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Posts for: July, 2016

By Augusta Smilecare
July 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

So you've decided on dental veneers as a way to enhance your smile! Working with Dr. John Massey, your cosmetic dentist at Augusta veneersSmileCare in Augusta, Georgia, you're sure to receive a beautiful, natural-looking set of teeth you can be proud to show off. You may be wondering, however, what goes into creating these cosmetic restorations. Dr. Massey has provided some information for patients to better explain the scientific process behind the creation of their veneers.

How veneers are created

Because dental veneers are extremely thin - about half the thickness of a dime - they need precision equipment to ensure they are not only made to your exact specifications, but remain strong and durable as well. Dental laboratory technicians work with hydraulic machines to craft the veneers out of a section of porcelain, a substance made from ceramic minerals. Layers of porcelain are heated, then applied to each other as they cool to strengthen the veneer from the inside out. Technicians then use liquid porcelain in various colors to paint the veneer into the exact shade you and your Augusta cosmetic dentist decided upon.

How veneers are placed

In order for veneers to be bonded properly to a tooth, your Augusta cosmetic dentist must use hydrofluoric acid - a solution of hydrogen and fluoride mixed together in water - to etch the surface of the teeth. Since hydrofluoric acid is strong enough to etch glass, it can easily create a microscopic texture in tooth enamel. This enables your Augusta cosmetic dentist to more easily apply the veneers to your teeth using a bonding cement; the ridged back of the porcelain veneer "interlocks" with the now-rough area of the natural tooth better than if both surfaces were smooth.

You can be assured that veneers from Dr. Massey, your Augusta cosmetic dentist, will be crafted using only the highest quality materials and techniques, giving you a long-lasting and beautiful update to your teeth. We at Augusta SmileCare look forward to working with you as we create your one-of-a-kind smile makeover!


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.”


Like many people, you might be caring for an elderly parent or family member. That care should include a focus on their teeth and gums — a healthy mouth is vitally important to their overall health, nutrition and well-being. Because of the aging process, this can be challenging.

Here are 4 areas where you should focus your attention to assure the senior adult in your life has the healthiest mouth possible.

Make adjustments for hygiene. As we grow older, arthritis and similar conditions make brushing and flossing difficult to perform. You can help your senior adult keep up these vital tasks by switching to a powered toothbrush or refitting their brush with a bike handle or tennis ball to make gripping easier. Pre-loaded floss holders or water irrigators are effective alternatives to manual flossing if it becomes too difficult.

Have dentures or other appliances checked regularly. Many older people wear full or partial dentures. Due to the nature of these appliances, the risk of bone loss over time is greater, which can eventually affect their fit. Their dentist should check them regularly and reline or repair them if possible. Eventually, they may need a new appliance to match any changing contours in the mouth.

Be aware of age-related dental issues. Age-related conditions of both the mouth and the body (like osteoporosis, which can affect bone density) can impact dental health. For example, an older person can develop lower saliva flow, often due to medications they’re taking. This, as well as gastric reflux common in older people, increases acidity and a higher risk of tooth decay. Past dental work like fillings, crowns or bridges may also make hygiene and additional treatment more difficult.

Keep up regular dental visits. In light of all this, it’s crucial to keep up with regular dental visits for continuing teeth and gum health. Besides cleanings, these visits are also important for monitoring signs of tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease and oral cancer. It’s also a good opportunity to gauge the effectiveness of their hygiene efforts and suggest adjustments.

If you would like more information on dental care for older adults, 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 “Aging & Dental Health.”

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