Posts for: December, 2020
Damaged bridges or crowns can interfere with your mouth’s normal functioning. Sensitivity to certain foods may increase, chewing may become difficult, and your mouth may begin to feel awkward. A visit with Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Brent Johnson to repair your crown or bridge at Brooks Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, located in Mcdonough, GA.
What are some risks for crown or bridge replacement?
One of the main factors is the age of dental work. If you have had your bridge or crown for several years, then it may be time to have a dentist inspect them to make sure everything is okay.
Another reason you may need to replace them is that sometimes the bridge or crown is a poor fit in the mouth. This may result in awkward chewing or talking. Sometimes the bridge cracks because of the inability to fit into the mouth properly.
If you have sustained an oral injury during sports, an accident, or using your teeth as tools to open items, you may need to have your bridge or crown replaced.
How do I know it is time to replace my crown or bridge?
Bridges don’t always show signs of decay or other oral problems. Increased pain and prolonged irritation are signs that it may be time to replace your crown, bridge, or both. Most bridges can last about 7 years, but it isn’t uncommon for them to last much longer than that.
Another way to know if a crown or bridge needs repair is if it is cracked or has broken off. If this is the case, your dentist will have to remove them and tend to any anchoring natural teeth that have been affected. Because bridges rely on neighboring teeth to function, repairs are usually comprehensive.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooks or Dr. Johnson to replace your crown or bridge, call Brooks Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Mcdonough, GA, at (678) 583-0330.
If you're intrigued by the strange and bizarre, here's one to pique your interest: geographic tongue. It's a rare condition that causes the appearance of red patches on the tongue surface, surrounded by grayish-white borders, and which look a lot like continents on a map (hence the name). But although it may look odd, geographic tongue won't harm your health.
The condition is also known as benign migratory glossitis, so named because it's not cancerous and the patches seem to move or “migrate” around the tongue surface. The most common causes are thought to be stress or hormonal disruptions in those predisposed to the condition. Many researchers believe zinc or vitamin B deficiencies in the body contribute to its occurrence. It also seems more prevalent among non-smokers and pregnant women, as well as occurring as a family trait.
The red patches are created by the temporary disappearance of some of the papillae, tiny bumps on the tongue's top surface. The patches can abruptly appear during a flareup and then disappear just as suddenly. But as “angry” as the patches may look, geographic tongue is not considered a health danger. It isn't normally painful, although people can experience stinging or numbing sensations emanating from the patches that can be mildly uncomfortable.
Because it's also rare, you're not likely to encounter it personally. But if you or a loved one does begin to notice red patches on the tongue, there are a few things you can do to lessen any accompanying irritation. For one, cut out foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits, eggplant, mint or highly spicy or acidic foods, all of which have been known to increase discomfort. You might also avoid astringents like alcohol or mouthwashes that likewise irritate the patches when they occur.
Although geographic tongue can't be cured, your dentist can help you manage symptoms when they arise with the help of prescribed anesthetic mouthwashes, antihistamines or steroid lozenges. These not only can help lower any discomfort or irritations, they may also lessen the duration of a flareup.
For the most part, geographic tongue usually causes more embarrassment than physical discomfort. But with a little help from your dentist, you can keep it to a minimum. Geographic tongue may be odd, but it's nothing to worry about.
If you would like more information on geographic tongue, 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 “Geographic Tongue: No Cause For Alarm.”
Failing to properly manage and care for your oral health could result in you shelling out thousands of your hard-earned money in restorative dentistry procedures. But by having an effective preventive dental care plan in place, you can save yourself from these costly procedures. In a nutshell, preventive dentistry is all about promoting the importance of consistent oral hygiene practices to help prevent a variety of oral health conditions and diseases.
Effective preventive care combines your at-home oral hygiene and professional treatments by your dentist in McDonough, GA, Dr. Robert Brooks, or Dr. Brent Johnson of Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. These include the following activities.
Your Oral Care Habits
The American Dental Association states that brushing twice daily and once-daily flossing remains the most crucial preventive dental care technique. Done right, consistently, and with proper techniques, these can effectively get rid of plaque and prevent it from building up and turning into tartar. Tartar, which only your dentist can remove, is a sticky, hardened substance that contains bacteria that produces acid responsible for causing gum disease and decay.
A diet rich in nutritious foods is vital to your oral and general health. Foods that contain excess carbs and sugars feed bacteria-causing plaque. Likewise, a low-calcium diet raises your risk for jaw deterioration and gum disease.
Regular Dental Appointments
Because most dental issues don’t display any symptoms during the early stages, if you do not see your dentist regularly, you might not know that you have a problem until it causes significant damage. To avoid this, schedule and go to routine cleanings and checkups with your dentist in McDonough, GA, twice-yearly, or more if you have an increased risk of developing oral diseases.
These are thin coatings of composite resin that are painted on permanent teeth’s chewing surfaces. This is especially vital to prevent tooth decay in kids and even older individuals who have deep grooves in their molars.
Stop Smoking and Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
These not only affect your oral health but your general health as well. Besides bad breath, dry mouth, increased plaque accumulation, gum disease, and teeth stains, smoking is a top risk factor for all sorts of cancers and various health diseases.
For More Information About Preventive Dental Care, Talk to Us
Dial (678) 583-0330 to book a consultation with your dentist here at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, Dr. Robert Brooks, or Dr. Brent Johnson, today.
Kill Bill fans have been pressing for a third installment of the stylized revenge tale since Kill Bill, Volume 2 hit the theaters in 2004. Finally, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is talking about the long-awaited Volume 3 as if it might soon become a reality. The third movie in the franchise would most likely focus on the now-grown daughter of the character played by Vivica A. Fox in the first two. Vivica recently made known that should Kill Bill, Volume 3 go into production, she thinks 24-year-old actress and singer Zendaya would be perfect for the role.
Although Zendaya is a few inches taller than Vivica, the two women have a few things in common. Besides being talented movie and television actresses who have won awards for their roles, they both have camera-ready smiles. And both Vivica and Zendaya can thank their dentists for helping their smiles be their best.
In 2016, Vivica told Dear Doctor magazine that her smile needed a boost, so she opted for dental veneers to correct gaps between her teeth—and she's very happy with them. “I love my veneers!” she exclaimed. Zendaya also had help in achieving her Hollywood-perfect smile. In 2011, early in her career on the Disney channel, she wore clear orthodontic aligners to straighten her teeth. To further perfect her smile, she visited her dentist for professional teeth whitening in 2016, inviting a film crew along to show how easy and effective in-office tooth whitening is.
But you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy smile-enhancing dental treatments. They are great options for anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile.
Teeth whitening. If your teeth are looking yellowed, in-office whitening can make them up to 10 shades brighter in one visit! Some people prefer professional at-home whitening kits, which produce great results more gradually.
Bonding or veneers. For small chips and cracks, cosmetic bonding can cover flaws by adding layers of a tooth-colored material over the tooth. For bigger flaws, heavy discoloration or gaps between teeth as Vivica had, dental veneers may be the answer. These custom-made thin porcelain shells cover the front-facing surface of the tooth, hiding imperfections to give anyone a Hollywood smile.
Orthodontics. Crooked teeth can detract from the look of a smile. While traditional braces are an option, many people with mild to moderate alignment issues find removable clear aligners the perfect way to get the smile they desire with minimal impact on their daily activities. Clear aligners are very subtle and can be removed for eating and cleaning as well as for special occasions—or for filming scenes, as Zendaya knows.
Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or veneers, orthodontics, or another dental treatment could enhance your smile. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”