Kennesaw, GA Family Dentist
Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
1415 Wooten Lake Road, Suite 300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 419-2535
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By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
November 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign   Braces   Orthodontics  

Have you ignored your misaligned teeth because you don't want to wear metal braces? Invisalign can improve your smile without any invisalignwires or brackets. Kennesaw, GA, dentist Dr. Russell Anderson explains how you can discreetly correct your orthodontic issues with Invisalign.

Another way to straighten teeth

Correcting the position of teeth with wires and brackets isn't the only effective way to straighten your smile. Removable aligner trays that exert constant, gentle pressure on the teeth offer the same benefits as traditional braces. The trays are designed for you in our Kennesaw office using digital X-rays and photographs of your teeth

You'll be given a series of aligners for both your bottom and top teeth. You'll wear both aligners for about 22 hours per day and replace them with a new set every two weeks.

The clear advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign offers a variety of appealing benefits, including:

  • Appearance: Your aligner trays are made of clear plastic and are practically invisible when you wear them.
  • Comfort: Because Invisalign is a wire-free system, you'll never develop painful cuts in your mouth due to a loose wire.
  • Results: Invisalign can correct crowding, spacing and bite issues just as effectively as traditional braces.
  • Mealtime Convenience: Keeping track of the foods that can break brace wires can take the fun out of eating. You won't be given a list of food restrictions when you receive your Invisalign aligner trays. Because you'll remove your trays when it's time to eat, you won't have to make any changes to your diet.
  • Oral Hygiene: Your oral hygiene routine doesn't have to change just because you're straightening your teeth. You'll take out your trays before you brush and floss, then rinse and replace them.
  • Breaks: Unlike traditional braces, you can take a break from your trays occasionally. The aligner trays can be removed for a few hours when you play sports or go to a wedding or other event.

Ready to learn more about Invisalign? Call Kennesaw, GA, dentist Dr. Russell Anderson at (770) 419-2535 to schedule an appointment.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
September 15, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Oral Surgery Care  

Oral surgery is actually more common than you might think. For example, most people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point, particularly if theyOral Surgery Care don’t come in properly (which can cause some other complications for your smile). Of course, someone may have an infected or severely damaged tooth that needs to be extracted. Whatever the case might be you want to be prepared for your upcoming procedure and aftercare.

Your dentist will provide you with all the information you could need for how to care for your smile after surgery. Of course, you may have questions or concerns along the way that need to be addressed. When this happens, you can always reach out to your general dentist. Here are some things to expect during your recovery process. Remember, everyone’s recovery process is different. There are many ways in which to manage your symptoms and speed up your recovery.

One way to do this is by taking over-the-counter or prescription pain medications to combat pain and swelling. Make sure to follow any medications exactly as directed. If you have questions about the prescription medication you are taking, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist.

Another way to reduce pain and swelling without resorting to medication is by placing a towel-wrapped ice pack to your face for up to 20 minutes at a time. Ice can help manage swelling and discomfort, and you can do this several times throughout the day, as needed.

One day after your surgery, you can start to rinse your mouth out with warm salt water. All you have to do is apply about 1 tsp. of salt to a regular 8-oz. oglass of water and swish the mixture around in your mouth. Saltwater is a great way to temporarily and quickly ease discomfort, soreness, and inflammation. Just make sure not to rinse too vigorously, which could displace the blood clot that has formed at the extraction site (this problem can lead to dry socket). Always be gentle while your mouth is healing.

Make sure that the foods you consume over the first few days are all soft. Avoid any hard foods that you have to chew. A soft-foods diet includes yogurt, broth, pudding, and gelatin. As your mouth begins to heal you can start to add mashed potatoes and more substantial foods back into your diet. You can slowly start to incorporate more solid foods a few days into your recovery process.

Also give yourself time to rest, relax and heal. Since this isn’t considered major surgery most people jump right back into their daily routine. Of course, you want to give your body the rest and recuperation it needs to heal properly. This means avoiding strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or exercise, which could increase bleeding. Also, avoid smoking, which can also impede healing.

If you have questions about other ways to care for your mouth as it recovers from oral surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out to your family dentist today.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
September 01, 2017
Category: Oral Health Care
Tags: Enamel Degradation  

Did you know that enamel is one of the hardest tissues of the human body? Even though it might be strong and durable it doesn’t mean that it’s impervious toEnamel Degradation damage. There are several things that can affect the health of tooth enamel and can lead to erosion and excessive wear and tear.

The purpose of enamel is to protect your teeth from the pressures of chewing, biting and grinding throughout the day; however, certain extremes can lead to cracks, chips, fractures and wear in one or more teeth. Unfortunately, once enamel has become damaged it cannot repair itself. Any damage to tooth enamel will need to be treated by a dentist to prevent further damage.

So, what are the different factors that can cause enamel degradation and how can you stop this from happening to you? Enamel wears away when there is acid present within the mouth. Some of the ways this happens are by drinking sodas (which contain high levels of different acids), fruit drinks or eating foods that are high in sugar or starches.

What you eat and drink is one of the most common causes of enamel erosion. If you consume a lot of sports drinks or sodas, this can wear away teeth over time. The same situation goes for sugar consumption. If you consume a lot of sugar, the sugar is then turned into acid by oral bacteria, which causes a serious acid attack on the teeth.

Other causes of enamel erosion include taking certain medications, dry mouth, gastrointestinal issues (e.g. acid reflux disease), stress, teeth grinding or jaw clenching and even genetics. If you are someone who grinds their teeth during the night, this is something that a dentist will be able to detect right away during your six-month checkup. One way to prevent further enamel erosion caused by teeth grinding is to have a custom mouthguard made. This mouthguard will fit over your teeth to prevent wear and tear while you are asleep.

You can also brush your teeth too aggressively and cause damage to enamel. Make sure that you aren’t applying too much pressure when brushing. If you are unsure how much pressure to apply to get a thorough clean then you may want to consider an electric toothbrush, which provides the proper cleaning power necessary without having to apply any manual pressure. Also, make sure to never use frayed bristles, which can scratch and wear down enamel over time. You should be changing your toothbrush head every three to four months.

One of the surefire ways to protect the health and strength of your teeth is to come in every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. If there are any problems, your general dentist will be able to detect them early on when they are easier to treat. During these visits, we can also provide tips for how to prevent enamel erosion from getting worse.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
August 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health Care
Tags: Oral Cancer   Smoking  

The negative health effects of smoking are numerous, but none are so dangerous as the effects that the chemicals in cigarettes have on the body's healthy DNA.Oral Cancer, Smoking Cancer is the result of the DNA in normal cells in the body becoming damaged and then reproducing. Oral cancer, which often presents as a red or white-colored lesion or bump, isn't limited to the structures inside the mouth; it can develop on the lips or in the throat as well. The causes of oral cancer have been carefully studied, and a clear connection has been made between the use of tobacco and the development of cancer in and around the mouth.

When associated with smoking, oral cancer occurs most commonly in people over the age of 40 with a long history of tobacco use. This "lifestyle disease" is often painless with few noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Later on, oral cancer symptoms can include a red or white patch on the cheeks or tongue, an ulcerated area that does not heal, a sore throat or hoarseness, or a sudden and unexplained loose tooth. Oral cancer is often preceded by premalignant lesions, which are not cancerous but demonstrate a higher likelihood that a person will develop cancer. People who drink alcohol in addition to smoking are at an exponentially higher risk of dying from oral cancer.

Oral cancer is particularly concerning because, for many people, a diagnosis is not made until the disease has advanced from the original site into other areas of the body, most commonly the lymph nodes or lungs. At this point, cancer is much more difficult to treat and the survival rate drops considerably. As with many other malignancies, visiting a dentist regularly for oral cancer screenings is imperative for early detection of both premalignant lesions and oral cancer. Quitting smoking also reduces the risk of developing cancer by one-third.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D
August 07, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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How to Restore Your Natural Smile 

If you’re one of the millions of adults who have lost one or more teeth due to cavities, gum disease or traumatic injury, then you know how big of an impact tooth loss can have on your life. Missing teeth can cause problems speaking, make eating your favorite foods difficult and have a negative impact on your self-confidence.
 
Fortunately, there are many tooth replacement options available for people with damaged or missing teeth. Delaying treatment may lead to more serious problems and require more extensive dental work down the road, so it’s important to talk to your [location] dentist as soon as you notice a problem.
 

What is Dental Restoration?

Dental restoration is the process of restoring damaged or missing teeth to a healthy, functional and beautiful state.  Whether you need a tooth-colored filling, porcelain crown, permanent bridge or any other replacement for missing teeth, [Name of Practice] can help you regain the function and natural beauty of your smile while providing improved comfort.
 

Fillings

Fillings are used to restore a portion of a tooth damaged by decay or traumatic injury. Compared to earlier fillings, the materials used in fillings today are much more aesthetically appealing, allowing patients to restore their tooth while maintaining a smile that looks and feels natural. 
 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent long-term solution to missing or broken teeth. These artificial tooth roots are securely placed to simulate the root of a pre-existing tooth. Implants are designed to replicate your natural teeth while restoring function and preventing further decay, dental diseases and bone loss. 
 

Dentures

Another option for tooth loss is dentures, or false teeth. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when no teeth are remaining. This type of dentures covers both the upper and lower gums. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are used when several teeth are missing. Today’s dentures are designed to be much more comfortable and functional than earlier years. 
 

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns may be used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure, such as a root canal, or when decay in a tooth becomes so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed.  Crowns are placed on the top of the tooth and are typically made of tooth-like porcelain material. Crowns may also be used to cover implants, attach dental bridges or protect an existing filling from becoming loose or dislocated. 
 

Bridges

Dental bridges "bridge" the gap between your missing tooth or teeth and your surrounding teeth. False teeth are fused between two crowns to fill in the area where tooth loss occurred.  
 
If your teeth are damaged or missing, then you want a replacement option that will restore your smile as close to your natural teeth as possible.  Today’s restorative dental options are more durable and natural looking than in years past, renewing both your health and self-confidence. Talk to your family dentist about the best treatment for you. 




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