Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fixing Your Smile: Options For A Broken Tooth

Your smile is your window to the world: It shows the people you interact with who you really are. If you’re embarrassed by a broken tooth, you’re probably not smiling very much! Our cosmetic dentists help restore patients’ confidence by fixing broken teeth.

Veneers

  • Why not get a major smile improvement at the same time you get your broken tooth fixed?
  • Veneers are thin laminates of porcelain that are bonded to the tooth structure. They are extremely thin and at the same time extremely strong.
  • In addition to fixing your broken teeth, they can improve the color, shape, symmetry and overall appearance of your smile.

Inlays or Onlays

  • These porcelain-type fillings are a good option when individual back teeth are broken.
  • The tooth-colored inlay/onlay is bonded to your tooth, creating a strong, durable restoration.
  • Inlays and onlays are a conservative option, because they do not require removal of healthy tooth.

Composite Fillings

  • White or tooth-colored composite fillings are an excellent option for repairing an otherwise healthy broken tooth.
  • Composite bonding is a procedure in which a composite material is placed over your teeth to fill gaps.
  • The procedure requires precision and detail. While a correct bonding procedure results in a long-lasting and beautiful tooth restoration, an incorrect bonding can lead to a leak, crack or sensitivity.
  • Direct bonding requires little to no tooth reduction, and can be completed in one visit, whereas veneers require a series of visits.
  • As with all of their cosmetic dentistry, you will see the craftsmanship of the Atlanta Dental Spa doctors in their precisely formed dental bonds.
  • Direct bonding typically does not last as long as veneers do. If the tooth has cracks or fractures or if there are heavy chewing forces on the tooth to be restored, dental bonding may not be the right option.

Don’t wait to fix your broken tooth. The weakened structure can cause other problems that might require replacement of the entire tooth. Call our top dentists today to start fixing your smile.

 

Researching Invisalign Providers in Atlanta?

If you’re looking to straighten your teeth with minimal impact on your social and professional life, then Invisalign might be the perfect solution for you. Because the effectiveness of this state-of-the-art process varies depending on the skill and experience of the provider, we encourage you to conduct thorough research before choosing your Invisalign® doctor.

Following are a few factors you’ll want to keep in mind as you consider Invisalign providers in Atlanta.

Special Training

Be sure to ask each dentist you are considering about his or her qualifications. Only dentists who have participated in training from the Aligntech Institute are qualified to provide Invisalign treatment.

  • Dr. Estep and Dr. Boulden regularly participate in training from the Aligntech Institute, making them highly qualified to determine which patients are the best candidates.

Experience

Don’t be shy about asking how many Invisalign cases the dentist has handled. A more experienced provider will know if clear braces are capable of the types of tooth movement you require.

  • Invisalign is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry services we provide at the Atlanta Dental Spa, and our team has mastered the techniques required to obtain beautiful results using the Invisalign system.

Proven Results

Results speak for themselves. Any Invisalignprovider should be willing to share before and after photos of successful treatments.

  • We invite you to visit the Atlanta Dental Spa Invisalign smile gallery for examples of our past successes using Invisalign clear braces.

Patient Focused

Of course even the best dental provider isn’t right for you if they don’t put your needs and comfort first. Your dentist should make you feel completely comfortable and able to open up about your desires and anxieties related to straightening your teeth.

  • The gentle dentists of Atlanta Dental Spa understand that going to the dentist can be a stressful experience. Our patients regularly tell us how Dr. Estep and Dr. Boulden made their visit to the dentist a more enjoyable experience.

We welcome the opportunity to consult with you about your tooth-straightening options. If you’re looking for an Invisalign provider in Atlanta, call us today for n appointment with our top cosmetic dentists.

 

Dry Mouth? Try CoQ10.

CoQ10 a Comfort to People with Mouth Condition

By
Maureen Williams, ND
CoQ10 a Comfort to People with Mouth Condition: Main Image
Supplementing with CoQ10 can improve salivary flow and dry mouth symptoms in women

Most of us take it for granted that our salivary glands are hard at work all day long, but people with a condition that chronically causes dry mouth are constantly reminded of the moment-to-moment importance of saliva. Dry mouth sufferers feel thirsty all the time, and their abilities to taste, chew, swallow, digest, and prevent oral infections and cavities can be compromised. Dry mouth can be a symptom of a disease, a side effect of a medication, or simply a part of the aging process, and until now treatments have focused on symptom relief through the use of oral moisturizers. A new study found that supplementing with CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) can improve salivary flow and dry mouth symptoms in women.

The study, published in Clinical Biochemistry, included 31 women over 50 years old with dry mouth associated with an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome, and 35 healthy women over 50. The women were divided into three groups and underwent one month of treatment with either 100 mg of ubiquinol (the chemically reduced, rather than the oxidized, form of CoQ10), 100 mg of ubiquinone (oxidized CoQ10), or placebo. They filled out symptom questionnaires and salivary gland activity was assessed at the beginning and end of the trial.

CoQ10 wets the whistle

The researchers noted the following significant findings in all the women taking CoQ10:

  • Salivary levels of CoQ10 increased.
  • In women with dry mouth, taking CoQ10 was associated with increased salivary flow. Ubiquinol was slightly more effective than ubiquinone. Salivary flow increased in healthy women taking CoQ10 as well, but only the increase in the ubiquinone group was statistically meaningful.
  • Some participants reported that some of their symptoms of dry mouth, such as oral discomfort, pain, and burning, and having a funny taste in the mouth, were reduced after treatment.
  • Self-reported anxiety, poor sleep, frequent urination, stomachache, and skin problems also improved.

“In the present study, both ubiquinol and ubiquinone increased salivary flow and salivary CoQ10 concentration in women with dry mouth,” said study co-author Dr. Ichiro Saito at the Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine in Yokohama, Japan. “The positive effect of coenzyme Q10 on energy production and metabolism in the salivary glands, as well as its antioxidant activity, are likely to have contributed to the improvements these women experienced.”

Moisten the mouth for good dental health

People with dry mouth are at high risk of developing dental problems such as cavities and gum disease. This study suggests that taking CoQ10 might help to prevent these complications. Here are some other recommendations:

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking decreases the humidity in the mouth.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine. These substances tend to dehydrate the mouth and the rest of the body.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Soft drinks and other sweetened beverages add to the risk of dental problems.
  • Reduce salt. Salty foods increase mouth dryness.
  • Use a humidifier at night. Dryness tends to increase overnight, so keeping moisture in the air can help.
  • Consider using artificial saliva products.

(Clin Biochem 2011;doi:10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2011.03.029)

Maureen Williams, ND, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She has a private practice on Cortes Island in British Columbia, Canada, and has done extensive work with traditional herbal medicine in Guatemala and Honduras. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.

 

Don’t Waste Money on Cheap Porcelain Veneers

 

High-quality porcelain veneers enhance your smile for many years to come, making them one of the best investments in cosmetic dentistry. Cheap veneers, on the other hand, may look fake and will likely need to be repaired or replaced within a few years.

The High Cost of Cheap Veneers

What if one of your veneers broke or fell off just before a big presentation or special event? Would the cost savings be worth it if your veneers started to stain or crack after just a few months?

You’re probably considering porcelain veneers because you want a million-dollar smile, so it just doesn’t make sense to sacrifice quality.

With some purchases, cost may be the most important factor. But veneers aren’t an item that you will use and discard. Cosmetic dentistry is something you live with all day, everyday.

Invest In Quality

Dentists who discount their work must find ways to reduce their costs, either through lower-quality materials or cutting corners on technique.

Quality of porcelain veneers varies depending on:

  • Quality of the material. The technology used to manufacture porcelain veneers has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years. The lithium disilicate often used in today’s porcelain veneers is the strongest material (aside from metal) that is available in cosmetic dentistry. And unlike metal, porcelain is also the most natural-looking material.
  • Skill of the ceramist. Each porcelain veneer is hand-made, and only a master ceramist will be able to craft your so that they perfectly match the shape, size and color of your existing teeth.
  • Cosmetic skill of the dentist. Each veneer must be carefully fitted and bonded to the tooth. This labor-intensive and technique-sensitive practice is best performed by an accredited and experienced cosmetic dentist.

Financing Options

If you are considering veneers for a full smile makeover, there are some dental financing options you can consider to help make the costs more manageable.

  • Our staff will help you work with your insurance company to find out if your dental insurance will cover a portion of your veneers procedure.
  • Atlanta Dental Spa also offers credit options from two of the leading companies in health care credit: Springstone Financial and CareCredit.
  • We also accept all major credit cards, allowing you to pay for your veneers on your own schedule.
  • We will not begin your veneers procedure until you completely understand the costs involved.

High-quality porcelain veneers are an investment in your image. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by settling for a cheap imitation. If you’re in the Atlanta area, our top cosmetic dentists would love to help you review your veneers options and get you on the road to a stunning smile!

 

Atlanta Embraces Invisalign Clear Braces

Call Atlanta Dental Spa for Invisalign 470-237-4504

You have invested in a professional, mature image, and metal braces just don’t fit that image. But neither do crooked or gapped teeth! Many Atlanta residents have achieved a straight smile without the “metal mouth” look through Invisalign® clear braces.

Clear Braces: The Clear Choice

Clear braces are the ideal solution for many adults with mild to moderate malocclusions. The removable aligner trays gently and gradually move your teeth into proper alignment without most people even knowing that you’re wearing braces.

Invisalign® clear braces effectively:

  • Close gaps
  • Straighten crowded and crooked teeth
  • Correct misaligned bites
  • Reduce gummy smiles

You might also be able to kill two birds with one stone by whitening your teeth while you straighten them with a gel that is added to your alignment trays.

Invest in Your Smile

An engaging smile is an asset beyond measure, and clear braces are one of the simplest, most effective investments to improve the value of that asset.

However, we understand that sometimes the cost of cosmetic dentistry can be a deterrent. Fortunately, some insurance plans cover Invisalign® clear braces just like they do traditional orthodontic braces. Atlanta Dental Spa also offers dental financing to help you fit clear braces into your budget.

You Decide

At Atlanta Dental Spa, we listen to you and design your treatment plan based on your wants and needs. At your consultation, our Invisalign® doctors will take digital photos of your teeth and will review them with you to discuss whether clear braces are the right option for you.

Then, we make impressions of your teeth and use a computer program called a clin-check to simulate the progression of your teeth from their current position to the ideal position. You get a chance to preview your final smile before you even decide to invest in clear braces.

If clear braces seem like the right option for you, give our Atlanta Invisalign® doctors a call today to schedule your consultation and get on the path to straight, beautiful teeth.

 

Searching For Dentists in Buckhead? Look to Atlanta Dental Spa

 

While cosmetic dentistry is our passion, Atlanta Dental Spa offers the complete range of general dentistry services. And with the opening of our new location, we are the Buckhead dentists you’ve been looking for!

In addition to regular teeth cleanings, following are two of the general dentistry services we often recommend to our Buckhead patients.

 

Dental Implants

  • When you’ve lost a tooth or need a tooth extraction, one of your best options today for replacing that tooth is a natural-looking dental implant.
  • It is important to replace lost teeth, even if they are in the back of the mouth, to maintain the stability and alignment of the rest of your teeth.
  • Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that replaces the root of the tooth, as well as a porcelain crown that replaces the missing tooth and an abutment that connects the screw and the crown. Replacing the root helps ensure that the bone remains healthy and strong, and implants do not require any drilling on the healthy adjacent teeth.
  • The primary drawback to implants is the amount of time required – usually 4 to 8 months from start to finish. It is also important that the dentist carefully match the crown to the natural teeth, so Buckhead dentistry patients who need to have a tooth replaced should carefully screen their dentist prior to having work done.

Oral DNA Testing

  • Do you know about the body-mouth connection? The bacteria in your mouth has been connected to heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, cancer and a range of other diseases. Given this critical link between your body and mouth health, it pays to be vigilant.
  • In addition to regular cleanings, we also conduct oral DNA testing for many of our patients. Our Buckhead dentists offer two tests to help prevent gum disease.
  • MyPerioID determines if you have a genetic predisposition to develop periodontal disease. MyPerioPath is a test to discover whether the bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease are present in your mouth. Depending on the results of these tests, we customize an oral hygiene plan to prevent or slow the progression of the disease.
  • In some cases, a mouth sore alerts us to the possible presence of the Human papillomavirus (HPV), a mucosal viral infection that could potentially lead to oral cancer. But since early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs, it is important to be proactive. The OraRisk® HPV test is a non-invasive screening tool to identify the presence of oral HPV.

If you’re looking for a new dentist, we hope you’ll stop by our new dental office for a complimentary consultation. We’d love to become your Buckhead dentists!

 

Judging Quality in Veneers: Tips from Atlanta Dental Spa

When you buy a car, you don’t go for the cheapest one on the lot. You want the best car at the most reasonable price. Just like with cars, veneers vary in quality. But how do you make sure that your veneers are high-quality and not low-quality?

Veneers prices can range from around $900 to more than $2,000 per tooth. Just as with everything, you tend to get what you pay for. But price isn’t the only indicator of quality when it comes to veneers.

There are a few factors that will help ensure that you end up with a set of high-quality veneers.

Material

  • The strongest, most durable material available for dental work, aside from metal, is porcelain. Because you are less likely to have to repair porcelain veneers, they can be a sound investment.
  • Usually composed of lithium disilicate glass and glazed in an oven, porcelain veneers also are highly stain resistant.
  • Porcelain also closely resembles natural tooth enamel. A master ceramist will be able to blend the porcelain to match the surrounding teeth and completely cover deep stains, broken and misaligned teeth.
  • Yet another material option for your veneers is composite resin. While it is more affordable, composite can be less durable, and the porous material also is susceptible to staining. Composite also looks less natural than porcelain.

Invasiveness

  • Of course, when it comes to dental work, quality means maximum aesthetic results with minimal pain. Traditional veneers require some reduction of the underlying tooth to ensure the final result is not too bulky.
  • For patients who would prefer not to alter their teeth, there is the option of ultra-thin, prepless or minimal prep veneers.

Experienced Cosmetic Dentist

  • The dentist who crafts your veneers should be a perfectionist with years of experience as a general and cosmetic dentist, and should work with a master ceramist to form the veneers.
  • Dr. Boulden and Dr. Estep are experienced cosmetic dentists who have contributed to the development of many of the best practices in cosmetic dentistry, including development of UltraVeneers, a special brand of prepless veneers.
  • Created exclusively for Atlanta Dental Spa by our own master ceramist, these high-quality veneers look even more natural than traditional porcelain veneers.

But don’t take our word for it. Listen to what some of our patients say about their experience with our top cosmetic dentists. If you’re looking for high-quality veneers in Atlanta, give us a call today to schedule your consultation. Transform your smile with award-winning veneers from Atlanta Dental Spa!