At Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, we believe that a healthy smile is a beautiful smile and vice versa. That is why we practice general dentistry along with various cosmetic treatments that can help to improve your smile and your overall dental health, and why we encourage you to visit a general dentist regularly for checkups. That way, any dental issues can be identified and treated early on. You can avoid more complicated, costly treatments later on.
We can help you to preserve your smile with regular exams and cleanings, deliver basic treatments like fillings or root canals in order to make sure that you enjoy good dental health. Then if there is anything about your smile that displeases you, we can recommend various cosmetic treatments.
Visiting your dentist every six months is the best way to ensure that you will not fall victim to tooth decay. Your general dentist can examine your teeth and identify decay in its very early stages. Problems like cracking, chipping, or dental work that is well past its “best before” date can also be identified. Even gum disease, when caught early on, is highly treatable. That is very good news, since when left untreated, gum disease can compromise your health in other ways, increasing your risk of heart attack or stroke.
When it comes to cavities, you might not even notice one until you run your tongue over your tooth and notice that something just does not feel right. Your dentist will notice, though, and you will be able to have the tooth filled before it incurs further damage. The final word on the topic is that prevention and immediate treatment are considerably better than having work done later on.
You know that a dental cleaning leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh, but it actually does much more for you than just that. Dental cleanings are your first line of defense against gum disease. Of course, if you care about your dental health, you brush and floss every day. But that alone is not going to be enough. If you want to ensure your dental health, then regular cleanings are not an option – they are a necessity. This is because plaque and tartar can build up under the gum line, where even the most rigorous brushing and flossing will not make a difference.
With professional cleaning, your dental hygienist will use special tools, including an ultrasonic scaler, to get under the gum line and remove harmful deposits. You should have a professional cleaning every six months, not just to look and feel good, but to guarantee your overall dental health.
Tooth Colored Fillings (Amalgam Free)
For many years, dental fillings have been made from composite resins that duplicate the color of your natural teeth. However, if you are of a certain age, you may still have some amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made from a combination of different metals, including silver and mercury. To say the least, they are unsightly, and there may even be health issues due to the mercury content.
If you still have amalgam fillings, your dentist at Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA can replace them with composite materials. Not only will these fillings look better, they will last a long time. Small cavities can be filled, and even moderate restorations can be done using tooth-colored fillings.
Oral Cancer Screening
What do you think of when you hear the word “cancer”? Chances are you think about your lungs, colon and skin, and if you are a drinker you may worry about your liver or pancreas. You probably don’t even think about the possibility of oral cancer. That is because oral cancer is, fortunately, rare. However, it does happen. More than 30,000 cases are diagnosed in any given year in the US. When not diagnosed and treated, the results can include horrible pain, disfigurement, and even death.
If you catch oral cancer in its early stages, though, treatments can be highly successful and you will have a far better chance of survival. This is why twice-yearly dental checkups are so important. When you have your checkup, the dentist will look at your mouth, and if anything looks unusual, we will order a biopsy. Then a course of treatment can be recommended.
Periodontal Treatment (Deep Cleanings)
Deep cleaning treatments include scaling and root planing in order to remove tartar and plaque from both the surface of your teeth and the pockets between your gums and teeth. These treatments are done using ultrasonic instruments or manual tools.
Usually, if you require periodontal treatment, your deep cleanings will be done over the course of two appointments. You may also require a follow-up visit to make sure that your teeth and gums are becoming healthier. Deep cleaning removes the bacteria that congregate in the pickets of your teeth, and assuming that you practice good oral hygiene, your gums will become healthier.
Missing teeth are unsightly, and can also cause you to have difficulty chewing. One solution to missing teeth is a dental bridge, which fits over your remaining teeth and contains prosthetic teeth to replace the ones that are missing. The advantages to having a dental bridge are obvious – the bridge restores your appearance by filling in the missing teeth. The prosthetic teeth in the bridge are made from porcelain and colored to look just like your own teeth, and because they are anchored to your existing teeth, there is little chance of slipping or sliding.
Of course dental implants are the ultimate solution to missing teeth, but if you have a medical condition that precludes the use of implants, or if you want a less expensive solution, a dental bridge is indisputably the next best thing.
Many people today will never experience a toothache, thanks to advances in general dentistry that work to prevent decay before it happens. If you do experience a toothache, though, you must see a general dentist. The cause could be decay, but it could also be an infection, or caused by trauma to the tooth. TMJ/TMD disorder is another cause of toothaches. In the worst case, tooth pain could be due to heart disease.
If a toothache is accompanied by swelling, foul discharge, trouble breathing or swallowing, or fever, you need to see a general dentist immediately. If you fail to get treatment, the condition that is causing the toothache could become worse.
Your dentist will examine your teeth to try to determine the cause of the pain, and may also take x-rays to find out if there is an underlying bone disorder. Treatments could include fillings, root canal or extraction.
Good dental care is essential to your overall health. See your dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings, and never ignore dental pain hoping that it will simply go away. To arrange for a consultation, call Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta at 678-624-0370. You can also book an appointment via email by visiting our Contact Us page. We look forward to seeing you.