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Dentists around the world routinely remove diseased or damaged teeth every day. While some extractions require surgery, many don't: Your family dentist can perform these simple extractions, usually with little complication.
The term simple doesn't necessarily mean easy—as we'll note in a moment, it takes a deft and experienced hand to perform this type of extraction. The term in this case refers more to the type and condition of the tooth: The tooth roots are relatively straight and reside in the bone at an accessible angle. There are otherwise no meaningful impediments to removing it straight out.
The idea of “pulling a tooth” out of the jaw isn't the most accurate way to describe the procedure. A tooth is actually held in place within its bony socket by the periodontal ligament, a tough, elastic tissue between the tooth root and the bone that attaches to both through tiny fibrous extensions. The best method is to first loosen the tooth from the ligament's tiny attachments, for which experienced dentists can develop a certain feel. Once released from the ligament, the tooth will usually come free easily from its socket.
Not all teeth, though, can be removed in this manner. Teeth with multiple roots like back molars, and without a straight trajectory out of the socket, can have a complicated removal. Other dental conditions could also prove problematic for simple extraction, such as brittle roots that might fragment during removal.
For these and other complications, your general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon for the tooth extraction. But even with the surgical component, these more complicated extractions are relatively minor and routine—millions of wisdom teeth, for example, are removed every year in this manner.
If you have a tooth that needs to be removed due to disease or injury, your dentist will first determine the best way to remove it and will refer you, if necessary, for surgical extraction. And whatever kind of extraction you undergo, the dentist performing it will make sure you remain pain-free during the procedure.
While tooth preservation is usually the best course for long-term dental health, it's sometimes best to remove a tooth. If that should happen, your dentist will make sure it's done with as little discomfort to you as possible.
If you would like more information on dental extraction methods, 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 “Simple Tooth Extraction?”
Your teeth are immensely durable, however, they’re not entirely indestructible. After decades of constant use, it’s not surprising to see stains, cracks, or other issues in your teeth. Fortunately, bridges and crowns provide a very effective technique to regain the functionality of damaged teeth.
Read on to learn why Dr. Robert Rooks and Dr. Brent Johnson here at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, preserve smiles with this treatment option.
What Bridges and Crowns Can Do For Your Smile
- Restore and Repair Damaged Teeth: Your teeth could sustain breaks and fractures if you hurt yourself while playing a sport or slip and hit a tooth. You will experience pain when your injured tooth’s broken edges are exposed to air. However, this isn’t the only issue you need to worry about. Left untreated, your injured tooth will detract from your looks and even make it difficult for you to chew and speak. Depending on how many teeth are injured, your dentist in McDonough, GA, may recommend a combination of crowns and bridges to make your smile whole again.
- Fill in Spaces in Your Smile: You don’t have to be embarrassed about lost teeth. Adding bridges and crowns to your mouth will improve your smile’s aesthetic and your ability to properly chew, bite, and speak.
- Safeguard a Fragile Tooth: With a dental crown in place, you won’t have to worry about teeth that have been weakened due to aging, root canal treatment, trauma, or big dental fillings.
- Prevent Cracks and Chips from Getting Worse: Chipped or cracked teeth could eventually turn into broken teeth if you fail to protect them in time. Placing a crown over your fragile teeth, on the other hand, will ensure that your weakened teeth are always protected.
Improve Your Smile with Bridges and Crowns!
Reach out to us here at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists, Dr. Robert Rooks or Dr. Brent Johnson. Dial (678) 583-0330 for more details.
Sometimes, looking at old pictures can really bring memories back to life. Just ask Stefani Germanotta—the pop diva better known as Lady Gaga. In one scene from the recent documentary Five Foot Two, as family members sort through headshots from her teen years, her father proclaims: "Here, this proves she had braces!"
"If I had kept that gap, then I would have even more problems with Madonna," Lady Gaga replies, referencing an ongoing feud between the two musical celebrities.
The photos of Gaga's teenage smile reveal that the singer of hits like "Born This Way" once had a noticeable gap (which dentists call a diastema) between her front teeth. This condition is common in children, but often becomes less conspicuous with age. It isn't necessarily a problem: Lots of well-known people have extra space in their smiles, including ex-football player and TV host Michael Strahan, actress Anna Paquin…and fellow pop superstar Madonna. It hasn't hurt any of their careers.
Yet others would prefer a smile without the gap. Fortunately, diastema in children is generally not difficult to fix. One of the easiest ways to do so is with traditional braces or clear aligners. These orthodontic appliances, usually worn for a period of months, can actually move the teeth into positions that look more pleasing in the smile and function better in the bite. For many people, orthodontic treatment is a part of their emergence from adolescence into adulthood.
Braces and aligners, along with other specialized orthodontic appliances, can also remedy many bite problems besides diastema. They can correct misaligned teeth and spacing irregularities, fix overbites and underbites, and take care of numerous other types of malocclusions (bite problems).
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids get screened for orthodontic problems at age 7. Even if an issue is found, most won't get treatment at this age—but in some instances, it's possible that early intervention can save a great deal of time, money and effort later. For example, while the jaw is still developing, its growth can be guided with special appliances that can make future orthodontic treatment go quicker and easier.
Yet orthodontics isn't just for children—adults can wear braces too! As long as teeth and gums are healthy, there's no upper age limit on orthodontic treatment. Instead of traditional silver braces, many adults choose tooth-colored braces or clear aligners to complement their more professional appearance.
So if your child is at the age where screening is recommended—or if you're unhappy with your own smile—ask us whether orthodontics could help. But if you get into a rivalry with Madonna…you're on your own.
If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”
Suddenly dealing with a toothache? This could be a sign that you need a root canal.
We know that going to the dentist isn’t your idea of the perfect day; however, regular dental care is important if you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums. At some point you may be faced with a dental problem that requires immediate care and our McDonough, GA, dentists Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Brent Johnson can provide you with the urgent treatment you need when problems like decay, infection or trauma arise. Here are some of the signs that you might need root canal treatment,
The Purpose of a Root Canal
When bacteria get inside the tooth it can damage or inflame the dental pulp, a structure made up of tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Bacteria are able to get inside a tooth if there is severe decay or damage to the outside of a tooth (e.g. fracture; crack). Once the pulp is inflamed or infected the only option is to remove it. This requires a root canal.
But I’ve heard that root canal treatment hurts!
There are a lot of stories out there about root canals and some of them aren’t so positive. First, we highly recommend that you don’t read these stories unless you want to scare yourself, which we imagine you don’t want to do. Instead, sit down and talk with our McDonough, GA, dentists about your concerns. They can answer your questions and address your concerns in a way that no website or online story can.
Despite what you might have heard or read about a root canal it is really nothing to stress over. In fact, not getting a root canal when you need it most could actually cause you more stress. If you are concerned about getting a root canal here are some things to keep in mind,
Root canals get rid of pain: Chances are good that you are in a substantial amount of pain right now. Most people don’t even realize that they are dealing with a dental problem until pain sets in. Once the pain appears it’s often nagging and severe. It might even keep you up at night. By removing the dental pulp (aka: the source of the pain) through a simple root canal we remove the pain for good. So instead of causing pain a root canal actually gets rid of the pain.
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible during any dental procedure you receive in our office. This involves making sure that you have the proper anesthetic and sedation needed. Local anesthesia is applied to the area prior to treatment, so you won’t feel a thing. If you notice any discomfort at any point during your treatment just let us know and we will fix it. It’s that easy.
If you are experiencing dental pain or other issues, the dental team at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, can provide you with the care you need. Call our office right away at (678) 583-0330.
The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.
"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")
Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)
Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).
Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.
Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.
What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.
If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”