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Posts for: January, 2016

By Augusta SmileCare
January 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Specialty Dentures  

Discover more about dentures and whether you’re a good candidate for this treatment.

Are you one of the millions of Americans suffering from tooth loss? While the condition can be embarrassing, it’s nothing to ignore. DenturesUntreated tooth loss can cause other complications for your smile that could be irreversible and detrimental to your oral health. To preserve and protect your smile, it might be time to talk to D. John Massey and his staff at Augusta SmileCare in Augusta, GA about specialty dentures.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable oral prosthetics used to replace missing teeth. Dentures contain a gum-like foundation from which artificial teeth are attached. Dentures also help keep any remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position.

What are the different kinds of dentures available in Augusta?

Dentures come in several different forms depending on the severity of your tooth loss. Partial dentures replace several missing teeth. Your Augusta family dentist also offers full dentures, for those suffering from complete tooth loss.

Also, for those who are looking for dentures that offer superior durability and comfort, implant-supported dentures might be the better option. By placing several implants into the jaw bone, we can firmly attach a full set of dentures to the implants, making it significantly easier to speak and eat comfortably without worrying about the dentures shifting in your mouth.

Which dentures are right for me?

If you are missing all of your teeth but you have healthy gums and jawbone, then your Augusta family dentist, Dr. Massey, may recommend that you get implant-supported dentures. Those who don’t mind the longer process of getting dental implants will be good candidates for this treatment.

However, if you are looking to get a new set of teeth quickly and inexpensively, then partial or full dentures can easily give you the smile you want without the time investment required to get implants. Plus, even those patients with weak or deteriorating jawbones can still get dentures.

If you are ready to say goodbye to tooth loss and enjoy a brand new smile, then it’s time to take the next step. Visit your Dr. John Massey of Augusta SmileCare in Augusta, GA and get your smile back on track.


By Augusta Smilecare
January 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
BeyonceMakesFlossingaFamilyAffair

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”


PorcelainVeneersCouldChangeYourAppearancefortheBetter

We now have an amazing repertoire in dentistry to restore the look and function of damaged or missing teeth. From tooth-colored crowns to life-like dental implants, we can turn an embarrassing smile into one you’re confident to show the world.

But what if your teeth are visually unappealing but structurally sound? Perhaps they’re slightly irregular or discolored — do you still need the “heavy artillery” in our arsenal of restoration options?

Not at all — dental veneers that provide amazing aesthetic results with minimal tooth preparation may be an appropriate restoration choice for you. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of dental material (usually porcelain) that’s permanently bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can be shaped to resemble natural teeth — especially effective for changing the appearance of small or slightly misshapen teeth — and can be customized to match an individual patient’s tooth color.

Veneered teeth require very little preparation compared to other restorations; still, most veneer applications do require some permanent enamel removal so that the applied veneers appear natural. In recent years, however, changes in veneer design and materials have made it possible for some patients to receive veneers without some tooth prep.

If taken care of properly, veneers can last anywhere from seven to twenty years (in some cases, more). While their material composition and the bonding process can withstand normal biting forces, wearers need to keep in mind porcelain is a form of glass — excessive twisting or pressures from excessive grinding habits could cause them to shatter.

And because veneers are made of an inert, non-living material, they can’t adapt to any changes that may occur biologically to your teeth and gums and may need to be updated at some point in the future. The good news is that a loosened veneer can often be repaired.

If you’d like to know if you’re a good candidate for this cost-effective, minimally invasive option, visit us for an examination. Balancing all the factors, porcelain veneers just may be your answer to achieving a better smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”




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