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By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
April 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  
NotCrazyaboutFlossingTryaWaterFlosser

The most important part of dental health maintenance isn’t what your dentist does—it’s what you do every day when you brush and floss your teeth. And all you really need is a multi-tufted, soft bristle toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss—plus a little effort from your hands and fingers.

Of course, manual power isn’t your only option—an electric or battery-powered toothbrush is a convenient and, for people with strength or dexterity issues, a necessary way to remove disease-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. You have a similar option with flossing—a water flosser.

Although water flossers (or oral irrigators) have been around since the early 1960s, they’ve become more efficient and less expensive in recent years. A water flosser delivers a pulsating stream of pressurized water between the teeth through a handheld device that resembles a power toothbrush, but with a special tip. The water action loosens plaque and then flushes it away.

While the convenience these devices provide over traditional flossing is a major selling point, they’re also quite beneficial for people with special challenges keeping plaque from accumulating between teeth. People wearing braces or other orthodontic devices, for example, may find it much more difficult to effectively maneuver thread floss around their hardware. Water flossing can be an effective alternative.

But is water flossing a good method for removing between-teeth plaque? If performed properly, yes. A 2008 study, for example, reviewed orthodontic patients who used water flossing compared to those only brushing. The study found that those using water flossing were able to remove five times as much plaque as the non-flossing group.

If you’re considering water flossing over traditional flossing thread, talk with your dental hygienist. He or she can give you advice on purchasing a water flosser, as well as how to use the device for optimum performance. It could be a great and more convenient way to keep plaque from between your teeth and harming your dental health.

If you would like more information on water flossing, 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 “Cleaning between Your Teeth: How Water Flossing can help.”


By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
April 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
ADifferentKindofChipShotforProGolferDanielleKang

While the sport of golf may not look too dangerous from the sidelines, players know it can sometimes lead to mishaps. There are accidents involving golf carts and clubs, painful muscle and back injuries, and even the threat of lightning strikes on the greens. Yet it wasn’t any of these things that caused professional golfer Danielle Kang’s broken tooth on the opening day of the LPGA Singapore tournament.

“I was eating and it broke,” explained Kang. “My dentist told me, I've chipped another one before, and he said, you don't break it at that moment. It's been broken and it just chips off.” Fortunately, the winner of the 2017 Women’s PGA championship got immediate dental treatment, and went right back on the course to play a solid round, shooting 68.

Kang’s unlucky “chip shot” is far from a rare occurrence. In fact, chipped, fractured and broken teeth are among the most common dental injuries. The cause can be crunching too hard on a piece of ice or hard candy, a sudden accident or a blow to the face, or a tooth that’s weakened by decay or repetitive stress from a habit like nail biting. Feeling a broken tooth in your mouth can cause surprise and worry—but luckily, dentists have many ways of restoring the tooth’s appearance and function.

Exactly how a broken tooth is treated depends on how much of its structure is missing, and whether the soft tissue deep inside of it has been compromised. When a fracture exposes the tooth’s soft pulp it can easily become infected, which may lead to serious problems. In this situation, a root canal or extraction will likely be needed. This involves carefully removing the infected pulp tissue and disinfecting and sealing the “canals” (hollow spaces inside the tooth) to prevent further infection. The tooth can then be restored, often with a crown (cap) to replace the entire visible part. A timely root canal procedure can often save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted (removed).

For less serious chips, dental veneers may be an option. Made of durable and lifelike porcelain, veneers are translucent shells that go over the front surfaces of teeth. They can cover minor to moderate chips and cracks, and even correct size and spacing irregularities and discoloration. Veneers can be custom-made in a dental laboratory from a model of your teeth, and are cemented to teeth for a long-lasting and natural-looking restoration.

Minor chips can often be remedied via dental bonding. Here, layers of tooth-colored resin are applied to the surfaces being restored. The resin is shaped to fill in the missing structure and hardened by a special light. While not as long-lasting as other restoration methods, bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive technique that can often be completed in just one office visit.

If you have questions about restoring chipped teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin.”


By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
April 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth-colored fillings provide a natural-looking and well-performing restoration of decayed or damaged teeth. Gone are the days when thefillings only option was a dark and unattractive amalgam filling. Today's realistic composite resin is your Ellijay, GA, dentist's material of choice for repair of tooth decay. At East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our team of outstanding professionals deliver the best in dental fillings to optimize your appearance and oral function.

What is composite resin?

It's a tooth-colored material composed of glass particles and acrylic. Combined in one innovative material, the glass and acrylic mimic the appearance and strength of natural tooth enamel. Plus, because it's bonded to the tooth, the resin seamlessly restores it and requires far less enamel reduction than amalgam.

Placing a tooth-colored filling

When you come to East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, your dentist will visually inspect your tooth and X-ray it as necessary. Then, they'll numb the tooth with locally-injected anesthetic and remove the decayed areas. Then, the filling process begins.

After drying the tooth thoroughly, your Ellijay, GA, dentist applies the composite resin in layers. This meticulous process ensures filling of all voids on the tooth surface, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The AACD also states that because each layer is hardened separately, the bond is exceptionally strong and eliminates the need for deep undercuts which can weaken the tooth.

Finally, your Ellijay, GA, dentist sculpts the chewing surface to ensure proper bite with the opposite arch of teeth. Your fully restored tooth is ready to be used right away, and the white filling should last for many years. Just brush twice a day with a soft brush and floss around your tooth daily. As usual, come to East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry every six months for your routine oral exam and hygienic cleaning.

Come see us

If you suspect you have a cavity or are concerned about the health of any tooth, call your Ellijay, GA, dentist for an appointment. Call East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (706) 635-2218.