How Your Teeth Can Benefit From Crowns

We want to keep our teeth as healthy and as strong as possible. Dental crowns can be used to improve the appearance of the teeth, protect teeth that have fractured, and even save teeth we may otherwise lose. Let’s learn about dental crowns, and why Dr. Schultz may recommend them.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are “caps” or “coverings” put over teeth. They can be made out of different materials–depending upon where the tooth is, how it’s used, and the amount of the tooth structure needing coverage.

The materials used for crowns range from ceramic or porcelain to metal or gold. Whatever material is used, crowns are made to look like the teeth they’re covering, especially ceramic or porcelain crowns–whose color mimics that of your adjacent teeth.

Crown treatment is usually a two-appointment process. At your first appointment, any old filling material and/or cracked or decayed tooth structure will be removed, your tooth will be shaped for a crown, and a temporary crown will be made to custom-fit your tooth.  You will come back to have your permanent crown cemented once it is made in our dental lab (usually a 2-3 week timeline).

When Are Dental Crowns Needed?

Your dental care provider may recommend you get a crown if:

  • Your teeth have cracked or broken
  • Your teeth have been weakened by decay or a root canal
  • Your teeth have sustained a significant amount of wear from chewing or grinding
  • Your teeth are misshapen or severely discolored
  • You are missing at least one tooth and are receiving a bridge

Dental crowns are an extremely versatile method of treatment. They can be used to help a wide variety of oral issues.

Benefits Of Dental Crowns

Dentists and patients like dental crowns for numerous reasons, including :

  • They are long-lasting and durable
  • They can restore the natural size, shape, and appearance of teeth
  • They look like your natural teeth
  • They help ensure your teeth are safe and strong
  • They protect weakened teeth from bacteria and decay

Dental crowns protect teeth from further damage or breakage. They can help patients retain natural teeth that may otherwise need to be removed for medical or safety reasons. They can also be used to improve the aesthetic appeal of your smile, and give you the pearly white teeth you want!

If you would like to see if you may be a good candidate for dental crown treatment, call to book an appointment today with the team at Schultz Family Dental. They can help you to get your teeth looking and feeling their best!

Posted on March 9, 2020 by:

We want to keep our teeth as healthy and as strong as possible. Dental crowns can be used to improve the appearance of the teeth, protect teeth that have fractured, and even save teeth we may otherwise lose. Let’s learn about dental crowns, and why Dr. Schultz may recommend them. What Are Dental Crowns? Dental

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How long does it take to heal from dental implants?

Dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth. An implant is a surgical fixture that is placed in the bone, and is allowed to fuse with your existing bone over the course of several months. These “artificial roots” can replace single or multiple missing teeth in the mouth, allowing for better chewing function and/or addressing cosmetic concerns.

The fusion of a dental implant into the bone is called “osseointegration,” and it is the closest thing to a natural tooth that we have in care today. Thanks to innovations in dental science, the success rate of dental implants is almost 98 percent.

Why would you need dental implants?

Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even your entire mouth. The goal of implant use is not only to restore function but improve overall appearance and strength as well.

While other options for tooth replacement exist—partial dentures, complete dentures, and the like—dental implants remain the gold standard for tooth replacement. Several factors must be considered when deciding if implants are right for you. These factors include:

  • The location of missing teeth
  • Health and density of the jawbone in which the implant is to be placed
  • Health of the patient
  • Patient preferences
  • Cost

Dr. Schultz will examine your mouth and determine if implants are the right choice for you.

What does the dental implant procedure involve?

The first step in a dental implant procedure involves assessing the health of the bone and soft tissues where the implant is to be placed. If teeth in the mouth still need to be extracted to facilitate the process, this would precede additional work. If a bone graft is necessary to fortify the site/sites for implant placement, the site/sites will need to heal before continuing the implantation process.

When the bone is strong enough to support an implant, a titanium post is placed in this site, using special instruments. A “healing cap” is then attached to the titanium post, and the site is allowed to heal for four to six months, while the post becomes fused to the bone. Follow up appointments will be necessary to make sure that bone is adequately integrated, and no infection exists.

The final phase of an implant process involves placing a custom crown on the implant, so that it looks, functions, and feels like a normal tooth.  After this crown is placed, the implant should be fully functional, and ready to chew on!

How long does it take to heal?

Due to the fact that there are several stages in the implant process, it can take anywhere from five months to over a year, in order for that area of the mouth to be fully functional once more. During this time, it is essential that you follow your dentist’s instructions for follow-up care, including paying attention to any chewing restrictions. The amount of time that is required varies from patient to patient, depending on the condition of the mouth, the location of the implant, and the density of the bone in which the implant is to be placed.

If you have questions about the start-to-finish process for your implant, talk to Dr. Schultz about creating a timeline that will help you to prepare for this important procedure. You are rebuilding the health and strength of your mouth, and you want to make sure it is done correctly!  Look forward to improved oral health through dental implant procedures—it will be well worth the wait!

Posted on January 17, 2020 by:

Dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth. An implant is a surgical fixture that is placed in the bone, and is allowed to fuse with your existing bone over the course of several months. These “artificial roots” can replace single or multiple missing teeth in the mouth, allowing for better chewing function

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How To Prevent Tooth Decay

Our teeth play a large role in our health, but, without proper care, our teeth can be damaged by decay. Fortunately, maintaining a healthy smile isn’t difficult, but it does require a bit of dedication and care. Here are some tips for avoiding tooth decay to keep your teeth healthy and attractive.

Brush Twice Daily

At the forefront of the battle against tooth decay is brushing your teeth. Brushing twice daily is preferred by most experts, especially after meals. Brushing clears away debris that can rot, causing cavities, and it clears away potentially harmful plaque. Note, however, to avoid excessive brushing, which can damage your enamel and lead to further problems.

Flossing

Many people develop strong brushing habits, but fewer floss as frequently as they should. Make sure to learn proper flossing technique from your dental hygienist next time you have your teeth cleaned, and floss at least once per day. Note that flossing also helps protect against gum disease, which can cause problems aside from tooth decay. Consider picking up an interdental cleaning tool, which you might find more convenient than traditional flossing.

Visit Your Dentist

Regular visits to your dentist provide you with a deep cleaning, helping you remove plaque and debris that’s hard to reach with a toothbrush and floss. Furthermore, your hygienist and dentist will look for cavities, which are far easier to treat when they’re in their early stages. Your dentist can also advise you about other options you might want to consider. Dental sealants, for example, provide excellent protection, and supplemental fluoride options can prevent future cavities. Schultz Family Dental can ensure you’re on top of your dental hygiene.

Clean Your Tongue

Although it might not seem intuitive at first, your tongue can serve as a source of tooth decay. Tongues can serve as reservoirs for bacteria, which can then attack teeth. There are a number of dental cleaning tools available, but simply brushing your tongue after your teeth can remove bacteria.

A Proper Diet Helps

Having a healthy diet is great for a number of reasons, but it’s also useful for keeping your teeth in great shape. Sugary drinks can coat your teeth with bacteria-friendly sugars, which can encourage bacterial growth. Furthermore, the acids in many soft drinks can weaken your enamel, providing an opportunity for bacteria to take hold on your teeth. Vegetables are great for brushing away some plaque. Tap water in the United States is treated to have a healthy level of fluoride, so keep your water bottle filled during the day.

Winning the battle against tooth decay requires constant vigilance. Fortunately, you don’t need to invest too much time to maintain a healthy and attractive smile. Make sure to build healthy habits, and visit your dentist regularly to learn what works best for your smile.

Posted on December 15, 2019 by:

Our teeth play a large role in our health, but, without proper care, our teeth can be damaged by decay. Fortunately, maintaining a healthy smile isn’t difficult, but it does require a bit of dedication and care. Here are some tips for avoiding tooth decay to keep your teeth healthy and attractive. Brush Twice Daily

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Can Dental Implants Treat Teeth and Gum Concerns?

When you are dealing with dental pain it is often hard to think straight. However, tooth pain is quite common, however, there are times when it is time to have your problematic tooth or teeth replaced with dental implants. For instance, if your tooth starts hurting for no reason, the pain is not from you eating or drinking, then it is time to consult with a dentist to have your problem assessed.

Reasons You May Need Dental Implants

Non-restorative decay of your teeth or gums
Severe gum disease
An unsuccessful root canal
Accidents that are unrepairable

If you have any of these problems and do not have them treated, then you face issues such as gaps in your teeth, further damage, or further tooth loss. Your teeth will continue to change as you age, and oftentimes they degrade as time goes by. This is natural, however, there are a few more instances to consider that are treatable if caught early enough.

Tooth And Gum Problems That Must Be Treated To Prevent Tooth Loss

Gum, also known as a periodontal, disease- occurs after noticeable problems such as tartar and plaque build-up. Gingivitis will normally occur before the periodontal disease begins to set in.
Gaps from missing teeth creating areas that trap food- this is very destructive to surrounding teeth, and may even cause damage to healthy teeth.
Damage to teeth that leave the nerve exposed- this becomes obvious when eating and drinking seems impossible.

If you avoid repairing damage to your gums and teeth, then your jawbone will suffer greatly. The bone and tissue will begin to breakdown due to new pressure and shifting of healthy teeth, and this results in cracked teeth, realignment of your teeth, painful attempts at eating, and further breakdown of your gum tissue. Your gums can also break down from not having physiological pressure, thus causing the area to die off. However, if you visit the dentist to help you with regard to your pain, then you have the chance of having corrective measures taken such as dental implants.

How Dental Implants Are Effective In Treating Teeth And Gum Disorders

You can opt for a single tooth, partial, or full implant to ensure that your problems are remedied. Dental implants are far more effective than dentures because they help fight bone resorption. This occurs because when the tooth or teeth are no longer presenting force on the problem areas, thus the jawbone itself begins to break down. However, with dental implants, this is no longer a problem. As a matter of fact, each tooth is anchored in place with a synthetic root per se, and this allows for dental implants to effectively take the place of your teeth that have been removed.

When it comes to problems with your teeth, it is always best to seek help as quickly as possible. It is extremely important to practice preventative measures such as flossing, brushing at least twice a day, and avoid processed sugars as often as possible. If you do enjoy sugary foods, then make sure to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after consumption to help better protect your beautiful smile.

Schedule an Appointment

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

Posted on November 1, 2019 by:

When you are dealing with dental pain it is often hard to think straight. However, tooth pain is quite common, however, there are times when it is time to have your problematic tooth or teeth replaced with dental implants. For instance, if your tooth starts hurting for no reason, the pain is not from you

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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 October 1, 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 get older, you might notice that there are a few more teeth in the back of your mouth. These are called wisdom teeth, and usually, signs that they are present begin when you’re about 16 or 17 years old. Sometimes, these teeth needs to be removed because they are impacted or don’t break through the gums. At other times, they could come through as they should, which is beneficial for chewing. If your teeth are impacted, Schultz Family Dental can perform the removal of them so that you get the relief that you desire.

Crowding

If there’s not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth, there will usually be a few symptoms that you notice. Even if you do have room in your mouth for more teeth, they could grow at an odd angle or sideways. This would mean that they need to be removed. Once there are signs of your wisdom teeth showing on an X-ray, your dentist will monitor their development. Some of the things that your dentist will look for are areas surrounding the teeth if they don’t erupt all the way. These areas could lead to food and bacteria getting trapped. 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 Teeth Removal

There are a few reasons why Schultz Family Dental would remove your wisdom teeth. The most common reason is because of severe pain. You might not have pain directly where your teeth are located, as impacted wisdom teeth can cause headaches and pain in your ears or sinuses. Removal is usually performed if there are signs of an infection or if there is an indication of a cyst. You could also have your teeth removed if there is clear damage to other teeth or to the wisdom teeth. If you plan on getting braces, then your dentist or orthodontist 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. Your dentist will physically examine your teeth and gums at each dental appointment and can also monitor your teeth by taking X-rays. If you notice any significant changes between appointments, then you need to alert your dentist in order to determine if the teeth have moved or if they have started to come through. Teeth that remain in your mouth 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 provide the proper oral care to keep all of your teeth as clean as possible, especially the wisdom teeth, since they are located farther back in your mouth.

Schedule Your 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!

 

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 As you get older, you might notice that there are a few more teeth in the back of your mouth. These are called wisdom teeth, and usually, signs that they are present begin when you’re about 16 or 17 years old. Sometimes, these teeth needs to be removed because they are impacted or don’t break

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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 August 1, 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 1, 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 June 1, 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 May 1, 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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