Posts for: April, 2018

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Say goodbye to your dental stains with professional teeth whitening treatments. Professional treatments are available through a dentist’s teeth whiteningoffice and are the most effective method for whitening and brightening your smile. Professional teeth whitening treatments deliver whiter results in less time as compared to over-the-counter whitening products. Further, the whitening results of professional treatments last longer. At Midtown Dental Studio, Dr. Travon Holt is your dentist for teeth whitening in Midtown Atlanta, GA.

Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

Several over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available, including whitening strips, toothpastes, gels, and rinses. While these products are convenient, they do not deliver the same level of results as professional teeth whitening treatments available through a dentist’s office. Professional teeth whitening treatments can whiten your teeth by several shades in a single treatment. It can take weeks to achieve noticeable results with over-the-counter whitening products and the results do not last as long as with professional whitening treatments.

There are multiple advantages to choosing professional teeth whitening treatments to whiten your smile. The teeth whitening treatments available at your dentist’s office contain a professional level bleaching agent that can whiten the teeth much more quickly than over-the-counter products. Additionally, your teeth will stay whiter significantly longer with professional treatments. In fact, the results can last up to five years before additional treatments are necessary.

Additional advantages of choosing professional whitening treatments to brighten your teeth include achieving more even results and safe application. Professional dental staff have the experience and training to apply the whitening product evenly on the teeth so no areas are missed. Further, professional dental staff take measures to protect your gums and other sensitive areas so they are not irritated by the bleaching agent. Midtown Dental Studio is your dental office for safe and effective professional teeth whitening in Midtown Atlanta.

Say goodbye to your dental stains once and for all with professional teeth whitening treatments. You can achieve a whiter smile more quickly with results that last for years. For teeth whitening in Midtown Atlanta, schedule an appointment with Dr. Holt by calling Midtown Dental Studio at (404) 937-6940.

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
April 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: bone loss   missing teeth  

Losing teeth will certainly disrupt your otherwise beautiful smile. It could also potentially affect your food choices and whether or not you receive proper nutrition.

But something else just as consequential could be happening beneath the surface of your gums—you could be losing bone. Significant bone loss in the jaw could adversely affect remaining teeth and facial structure, as well as limit your future restoration choices.

To understand why this occurs we must first consider what bone is: living, cellular tissue. Like the body's other cells, bone has a life cycle: cells form, live and eventually dissolve (or resorb), and are then replaced by new cells. Stimulation from forces generated during chewing traveling up through the tooth roots to the jawbone keep this cycle going at a healthy pace.

But when a tooth is missing, so is this stimulation. This could slow the replacement rate and cause bone volume to gradually decrease. The jawbone width could decrease by as much as 25% the first year alone and several millimeters in height after just a few years.

Although dentures (a popular and affordable choice) can restore lost function and appearance, they can't duplicate this needed stimulation. They even accelerate bone loss by irritating and creating compressive forces on the bony ridges and the gums they rest upon.

One restoration, however, can actually help stop bone loss and may even reverse it: dental implants. This happens because an implant's metal titanium post imbedded in the jawbone attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to its surface. This could actually increase bone density at the site.

To gain this advantage, it's best to obtain implants as soon as possible after tooth loss. If you allow bone loss to occur by waiting too long, there may not be enough to properly support an implant. Even then it might be possible to build up the diminished bone through grafting. But if that's not possible, we'll have to consider a different restoration.

To determine the condition of your bone after losing teeth, visit us for a complete examination. Afterward, we'll be able to discuss with you the best way to address both your overall dental health and your smile.

If you would like more information on treating missing teeth, 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
April 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are best known as restorations for single missing teeth. But there’s more to them than that—they can also be used to support and secure removable dentures or fixed bridges.

That’s because a dental implant is actually a root replacement. A threaded titanium post is inserted directly into the jawbone where, over time, bone cells grow and adhere to it. This accumulated bone growth gives the implant its signature durability and contributes to its long-term success rate (95%-plus after ten years). It can support a single attached crown, or serve as an attachment point for a dental bridge or a connector for a removable denture.

The method and design of implants differentiates it from other restoration options. And there’s one other difference—implants require a minor surgical procedure to insert them into the jawbone.

While this might give you pause, implant surgery is no more complicated than a surgical tooth extraction. In most cases we can perform the procedure using local anesthesia (you’ll be awake the entire time) coupled with sedatives (if you have bouts of anxiety) to help you relax.

We first access the bone through small incisions in the gums and then create a small channel or hole in it. A surgical guide that fits over the teeth may be used to help pinpoint the exact location for the implant.

We then use a drilling sequence to progressively increase the size of the channel until it matches the implant size and shape. We’re then ready to insert the implant, which we remove at this time from its sterile packaging. We may then take a few x-rays to ensure the implant is in the right position, followed by closing the gums with sutures.

There may be a little discomfort for that day, but most patients can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen. It’s what goes on over the next few weeks that’s of prime importance as the bone grows and adheres to the implant. Once they’re fully integrated, we’re ready to move to the next step of affixing your crown, bridge or denture to gain what you’ve waited so long for—your new implant-supported smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”