My Dentistry Blog
Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.Â Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.
Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.
A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.
Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.
If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.
If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
If you've been living with broken, damaged, or discolored teeth, it’s time to discover the many benefits of getting crowns and bridgework. There’s a reason why 15 million Americans and counting have opted for these restorations. Crowns and bridges can be placed by your dentists Dr. Mark Sayeg or Dr. Nate Cherof at Start Smiling Dental in Sandy Springs, GA.
Crowns and Bridgework
Crowns and bridges address two distinct dental issues that patients commonly struggle with: one is a “problem tooth” and the other is a missing tooth. Crowns can correct the outer problems of an otherwise healthy rooted tooth. Those problems include discoloration, chips, worn enamel, protrusion, and poor shape (a tooth that is too small). Bridges cover up spaces from missing teeth with the help of two crowns. For both procedures, a certain amount of tooth enamel must be removed to create an abutment and make room for the dental bridge.
Benefits of Both
Both of these tooth restorations offer ways to complete an incomplete smile. Consider these important benefits of asking your Sandy Springs, GA dentist about crowns and bridgework:
- You’ll achieve a newly strengthened tooth with a crown.
- Small gaps can be closed with perfectly shaped crowns.
- Crowns give you a whiter and brighter tooth after permanent staining.
- No embarrassing slippage with bridgework.
- Better eating and comfort when talking to others with bridges.
Lasting Results with Crowns and Bridges
There's one more notable benefit of getting crowns and bridges: it is the fact that the results of these simple treatments will last for many years. Expect to enjoy years with your newly placed bridge or crown. Keep the restoration healthy by brushing and flossing often, seeing your dentist for regular checkups, and wearing a retainer or mouth guard to prevent bruxism.
Talk to Your Dentist
Your Sandy Springs, GA dentist can best advise you on whether crowns or bridges will be best for your smile and overall dental health. Call Start Smiling Dental today at (404) 255-6782 to schedule an exam with Dr. Mark Sayeg or Dr. Nate Cherof.
Say Goodbye to Sensitive Teeth!
We’ve all felt a ping when biting into something cold or hot. If this only happens once in a while, it’s not an issue, but if happens frequently, it may be a sign of something going on with your teeth. Tooth sensitivity can range from an annoyance to being very painful. The good news is there are solutions!
Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?
Your teeth are made up of enamel, cementum and dentin.
The enamel covers the body of your teeth above your gum line and the cementum protects your roots under the gum line.
The dentin is below the enamel and cementum and is made up of tiny tubules.
When your enamel or cementum is weakened - hot/cold temperatures or acidic/sticky foods travels through these tubules to the nerve causing sensitivity.
Possible contributors to Tooth Sensitivity include:
- Tooth decay (cavities)
- Fractured teeth
- Worn fillings
- Gum disease
- Worn tooth enamel
- Exposed tooth root
- Grinding (bruxism)
- Exposure to acidic drinks and food
How do you treat Tooth Sensitivity?
- Desensitizing toothpaste. This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
- Fluoride gel/varnish. An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
- A crown, inlay or filling. These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that result in sensitivity.
- Surgical gum graft. If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal. If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, we may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.
- Bite guard: If your sensitivity is caused by grinding or clenching your teeth, a custom made bite guard can be made to protect your teeth and prevent further damage.
At Start Smiling Dental we want you to be free from Tooth Sensitivity and will recommend the most conservative treatment to relieve your discomfort. Give us a call at 404-255-6782 and let us help you Start Smiling again!
With the advent of home whitening kits, you no longer have to go to the dentist to have your teeth whitened. DIY kits are relatively safe and effective, if you follow the directions carefully.
So, you might be thinking: why have a dentist whiten my teeth? Actually, there are good reasons why you might. Here are 4 of them.
We'll make sure your teeth are healthy first. Your teeth may need some attention first, such as treatment for dental disease, before we undertake whitening. We'll also determine why your teeth are stained, which could impact how they're whitened (more about that in a moment).
Our application could take less time and last longer. Bleaching agents in home kits make up less than 10% of volume, much weaker than the applications we use. While it often takes several applications at home to achieve the desired brightness, you may only need one or two sessions with us. Our stronger solution may also extend the “fade time” — when the whitening begins to diminish — than what you may encounter with home whitening.
We can be more precise achieving the right shade. There are different shades of teeth whiteness — what looks good for someone else might not look good for you. We have the training and expertise to achieve a color that's right for you. What's more, we also have techniques and equipment like UV lighting that enables us to color match more precisely than you can with a home kit.
Your DIY kit can't alter some forms of staining. Home kits bleach only the outermost layers of tooth enamel. That won't help, though, if your discoloration originates inside the tooth. This intrinsic staining requires procedures only a dentist can perform to bleach the tooth from the inside out.
Even if you'd still like to use a home kit we'll be happy to advise you on purchasing and application. It's also a good idea to have us check the staining first to see if a home kit will work at all. In the end, we share the same desire as you do: that your teeth are as healthy as they can be and bright as you want them to be.
If you would like more information on tooth whitening options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”
Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”
With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.
Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.
But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.
So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
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