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Posts for: January, 2018

By Augusta Smilecare
January 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Augusta can improve your smilecosmetic dentistry

Some people are born with perfect smiles and others have to work at it. If nature and genetics didn’t gift you a perfect smile, you can improve your smile, thanks to cosmetic dentistry. No matter whether your bothersome dental issue is large or small, chances are there is a perfect cosmetic dental treatment designed just for you. Dr. John Massey at Augusta SmileCare in Martinez, GA wants to introduce you to just a few cosmetic dental procedures to enhance your smile.

If your smile is showing your age with yellowing, stains, and discolorations, consider professional teeth whitening. A teeth whitening treatment can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter and the results can last up to an amazing 5 years! The speedy in-office treatment at Augusta SmileCare takes about an hour.

Over time, your smile may be suffering the small chips, cracks and wear-and-tear from overuse and bad habits. A dental bonding treatment can repair teeth that are unsightly and damaged. The bonding material, known as composite, can be perfectly color-matched to blend discreetly with your smile. All people will notice are your beautiful teeth! Dental bonding is painless, non-invasive, and usually doesn’t require anesthetic.

If you want to totally revamp your smile and get noticed, consider porcelain veneers, the ultimate cosmetic dental procedure. Porcelain veneers can turn a dull grin into a dazzling smile. Veneers are thin sheaths of translucent porcelain which are bonded onto the front surfaces of your teeth, hiding large cracks, chips, fracture lines and other aesthetic issues.

If you are missing teeth, there is no better tooth replacement than dental implants. Dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth. You brush and floss them just like natural teeth and you never take them out. They are a permanent, beautiful part of your smile.

There are many reasons to consider cosmetic dentistry and many procedures available to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. For more information about cosmetic dentistry and what it can do for you and your smile, call Dr. Massey at Augusta SmileCare in Martinez, GA and serving the Augusta area today!

By Augusta Smilecare
January 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”


For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.

But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.

We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.

But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.

Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.

There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.

If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.

If you would like more information on restoring your smile after losing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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