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Posts for: April, 2014

By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
April 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   bridgework  

When a tooth is lost, it’s important to restore your mouth to its proper function and appearance with a permanent replacement, such as a dental implant or a bridge. Recently, the implant system has received the lion’s share of attention (for some good reasons); however, in certain situations, dental bridgework offers a viable alternative. What would cause one method to be favored over the other?

In general, implants are now considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. They have the highest success rate (over 95 percent), last the longest (quite possibly the rest of your life), and don’t affect the integrity of adjacent teeth. Bridges, by contrast, require the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth, which can potentially compromise their health. Yet implants aren’t necessarily ideal for every situation. When might a bridge be preferred?

Some people don’t have the proper quantity or quality of bone in the jaw to support an implant; or, they may have anatomical structures (nerves or sinuses) located where they would interfere with an implant. It is possible in some cases to work around these obstacles with bone grafts, or by placing implants in alternate locations; in other cases, a bridge may be a better option.

While most tolerate the implant process quite well, a few people aren’t good candidates for the surgical procedure required to place an implant. Certain systemic diseases (uncontrolled diabetes, for example), the use of particular medications, or a compromised immune system may make even minor surgery an unacceptable risk. In these cases, a decision may be made after consulting with an individual’s other health care providers. Additionally, a few behaviors or lifestyle issues, like heavy smoking or a teeth-grinding habit, tend to make implants have a less favorable success rate.

There are also a few circumstances that could argue in favor of a bridge — for example, if you already have a need for crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap, it can make the process of getting bridgework easier and more economical. Financial issues are often an important consideration in planning treatment — but it’s important to remember that while bridges are generally less expensive than implants in the short term, the much longer expected life of implants can make them more cost-effective in the long run.

If you have questions about dental implants or bridgework for tooth replacement, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By M. James Fagan, MS, DMD
April 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry   Veneers  
cosmetic dentistry How many times have you walked past something at the mall or store and were tempted to buy it? How many times did you talk yourself out of it purchasing the item because you might run across something better? It’s tough making decisions when it comes down to financial necessity. Dr. Fagan’s North Atlanta cosmetic dentistry, Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center, offers the top treatments, so you know you won’t regret a dental decision, especially veneer placement (link to cosmetic page).

Tried and True Restorative System

Ivoclar Vivadent introduced IPS Empress System years ago, and it has remained one of the most popular restorative systems for veneer placement. It boasts 20 years of clinical experience with leucite glass ceramic, so IPS “empresses” with high quality esthetics and function.

What’s so great about IPS Empress?

 It’s top-grade optical properties redirect light, scattering it naturally across your teeth. This balances out your teeth’s shade, which creates a natural appearance.
Similar to other modern veneer materials, IPS Empress System strength values at 160 MPa.
And don’t forget—veneers are a great cover for a chipped, cracked or discolored tooth. Veneers even fix minor misalignment and spacing issues.

Check out our new patient special Internet offer (link to specials page)

Have you said “yes” to IPS Empress? If you are a new patient, you can take advantage of our special Internet offer. The special offers includes the following package:
·      Full dental exam
·      Cosmetic evaluation
·      X-Rays
After an evaluation, Dr. Fagan can discuss the best cosmetic treatment options available for your dental case, including veneers.
To schedule an appointment with implant and cosmetic dentist in North Atlanta, Dr. Fagan, call our office at (404) 255-5006. We look forward to chatting with you!

By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
April 02, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Perhaps you've seen Nate Berkus on The Oprah Winfrey Show or watched his television program, The Nate Berkus Show. You may even have read his best-selling book, Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You'll Love. Regardless of where or how you discovered Berkus, you will surely have noticed his dazzling smile.

Berkus recently opened up about the facts behind his trademark smile during an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. First off, his smile is totally natural, as he never wore braces or had any cosmetic work, including porcelain veneers. However, Berkus does give credit to his childhood dentist for the preventative healthcare he received as a young boy. “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child,” he said. Nate also shared the important flossing advice he learned from his dentist that he still follows today: “Floss the ones you want to keep.” Berkus went on to say that he feels, “healthy habits should start at a young age.”

And we totally agree! For this reason we have put together the following list of facts and oral hygiene tips:

  • Over 50% of plaque accumulation occurs in the protected areas between teeth — a place that may be difficult or even impossible to reach with a toothbrush.
  • A thorough brushing may take up to two minutes at first, and it may feel awkward as you reach some places in your mouth.
  • Remember, more is NOT always better! Brushing or flossing too hard can be damaging to your teeth and gums. And never saw back and forth with your floss.

To learn more about oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing techniques, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor article “Oral Hygiene Behavior - Dental Health For Life.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, review your brushing and flossing techniques, and discuss any questions you have as well as treatment options. As needed, we will work with you to teach you the proper brushing and flossing techniques so that you feel confident before you leave our office. And to read the entire interview with Nate Berkus, please see the Dear Doctor article “Nate Berkus.”