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November 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dentures from your dentist in Macon, Georgia can make you smile again.dentures

If you missing teeth, it may be time to give yourself a whole new smile with dentures. Today’s dentures combine both strength and aesthetic beauty to make you smile again. You can look great and feel great again, all with the right denture. Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, Georgia want to share what dentures can do for you and introduce you to different types of dentures.

Modern dentures are created out of durable, long-lasting materials. They are created with aesthetics in mind and look more natural than ever before. There are many advantages to choosing dentures instead of going through life with painful, damaged, diseased teeth. Consider that dentures will:

  • Help you look younger by restoring the youthful contours of your face and your firm jawline
  • Help you chew your food better, which helps your digestion and general health
  • Help restore your self-esteem and self-confidence because you know you look great
  • Help you want to smile again and be more social

Choosing the right denture is an important decision and your dentists at Northside Family Dentistry can help. They offer several choices of dentures including:

  • Immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction; with immediate dentures, you never have to go without teeth. A permanent denture will be made after your tissue has healed.
  • Conventional dentures which are placed after your tissue has healed completely from dental extractions; with conventional dentures, you only have to get used to wearing one set of dentures.
  • Overdentures which are snapped in place over dental implants or retained tooth roots; with overdentures, you retain bone support and strength.

If you don’t need complete tooth replacement, you may want a removable partial. Consider:

  • Transitional partial dentures which you wear if you are planning on dental implants at a later date; transitional dentures are inexpensive but are not meant as long-term tooth replacement.
  • Removable partial dentures which are much more durable than transitional partials; removable dentures are made to last and are comfortable to wear.

Give yourself a whole new smile with the right denture! You can transform your smile and your life. Get back your self-esteem and confidence by giving yourself a new smile. It’s time to call Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, Georgia. Northside Family Dentistry is “the place where smiles are made” so call today!

By Northside Family Dentistry
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: air abrasion  

Drilling teeth is an essential part of repairing and restoring the damage caused by tooth decay. For generations dentists have relied on the dental drill with its rotating burr to remove decayed and damaged tooth material.

But while the dental drill is effective it also has its disadvantages. In the process of removing decayed material it inadvertently removes healthy structure near the target material. It often requires anesthesia to deaden the work area. And its noise and vibration are often unsettling to patients.

There is a growing alternative, though: air abrasion, a technology that's been around since the mid-20th Century. But recent advances in controlling the dust created by using abrasion, as well as new tooth-colored bonding materials to replace tooth structure, have sparked new interest among dentists and patients alike.

Also known as particle abrasion, this drill alternative uses a pressurized stream of fine particles to remove decayed material. Using a hand wand a dentist can precisely aim the stream of particles (usually aluminum oxide) to the specific areas of decay or softened material that need to be removed. As a result, it removes only a fraction of healthy tooth structure compared to traditional drilling. Air abrasion has also proven effective for removing staining without harming enamel.

Air abrasion also eliminates the sound and vibration associated with dental drills, and may not always require local anesthesia. On the other hand, it does have some limitations. For one, it's not as effective with larger cavities or working around older fillings. The tooth or teeth to be worked on must be carefully isolated from the rest of the mouth to keep the patient from swallowing the abrasive particles. And without a high-volume suction pump and good isolation protocols, the particles can produce something of a “sandstorm” in the treatment room.

But as air abrasion continues to advance, we may see improvements in these limitations. In a future time, the traditional dental drill may go the way of the horse and buggy.

If you would like more information on air abrasion as an alternative to drilling, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Air Abrasion Technology.”

By Northside Family Dentistry
October 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants have become the standard for long-term tooth replacement. From mechanics to movie stars, people from all walks of life have discovered the advantages of replacing a missing tooth with an implant. Obviously, restoring your smile is a definite advantage, but an implant can also help to maintain the health of your jawbone and adjacent teeth.

The implant is a small, screw-like titanium post that is placed into your jawbone to function as the root part of the tooth. The living bone tissue will actually attach to the titanium post, fusing them together. This will not only provide a sturdy anchor for a natural-looking crown, but will provide stability for bridgework or dentures. You will then be able to smile, chew and talk as if all of your teeth are natural. The procedure will also help to stabilize the bone, reducing long-term bone loss that occurs when a missing tooth is not replaced.

At this point, if you are thinking that there must be a lot of pain involved, I have good news for you. There is very little pain involved after the procedure is completed and no pain at all during the procedure. Typically, it is a routine surgery that takes place in a dentist’s office under local anesthesia where the immediate area is numbed. If there is any apprehension at all about the procedure, we will offer alternative anesthesia or sedation options during the planning process.

To determine who will be a good candidate for the implant procedure, a plan must be in place to assure the success of the implant. Part of the plan includes:

  • Reviewing your past medical and dental history. We must know your complete past and present medical history and medication use, since good health is essential. There are certain conditions and diseases that can affect the healing of an implant.
  • Performing a comprehensive dental examination. An evaluation of your dental problems and needs will determine if implants are in your best interests. An assessment of the health and mass of the jawbone as well as the number and location of the implant(s) that are needed to restore your bite and smile back to health will also be determined.

When the implant procedure has been successfully completed, there is one more step. As with your natural teeth, preventive maintenance is crucial for long-term success. A daily routine of brushing and flossing along with regular professional dental cleanings and checkups will help ensure continued gum health and proper functioning of your implants.

If you are wondering whether dental implants are right for you, contact us for more information or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about dental implants by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Dental Implant Surgery.”

September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You may be discouraged by the appearance of your smile and feel like you want to just give up on it—especially if you have a lot of denutresmissing teeth. But dentures may help you regain confidence in your appearance. They will also give you back the ability to eat some of your favorite foods. Learn more about the benefits of getting dentures at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA.

Smile Problems Due to Missing Teeth
Though many people choose to live with their missing teeth, it is not advisable for a number of reasons. Here are a few small problems that can potentially develop after tooth loss:

- Food and bacteria can more easily get trapped between the teeth.
- Bad breath can become an issue.
- You might have difficulty chewing or pronouncing certain words normally.
- Bone tissue degrades.
- The shape of the chin and mouth can change (sag or droop).

New Hope with Dentures
A set of dentures can turn your smile around and improve your self-esteem in the process. There are three main types of dentures—partial, complete, and implant-supported. Partial dentures are supported by your remaining teeth. Complete or traditional dentures cover the entire gumline. Denture devices are designed by your Macon dentist to match the color of your gums and the normal color of your teeth.

Keep Your Smile Beautiful and Healthy
Once you have dentures, whether they are partials or complete, you must take very good care of your gums, any remaining teeth, and the denture device. Here are a few dental tips you should remember:

- Gently clean and soak the denture each evening.
- Use a very soft bristled brush to keep the gumline clean, and rinse with a mouthwash recommended by your dentist.
- Keep all remaining teeth free from plaque and immediately have any cavities filled.
- Schedule an appointment with your dentist if the denture slips or doesn’t fit comfortably.

Discover Dentures
You may discover that dentures are an ideal way to renew your smile and restore your ability to eat what you want, when you want. Call Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA at 478-475-1976 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clinton Watson or Dr. Nicole Jackson.

By Northside Family Dentistry
August 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Major league baseball player Aaron Judge made news in July by breaking Joe DiMaggio's record for most home runs scored by a New York Yankees rookie. Then he made news again, this time for breaking something else. Following their game-winning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 11th inning, the Yanks met for a spontaneous victory celebration at home plate. It was all fun and games… until an errant helmet accidentally slammed into Judge's mouth, breaking off half his left front tooth. Ouch!

Even if you're not playing big-league baseball, accidents sometimes happen. So what's the best dental treatment if you chip or break a tooth? It all depends on how much is broken off.

When a tooth has a small chip in it, dental bonding may be sufficient. Layering on tooth-colored bonding material results in a natural look, and it can be completed in one dental visit. However, bonding material in time will discolor, and it is not as strong as real tooth structure, so eventually it may need re-treatment.

Dental veneers or crowns may be used to restore more seriously damaged teeth. Veneers, thin porcelain shells that cover the front surface of teeth, can be used to restore minor to moderate chips. A crown (“cap”) is used when the damage is greater and more structural support is required. A crown replaces the visible part of the tooth above the gum line.

When the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth is damaged, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth. Despite the outdated rumors some people have heard, root canal procedures don't cause pain — they actually relieve it. During the procedure, exposed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is sealed. Then a lifelike crown is placed so the tooth looks as good as new.

If the tooth cannot be saved — for example, it breaks off below the gum line — a dental implant may be your best option. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted and then capped with an artificial crown. Implant-supported teeth can last a lifetime and are usually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

So what happened with Judge's tooth? Thanks to a Friday morning visit to the dentist, he was smiling again with a temporary crown — and smiling over the fact that his tooth garnered more attention than the Yankees' dramatic 11th inning win.

If you have questions about cosmetically-pleasing tooth restorations, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. (If you have a dental injury, call us immediately!) You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “A Step-by-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”