A Beautiful Crown Can Restore Your Damaged Tooth

Do you have a “problem tooth” that detracts from your smile? Do ever feel like your smile would be perfect, if not for that one annoying tooth? This is a common cosmetic problem that many people tolerate for far too long. Sometimes the tooth is discolored by intrinsic stains, sometimes it has sustained a chip, and sometimes it looks different because the enamel is beginning to erode.

Whatever the cause of your problem tooth, the solution is an easy one. In just two office visits, you can restore your tooth with a beautiful tooth crown. Roswell GA dentist Dr. Judd Shenk can help you repair your smile.

Dental Crowns

Tooth crowns are protective caps that encircle and protect a tooth, while supplying an attractive substitute for your natural enamel. Crowns that are used for cosmetic reasons are usually made of dental porcelain, which is incredibly strong. This is not the same material used in fine China; rather, it is as durable as your natural tooth enamel. However, unlike your tooth enamel, it will resist stains, and is not subject to tooth decay.

Porcelain crowns are the most lifelike type of tooth crown you can get, as they best mimic the luster and hue of natural teeth. With a beautiful porcelain crown, your problem tooth will be transformed, so it fits in harmoniously with your smile.

Getting a Crown – The First Visit

A dental crown usually takes only two visits. At the first visit, Dr. Shenk will examine the tooth and take x-rays to ensure there is no decay present, and that the tooth can support a crown. If you have decay in the tooth, you may need a root canal treatment before a crown can be applied. This will require additional office visits, but you’ll still get the same beautiful result.

If the tooth is healthy enough to support a crown, Dr. Shenk can start the process immediately. After administering an anesthetic to numb you, the first step is to treat the tooth, so there is enough space for the crown to fit around it. This requires resurfacing and removing some of your enamel from the tooth.

After the tooth has been resurfaced, we will take a dental impression. Dr. Shenk will then send the mold to a dental laboratory where the crown will be fabricated. This ensures a proper fit and a stable crown, as they design the crown to fit the precise dimensions of your tooth and smile.

Your Temporary Crown

Before you leave the first appointment, you will be fitted with a temporary crown to protect the tooth while you wait for your permanent crown. Temporary crowns are not as strong or stable as the permanent ones, and they are not meant to last more than a few weeks. You should take care with your temporary crown, and avoid overly chewy or hard foods.

If your temporary crown comes loose, call us right away and we will re-cement it for you. In the meantime, you can use a small bit of sugarless gum or temporary dental cement (often found at drug stores in dental kits) to put the crown back into place. You most definitely do not want to leave the tooth unprotected, as it will be sensitive and vulnerable to damage.

Getting Your Permanent Crown

When your crown comes in, we will call you for your second appointment. Again, we will numb you with an anesthetic before we start, to make sure you feel no discomfort. After carefully removing the temporary, we will remove any cement so the tooth is clean. It is now ready to bond with the permanent crown. Next, we will check the fit and color of the crown, to make sure it will be stable and beautiful in your smile. If everything looks good, we will permanently bond the crown to your tooth with dental cement.

In the first days after you get your crown, pay attention to how it feels. If your bite feels off when you are chewing, for example, give is a call. We may need to buff down the surface of the crown to make it fit better.

A dental crown can last a very long time if you treat it right, so don’t make a habit of biting non-food items (pens, bobby pins). Some crowns have been known to last decades, although the average lifespan is considered to be between five and 15 years.

Are you ready to put your “problem tooth” behind you? Call Shenk Dental Care at 770-992-6568 for a beautiful tooth crown, Roswell GA. 

Got a Toothache? You May Need a Root Canal to Save the Tooth

Do you know someone with a painful tooth? Oral pain is never a good sign, as it may indicate a serious tooth infection that could lead to the loss of the tooth if neglected. Whether it’s sporadic, constant, or responsive to pressure and temperature, any toothache should warrant a visit to the dentist. You may need root canal therapy to save the tooth.

With most pain problems, “leave it alone and wait and see” is usually a good response. Occasional headaches, ankle sprains, muscle pulls—with minor pains like these, the body is quite capable of healing itself. When set properly, bones heal themselves over time, we all know that. Teeth, however, are not like the rest of the body because they cannot heal themselves. Once a hole or crack forms in the tooth enamel, there is nothing the body can do to repair it. Only a dentist can help you fix the source of a toothache.

Do you suspect you need root canal therapy in Roswell, GA? Visit Shenk Dental Care to have your tooth problems solved with a comfortable root canal treatment. Call us at 770-992-6568 and we’ll heal your toothache for good!

Why is Root Canal Therapy Needed?

A root canal is also called endodontic therapy (endo means inside, dont means tooth). This treatment allows you to keep a tooth even after bacteria and decay have reached the inner tissues.

The outside of the tooth, the enamel, is hard and has no nerve endings. (Eating would be much different if it did!). When mouth bacteria excrete acids, however, they leach minerals out of the enamel and create a hole, or cavity. You will not feel a new cavity, but if not identified and treated promptly, it will continue to grow until it reaches the sensitive dentin layer. Some less-painful cavities only reach the dentin and can be treated without root canal therapy.

Neglected long enough, however, the cavity will reach the pulp chamber, where the living tissues reside. If bacterial infection reaches the blood vessels inside a tooth, this becomes a real danger, because bacteria can spread to the bloodstream and threaten the health of the rest of your body. A badly infected tooth is no joke; people have died from severe infections that started in a tooth.

If your toothache is ever accompanied with facial swelling and fever, you have most likely developed an abscess and will need serious medical attention (and a tooth extraction). If this happens to you, get yourself to an emergency medical center, ASAP.

The bottom line is that you can’t feel tooth decay when it only affects the enamel. Therefore, if you have a severe toothache stemming from a cavity, there’s a good chance it reaches all the way inside the tooth and requires root canal therapy.

What Happens When You Get a Root Canal?

When you come to Shenk Dental Care, we make sure you are comfortable during your treatment. Root canals take a little bit longer than standard dental fillings, so we make sure you are properly numbed before we start any work.

A visit for root canal therapy will include the following steps:

  1. X-rays to determine the size and depth of the cavity, and whether a root canal is needed.
  2. Anesthetic injection to block the nerves and induce numbness.
  3. Treating the tooth to remove decayed tooth matter and bacteria.
  4. Cleaning and sanitizing the inside of the tooth.
  5. Filling the tooth with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha, and sometimes a post and core.
  6. Finishing the tooth with a filling or crown.

Patients who get root canals often experience some jaw soreness from keeping their mouth open during the procedure, but this should go away within 24 hours. If you experience any pain in the tooth a few days after your root canal therapy, call our office right away, and we’ll see you as soon as possible.

Technically, a tooth that gets a root canal is considered a dead tooth, since all the living tissues have been removed. This is actually a good thing, because it means your painful toothache will not come back. Structurally, the tooth will look and feel like the rest of your teeth and will serve you well for years to come.

If you’ve been dealing with a painful toothache, it’s time to fix your tooth and put your pain behind you! Call Shenk Dental Care at 770-992-6568 for root canal therapy in Roswell, GA!

How to Find a Great Dentist in Roswell, GA

Maybe you’re new in town, or maybe you’re not happy with your present dentist. Whatever your reason, when you need to find a dentist in Roswell, GA, you want to get it right. No one wants to be hopping from provider to provider—so how can you make sure you find a great dentist?

Finding a “great” dentist is a bit like finding a great restaurant or a great car. Every restaurant and car will have its fans, but you can’t just take anyone’s word for it. You need to eat a meal or take a test drive. Choosing a new dentist is no different. So how do you test-drive a dentist?

Are you looking to find a dentist in Roswell, GA? Come and meet Dr. Judd Shenk or take a moment to learn about us on our website.

Where Do I Start?

There are several ways to learn about a dental practice. If you don’t have any recommendations from friends or family, start with a search engine. This lets you see which dentists near you are highly ranked and convenient to your work site or home. Pick a few and research them online. Read their websites to see what they are most proud of and consider how it aligns with what you’re looking for.

Every practice is going to be slightly different, and you want to know what your priorities are before you start looking. For example, a family of six is going to have different priorities than a single adult. Someone with diagnosed dental conditions is going to have different needs than a young person with little-to-no prior dental work. You have to think about what will make a practice a great match with your needs.

Decide What Matters to You

Take a look at this list and decide which factors are most important to you. Rank them from 1-10. This will help you figure out what matters most to you in a new dentist.

____ Assistance and flexibility with insurance paperwork and payment

____ Innovative treatments and cutting-edge technology

____ Experts in specialties (implants, cosmetic dentistry)

____ Patient education/communication of health issues

____ Flexible scheduling, convenient hours

____ Affordable services

____ Family-friendly waiting areas

____ Fast appointments, with no fuss

____ Great with kids

____ Warm and compassionate staff

You don’t need to share your ranking of these qualities with a dental office, but knowing your priorities will help you zero in on the experience you are looking for.

Interviewing a Dentist

After you’ve read a bit about your potential dentists online, call the office and ask if you can schedule a visit. You don’t need to do much to prepare for the visit, but the following questions may help you find things to talk about with the dentist.

  • What makes your practice special?
  • What is your educational background and how long have you been practicing?
  • Do you have a specialty field, or favorite area of dentistry?
  • How do you make sure your patients have a positive experience?
  • What do some dental offices do wrong, in your opinion?
  • How do you provide your patients with the best care?
  • How do you make sure your patients are comfortable and feel safe during appointments?

Judging the Whole Experience

Keep in mind that most of the time you’ll be spending at a dental office will not be with the dentist. It will be with the receptionist, patient coordinator, hygienists and other various staff. Every moment of your experience should be considered when you decide whether a dental practice feels right.

  • How you are greeted and treated before the appointment
  • Compatibility with your insurance requirements
  • How long you have to wait
  • Whether you feel welcomed and valued
  • Overall professionalism of the staff
  • Whether the office seems to be a “well-oiled machine”

 

Ultimately, you need to trust your gut feeling when you walk out of an office. Make sure you have had enough interaction with the staff to get a sense of how they operate, and pay attention to how you feel when you are done with the interview.

Visit Shenk Dental Care

If you need to find a dentist in Roswell, GA, call our office for a visit with Dr. Judd Shenk. Our team will provide you with excellent oral care in a relaxed and friendly setting. We know it takes time to find a provider that’s a good fit for your needs and we’re always happy to meet new potential patients.

Call our Roswell, GA dental clinic at 770-992-6568 for a visit to Shenk Dental Care. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns

You may have heard that dental crowns are an effective way to restore a tooth, but do you know how they work? At Shenk Dental Care, we provide beautiful dental crowns to correct damaged teeth and prevent the need for more complex restorations in the future. Call our office to learn about dental crowns in Roswell, GA with Drs. Judd and Michael Shenk.

Do you have a problem tooth that needs a dental crown? Call our Roswell, GA dental office at 770-992-6568 or contact us through our website.

What is a Crown?

A crown is a tooth shaped cap that completely covers and protects your tooth. They are often needed when a tooth has suffered structural damage that threatens its ongoing health. For example, a large crack or fracture may eventually lead to an infection if not restored with a crown. Large cavities are also frequently treated with a crown when too much of a tooth has been lost to decay.  For example, if there is not enough tooth left to hold a filling, a crown is the most commonly recommended treatment.

Crowns can also be used cosmetically. Most frequently they are used to cover and replace a tooth that is misshapen or badly stained and doesn’t respond to whitening treatments. If you have a single problem tooth that disrupts the beauty of your smile, a porcelain crown can be a long-lasting and cost-effective solution to the problem.

How are Crowns Made?

Crowns are typically made of metal, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). Metal crowns tend to be the most resistant and long-lasting choice, but most people prefer porcelain for aesthetic reasons. Nowadays you usually only see metal crowns on the molars at the back of the mouth, if at all. PFM crowns can provide a stronger bond with the natural tooth but have a greater risk of chipping or revealing a visible line of metal at the gum line.

The dental porcelain used to create dental crowns is an extremely strong and durable form of fabricated ceramic. This is not the same fragile, brittle form of ceramic that’s used to make plates and mugs. Rather, dental porcelain resists chipping and breaking better than natural tooth enamel.

Porcelain crowns are carefully designed to harmonize with your smile and match the color of your teeth—so they always look natural. Crowns can also be made from Zirconia (laboratory-created diamond), but these do not look as much like natural tooth enamel.

Some dental offices use a milling machine to create a crown right there in the dental office, but most practices employ a professional dental laboratory to create your crown. They use an impression or scan of your bite to make sure the crown will fit into your unique tooth alignment and the color is carefully matched to your natural hue.

What to Expect

The first step when getting a crown is treating the tooth. In order for the crown to encircle and bond with your tooth, some enamel must be removed. After the tooth has been treated, a dental impression is made, so the laboratory can create the perfect crown for you. Since the crowns take some time to be made, we fit you with a temporary crown before you leave the first appointment.

Temporary Crowns

You should always take care not to be too hard on a temporary crown. They are not as well bonded to the tooth, nor are they as strong as permanent crowns. You may eat the same foods as usual, but avoid biting down on hard or very sticky foods.

If your temporary crown becomes dislodged or loosened while we are waiting for your permanent crown, give us a call and we’ll determine whether you need to come back in and have it redone. (Sometimes a temporary crown can actually be reattached at home with a small amount of sugarless gum or temporary dental adhesive.)

Getting Your Permanent Crown

Your permanent crown will usually be ready within a couple of weeks. When we receive the crown, we will give you a call to arrange a convenient time for your appointment. This appointment does not take long, usually, as we only need to remove the temporary, clean the tooth, bond the new crown to the tooth, and then check for a good fit.

Since the crown will be slightly different from your original tooth (in shape) it may take a couple of days for the crown to feel natural in your mouth. If you find yourself in any discomfort after the crown has been attached, give us a call. Sometimes the crown may sit too high and disrupt your chewing or a sharp edge may bother the soft tissues of your mouth. We can usually correct these problems very quickly.

Do You Have Questions About Dental Crowns?

For more information about dental crowns in Roswell, GA, call Shenk Dental Care. Request an appointment online or call us at 770-992-6568.

Contact Shenk Dental Care for Dental Crowns Roswell, GA 

What to Look for In a Dental Office

Are you looking for a new dental office in Roswell, GA? There are heaps of great dental offices out there today, so how can you be sure you’ve found a good fit?

Overall quality of care may be better than it’s ever been in the dental industry, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to love being a patient with just any dentist you meet. You have to spend a little time learning about a dental practice to find out what makes it special and different from your other options.

Just as you would want to make sure a new gym or therapist is a good fit for your needs, you should also take the time to meet and interview potential dentists. Below are our favorite talking points when meeting with new patients. These issues may help you think about what matters the most to you as a patient, so you can choose a new dental office with confidence.

Are you looking for a dental office in Roswell, GA? Call Shenk Dental Care at 770-992-6568 to meet with our doctors and staff.

Patient-Centered Care

We prefer to think that dentists treat patients, not teeth. Oral care is our specialty, but our goal is not to “fix teeth” as much as to help you have the best oral health possible. A patient-focused dental clinic is one in which care providers take time to get to know their patients and establish a trusting relationship. Every patient should feel comfortable being honest and open with their dentist and clinic staff. Open lines of communication improve the quality of your experience, as well as the quality of your care.

A patient-centered practice will cater to your whole experience: everything from setting appointments and dealing with insurance to actual clinical care. If a clinic has a dedicated patient care specialist, this is usually a good sign that they care about more than just fixing teeth and getting paid.

Training and Experience

Only rarely will you find a fraudulent dentist operating nowadays, due to the rigors of licensure requirements. All the same, it’s good to make sure that any potential dentist is licensed and qualified. Beyond the legal requirements for opening a dental clinic, find out how many years your dentist has been operating and what their education and background training consist of.

A good dentist should be happy to talk about his or her training and will discuss this subject in terms you can easily understand. If a dentist is hesitant to discuss his or her qualifications—or doesn’t take the time to explain—this can be a red flag that he or she will not take time to explain dental issues with you in the future.

Don’t judge a dentist negatively if he or she is new to the profession. New dentists often have the benefit of more advanced and rigorous training programs that use the most up-to-date information and innovations. Likewise, don’t assume that an “old” dentist is ignorant of modern techniques. Dedicated professionals voluntarily take part in continuing education to make sure they stay on the pulse of modern techniques. If a dentist completed his or her training several years ago, ask what he or she does to stay current on innovations in the field.

Technology and Innovation

If a dentist is still using the same tools and techniques he used 20 years ago, we recommend you keep looking! Advances in dental technology and materials have progressed rapidly in recent years, and modern tools make patients’ experiences more comfortable, predictable, and safe.

For example, digital radiography, intraoral cameras, and computer-based imaging allow us to see and diagnose dental issues faster and with greater accuracy than in the past. Laser dentistry tools make fillings and oral surgery faster and less traumatic by eliminating the need for a drill or scalpel. Find out what advanced technology your dental clinic uses and let the doctor explain how it will enhance your dental and oral care.

Transparency and Communication

A good dentist will always let patients make their own health decisions. When we find problems, we take the time to explain (and show you) what we’ve found, what it means, and what treatment we recommend.

This includes providing a written treatment plan, so you can see exactly what the issues are. We will never initiate treatment before you’ve had the chance to consider your options, and we always recommend the most conservative treatments possible. This policy applies to both restorative and cosmetic treatments, and we never push preferred or expensive treatments.

The Intangibles of a Good Match

Just as with a first date, you want to leave a first dental visit feeling like you’ve found a good match. If you feel uncomfortable about the way anything went, don’t disregard those feelings.

There is more and more scientific research out there that “trusting your gut” is a smart thing to do. If your gut reaction (intuitive feeling) about a clinic leaves you uncertain, keep looking! For example, if any of the staff members are rude or disorganized, this could be a sign of a poorly run or dysfunctional office.

Think about all your contact with staff, not just the doctor. In truth, patients spend more time with hygiene staff during a typical visit than with the dentist. Ideally, you should feel good about your interactions with every staff member.

Looking for Dental Office in Roswell, GA?

If you’re looking for a dental clinic in our neck of the woods, call our office for a visit with Dr. Judd Shenk. Our dental practice provides comfortable, patient-centered care in Roswell, GA. We know it takes time to find a good match and are happy to take the time to sit down for a chat with new patients.

Call our dental office in Roswell, GA at 770-992-6568 for an appointment with Shenk Dental Care. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

All Teeth Whitening Products are NOT the Same

One thing is for certain: There is no shortage of teeth whitening products. Everywhere you turn, there are more options. From pastes to gels to strips and rinses, how can you know which teeth whitening product is right for you? Our team at Shenk Dental Care is here to discuss several treatment options, from dentist-supervised to over-the-counter bleaching. If you are curious about teeth whitening in Roswell, GA, read on. We will tell you everything you need to know to achieve (and maintain) the dazzling smile you desire.

Dentist-Supervised Teeth Whitening in Roswell, GA

Patients desiring a brighter, more brilliant smile can lighten their teeth dramatically ­– up to eight shades lighter ­– with professional at-home teeth whitening in Roswell, GA. To begin the process, Dr. Judd Shenk will take impressions of your teeth and fabricate a set of custom bleaching trays. He will help you choose a whitening gel based on your specific and unique needs. To whiten your teeth, you will simply dispense the concentrated bleaching gel into the trays and insert them into your mouth. While you are wearing the trays, the oxygen molecules in the hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide gel will penetrate the layers of your teeth and break apart the bonds that produce staining. The amount of time necessary for treatment will depend on the type of at-home kit you choose. Some patients will wear the trays for about 30 minutes twice a day, while others will wear them overnight. Dr. Shenk can help you determine which option is right for you. Dentist-supervised teeth whitening offers safe and effective treatment with dramatic results. Best of all, it can be completed in the comfort of your own home.

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Options

Any time you walk down the oral health aisle at your local grocery store or pharmacy, you will see countless products designed to whiten your teeth. While many of these products are effective, it is important to understand that some ingredients found in these items can damage the enamel and compromise your natural tooth structure. Additionally, the bleaching gels included in store-bought options have a much lower concentration of whitening ingredients. Therefore, the desired results can take longer to achieve. Professional teeth whitening kits have been proven safe and effective, and under dentist supervision, can provide the most outstanding results available. If you decide to purchase an over-the-counter teeth whitening product, make sure it has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The safety and efficacy of these products have been time-tested and approved by dental experts.

How Can I Know if Teeth Whitening is Right for Me?

Before pursuing teeth whitening in Roswell, GA, it is important to understand that there are two types of dental staining. Extrinsic stains, which are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages in our diet, react well to teeth whitening because the outermost lowers of the teeth are the only ones that are affected. Conversely, intrinsic stains, which are caused by some genetic conditions, trauma, or certain medications, do not improve with teeth whitening because the discoloration is deep within the tooth structure. If you have intrinsic staining, Dr. Shenk can speak with you about alternative options, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers.

Learn More about Teeth Whitening in Roswell, GA

If you are self-conscious about discolored, yellowed teeth, give your smile a lift with professional teeth whitening. To schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online or call our office at 770-992-6568.

Has it Been A While Since You’ve Been to the Dentist?

It’s not a happy fact, but one out of every three Americans forgoes routine dental care. For some, it’s a matter of money or lack of insurance coverage; for others, dental anxiety plays a role. No matter what your reason for avoiding the dentist, we want to help you get back on track!

If you’ve had bad experiences in the past, we invite you to experience the convenience of technologically advanced dentistry that puts patient comfort first. We also offer financing options and help you navigate your insurance requirements. Let us help you remove the barriers that have kept you from getting the care you deserve.

At Shenk Dental Care, our dentists will treat you like family. We don’t waste time lecturing our patients or making you feel bad about your teeth; we just want to help you get the best oral care of your life! If it’s been far too long since you’ve seen a Roswell, GA dentist, call us today at 770-992-6568 or request an appointment online.

How Routine Appointments Save Teeth

A lot of people operate under the misperception that if they aren’t experiencing a toothache, then their teeth must be fine. The truth is that by the time a toothache develops, this usually indicates deep decay, and sometimes even the need for an extraction.

Cavities can take months, or even years, to develop. In the early stages, you may not feel or notice any difference in the tooth, but the cavity is guaranteed to worsen. Teeth cannot heal themselves, but we can catch early signs of decay and counteract them with preventive and restorative treatments. With regular dental appointments we can actually find cavities before they happen—to make sure you never experience the kind of dental catastrophe that upsets your routine and cost you excess time and money.

In dentistry, prevention is better than cure. If you haven’t had a dental cleaning in years, you are almost guaranteed to develop cavities and/or gum disease, given enough time. Even patients with excellent oral hygiene can develop calcified plaque (tartar) in hard to reach areas between teeth and in the deep crevices of the molars. Routine appointments allow us to remove tartar, so it doesn’t lead to cavities and gum disease in the future. If you plan to keep your teeth for life, regular six-month check-ups need to be a part of that plan.

How Shenk Dental Care is Different

If you have bad memories of suffering through painful routine or restorative dental appointments in the past, you have nothing to fear at Shenk Dental Care. Father-and-son dental team Drs. Judd and Michael Shenk have built their practice to be a place where patients and providers communicate freely and comfortably. We will never try to talk you into treatments you don’t need, and we will always be polite and professional during your treatments.

If you are concerned about long, uncomfortable appointments, rest assured that we aim to prevent these. For example, we use a number of advanced tools to ensure you get the most comfortable experience possible. This includes laser dentistry tools that let us identify cavities in their earliest stages and make fillings and gum treatments faster and less traumatic. We also provide digital x-rays and use a small intraoral camera to examine your teeth; these tools make spotting and diagnosing problems easier and more efficient, so you can spend less time in the chair.

Contact Us to Learn More!

Beyond basic routine care, we also provide cosmetic dentistry, periodontal care, and dental implants. If you have signs of gum disease or have lost teeth, we can help you restore your gums to good health and replace your teeth with a long-lasting substitute.

Explore our website or call our Roswell, GA dentist office at 770-992-6568 to learn more about Shenk Dental Care. We can’t wait to help you get the best dental care of your life!

Need Routine Dental Care? Call Roswell, GA Dentist – Shenk Dental Care

How to Protect Your Invisalign Investment

Your decision to straighten your teeth with Invisalign impacts your long term health. And speaking of long term, you might be thinking about how to protect your investment as part of your Roswell smile makeover with orthodontics.

Your treatment’s complete…now what?

Orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign®️ is designed to last. The lasting value improves your appearance, your confidence, and essentially your tooth alignment.

A retainer can help. We recommend one as a follow up to your Roswell dental care using orthodontics.

For example, Vivera®️ retainers maintain your treatment results achieved with Invisalign®️. And like Invisalign®️, your Vivera®️ retainers are clear and virtually invisible when you wear them.

Why retainers are a good next step

Your teeth are properly aligned once you complete orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®️. Keeping them in position is vital and that’s what a retainer, such as Vivera®️ does.

A Vivera®️ retainer also protects your teeth. Teeth grinding, for example, can wear down your tooth surfaces. This can weaken them and increase your risk of misalignment and decay.

As your Roswell family dentist, you will be provided full details as you near the completion of your Invisalign®️ treatment. Vivera®️ retainers will be custom-fitted much like your experience with your Invisalign®️ aligners.

You will most often wear your first set of retainers on a daily basis. Your progress will be monitored and you will be able to gradually reduce how often you wear them. Eventually, you can progress to only wearing them during the night.

You’ve made a good choice to move your teeth into proper healthy alignment. And you’ve also improved your smile confidence by choosing Invisalign®.

Protect your investment and keep your smile on-track with retainers. Ask us about Vivera retainers at our Roswell dental office.

The Basic Truth About Root Canal Treatment

When is a root canal necessary? That’s a good question.

The answers can help you understand why you’re in pain and how to get relief. It can also help assure that it’s possible to save your tooth from an extraction.

Clearing up the misunderstanding

Root canal treatment often gets bad “press.” As your Roswell family dentist we take steps to clarify the procedure details and dispel the myths.

First, tooth and mouth pain can be a signal that something is wrong. But keep in mind that not all pain is cause for a root canal.

Yours might start with sensitivity to hot and cold. A filling or crown might also be damaged.

But the longer the pain persists without treatment the worse it can become. Tooth decay and infection deep within your tooth or gum tissue are the concerns.

What a root canal does

Your tooth’s outer layer of enamel protects the internal soft tissue. Nerves are contained within your tooth’s pulp and near the root tips. A nerve resides inside a “canal” thus the term “root canal.”

Your tooth pulp can become infected. A fracture, chipped tooth, or cavity opens the door to bacteria.

And that’s where the problems multiply!

Once your tooth pulp dies pressure builds as blood flow increases to the area. Biting, chewing, and hot or cold can trigger the pain you feel.

Treating the infection and restoring the tooth structure is the goal of a root canal. Our Roswell dental care is equipped to save your tooth and help eliminate your tooth pain.

A root canal cleans out the infected pulp and reshapes the canal. A substance is added to help prevent further infection. Your tooth is then permanently sealed with a dental crown to restore the structure and function.

Perhaps this clarifies some of the misunderstanding about root canal treatment. Contact your Roswell dentist with additional questions.

Schedule a dental examination if you’re experiencing any tooth sensitivity or tooth and mouth pain.

What to Know About Dry Mouth and How to Begin Treating It

There are more than 400 related reasons you could be experiencing it. And those are the medications associated with the condition known as dry mouth.

Antihistamines, diuretics, pain medications, and anti-depressants are among the common causes. Whatever the cause, dry mouth can be a serious health issue. It’s important to your oral and overall health that you contact your Roswell family dentist if your mouth feels abnormally dry or your unable to produce saliva.

Who should be concerned?

Anyone can suffer from dry mouth syndrome. If you’re over the age of 65 you’re among 30 percent of those who experience the condition.

Your first clue, aside from noticeable dryness, is difficulty chewing, tasting, or swallowing. Other symptoms include:

  • A uncharacteristic build-up of plaque on your teeth
  • An increase in the number of cavities diagnosed during a dental check up
  • Tongue sensitivity or a burning mouth sensation
  • Bad breath
  • Diagnosed gum disease
  • Problems wearing dentures such as fit, etc.

How to treat and stop dry mouth

Our Roswell dental care can provide a diagnosis and provide treatment for dry mouth. The symptoms associated will also require attention.

There are over-the-counter treatments available that focus on increasing your saliva production. Once we diagnose your specific causes we can recommend the best treatment solution including procedures to treat any tooth or gum related issues.

In the meantime we encourage you to follow a few effective habits to help with dry mouth.

  • Brush and floss daily. This may sound obvious but it’s important to be consistent. Removal of food particles and stimulating your gum tissue can help produce saliva.
  • Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing helps stimulate saliva production too.
  • Watch your diet and lifestyle. Foods and beverages with a high acid content, dry foods such as toast and crackers, foods high in salt, and caffeinated beverages can enhance dry mouth symptoms. Smoking and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep water on hand and drink it throughout the day.

Contact your Roswell family dentist about any symptoms of dry mouth. Schedule an oral examination for more information and a diagnosis of what could be causing yours.