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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Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment used to seal the teeth and act like a barrier to prevent cavities. A plastic material is placed in the pits and fissures of the molars and premolars to prevent bacteria from growing in these hard to clean areas. At Pure Dental Health we offer dental sealants to our patients to help protect their teeth from decay. While flossing and brushing are extremely important to oral health, they only help to remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of the teeth. However, toothbrush bristles are too large to reach into the grooves and depressions of the molars to remove food and plaque. Dental sealants protect these vulnerable spots in the teeth by sealing out damaging plaque and bacteria.

Dental sealants are easy for dentists to apply, pain free, and require no down time from patients. After the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, the sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel and then hardened with a curing light so that it bonds directly to the tooth. The special plastic material seeps into the tiny fissures and grooves of the chewing surfaces, forming a tight barrier against harmful substances in the mouth. As long as the dental sealant remains in place the tooth will be protected from decay. Dr. Justin Scott will examine the sealants to make sure they have bonded properly, and he will check to make sure they are still properly in place at subsequent dental visits. Dental sealants can last for two to four years before a reapplication is necessary, making them both affordable and worth the expense.

At Pure Dental Health, Dr. Scott and his entire team are committed to proving the highest standard in dental care. Using dental sealants as an advanced preventive dental procedure, he can offer protection against damaging plaque, bacteria, and decay. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to make your smile last.

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Can Dental Implants Help Improve Your BMI?

Another new year is just around the corner. Before you know it, you will be toasting with friends and singing Auld Lang Syne once again. Is losing weight on your list of resolutions once again this year? If you resolved to lose weight last year and did not quite achieve your goal, or achieved it only to quickly regain the weight, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans resolve to lose weight and improve their Body Mass Index (BMI) only to find that the end of the year has come and they are still struggling with extra pounds. In fact, overweight and obesity has become a health crisis in the United States. This is especially concerning because being overweight or obese increases your risks for a number of serious diseases and medical conditions including heart disease, Diabetes, breast cancer and more.

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill available to help you lose weight. This is despite an abundance of research on this very subject. So, what is the best way to achieve your weight loss goals? The simple answer is to eat healthier and to exercise more. To reach these goals, it may be helpful to enlist the services of an exercise coach (trainer) and a certified nutritionist. However, if you are currently wearing dentures, the solution may not be quite as simple. That is because wearing dentures can make it hard to eat and properly digest certain foods. Unfortunately, the foods that are rich in fiber and other important nutrients yet lower in calories are often hard to eat for individuals with dentures. This includes foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Many times, denture wearers are forced to replace these foods with softer, more processed foods that are easier to chew and digest. These foods are often higher in calories and lack the fiber and nutrients that are needed to maintain good overall health.

The good news is that dental implants provide a great alternative to dentures that allows you to eat the foods that you want to eat. Dental implants can be used to provide additional support for dentures or to support crowns and bridges. You can use dental implants to replace one, several or all of your teeth. With dental implants, you do not have to eliminate any foods from your diet. You can eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that will help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy body weight.

If dentures are holding you back from meeting your weight loss goals, talk to a qualified dental implant dentist today to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system. We wish you the best of health in the new year!

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This Holiday Season, Give Yourself the Gift of a Beautiful Smile

Did you miss out on the opportunity to get braces as a child? Do you dislike the way you look in pictures due to crooked teeth, unevenly spaced teeth, a gap in your two front teeth or tooth discoloration? If so, maybe you should consider giving yourself the gift of a beautiful smile this holiday season.

With today’s advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques and procedures, it is possible for virtually everyone to have a beautiful and balanced smile. Teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, orthodontics and dental implants are just some of the restorative and/or cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be used to improve the appearance of your smile and your overall appearance. After all, your smile is the first thing that people notice about you and can leave a lasting impression. This can effect your confidence in every social interaction you have whether it is dating, presenting at work or just sitting around the table and sharing a meal with others.

You don’t have to continue to hide behind your smile. But maybe you are worried about the cost. While improving the appearance of your smile is a worthwhile investment, it can be expensive. For this reason, it is important for you to schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist that you trust. An experienced cosmetic dentist can listen to your goals, explain the options and help you choose the treatments to help you achieve your goals while staying within your budget. It might be helpful to know that many cosmetic dental offices offer attractive financing options to help you pay for the cost of cosmetic dental services that are not covered under dental health insurance plans.

You have worked hard this year! Why not make this the year that you reward yourself with a beautiful, confident smile.

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Enamel Shaping and Bonding for an Improved Smile

Do have one tooth that is a little more square than another?  Do you have a rough spot on one of your teeth or a small chip in your tooth?  If so, you may be a good candidate for a painless cosmetic dental procedure called enamel shaping.  With enamel shaping, dentists use the same tools that are used to polish the teeth during a dental cleaning to remove a small amount of the tooth’s surface. This quick procedure can create an improved look and better feel.  Typically, enamel shaping is done without an anesthetic.  This may not be the case in patients with severe tooth sensitivity.

Dental bonding is another painless cosmetic dental procedure that is basically the opposite of enamel shaping. With dental bonding, a small amount of composite resin material is added to the tooth to fill in holes, cracks or gaps in the teeth.  Once the dental bonding material has hardened, it is polished to smooth the surface.

Enamel shaping and dental bonding are relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedures that can be used to improve your smile.  These procedures are appropriate when one or two of your teeth is in need of improvement.  If you wish to improve all of or a majority of the teeth that show when you smile, porcelain veneers may be a better option. This is also the case when there is severe tooth discoloration in multiple teeth.  With porcelain veneers, extremely thin shells are laminated to the front surfaces of the teeth to improve their appearance and bring balance to your smile.  Porcelain veneers are a highly effective way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile but are quite a bit more expensive than bonding or enamel shaping.

If you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile but are not sure which type of cosmetic dental procedure to choose, talk to a qualified cosmetic dentist today.  After a thorough consultation, your dentist can recommend the procedure or combination of procedure that best suits your goals while staying within your budget.

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EPA Wants New Standards to Reduce Dental Mercury Entering the Environment

Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that can be mixed with other metals to make amalgam:  a popular compound used to make dental fillings.  However, Mercury is a know neurotoxin and exposure to Mercury at certain levels has been linked to a number of health problems.  As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned about the amount of Mercury entering the environment.

Mercury is introduced into the environment when dentists remove old amalgam fillings or remove excess amalgam when placing new fillings. As a result, about half of the Mercury that enters water treatment systems comes from dental offices.  The EPA is proposing new standards to reduce the amount of Mercury released from dental offices.  These changes would fall under the Clean Water Act and would reduce metal discharge to water systems by almost 9 tons a year.

Currently, there are standards set by the American Dental Association (ADA) that give guidelines for the safe removal and disposal of amalgam materials.  Many state and local governments currently require amalgam separators and other practices in dentists’ offices in order to reduce the release of mercury. The American Dental Association strongly recommends such measures. These standards are already in place in approximately 40% of dental offices across the country.  This new rule would serve to strengthen the human health protection that is already in place.

Due to health concerns regarding exposure to Mercury vapors from amalgam fillings, many individuals are electing to have their amalgam fillings removed and replaced with composite resin or porcelain fillings.  Others make this decision purely for cosmetic reasons.  If you have amalgam fillings in your mouth and would like to have them removed, talk to your dentist about the safe removal of these fillings today.

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Acute Tooth Pain: Is it an Abscessed Tooth?

If you have excruciating pain in one of your teeth, you could be dealing with an abscessed tooth.  An abscessed tooth is a painful condition that is caused by an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth.  The most common cause of an abscessed tooth is severe decay.  However, an abscessed tooth can also result from trauma to a tooth or gum disease.  Severe decay and tooth trauma such as a chipped or broken tooth can cause openings in a tooth’s enamel which allows bacteria to infect the center of a tooth (pulp).  This infection can also spread from the pulp to the root of the tooth and/or the surrounding bones and structure.

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include severe, throbbing, and/or shooting pain in the area of the mouth where the abscess is located.  Other symptoms include fever, pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold, bad breath, swollen neck glands, redness and swelling of the gums, an open, draining sore on the side of the gum and more.

If you think you may have an abscessed tooth, you should notify your dentist immediately, even if it is after traditional dentist office hours.  Many dental practices have a dentist that is on call to handle dental emergencies such as abscessed teeth.  To eliminate the infection, the abscess may need to be drained.  This can be achieved with a procedure called a root canal.  After a root canal procedure, the center of the tooth is this cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection.  In some cases of an abscessed tooth, the tooth is extracted, allowing drainage through the socket.  A third way to drain an abscess is to make an incision into the swollen gum tissue.

In most cases, antibiotics are prescribed to help fight off the infection.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin and Alleve may be used to alleviate the pain.  Your dentist may also recommend that you rinse your mouth with warm salty water.

Failing to seek treatment for an abscessed tooth will only lead to more serious and more painful complications including tooth loss.  If you have severe tooth pain and think it may be due to an abscessed tooth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

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