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Posts for: December, 2016

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

While it's possible for a teenager to lose a tooth from decay, it's more common they'll lose one from an accidental knockout. If that happens to your teenager, there are some things you should know to achieve a good outcome.

Our top concern is to preserve the underlying bone following tooth loss. Like other tissues, bone has a life cycle: older cells dissolve and are absorbed by the body (resorption), then replaced by new cells. The biting pressure generated when we chew helps stimulate this growth. But bone around a missing tooth lacks this stimulation and may not keep up with resorption at a healthy rate.

This can cause a person to lose some of the bone around an empty tooth socket. To counteract this, we may place a bone graft at the site. Made of bone minerals, usually from a donor, the graft serves as a scaffold for new bone growth. By preventing significant bone loss we can better ensure success with a future restoration.

Because of its lifelikeness, functionality and durability, dental implants are considered the best of the restoration options that can be considered to replace a missing tooth. But placing an implant during the teen years is problematic because the jaws are still growing. If we place an implant prematurely it will appear to be out of alignment when the jaw fully matures. Better to wait until the jaw finishes development in early adulthood.

In the meantime, there are a couple of temporary options that work well for teens: a removable partial denture (RFP) or a fixed modified bridge. The latter is similar to bridges made for adults, but uses tabs of dental material that bond a prosthetic (false) tooth to the adjacent natural teeth to hold it in place. This alleviates the need to permanently alter the adjacent natural teeth and buy time so that the implant can be placed after growth and development has finished.

And no need to worry about postponing orthodontic treatment in the event of a tooth loss. In most cases we can go ahead with treatment, and may even be able to incorporate a prosthetic tooth into the braces or clear aligners.

It's always unfortunate to lose a tooth, especially from a sudden accident. The good news, though, is that with proper care and attention we can restore your teenager's smile.

If you would like more information on how to treat lost teeth in teenagers, 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 Implants for Teenagers.”

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Is your oral care regime up to par? It’s time to find out!

Your smile is extremely important and, as you may imagine, losing a tooth can not only affect your smile’s appearance but also cause oral hygienecomplications for your oral health. I think we can all agree that no one wants that to happen; fortunately, our Ellijay, GA family dentists offer up some easy ways that you can properly and effectively care for your smile from the confines of your own home to make sure that your next dental checkup is a breeze.

So, what exactly constitutes good oral hygiene? It might seem like a silly question but people have different ideas of what good hygiene is. In general, good oral hygiene means that your teeth are healthy and free of decay, as well as plaque and tartar buildup.

Those with good oral hygiene will also have healthy pink gums that don’t experience pain or bleed. If you notice that your gums hurt or even bleed, particularly when brushing and flossing, then it’s time to visit our Ellijay general dentists as soon as possible. This could be a warning sign of gum disease.

Maintaining the optimum oral hygiene is the best thing you can do to keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling their best. Preventive care is key and through brushing and flossing regularly and effectively you can stave off issues such as cavities and gum disease.

You should also make time in your schedule to visit us for regular dental cleanings. These exams should happen twice a year. These exams will ensure that there aren’t any issues with your smile that you may not have noticed.

In between these visits here are some simple things you can do to prevent dental problems from happening to you:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day, ideally before bed night and before you brush your teeth
  • Follow a smile-friendly diet that is loaded with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and other protein sources while staying away from sugar, processed foods, sodas, etc.
  • Quit smoking
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste every day to protect against decay

Do you have questions about caring for your smile? Want to know which dental products will give your smile that deep down clean you deserve? Then it’s time you turned all your questions over to the dental experts at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Ellijay, GA. Call us today!