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Posts for: January, 2017

By Augusta Smilecare
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Give yourself the gift of a beautiful new smile with a cosmetic dental procedure.

You want your smile to stand out, but if you're noticing stains, gaps or other cosmetic flaws in your teeth, your smile might be drawing cosmetic dentistryattention for the wrong reasons. Fortunately, Dr. John Massey of Augusta SmileCare in Augusta, GA, offers cosmetic dental treatments as a way of making your smile the best it can be. A few of the procedures we offer are listed here:

Cosmetic fillings

Hearing you have a cavity can be a little disheartening, but with cosmetic fillings, you won't have a visible reminder! These fillings, which are carefully matched to the color of your natural teeth, are made from a plastic and glass composite called resin that gives them strength as well as beauty. Instead of trying to conceal metallic fillings, you can smile confidently with resin fillings from your Augusta cosmetic dentist.

Teeth whitening

Perhaps the most convenient and affordable way to improve your smile is through whitening. Over a period of about a half-hour at your cosmetic dentist's office, oxygenated gel helps to break up stain-causing particles on your teeth, brightening your smile up to eight shades. This procedure doesn't take long, but the effects are noticeable and long-lasting, with many of our patients going a year or more before a follow-up treatment is needed.

Veneers

If you're looking for an "extreme makeover" on your smile, veneers from your Augusta cosmetic dentist might be just what you're looking for! These wafer-thin tooth-shaped slices of porcelain are affixed to the front of your teeth, covering any flaws from stains to gaps to broken-off edges. When you see before-and-after pictures of the results, it's easy to understand why veneers are so popular in Hollywood!

We have much more ways of helping you achieve optimal dental health at Augusta SmileCare. Contact our office in Augusta, GA, today to set up a consultation with Dr. Massey.


By Augusta Smilecare
January 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
EdenSherandtheLostRetainer

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?


By Augusta Smilecare
January 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: x-ray  
The21stCenturyPromisesBetterDentalDiagnosticswithConeBeamImaging

X-rays revolutionized dental care in the 20th Century. The same could happen in the 21st Century as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) becomes a fixture beside the traditional x-ray machine.

CBCT made its debut in dental offices about a decade and a half ago. It utilizes the same invisible energy as traditional x-rays to create images of the face and jaw. But unlike traditional x-rays, which can only depict structures in the two dimensions of width and height, CBCT can create three-dimensional images in amazing detail.

The CBCT's x-ray projector rotates around a patient's head. As it emits a cone-shaped beam of x-rays, the device simultaneously collects anywhere from 150 to 599 distinct image views. It transmits these views to a computer that assembles them into three-dimensional images that can be viewed on a computer display.

From the data file of images, dentists can re-format a variety of views and angles of teeth, jaws and other facial bones at various levels of magnification. Because of this wide range of views, all in striking detail, CBCTs are highly useful among other things for diagnosis of malocclusions (bad bites), the size and location of infections, obstructions at possible implant sites, or jaw problems prior to surgery.

Because they expose a patient to higher doses of radiation than a standard x-ray machine, they're normally limited to more complex oral situations. That means you'll still undergo standard x-rays for most of your dental treatment needs. CBCT radiation levels are lower, however, than medical CT scans, which use a fan-shaped beam that can expose a patient to ten times the radiation of a CBCT. For dental care, a CBCT machine also produces greater image detail than an MRI.

Depending on your needs, CBCT may one day be a part of your dental care.  With their range and accuracy, it could play a major role in helping you attain good health.

If you would like more information on cone beam diagnostics, 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 “Getting the Full Picture with Cone Beam Dental Scans.”




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