A toothache usually refers to pain around the teeth or jaws primarily as a result of a dental condition. In most instances, toothaches are caused by tooth problems, such as a dental cavity, a cracked tooth, an exposed tooth root, or gum disease. However, disorders of the jaw joint can also cause pain that is referred to as "toothache." The severity of a toothache can range from chronic and mild to sharp and excruciating. The pain may be aggravated by chewing or by cold or heat. A thorough oral examination, which includes dental X-rays, can help determine whether the toothache is coming from a tooth or jaw problem and the cause. If you are experiencing a toothache give us a call!
Tooth decay. It is one of the most common of all disorders, second only to the common cold. It usually occurs in children and young adults but can affect anyone. It is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people. Bacteria is normally present in the mouth and changes food into acids. The combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva form plaque.
Plaque begins to form 20 minutes after eating and if not removed by proper brushing and flossing the decay process begins. As the acids in the plaque begin to weaken and dissolve the enamel, holes in the teeth are created. This is what we call Cavities or Caries.
Cavities are usually painless until they grow closer to the nerve or center of the tooth. Untreated decay destroys the enamel and the internal structure of the tooth thus resulting in root canals or loss of the teeth.
How is decay diagnosed?
Decay is diagnosed in a number of ways which include :
Laser Cavity Detection
Our dental clinic is committed to keeping your teeth healthy. We use State of the Art technology that allows us to detect decay in the earliest stages, saving and preserving precious enamel. . When decay is detected, we use only the best materials to restore your teeth to health.
Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack or break. This can happen by biting down on something hard, a traumatic event, having cavities that weaken the tooth, or due to clenching / bruxism. When a tooth breaks, it may not hurt, but your tongue can usually feel the sharp area. If a large piece of the tooth breaks off, it can cause discomfort because the nerve inside the tooth may be damaged. If it is exposed to air, or hot or cold foods or drinks, it can be extremely uncomfortable.
At our clinic, we determine if the break was caused by cavities, clenching / grinding, or just incidental trauma and if the tooth's nerve is in danger. Depending on the severity of the break, the tooth may need an inlay, onlay or crown. A damaged nerve usually will require root canal treatment. Here we have cosmetic dentistry professional who can evaluate and recommend the best treatment needed to restore your teeth
What can be done if you have a chipped tooth?? There are a couple of different options for you depending on the size of the chip and where it is located in the mouth. One option would be cosmetic bonding – with this option, highly aesthetic bonding material would be applied directly to your tooth to repair the chip. Limitations to the bonding material do exist (for instance when the chip is too large, or if there are other cracks or fractures in the tooth, or if there is too much chewing force on the tooth)…in this case a porcelain veneer might be recommended.
At our dental clinic we have many different options for improving an unattractive smile. dentists can sit down with you during your consultation and come up with a custom treatment plan that will address all of your goals. Typically the way to dramatically change your "unattractive smile" is by doing one or more of the following:
Smile Design using Porcelain Veneers
Smile design is a term used when at least 8 or more teeth are done on the upper jaw. Typically, people show at least their top 8 teeth in a full smile. We usually recommend that we cosmetically address what we can see in your full smile. This way we / you gain control of the color, shape, symmetry, contours of the teeth, etc.
There are several whitening options available :
a) Traditional Tray whitening
b) In-Office "Laser" whitening
Cosmetic Bonding can represent a good way to change minor imperfections in one's smile. It's our opinion that it's not a great method for totally changing one's smile like veneers could be (bonding is not a good choice for changing color, shapes, contours of a large number of teeth comprehensively). But for small to moderate chips, closing small spaces, or to slightly lengthen a tooth…bonding is a GREAT option for blending seamlessly with your natural tooth. One thing to point out though is that bonding is the MOST technical & artistic cosmetic procedure that is done by a cosmetic dentist because of the layering that must exist to truly replicate natural enamel. This is why you can "see" a lot of bad bonding but you never "see" the good ones.
If you are looking to brighten up your smile, we offers a couple of different types of whitening procedures that fit within almost any budget and the results are quick! Almost everyone is a candidate for whitening or teeth bleaching. However, some dark teeth are much more resistant to the dental whitening procedures, especially tetracycline stained teeth. If you have dark or tetracycline affected teeth we recommend one of the following options :
Teeth that are discolored with gray or reddish shades are most resistant to teeth whitening. Depending on the results you desire whitening may or may not be an option for you.
Porcelain Veneers : Typically when you have very dark teeth (grey, brown or reddish undertones) – the gold standard has been to apply a porcelain veneer to that tooth. The color of that dark tooth is coming from DEEP within the core of the tooth (which is why traditional whitening methods FAIL on tetracyline stained teeth). Veneers allows us to have no limitations with blocking the color out.
Periodontal Disease or gum disease affects approximately 75 percent of the Indian population at some point and time during a person's life, regardless of age. Periodontal Disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults as well. However, despite the prevalence of the disease, very few individuals seek out necessary treatment. Periodontal Disease is an infection in the supporting structure of the teeth and mouth, also known as the gums and the bone around your teeth. Tender, red, inflamed and/or bleeding gums are only the visible, external symptoms. These symptoms generally indicate periodontal disease, an oral and systemic health issue much more serious than gum bleeding.
Wisdom Teeth, or third molars, develop in most young adults. The challenge with wisdom teeth in most cases is that they are very difficult to keep clean and/or there is not enough room for them and are therefore highly susceptible to tooth decay, infection, and gum disease.
About 65% of the population will develop wisdom teeth between ages 12 and 15. Some wisdom teeth will never erupt and stay impacted. Those that do erupt, can cause pain as they erupt through the gum tissue. There are clinical examinations and radiographs that should be taken prior to the removal of any teeth, especially wisdom teeth, as they may be close to the mandibular nerve or sinus cavity. . If you or your child is experiencing pain or tenderness, erupted wisdom teeth could be one of many causes. Give us a call and we will make the proper diagnosis and design the best treatment plan for the problem.
Ever feel like your bite is a little off center? Maybe you have no pain and have no trouble chewing, but your teeth could be wearing unevenly and at an accelerated rate. Your uneven bite can be characterized by malocclusion.
Malocclusion is the misalignment of a bite or unfavorable placement of teeth. Though malocclusion does not hinder functions of the mouth, it can lead to accelerated wear on the teeth – ultimately reducing the size, shape and strength of those teeth that contribute to face shape. It also contributes to decreased longevity of the teeth, which can advance deterioration and jeopardize dental health.
Malocclusion can also be characterized by visual spacing or crowding in your smile, an uneven bite or a chipped, cracked or broken tooth resulting from misalignment.
Dental Implants or Missing Tooth
Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth.
Before the technology of dental implants was developed, dentists relied on bridges, partial and complete dentures to replace a missing or compromised tooth. Bridges require crowns which may compromise the life of existing teeth that must be altered to accommodate bridges. In many cases, opting for bridges to replace a tooth can lead to accelerated decay and subsequent cavity formation.
An implant consists of a titanium screw that functions as the root of a tooth, the implant abutment (coping that provides support to the new crown), and the implant crown. The implant is level with the bone structure in the mouth that supports the teeth and provides the framework for the bone that can be lost or diminished in strength, health and size once a tooth is absent. This internal support structure is crucial, as bone health and strength can be compromised when a tooth is extracted. Implants maintain the health of the existing bone and limit the amount lost over time. Implants can be used to replace multiple teeth as in a bridge or to retain or support partial and complete dentures, ensuring the quality of those options for replacement.
Implants function like teeth, can be flossed and brushed like teeth and are not removed. Implant placement is typically a 6-12 month process to ensure osseointegration, fusion of the implant with surrounding bone. If proper care and hygiene measures are taken, implants can last a lifetime.
Why a Root Canal is needed?
A root canal is needed when damage occurs to a tooth’s pulp. This can happen due to injury or due to severe tooth decay. A root canal is often a dreaded procedure but this can be an alternative to a tooth extraction and can be a very effective way to eliminate tooth pain. While root canals can take two or more appointments, your Atlanta Dental Spa dentist will work to make each appointment as comfortable as possible for you; we strongly believe in practicing gentle dentistry.
The extent of the procedure and effectiveness will depend on how extensive the tooth damage is. During the root canal treatment, the area is assessed and then the damaged and / or dead pulp is removed and the area is then sealed.
What is needed after a Root Canal?
After a root canal, you should consider having a porcelain crown put over the tooth as this will help prevent tooth breakage. This is especially helpful if extensive restoration was done, leaving a thin shell of a tooth. If pain, swelling, and other problems occur after root canal treatment, you may need to meet with your dentist again to determine whether or not further work needs to be done.
No one really wants to have a root canal but when you need one, you want it done right. we offers quality dental services (family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry) and has an extensive history in performing root canals. we perform procedures helping you be as comfortable as possible..