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Your Missing Tooth is No Match For These Dental Solutions

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Your Buckhead dentist knows what it’s like to lose a tooth. Sometimes there’s a little pain. Sometimes you might feel embarrassed. Sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time and then “smack” your tooth gets knocked out. Trust us when we say it happens (and it’s probably more than you think).

What Are Some Common Tooth Replacement Options?

We get excited about dentistry because there’s so much state-of-the-art, advanced technology available today to make getting the care you need more comfortable and less time-consuming. It’s important to call your dentist in Buckhead as soon as you lose a tooth. If you’ve been missing one (or a few) for a while, that’s ok, too!  We’re here to help.

Dental Implants

One of the most innovative ways you can replace a missing tooth is to use a dental implant.

  • How Can a Dental Implant Help Me? – A dental implant is a life-changing restoration that actually behaves like your missing tooth’s natural roots and functions just like a real tooth. It also helps keep your jaw bone healthy since it provides regular stimulation. Your dentist will first place the implant and then create a custom, tooth-colored crown that will be placed on top. The crown is shaded to look like your other teeth so nobody will even know it’s there. If planned correctly and taken care of properly, dental implants can last many years if not a lifetime.

Bridge

Sometimes a missing tooth or even multiple teeth can be easily fixed with something called a dental bridge. We can craft a custom restoration that blends seamlessly with your natural teeth and fills in the gaps all at the same time.

  • How Can a Dental Bridge Help Me? – A dental bridge can help fill gaps left behind by a missing tooth or teeth to give you a full smile. Bridges are usually made from two or more crowns that again are shaded to match your natural look. The restoration is then anchored to nearby teeth to hold them in place. Essentially, the dental bridge is bridging the gap. Sometimes bridges can be supported by dental implants depending on your individual case and desire.

Dentures

If you’re missing multiple teeth, there might be some benefit to you speaking to us about dentures. They can be expertly crafted to fit your mouth and take years off of your appearance.

  • How Can Dentures Help Me?Dentures can be used to replace both upper and lower missing teeth. They’re created to be aesthetically and naturally pleasing, so no one will even know they’re not your real teeth. There are plenty of options to choose from, so it’s important to learn about your options and pick what works best for you and your busy lifestyle.

We understand what it’s like to be missing a tooth or several teeth. There are options that can help. Call our dental office in Buckhead to schedule a consultation and together, we can create a plan for your treatment that works for your budget, your schedule, and your smile.

5 Dental Myths That You Shouldn’t Believe

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There are plenty of places to get oral health advice — our dental office in Buckhead, friends or family members, and perhaps even the internet. But not all dental advice is created equal. In fact, there are several tips that we’ve heard that are just not true, some of which can actually be harmful to your oral health. This month we take a look at some of the common dental myths that you shouldn’t believe, let alone try.

Chewing Gum or Using Mouthwash is Just as Good as Brushing

Even though chewing a piece of gum or taking a quick swish of mouthwash can quickly freshen breath, they’re not solid replacements for proper brushing and flossing. If you can’t brush right away, let’s say after eating at a restaurant, go ahead and chew some gum (make sure it’s sugar-free!) or rinse with mouthwash. But don’t go too long without brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste or flossing. You should at least brush twice and floss once daily.

Putting Aspirin on a Toothache Can Relieve Pain

This myth is especially concerning for your dentist in Buckhead. It started as an old wives tale that promised easy and quick toothache relief. But the truth is, chewing or placing an aspirin tablet on your gums can cause damage. Since aspirin is acidic it can easily burn the gums and make the pain worse. Instead, use over-the-counter pain medicine as directed and schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Root Canals Hurt

Root canals have a reputation of being incredibly painful, and that’s just not true. A root canal is needed when decay has progressed so much that it begins to infect the inside of the tooth. This is where all of the tooth’s nerves live, which makes decay this severe very painful. Root canal treatment actually removes the infection and the pain. The procedure itself is done when the mouth is numb, so it’s completely painless.

Brushing Harder Removes More Plaque

Logically, it makes sense that brushing harder will mean a cleaner mouth. But in fact, brushing too hard can cause damage. A rough scrubbing with a hard toothbrush can damage tooth enamel, leaving teeth exposed to bacteria and at risk for decay. It can also damage gums, cause them to recede, and increase sensitivity. Use a soft toothbrush and get the bristles underneath your gums.

Seeing a Dentist Isn’t Necessary Unless You Have a Problem

Even though it’s recommended that everyone visit the dentist twice a year, only about 64% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 65 have seen their dentist in the past year. However, regular checkups and cleanings are the best way to prevent a problem from ever occurring.

In order to maintain good oral health, it’s crucial to practice good habits such as brushing and flossing every day and seeing the dentist regularly. If it’s time for your dental checkup, schedule an appointment with our Buckhead dental office today.

What Your Smile Says About You

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At my dental office in Buckhead, we want your smile to look its very best to help you get more satisfaction out of life both professionally and personally. We know your smile is a powerful tool that can tell the world quite a lot about who you truly are. Did you know that evolutionary scientists believe that smiling has its origins as a social signifier? Think of it like a dog wagging his tail. With this action, he can let you know that he wants attention, is happy, etc. A smile does the same thing!

Feeling Self-Conscious About Your Smile

When our smiles say so much about who we are, it’s important that they look their very best. Sometimes due to wear and tear or a dental injury, teeth become cracked, chipped or broken. This can lead to missing teeth and lowered confidence to smile proudly. It can also lead to bad habits such as slouching or poor posture and mumbling. Your smile is your best accessory, so it’s always good to make sure it’s healthy and looking brilliant. This is why it’s important to maintain regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist in Buckhead as well as to brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth looking and feeling great.

Teeth and History

Like dentists, archaeologists are big fans of teeth when it comes to discovering more information about how people of the past lived their lives. It’s easy to determine how old teeth are and the kind of person they belonged to because all teeth follow similar growth patterns. A teenage boy will have slight variations that differ from those of an adult female. These differences can tell scientists a lot about who a person is, how they lived, what they ate, and how old they are. Your teeth are also one of the very few parts of the body that can start to wear down but still function properly.

Teeth Tell Your Story

Your teeth have something known as universal signifiers, meaning characteristics that are commonly found in people of a certain age, gender, etc.

  • Central incisorsWhen you’re younger your central incisors (your front teeth) tend to be a little bit more curvier and rounded at the edges. But the older you grow, these teeth tend to become more square in shape.
  • Lateral incisorsRight next door to the front teeth are your lateral incisors. These teeth are round at the ends in women and longer and more square shaped in men.

And guess what else your teeth tell us? If you grind your teeth, it’s usually evident in breaks and chips in your enamel. We can also tell if you smoke, drink coffee and alcohol, and even snore!

If your teeth are painful or making you self-conscious it’s probably a good idea to give my Buckhead dental office a call. We can do a thorough exam to get a more complete idea of what your teeth might be trying to tell you. It’s important to take the steps to have a healthy smile so that you can present your most healthy you to the world!

Serving patients in Buckhead, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs  

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“What Do I Have to Do to Be a Dentist?”

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Considering a career as a dentist? We may be biased, but the team at our dental office in Buckhead thinks it’s the best job you could have. Dentists, dental assistants, and dental hygienists are an important part of a total healthcare team, and are crucial to keeping patients healthy. We get to serve people in a very unique manner and get an opportunity everyday to help people feel better about themselves.  The spiritual reward from serving others, especially over a long period of time, is incredible. If you’d like to experience the rewarding feeling we get each and every day, dentistry may be right for you.

Will You Enjoy Being a Dentist?

Before we go into the specific steps on how someone becomes a dentist, it’s important to discuss the qualities and interests one should possess in order to be happy in this field.  You need to enjoy learning.   An interest and excellence in the sciences is recommended. Dentistry and the courses required to become a dentist are highly science focused, so it’s crucial to have an organic attraction to science.  Dentistry is also incredibly artistic, so having an artistic eye helps and obviously you should have good eye-hand coordination.  You also need a true desire to serve others.

The Steps to Become a Dentist

After you’re able to identify that the basic, underlying characteristics of being a dentist interest you, you can start to outline the steps you need to take to become a dentist.

  • Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree. While you can get your Bachelor’s in anything, you’ll be one step ahead if you focus on biology, chemistry, physiology, and other sciences.  
  • Score Well on the DAT. Following undergraduate school, you’ll need to take the Dental Acceptance Test and score well to be considered for dental school.
  • Go to Dental School. Typically, dental school lasts four years and includes a combination of classes and clinical work.
  • Take Your Board Exams. Before you can practice dentistry, you’ll need to pass the National Board Dental Examinations as well as any other requirements necessary for the state you wish to practice in.

“Will I Be Able to Find a Job?”

While the job hunt is always a daunting task no matter which industry you decide to enter, there’s some good news about the rising need of dentists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job availability is projected to grow at 18% through 2024, more than double the average growth for other careers.

If you’re seriously considering a career as a dentist, our Buckhead dental office recommends that you perform research on what dentists do and what your job environment could look like to see if it’s something that will make you happy.  We highly recommend it!

Welcoming patients from Buckhead, Atlanta, Sandy Springs.

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“That was the most thorough exam I have ever had by any doctor!”

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One of the most important services you can receive is an accurate diagnosis and understanding of your present condition. Our co-diagnostic comprehensive examination process gives you both. We are told repeatedly by our patients who have experienced our comprehensive examination process that it is the most thorough and informative exam they have ever experienced.

Every new patient in our Buckhead dental practice enjoys a comprehensive oral exam and screening that includes:

  • Time spent listening to you. It is important to us that we get to know you and your history as well as your wants and desires for your health
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Periodontal examination of the gums and bone around your teeth
  • Thorough exam of your teeth
  • Muscle exam
  • TMJ evaluation
  • A functional exam of how your joints, muscles, and teeth are working and their interrelationships
  • Exam with intra-oral camera
  • Diagnostic digital photos of your mouth
  • Digital & panographic x-rays ,if needed
  • Impressions for models of your teeth and records to mount those models on an instrument that simulates how your jaw works, if needed

If you are looking for a thorough diagnosis and understanding of your oral health, call our Buckhead practice for an appointment to start a comprehensive process that will serve to make it easy to make decisions about your oral health.  Whether those decisions involve the best way to maintain an already healthy situation or completely restore a beautiful, healthy smile with predictability, our Buckhead office is the place serve your needs.

Welcoming patients from Buckhead, Atlanta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and SandySprings.

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Advantages of Tooth-Colored or “White” Fillings

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If you’re like the majority of Americans, chances are you’ve needed to have a cavity filled at least once in your life, and that’s ok. There are several options for filling a cavity, and they’re all successful at helping to keep your teeth healthy. But while all types of fillings are super strong and can withstand a lot, unfortunately, they don’t last forever. At my dental office in Buckhead, we know the anticipated lifespan of a filling depends on what it’s made out of, so let’s look at the most popular filling available, the tooth-colored filling.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Fillings designed to match the color of your natural teeth are appropriately known as tooth-colored fillings or composite fillings. On average, a composite filling can stay durable for anywhere between 7 to 10 years —sometimes less, sometimes more — depending on your oral hygiene habits. While these restorations typically don’t last as long as silver fillings, there are quite a few benefits behind this better-camouflaged option including no silvery smile, more of your healthy tooth can be saved during treatment, and enhanced strength since the material chemically bonds to the tooth surface. As with anything, there are a few negatives to consider.

Cons

  • Composite fillings may cost a bit more than silver fillings
  • The appointment may make take a few minutes longer
  • Composite fillings are technique sensitive and cannot be completed in areas where it would be impossible to keep a dry field free from saliva

If you’re in need of a dentist, or believe you may have a cavity, give my Buckhead dental office a call. We’ll be happy to perform an in-depth exam and diagnose exactly what’s going on in your mouth, if anything. And if we find a cavity, we’ll discuss which filling is most appropriate for you. Schedule your appointment today!

Serving patients from Buckhead, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.

The ABCs (and Ds) of Vitamins & Your Dental Health

Vitamins

At my dental office in Buckhead, we not only care about your oral health, we care about your whole body. To reach optimal wellness for both, it’s crucial that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. While all are important, we wanted to highlight a few that are necessary to keep your mouth healthy.

A is For… Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps support a strong immune system. And that’s important to both overall health and oral health. An adequate amount of vitamin A keeps gum tissue healthy, can quicken the healing process for any sores, and aids in the production of saliva.

Find it in: Carrots, mangos, kale.

B is For… B Vitamins

Good for controlling inflammation, B vitamins may help painful canker sores from popping up and causing a nuisance. Too little of these vitamins can also lead to bad breath.

Find it in: Chicken, fish, spinach.

C is For… Vitamin C

Not enough vitamin C leaves you more exposed to illness as well as loose teeth and even bleeding gums. In fact, people who are vitamin C deficient are at increased risk for developing gum disease.

Find it in: Citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, red peppers.

D is For… You Guessed It, Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption. Without it, all the benefits of calcium aren’t received. As we know, calcium is crucial for strong, healthy bones, like your jaw. Without it and its sidekick vitamin D, teeth may become loose or weak.

Find it in: Milk, egg yolks, fish.

Most of the time, all the vitamins and minerals you need are obtained through the foods you eat. But sometimes not. Whether a natural deficiency, a diet that’s lacking in certain nutrients, or medical condition, there are absolutely times when a supplement is needed. We encourage you to talk to your physician before starting a vitamin or mineral supplement.

By eating right and ensuring you’re getting enough of the crucial vitamins, you’re on the right track towards a happy, healthy smile. But that doesn’t mean regular dental appointments can be ignored. You should visit the dentist at least twice a year. Is it time for your next checkup? Give my Buckhead dental office a call and schedule your appointment today!

Serving patients from Buckhead, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.  

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4 Ways to Boost Your Kissability

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Did you know that 32 percent of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers? If people don’t like it in co-workers, they certainly won’t like it in their date! True fact: No one really wants to kiss an unhealthy mouth.

That’s why I’m bringing you four of the most effective ways to freshen your breath, brighten your smile, and make yourself so much more kissable than ever before.

  • Keep up with your oral hygiene routine.

That means no skipping, even if you do feel too tired to floss. You see, when plaque builds up, it can lead to periodontal disease, an infection in your gums. This infection stinks! In fact, periodontal disease is the second most common source of halitosis. The odor is so distinctive, that many dentists can diagnose gum disease from the smell alone! Odor causing bacteria build up under your gum line, coat your tongue, and increase the volatile sulfur compounds that make bad breath worse. So want to have a fresh mouth? Get to cleaning! And don’t forget to brush or scrape your tongue.

  • Have a professional cleaning.

See above! A professional cleaning at least twice a year at my Buckhead dental office is even more effective than home hygiene at getting rid of buildup that causes bad breath.

  • Watch what you eat.

We’re pretty sure everyone knows to avoid garlic and onions before a big date, but did you know that milk, meat, orange juice, and coffee have also been known as causes for bad breath? Don’t worry though. Just brush and floss after meals, and your breath will clean right up.

  • Drink more water.

Water not only rinses away food particles and bacteria, but drinking a sufficient amount of water (6 to 8 eight ounce glasses every day) also keeps you hydrated and prevents dry mouth. That’s important because dry mouth is one of the leading causes of breath issues. If you have an ongoing issue with dry mouth, talk to your Buckhead dentist about a saliva substitute to protect your teeth and sweeten your breath.

If you have a big date coming up, please don’t be afraid to call my dental office in Buckhead. We can help get your breath fresh and your teeth clean and bright.

Accepting new patients from Buckhead, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.  

Top 5 Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

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New Year’s resolutions are made each and every time the ball drops in Times Square and we all sing Auld Lang Syne. Resolutions give us hope for a better, more successful, healthier year. But unfortunately nearly half of all resolutions fail within six months. At my dental office in Buckhead, we want to challenge our patients to make resolutions towards a healthier smile and keep them all year long.  

  • Drink more water. Your body and your mouth both need water to function properly, yet many people don’t drink enough. Slug eight, 8-ounces glasses of some H₂0 every day to keep your body in tip-top shape and your mouth moist and capable of ridding away bacteria.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking or use of smokeless tobacco is a serious addiction that often takes several attempts at kicking. We think you can do it, both for your overall health, and your smile. Tobacco use increases the chance for oral cancer, gum disease, and yellow teeth. Quitting may be difficult, but we promise it’s worth it.
  • Eat fruits and veggies. Eating a well-balanced diet packed with crisp fruits and crunchy veggies can do wonders for your overall health and your teeth. These foods are loaded with super nutrients that fight off bacteria and inflammation to help keep gums healthy.
  • Get that smile makeover you’ve always wanted. If your teeth are maybe just a bit too dark, your smile a smidge crooked, or you’re missing some teeth, you owe it to yourself to resolve to get the smile of your dreams. There are many cosmetic dentistry options available to fix any concern from whitening to veneers, dental implants to full-mouth makeovers. Bonus: Oftentimes cosmetic dentistry doesn’t just make you feel better about your grin, it has a host of health benefits, too.
  • Visit your dentist in BuckheadWe don’t recommend visits every six month just because we like you (which we promise we do!), but because they are necessary for keeping your smile healthy. At each visit we’ll check for issues and if we find any, we’ll work with you to discuss the best treatment. Many dental problems are fixed successfully if they’re caught early, so don’t put off your dental visits.

If you’re ready to make 2016 the year when you get the healthiest, brightest smile of your dreams, give my Buckhead dental office a call today. We’ll talk about your smile goals and decide on the best plan for you.

Accepting patients from Buckhead, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.

Put Your Dental Health on Your Resolution List

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Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions yet? I know I have. As hard as they are to make and stick to, it is a tradition that I think helps us look toward the new year as an opportunity for change and improvement. That’s why I often encourage my patients to make their smiles part of their New Year’s resolutions. Here’s how:

Four Tips to Get Your Smile Healthy and Keep it That Way

  • Keep up on your dental visits. Not only do cleanings keep your teeth and gums feeling good, it gives my Buckhead dental team more chances to keep an eye on your oral health and stop problems before they get serious. That saves both your teeth and your wallet.
  • Get serious about your oral hygiene routine. Your smile doesn’t only allow you to talk and chew. We sometimes forget that it is directly connected to the rest of your body. That means that your mouth is an easy way for bacteria to get into your bloodstream. In fact, if you have gum disease, your risk for everything from heart attacks and cancers to low birth weight babies and tooth loss goes through the roof.
  • Don’t just eat for your body, eat for your smile! You know that sugary foods or refined carbs can be bad for your overall health. They can also be bad for your smile. Acidic drinks like sodas and sports drinks can too. Try eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking green tea and coconut water, and eating foods high in  calcium and phosphorus to protect tooth enamel and even help remineralize them.
  • Feel self conscious about your smile? Do something about it this year! The truth is, even elective procedures like whitening or veneers can have health benefits. Feeling confident helps you move through the world with more power – and that can make you smile more, release more endorphins, and even stick to your New Year’s resolutions more effectively!  

Why not schedule a checkup with my Buckhead dental office today? We’ll look at what is going on in your mouth and we can discuss your needs. Then all you have to do is sit down and plan how to keep the rest of your resolutions! I’d love to help my Buckhead, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs neighbors feel better about themselves in 2016!

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