Cosmetic Dentist - Kennesaw
1415 Wooten Lake Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 419-2535

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
May 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Has your smile changed over the years? As you grow older, it's not unusual to experience a few changes to your oral health, including these four changes.

Shifting teeth

Teeth don't remain in the same position in your mouth your entire life. Changes may be subtle at first, although you may notice that your teeth don't meet together quite as well as they once did. Tooth loss and gum disease can contribute to drifting teeth. If shifting is severe, your bite and appearance may even change. Orthodontic treatment offers an effective way to treat the problem, no matter what your age.

Gum changes

Gum tissue thins and recedes as you age. If your roots are exposed, you may notice sensitivity when you eat and drink hot and cold foods and beverages. Receding gums can also increase your cavity risk.

Gum disease is more likely to occur when you're older. In fact, 14 percent of people 65 to 74 and 20 percent of people 75 and older have moderate to severe gum disease, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Treating gum disease can help you avoid tooth and bone loss.

Cavities

Cavities can occur at any age, but your risk may increase if you suffer from dry mouth. Dry mouth often happens as a side effect of certain medications, including arthritis, Alzheimer's cancer, glaucoma, incontinence, high blood pressure and heartburn drugs. You can jump start your saliva flow by chewing sugar-free gum or using a saliva substitute. Regular dental visits are particularly important if you have dry mouth. Because your nerves lose some sensitivity with age, you might not necessarily experience pain if you have a cavity.

Tooth erosion

A lifetime of biting and chewing can begin to erode the enamel on your teeth, which may shorten them and also increase your tooth decay risk. The problem may be worse if you happen to grind or clench your teeth. If enamel loss has affected your bite, you may benefit from crowns to restore the height of your teeth. Wearing a night guard while you sleep will help you avoid further damage to your smile.

Do you visit the dentist every six months? Regular dental visits can help you avoid age-related problems that may threaten your smile.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
May 02, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Lost Tooth   Tooth Ache   Loose Tooth  

Don’t let a serious dental issue stress you out. Know how to handle it should a problem arise!

Whether you injured your tooth while crunching on ice or someone knocked out your tooth during the heat of the game, there are many dental scenarios that require immediate care. In fact, the sooner you seek treatment the better. Of course, experiencing a dental emergency can be scary, especially if you don’t know what to do about it. Find out the most common dental emergencies and how to handle them.

A Knocked-out Tooth

This is a dental emergency that requires immediate care. Time is certainly of the essence with treating this issue. You should visit your dentist within one hour of the injury. Handle the tooth by the crown and never the roots. Rinse off the tooth with water to remove any debris and then try and place it back into the socket. If it won’t go back in you have two choices: you can hold it in your mouth against your cheek or in a container with milk. Come in right away to have the tooth re-implanted.

Loose Tooth

If a tooth has become loose this is another issue that your general dentist will need to handle. Common causes of a loose tooth are direct injury or trauma or gum disease. With very little pressure you can try to reposition the tooth back into the proper position. Never force the tooth. Sometimes a dentist will splint the loose tooth with a healthy adjacent tooth to keep it stable.

Fractured Tooth

Not all cracks or chips will require immediate attention; it will really depend on the severity of your condition. A dentist may buff out minor chips and cracks, but more moderate damage may result in dental bonding, fillings or a crown. If the fracture is so serious that it has affected both the inside and outside of the tooth, the tooth may be so damaged that it cannot be saved. Call your dentist if you experience a chip, crack or fracture. We will be able to determine whether you need to come in right away or over the course of the next few days.

Toothache

You would be surprised how many people ignore their dental pain, but this is a big mistake. A toothache is usually warning you of decay or an infection, so the sooner you seek treatment the better. Depending on the cause of your dental pain we may only need to remove decay and place a filling or go inside the tooth to remove the dental pulp in a procedure known as a root canal. Don’t just live with dental pain!

If you aren’t sure whether your condition or symptoms constitutes a dental emergency you can always call your dentist to check. Don’t just put off a much-needed dental visit. Preserve your beautiful smile and make sure it gets the treatment it needs.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
April 17, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Nutrition   Hygiene   Genetics  

It’s amazing how many people face cavities. Find out what can cause decay and how to prevent it.

Almost all people will experience decay at some point in their lifetime, despite the fact that decay is preventable. Decay can truly wreak havoc on your oral health and continue to damage a tooth until you finally seek treatment. Most decay requires professional dental care. Find out more about tooth decay, the causes, the treatments and how to prevent it in the future.

Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, happens when the bacteria in your mouth turn sugar into acid, which then destroys the enamel of your teeth. If tooth decay isn’t detected it can lead to serious dental pain, infection and even the loss of the tooth. Since you won’t typically notice decay in its earliest stages, a dentist can. That is why these six-month checkups are so important.

Here are the main causes we see for why people have tooth decay:

Poor Oral Hygiene: While this can be embarrassing to admit, a lot of people don’t brush and floss as regularly or effectively as they should. You should be brushing at least twice a day (both morning and at night before bed). Brush for a minimum of two minutes and replace your toothbrush head every three to four months.

Poor Nutrition: If you are someone who can’t get enough sugar or carbs in your diet, you are doing your smile a great disservice. The same goes with foods that are very acidic. All of these foods can damage and erode enamel. Stay away from desserts, processed carbs like white bread and sugary drinks like sports drinks and sodas.

Genetics: Sometimes people have genetics to thank for tooth decay. Just as you may have inherited your father’s red hair or your grandmother’s blue eyes you also inherit teeth with deep crevices, which are more prone to developing decay since they are often more challenging to thoroughly clean.

Not visiting the dentist: We get it; your schedule gets booked up and it’s hard to find time for certain things, but the dentist shouldn’t be one of those things you skip. Since you won’t know that you have decay until it’s more serious, the best and fastest way to detect issues is through these six-month professional cleanings and exams. We can easily spot decay, and other types of decay that may be more difficult to see with the naked eye we will also perform x-rays to check between teeth.

What are you waiting for? If you want to protect your teeth from decay then it’s time you kept up with these routine dental visits.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
March 30, 2017
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   Missing Teeth   Gaps  

Interested in getting a dental implant? Find out what makes them so ideal for replacing missing teeth.

Losing a tooth can be stressful, but luckily modern-day dental technology has made it possible to replace that missing tooth. Yes, there are many ways in which to do it but if you are looking for a restoration that is as close to a real tooth as you can get then it’s time to consider getting dental implants.

The purpose of a dental implant is to replace the tooth roots of your missing tooth. They are built to function just like tooth roots and are placed into the jawbone of the socket where the missing tooth once was. If you are just looking to replace a single missing tooth then we will place the one implant into the jawbone during a simple surgery that can be performed under local anesthesia. If you want to replace several or all of your missing teeth we will determine how many implants you will need throughout the jawbone in order to support a dental bridge or removable dentures.

Once the implant has been placed into the jawbone it will start to naturally fuse together with the bone and tissue surrounding it in an amazing phenomenon known as osseointegration. This is the only tooth replacement that actually bonds with natural structures in your mouth to provide a very sturdy and reliable foundation from which to support your artificial teeth.

How does an implant bond with the bone? An implant is made from titanium, which is biocompatible. Biocompatible metals are ones that are very rarely if ever rejected by the body. Over the course of several months, the bone and tissue will begin to regrow and actually grow around the implant. Once the process is complete, we will need to open up the gums once more to reveal the top of the implant. From there, an abutment will be placed over top. An abutment serves to connect the implant, which no one will be able to see, with the artificial tooth that will sit above the gums.

After the gums have been given a few weeks to heal then we can place the custom dental crown over the top of the abutment to complete your restoration. If you are replacing multiple teeth this is when we will attach the bridges or dentures over the implant. Getting implants can take up to one year or more to complete, depending on how many and which teeth you are replacing.

If you want to find out whether dental implants are truly the best way to replace your missing tooth or teeth for life, it’s time you talked to your dentist further. It’s amazing how much dental implants can do for your smile.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
March 14, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Don’t let dental fears prevent you from getting the treatment you need.

We know that there are some people who’ve had such bad experiences in the past with dentists that they may be scared to set foot in another dentist’s office. Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems that can occur with your smile if you don’t get the professional routine cleanings and care you need. Plus, if you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, chances are good that you may require additional treatments for cavities or untreated gum disease. But sedation dentistry can help make your next visit so much easier.

Sedation dentistry uses different forms of anesthesia to help you relax during your dental procedure. The most common form of sedation that is used is oral sedation. Oral sedation comes in the form of a prescription pill. This anti-anxiety medication will be taken about a half hour to one hour before your procedure to help reduce stress and to make your appointment easier. Since we can prescribe different strengths of medication to our patients depending on the severity of their dental fears and the type of procedure they are getting, this form of sedation dentistry becomes a very popular and effective one for many patients.

Another sedation option you can receive is inhalation sedation, or nitrous oxide. Most people have heard of “laughing gas”, in which a face mask is placed over your nose and a steady stream of the relaxing, calming gas is administered throughout your treatment. It’s completely safe and it doesn’t leave patients feeling groggy, as they often do with oral sedation. Once the gas is no longer administered the effects leave the patient rather quickly. This is a better option for someone who doesn’t handle anti-anxiety medications well or for those who need to drive themselves home after a procedure.

Sedation dentistry can ease your concerns, make you feel more relaxed and also make time pass more quickly. Besides those who have a genuine fear of dental procedures, those who have special needs and those with chronic pain and other conditions that make it difficult to sit comfortably for long periods of time can also benefit from the positive effects of sedation dentistry.

If you want to quell your fears during your next dental visit then it’s time you talked to your dentist about whether sedation dentistry is right for you.





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