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Posts for: May, 2017

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Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”


By Dentistry at Camp Creek
May 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Many patients who come to the dentist for cosmetic concerns ask about how they can fix the gaps in their teeth. Some gaps are due to dental implantstooth size or poor positioning and need orthodontic help. But when a gap is caused by a missing tooth, a dental implant may be the best choice. Get more comfortable with the idea of dental implants in advance of your appointment at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA.

The Problem with Smile Gaps
When there’s a gap in the smile, the problem is more than just cosmetic. Here are a few important reasons why you should have a gap caused by a missing tooth filled as soon as possible:

  • The gap allows food to become trapped, which could be a challenge for your oral health
  • Missing teeth make it harder to thoroughly process and digest food
  • Some words are more difficult to pronounce when you have a missing tooth
  • Bone tissue is lost when there isn’t a tooth rooted inside of the socket

Fixing the Gap
While some patients assume that their only choice is dentures, they are often pleasantly surprised to learn that dental implants are an option. As long as you have enough viable bone tissue left, your South Atlanta dentist can help. Once healed, a dental implant is outfitted with a tooth-colored porcelain crown that fills the gap and looks just like your other teeth. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure may be used to ensure a successful implantation.

The Implant Procedure
Going to an implantation appointment is much like going into the dentist’s office for any other type of restorative procedure. You’ll be sedated and the area will be thoroughly cleaned. The implant will be carefully inserted in the socket—a simple surgical procedure that takes a matter of minutes. When done, your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to care for the implanted device during the healing process. In a few months, you’ll see your South Atlanta dentist again to place the crown.

Close the Gap with Dental Implants
When you have a dental implant, it becomes a permanent part of your smile. You can go through life eating, talking and socializing, confident that no one knows the difference between your implant and the rest of your teeth. Call Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA today at (404) 629-9290 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Travon Holt or Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks.


By Dentistry at Camp Creek
May 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”


















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