Posts for: April, 2015

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
April 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Did you see the move Cast Away starring Tom Hanks? If so, you probably remember the scene where Hanks, stranded on a remote island, knocks out his own abscessed tooth — with an ice skate, no less — to stop the pain. Recently, Dear Doctor TV interviewed Gary Archer, the dental technician who created that special effect and many others.

“They wanted to have an abscess above the tooth with all sorts of gunk and pus and stuff coming out of it,” Archer explained. “I met with Tom and I took impressions [of his mouth] and we came up with this wonderful little piece. It just slipped over his own natural teeth.” The actor could flick it out with his lower tooth when the time was right during the scene. It ended up looking so real that, as Archer said, “it was not for the easily squeamish!”

That’s for sure. But neither is a real abscess, which is an infection that becomes sealed off beneath the gum line. An abscess may result from a trapped piece of food, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, or even an infection deep inside a tooth that has spread to adjacent periodontal tissues. In any case, the condition can cause intense pain due to the pressure that builds up in the pus-filled sac. Prompt treatment is required to relieve the pain, keep the infection from spreading to other areas of the face (or even elsewhere in the body), and prevent tooth loss.

Treatment involves draining the abscess, which usually stops the pain immediately, and then controlling the infection and removing its cause. This may require antibiotics and any of several in-office dental procedures, including gum surgery, a root canal, or a tooth extraction. But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate!

The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth.

If you have any questions about gum disease or abscesses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Periodontal (Gum) Abscesses” and “Confusing Tooth Pain.”

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
April 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Discover how teeth whitening in midtown Atlanta could give you a more dazzling smile.

Spring is here and pretty soon summer will be on its way. While some people may be working to achieve the perfect bikini body, other people want to give themselves makeovers in other ways. If you are looking to give your smile a little upgrade, then it’s time to consider getting teeth whitening in midtown Atlanta. Find out more about the process and what kind of stains our system can eliminate.

What should I expect during my teeth whitening session?

When you come into our midtown Atlanta dental office for teeth whitening you should expect the entire session to take about 45 minutes. During those 45 minutes, we will apply a highly concentrated bleaching gel to your teeth and then use a laser to activate the gel and to speed up the whitening process.

We will leave the gel on your teeth for about 15 minutes, after which we will remove the gel, reapply a fresh layer and then reactivate it. One 45-minute session is comprised of three different 15-minute applications to give you the fastest and most effective whitening results.

What kinds of stains can whitening eliminate?

Professional teeth whitening is great for removing pesky surface stains that cause your smile to become yellow and dull. Keep in mind that our teeth whitening in midtown Atlanta is a great way to eliminate external stains and to brighten smiles.

However, there are some stains that even professional teeth whitening just can’t contend with. Internal stains caused by trauma or long-term antibiotic use will not respond to this type of cosmetic treatment. Instead, we highly recommend considering other more effective options like dental veneers for hiding these stains.

Furthermore, professional teeth whitening is great for removing stains from natural tooth structures; however, it will not brighten or change the color of your dental work. This means that fillings, crowns, or other dental restorations will not respond to teeth whitening.

If you are interested in removing those annoying stains and finally giving your smile a little boost, then contact your midtown Atlanta dentist at Midtown Dental Studio, LLC and let them know that you are ready for your first teeth whitening session.