Why Bone Loss is a Big Deal

Losing your teeth is one outcome. The other associated with bone loss is chronic gum disease or periodontitis.

There are reasons that bone loss is serious. The collateral damage can be irreversible but there are solutions to improve your health if you experience it.

Symptom or cause?

The loss of a tooth or multiple teeth is a common cause of bone loss. When you lose more than one tooth it sets in motion a chain of events that makes tooth replacement essential.

Your teeth can become misaligned also. This causes problems for your chewing function that happens to be an important stimulus for your bone tissue.

An infection can damage your bone tissue. This highlights the impact that periodontal (gum) disease can have on your bone tissue leading to its deterioration.

Certain tooth replacement options are to blame for bone loss as well. Dentures, while common, can wear away your bone tissue over time and affect their fit and function.

Re-construction solutions

A gum disease evaluation in our Roswell dental office can help protect you from further bone loss. Also the examination will provide you some reconstructive solutions if your bone loss has progressed and is causing additional dental problems.

Bone grafting can create a new, strong foundation. This is especially vital when you desire to replace your tooth or teeth with dental implants. Your bone graft replaces lost tissue and it stimulates your jawbone to produce new, healthy bone tissue.

A sinus lift is effective when you have problems in the upper, back portion of your mouth. The bone tissue can be too thin for treatment such as a dental implant. Your sinus can be raised and filled with new bone graft material to create a larger space for restorative dental treatment.

Bone loss is treatable but it can also be avoided. The place to begin is to maintain the health of your teeth and gums with routine examinations, teeth cleanings, and gum evaluations.

Contact your Roswell dentist about any symptoms of bone loss such as loose teeth or sore gums. Schedule a gum evaluation and oral examination to diagnose your gum and bone tissue health.

In Case You’re Wondering About Safe Dental X-Rays

At some point they will be necessary. And when the time comes perhaps you’ll wonder about the safety of dental x-rays.

Digital technology has improved the quality of our lives. Your dental health included.

Advances in technology provide you a faster, more accurate, and safer treatment process. You’ll have one less reason to postpone what could be an essential diagnosis and treatment

Similar but better

The first thing you’ll notice with digital x-ray technology is the absence of traditional film. Bite-wings are used but they contain a sensor that quickly transfers each image to the connected computer hardware.

The images are immediately available and viewable. That means no more waiting for the film to be developed prior to a diagnosis.

Accuracy, speed, and safety give digital x-ray technology an advantage over traditional dental x-rays.

There are other benefits starting with the primary safety concerns you might already have about x-rays.

Concerns eliminated

Reduced radiation

Digital equipment used for oral x-rays exposes you to less radiation than traditional film based x-rays. You can be assured that digital x-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation, in fact.

Standard dental x-rays are not to be mistaken as unsafe. You have more reason to trust our use of digital x-ray technology as a safe alternative.

Time savings

Your dental appointment will require less time when x-rays are necessary. Traditional x-rays have a brief waiting period to allow the images to be developed for viewing.

Digital dental x-rays are immediate. The technology allows each image to be viewable the moment it’s obtained.

Improved quality

Standard dental x-ray images are often a challenge to comprehend. Quality issues can affect diagnosis and your understanding of treatment planning.

Digital x-rays are easily enlarged and viewable. The images can also be quickly printed for your personal records.

Easy to share

Your digital x-rays can be easily made available to a specialist, if necessary. The digital files can be quickly emailed making record transfer simple and fast.

Good for the environment

Digital x-rays require no chemicals or paper use. This eliminates any potential harm to the environment.

Digital x-ray technology is another way to improve you and your family’s dental care and your treatment experience. Contact our Roswell dental office with your questions about dental x-rays.

Schedule your next dental examination and ask about digital x-ray technology.

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Avoid Panic

You can be diligent about your oral health, even follow a healthy routine. And a dental emergency can still happen.

Healthy teeth and gums remain a priority. Even so, you can encounter an unfortunate circumstance that creates a panic situation for you and your family’s oral health.

Millions of dental emergencies occur annually. That frequency means odds are you, your child, or another family member will have one.

Frequent “flyers”

No one is immune. A child’s first tooth, fully developed adult teeth, and teeth that have received treatment are vulnerable.

It’s not like you plan to experience dental trauma. Your risks increase due to your lifestyle, your activities, or the quality of your daily oral health care.

Falls, sports related injuries, or even dietary choices can add to your risk of specific dental emergencies.

What’s important to know is that treatment is available. Your first step is to contact our Roswell dental office.

In the meantime, some dental emergencies can be handled prior to your arrival for care.

This happened…now what?

A knocked-out tooth

  • Avoid touching the intact root of the tooth.
  • Rinse the tooth gently with milk (if available) and gently wipe it with a clean, soft cloth.
  • If possible and if the root is intact, place the tooth into the gum socket. Gently bite down on a clean, soft cloth for a few minutes.
  • If the tooth is not replaceable, place it in milk or warm water and bring it with you to our dental office as soon as possible.
  • Contact our dental office to inform us of your circumstance and request an appointment.

A broken tooth

  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm water focusing on the area that’s damaged.
  • Contact our dental office and schedule an appointment.

A toothache that’s not getting better

  • Consistent tooth or mouth pain can indicate a deeper issue. Swelling and sensitive gums are also a sign to seek treatment.
  • Contact our dental office and request an appointment as soon as possible.
  • If necessary, reduce your pain with your preferred over-the-counter pain reliever. Or ask us about your options prior to your appointment.

It’s good to know you have solutions for moments of panic caused by a dental emergency. Contact your Roswell dentist with any questions about a dental emergency or to schedule a related examination.

Why Porcelain Veneers Are a Good Choice for Substantial Smile Transformation

Something doesn’t have to look substantial to have substantial effect. Porcelain veneers fit that category.

A veneer is a thin (emphasis on thin). The wafer-like, nearly translucent layer of porcelain material fits snugly over your tooth surfaces.

Picture a false-fingernail. Your veneer covers your tooth surface much like a salon-quality nail covers your existing fingernail.

Timing issues

Veneers are a superior choice when you want to substantially improve the appearance of your teeth. Tooth damage impacts your oral health but it’s most noticeable in your smile.

Your veneers solve the aesthetic problems associated with the color, alignment, and shape of your teeth. The porcelain used can be customized to match your tooth shade if discoloration is an issue. Or the veneers can brighten your smile with a whiter color enhancement.

Visible advantages

Veneers cover the entire front portion of your tooth. A chipped or otherwise damaged tooth can be fully restored as well.

Tooth gaps are also narrowed or closed with veneers. This provides an advantage when treatment with orthodontics is not an effective solution.

Perhaps a tooth appears misaligned. Veneers are often effective for restoring alignment and improving your appearance in the process.

Fulfilled expectations

Applying veneers will often require up to two appointments. Your tooth will be prepared and shade (color) matched during your first appointment.

The second appointment places your veneers on each tooth. You will have opportunity to view and approve the color, shade, and shape of your veneers prior to each being permanently bonded to your teeth.

Your veneers are custom-designed to fit and last. Some adjustments can be made after they’ve had time to adapt to your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are durable too. It’s vital to care for them and avoid chipping or breaking them. If necessary, your veneers can be repaired or replaced.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your damaged or unattractive teeth. Schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation and examination to discuss smile transformation with porcelain veneers.