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By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 30, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Instagram, America's humongous digital photo and video album, is chock-full of the silly, mundane, and poignant moments of people's everyday lives. That includes celebrities: Tom Hanks buying a used car; Ryan Reynolds sporting tiny sunglasses; Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran taking a hike. And then there's former Olympic alpine skier, Lindsey Vonn—posting a video of her recent dental visit.

Winner of several World Cup competitions and the first woman to gain the gold for downhill racing at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vonn broke her two front teeth during a—you guessed it—skiing competition a few years ago. This past September, she went to the dentist to update her restoration and gave her followers a fascinating firsthand look at dental bonding, a technique for repairing a chipped or broken tooth.

Although dental bonding has been around for decades, it's taken a leap forward in the last few years because of improvements in bonding material. A mixture of plastic and glass components, composite resins can produce a strong and durable result when bonded to teeth. To begin the technique, the tooth's surface is prepared so that the composite resin can better adhere. Along with an adhesive agent, the bonding material is applied as a paste, which makes it easier to shape and sculpt for the most realistic look. This is usually done layer by layer, with each individual layer hardened with a curing light.

The technique allows us not only to achieve the right tooth shape, but also to incorporate your natural tooth color. We can tint the composite resin as we work so that your restored tooth blends seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. The result: A “new” tooth that's both beautiful and natural-looking.

What's more, dental bonding is more affordable than veneers or crowns and can often be done in a single visit. You will, however, need to exercise care with your new restoration. Although highly durable, it can be damaged if you bite into something hard. You'll also need to watch foods and beverages like tea or coffee that can stain the dental material.

Even so, we can help you regain the smile you once had before you took your teeth skiing—Lindsey Vonn-style—or whatever you were doing that resulted in a “whoopsie.” All it takes is a call for an appointment to start you on the path to a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: osteoporosis  

Osteoporosis is a serious bone weakening disease in older adults that can turn a minor fall into a major bone fracture. But the condition could also impact dental treatment—triggered ironically by the drugs used to treat osteoporosis rather than the disease itself.

From the Latin for “porous bone,” osteoporosis causes bone to gradually lose mineral structure. Over time the naturally-occurring spaces between mineralized portions of the bone enlarge, leaving it weaker as a result.

Although there's no definitive cure for osteoporosis, a number of drugs developed over the last couple of decades can inhibit its progress. Most fall into two major categories, bisphosphonates and RANKL inhibitors.

These drugs work by inhibiting the normal growth cycle of bone. Living bone constantly changes as cells called osteoblasts produce new bone. A different type, osteoclasts, clear away older bone to make room for these newer cells. The drugs selectively destroy osteoclasts so that the older bone, which would have been removed by them, remains for a longer period of time.

Retaining older cells longer initially slows the disease process. But there is a downside: in time, this older bone kept in place continues to weaken and lose vitality. In rare instances it may eventually become detached from its blood supply and die, resulting in what is known as osteonecrosis.

Osteonecrosis mostly affects two particular bones in the body: the femur (the long bone in the upper leg) and the jawbone. In regard to the latter, even the stress of chewing could cause osteonecrosis in someone being treated for osteoporosis. It can also occur after tooth extractions or similar invasive procedures.

If you're taking a bisphosphonate or RANKL inhibitor, you'll want to inform your dentist so that the necessary precautions can be taken before undergoing dental work more invasive than routine cleanings or getting a filling or crown.  If you need major dental work, your dentist or you will also need to speak with your physician about stopping the drug for a few months before and after a dental procedure to minimize the risk of osteonecrosis.

Fortunately, the risk for dental problems while undergoing treatment for osteoporosis is fairly low. Still, you'll want to be as prepared as possible so that the management of your osteoporosis doesn't harm your dental health.

If you would like more information on osteoporosis and dental health, 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 “Osteoporosis Drugs & Dental Treatment.”

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist   Dentist  

Find out what a family dentist can do for your whole family’s smiles.

Are you currently looking for a dentist in East Ellijay, GA, that can provide you with comprehensive dental care? How about your family? While you could take your kids to one dentist and visit another, why not make routine dental cleanings easier on your family by turning to the very same dentist? Here are some of the benefits of visiting our family dentists Dr. David Settel, Dr. Cindy Hall Sosebee, and Dr. Wesley Burke for care.

Getting Dental Care is More Convenient

We know that the last thing you want to do is drive all over town just so your kids can see their dentist and you can see yours. Instead of driving to all of these locations, why not turn to a family dentist who can treat every member of your family? We can even offer appointments on the very same day so that your whole family can get cleanings at the same time. No more long commutes just to get everyone’s teeth cleaned.

You Know Where to Turn to in East Ellijay, GA

When a dental problem arises do you know where to turn? When you have a family dentist that you trust and visit regularly for care then this is a no-brainer. Plus, it’s a major comfort when your child’s braces break or you crack a tooth and you know exactly where you need to go and who is going to provide your smile with immediate care. We provide same-day appointments for our patients dealing with urgent matters.

You Get all Dental Services in One Place

Our family dentists have received specialized training and education to be able to provide a range of services to meet our patient’s ever-growing needs. Here at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer preventive dentistry, sedation dentistry, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and even orthodontic treatments for kids and adults. While you may still need to turn to a specialist to address certain dental concerns (e.g., wisdom teeth extraction), we can handle most requests and needs right here in our office.

If you are looking for a dentist in East Ellijay, GA, that can provide a wide range of dentistry services to children, teens, adults, and seniors, then our family dentistry team is here for you. To schedule checkups for the whole family, call East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at (706) 635-2218.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Do you desire a comfortable and secure replacement for your missing tooth? You can fill the gap in your smile with a durable titanium dental implant. A few of the benefits of dental implants are that they are sturdy, enduring, safe, and look natural.

If you are interested in dental implants you should speak with the qualified dentists at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Located right here in East Ellijay, GA, our doctors Dr. David Settel, Dr. Cindy Hall Sosebee, and Dr. Wesley Burke will be able to fulfill your dental needs. With their combined skillset and the latest procedures, your dental implant operation will be handled with expert care.

What makes them the preferred method to replace lost teeth? Well, over time, the implant fuses to the bone of the jaw. This fusion forms a permanent anchor for your artificial teeth. It won't slip like a denture or need additional support like bridges. You will have no problems living your life like normal with no need to change your diet or nightly routine. With dental implants, you can eat, speak, and brush your teeth like you're used to. Discover more benefits of dental implants below.

Top 5 Benefits of Dental Implants

5. Maintain Your Nutritional health

Leaving gaps in your smile from teeth that haven't been replaced is extremely detrimental to your overall health. Without all of our teeth, it's hard to eat the foods that we love. You might miss a balanced meal because something unhealthy was easier to eat. Complete your smile with implants that make it easy to eat.

4. Decrease the Threat of Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common problem even without a missing tooth. An untreated lost tooth makes your gums more susceptible to disease and infection. Filling the gap with a dental implant will protect the area from infectious diseases and other damage.

3. Reinforce the Surrounding Teeth

With the sturdy anchor of the implant, your other teeth will be held together by the crown or bridge cap. Teeth near a gap can shift over time so it is best to take care of missing teeth as soon as possible by visiting your East Ellijay, GA, cosmetic dentist.

2. Prevent Jaw Bone Loss

Without your complete smile holding your jaw together you might experience increased bone loss in the affected area. Because that part of your mouth is exposed to the elements, your jaw could lose bone density.

1. You’ll Restore Your Confidence

Implants function like natural teeth, look like natural teeth, and feel like natural teeth! You won't ever have to be embarrassed by obvious dental replacements. No one will notice your tooth and you'll be happy to show off that new smile.

If you want your smile to be transformed by dental implants then call the doctors at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (706) 635-2218! We are waiting to restore your teeth with the most cutting-edge tooth replacement technology available.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant  

Introduced to the United States in the 1980s, dental implants have quickly become the go-to restoration for tooth replacement. And for good reason: they're not only incredibly life-like, they're highly durable with a 95% success rate.

But as desirable as they are, you may face a major obstacle getting one because of the condition of the bone at your implant site. To position the implant for best appearance and long-term durability, we must have at least 4-5 mm of bone available along the horizontal dimension. Unfortunately, that's not always the case with tooth loss.

This is because bone, like other living tissue, has a growth cycle: Older cells die and dissolve (resorb) and newer cells develop in their place. The forces transmitted to the jaw from the action of chewing help stimulate this resorption and replacement cycle and keep it on track. When a tooth is lost, however, so is this stimulus.

This may result in a slowdown in cell replacement, causing the eventual loss of bone. And it doesn't take long for it to occur after tooth loss—you could lose a quarter of bone width in just the first year, leaving you without enough bone to support an implant. In some cases, it may be necessary to choose another kind of restoration other than implants.

But inadequate bone isn't an automatic disqualifier for implants. It's often possible to regenerate lost bone through a procedure known as bone augmentation, in which we insert a bone graft at the missing tooth site. The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to grow upon, which over time may regenerate enough bone to support an implant.

Even if you've had a missing tooth for some time, implementing bone augmentation could reverse any loss you may have experienced. In fact, it's a common practice among dentists to place a bone graft immediately after a tooth extraction to minimize bone loss, especially if there will be a time lag between extraction and implant surgery.

Bone augmentation could add extra time to the implant process. But if successful, it will make it possible for you to enjoy this popular dental restoration.

If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, 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 After Previous Tooth Loss.”