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By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
October 26, 2021
Category: Dentistry
Tags: General Dentistry  

Unlike other branches of dentistry, general dentistry has a much broader focus. In fact, your general dentists at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in East Ellijay, GA, treat dental problems ranging from cavities to gum disease to missing teeth.

General dentists can tackle nearly any dental issues

General dentists understand the various oral health issues that can affect their patients during their lives. They make sure that your child's teeth and jaw are developing normally, fill your teen's cavity, repair your broken tooth, and help you or your parents restore missing teeth with dentures or dental implants. Your general dentist has extensive experience handling these and other dental issues and is committed to helping you protect your smile.

Preventive care helps you avoid tooth issues

Preventive care, one of the services offered by your general dentist, helps you avoid cavities and gum disease. Both of these problems can lead to more serious issues, like loss of teeth, injections, surgery, or restorations to restore lost teeth or gum tissue. During your visit to the East Ellijay general dentistry office, your dentist will examine your teeth and offer a treatment plan for any dental problems you may have. Your visit will also include a teeth cleaning that will remove plaque and tartar, two substances that can cause gum disease and tooth decay.

Your general dentist can help you enhance your smile with cosmetic services

If you're unhappy with your smile, your general dentist can offer treatment options that will improve your appearance. Veneers offer a simple way to change the way twisted or chipped teeth look. The thin porcelain or plastic shells are cemented to your teeth and cover minor damage and flaws.

Do you have a gap in your smile due to a missing tooth? A dental implant, the newest restoration option, will fill the space in your mouth and improve your chewing ability. Implants consist of titanium posts that bond to your bone and serve as artificial tooth roots and dental crowns that replace the top parts of teeth.

Could general dentistry help you improve, enhance, or protect your smile? Call (706) 635-2218 to schedule an appointment with your East Ellijay, GA, general dentists at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
October 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental injuries  

Although kids are resilient, they're not indestructible. They're prone to their share of injuries, both major and minor—including dental injuries.

It's common for physically active children to suffer injuries to their mouth, teeth and gums. With a little know-how, however, you can reduce their suffering and minimize any consequences to their long-term oral health.

Here are 4 types of dental injuries, and what to do if they occur.

Chipped tooth. Trauma or simply biting down on something hard can result in part of the tooth breaking off, while the rest of it remains intact. If this happens, try to retrieve and save the chipped pieces—a dentist may be able to re-bond them to the tooth. Even if you can't collect the chipped pieces, you should still see your dentist for a full examination of the tooth for any underlying injury.

Cracked tooth. A child can experience intense pain or an inability to bite or close their teeth normally if a tooth is cracked (fractured), First, call the dentist to see if you need to come in immediately or wait a day. You can also give the child something appropriate to their age for pain and to help them sleep if you're advised to wait overnight.

Displaced tooth. If a child's tooth appears loose, out of place or pushed deeper into the jaw after an accident, you should definitely see a dentist as soon as possible—all of these indicate a serious dental injury. If they're unavailable or it's after hours, your dentist may tell you to visit an emergency room for initial treatment.

Knocked-out tooth. Minutes count when a tooth is knocked completely out. Quickly locate the tooth and, holding it only by the crown and not the root, rinse off any debris with clean water. Place it in a glass of milk or attempt to place it back into the socket. If you attempt to place it back into the socket, it will require pressure to seat the tooth into position. You should then see a dentist or ER immediately.

A dental injury can be stressful for both you and your child. But following these common-sense guidelines can help you keep your wits and ensure your child gets the care they need.

If you would like more information on pediatric dental treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
October 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

During this year's baseball spring training, Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton got into a row with a steak dinner—and the beefsteak got the better of it. During his meal, the Gold Glove winner cracked a tooth.

Fortunately, he didn't lose it. Buxton's dentist rescued the tooth with a dental procedure that's been around for over a century—a root canal treatment. The dependable root canal is responsible for saving millions of teeth each year.

Dentists turn to root canal treatments for a number of reasons: a permanent tooth's roots are dissolving (a condition called resorption); chronic inflammation of the innermost tooth pulp due to repeated fillings; or a fractured or cracked tooth, like Buxton's, in which the pulp becomes exposed to bacteria.

One of the biggest reasons, though, is advanced tooth decay. Triggered by acid, a by-product of bacteria, a tooth's enamel softens and erodes, allowing decay into the underlying dentin. In its initial stages, we can often treat decay with a filling. But if the decay continues to advance, it can infect the pulp and root canals and eventually reach the bone.

Decay of this magnitude seriously jeopardizes a tooth's survival. But we can still stop it before that point with a root canal. The basic procedure is fairly straightforward. We begin first by drilling a small hole into the tooth to access the inner pulp and root canals. Using special instruments, we then remove all of the infected tissue within the tooth.

After disinfecting the now empty spaces and reshaping the root canals, we fill the tooth with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha. This, along with filling the access hole, seals the tooth's interior from future infection. In most cases, we'll return sometime later and bond a life-like crown to the tooth (as Buxton's dentist did for him) for added protection and support.

You would think such a procedure would get its own ticker tape parade. Unfortunately, there's a cultural apprehension that root canals are painful. But here's the truth—because your tooth and surrounding gums are numbed by local anesthesia, a root canal procedure doesn't hurt. Actually, if your tooth has been throbbing from tooth decay's attack on its nerves, a root canal treatment will alleviate that pain.

After some time on the disabled list, Buxton was back in the lineup in time to hit his longest homer to date at 456 feet on the Twins' Opening Day. You may not have that kind of moment after a root canal, but repairing a bothersome tooth with this important procedure will certainly get you back on your feet again.

If you would like more information about root canal therapy, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
October 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Having a smile that gives you confidence is important, but maintaining proper oral health goes beyond just that; it also means finding the best family dentist. Trusting your dentist ensures more personalized dental visits by asking any questions or bringing attention to concerns you may have, as well as comfortability for the whole family. At East Ellijay Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our team of family dentists is dedicated to providing your family the best dental care in Ellijay, GA.

When searching for optimal family dentistry, there are a number of factors to consider:

  1. Confirm if the practice will accept your insurance
    • If the dental office isn't in your network, it's important to remember that many dental procedures can be costly. Many families retain a budget, making it less than ideal to receive dental care from a practice outside of your network.
  2. Consider their qualifications and experience
    • Dental school is a requirement to become a dentist in the U.S., and in recent years, most continue their education post-graduation. A practice website often includes the credentials of their dentists, but you can also inquire the office the following questions: What education and credentials have the dentist(s) received? How long have they been practicing dentists? Are they actively sustaining their dental education?
  3. Read through the reviews—research what type of atmosphere they provide; Is the waiting room comfortable? Friendly service? What qualities do you look for in your dentist?
    • Many people find their family dentist through referrals from family and friends, or you may even consider asking those you see often and trust. Websites like Yelp and Zocdoc have many pages of reviews on potential dental practices. Going through all of them is not necessary, but enough to give you a good feel for the dental office you're considering.
  4. Verify the types of services they offer
    • The practice should offer more than proper oral cleanings, you should check for: family dentistry, preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, root canal treatment, tooth extractions, gum (periodontal) disease therapy, implant dentistry, and more. Finding a dentist who has the services you're looking for prevents you and your family from having to go to more than one practice.
  5. Determine if they are keeping their dental procedures and technology up-to-date
    • East Ellijay Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, in Ellijay, GA, is happy to answer any and all of the questions you may have regarding family dentistry within our practice.

Finding Your Family Dentist in Ellijay, GA

Providing exceptional dental care is one aspect of the many listed when considering family dentistry. Our dental care team with East Ellijay Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Ellijay, GA, extend their welcome and encourage you to give our office a call at (706) 635-2218 to find your perfect family dentist.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
October 06, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

At what age should you begin treating a poor bite? Many might say with braces around late childhood or early adolescence. But some bite problems could be addressed earlier—with the possibility of avoiding future orthodontic treatment.

A crossbite is a good example. In a normal bite, all of the upper teeth slightly cover the lower when the jaws are shut. But a crossbite occurs when some of the lower teeth, particularly in back, overlap the upper teeth. This situation often happens when the upper jaw develops too narrowly.

But one feature of a child's mouth structure provides an opportunity to intervene and alter jaw development. During a child's early years, the palate (roof of the mouth) consists of two bones next to each other with an open seam running between them. This seam, which runs through the center of the mouth from front to back, will fuse during puberty to form one continuous palatal bone.

An orthodontist can take advantage of this separation if the jaw isn't growing wide enough with a unique device called a palatal expander. This particular oral appliance consists of four, thin metal legs connected to a central mechanism. The orthodontist places the expander against the palate and then uses the mechanism to extend the legs firmly against the back of the teeth on both sides of the jaw.

The outward pressure exerted by the legs also widens the seam between the two palatal bones. The body will respond to this by adding new bone to the existing palatal bones to fill in the widened gap. At regular intervals, the patient or a caregiver will operate the mechanism with a key that will continue to widen the gap between the bones, causing more expansion of the palatal bones until the jaw has grown to a normal width.

The palatal expander is most effective when it's applied early enough to develop more bone before the seam closes. That's why it's important for children to undergo bite evaluation with an orthodontist around age 6. If it appears a bite problem is developing, early interventions like a palatal expander could slow or stop it before it gets worse.

If you would like more information on interceptive orthodontics, 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 “Palatal Expanders.”