A Tooth Abscess is Serious and Here’s Why

“Do something about it before it gets worse!” Good advice?

Perhaps an even better warning when you have a dental cavity, trauma to your teeth and gums, or tooth decay. “Worse” can equal a tooth abscess.

An abscess can form when infection occurs deep within the structure of your tooth. It’s more of a threat when the infection affects the interior pulp of your tooth.

The risk

No doubt when you have a tooth abscess. Pain is the first indicator.

The abscess begins when the infected area cannot adequately drain. Without treatment your pain will increase and you risk tooth loss.

Blame oral bacteria. They attack the internal tissue of your teeth.

The infection caused by bacteria can eventually impact your gum and bone tissue. The final blow of a tooth abscess can kill your tooth root.

This is common

Pay attention to your toothaches. They’re a frequent warning that something is not right with your teeth and gums.

Swelling and redness in your gums, throbbing, or pain when chewing are also an indicator of infection.

You’ll need some help on this

Contact your Roswell dental office when you’re aware that you have an oral infection. The pain might diminish yet this isn’t an indication that your infection has healed.

Antibiotics can be prescribed during the early phase of infection. This helps eliminate the bacteria and prepare the infected area for treatment.

A tooth abscess will require another level of treatment in addition to antibiotics. Depending on the amount of damage to your tooth root, a root canal can be necessary to prevent tooth loss.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your tooth pain. Schedule an examination to check for a tooth abscess or the extent of your oral infection.

Achieve a More Attractive Smile (And It’s About More Than Your Teeth)

“In a perfect world…” That phrase often precedes a statement intended to give the impression that something is considered unlikely or out-of-reach.

Your teeth and gums are designed to work together. It’s not a “perfect-world” scenario rather it’s a reality you might not think possible if you’re one whose gums show up before your teeth do.

How so?

It’s a condition often referred to as a “gummy smile.” This means the upper portion of your teeth are covered by an excessive amount of gum tissue.

Perfect harmony

Your teeth and gums should compliment each other. There’s a visual symmetry that is attractive and healthy.

Gum tissue is vulnerable to infection. Oral bacteria thrive beneath it and untreated can cause tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

It’s essential to control bacterial growth with routine teeth cleanings that also treat your gums. Repairing damaged or diseased gum tissue is also necessary to reduce your risk of future gum related problems.

Consider it a “lift”

Esthetic crown lengthening is a procedure that removes excess gum tissue. In a way, it’s a gum “lift.”

The treatment removes the gum tissue that covers the upper portion of your tooth structure. The tissue is removed and on occasion a portion of your bone is also removed.

The goal is to expose more of your natural tooth surface. Your smile will be more symmetrical and appealing.

The benefits extend to the overall health of your teeth and gums. Again, a proper amount of gum tissue helps control your risk of gum disease by reducing the area that bacteria thrive in.

Your crown lengthening procedure can often be completed in a single, in-office appointment. A local anesthetic keeps you comfortable as the gum tissue is removed from your tooth surfaces.

A follow-up appointment within two weeks of the procedure is necessary. Any sutures will be removed and your tissue healing will be evaluated.

Expect your health and smile enhancement to be completely healed within two to three months.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your gum damage or your questions about treatment for a “gummy smile.” Schedule an examination to discuss your treatment solution.

Why You Should Choose a Professional Option for Teeth Whitening

If looks-aren’t-everything are they at least a sign of something? For example, are whiter teeth healthier?

That depends.

But it is true that white teeth somehow look healthier when compared to stained, discolored, or otherwise unattractive teeth.

Consistent, effective oral hygiene has an impact on the appearance of your teeth. This would include the choices you make about food, beverages, and other lifestyle options.

It is also true that over time there’s less you can do to reduce the natural impact of time on your teeth. Your tooth shade will change as you age and especially as you enjoy your favorite foods and beverages.

Teeth whitening is a solution for the yellowing that naturally occurs. Your tooth enamel and the changes to it’s color can be dramatically improved with a whitening treatment.

Consider this first

Before you purchase an over-the-counter teeth whitening product (more on that in a moment) and even before you use or schedule a professional treatment there are a few considerations.

It’s important to consult with your dentist. Your teeth may or may not be improved with teeth whitening, professional or otherwise.

Tooth decay, severely discolored teeth, sensitive teeth, crowns and bridges, and gum infections do not respond effectively to a whitening treatment. An examination in our Roswell dental office can answer those and other questions about a teeth whitening procedure.

Go pro (not the camera, the procedure)

There are two solutions for a professional teeth whitening treatment. Neither are over-the-counter options.

An in-office teeth whitening procedure gives you fast results. You can achieve up to 10 shades of whiteness in a one appointment.

The procedure in our office is monitored by a dental assistant. Protection for your lips and gums are provided to assure you a comfortable treatment without irritation.

Like having a professional at-home

A take-home teeth whitening kit delivers professional quality in the privacy of your home. It is also monitored and distributed by us, is safer, and is more effective than an over-the-counter system.

A dental examination will determine the necessary treatment details. Your at-home whitening trays are custom-designed to your teeth with instructions for use with a professional whitening solution.

You can achieve whiter teeth over a period of time with a professional at-home teeth whitening kit. Your teeth will look healthy and you will have the support of our dental office to help assure they are healthy prior to and following  your whitening procedure.

Contact your Roswell dentist about teeth whitening. Schedule a dental examination to discuss your options for a professional whitening procedure.

How Porcelain Veneers Could Be the Perfect Treatment for Your Imperfect Teeth

Perhaps you’re unafraid to try new things. Often the choice is less about fear and more about what you desperately want to change. Porcelain veneers (in some ways) are to your smile what a makeover is to your wardrobe. The cosmetic dentistry treatment is an outstanding way to perfect your imperfect teeth.

Your tooth imperfections can vary. Discolored or stained teeth are among the common reasons to consider porcelain veneers.

Surface appeal and more

The appearance of your teeth can cause you to feel confident or self-conscious. Veneers boost your confidence but there’s more to them than what you see.

Tooth damage causes you to hide your smile. It also increases your risk for other oral health issues.

Chipped teeth, gaps between your teeth, and discoloring build-up on the surface of your teeth can impact the health of your teeth and gums.

Porcelain veneers bond to the surface of your teeth. The thin porcelain shell is durable and creates a natural looking cover for your tooth imperfections.

Veneers resist stains and remain strong on the surface of your teeth for many years. The treatment is not invasive and doesn’t require a significant amount of preparation.

Speaking of treatment preparation…

The time involved in your procedure will depend on your tooth imperfections. Your initial dental examination will provide the necessary information about your teeth and how veneers can help you accomplish your health and appearance goals.

During your appointment we prep the surfaces of your teeth that are being treated. If necessary, each tooth surface will be individually shaped.

The shaping process helps remove small, uneven portions of tooth enamel. This preparation allows you to receive the best results when each veneer is bonded to your teeth.

We will take an impression (mold) of your teeth. Your mold will be sent to our chosen dental laboratory where your porcelain veneers are custom-made.

Your new set of porcelain veneers will be available in approximately one week. Adjustments will be made for proper fit and your veneers will be attached (bonded) to each tooth with a curing light.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your stained teeth, discolored teeth, or other tooth imperfections. Schedule a dental examination to discuss a smile makeover with porcelain veneers.