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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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!
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)
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.
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-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!
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
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!
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
An all-around healthy lifestyle requires keeping your teeth and gums healthy. This means adopting a few habits that can help you avoid periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay (cavities)—like consistent dental check-ups, healthy eating, brushing, and flossing regularly. A sticky film of bacteria called plaque regularly covers your teeth after meals, and can harden over time to form tartar (calculus). Tartar can eventually lead to cavities, so it should be eliminated with regular professional cleanings.
Why Do I Need Teeth Cleaning?
Depending on the condition of your gum tissues, teeth cleanings should be completed at least once every six months. Cleaning appointments help to observe and reinforce proper brushing and flossing habits at home, emphasizing the importance of paying attention to any neglected areas. Problems like bad breath, gingivitis, tooth decay, bone loss, and tooth loss are aggravated when plaque is built up under the gums and around the teeth. Destructive bacteria can be eradicated by routine cleanings, ensuring the best dental health. Your overall wellness and health are also determined by your dental hygiene, which serves additional physical benefits. Regular dental check-ups are significant since they can also aid in the diagnosis of diabetes, oral cancer, and any abnormalities in the neck and head regions.
What Can I Expect At My Teeth Cleaning?
Teeth cleaning, a comprehensive process, first requires x-rays (taken at regular intervals) in order to thoroughly inspect those areas of the mouth that cannot be seen by your dentist or dental hygienist. Dr. Schultz and her team use the latest and most sophisticated dental instruments to painlessly and thoroughly clean your teeth by removing any built-up plaque and tartar at or below the gum line and on the teeth.
After your hygienist gently removes any tartar and plaque, your teeth will be flossed and polished with a special polishing agent to remove any discolorations or stains. An additional fluoride treatment will also be offered, as it remineralizes your enamel to protect your teeth against cavities, maintaining their health over the long-term. Your dental examination will then be completed by Dr. Schultz, who will be able to detect any impending concerns related to the gums and teeth.
An all-around healthy lifestyle requires keeping your teeth and gums healthy. This means adopting a few habits that can help you avoid periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay (cavities)—like consistent dental check-ups, healthy eating, brushing, and flossing regularly. A sticky film of bacteria called plaque regularly covers your teeth after meals, and can harden over
Yellowing or staining of the teeth can be a source of worry and embarrassment for many patients, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re in this boat, you could benefit from professional teeth whitening at Schultz Family Dental. A pleasant smile can go a long way to create a lasting impression, so let us help you with yours!
How Do Teeth Become Discolored?
Teeth become stained due to numerous factors like tobacco and medication use, having experienced an injury to the teeth, and regularly drinking dark colored beverages. There are extrinsic stains that appear on the surface of the teeth, but intrinsic stains live deep within the dentin (the layer of tooth structure beneath the enamel) and between the enamel micro-cracks. A few extrinsic stains can be removed through mouth rinses and whitening toothpastes, but certain stubborn extrinsic and all intrinsic stains are eliminated through teeth whitening agents.
Who is a Good Candidate for Tooth Whitening?
Not all individuals with staining and yellowing of the teeth are good candidates for tooth whitening. If you are suffering from tooth decay or gum disease, you must treat these problems prior to tooth whitening, since whitening agents can be harmful for your teeth if you have these untreated conditions. In addition, the color of certain dental restorations—like veneers, fillings, bridges, or crowns—cannot be changed by tooth whitening.
The Tooth Whitening Procedure
In-office whitening is a non-invasive and efficient procedure completed in a single hour. Instant whitening is being offered by Dr. Schultz through GLO Science, providing patients with the latest innovation in teeth whitening technology for an effective, enjoyable, and pain-free whitening experience.
First, a protective gel is applied to the gums and the whitening gel is applied to your teeth until desired shade of white is achieved. Active whitening ingredients in the gel then reach the discolored molecules in the enamel and react with them to break the bonds, causing whitening of the entire tooth.
If you’d rather whiten your teeth at home, Dr. Schultz uses Opalescence take-home whitening gel in custom trays that are specifically made to fit your teeth. Prescribed for use 4-6 hours daily, this gel is available in three flavors and four different concentrations, and offers professional results in an effective, safe, and customized way.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Schultz Family Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schultz, so that we can discuss your teeth whitening options for a brighter, more confident smile, and a brighter, more confident YOU!
Yellowing or staining of the teeth can be a source of worry and embarrassment for many patients, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re in this boat, you could benefit from professional teeth whitening at Schultz Family Dental. A pleasant smile can go a long way to create a lasting impression, so let us
Cavities may be an uncommon occurrence for most people, but they can also be fairly prevalent among different age groups. A cavity is an area of decay on the tooth that involves a breakdown of your enamel, and can be very hard for you to detect without an examination during your regular check-up appointments. They’re perfectly preventable with good home care and routine visits to the dentist; however, it’s important to know what your treatment options may look like if you or your dentist detect one, so here are some factors that can lead to the need for a filling (a restoration intended to repair and restore any damaged tooth structure).
Does My Tooth Need a Filling?
In the very early stages of a cavity (which is most often diagnosed at your regular appointments using a digital radiograph), it can sometimes be treated at home with regular use of fluoride. This substance can re-mineralize the teeth and restore your enamel, leading to an arrest in the development of shallow cavities, and sometimes even a complete repair! Fluoride usually comes in the form of toothpaste, drinking water, and good rinses. If you have a large number of cavities, Dr. Schultz may also recommend prescription-strength toothpaste to help prevent further damage. Good brushing and flossing habits can also help to prevent cavities, as well as regular screenings and cleanings with your dentist. Dr. Schultz can also assess your diet, and recommend the elimination or modification of any foods or drinks that could be causing them.
Has the Cavity Reached the Root of My Tooth?
If cavities are left untreated, the decay can reach all the way down to the root of the tooth and into the tissues underneath it, causing infection. In this case, a filling will not be sufficient, and you may need to see an endodontist to perform a root canal. This procedure removes the infected pulp that makes up the deep interior of the tooth before sealing it to ensure the remaining tooth structure is protected.
Is It a Baby Tooth?
There can be some nuances involved with deciding whether or not to fill baby teeth if they show signs of a cavity, but generally, they should be filled if there will be a significant amount of time before the permanent teeth begin to come in. As with adult teeth, a cavity in a baby tooth can still cause problems with the surrounding area if it’s left untreated; however, Dr. Schultz can give you the best treatment recommendations for your child, depending on their age and dental health.
At Schultz Family Dental, we always ensure you’re comfortable and educated about your treatment options, as well as ways to prevent cavities. Contact us to schedule an appointment to create YOUR unique treatment plan!
Cavities may be an uncommon occurrence for most people, but they can also be fairly prevalent among different age groups. A cavity is an area of decay on the tooth that involves a breakdown of your enamel, and can be very hard for you to detect without an examination during your regular check-up appointments. They’re