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By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 30, 2014
Category: Oral Health
TelevisionHostNancyODellProvidesAdviceforNewMothers

When her daughter Ashby was born in 2007, Nancy O'Dell was overjoyed; but she found the experience of pregnancy to be anxiety-provoking. O'Dell is host of the popular entertainment news show Entertainment Tonight.

After her baby was born she compiled her memories and thoughts into a book for first-time pregnant mothers. The book, “Full of Life: Mom to Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant,” covers a wide range of topics — including oral health during pregnancy.

“While my dental health has always been relatively normal, pregnancy did cause me some concern about my teeth and gums. With my dentist's advice and treatment, the few problems I had were minimized,” O'Dell told Dear Doctor magazine. An example of her experience is a craving for milk that started at about the time the baby's teeth began to form. She felt that her body was telling her to consume more calcium.

As often happens with pregnant mothers, she developed sensitive gums and was diagnosed with “pregnancy gingivitis,” the result of hormonal changes that increase blood flow to the gums.

“I love to smile,” said O'Dell, “and smiles are so important to set people at ease, like when you walk into a room of people you don't know. When you genuinely smile you're able to dissolve that natural wall that exists between strangers.”

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about dental health during pregnancy. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nancy O'Dell.”


By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 19, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene  
CananAppHelpYouBrushYourTeeth

If you’re the kind of person who can’t do without a smart phone, you’ve probably heard the expression “There’s an app for that!” These nifty little programs let you get directions, check the weather, watch stock prices… even optimize your sleep patterns and make high-pitched dog whistles. And shortly, you’ll be able to check how well you’ve been brushing your teeth.

News reports have mentioned a soon-to-be-available toothbrush that will interface with an app on your smart phone. The brush has sensors that record how much time you spend brushing, whether you reach all parts of your mouth, and whether you brush correctly (with up and down motions, not just side to side). It charts your oral hygiene habits, scores your brushing technique — and, if you allow it, shares information about how well (or poorly) you’re doing with your family, friends… even your dentist.

So do you need to run out and buy one of these gizmos as soon as they’re available? Of course not! However, anything that encourages you to take better care of your oral hygiene can’t hurt. A wise dentist once said: The important thing is not the brush, but the hand that holds it.

If you’re a “gadget person,” you may be intrigued by the device’s high-tech design, and the fact that it interfaces with your phone. Plus, maybe the idea of compiling (and sharing) your brushing record has a certain appeal. On the other hand, you might prefer a sleek, light electric brush that doesn’t keep track of your movements. Or maybe the simplest brush of all — a manual one, with soft bristles and a comfortable handle — works best for you.

The most important thing is that you regularly practice good oral hygiene: Brush twice a day, for two minutes each time, and floss once a day. Use whichever brush is best for you, and be sure to change it every three months, or when the bristles get stiff. Stay away from sugary snacks between meals (they contribute to decay by keeping your teeth bathed in acidic byproducts). Don’t use tobacco in any form, or chew on things that don’t belong in your mouth. And remember to come in for regular exams and professional cleanings. If an app helps you do these things — we're all for it.

If you would like to learn more about maintaining good oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. For more information, see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children.”


By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  
Veneers ImageIf you are thinking about transforming your smile, there are several options available today thanks to advancements in dentistry. If you are in search of a red carpet worthy smile in Ellijay, veneers are very effective in restoring the normal appearance of your smile when teeth are chipped or broken.  Veneers can also correct minor misalignments, giving you the smile you have always desired. When your smile needs that extra boost in appearance, contact our dentist in Ellijay, GA to learn more about this cosmetic procedure.  In the mean time, lets take a closer look at types of veneers and the procedure so you know what to expect.
 

Porcelain Veneers vs. Composite Resin Veneers

 
Made from a special bonding material, composite veneers require the artistic skill of the dentist to shape and mold the composite resin to the desired shape of your tooth.  Once this has been done, a special light is used to cure or set the resin.  Composite bonding is a much quicker alternative to porcelain veneers, but they do not last as long and are more susceptible to staining with food and drinks.  Replacement of composite veneers may be needed every couple of years. 
 
Composite tends to be an ideal solution for teeth with small chips and cracks in them or to fill a tiny gap. For more severe cases with large gaps or for a smile makeover, porcelain veneers provide the ideal solution.  Porcelain veneers are a beautiful way to correct stained, chipped, or crooked teeth.  By placing glass-like ceramic porcelain on the surface of teeth, dentists can provide patients with bright, straight, and natural looking smiles. 
 

The Veneers Procedure

 
A local anesthetic will first be administered and some patients may wish to be sedated during the procedure if they suffer from dental anxiety.  Once you are fully numb, your teeth or tooth will be prepared for the veneer.  A small portion of your natural tooth structure is removed, equivalent to the thickness of the veneer that will sit on top of your tooth. 
 
Once your tooth or teeth have been prepared, an impression or mold of your teeth is taken using a special alginate.  The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory that will fabricate your new veneers to the dentist’s exact specification.  If your dentist has an in-office lab, your veneers can often be placed on one easy visit. As soon as the veneers are fabricated, they will be placed on your teeth and adjusted to give the ideal look before they are permanently placed onto the front surface of your teeth. 
 
Before having any treatment, it is important that our dentist in Ellijay understands what you want from the treatment.  Dental veneers are not for everyone, but with proper consultation from our office we can create an appropriate treatment for restoring your smile.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 04, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
TheGapIsNoMore

This is the story of a well-known man, fearless in most respects, who was afraid of the dentist. Even though his fears had resulted in neglect and serious damage to his teeth, modern dentistry and a talented dental team were able to restore his smile to health. If you share this fear, his story may inspire you to take action.

We're talking about William Perry, former defensive lineman and fullback for the Chicago Bears. Here is a man who could fearlessly face a football squad — but not a visit to the dentist. Nicknamed “The Refrigerator” for his 380-pound massive frame, Perry played for ten years in the NFL before retiring in 1994. Since retiring he founded and operated a construction company in South Carolina in addition to making celebrity appearances.

With his celebrity in mind, a team composed of a talented restorative dentist, implant surgeon, and lab technician agreed to give “The Fridge” a makeover. After discussing modern technology and virtually pain-free dentistry with him, they managed to overcome Perry's fears. “I had been in constant pain for many years and I neglected myself, not having had any dental care for over 20 years, not even emergency care. Unfortunately, as I grew older my teeth started to get loose,” Perry told an interviewer. He had lost many teeth and became known for his gap-toothed smile.

Perry had severe gum disease and many of his remaining teeth were loose. In the past his only option would have been a full set of dentures. But his new dental team was able to place dental implants (permanent tooth replacements) supporting fixed bridges. In most cases dental bridges are attached to healthy teeth, but in Perry's case the implants served as anchors for the bridges. They also stabilized his jawbone, which would otherwise “resorb” or melt away after his teeth were lost. This is important because it helps preserve the contours of his face.

After careful planning “The Fridge” had eight dental implants placed in his upper jaw and seven in his lower. The final bridgework was completed four months later. It turned out that even though the gap between his teeth had become his trademark, “the Fridge” never really liked it. He was thrilled with his new smile.

Even if you have some fears, don't hesitate to follow Perry's example and make an appointment with us for a consultation about dental implants, smile makeovers, or bridgework. For more information about William “The Refrigerator” Perry, see the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Immediate Implants Saved 'Refrigerator' Perry's Smile.”