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Posts for: December, 2016

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
December 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”


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The old stereotype with the words “pain” and “dental work” in the same sentence is no more. Using local or general anesthesia (or a combination of both) we can completely eliminate the vast majority of discomfort during dental procedures.

But how do you manage pain in the days after a procedure while your mouth is healing? The news is good here as well — most discomfort after dental work can be easily managed with a family of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In most cases, you won't even need prescription strength.

You're probably already familiar with aspirin, ibuprofen and similar pain relievers for the occasional headache or muscle pain. These types of drugs work by blocking prostaglandins, which are released by injured tissues and cause inflammation. By reducing the inflammation, you also relieve pain.

Most healthcare providers prefer NSAIDs over steroids or opiates (like morphine), and only prescribe the latter when absolutely necessary. Unlike opiates in particular, NSAIDs won't impair consciousness and they're not habit-forming. And as a milder pain reliever, they have less impact on the body overall.

That doesn't mean, however, you don't have to be careful with them. These drugs have a tendency to thin blood and reduce its clotting ability (low-dose aspirin, in fact, is often used as a mild blood thinner for cardiovascular patients). Their use can contribute to bleeding that's difficult to stop. Excessive use of ibuprofen can also damage the kidneys.

That's why it's necessary to control the dosage and avoid long-term use of NSAIDs, unless advised by a physician. Most adults shouldn't take more than 2,400 milligrams a day of a NSAID and only during the few days of recuperation. There's no need to overdo it: a single 400-milligram dose of ibuprofen is safe and sufficient to control moderate to severe post-procedural pain for about five hours.

Our aim is to help you manage any pain after a procedure with the least amount of pain reliever strength necessary. That will ensure you'll navigate the short discomfort period after dental work safely and effectively.

If you would like more information on pain management after dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Pain with Ibuprofen.”


By Dentistry at Camp Creek
December 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing some or all of your teeth can lead you to have a poor self-image or make in-person interactions harder. Speaking and eating denturesmay become difficult and you may even notice some side effects from your missing teeth. Luckily, you can take your smile back and renew your confidence with dentures. Learn more about what dentures can do for you with Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA.

What are dentures? 
Dentures replace your missing teeth to complete your smile and make eating, chewing and speaking less difficult and more natural. Usually made from mixed materials like porcelain and acrylic or coated metal, dentures fit onto the arch of the mouth and use gravity or suction to stay in place. A denture can also permanently attach to dental implants.

Can dentures help my smile? 
Dentures can probably help your smile if you are missing most or all of your teeth. A dental implant or dental bridge are usually suggested for replacing one or several teeth. Not only do dentures fill out your smile to close its gaps, they also fill out your facial muscles and skin, keeping you from prematurely aging or sagging. Dentures also allow you to eat normal foods and chew and swallow normally. Untreated missing teeth can mean a lack of nutrition due to eating only soft foods instead of healthier options.

Dentures in South Atlanta, GA
The most recognizable denture is a full denture, with a full row of teeth on the arch. This denture works best for those missing all of their teeth on the upper or lower arch. Patients can wear another denture on the opposite arch to replace all of the teeth in the mouth. This is known as wearing a “set” of dentures. However, dentures can also incorporate remaining healthy teeth into their design, fitting over the teeth to keep them healthy and help the denture stay in place. Finally, implant-supported dentures are removable or permanent and attach to surgically-placed dental implants.

For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA. Call (404) 629-9290 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!


















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