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Posts for: November, 2020

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
November 28, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implant  

Daily oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings help keep your natural teeth and gums healthy and disease-free. But they're also a priority with dental implants. Here's why.

Unlike other restorations, an implant replaces both a tooth's crown and root, the latter by way of a titanium metal post imbedded into the jawbone. Bone cells grow and adhere to the metal surface, forming a secure and lasting hold.

But although quite durable, this hold differs significantly from natural teeth, which are actually held in place by a tough, elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament. The attachment of the ligament's tiny fibers to both tooth and bone secure the tooth in place, as well as supply it and the surrounding gums with nutrients and defensive antibodies to fight infection.

Implants don't have this relationship with the periodontal ligament. The tissues around an implant are thus susceptible to an aggressive form of periodontal (gum) disease called peri-implantitis. This kind of gum infection can progress rapidly, leading eventually to bone loss and possible failure of the implant.

Daily brushing and flossing of both natural and implant-supported teeth lowers the risk of gum disease, particularly peri-implantitis. It's also imperative that you undergo regular cleanings, at least every six months, with your dentist or dental hygienist.

These, however, won't be the typical cleanings performed on natural teeth. Hygienists don't use metal cleaning implements to remove plaque and tartar deposits because they can scratch the metal materials of the implant and crown. These microscopic scratches can then attract bacteria that trigger gum infections. Instead, they'll use instruments made of plastics or resins.

Hygienists also rely heavily on ultrasonic equipment that vibrates plaque loose on or around implants, which are then flushed away with water. The tips used with these instruments are also typically made of nylon or plastic sheathing.

Even with the extra hygiene care needed, implants still enjoy a 95% or higher survival rate after ten years. You can ensure your implants achieve that level of durability by keeping them clean and seeing your dentist at the first sign of a gum infection.

If you would like more information on maintaining dental implants, 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 “Dental Implant Maintenance.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

Learning the signs of oral cancer can help you safeguard your health. Call your dentist in South Atlanta, GA, Dr. Travon Holt of Dentistry at Camp Creek, if you notice any of these early signs of oral cancer.

Sores that don't heal
Have you had a painful sore in your mouth for weeks or months? A non-healing sore could be a sign of oral cancer. Cuts or canker sores generally heal in a week or two. If your sore doesn't go away after a few weeks, call the South Atlanta dental office.

Red or white spots
Even seemingly minor changes in your mouth can indicate the presence of cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. Red or white patches can be early warning signs of oral cancer.

Lumps and bumps
Lumps, bumps, and growths anywhere in your mouth, throat, or neck should always be investigated. Lumps aren't always cancerous, but there's no way to know for sure unless you see the dentist.

Difficulty swallowing
A constant "lump in the throat" sensation may make it hard to swallow if you have oral cancer. Of course, cancer isn't the only possible cause of swallowing issues. You may also notice trouble swallowing if you have gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or have been under a lot of stress lately.

Voice changes
A raspy or hoarse voice can accompany a cold or other illness. If the changes don't go away, cancer could be to blame.

Loose teeth or a change in the fit of your dentures
Teeth or dentures can loosen due to several issues, among them oral cancer, gum disease, or a shrinking jawbone. If you wear dentures, your mouth will also change as healing occurs after tooth extractions.

Difficulty eating
Cancerous tumors can affect the way your jaw or tongue moves or cause numbness that makes it hard to eat. If you've been having trouble eating lately, call the dental office right away.

Pain is a sign that something isn't quite right. If pain in your mouth, gums, teeth, lips, throat, or neck lasts more than a few days, get in touch with the dentist.

Are you concerned that changes in your mouth or throat may mean that you have oral cancer? Call your South Atlanta, GA, dentist at (404) 629-9290 today!

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
November 18, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: partial denture  

Before implants, people often turned to a removable appliance to replace multiple missing teeth. Known as a removable partial denture (RPD), this appliance could restore both appearance and function at an affordable price.

But although implants may have diminished their use, RPDs haven't gone extinct. They're still a viable option for patients who can't afford implants or fixed bridgework, or who can't obtain implants due to the state of their dental health.

Although replacing only a few teeth rather than an entire arch, RPDs are similar in basic concept to full dentures. The prosthetic (artificial) teeth are anchored in a resin or plastic that's colored to resemble the gums, precisely placed to fit into the missing gaps. This assembly is further supported by a frame made of vitallium, a lightweight but strong metal alloy. The appliance fits upon the arch with the missing teeth, supported by vitallium clasps that grip adjacent natural teeth.

Each RPD must be custom designed for each patient to fit perfectly without excessive movement during chewing. Too much movement could warp the fit, reduce the RPD's durability or damage other teeth. To achieve this secure fit, dentists must take into account the number and location of missing teeth to be replaced, and then apply a specific construction pattern to balance the appliance.

There are RPDs that are meant to be used short-term, as with a teenager whose jaw isn't yet mature for dental implants. But the metal-framed RPDs we've described are designed for long-term use. There is, however, one primary downside: RPDs have a propensity to collect dental plaque, a thin biofilm most responsible for dental disease that could further deteriorate your dental health.

To avoid this, you'll need to keep both the RPD and the rest of your teeth and gums as clean as possible with daily brushing and flossing, and appliance care. And like dentures, it's best to remove the RPD when you go to bed at night to discourage the growth of harmful bacteria.

To see if an RPD to replace your missing teeth is an option for you, visit us for a complete dental exam. From there, we can advise you further as to whether an RPD could affordably restore your missing teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on RPDs, 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 “Removable Partial Dentures.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
November 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Patients have many reasons for tooth loss, but it doesn’t always have to be this way. Dental implants are a safe, reliable way to improve your smile and confidence. Board-certified dentist Dr. Travon Holt serves the south Atlanta, GA, area at his dentistry practice at Camp Creek, providing cosmetic offerings such as dental implants.

Who is a candidate for dental implants in South Atlanta?

Patients that have experienced some oral trauma through sport or violent accidents may need implants. Other individuals may have severely infected gums that have caused the natural teeth to decay, illnesses that might lead to a vitamin deficiency or malnourishment.

How do I avoid damage to my dental restoration?

Avoid eating hard, sticky foods; brush and floss regularly to discourage the buildup of bacteria, and wear protective gear when playing sports.

Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any complications with your implants. If you have just had your implants installed, pass on the alcohol until fully healed.

Caring for my new dental implants

Another benefit of dental implants is that you will not need to remove them to clean like dentures. Properly installed implants can last at least 25 years if maintained well. This practice includes a consistent dental care routine from your south Georgia dental implant specialist, regular checkups, and observing your teeth to track any changes.

Avoiding abrasive cleansers will help keep your smile bright and reduce sensitivity in the nerves. Another tactic to minimize sensitivity is not to consume foods at extreme temperatures.

Once installed, dental implants feel just like natural teeth. You will not need to remove them like dentures, and they can help maintain the features of your face. Need compassionate, professional care for your teeth in Atlanta, GA? Call Dr. Travon Holt at Camp Creek dentistry at (404) 629-9290 to make an appointment.


Tara Lipinski loves to smile. And for good reason: The Olympic-gold medalist has enjoyed a spectacular career in ladies' figure skating. Besides also winning gold in the U.S. Nationals and the Grand Prix Final, in 1997 Lipinski became the youngest skater ever to win a World Figure Skating title. Now a sports commentator and television producer, Lipinski still loves to show her smile—and counts it as one of her most important assets. She also knows the importance of protecting her smile with daily hygiene habits and regular dental care.

Our teeth endure a lot over our lifetime. Tough as they are, though, they're still vulnerable to disease, trauma and the effects of aging. To protect them, it's essential that we brush and floss every day to remove bacterial plaque—that thin accumulating film on teeth most responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

To keep her smile in top shape and reduce her chances of dental disease, Lipinski flosses and brushes daily, the latter at least twice a day. She also uses a tongue scraper, a small handheld device about the size of a toothbrush, to remove odor-causing bacteria and debris from the tongue.

Lipinski is also diligent about visiting the dentist for professional cleanings and checkups at least twice a year because even a dedicated brusher and flosser like her can still miss dental plaque that can then harden into tartar. Dental hygienists have the training and tools to clear away any lingering plaque and tartar that could increase your disease risk. It's also a good time for the dentist to check your teeth and gums for any developing problems.

The high pressure world of competitive figure skating and now her media career may also have contributed to another threat to Lipinski's smile: a teeth-grinding habit. Teeth grinding is the unconscious action—often while asleep—of clenching the jaws together and producing abnormally high biting forces. Often a result of chronic stress, teeth grinding can accelerate tooth wear and damage the gum ligaments attached to teeth. To help minimize these effects, Lipinski's dentist created a custom mouthguard to wear at night. The slick plastic surface of the guard prevents the teeth from generating any damaging biting forces when they clench together.

The importance of an attractive smile isn't unique to celebrities and media stars like Tara Lipinski. A great smile breeds confidence for anyone—and it can enhance your career, family and social relationships. Protect this invaluable asset with daily oral hygiene, regular dental visits and prompt treatment for disease or trauma.

If you would like more information about protecting your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Tooth Decay” and “Teeth Grinding.”