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Posts for: May, 2016

By Augusta Smilecare
May 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Augusta Smilecare
May 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry services can help you

Are you embarrassed by your smile? Have you stopped smiling because your teeth are dull, cracked or damaged? Do you have large cosmetic dentistrygaps in your smile where you used to have teeth? If so, you can fix all of the issues with your less-than-perfect teeth by choosing one of the many cosmetic dental services available from Dr. John D. Massey at Augusta Smilecare in Augusta, Georgia. He wants to help you discover how the right cosmetic dental procedure can help you and your smile.

Dr. Massey delivers excellent dental care and provides a wide range of cosmetic dental services to correct common aesthetic issues with your teeth. Consider:

A teeth whitening treatment if you have teeth that are stained or dull; Dr. Massey offers a speedy in-office procedure that takes about an hour, or you can choose a convenient take-home whitening kit. Professional whitening treatments can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades, and the results can last up to 5 years!

Porcelain veneers if you have front teeth that are damaged or unsightly; porcelain veneers can make your front teeth beautiful again even if they are:

  • Spaced or gapped apart
  • Badly discolored or stained
  • Worn down, cracked or chipped
  • Poorly shaped or broken
  • Slightly overlapped or poorly aligned

Composite bonding if your teeth are damaged or discolored, have small chips or cracks, or you have small gaps between your teeth; Composite is a liquid resign that Dr. Massey can sculpt to perfectly match your teeth. The composite is hardened with a special light, and Dr. Massey will polish it to a sparkling finish. No one will even know you have a filling! People will only see your beautiful teeth.

Dental implants to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth; dental implants can fill the space permanently and naturally. Implants are highly successful, with a success rate over 95 percent! They don’t decay or pick up stains. They become a natural-looking, beautiful addition to your smile.

With the wide range of cosmetic dental services available with Dr. Massey, you can select a service that will give you the smile you’ve been waiting for. So don’t wait any longer to have a beautiful smile. It’s time to call Dr. John D. Massey at Augusta Smilecare in Augusta, Georgia. Get started on your new smile and call today!


Great oral hygiene is built on two principal tasks — daily brushing and flossing. Brushing removes plaque — a thin film of bacteria and food particles — from broad tooth surfaces. Flossing removes plaque between your teeth you can’t reach effectively with brushing. It takes both tasks to get the most disease prevention benefit from your daily cleaning.

Many people, though, have a hard time incorporating the latter of the two into their daily routine. This may be because manual flossing with string seems to require a bit more manual dexterity, although it can be mastered with proper training and practice. Some, though, may not possess the physical ability to adequately floss. It’s also difficult for individuals wearing orthodontic braces or other appliances that cover teeth.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative to string floss: oral irrigation. This method removes plaque from between teeth with pulsating water pressurized by either a handheld or countertop device known as an oral irrigator or water flosser, and emitted through a special nozzle directed at the teeth. Studies have shown it to be an effective means for controlling plaque.

As to you switching to a home water flosser, we’ll be happy to discuss if it’s a good option for you. We can also train you on effective techniques for string flossing if you don’t feel you’re doing it properly.

Whichever method you use, it’s important for you to floss daily to keep plaque under control between your teeth. Along with brushing and regular dental visits, it’s one of the best things you can do to ensure your teeth stay healthy and free of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

If you would like more information on 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.”

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