

Porcelain Veneers are extremely thin shells that can be laminated to the front surfaces of your teeth to change their shape, color, length and overall appearance.  This advanced cosmetic dental procedure has helped many people in Hollywood and in your own home town to achieve the smiles of their dreams.  You might be surprised to find out how many of your favorite actors and other celebrities have used porcelain veneers to change the appearance of their smiles.  You might also be surprised how many of your friends, family members and co-workers have used porcelain veneers to improve the appearances of their smiles.  So, how do you know if porcelain veneers are right for you?

The only way to find out for sure is to talk to a qualified, experienced cosmetic dentist.  If you have severe tooth discoloration that cannot be fixed using any of the available teeth whitening methods, porcelain veneers may be a good fit for you.  If you have teeth that show in the front of your mouth that are misaligned, too short or otherwise unattractive, porcelain veneers may be a good cosmetic dental solution for you.  Porcelain veneers can help balance out your smile and hide the fact that your teeth are not evenly aligned,  or are unevenly spaced or gapped.  However, if you need changes to your bite, porcelain veneers would not be a good fit for you.  In this case, you would need to explore orthodontic solutions with your dentist.

If you do decide to go with porcelain veneers, it is important that you find a dentist who is highly experienced in this procedure.  Porcelain veneers require a blend of science and artistry in order to have a natural appearance.  You will also want to talk to your dentist about how to best maintain your porcelain veneers so they will last longer and look better.

With porcelain veneers, you can obtain that perfect smile that you have always wanted.  If you are not happy with the appearance of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist in your local area today to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health.



Are You Dreaming of A White Christmas….For Your Teeth?

If you live in Atlanta and are dreaming of a white Christmas, you may be out of luck this year with our record high temperatures.  However, if you are dreaming of getting whiter teeth for Christmas, this is certainly possible.  With today’s advanced tooth whitening systems, it is easier than ever to achieve a bright, white, younger and healthier looking smile.

Since there are a number of teeth whitening products both in the grocery store and drug store aisles and in  your dentist’s office, you may be trying to decide which method to choose.  If you want to achieve dramatic results while still protecting the long-term health of your teeth, you need to go through your dentist before initiating any type of teeth whitening regiment.  In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you whiten your teeth under the supervision of a board certified dentist.

Many dental practices offer a variety of options for whitening your teeth.  The trick is to find the option that best suits your lifestyle and your budget.  You may also need to factor in your current dental health.  Take-home kits are a good and economical solution for many individuals.  The process involves getting custom trays from your dentist’s office, filling them with a whitening solution and wearing them over your teeth for a specified period of time.  Advantages of this method include the fact that once you have purchased the custom trays, the cost of the whitening solution is relatively inexpensive.  This system can also be used over and over again for continued results and can be used to whiten your teeth prior to important events in your life.  However, some individuals experience severe tooth sensitivity when using this type of whitening method.  Additionally, if you are a smoker or have extreme tooth discoloration, this method may not be strong enough to help you achieve your desired result.

Many dental practices also offer in-office teeth whitening solutions.  This option enables you to significantly whiten your teeth in just one dental appointment lasting approximately one hour.  This option is good for individuals who are extremely busy and are looking for dramatic results in a very short period of time, or for individuals who have issues with tooth sensitivity.

What if you are not a candidate for the take-home or in-office whitening solutions?  In this case, you may want to consider porcelain veneers.  Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells that can be laminated onto the front surface of your teeth to change their size, shape or color.

The good news is that with today’s advances in dental technology, there are a variety of options for whitening your teeth.  This makes it possible for virtually everyone to achieve the smile of their dreams.  If you are dreaming of a white Christmas for your teeth, schedule a consultation with your dentist today so he or she can help you select the best teeth whitening solution to meet your needs.

Posted on the Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health



Are Straighter Teeth On Your Christmas List This Year?

Are straighter teeth on your Christmas list this year?  When you look in the mirror, do you picture yourself with a beautiful, more balanced and straighter smile?  Have you always wanted to straighten your teeth but never had the time or the money?  Don’t you wish it was as easy as just asking Santa?  Even though it is not as easy as just putting it on your Christmas list, with the latest advances in dental technology and orthodontics, it has never been easier or more affordable for adults to straighten their teeth.  And now, you don’t necessarily have to put up with a mouth full of metal in the process!

Today, there are a variety of attractive and affordable options to help adults get straighter teeth and more beautiful, confident smiles.  Invisalign® invisible braces are a good option for adults who desire straighter teeth, but do not want to wear metal braces.  The Invisalign® system uses a series of clear, custom aligners that are worn over the teeth to move them into place.  The aligners can be removed while eating, flossing and brushing your teeth, for improved dental hygiene.  Although each case will vary, treatment time is an average of one year.  The cost of Invisalign® will also vary according to each individual case, however, the cost is an average of $5000, roughly the same amount as the cost of traditional braces.  Invisalign® effectively corrects a wide variety of dental problems ranging from from mild cases of crooked or protruding teeth to more complex issues such as an overbite, underbite or serious malocclusion.

Six Month Smiles® is another good option for adults who are seeking straighter teeth.  Like the Invisalign® system, Six Month Smiles® braces are also clear.  However, Six Months Smiles® straighten teeth in an average treatment time of just six months, and they cost less than traditional braces and most clear aligner systems.  Six Month Smiles® braces focus primarily on just the teeth that show in the front of your mouth when you smile.  For this reason, they are not effective for patients who need major bite alterations.

How should you decide which system is right for you?  The only way to find out for sure if you are a candidate for one of these types of adults braces is to talk to a certified Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles® provider.  Dr. Justin Scott of Pure Dental Health in Atlanta is a certified provider for both of these adult orthodontic systems.  If you would like to get more information about adult braces or to find out which system is right for you, please contact Pure Dental Health today.

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Three Dental Resolutions for a Happy, Healthy New Year

It is December and that means that the new year is right around the corner.  Time to make those resolutions that will may our new year happier and healthier.  When it comes to your dental health, there are three resolutions you can make that will have a tremendous impact on your long-term dental health.

Resolution #1:  Visit your dentist at least twice during this upcoming year for a professional dental cleaning and dental examination.  Visiting your dentist every six months is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your dental health and increase your chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime.  Visiting the dentist regularly provides your dentist with an opportunity to detect and treat problems such as tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral cancer, before they have caused irreversible damage to your teeth, gums and your overall health.  Regular dental cleanings will also help to remove the plaque and tartar that naturally accumulates on the surfaces of your teeth.

Resolution #2:  Commit to brushing and flossing your teeth daily.  Thoroughly flossing your teeth at least one time each day and thoroughly brushing your teeth at least twice daily will go a long way in preventing serious dental health issues.  Putting this time in everyday can save you the time, pain, hassle and expense associated with dental health problems such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, infected teeth and tooth loss.

Resolution #3:  Quit smoking or using tobacco products.  Smoking is not only bad for your overall health, it is really bad for your dental health.  Smoking can make you more susceptible to periodontal disease which can ultimately lead to tooth loss.  Smoking and using other tobacco products also significantly increases your risk for oral cancer, a serious and sometimes fatal disease.  Smoking and using other tobacco products can also cause your teeth to become dingy, stained and discolored.

This new year, consider making three resolutions that will improve your dental health and help you to have a happier, healthier new year!

Posted on Behalf of Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health