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By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
October 27, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

While dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, removable dentures are still a viable choice, especially for patients with edentulism (complete tooth loss). Removable dentures have also undergone considerable advancement to improve their function, appearance and longevity.

But even with these advancements, dentures still require a fair amount of skill, experience and — of utmost importance — a sense of art. If you’re considering this option, long-term success depends on a careful process of construction, fit adjustment and regular checkups to maintain that fit.

Our first step is to determine exact tooth placement on each denture. Using facial features (or photos before tooth loss) we establish placement landmarks so that corresponding upper and lower teeth align properly. We also consider tooth size, their orientation in relation to the lip, and the needed space to leave between the upper and lower teeth when they are at rest. We make these determinations based on accepted standards of beauty, but also taking into account your particular comfort level with any features that might alter your appearance.

The denture’s gums must also look realistic when you smile, especially if your upper lip rises above the teeth to expose more gum tissue. We also want to match the color and texture of your natural gums, as well as incorporate palatal rugae, the little ridges behind the upper front teeth that aid with speech and chewing food.

When we first place the new dentures in your mouth, we may need to adjust them for balance between the upper and lower sets when they come together. An imbalanced fit could have an adverse effect on your ability to bite, chew and speak normally.

Your dentures should have a good, comfortable fit. Over time, however, you will encounter some degree of bone loss because you no longer have your natural teeth to stimulate bone growth and absorb the forces created during function when your teeth contact. This and other factors may cause your dentures to become loose and uncomfortable to wear. For that reason, it's important for you to visit us regularly to maintain that good fit and check the health of underlying tissues and bone.

Careful planning and denture construction help ensure your new dentures successfully restore form and function to your mouth. Regular monitoring will also ensure they continue to serve you well for as long as possible.

If you would like more information on removable dentures, 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 “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
October 24, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

dental implantsSandy Springs dentist Dr. M. James Fagan has specialized in dental implant placement and reconstruction for more than three decades. Dental implants replace a missing tooth or teeth with an artificial titanium implant that acts as a tooth root that is then covered with a crown to re-create the natural look and feel of real teeth.
Dental implants offer great results because much planning goes into their success. As an experience Sandy Springs dental implant expert, Dr. Fagan emphasizes the importance of selecting the right patient to ensure the dental implant will be a success. Preparation before a dental implant procedure involves several steps, including a consultation, examination, imaging and procedures to enhance bone health, if necessary.
Dr. Fagan starts with the dental implant consultation to hear from his patients their goals for treatment. Perhaps a tooth was knocked out due to trauma or is severely decayed and requires extraction and a dental implant serves as a replacement strategy. Others may wish to explore the idea of implant-supported dentures as an alternative to traditional removable dentures. The consultation can help Dr. Fagan understand how he may be able to meet a patient’s needs.
An examination is a vital portion of patient selection for dental implants. Patients must have healthy gum tissue as well as enough jawbone to successfully place the dental implant. During this time, Dr. Fagan will also take a thorough medical history and review your dental records. This can help Dr. Fagan identify any conditions that may affect healing, such as diabetes. Patients who smoke may also experience slower healing times.
Imaging is also a part of the examination process. This helps Dr. Fagan start to identify where the implant will be placed. However, if patients need bone grafting to build up jawbone, he can recommend this approach as well. If you are a candidate, Dr. Fagan can schedule the initial implant replacement surgery.
Time Commitment
The dental implant process can take anywhere from four to nine months to complete -- and the results are meant to last a lifetime. That’s why Dr. Fagan puts such an emphasis on what to expect before the dental implant procedure at his Sandy Springs office. Because dental implants are associated with a high success rate when placed on the right candidate, Dr. Fagan emphasizes the importance of consultations and examinations to ensure his patients are delighted with their results.
For more information on dental implants at Dr. Fagan’s Sandy Springs, GA dentist office, please call (404) 255-5006.

By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
October 09, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: celebrity smiles   diabetes   sealants  

As the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight, Maria Menounos, an independent filmmaker, actress, and co-host of daily entertainment news program Extra, has made a huge splash in the world of entertainment journalism. However, she is also an avid ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, a cause that is very dear to her heart because her father is a diabetic.

Her father's illness taught Menounos and her family about the importance of maintaining good general and dental health. This included a diet packed with fruits and vegetables, many of which they raised themselves. According to Menounos, they also ate little-to-no junk food. These habits still help keep the busy celebrity journalist fit and smiling with beautiful, healthy teeth.

Speaking of her smile, Menounos openly discusses her oral health in her interview with Dear Doctor magazine. She has had no major dental enhancements — not even braces — but does occasionally brighten her smile with tooth whitening. She also feels that her teeth are healthy due to the sealants she had as a child.

We could not agree more with Maria! Sealants for the tiny grooves in teeth known as “pits and fissures” are something that every parent or caregiver should consider for their children. The enamel of newly erupted teeth is more permeable, meaning that the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth can damage these teeth more easily, making them more susceptible and less resistant to decay. The good news is that dental sealants help protect teeth until the enamel has matured. Because of sealants — along with fluoride, good hygiene, and better nutrition (including less sugar consumption), tooth decay has been dramatically reduced.

If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. During this private consultation, we will also discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you or your children. However, to learn more about dental sealants now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.” And to read the entire interview with Maria Menounos, please see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Maria Menounos.”

By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
October 01, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Do you consider yourself a history buff? Do you get all the history questions right on Jeopardy? If so, then you may have already heard of Pierre Fauchard. You may also know that he's known as the "Father of Modern Dentistry." However, how much do you really know about one of the most eminent names in the dental world? Your Sandy Springs dental office is here to tell you more about this amazing practitioner. 

Early Life of Pierre Fauchard 

Pierre Fauchard was born in Brittany, France in 1678. He did not come from a wealthy family, and his schooling was not considered to be of the highest standard. However, at the tender age of 15, he began training as a surgeon in the French Navy under Major Alexandre Poteleret, who had a vested interest in diseases of the mouth. At that time, scurvy was a common condition and Fauchard observed this oral disease often while at sea. After three dedicated years in the Navy, he left to practice dentistry.

Dental Life of Pierre Fauchard 

During Fauchard’s time, there was no formal training or regulations regarding dental treatments. That meant that anyone who was interested in doing so could practice dentistry! Dentistry at that time was primitive to say the least. Thank goodness it’s come such a long way since the 18th century.
After leaving the Navy, Fauchard established his dental practice in Angers, France in 1700. Fauchard had countless achievements during his dental career:
  • He disproved the theory that tiny worms caused dental decay.
  • He found a correlation between sugar and cavities and actually recommended limiting sugar consumption.
  • He was a proponent for filling cavities and created his own filling materials.
  • He used instruments from jewelers and watchmakers and altered them to make dental tools.
  • He invented dental prosthetics and invented ways to fix tooth loss (luckily today we have revolutionary procedures like dental implants in Sandy Springs).
  • He also created the first braces, which were made of gold. He discovered that when he applied pressure to the braces using wiring, the teeth would realign (how neat!).
However, his most important contribution happened much later in his career. In 1720, 20 years after starting his own dental practice, Fauchard moved to Paris. It was there that he found that the famous medical libraries didn’t possess good dentistry textbooks. Frustrated by this severe lack of educational material, he decided to write his own. This 800-page book entitled The Surgical Dentist became the foundation for dentistry throughout Europe at that time.
We certainly can thank Fauchard’s inventive mind for getting dentistry to where it is today. Because of him we can now offer state-of-the-art restorative tooth procedures like dental implants in Sandy Springs, so no one has to deal with tooth loss.
If you’re interested in getting dental implants or you just want to book your next checkup, call your Sandy Springs, GA dentist at (404) 255-5006.
If you are a history buff or a lover of all things Fauchard, we would love for you to share some things about him that we might have left out. Don’t be shy—history lovers unite!