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By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
June 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How your Downtown Atlanta dentist can solve your tooth pain!

If your teeth are extra sensitive to pressure, hot/cold foods, or have developed bumps or swelling along the gums, you may have a mouth Root Canalinfection—a condition that requires the administration of a root canal to be alleviated. Although this procedure might sound daunting, Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS, PC, in Downtown Atlanta, GA, can perform this treatment with minimal pain and recovery time. Read on to learn how this treatment can permanently relieve your oral decay or infection!


What is a root canal?

A root canal, or endodontic therapy, is a procedure in which your dentist removes the bacteria, debris, and dental pulp within an infected tooth. This treatment can prevent you from forming an accessed tooth, or experiencing the facial swelling, oral drainage problems, and the bone loss that results from tooth loss.


What are the symptoms of serious oral infection and decay?

Tooth pain is the first sign that you may need a root canal. This pain may be mild or severe and fluctuate throughout the day. You may also experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drink, as well as exhibit tender or inflamed gums. Deeply discolored teeth can indicate nerve damage, as can an untreated cavity. Nerve endings might also be exposed if your tooth becomes cracked or chipped.


What are the steps involved in a root canal?

Despite the sometimes negative reputation of root canal treatment, the truth is that they aren't any more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled!

During the procedure, your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your mouth before removing and flushing out the decay in the affected tooth. Your tooth may then be sealed the same day, or covered with a temporary filling to allow for further drainage. Lastly, your dentist will apply a filling or crown. Your tooth may be sensitive for a few days after the procedure, which can likely be remedied with over the counter pain relievers.


Need relief? Give us a call!

If you are in need of a root canal, contact Thomas W. Kauffman, D.D.S, P.C. in Downtown Atlanta at 404-524-1981.

By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
June 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant  

If you know anyone with a dental implant, you may know it can be a long process in getting one. Several weeks or months can pass between removing the old tooth and placing the implant, and then several more weeks before affixing the permanent crown.

But with recent advances in implant technology, some patients don't have to wait as long for a new implant and crown. In fact, one procedure commonly known as "tooth in one day," allows patients to walk in with a problem tooth and out the same day with a new "one."

Not every implant patient, however, can undergo this accelerated procedure. If you're considering implants, the state of your bone health will determine whether or not you can.

Implants need a certain amount of available bone for proper placement. But bone loss, a common consequence of missing teeth or dental disease, can reduce bone volume to less than what's needed to place an implant. The patient may first need to undergo grafting to regenerate the bone or choose another restorative option.

If your supporting bone is sound, your dentist might then proceed with the implant. But you will still have to wait a while for your new crown. The implant needs to integrate with the bone to improve its hold. This integration process can take anywhere from a minimum of six weeks to more commonly twelve weeks. After the attachment is mature, the dentist may need to undo the gum covering before taking impressions for the formation of the new crown.

But it is possible to have a tooth or teeth in a day. For a single tooth, your dentist may be able to immediately attach a crown right after implant surgery if the implant is very stable. Even so, this crown will need to be temporary, slightly shorter than a permanent crown so that it won't make contact with other teeth and put too much pressure on the new implant. After further healing from bone integration, impressions will be taken so that you'll receive your permanent crown shortly.

Immediate crown placement can allow you to have the cosmetic and limited functional benefit of a new tooth right from the start. If multiple implants are placed in one arch in a day, it's possible to have immediate teeth if enough implants are attached together with a temporary restoration.

This is different from a single implant replacing a single tooth and does create confusion for patients when they read about teeth in a day. Regardless, no final tooth crown can be placed at the time of an implant—only a temporary restoration.

If you would like more information on your options for dental implants, 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 “Same-Day Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants.”

By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
June 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”

By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

The Benefits Of Same Day Dental Crowns

Need a crown today? Dental crowns are tooth-shaped "caps" that cover the outside of the teeth. You may need dental crowns if you have severe decay, broken teeth, root canal treatment, or cosmetic concerns. With the CEREC system, your dentist can place a permanent dental crown in just one visit! The treatment only takes about one hour and you will leave the same day with your new restoration. Dr. Thomas Kauffman (located in Atlanta, GA) offers same-day dental crowns to his patients.

What Are CEREC Crowns?

CEREC stands for CERamic REConstruction. It is a 3D chairside design and milling technology for dental practitioners to create crowns Dental Crownsright in the office. CEREC dental crowns are made using computer-assisted technology, a milling machine, and a solid block of ceramic. The state-of-the-art CEREC software creates an accurate, digital map of the teeth. This is used to design crowns that are metal-free, fit precisely, and feel like your natural teeth.

Benefits of CEREC Crowns

CEREC crowns are made of porcelain, which is natural-looking and strong. Your crown is designed to withstand wear and tear and will last for years to come. It will only take one appointment with your Downtown Atlanta dentist. It’s designed and milled right in the office! Say goodbye to temporary crowns and those follow-up visits. The results will look fabulous for years to come!

A Healthy Smile for Life

CEREC dental crowns can last a lifetime. To achieve this goal, you must maintain a high level of oral hygiene. Keep your smile healthy by flossing and brushing regularly—especially around the dental crowns. Mouth rinses also help. To prevent damage to your new CEREC dental crowns, avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or hard candy. Remember to visit your dental provider regularly for checkups and dental cleanings.

Get your dental crown today! Call Dr. Thomas Kauffman at (404) 524-1981 to schedule a dental consultation in Atlanta, GA, and get the smile you deserve. We want all our patients to have healthy, beautiful smiles! You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care with Dr. Thomas Kauffman!

By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
April 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

How your dentist in Atlanta, Georgia can help you during a dental emergency.

A dental emergency can be a scary experience, especially when it happens to you or someone you love. You can make it a little less scary dental emergencyby being prepared and knowing what to do when it happens. An important part of handling a dental emergency is contacting your dentist for help. Dr. Thomas Kauffman in Atlanta, Georgia can help you during your dental emergency.

It’s helpful to have a dental first aid kit in a convenient place in your home. Stock your dental first aid kit with these items:

  • Dr. Kauffman’s office contact information
  • Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or Tylenol
  • Saline solution for rinsing away debris and blood
  • Gauze patches or tissues to reduce or stop bleeding
  • A small container with a lid

Many dental emergencies happen because of injury or trauma. If this happens to you or someone in your household, you should:

  • Reduce infection by rinsing with the saline solution
  • Reduce or stop bleeding by pressing gauze to the area
  • Reduce swelling by applying an ice pack to the area
  • See your dentist as soon as possible

If your tooth has been knocked loose and out of position, gently move it back into position and seek out your dentist as soon as possible.

If your tooth has been knocked out completely, avoid touching the roots of the tooth. Instead, handle the tooth by the crown and place it in the container with the saline solution to keep it wet. Again, seek out your dentist as soon as possible.

You can do a lot to prevent dental emergencies by visiting your dentist regularly. Regular dental exams and x-rays can help prevent serious, painful dental issues, and keep your smile healthy. A healthy smile is a great start to avoiding dental emergencies.

When a dental emergency happens, you have a partner who can help, your dentist. For more information about preventing and handling dental emergencies and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Dr. Thomas Kauffman in Atlanta, Georgia today!