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By NORTHSIDE FAMILY DENTISTRY
November 28, 2018
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: braces  

Discover the different kinds of orthodontic treatments in Macon, GA.

There are many factors that go into deciding just which kind of braces will give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Of course, our Macon, GA, dentists Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson understand just how important this decision is for you and that certain factors such as length of treatment, appearance and even cost can play a role in which kind of braces you, your child or your teen ends up getting.

Luckily, we live in a technologically advanced world where orthodontic treatment is always being updated, revamped and improved. This means that we are now able to offer a variety of ways to straighten smiles and boost your confidence based on your needs and goals. During your consultation, we will examine your smile and discuss your treatment goals to see what issues you wish to fix with braces. From there, we can help you go through the different treatment options to choose the right one for you.

The most common types of braces include:

Metal Braces

Even after all these years, metal braces are still the most commonly used type of braces. This is because they are ideal for handling more severe or complicated tooth or jaw movements to improve your bite. How they work is simple: Small metal brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth and often secured with rubber bands. The brackets are all connected through a wire that helps to apply the proper amount of pressure to move teeth into their ideal position. This is a great option for both children and adults and it’s often the least expensive option.

Ceramic Braces

If your dental issues require you to get traditional braces but you’re looking for a more discreet option then you may want to ask our Macon, GA, family dentists about ceramic braces. While this type of braces looks and functions just like metal braces, the difference is that the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable when bonded to the front of your teeth.

Clear Aligners

With this orthodontic treatment, we shift from using brackets and wires to using clear, plastic aligners, which cover over your teeth and help to gradually shift teeth into the proper place. Each tray is worn daily for around 22 hours, but can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Aligners are great for handling simpler tooth movements and issues such as gaps between teeth and crowding. This orthodontic treatment is designed for older teens and adults.

As you can see, orthodontic treatment has come a long way from your childhood. Now child, teens and adults can finally get the smiles they want with braces that fit into their lifestyles. If you are interested in scheduling an orthodontic consultation then call Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, today.

By NORTHSIDE FAMILY DENTISTRY
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures   Types of Dentures  

Dentures CoupleFind out which type of dentures that could help you get a full smile back.

If you are considering getting dentures to replace your missing teeth then you may be wondering if there are different kinds of dentures out there and which one is right for you. Our Macon, GA, dentists Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson understand that you may have many questions regarding getting dentures and we are here to help. Won’t you join us as we tell you more about the types of dentures we offer?

Dentures are an oral prosthetic that contains multiple artificial teeth that sit on top of a plastic foundation designed to look like natural gum tissue. The most common types of dentures include:

  • Complete/full dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Immediate dentures
  • Implant-supported dentures

Complete Dentures

As you might imagine, these dentures are ideal for patients who are missing a full row of teeth. These dentures are custom-made to sit right on top of the gums, forming a suction-like seal with the natural tissue to hold the dentures in place. If you’ve needed to have your teeth extracted, our Macon, GA, restorative dentist will want to wait several weeks (about 8 to 12 weeks) after the tooth extraction procedure before you can get your complete dentures.

Partial Dentures

Just as the name suggests, this type of dentures is best for patients who are only missing some of their teeth. In most cases, partial dentures contain clasps or metal attachments, which are secured to healthy neighboring teeth to hold the dentures in place. While dentures are often removable, in some instances a fixed partial denture (sometimes referred as a dental bridge) may be a better option for you.

Immediate Dentures

As we mentioned earlier, you won’t get your permanent dentures right away if you’ve just had teeth extracted. After all, we will need to wait for the gums to fully heal first. Of course, we know that you can’t be without teeth, which is where immediate dentures come in. While they won’t be your new teeth for very long they will provide you with the teeth you need until your gums fully heal and your permanent dentures are placed. Of course, immediate dentures aren’t right for everyone, but we would be happy to discuss your denture options with you when you come into our office.

Implant-Supported Dentures

In this situation, dental implants are placed within the arches of the jawbone to provide a stable, strong foundation from which to secure your dentures. Implants are designed to last a long time and can prevent dentures from moving or shifting around while chewing or speaking.

Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, is ready to help you turn your smile around, no matter if you want to turn to dentures or other options to replace your missing teeth. Call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting dentures.

By Northside Family Dentistry
November 23, 2016
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures  

Some primitive form of dentures can be traced back to as to early as 700 BC. While modern dentures have evolved considerably in the centuries since the Etruscans were using variations of human and animal teeth for their basic smile restoration needs, there is a reason why dentures have endured, and remain a staple of restorative dental care. The dentists at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA recommend dentures for men and women with various degrees of tooth loss because they are an effective and affordable option for restoring a damaged smile, and maintaining good oral and general health.

Get a New Smile in Macon, GA

In the past, tooth loss - and by extension dentures - have been considered a problem of old age. And while tooth loss does become more common over the age of 65, the fact is that no one is immune to losing teeth. Adults of all ages can benefit from dentures to replace missing teeth. As with all areas of dentistry, dentures have undergone many changes and improvements in fit and aesthetics in recent years. Modern dentures are so natural looking, that no one even has to know you're wearing them - unless you want them to!

Types of Dentures

The are two main categories of removable dentures - full and partial. Patients can choose from several options depending on the degree of tooth loss and individual preferences according to oral health and lifestyle needs. Northside Family Dentistry offers a range of denture options for patients of all ages and backgrounds:

  • Immediate dentures
  • Conventional full dentures
  • Implant-supported overdentures
  • Transitional partial dentures
  • Removable partial dentures

Find a Dentist in Macon, GA

A good set of dentures can not only restore your smile, they can help to improve your quality of life. For more information, and to find the tooth replacement option that is best for you, contact Northside Family Dentistry by calling (478) 475-1976 to schedule an appointment today.

By Northside Family Dentistry
July 14, 2016
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures  

Dentures are usually thought of as a last resort when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Traditionally associated with older patients denturesand a less than ideal fit, dentures have evolved with the times to offer a comfortable, natural looking, and stable smile restoration option for all patients, regardless of whether they identify as a Baby Boomer or Gen Xer.

Get a New Smile With Dentures in Macon

Although traditionally thought of as a disease of aging, periodontal (gum) disease, one of the most common causes of tooth loss, can (and does) affect men and women of all ages. In fact, gum disease and the resulting tooth loss in the absence of proper oral hygiene care can strike people as young as the 30s and 40s. Another common cause of tooth loss is traumatic impact from a car accident, fall, or sports injury, which can also happen at any age and tends to be common among younger patients.

The dentists at Macon, GA-based Northside Family Dentistry recommend dentures for a number of situations:

  • As a temporary solution after sudden tooth loss or extractions until the gums heal and are ready to transition to a permanent procedure like dental implants
  • As an alternative to bridgework to replace a few missing teeth
  • To replace an entire row of missing teeth on the upper or lower jaw
  • When all teeth need to be replaced

Just like every face and set of teeth are unique, dentures are custom made to match the look and feel of the natural teeth as closely as possible, and there are different types of dentures for every situation. Northside Family Dentistry in Macon offers several varieties of full and partial dentures including:

  • Immediate dentures
  • Conventional full dentures
  • Implant-supported overdentures
  • Transitional partial dentures
  • Removable partial dentures

Find a Dentist in Macon, GA

Tooth loss is sometimes inevitable, but living with missing teeth and an incomplete smile is optional. For more information on modern dentures and to find the style that is right for you, contact Northside Family Dentistry by calling (478) 475-1976 to schedule an appointment today.

By Northside Family Dentistry
May 16, 2016
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures  

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you may believe you have no options left. However, you should not give up on your smile just denturesyet. Dentures can give your smile new life and allow you to eat and speak normally. Learn more about dentures with help from your Macon, GA dentist.

Types of Dentures

  • Complete Dentures: Complete dentures work best in situations where the patient has lost all of the teeth on an arch. A dental laboratory creates a full row of replacement teeth which rests on top of the gums.
  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures benefit patients who have one or more healthy natural teeth remaining. A partial denture uses these remaining teeth as an anchor, fitting over them and incorporating them into your new smile.
  • Immediate Dentures: Sometimes, patients must have their remaining natural teeth extracted before wearing dentures. In these cases, immediate dentures, created prior to the extraction appointment, fit over the gums after extraction. This allows the patient to enjoy their new smile immediately rather than waiting until their extraction sites heal.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Dental implants are often used to replace a missing tooth’s root. However, implants serve many purposes. A common use for dental implants is to support a permanent or removable denture. Several implants throughout the arch give the denture a foundation on which to attach, latching onto the implant to keep it into place.

Caring for Your Dentures
Caring for your dentures is as easy as adding a few extra steps to your oral care routine. To begin, remove your dentures and clean them thoroughly with a soft denture brush and denture cleaner. Brush your gums and any remaining teeth with a toothbrush at least twice daily. Floss any remaining teeth at least once a day to prevent decay. Soak your dentures overnight in denture solution or water and rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth in the morning. Be sure to see your Macon dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

A brand new smile is only one simple phone call away. For more information on the best kind of denture for you, please contact Dr. Clinton M. Watson and Dr. Nicole L. Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA. Call (478) 475-1976 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for dentures today!