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By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
December 24, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

“Break a leg” is a well-known theatrical expression for wishing good luck to an actor about to go on stage. Singers should have one of their own…“Chip a tooth”! Apparently collisions between microphones and pearly whites are an occupational hazard for crooners. Taylor Swift became one of the latest casualties during a concert in Pittsburgh while belting out her hit “I Knew You Were Trouble.” The consummate professional, she didn’t miss a beat and kept on singing despite seeing a tooth chip hit the floor.

After all, while chipping a tooth is an inconvenience, it’s not a permanent smile wrecker. Modern dentistry offers several options for restoring a damaged tooth to its original symmetry and luster, or even better!

Dental cosmetic bonding is the quickest and lowest-cost option to repair a chip. This involves application of a composite filling material that is colored and shaped to match the original tooth. Bonding material can be used to replace the lost portion of tooth or to seamlessly reattach the lost portion if it has been preserved and is otherwise undamaged. Little to no removal of existing tooth surface is needed.

A veneer can be used for slightly larger areas or discolored teeth. This is a thin, custom-made shell placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new “face.” Some removal of existing tooth surface may be necessary to fit a veneer so it is flush with the surfaces of surrounding intact teeth.

When a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing, a crown is often the better choice. It fully encases the visible portion of the remaining tooth above the gum line and is shaped and sized to match the original. It can be made of tooth-colored porcelain fused to metal crowns or all-ceramic (optimal for highly visible areas). A small amount of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit over it.

If you would like more information about repairing a chipped tooth, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
December 20, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Implant Dentist North AtlantaHave you come to the decision to revamp your smile by replacing that missing tooth? Great! You have just taken the first step to a better smile. Now, you just need to find a dentist who can provide the best treatment options to create a picture-perfect smile. Follow these two guidelines to help you with your search.

Look for experience and education geared towards implantology

You want to find a well-qualified and experienced dentist. Some practices may offer dental implants, but they might not have received extensive training for the procedure.

Find a fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)

Dentists associated with the AAID need to have certain credentials, such as the following:
o   300 or more hours of continuing or postdoctoral courses/education with the main concentration being implant dentistry
o   Exceeds AAID’s expectations and national standards related to qualifications, skills and competence of performing implant dentistry
o   Extensive training in dental implant procedure from diagnosis to surgical placement/replacement of teeth
Why not talk to your North Atlanta Dentist, Dr. James Fagan? His extensive educational background and experience can promise the best improvement of a lost smile. Dr. Fagan is one of the leading Atlanta dentists in the field of implant dentistry. To see a detailed list of experience, associations and accomplishments, check out Dr. Fagan’s bio on the website. You are the main decision-maker for your smile, so it’s important to understand the best treatment you will benefit from.
Do you want to know more about dental implants, benefits, the procedure process and our North Atlanta implant dentist, Dr. Fagan? For more information regarding dental implants in North Atlanta, call (402) 255-5006 or submit a request via our website. Or you can leave a comment right here on our blog. We look forward to your comments!

By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
December 10, 2013
Category: Oral Health

Research has shown that periodontal (gum) disease can affect the health of your whole body. Evidence suggests a relationship between severe gum disease and cardiovascular disease (“cardio” – heart; “vascular” – blood vessel), conditions that lead to heart attacks and strokes. There is also a relationship between gum disease and pregnancy; mothers with severe gum disease have a higher incidence of pre-term delivery and low birth-weight babies. To understand gum disease, you may find the following facts helpful. How many are you aware of?

  1. Periodontal disease — Any disease that affects the areas around the teeth. The word comes from the Latin “peri” meaning around and Greek “odont” meaning tooth. Periodontal disease, or gum disease as it is commonly called, is really a group of diseases with the same outcome: destruction of the periodontal tissues, loss of supporting bone and ultimately the loss of your teeth.
  2. Dental plaque (Biofilms) — A bacterial film that forms on teeth at the gum line, and the reason we brush and floss. Its daily removal is necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy. A biofilm is a biological film comprised of colonies of living organisms that are generally specific to a particular eco-system. Plaque is one type of biofilm.
  3. Gingivitis (“gingiva” – gum; “itis” – inflammation) — A response of the gum tissues to plaque biofilm that is left undisturbed (due to ineffective, or inadequate oral hygiene). It is the first stage of periodontal disease.
  4. Pocket formation — Just like a pocket on your clothing, pocket formation is the result of separation of the gum tissues from their normally healthy tight attachment to a tooth. Pocketing allows the introduction of bacteria, which perpetuate gum disease.
  5. Abscess — A collection of pus that forms within diseased periodontal tissues. It is experienced as pain, swelling, and discharge of pus from the gum tissues and is an advanced sign of periodontal disease.

Important Tip — Bleeding Gums when brushing teeth or flossing is not normal. It is a warning sign of early gum disease that you should bring to the attention of our office.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about periodontal disease. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”