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Posts for: November, 2016

By Northside Family Dentistry
November 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”


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
November 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth replacement  
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Losing a tooth affects not only your smile but your overall dental health too. A dental implant solves both issues: it replaces the whole tooth, including the root, to merge durability with a life-like appearance.

For teenagers with a missing tooth, however, an implant may not be a good idea, at least until they've physically matured. Although their permanent teeth have usually all come in by puberty, the jaws and facial structure continue to develop into early adulthood. An implant placed too early could appear misaligned when the jaw fully matures.

The best approach for teens is a temporary replacement until they're physically ready for an implant. There are two good options: a removable partial denture (RPD) or a fixed bonded bridge.

Common among adults, an RPD is also a viable replacement for a teenager's missing tooth. An RPD consists of a prosthetic (false) tooth set in a nylon or acrylic base that resembles gum tissue. Metal clips formed in the RPD fit over adjacent teeth to hold the appliance in place; this also makes it easy to remove for cleaning or sleep time. We typically recommend an acrylic base for teens because it's easier to adjust if the RPD's fit becomes loose.

To hold it in place, a traditional bridge uses crowns on either side of the replacement tooth to bond over the natural teeth next to the open socket. Because this requires permanently altering the support teeth, we recommend a bonded bridge that doesn't.

This modified bridge uses wing-like strips of dental material on the back of the false tooth that project outward. With the tooth in place, we bond the extending portions of these projections to the back of the adjacent teeth, which secures the false tooth in place.

Of the two options, the bonded bridge is more comfortable, buys the most time and looks the most natural. But it will cost more than an RPD. Bite issues, teeth grinding, overall gum health or your child's level of hygiene conscientiousness could also nix it as a viable option.

Either choice will effectively replace your child's missing tooth until it's time for a permanent restoration. We'll help you weigh all the factors to determine which one is best for your situation.

If you would like more information on restoration options for teens, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.