Cosmetic Dentistry

Many people look in the mirror each day and wish that they could improve their smiles. They sigh and look away, continuing on their way without realizing that there are many improvements that can be made to create a stunning smile. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, GA, our cosmetic dental care services are designed with our patients in mind. We understand that a less than stellar smile can cause a person’s confidence to dwindle and create an unwanted first impression. Dr. Justin Scott and Dr. Lydia Muccioli utilize their expertise alongside the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry technologies to give patients the smiles they have always wanted.

Many cosmetic dental procedures are considered “quick fixes” that have lasting results. While teeth whitening has been around for decades, it is still one of the easiest and most dramatic methods of enhancing a person’s smile. Even slightly misaligned teeth look noticeably improved when they are bright white. For those whose teeth are crooked, chipped, broken, or extremely discolored, there are other advanced options. Porcelain veneers and Invisalign braces offer long-lasting corrections to teeth that need more than just whitening up. Other options, such as crowns and bridges, are also available on a case-by-case basis to improve needed function and appearance.

If you are currently unhappy with your smile and wish to improve its appearance, contact Pure Dental Health today to schedule an appointment for consultation. Our office offers posh amenities and a warm, relaxing atmosphere to help patients feel at ease and like they have visited a spa, not a dental office. Our patients come first in everything we do, and our goal is to help each one achieve the perfect smile.

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

Gum Contouring? What is It?

Do you dread smiling for the camera due to excess gum tissue that shows when you smile?  Are you self-conscious of your “gummy” smile?  If so, read on to find out about gum contouring.

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of “gummy” smiles.  If your teeth look short and stubby because your gum tissue extends over your enamel, you may be a a good candidate for gum contouring.  During this procedure, a dentist or periodontist uses either a laser or some type of cutting tool to remove excess tissue, thereby exposing more of the teeth.  This procedure can be completed in just one office visit using a local anesthetic.  The recovery time after gum contouring is typically quite short.  In some cases, bone must be removed in addition to excess tissue.  This procedure is more extensive and may necessitate more extensive anesthesia.  This procedure also requires a longer healing period.

The results of gum contouring are immediate and can be dramatic in many cases.  Sometimes, this procedure is combined with other cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, orthodontics, bonding and shaping.

With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, it is possible for virtually everyone to achieve a beautiful, balanced smile.  If you dislike the appearance of your smile due to excess gums, maybe it is time to schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic dentist.  After a thorough evaluation, an experienced cosmetic dentist can recommend the treatment or combination of treatments that are best suited to help you achieve your goals while staying within your budget.

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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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Severe Tooth Discoloration: Causes and Treatments

Aging and consuming certain types of foods and beverages can cause mild tooth discoloration that can typically be treated effectively utilizing a take-home whitening kit or with an in-office whitening procedure. However, if you have severe tooth discoloration due to tobacco stains, too much fluoride, genetic causes or tooth trauma, you may need to pursue other cosmetic dental solutions in order to achieve your desired results. This is because severe tooth discoloration that is caused by these factors is a lot harder to treat than simple stains on the teeth. However, don’t lose heart. With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, it is possible for virtually everyone to have a brighter and more confident smile. It just may take a little bit more work.

If you have one or a few teeth that are severely discolored, you may want to consider crowns. A crown is a covering that can be placed over the tooth to restore its strength and/or appearance. Crowns can be made of porcelain which can be closely matched to the color of the surrounding teeth for a more natural look.

If most or all of the teeth in your smile zone are severely discolored, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells that can be laminated to the front of the teeth in the front of your mouth to improve the appearance of your smile. Again, the porcelain can be closely matched to the color of your natural teeth for a more natural look.  In addition to treating severe tooth discoloration, porcelain veneers can be used to bring more balance to your smile if you have teeth that are too short, misaligned or otherwise unattractive.

If you have severe tooth discoloration on all or some of your teeth and want to achieve a more vibrant and youthful smile, talk to a qualified cosmetic dentist in your local area today. After a complete evaluation, your dentist can recommend the most appropriate cosmetic dental solution to help you reach your goals of a whiter, brighter, more beautiful smile.

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Am I a Candidate for Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to restore or improve the appearance of a tooth. The procedure involves applying a tooth-colored resin material (made of durable plastic) and then hardening it with a special light to bond the material to the tooth.

Dental bonding can be used for a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental applications including the following:

• to repair a decayed tooth (composite resins)
• to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
• to close a gap or space between teeth
• to make a tooth appear longer
• to alter the shape of a tooth
• to fill a space where gums have receded, exposing the root of a tooth

Unlike some other cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, dental bonding requires very little advance preparation. Typically, this treatment does not require the use of anesthesia. An exception to this is when dental bonding is being used to fill a cavity in a tooth. First, your dentist will select a composite resin color that will most closely match the color of your natural teeth. Next, he or she will roughen the surface of the tooth and then apply a conditioning liquid. This will help the material to bond to the tooth. Next, the putty-like material is applied to the tooth and molded to the desired shape and then smoothed over. Last, an ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden the material. After it has hardened, your dentist may further trim, shape and polish the material, as needed.

If you want to improve the appearance of a tooth that is discolored, gapped, misshaped or otherwise unattractive, talk to your dentist about dental bonding. After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if this advanced restorative and cosmetic dental treatment is right for you.

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Which Teeth Whitening Solution is Best For Me?

Teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dental procedure in the United States. This is because everyone wants to have a whiter, more vibrant and healthy looking smile. That is why these days, it is not a matter of whether or not you should whiten your teeth, it is just a matter of which teeth whitening solution is best suited to your individual needs.

There are a variety of different teeth whitening solutions that can be found at your local drug store or even at the grocery store. If you walk down the dental care aisle, you will see whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, whitening mouthwashes and even whitening dental floss. However, the safety and effectiveness of over-the-counter teeth whitening products varies widely. Some even have the potential to harm your teeth. For this reason, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends whitening your teeth under the supervision of a dentist.

Today, many dental offices offer two different types of teeth whitening solutions: a take home whitening kit and an in-office teeth whitening treatment. Both of these types of teeth whitening solutions are highly effective in whitening teeth. For this reason, your dentist can recommend the teeth-whitening solution that is best suited for your needs taking into consideration your budget and your lifestyle. The type of teeth whitening solution your dentist recommends may be based on the cause and severity of your tooth discoloration. If you have certain dental health issues such as gum disease or enamel erosion, this may also factor into the decision. Lifestyle and budget can also play a role. If you have a very busy schedule and want to achieve dramatic results quickly, your dentist may recommend an in-office teeth whitening treatment. These treatments involve putting a whitening solution on your teeth and then curing it with a special light and can be completed in one appointment lasting a little over an hour. If you are looking for a more economical option that can be used as needed, a take-home whitening kit may be a better solution for you. This involves wearing custom trays filled with a whitening gel over the teeth for a certain amount of time. This type of whitening solution can be used at your convenience, while you are at home.

If your teeth are discolored due to age, smoking or eating and drinking food and beverages such as red wine, berries, coffee and tea, talk to your dentist today about how you can achieve a brighter, whiter, more beautiful smile. You will be glad you did!

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You Can Get Whiter Teeth and a More Beautiful Smile

Have you noticed that everyone’s teeth seem to be getting whiter and whiter?  It is no longer just movie stars and models who have perfectly white teeth.  Now it is your child’s teachers, your banker, your doctor and everyone else around you.  Why is this?  It is because advances in tooth whitening technology have made it possible for virtually everyone to achieve whiter teeth.  And, our ideal is changing since so many people are taking advantage of the opportunity to whiten their teeth.  Well, if you are feeling left out on this popular trend, it is not too late.  You too can achieve whiter teeth and a more beautiful smile.

The first step in achieving whiter teeth is to talk to your dentist.  Whitening your teeth under the supervision of your dentist is the best way to achieve maximal results and to ensure that your teeth are not harmed in the process.  There are a variety of teeth whitening methods that can be used to help you achieve your goals.  There are take-home kits that you can use to whiten your teeth over time.  Their are also a variety of in-office treatments that can be performed in a little more than an hour in the dentists office and provide more immediate results. However, if your tooth discoloration is severe or due to certain factors, these treatments may not be suited for your particular case.  In this case, porcelain veneers or dental crowns may be recommended to help you achieve your goal.  Whatever the case, your dentist can recommend the most appropriate treatment based on your dental history, the cause and severity of your tooth discoloration and your lifestyle and personal goals.

Whitening your teeth can dramatically improve your appearance and make you appear years younger.  If you are feeling embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile due to tooth discoloration or if you just want to achieve a brighter, more beautiful smile, talk to your dentist today about your options for whitening your teeth.

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Sedation Dentistry: What Is It?

Sedation Dentistry is a catch all term that can be used to describe dentistry that is performed while a patient is under some type of sedative medication or combination of medications.

Nitrous Oxide is one form of Sedation Dentistry. Nitrous Oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be inhaled to produce a euphoric feeling and to alleviate or diminish pain. Under Nitrous Oxide, patients remain aware of their surroundings, however, the mild sedative helps to relax nerves and calm anxieties that may be associated with visiting the dentist.

Oral Conscious Sedation is another form of Sedation Dentistry. In this case, sedative medications are given to patients orally prior to a dental procedure. The oral sedative medications produce a drowsy effect and make patients slightly less focused on their surroundings but will not put them to sleep. For this type of sedation, transportation must be arranged both to and from the dentist’s office.

IV Sedation is another form of Sedation Dentistry that involves administering sedative medications intravenously.  This type of sedation also requires that the patient has transportation both to and from the dentist’s office from another reliable adult.

Sedation Dentistry is a good option for patients with dental phobias or a fear of the dentist. It can also be a good solution for patients with severe gag reflexes, difficulty getting numb and physical or developmental disabilities that make it difficult to receive dental treatment. Lastly, it can also be used for patients who simply desire a more pleasant dental experience.

Sedation Dentistry has been used effectively for many years. However, it is not right for everyone. Only you and your dentist can decide whether or not Sedation Dentistry is right for you and if it is, which type best suits your needs. If you have questions about Sedation Dentistry, talk to your dentist today.

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More and More Patients Are Choosing Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth

Currently, the options for replacing missing teeth include bridges, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants. Of these options, only dental implants provide a permanent solution that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. For this reason, more and more patients are choosing dental implants to replace their missing teeth.

Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that are placed in a patient’s jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. Once the jawbone has healed and the implants are securely anchored into place (a process know as osseointegration), a crown or bridge may be fixed to the implants to take the place of missing teeth. Dental implants have become increasingly popular since their endorsement by the ADA (American Dental Association) in 1986. In fact, between the years of 1986 and 1999, the number of dental implants procedures in the United States tripled. It is now estimated that more than half a million dental implants are placed in the United States every year.

It is widely known that dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures. Why then is this procedure becoming so popular? Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option for most patients because they look natural, feel natural and allow for normal speech and normal chewing function. Perhaps most importantly, unlike dentures, dental implants are not at risk for slipping and falling out and do not require the use of messy, sticky and sometimes harmful adhesive creams. Patients who receive dental implants find themselves free from the shame and embarrassment of missing teeth and experience an increase in their confidence as well as their overall quality of life. To join the millions of Americans who have benefited from dental implants, contact a dental implants specialist in your local area today.

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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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