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By Dentistry 4 You
May 26, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: root canal  
ARootCanalTreatmentcanSaveYourToothandRelievePain

One of the most effective techniques for saving decayed or injured teeth is the root canal treatment. Yet when many people hear they need it, they become nervous at the prospect.

Much of this stems from a common misunderstanding that undergoing a root canal is painful. It’s not — today’s anesthetics are quite effective in numbing pain during a procedure, and mild pain relievers like ibuprofen are usually sufficient to manage any discomfort afterwards.

In fact, a root canal treatment relieves pain caused by decay within a tooth. As decay progresses, it can enter the interior known as the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and blood vessels. It attacks these nerves causing pain and infection. If the infection progresses through passageways known as root canals that are in the roots of the tooth, the pain can intensify. More important, the tooth is in danger of loss as the root and connective tissues that hold the tooth in place are injured from the spreading infection.

During a root canal treatment, we access the pulp by drilling a small access hole, usually in the biting surface or in the rear of a front tooth. Once we enter the pulp chamber we remove all the contaminated tissue. Once thoroughly cleansed, we fill the empty chamber and canals with a special filling (usually gutta percha) to prevent future infection. The access hole is then sealed and at a subsequent visit we strongly recommend placing a permanent crown to provide further protection from damage to the tooth.

Root canal treatments are quite common. All general dentists have been trained in endodontic treatment and can perform most types of procedures. More difficult cases (like a complex root canal network that may be hard to access) may require the services of an endodontist, a specialist in root canals. Endodontists use advanced techniques and specialized microscopic equipment to treat complicated situations.

It’s actually good news if we recommend you undergo a root canal treatment — it means your tooth has a good chance of survival once it’s disinfected and the decay is removed. But don’t delay: the sooner we can treat your tooth, the better your chances of a healthy outcome.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, 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 “Common Concerns about Root Canal Treatment.”


AmericasDentistsGotTalent-forFixingDamagedorMissingTeeth

A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.

We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?

Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.

When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?

In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.

So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.

If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”


By Dentistry 4 You
May 10, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: invisalign  

How Invisalign from your Suwanee dentist can help you

You want to straighten your teeth, but you are worried what people might think. Well, worry no more! Now you can improve your smile invisaligndiscreetly with Invisalign. You deserve a straight smile, especially when it’s so easy with Invisalign. Your dentists at Dentistry 4 You in Suwanee, Georgia want to help you discover the magic of Invisalign.

Invisalign is different than conventional orthodontic treatment in many ways, but the most obvious is that Invisalign treatment uses clear plastic trays, called aligners. There are no metal brackets or wires to irritate your gums and soft tissue. Invisalign aligners are comfortable and aesthetically beautiful.

Your dentists at Dentistry 4 You want you to know Invisalign is the most discreet method available to straighten your teeth, but it has many other advantages too. According to the makers of Invisalign, you will experience:

  • Enhanced comfort because the appliance is smooth plastic
  • Improved convenience because you can remove the aligners when you want
  • Greater satisfaction because you can eat the foods you love
  • Increased confidence because the Invisalign system is virtually invisible
  • Improved oral health because you can remove the aligners to clean your teeth

Your Invisalign treatment begins when your dentists at Dentistry 4 You create your first set of aligners, which you will wear for two weeks. You change to a new set of aligners every two weeks as Invisalign aligners move your teeth comfortably and gradually. Invisalign treatment usually takes between nine and fifteen months. That’s all there is to it! No more sharp metal parts or wearing braces for years.

Invisalign can fix all the same functional and cosmetic issues as conventional braces. Your dentists at Dentistry 4 You can close gaps and spaces, and correct crowded and overlapped teeth. Major bite issues like overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite can also be corrected.

You can improve your smile discreetly with Invisalign, and your dentists at Dentistry 4 You can show you how. You deserve a great smile to enhance your life. It’s time to call your dentists at Dentistry 4 You with office in Suwanee, Georgia. Call today and get the smile you’ve been waiting for!


By Dentistry 4 You
May 03, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

How Invisalign can work for you

You want straight teeth, but you don’t want to be committed to lengthy, uncomfortable orthodontic treatment. You don’t want to wear invisalignunsightly metal brackets and wires. You want to correct your smile on your own terms. Well, now you can with Invisalign, the modern, state-of-the-art, virtually invisible way to correct your smile. Your dentists at Dentistry 4 You in Suwanee, Georgia want you to know how Invisalign can work for you.

Invisalign is the most discreet orthodontic treatment available today. Your dentists at Dentistry 4 You want you to know that you will experience many other benefits from Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is a much better method than conventional orthodontic treatment because according to the makers of Invisalign, treatment is:

  • Extremely comfortable because the appliance is smooth plastic with no metal parts
  • Very convenient because you can remove the Invisalign appliances when you want
  • Satisfying because you can eat the foods you want without worrying about breaking the appliances
  • Confidence-building because the Invisalign system is virtually invisible to you and everyone else
  • Healthy because you can brush and floss normally without using cumbersome threaders and other floss devices

Your Invisalign treatment begins when your dentists at Dentistry 4 You create your first set of plastic trays, called aligners. You wear this first set for two weeks and then switch to a new set of aligners. You change aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete, which typically takes between 9 to 15 months.

Invisalign can fix major functional and cosmetic issues with your teeth and jaws, just like conventional braces. Your dentists at Dentistry 4 You can use Invisalign to correct crowding, overlapping, and spaces between your teeth. In addition, Invisalign can fix poor bite alignment from crossbite, overbite, underbite or open bite.

If you want to correct your smile on your terms, it’s time to consider Invisalign. Invisalign is the comfortable, fast, and easy way to straighten your teeth. It’s time to call your dentists at Dentistry 4 You with office in Suwanee, Georgia. Call today and discover how Invisalign can work for you!