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How to Care For Your Dental Implants

Care for Your Dental Implants

Our patients at Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA understand that our dentists are available to provide a host of invaluable dental services, including restorative dentistry. This is a specialized area of dentistry that will ensure that the teeth and gums are in top condition and able to provide good health for years to come. This is why dental implants and implant dentistry are also part of our service. Because the process does not end with the surgical implant, our team also provides support for patients to ensure you know how to care for your dental implants. Dental implant aftercare is a huge part of ongoing health and implant success.

Why? Though restorative dentistry will provide workable and optimal solutions, it still requires a patient to provide themselves with the best dental hygiene. Skipping daily brushing and flossing, avoiding annual cleanings and checkups, and not providing care for your dental implants can lead to trouble.

Fortunately, dental implants are not as high maintenance as natural teeth because they are made of materials impervious to decay and disease. Implant dentistry is a truly optimal solution because it retains the gum and bone tissue, keeps the bite properly aligned and ensures you have the fullest functionality in the mouth. When you learn about proper dental implant aftercare in our Alpharetta, GA office, you can guarantee yourself total success.

When you have restorative dentistry, you will want to discuss the immediate after care requirements. This might include avoidance of certain foods, waiting for the gum and bone to bond with the implant, and returning to have a new crown fitted to the fixture. After that, you will need to do all of the same steps you would for normal (i.e. natural teeth). This means that care for your dental implants is a simple as brushing after meals, flossing at least once daily, coming into our office to have your teeth and dental implants properly cleaned and examined, and visiting our implant dentistry specialist to provide preliminary exams of the implant.

Keep in mind that part of dental implant aftercare is also monitoring the wear and tear of the implant. Restorative dentistry is meant to provide you will complete and healthy function of the teeth and gums, but your bite alignment may be altered when crowns are fitted. That is why part of the care for your dental implants is returning to our Alpharetta, GA office and allowing us to monitor how the teeth are interacting and if there is unnatural wear. Dental implants are a wonderful solution to the loss of a permanent tooth, and implant dentistry can be used to replace single teeth or even to secure bridges and dentures. Proper dental implant aftercare is a big part of success, so be sure you plan to learn about aftercare as part of your restorative dentistry treatment.

Contact Us

If you have questions about dental implant aftercare, give us a call at our Alpharetta, GA office at (678) 624-0370. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

How to Care for Your Teeth Whitening Treatment

Care For Your Teeth Whitening Treatment

One of the most popular ways to complete any sort of cosmetic or restorative dental care is to improve the look of the smile through a teeth whitening treatment. However, not all such treatments are alike. Even more importantly, it is just as much about the after care as the tooth whitening treatment itself. Fortunately, at Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA, our dentists provide premium tooth whitening along with all of the help and support needed for optimal after care success.

So, how do you care for your smile after a tooth whitening treatment in our Alpharetta, GA office? When you have our premium teeth whitening treatment, you need to be particularly attentive during the 48 hours that follow it. Our dental team will go over all of the details with you, but the main points to consider include:

  • Do not consume dark, staining, or yellowing foods or beverages for at least 48 hours afterward. That means avoiding coffee, tea, colas, red wine, soy sauce, most condiments, berries, red sauces, tomato foods, and colored toothpastes or mouthwashes
  • Do not use colored lipstick
  • Do not smoke

You will also have to refrain from the use of certain desensitizing agents (such as Perio RX or Chlorahexidine) during those 48 hours after the teeth whitening treatment in Alpharetta, GA as well. If you have extreme sensitivity, chewing colorless and sugar free gum will help reduce peroxide levels. Over the counter pain medications are helpful after teeth whitening treatment too. You will also want to brush and floss after you consume anything, just to be safe.

We also send our patients home with post teeth whitening treatment solutions. This will typically include further applications of the teeth whitening compounds. If you are using a specialized dental tray to apply the teeth whitening treatment, you will need to use a dollop of the compound equivalent to the size of a lentil for each tooth. Our dentists ensure you understand the after care and touch up treatments that will ensure your teeth whitening treatment is a huge success.

If you have questions about how to care for your teeth whitening treatment, or need to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with our dentists, give us a call at our Alpharetta, GA office at (678) 624-0370. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

5 Misconceptions About Cosmetic Dentistry

In this day and age of reality shows and elective surgery, the word “cosmetic” has started to earn an unfair reputation. Consider cosmetic dentistry. While it is an array of treatments that will improve the appearance of the smile, there is so much more to it than that. At Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA we offer cosmetic dentistry treatments that improve the function of the teeth and the bite, that boosts self-confidence and overcome social anxiety and that can even boost the health of the mouth.

We encourage patients to learn about the five most dominant myths and misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry in order to empower their choice to pursue some treatments in this area.

  1. It has nothing to do with oral health and is more about vanity and appearances. This is probably the most frustrating of the myths and misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry as it is entirely untrue. We provide treatments such as bridges and crowns to repair teeth and restore their function. We make implants available and they ensure the long-term health and wellness of the patient. We offer bonding to stabilize and restore. Though all fall into cosmetic dentistry, they are also functional and restorative remedies too.
  2. It is far too expensive for my budget. Again, this is one of the frustrating myths about this area of dentistry. The advances in technology have made most cosmetic treatments far more affordable and many of them are cost effective over the long-term, offering restorative or functional benefits that eliminate the need for further treatments.
  3. They take a very long time. Though cosmetic treatments like alignment through the use of trays or braces can take more than a year, most treatments are very easily accomplished in just two or three visits.
  4. It is obvious and unnatural in appearance. This is a big myth about cosmetic dentistry. Most of the treatments we provide to our patients will look entirely natural and fit their face, mouth and jaw perfectly.
  5. Cosmetic treatments reduce the need for general dentistry. This is one of the worst misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry. Though you may have veneers, implants, bridges or crowns as part of your treatment, they need the same daily care and regular cleanings and checkups as your natural teeth.

If you have questions about these misconceptions or myths of cosmetic dentistry, or need to discuss your options, give us a call at (678) 624-0370. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

5 Misconceptions About Dentures

If you are contemplating the use of dentures as a solution to your current dental situation, you should uncover the truth about them. There are many myths and misconceptions about dentures and there are also a lot of old-fashioned ideas about them too. Though they are a technology with centuries of history, they are also a dental solution that has been advanced and updated in the past decade. At Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA we happily consult with patients about dentures, but we also advise them to ignore these five major myths and misconceptions about dentures.

  1. Dentures click and fall out a lot. Actually, modern dentures are so effective that you cannot distinguish them from real teeth. They are designed to fit snugly to the gums and mouth and they will never cause you the same kind of embarrassment that your grandparents may have endured when they used dentures twenty or thirty years ago.
  2. They are all the same and the only difference is the price. This is one of the most harmful myths about dentures. They are definitely not the same and going with a bargain basement price is going to give you a bargain basement outcome. Your dental health and general well-being is too important to jeopardize, so do not believe such misconceptions.
  3. I still won’t be able to eat what I want. Though many people remove dentures when eating, properly fitted and well-made dentures allow you to eat almost anything you want. Opting to consume a diet that requires only gums is going to compromise your health and one of the worst misconceptions about dentures is that they cannot be used for chewing and eating many foods.
  4. They demand the use of adhesives. Again, this is one of the prevalent misconceptions about dentures. When you work with our team, your dentures are so well fitting and properly sized that there is no need for adhesives or special products that glue them to the gums.
  5. Dentures will make me look much older. This is one of the most confusing myths about dentures. While many older people use them, they do not make you look older. In fact, it is the opposite and many with dentures look remarkably younger because the apparatus supports their jaws, facial muscles and bite.

If you have questions about other myths or misconceptions about dentures, or need to discuss your options, give us a call at (678) 624-0370. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.