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A teeth cleaning is part of any preventative oral exam at Buckhead Piedmont Dental. Dental cleanings not only leave your mouth feeling clean and sparkling, but they help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Professional teeth cleaning at our practice involves removing tartar from teeth that even the most careful brushing and flossing at home can miss. This procedure is painless and nothing a patient should be apprehensive about. We recommend that you have your teeth professionally cleaned every three to six months.
Poor oral hygiene has been tied to health complications such as heart disease and stroke, so it’s important to have your teeth cleaned regularly, not only to look good, but to stay healthy.
Along with teeth cleaning and polishing, an oral exam is a part of a normal, preventative dental visit to Buckhead Piedmont Dental. Oral exams include a visual inspection of your teeth and gums. Your general dental professional may also take x-rays to see if there are any cavities or dental issues that aren’t visible during the examination of your mouth.
An oral exam is a painless dentistry procedure, and it is recommended that you have one every three to six months. That way, Dr. Hallman can detect any beginning tooth issue before it becomes a problem.
X-rays are an essential part of any preventative or diagnostic oral exam. This painless dentistry practice is usually done at the same time as teeth cleaning, and it allows the dentist to see any small cavities or other problem areas in the mouth.
Digital x-rays bypass the development process, similar to how digital cameras work. Dr. Hallman and your x-ray practitioner can see the image instantly, so you don’t have to wait as you did with traditional film x-rays. With digital x-rays, your dentist can also store images and use them to compare to future images.
Your smile is often the first thing that people notice when they meet you. If yours isn’t as bright as you’d like it to be, cosmetic dental services can have your teeth looking years younger in no time at all. Teeth whitening can get rid of the damage years of smoking can do, as well as coffee, tea and red wine stains. The procedure is fast, safe, long-lasting and affordable. Don’t mess around with messy drug store products that offer limited satisfaction. Our cosmetic dentistry procedures can give you a smile you’ll be proud of not just today, but for years to come.
If you need more oral work than just teeth whitening, our restorative dentistry practice offers a full range of cosmetic dental services, including bonding, contouring, veneers, crowns and implants–everything you need to make your smile young again.
Bonding can make a chipped tooth look like new. This cosmetic dental procedure uses a veneer or crown to fill the gaps from decay or a chip in your tooth. Bonding can also be used to whiten teeth as a more affordable alternative to veneers or crowns.
Unlike many other restorative dentistry procedures, bonding and the associated oral work can be completed in a single visit. Bonding, as the name implies, adheres directly to your existing tooth, so there’s nothing that has to be sent out to a lab.
In addition to bonding, we offer a full line of cosmetic dental services.
Is there an imperfection in your smile that seems to draw your eye whenever you look in the mirror? You might have ridges or a chip in your tooth. A cosmetic dental procedure called contouring can eliminate those trouble spots and renew your smile. Contouring is a restorative dental procedure that uses a polishing tool to gently even out the ridges, making your tooth smooth and beautiful.
Contouring is just one of the many cosmetic dentistry services we offer to help improve your smile. If you need oral work, we can help.
Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells that are adhered to the face of your tooth. This cosmetic dental procedure is used to eliminate gaps between teeth, change the color of a tooth, change the size of the tooth or otherwise improve your smile. Veneers can be made of either porcelain or a resin composite.
During the procedure, the dentist removes a very thin outer layer on the tooth. Veneers are matched to the color of the rest of your teeth and attached to the front of your tooth, so it appears as if the veneer is really your tooth. It usually takes three visits to complete the cosmetic dental services that go with applying veneers–one visit for the consultation and two to make and apply the veneers.
Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are a cosmetic dental option somewhere between dental fillings and crowns. Inlays and onlays can be made of a number of hard materials, including porcelain and gold. Inlays and onlays are used when decay is extensive and bonding or a filling would be inadequate.
An inlay is fitted inside the tooth and cemented into place. An onlay covers damage on the outside or the cusp of the tooth. Gold inlays are used to restore teeth in the back of the mouth, whereas porcelain can be used for teeth in any position.
Dental crowns/caps are used when there is too much decay in a tooth for a filling or an inlay to hold. Unlike some other cosmetic restorative dentistry procedures, such as implants, crowns/caps are fitted over an existing tooth. Crowns/caps are usually made in a dental lab of all ceramic material fused to metal. The oral work for crowns/caps usually takes two visits after the consultation–one to prepare and one to set the crown.
Partial dentures are an option when teeth are missing or there is too much decay to save two or more teeth. This dental solution is a removable dental device that fits snugly in the jaw and replaces missing teeth. Unlike implants or some other dental services, dentures aren’t permanently anchored in the mouth and are designed to be taken out and cleaned.
The dentistry involved with modeling dentures, preparing the mouth and fitting the dentures takes a little longer than some other restorative dental procedures. The dentist will make impressions, create a wax mold to make sure that the denture will fit properly, make any necessary adjustments, have the denture created at a dental lab and finally fit the device.
A bridge is a cosmetic dental device that replaces a missing tooth and gets rid of that unsightly gap in your smile. As the name suggests, a bridge spans the space between two existing teeth. Essentially, this cosmetic restorative dental product is a false tooth that is anchored by the teeth on either side of the gap. Bridges are generally made of gold, porcelain fused to metal or all-ceramic material.
The oral work involved with a bridge generally includes two or three visits. Bridges are just one of many cosmetic dental services that can brighten your smile.
Dental implants are an excellent cosmetic restorative dental product. Unlike bridges and partials, they are adhered to titanium “roots” that an oral surgeon implants in the jaw bone. The tooth portion is made of porcelain-covered metal or all ceramic material, similar to what is used for crowns and other cosmetic dental devices.
After the surgeon completes his oral work, the jaw needs to heal for four to six months. During this time, the titanium post actually fuses with the jaw bone, making it a permanent part of the patient’s mouth, just like a real tooth. After the post has healed, a cosmetic dental practice fits the porcelain tooth and adheres it to the post.
Implants are successful in nearly 98 percent of patients and can function for decades just like natural teeth.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Buckhead Piedmont Dental includes oral cancer screenings with semi-annual oral exams and teeth cleanings. The painless dentistry procedure–which involves a detailed visual exam, talpating the nodes as well as checking the tongue and soft palate is most helpful in detecting these problems at an early stage.
Most general dentistry professionals recommend this screening for individuals who smoke, are heavy alcohol users and those who have a history of oral cancer. We at Buckhead Piedmont Dental, however, include this as part of our oral exams.
Gum Disease and Periodontal Care
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Left unchecked, it can lead to tooth loss. Part of a typical oral exam at a general dental practice is checking the gums for early signs of gum disease. This painless dental exam also involves giving the patient tips on teeth cleaning and good gum care.
Some people are more prone to gum disease than others. Those who smoke, take certain medications (such as anti-convulsants), those with weak immune systems (because of cancer, HIV or other conditions) and those with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease.
Signs of gum disease include red, swollen gums, receding gums and teeth that are loose. Most gum disease can be successfully treated. Specific treatment depends on the stage of the disease.
Dental sealants are another way to keep patients’ teeth healthy and free of decay. During this procedure, the back teeth are coated with a thin plastic coating that prevents food and bacteria from lodging in these difficult-to-clean areas. Sealants don’t replace routine teeth cleaning; they are another painless dental tool to help keep your family’s teeth cavity-free.
Sealants have been around since the 1980s and, with fluroide treatments, are responsible for a dramatic decrease in the number of cavities Americans have each year. Sealants can be applied by dental professionals at most family dental practices. The procedure is fast and easy and requires no drilling or discomfort.
Fluoride, a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water, helps to restore the beneficial minerals in tooth enamel that are lost during the process of food particles breaking down and forming acid in the mouth. Fluoride, which can be applied during an oral exam at a general dental office, doesn’t replace teeth cleaning, but it can help prevent and sometimes even reverse tooth decay.
Fluoride treatments can be done by most family dental professionals. This painless dental procedure is usually administered in a gel.
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