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Posts for: September, 2017

By Myers Family Dental
September 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   gum disease  

It’s National Gum Care Month. Let’s a moment to talk about why it’s so important to take care of your gums.

Gum disease affects almost half of adults over age 30 and approximately 70 percent of adults over age 65. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. With gingivitis, gums can be red and puffy, and bleed easily when brushing or flossing. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, where the structures supporting the teeth, including the bone, begin to break down and be lost. Advanced stages of gum disease can lead to tooth loss and general health problems.

The good news is that gum disease is treatable — and early gum disease is even reversible. So what can you do to take care of your gums?

  • Be diligent about your oral hygiene routine at home: Your first line of defense is your oral hygiene routine at home. Brush your teeth gently morning and night, using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing too vigorously can harm your gums and cause them to recede. It is also important to floss every day to dislodge plaque that can build up between the teeth and around the gum line.
  • Come in for professional dental cleanings and exams: Schedule regular professional cleanings to remove the plaque that is hard to reach. If plaque is not removed, it can harden to form tartar (or “calculus”). Only professional cleanings with special dental tools can remove tartar. When plaque and tartar form below the gum line, your bone that supports the teeth may be at risk. We can examine your mouth above and below the gum line to detect and monitor any signs of gum disease and recommend appropriate treatments.

We are always happy to talk with you about how to maintain the health of your gums. Remember that early gum disease is very treatable, so take care of your gums, and they’ll take care of you!

You can learn more about gum health in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Daily Oral Hygiene.”

September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

What your dentist in Augusta wants you to knowveneers

If you are tired of the way your smile looks, you can change it! If your teeth are damaged, stained or unsightly, porcelain veneers are the solution you’ve been waiting for. If you have wondered how celebrities have such perfect smiles, chances are they have porcelain veneers! Fortunately, you don’t have to be famous to enjoy a perfect smile. Dr. Alan Myers at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA wants to share how porcelain veneers can help you.

Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of dazzling porcelain. The laminates are cemented on top of the front surfaces of teeth to create a perfect smile. Porcelain is translucent and reflects light, just like your natural teeth do. That means your porcelain veneers will look naturally beautiful.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic dentistry, your new porcelain veneers will resist stains too. That means you can be a smoker or coffee drinker and still have a white smile. Veneers are a great choice to cover up minor and major cosmetic dental issues like these:

  • Cracks or chips from trauma, bad habits, or aging
  • Fracture lines or damage from an accident or injury
  • Deep stains or discolorations from medications
  • Spaces or gaps between teeth due to genetics
  • Tooth overlap due to alignment issues

Porcelain veneer treatment typically requires between 2 and 3 appointments, a consultation appointment, tooth preparation appointment, and a final cementation appointment. Dr. Myers will be there for you before, during and after your porcelain veneer treatment.

You can enjoy your perfect smile within a couple of weeks, just in time for a special event you may have coming up. Why not show off your smile at a wedding, class reunion, or even an important job interview?

Porcelain veneers can help you regain your smile! They can help you restore your self-esteem and self-confidence, giving you a smile that shines out to the world. You deserve to look great, so call Dr. Myers at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA. Get started on your dazzling smile by calling today!

By Myers Family Dental
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A few days before the Oscars, Vanity Fair magazine asked Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris to name his most treasured possession. Was it his Tony award statuette for best leading actor in a musical? His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The stethoscope he wore while playing teenaged doctor Doogie Howser on TV? No, as it turns out, the 41-year-old actor’s most treasured possession is… his wisdom teeth. Yes, you read that correctly. “Oddly, I still have my four wisdom teeth,” Harris said. “I refuse to let them go or I’ll lose my wise parts.”

How odd is it for a 41-year-old to have wisdom teeth? Actually, not that odd at all. While it is true that wisdom teeth are often removed, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this. It all depends on whether they are causing problems now, or are likely to cause problems in the future.

The trouble wisdom teeth cause is related to the fact that they are the last molars to come in, and that molars are large in size. By the time wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21, there often is not enough room for them in the jaw. Sometimes it’s because you may have inherited a jaw size that’s too small for your tooth size; and generally speaking, the size of the human jaw has evolved to become smaller over time.

If room is lacking, the adjacent molar (that came in earlier) can interfere with the path of eruption — causing the wisdom tooth to come in at an odd angle. The wisdom tooth can hit up against that other tooth, possibly causing pain or damaging the adjacent tooth. This is known as “impaction.” Sometimes the wisdom tooth breaks only partway through the gum tissue, leaving a space beneath the gum line that’s almost impossible to clean, causing infection. A serious oral infection can jeopardize the survival of teeth, and even spread to other parts of the body.

If a wisdom tooth is impacted, will you know it? Not necessarily. A tooth can be impacted without causing pain. But we can see the position of your wisdom teeth on a dental x-ray and help you make an informed decision as to whether they should stay or go. If removal is the best course of action, rest assured that this procedure is completely routine and that your comfort and safety is our highest priority. If there is no great risk to keeping them, as Neil Patrick Harris has done, we can simply continue to monitor their condition at your regular dental checkups. It will be particularly important to make sure you are reaching those teeth with your brush and floss, and that you keep to your schedule of regular professional cleanings at the dental office. All healthy teeth are indeed worth treasuring.

If you would like more information about wisdom teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”