Dentist Blog

Posts for: February, 2018

By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
February 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out if this tooth replacement option is the right approach to treating your tooth loss.

Are you currently contemplating whether your smile could benefit from implants? Our downtown Atlanta, GA, dentist Dr. Thomas Kauffmandental implants is here to tell you more about this amazing restoration that could provide you with a lot more smile benefits than you may even realize.

The Next Best Option

While in a perfect world you would keep all of your natural teeth, if tooth loss happens to you then the next step is to choose a restoration that will not just resemble a real tooth but also function as close to a real tooth as possible. This is where dental implants come in.

No other tooth replacement comes as close to the real thing as implants can because they actually take the place of your missing tooth roots to provide you with a permanent and durable foundation.

Reliability and Longevity

Everyone wants a tooth replacement that they can trust to last a long time. Since implants are made titanium, which naturally bonds with the jawbone and oral tissue, you’ll have a tooth replacement that literally becomes part of your mouth. With the proper oral care, your implant could last several decades or even the rest of your life. No other tooth replacement can boast this same lifespan.

Preserve Your Bone Health

Tooth loss alone can feel rather disheartening, but if you don’t replace the missing tooth or teeth then you’ll also face some other serious consequences. For one, the jawbone needs stimulation from tooth roots to produce new bone cells and to stay healthy and strong.

When you lose one or more teeth, there isn’t enough stimulation for the jawbone, which causes it to deteriorate. Fortunately, once our Atlanta cosmetic dentist places a dental implant, it can prevent bone deterioration and facial structure changes.

Restore Chewing and Speech

It’s amazing how much we take these simple, everyday habits for granted until we are faced with tooth loss. Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat all the foods you love and to obtain the nutrients you need. You may also develop a speech impediment such as a lisp. Dental implants stay in place and won’t move around like dentures are known to do, so you can rely on them to completely restore chewing and speech.

Are you ready to sit down and discuss dental implants with us? If so, then it’s time you grabbed your cell phone and called our downtown Atlanta dental office today. Let’s give you a smile you can be proud of.

By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
February 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Twenty-six percent of American adults between 65 and 74 have lost all their teeth to dental disease. This isn’t an appearance problem only—lack of teeth can also harm nutrition and physical well-being.

Fortunately, we have advanced restorative options that can effectively replace missing teeth. Of these, there’s a tried and true one that’s both affordable and effective: removable dentures.

Dentures are simple in design: a plastic or resin base, colored with a pinkish-red hue to resemble gums to which we attach prosthetic (false) teeth. But while the design concept isn’t complicated, the process for creating and fitting them can be quite involved: they must conform to an individual patient’s jaws and facial structure if they’re going to appear natural.

If you’re considering dentures, here’s some of what it will take to achieve a successful outcome.

Positioning the teeth. The position of the prosthetic teeth on the base greatly determines how natural they’ll appear and how well they’ll function. So, we’ll need to plan tooth placement beforehand based on your facial and jaw structures, as well as photos taken of you before tooth loss. We’ll also consider how large the teeth should be, how far to place them forward or back from the lips, and whether to include “imperfections” from your old look that you see as part of your appearance.

Simulating the gums. While the teeth are your smile’s stars, the gums are the supporting cast. It’s important that we create a denture base that attractively frames the teeth by determining how much of the gums show when you smile, or adding color and even textures to better resemble gum tissue. We can also add ridges behind the upper teeth to support speech.

Balancing the bite. Upper and lower dentures don’t operate in and of themselves—they must work cooperatively and efficiently with each other during eating or speaking. So while appearance matters, the bite’s bite adjustment or balance might matter more. That’s why we place a lot of attention into balancing and adjusting the bite after you receive your dentures to make sure you’re comfortable.

This is a detailed process that we may need to revisit from time to time to make sure your dentures’ fit remains tight and comfortable. Even so, modern advances in this traditional restoration continue to make them a solid choice for total tooth loss.

If you would like more information on denture restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Removable Dentures.”

By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
February 01, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental erosion  

1. What is dental erosion?
a. tooth decay; b. dissolving of tooth enamel by acids in food or drink; c. destruction of tooth material by wear; d. attacks on teeth by bacteria

2. Which of these drinks does not cause dental erosion?
a. orange juice; b. cola drinks; c. water; d. energy drinks

3. Soda sweetened with artificial sweeteners does not cause dental erosion.
a. true; b. false

4. Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic food or drinks may make erosion worse.
a. true; b. false

5. Waiting after consuming acidic foods or drinks allows time for your saliva to neutralize the acid and add calcium back to the enamel in your teeth.
a. true; b. false

6. How long should you wait before brushing after consuming acidic foods or drinks?
a. 10 minutes; b. 20 minutes; c. 30 minutes to an hour d. eight hours

7. Loss of tooth surface material due to dental erosion is reversible.
a. true; b. false

8. People who suffer from bulimia, a psychological condition in which they frequently induce vomiting, often develop severe dental erosion from stomach acid.
a. true; b. false

9. What is the meaning of a low pH value?
a. high pH means high acidity; b. low pH means high acidity; c. neutral pH means high acidity; d. none of the above

10. Properties of a beverage that define their likelihood to erode your teeth are its acidity and its buffering capacity (resistance to being neutralized by saliva.)
a. true; b. false

11. Cola beverages, sports and energy drinks, and fruit juices have a low pH and high buffering capacity. What other factors determine their likelihood of causing dental erosion?
a. acid concentration; b. drinking them more frequently; c. swishing them around in your mouth; d. all of the above

12. How can you reduce dental erosion from the beverages you drink?
a. drink acidic beverages only at mealtimes and not all day long; b. drink beverages with added calcium; c. sip drinks through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth; d. all of the above

Answers: 1b, 2c, 3b, 4a, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9b, 10a, 11d, 12d

How did you score on our quiz? We hope you gained some information that will help you reduce dental erosion and preserve your teeth’s vital protective enamel.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about acid erosion of teeth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Dental Erosion.”