Monthly Archives: September 2011

Veneers in Alpharetta: Achieve the Smile of Your Dreams

One of the most common services we provide is placing high-quality veneers. In this post, our Alpharetta cosmetic dentists answer some of the most common questions about veneers.

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

While most people will be able to benefit from one of the types of veneers we offer, not everyone is a good candidate for veneers.

  • If you have advanced periodontal disease or an unstable bite, veneers will not address your problems.
  • For those people with teeth that are “flared out,” the veneers could add too much bulk to the tooth, causing it to look even more flared.
  • On the other hand, patients with teeth that incline slightly toward the tongue are the best candidates for veneers, since they won’t look as bulky when the veneers are placed.

Why do my teeth need to be reduced before placing veneers?

Veneers truly are paper thin – sometimes as thin as 0.1mm. However, adding even such a small amount of width to the tooth can sometimes make it look bulky. In such cases, we might recommend to our Alpharetta patients that the tooth be reduced or contoured prior to the placement of the veneer. Our trained cosmetic dentists take a very conservative approach, and will only recommend tooth preparation when it is in your best interests, and the best interests of your smile.

But I don’t want you to grind down my teeth!

Don’t worry. We know that fear of the dentist is one of the most common fears today. That’s why we’ve designed our Alpharetta office with our patient’s comfort in mind, and we offer multiple sedation dentistry options to completely erase your anxiety and fear.

How do you make me comfortable during my visit?

Just like our name says, visiting our Alpharetta office truly is like a day at the spa! From the moment you enter our doors, you are welcomed by the sound of soothing waterfalls. And during your treatment, you will relax in our Tempurpedic® chairs, while blocking out all noise with our Bose® noise-cancelling headphones.

Wow! That actually sounds nice!

At Atlanta Dental Spa, everything we do is about helping you achieve the smile of your dreams while enjoying the process. Call our Alpharetta office today to schedule your veneers consultation.

 

Gum Recession? Seek Treatment Today

Receding gums can be a sign of much more serious issues, such as periodontal disease. Unfortunately, many people remain unaware of their gum recession until it may be too late. In this article, our Atlanta dentists discuss the causes of gum recession, treatment options and what you can do to prevent it.

Causes of Gum Recession

Usually, gum recession is caused by periodontal (gum) disease, which is a serious problem that affects about three out of four adults. However, receding gums also might be caused by aggressive tooth brushing or a misaligned bite, which can create excessive force on the teeth and gums. Grinding and clenching the teeth also can exacerbate gum recession.

Signs of Gum Recession

Because it happens gradually, it isn’t always easy to tell if your gums are receding. Following are some signs to look for:

  • Tooth sensitivity, caused by exposed tooth roots.
  • The tooth appears longer than normal.
  • A notch can be felt at the base of the tooth, near the gumline.

Treatment Options

If your gums are receding, your dentist’s primary priority will be determining the cause of the problem, which will then dictate potential treatment options.

  • If gum disease is causing your gum recession, your dentist or periodontist might recommend an intense cleaning process known as scaling and root planing to reduce the presence of bacteria.
  • If misalignment is the cause, then straightening the teeth might be necessary.
  • Regardless of the cause of gum recession, one common way to repair the damage is to graft skin, usually taken from the roof of the mouth, to cover the root.
  • You can also take some steps at home to reduce the sensitivity of your teeth, such as by using special toothpaste.
  • Your dentist also might reduce sensitivity by applying a desensitizing agent or filling the notches along the gumline with a tooth-colored filling material.

An Ounce of Prevention

Prevention is always better than treatment. To prevent or arrest gum recession:

  • Floss daily.
  • Brush gently, at least twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Protect periodontal disease with Perio Protect. These medicated trays destroy bacteria housed in the pockets between your gums and teeth.
  • See your dentist twice a year for check-ups

Don’t put off gum recession treatment. If you live in the Atlanta area, give our gentle dentists a call today to schedule a consultation.