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By Comprehensive Dentistry
August 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a beautiful, glowing smile, or do you see a smile that is badly damaged, decayed or even missing altogether? The condition of your smile says a lot about you, and it affects you more than you know.

If your smile is badly damaged or missing altogether, dental implants from Comprehensive Dentistry in Atlanta may be just the cosmetic dentistry procedure you need. Here are four ways dental implants can transform your smile.

Dental Implants Fill in the Gaps

Whether you are missing one tooth or several, dental implants from Comprehensive Dentistry in Atlanta are often the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for filling in the spaces. Dental implants attach right to your jawbone, preserving your tooth spacing and appearance without harming the surrounding teeth.

Dental Implants Replace Badly Damaged Teeth

If your teeth are still in place but badly damaged, dental implants can help once again. Your dentist will remove your badly damaged teeth and replace them with new dental implants, giving you a beautiful smile you can't help but show off.

Dental Implants Restore Tooth Functionality

Have you had to give up some of your favorite foods due to the poor condition of your teeth? With dental implants, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods once again. After all, your smile isn't just for showing off to the world; it is also for nourishing your body by enjoying a wide variety of healthy and delicious foods.

Dental Implants Restore Your Self-Confidence

Do you ever hide your smile or avoid social situations altogether due to embarrassment about your teeth? Don't miss out on all that life has in store for you. With dental implants from Comprehensive Dentistry, you'll love the way you look once again and it will show!

No matter how bad your smile looks today, you don't have to live with it forever. Call Comprehensive Dentistry in Atlanta and ask if a cosmetic dentistry procedure such as dental implants may be right for you.

By Comprehensive Dentistry
August 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Comprehensive Dentistry
August 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   gluten  

There’s been a growing awareness about the effects of gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, rye and sometimes oats, on certain people. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans have Celiac Disease (CD), a gluten-related disorder that causes the body’s immune system to work against itself. And if you have CD, you could eventually face dental problems like enamel pitting and erosion.

When a person with CD consumes gluten, their immune system mistakenly identifies the protein as malicious and attacks it. The attack occurs in the membranes that line the digestive system, which in the process destroys cilia, tiny hair-like structures that aid in food absorption. This disrupts the body’s normal absorption of nutrients, which can lead to a number of systemic conditions including intestinal cancer.

Because of the lack of nutrients, your teeth’s enamel may develop defects. You may begin to see dull spots or pitting, or chalky grooves in its normally shiny surface: this is a sign you’ve lost surface enamel crystals (decalcification). You may also be more susceptible to outbreaks of aphthous ulcers (canker sores).

Because symptoms can be misdiagnosed or go unnoticed, it may be years before you know you have CD. You can, however, get a definitive diagnosis through a blood test for gluten antibodies, which is then confirmed with a biopsy of a tissue specimen from the intestine.

While there’s ongoing research for CD-related medication, there’s currently only one recognized treatment for it — remove gluten from your diet. This is much harder than it sounds, and requires knowing what you can and can’t eat, along with strict monitoring of food package labeling. Thankfully, the world is becoming better educated in this respect as more food manufacturers are clearly labeling products containing gluten and restaurants are providing gluten-free menu options.

Once you have dietary controls in place, your dental issues can be treated as any other person, with one exception: none of the products used in treatment like polishing paste or fluoride gels should contain gluten, and must be verified before using.

CD is a serious condition that could even become life-threatening. Knowing you or someone in your family has it will help you protect both your overall health and your teeth.

If you would like more information on the gluten’s effect on dental health, 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 “Gluten & Dental Problems.”