What is the dental implants procedure process?

There are many ways patients can benefit from having dental implants. This procedure involves replacing a tooth root with screw-like posts made of metal. It can be used to replace missing or damaged teeth. These implants have the appearance and function of natural teeth. It is often a welcome relief from dentures and bridgework.

Reasons

People often want dental implants if they have one or more missing teeth. They are unable or not willing to wear dentures. They are also willing to commit several months of their time to the process and more.

Discomforts

During any of the stages of the surgery, there are common discomforts a person could experience. Minor bleeding. Swelling of their face and gums. Pain at the site of the implant. Bruising of their gums and skin.

What To Expect

This is surgery done on an outpatient basis and involves certain procedures. Removal of the damaged tooth. Preparation of jawbone if necessary. Bone healing and growth. Placement of abutment. Placement of artificial tooth.

Preparation

Planning for dental implants could involve seeing various specialties. A physician who specializes in conditions of the face, mouth, and jaw. A dentist who specializes in treating the support structures of the teeth including gums and bones. A dentist who fits and designs artificial teeth. There are times when an ear, nose and throat physician will be necessary.

Bone Grafting

If someone’s jawbone is too soft or not thick enough, they may require bone grafting prior to implant surgery. This will provide a more solid base for the dental implant. Different bone grafting materials can be used. A natural bone graft from another part of a person’s body is effective. A synthetic bone graft can also help with new bone growth.

Dental Implant Placement

During the procedure, an oral surgeon will make a cut to open a person’s gun and expose the bone. Then holes are drilled into the bone. This is where the metal posts of the implant will be placed. The post will act as a tooth root, so it is implanted deep into a person’s bone. At this point in the procedure, a person will have a gap where their tooth is missing.

Bone Growth

Once the metal implant posts are in a person’s jawbone, the process known as osseointegration starts. This is when a person’s jawbone unites with the dental implant surface. This could take several months.

Abutment

When the process of osseointegration is over, a person may need additional surgery to place an abutment. This is the piece where a crown will attach. Once an abutment is in place, a person’s gums need to heal for approximately two weeks and then their artificial tooth can be attached.

Choosing Artificial Teeth

Once a person’s gums have healed, they will have additional impressions made of their remaining teeth as well as mouth. This is used to make a crown. The artificial tooth will have the appearance and function of a natural tooth. This won’t be done until it is determined the jawbone is strong enough to support using the new tooth. The vast majority of dental implants are very successful. If the bone isn’t able to fuse properly, the implant can be removed. The bone will be cleaned and a person can attempt the procedure once again in a few months. Once the procedure is complete, a person will have a tooth that looks and functions like one that is natural.

If you have questions about dental implants, you can contact Dr. Anna Schultz at Schultz Family Dentistry.

Posted on November 5, 2019 by:

There are many ways patients can benefit from having dental implants. This procedure involves replacing a tooth root with screw-like posts made of metal. It can be used to replace missing or damaged teeth. These implants have the appearance and function of natural teeth. It is often a welcome relief from dentures and bridgework. Reasons

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Making Wise Decisions About Your Teeth

As you transition to your late teenage years, you might notice that there are a few more teeth in the back of your mouth. These teeth are called “wisdom teeth,” and usually begin to show signs that they are present when you’re about 16 or 17 years old. Sometimes, these teeth need to be removed because they are impacted (stuck in the bone) or don’t break through the gums, and can cause damage to adjacent teeth. Other times, they could push through the bone and gum tissue as they should, which can be beneficial for chewing if you have enough room in your mouth for them.  If you have concerns about your wisdom teeth, Dr. Schultz can perform a thorough evaluation and tell you whether or not your wisdom teeth could pose a problem, now or in the future.

Enough Space

If there’s not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth, but they’re trying to push through your bone and gum tissue, you’ll usually notice a few symptoms—including a feeling of pressure, jaw pain, gum tissue pain, or difficulty opening and closing your mouth. Even if you do have room in your mouth for more teeth, your wisdom teeth could be sitting at an odd angle, or even sideways, preventing them from erupting. This often means that these need to be removed.

Dr. Schultz likes to take a panoramic x-ray at regular intervals once you approach the age of wisdom tooth development.  We will monitor not only the wisdom teeth, but also any areas around your gum tissue that could lead to food and bacteria getting trapped, potentially causing an infection. You might not be able to floss or brush your teeth properly, if your wisdom teeth don’t erupt as they should. Sometimes, damage can occur to neighboring teeth if your wisdom teeth don’t have enough space.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

There are a few reasons why Dr. Schultz might recommend removal of your wisdom teeth. The most common reason is because of pain. You might not have pain directly where your teeth are located, but sometimes, impacted wisdom teeth can cause headaches or pain that radiates to your ears or sinuses.

Removal of your wisdom teeth may also be recommended if there are signs of an infection, or if there is an indication of a cyst forming around the tooth. You could also have your wisdom teeth removed if there is clear damage to other teeth. If you plan going into orthodontic treatment, then your dentist might suggest having your wisdom teeth removed as a way to allow the other teeth to have room to shift during the orthodontic treatment process.

You usually have time to make a decision about whether wisdom tooth removal is the best option. Dr. Schultz will physically examine your teeth and gums at each dental appointment, and can also monitor your teeth by taking the appropriate x-rays. If you notice any significant changes between appointments, then you need to inform Dr. Schultz in order to determine if the teeth have moved, and may need some attention.

In the event that you have enough space for wisdom teeth, and that they do not pose a problem to any of your adjacent teeth, wisdom teeth that remain in your mouth always need to be monitored for any signs of an infection or decay. It’s possible that there could be issues that arise years after your wisdom teeth erupt, that weren’t present at first. Make sure you go to each dental appointment and maintain a great home care routine to keep all of your teeth as clean as possible—especially if you have wisdom teeth, since they are located further back in your mouth.

Schedule an Appointment

By continually going to regular dental appointments, Dr. Schultz can monitor your teeth, and specifically your wisdom teeth, very closely. If Dr. Schultz notices your wisdom teeth coming in at an odd angle, or if they are causing any pain, then she may recommend their removal.  If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, or just want to have them checked, call our office to schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to take a look, and let you know what we think!

Posted on September 18, 2019 by:

In the event that you have enough space for wisdom teeth, and that they do not pose a problem to any of your adjacent teeth, wisdom teeth that remain in your mouth always need to be monitored for any signs of an infection or decay. It’s possible that there could be issues that arise years

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Replacement of Missing Teeth With The Modern Dental Bridge

We often think of tooth loss as something that happens while we are children or elderly adults. But many people lose their teeth, for many reasons, throughout their lifetime. Losing a tooth or teeth can have a negative effect not only on one’s confidence, but also on one’s ability to speak and chew. If you are looking to replace a tooth, or multiple teeth, a dental bridge may be a great option. 

At Schultz Family Dental, our team is made up of experienced professionals with amazing skills, to give you both comfortable visits and the appropriate fit for a new dental bridge. Dr. Anna Schultz is a highly sought-after dentist in the Newnan area. She and her team take great care to ensure they give the best care to their patients—from discussing treatment options to providing care.

Introducing The Dental Bridge

It’s truly amazing how modern technology has allowed us to create solutions that help drastically change people’s oral health and smiles. Dental bridges are one of these modern, stable, and effective technologies. A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth in between two crowns. The support (or abutment) teeth need to be healthy, so that the bridge will remain stable. 

Before placing the dental bridge in the patient’s mouth, there are some preparations needed in order to achieve the appropriate fit for your teeth. One of these preparations involves reshaping the existing (abutment) teeth, so that the new crowns will be able to fit properly on top of the teeth.  A temporary bridge is then made, and the patient will return to our office a few weeks later so that the permanent bridge can then be securely cemented onto these healthy teeth. 

Why Do People Choose Dental Bridges? 

Dental bridges are very secure, stable, and aesthetically appealing. As we mentioned before, they can easily replace your missing tooth, but they can also replace multiple missing teeth, in certain situations.  Dental bridges can sometimes be more affordable than dental implants, and some patients may not be candidates for dental implants. Dental bridges are more comfortable than removable partial dentures, which are another option for multiple tooth replacement.  Overall, they are great, natural-looking and feeling restorations to replace a missing tooth or teeth.

What Can You Expect During Treatment? 

It will take a few dental visits to create and fit your new dental bridge. Dentists start by taking x-rays of your teeth, especially the area where tooth or teeth replacement is needed.  It is important to ensure that the supporting teeth for the bridge are healthy. Next, the existing teeth adjacent to the space will be contoured to make room for the crowns that will be placed on them. Afterwards, there will be impressions taken of your newly contoured teeth. Then, while the permanent bridge is being made in the lab, a temporary bridge is placed in your mouth to protect your teeth and gums. The last and final stage involves removal of the temporary bridge and cementation of the permanent bridge in its place. The fabrication of a dental bridge usually takes 2-3 appointments.

Care and Treatment of Dental Bridge 

Dr. Anna Schultz at Schultz Family Dental will give you specific directions to take care of your bridge at home, and will also demonstrate techniques and give you tools to help keep your new bridge clean and healthy. It is very important to keep the mouth and teeth clean, so infections or cavities don’t arise, and this ensures that your bridge will last for many years.

If you are missing a tooth or teeth, and would like to look at your replacement options, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anna Schultz or fill out an appointment request form on our website.  We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your best dental health!

Posted on September 4, 2019 by:

We often think of tooth loss as something that happens while we are children or elderly adults. But many people lose their teeth, for many reasons, throughout their lifetime. Losing a tooth or teeth can have a negative effect not only on one’s confidence, but also on one’s ability to speak and chew. If you

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Benefits of Professional Tooth Whitening

Your smile is so important!  A beautiful smile can convey confidence, health, and even professionalism. Many people agree that a smile can make or break a social situation—or a first impression. One thing we know for sure: it’s important to take care of your teeth!  And one of the ways we do this is with professional whitening.

Everyone wants white teeth, and there are many products on the market that claim they can help you achieve a whiter and brighter smile over time. While some of these products do work, the difference between over-the-counter products and professional in-office products are: the length of time it takes to whiten the teeth, and the length of time this whitening lasts.  Read on to see why whitening can be so important!

Removal of Stains

One obvious benefit of whitening is the removal of stains on the teeth. Discoloration of teeth happens very easily—medications, coffee, wine, tobacco, tea, etc. are all substances that can cause your teeth to become discolored. Of these stains, there are two types: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains appear on the surfaces of the teeth, and these can be removed with routine dental cleanings, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Intrinsic stains are stains that penetrate the enamel of the tooth, and can only be treated with whitening products.

Shorter Length of Treatment Time

While take-home products often need 2-3 weeks before you start to notice a difference in the color of your teeth, in-office whitening can be completed in as little as an hour in the office.  Dr. Schultz uses several different products to whiten teeth in the office, based on your specific needs, and she can let you know what time-frame and product would give you the best results!

Long-Lasting Results

Unlike take-home whitening products, professional whitening actually lasts!  The effects of professional whitening vary from person to person, but usually last a full year or longer (depending on your habits). This can save you money in the long run, since you won’t have to continue buying over-the-counter products to maintain your beautiful smile, and you can have your teeth looking white and bright for a long time!

Minimizes the Appearance of Wrinkles

No, tooth whitening does not get rid of your wrinkles (unfortunately), but it can shift the focus away from them. When someone has beautiful, bright, teeth, their smile is captivating!  With whiter teeth, people will see your smile before they see the wrinkles. This helps to minimize focus on obvious signs of aging.

More Confidence

The last and, arguably, most important benefit of professional tooth whitening is how it will make you feel. Every day, there are pictures of perfect smiles plastered on billboards, magazines, and TV, causing you to sometimes feel self-conscious about your own smile. Tooth whitening is a solution to improve self-confidence!  With whiter teeth, your smile will sparkle and your confidence will follow!

Schedule an Appointment

If you want all the benefits of having whiter teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schultz.  She would love to give you a confident, beautiful smile!  To schedule an appointment, contact our office today or fill out an online form.

Posted on July 2, 2019 by:

Your smile is so important!  A beautiful smile can convey confidence, health, and even professionalism. Many people agree that a smile can make or break a social situation—or a first impression. One thing we know for sure: it’s important to take care of your teeth!  And one of the ways we do this is with

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Dental Exams & Sleep Apnea

It may come as a surprise to many, but oftentimes your dentist is one of the first people that may notice signs of a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is a condition that involves blockage of the airway during sleep, which can cause chronic snoring.  Snoring, and other mild forms of sleep apnea, can cause a decrease in your quality of sleep—but many people do not understand why it is happening. Over time, it can lead to bigger issues, such as chronic headaches, weight gain, cardiovascular disease, and even depression.

How Does It Relate to My Mouth?

You may ask yourself: what does this have to do with my teeth?  Well, there are oral signs of chronic sleep apnea that appear in routine dental exams. One of the main signs of sleep apnea in the mouth is bruxism or teeth grinding. When your airway is blocked and your brain realizes that your body needs some air, you often grind your teeth to open your airway.  This kind of bruxism can cause tension in your jaw and pressure on your teeth that wakes you up, which is what happens in an apnic event. Dentists can recognize signs of teeth grinding by looking at the surfaces of your teeth for any flattening or wear of the enamel. Another major sign of sleep apnea is soreness or redness in your throat, which can be caused by excessive snoring.  So your dentist is often one of the first people (besides a spouse) that can help you identify the possibility of sleep apnea.

During Your Comprehensive Exam

When you go in for your comprehensive exam, your dentist will review your medical history, as well as your oral health history. They will take x-rays, and evaluate the condition of your teeth. This is a good time to ask questions, if you have any concerns related to sleep apnea or your oral health. If you are experiencing chronic sleep apnea, then your dentist may be able to see signs of this in the mouth, and can review treatment options for you.

While dentists can recognize signs of sleep apnea during a routine dental exam, they rely on medical doctors and sleep studies to establish a definitive diagnosis.  Once a diagnosis is established, you and your dentist can decide on an appropriate treatment plan—sometimes this includes a CPAP machine, and sometimes it includes an oral appliance that keeps your airway open while you sleep.

Whatever your diagnosis, your dentist can answer any questions you may have, or make the appropriate referrals to medical doctors to treat your condition.  If you think this may be you, call to schedule an appointment for a consultation today.  We’d love to meet you!

Posted on July 2, 2019 by:

It may come as a surprise to many, but oftentimes your dentist is one of the first people that may notice signs of a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is a condition that involves blockage of the airway during sleep, which can cause chronic snoring.  Snoring, and other mild forms of sleep apnea, can cause a

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Do I Have a Dental Emergency?

It’s a good thing if you’ve never found yourself in a dental emergency situation, but it’s still important to know when to go to a dentist and why. Although some people might not think that the teeth are an important part of their health, dental care can become absolutely necessary if your teeth are injured or create an infection. Here are some ways to know that you should see your dentist immediately.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency can occur in many different forms, but there are some common factors that require immediate attention. This usually includes any bleeding, severe pain, loose teeth, swelling, or abnormal growths. These can be the result of an injury, or a condition that could cause damage to the surrounding teeth. In more extreme cases, you should see your dentist if your tooth or teeth are knocked out, cracked, or broken. Generally, you should listen to your body for signs that something is wrong and ensure that you regularly schedule your check-ups, so you understand what to watch out for.

Why should I see a dentist?

Although this can seem obvious, it’s still important to know why your dental health is important enough to immediately see your dentist in the event of an emergency. In cases of severe pain or bleeding because of swelling or growths in the mouth, these can be signs of more serious conditions that can require immediate diagnosis and treatment. Your dentist is well-trained in addressing problems of the mouth, head, and neck—and conditions that affect these areas can be dangerous because of their ability to create systemic health issues. Additionally, teeth that are broken can expose the nerve inside the tooth. If exposed to bacteria, this situation can be dangerous to your health and the integrity of your remaining teeth.

What can my dentist do?

In the case of many dental emergencies, time is your most important factor, since it can allow your dentist to save your tooth or teeth. Many restorative procedures can be performed quickly and efficiently in an emergency in order to place a temporary crown that can cover any exposed roots and restore function of the tooth. In some cases, your dentist can perform a root canal to drain and remove any infection that may be causing pain or swelling. If a tooth needs to be removed, this can also be performed, and even include the placement of implants to replace your missing tooth or teeth. In short, your dentist can work quickly and effectively to restore your teeth, and ensure they remain healthy after an injury or condition that causes infection.
When meeting a new dentist, it’s important to always establish their emergency hours and contact information before you need it. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schultz to discuss your dental health, contact our Newnan office by calling or filling out our online form. We look forward to meeting you!

Posted on April 4, 2019 by:

It’s a good thing if you’ve never found yourself in a dental emergency situation, but it’s still important to know when to go to a dentist and why. Although some people might not think that the teeth are an important part of their health, dental care can become absolutely necessary if your teeth are injured

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What Can I Expect When I Get A Dental Implant?

If you’re considering the option of a dental implant for tooth replacement, it can seem a little daunting at first; however, dental implants can be an effective, long-term solution for replacing your tooth or teeth and restoring your smile. Depending on your situation, they can be one of the best options for you! Here’s what to expect if you opt for dental implants with Dr. Schultz.

Preparation

This step can depend on your unique situation. For some patients, preparation can involve removing a damaged tooth and placing a bone graft where the tooth used to be, to help support an implant. This step is sometimes taken so that the implant will be stable within the bone when it is placed. After a bone graft, you’ll most likely undergo a healing period before moving to the next step. Sometimes a bone graft is not required, and the implant can be placed at the same time that your tooth is removed. Other times, if you’re replacing a tooth that was removed several months or years ago, an implant can be placed with no preparation at all—as long as the bone in the area is sufficient enough to support it.

Implant Placement

Placement of an implant can sometimes be the scariest-sounding part for patients, but we take great care to ensure you’re comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. In a surgical procedure, a titanium dental implant is placed within the bone of the missing tooth. This implant will eventually support a new tooth, but requires a few months of healing and recovery before you’re able to chew on it. Depending on your unique situation, you may need a temporary tooth replacement to wear while the implant
heals, or you may not need one at all. Dr. Schultz can discuss all of your options for a temporary tooth with you while planning for this appointment.

Crown Placement

After you’ve healed from placement of an implant, we take a mold of your teeth in order to fabricate a crown (tooth) that will attach to the implant, and on which you’ll be able to chew. This is done with great attention to matching the shape and shade of your adjacent teeth, so that no one will even know it’s not a real tooth! Once the crown has been made, it’s attached to the implant in a simple, in-office procedure.

Overall, this process can take several months, and may require some recovery between treatment sessions, but patients find the best long-term results with dental implants. This means no worrying about dentures (since the implants become a permanent part of your smile and don’t come in and out), no decay (because the implant is titanium), and no bothersome flossing (like is necessary beneath a bridge).

If you’d like to discuss your dental implant options with Dr. Schultz, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form—we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Posted on March 4, 2019 by:

Overall, this process can take several months, and may require some recovery between treatment sessions, but patients find the best long-term results with dental implants. This means no worrying about dentures (since the implants become a permanent part of your smile and don’t come in and out), no decay (because the implant is titanium), and

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Do You Need a Dental Extraction?

Have you been suffering from a toothache that is causing you pain and discomfort? You could possibly need a dental extraction to help you with the pain you’re experiencing. If your tooth has become broken or decayed badly enough that a crown or filling won’t fix it, then your dentist may want to extract (remove) the tooth and talk about options for its replacement.

There are a lot of reasons as to why extractions may be necessary, for example:

  • Extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in
  • Teeth as a source of infection
  • Too many teeth and not enough room for them (determined with an orthodontist)
  • Baby teeth that never fell out
  • Extremely damaged teeth

Another such reason may be wisdom teeth removal. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed in their lifetime, due to spacing issues and the way that these teeth erupt, making them difficult to clean and thus, more susceptible to decay.

Getting a Dental Extraction

A dental extraction is a procedure by which a dentist or oral surgeon uses special instruments to help loosen a tooth, in order to remove it easily. This procedure can be completed under general anesthesia by an oral surgeon, or with local anesthesia by a general dentist. We understand that nobody wants to have a tooth removed, so we try to make this process as easy and as painless as possible for you. There may be some bruising and/or swelling after the procedure, which can be managed with medication, as prescribed by your dentist.

Consulting With Your Dentist

Depending on the reason for and location of your extraction, it may be necessary for you to receive something to replace the tooth that has been removed. It is important to talk to your dentist to see what your tooth replacement options may be, either before or after having your tooth extracted. We want to make sure you receive the best care, and that you understand all the options available to you before you make a decision. The health of your teeth and mouth are our first priority!

Posted on February 4, 2019 by:

Have you been suffering from a toothache that is causing you pain and discomfort? You could possibly need a dental extraction to help you with the pain you’re experiencing. If your tooth has become broken or decayed badly enough that a crown or filling won’t fix it, then your dentist may want to extract (remove)

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Why Do I Need a Comprehensive Exam?

Even if you take exceptional care of your teeth at home, it’s still really important to have regular exams when you visit your dentist. Although it can seem like clean teeth are good enough, there are still some important things that your dentist should check for that can have a big impact on your overall health. Here are some things you can expect Dr. Schultz to perform during your next visit.

Head and Neck Examination

Although you might think that dentists only focus on the teeth, there is more than just your mouth that Dr. Schultz is concerned with. She will examine various areas of the head and neck to check for any abnormalities that can be indicative of problems like sleep apnea or oral cancer. She will also check the function and condition of your jaw, to ensure it’s working properly and isn’t showing signs of wear from things like bruxism (grinding your teeth).

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer may not be as common, but it’s just as important. Because of regular checkups, Dr. Schultz will be acquainted with your head, neck, and mouth from appointment to appointment—in order to spot any signs of cancerous activity. These findings can be included in a head and neck examination, where Dr. Schultz will check for any lumps or irregularities. Be sure to let her know if you’ve noticed any changes or discomfort in the mouth, head, or neck, so that she can assess any potential risks.

Gum Disease Evaluation

Gum disease can be problematic to your overall health, so it’s important to check for signs of gum inflammation during your comprehensive exam. This can include performing a periodontal evaluation, which measures the space between the gum and the tooth. A wider and deeper gap here can be indicative of long-term plaque and calculus build-up and bone loss around the teeth, which can be the result of things like poor home care, a long time between dental appointments, or extensive wear. This can sometimes lead to mobility of the teeth if left untreated, which is a serious concern.

 Cavity Screening

Cavities can be very detrimental to your health if left unchecked, and can sometimes lead to an extensive root canal procedure if the cavity is left for long enough. If it’s not addressed in the long term, bacteria from the oral cavity can also spread to the surrounding tissues of the mouth and head, causing dangerous infections. Dr. Schultz can look for early signs of tooth decay, and recommend ways to either prevent or reverse the damage, or treat the cavity if needed.

X-Ray Screening

X-rays are valuable for seeing problems that may not be immediately visible in the mouth. They show us the state of your external and internal tooth structure, as well as the surrounding bone. X-rays can thus be very helpful in fully accomplishing all of the above evaluations, leading to more effective treatment and prevention. Dental x-rays are always low-radiation, so don’t worry about over-exposure during your visit.  Dr. Schultz will only take the x-rays necessary for diagnosis and treatment.

Although dental exams may not seem as important as going to the medical doctor, it’s important to understand that your teeth not only serve an important function, but are also a part of the larger oral cavity: the entry point to the rest of your body.  The mouth deserves regular exams, to ensure not only optimal oral health, but overall health as well.

Dr. Schultz can perform a comprehensive exam at regular intervals to ensure you’re healthy and performing effective at-home care to take care of those pearly whites, so be sure to schedule your appointment by calling or filling out our online form.  We look forward to seeing you!

Posted on January 22, 2019 by:

Even if you take exceptional care of your teeth at home, it’s still really important to have regular exams when you visit your dentist. Although it can seem like clean teeth are good enough, there are still some important things that your dentist should check for that can have a big impact on your overall

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What to Know About At-Home Tooth Whitening

It can seem like there’s no need to undergo professional teeth whitening if you can do it at home (it seems like there are an unbelievable amount of choices on the market!), but there are some things to know about whitening on your own time when it comes to both effectiveness and oral health. At-home whitening can be a great way to maintain your professional results under the guidance of your dentist, but here are some things to watch out for if you’ve decided to do it yourself.

You should pick the right product

Although it can be tempting to find the cheapest or most natural way to get to white teeth, some of these products can actually be detrimental to your oral health. Professional treatments usually use a form of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide within a certain percentage range.  Peroxides are bleaching agents that break up stains and discolored molecules on the teeth, can come in the form of strips (most over-the-counter products) or gels (most dental office products), and are generally safe. On the other hand, certain other over-the-counter products contain abrasive ingredients (like activated charcoal) that abrasively get rid of stains, but also get rid of your enamel in the process because they’re too harsh. You should always check with your dentist before you try any over-the-counter products, since many are not endorsed by the ADA or good for your teeth.

You can sometimes experience sensitivity

Unfortunately, tooth whitening can come with some discomfort afterwards—usually because of the strength of the product used, the accidental seepage of bleaching material onto the gum tissue, or the condition of your enamel prior to whitening; however, with professional in-office treatments, you dentist can take steps to protect your gums from the product used, recommend a strength of whitening solution specifically for you, and better prevent or manage any post-operative sensitivity.

You should avoid certain foods/drinks

Staining usually occurs from the regular consumption of certain foods/drinks that are dark or particularly pigmented. The most common of these are coffee, black tea, or red wine. Your dentist will recommend drinking these through a straw to protect your teeth while whitening, as well as rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth shortly after eating or drinking these beverages.  How frequently you’ll need to whiten your teeth depends on how frequently you consume dark food and drinks—the less the consumption, the fewer the treatments!

You should have good dental health

Teeth whitening works best on people that are in good health when it comes to their teeth, especially since certain whitening products can irritate certain dental conditions like receding gums or cavities. With professional treatments, your dentist can take steps to avoid this, so you should address your dental health with a professional before you reach for any whitening products.

You can overdo it

Teeth whitening works best at a professional strength 1-2 times per year, and your results can be touched-up at home in between these appointments.  Whether you decide to whiten in a dental office or at home, you should always do so under the supervision of your dentist.

Dr. Schultz can perform professional teeth whitening treatments and/or provide you with at-home instructions to maintain effective results. To schedule an appointment and discuss your options or concerns about whitening, call our office or fill out our online form.  We look forward to seeing you!

Posted on January 7, 2019 by:

It can seem like there’s no need to undergo professional teeth whitening if you can do it at home (it seems like there are an unbelievable amount of choices on the market!), but there are some things to know about whitening on your own time when it comes to both effectiveness and oral health. At-home

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