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By NORTHSIDE FAMILY DENTISTRY
June 20, 2019
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures  

Find out what type of dentures could give you back that full smile again.

Tooth loss is something that happens to millions of Americans. If this is something you’re dealing with then the most important thing you denturecan do is to turn to a dentist who can restore your smile after tooth loss. Our Macon, GA, dentists Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson have helped countless patients get complete smiles again. If you’re looking for a fast, simple way to replace missing teeth then chances are you’re considering dentures.

 

What are dentures?

Dentures are an oral prosthetic that is designed to replace several teeth or even a full row of missing teeth. The severity of your tooth loss will determine which type of dentures is right for you. Dentures are either removable or fixed in place.

 

What are the different types of dentures?

The two main types of dentures are full and partial dentures, which are both removable. From the names alone you can probably surmise when they are used. Full dentures are used to replace the upper and lower teeth and are only used when there are no natural teeth left. Full dentures sit right on top of the gums where they stay in place through natural suction with the tissue.

Partial dentures are recommended if you need to replace one or more natural teeth but you still have some healthy teeth remaining. Partial dentures can either be removable or fixed in place. Removable partial dentures contain clasps, which will be attached to surrounding healthy teeth to hold the false teeth in place. Fixed partial dentures (sometimes referred to as dental bridges) will require our Macon, GA, general dentist to place dental crowns over healthy teeth to stabilize the dental bridge.

Along with full and partial dentures, you also have immediate and implant-supported dentures. If you have to undergo a tooth extraction, immediate dentures will be placed on the same day as your extraction so you won’t have to go without teeth while your gums heal (the healing process can take up to 12 weeks). Immediate dentures are considered temporary dentures and give patients immediate teeth to use until their long-term dentures are ready to be fitted.

Patients who have a healthy jawbone may also choose to get dental implants. These implants can be placed inside the jawbone and provide a permanent foundation from which to hold dentures in place. This is a great option for patients who have full upper dentures, which can be more challenging to keep in place when speaking or chewing. Implants ensure that your dentures don’t shift or move.

Want to find out if dentures can give you back the smile you’ve been looking for despite tooth loss? Then it’s time to turn to the dental experts at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, for a con

By NORTHSIDE FAMILY DENTISTRY
February 14, 2019
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants were discovered more than 30 years ago and has evolved over the years. Today, dentists all over the world use them to dental implantstreat dental gaps to reinforce the jawbone, like Drs. Clinton Watson and Nicole Jackson at their Macon, GA, office.

Want to know more about dental implants?

Dental implants are biocompatible fixtures surgically placed into the jawbone. Dental implants consist of several parts, such as; a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone, a screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post, and a crown matching the rest of your teeth to complete your smile.

What does the dental implant procedure in Macon, GA?

The procedure is straightforward. The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone.

After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration (a process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone) to occur.

After healing is complete, your Glendale dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Is the procedure painful?

Dental implant surgery is easy and tolerable for most people. Ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen, manage post-operative discomfort.

How do you care for your dental implants?

To take proper care of your dental implants, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed. A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.

If you're interested in finding out more about dental implants, call Drs. Clinton Watson and Nicole Jackson, in Macon, GA, at (478) 475-1976 to learn more!

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.