Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dental Implants Make People Healthier And Happier

Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth and it's negatively affecting your life?  Many people with missing teeth have difficulty chewing food, speaking and even suffer low self-esteem due to the loss. The next best thing to having your natural teeth is replacing them with a dental implant says a dentist in Marietta, GA.  Dental implants are readily used, look natural and allow people to gain back the beautiful smile they once had.
Why replace missing teeth with implants?
  1. Dental implants can restore your appearance.
  2. Having the teeth replaced raises self-esteem.
  3. Dental implants can improve speech.
  4. Dental implants make eating more pleasurable and satisfying.
  5. The proper teeth aid in better digestion for a healthier you.
  6. The procedure is highly successful, as most people have a good result.
  7. There is little discomfort after surgery, and over the counter medicine usually keeps a patient comfortable.
  8. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or secure a full denture.
  9. Only your dentist needs to know you were missing teeth.
  10. Dental Financing with companies such as Care Credit make it possible for some to afford the care.
The loss of a tooth can occur for many reasons.  Some of the most common include a cracked tooth, sport injuries, accidents, dental decay, gum disease, and root canal failure.  Regardless of how it is lost, dental implants are the procedure of choice and the best alternative to replace the missing teeth.
Let's look at the implant procedure.
An implant procedure is basically the same whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth.  However, some people require extra procedures such as bone graft or a sinus lift.  An implant can be quite simple  in uncomplicated cases.  The gum tissue is opened and the jawbone exposed.  If a bone graft is recommended, it is placed to help anchor the implant more securely in place.  A special drill is used to prepare the bone, and the implant is placed.  After the procedure, sutures are used to secure the tissue during healing.  Some people will require a sinus lift to make room for the implant to fit.  Both the bone graft and sinus lift adds expense to the overall cost if they are necessary.  The implant is now left to osseointegrated with the bone.  A  crown (tooth)  is later placed on top.  The implant will be secure enough to chew, speak and brush your teeth with confidence.  Best of all, it will look like a natural tooth.
Let's look at the time involved in the implant process.
After the surgery, the osseointegration of the implant takes approximately three to six months.   After healing and integrating, the implant will be uncovered and a post attached to support the artificial tooth.  An impression is taken, and a crown is specifically fabricated with a shade to match existing teeth. It usually takes two to three weeks to fabricate a crown.  It is then attached to the implant.
Dental implants are the latest technology.  They are a permanent solution for those missing a single or multiple teeth.  They are the durable, permanent and the best solution to replace teeth. Dental implants are widely available and people should consider the option says Marietta, GA  dentist.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Body, Mouth And Mind Connection

Have you seen information in the news about a "healthier mouth means a  healthier you?"  Although there are many aesthetic reasons to maintain a healthy mouth, the most important is the rest of your body, says Marietta dentist.  There is a growing wealth of scientific evidence demonstrating the connection between oral health and the risk of serious disease.  Gums and teeth are not only important for your appearance, but should be kept in tip-top shape if you want to be healthy. It's never too early or late to make necessary changes.  Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are your first line of defense, and here are a few reasons why...

1. Self-Esteem

Decaying teeth or gum disease can be unsightly which may result in low self-esteem, low confidence or even low self-image. Having a confident smile is important and can result in a better quality of life while interacting with others.  It affects how you ultimately feel about yourself.

2. Heart disease, strokes and blood vessels

The risk of heart disease is lower with proper daily oral hygiene. Studies show that chronic inflammation from gum disease might be associated with problems such as heart disease, strokes and blockages of blood vessels. The link between a healthy mouth and the cardiovascular system is now well documented proving the connection.

3. Pregnancy

Pregnant women may be prone to increased gingivitis or gum disease. Research has shown links between gum disease and preterm, low birth weight infants. Although the research is still ongoing, there is enough data to demonstrate the importance of maintaining good oral health and having a healthy infant.  Visiting the dentist during pregnancy should be a part of prenatal care.  It's important to make sure that all aspect of health are good to ensure a healthy full term pregnancy.

4. Memory

Having a good memory is important to remember the priceless moments throughout life. Studies have shown that adults with gum diseases performed worse on memory and cognitive tests.  Interestingly enough, good oral hygiene just might help retain those special moments that have filled your life with joy.

5. Blood Sugar

Diabetes in itself is a difficult disease to manage, as diabetics have more difficulty fighting infections in the body. Since gum disease is an infection, it can rapidly progress out of control.   Once it has taken a foot-hold, it makes controlling blood sugar levels more difficult, an important reason for diabetics to take proper care of gum tissue.  Daily brushing and flossing helps control blood sugar levels.

6. Your body and inflammation

Poor oral hygiene has been shown to be linked with the development of infection in other parts of the body. Studies between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, a painful autoimmune disease-causing inflammation of joints is another example of poor oral hygiene affecting overall health. Infections from the mouth can spread throughout the body leading to a poor quality of life.

Daily brushing and flossing are the key steps to maintaining great overall health, and visits to the dentist for regular visits can mean a healthier you says Marietta dentist.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Plaque...The Enemy

Do you ever wonder why your dentist says plaque is so important to remove?  Most people have been told since childhood that regular brushing and flossing is the only way to avoid plaque on  their teeth says Marietta cosmetic dentist.  Let's examine plaque and take a look at some ways  to avoid its build up on your beautiful smile...

Have you ever wondered exactly what plaque is? It's starts off as a tacky substance of bacteria that produces a sticky chemical called mucopolysaccharides. The bacteria lives in a film on teeth called biofilm.  At first, it is a soft layer that's easy to remove with a tooth-brush.  If it's not removed, it releases acid which can affect the tooth's enamel.  The result is a hole in the tooth called a cavity.   Plaque, if not properly removed,  it will begin to harden and become a substance called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with a tooth-brush.  If it gets to this point, your dentist or hygienist will have to remove it for you. "Being consistent with your oral hygiene helps keep plaque and tartar off your teeth" says Marietta dentist. Lets take a look at some bad habits to avoid so plaque does not build-up...

Habit 1.... Staying away from the dentist!

Brushing and flossing daily, although great for oral hygiene doesn't remove all the plaque on your teeth. It's very important to schedule professional cleanings regularly at your dental office to remove what you may have missed.  Some of the missed plaque could harden to form tartar and the only way to get it removed is with regular professional cleanings. It has been proven that people who go to the dentist have less cavities and less tooth loss.  Most dentists recommend professional cleanings at least twice a year to ensure complete removal of unwanted plaque.

Habit 2.... Not brushing properly

Other people might not notice your brushing habits aren't perfect, but your teeth will suffer. It's important to  brush at least twice daily to ensure the removal of unwanted plaque.   It's good idea to buy a Sonicare toothbrush and use it the recommended two minutes.  Also, the use a fluoride-containing toothpaste helps keep teeth strong.  Make sure you brush all surfaces of your teeth, and keep in mind that its very important to still schedule regular professional cleanings.

Habit 3.... Not flossing at all

Brushing your teeth itself doesn't remove all the plaque in the spaces between your teeth. Flossing is very important to help remove plaque in the spaces your tooth-brush can't reach. Daily flossing can help remove plaque before it becomes a serious problem. It removes any plaque along the gum line helping avoid the dreaded periodontal, gum disease. Flossing is one of the key ways to keep your teeth in the best possible health.

The three habits listed are three excellent ways to have healthy oral hygiene.  Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits ensure that you are on your way to or maintaining healthy oral hygiene.  Although plaque does not start out a serious problem, it becomes one over time.  It's very important to keep up with all three to keep a healthy beautiful smile, says dentist in Marietta, GA.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Reverse Gingivitis Before It's Too Late

The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is an inflammation and infection of the gingiva (gums) says a dentist in Marietta, GA.  Many times early gum disease can be reversed by a simple procedure called scaling and root planing performed by your dental office.  Others may need a more extensive gum tissue surgery to halt the disease.  Periodontal disease is usually the result of inadequate hygiene, so it can happen to people of all ages.

Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film that forms naturally in the mouth.  The plaque contains bacteria that produce toxins that inflame and damage the tissue and supporting bone structure of teeth. Gum tissue that is bright red, purplish-red or bleeds is usually a sign of gingivitis or more advanced disease.  If left untreated, it will advance and teeth will be lost.

Periodontal disease usually can be prevented with good oral hygiene.  Brushing, flossing and professional cleaning appointments are the best defense.  Many people do not realize they have gum disease, since discomfort is not present in the beginning.  At a regular professional cleaning, your dentist can recognize the signs and help patients reverse it, if it has not progressed too far.  If left alone, the health of the gum tissue will deteriorate and supporting bone structure will begin dissolve.  Tissue will recede and begin to pull away from the bacteria ridden teeth.  Pockets will form, continue to deepen, and teeth will eventually need extracted.

Let's examine some interesting facts concerning gum disease;
  • Gum disease can make getting pregnant and carrying a full-term pregnancy more difficult.
  • Hormonal changes, such as menstruation, pregnancy and menopause make it easier to develop gingivitis.
  • Certain illnesses such as HIV can put people at a higher risk for gum disease.
  • Smoking promotes gum disease by making it more difficult for tissue to repair itself.
  • Family's with a history of periodontal disease need to be aware it can contribute to developing gum disease.

What symptoms indicate possible gum disease?
  • Red, purplish-red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Shifting Teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Pocketing around teeth
  • Change of your bite
  • Plaque or tartar buildup around teeth

At your professional cleaning, the bacteria, plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth allowing the dentist to access the health of your mouth.  He can check for pocketing and measure around each tooth.  A deeper pocket is an indication of more serious gum disease.

The best method to maintain a healthy mouth is to do the following.
  • Purchase a Sonicare Toothbrush and brush at least twice a day for two minutes.
  • Floss daily, and learn to do it properly
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Avoid grinding of your teeth
  • Avoid smoking
  • See a dentist at least twice a year to have your teeth cleaned

Studies confirm the close relationship between oral health and some disease.  The close relationship is the best reason oral hygiene should be high on the daily priority list. Keep your mouth healthy , and your efforts will mean a healthier you, says Marietta Dentist.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Facts And Myths About Cavities

Can you guess which of these are a myth or fact about cavities?  Interestingly, many people are unaware of the truth about decay and how it happens. Can you answer the following questions asks Marietta dentist?
  • Does treating a cavity mean the decay has stopped?
  • Do acidic foods cause cavities?
  • Can people always tell if they have a cavity?
  •  Does sugar really cause cavities?
  •  Do sensitive teeth mean decay?
  • Do cracks or chips on teeth cause decay?
  • Should people worry about their baby's teeth?

Let's take a look at some myths and facts...

1. Does treating a cavity mean the decay has stopped?

Answer:  This is a fact, but only if your dentist has removed all the decay.  A dentists can make sure all the decay is removed by using a caries detection stain.  It is a technique that helps identify remaining decay that can missed by the naked eye.  If all the decay is removed and the filling is done properly, the decay will stop.

2.  Do acidic foods cause cavities?

Answer:  This is a half-fact!  Acidic foods such as soft drinks and citrus foods don't cause cavities, they can weaken the enamel making it easier for decay to start.

3.  Can people always tell if they have a cavity?

Answer:  Myth!  This is a terrible myth because most people do not have symptoms with mild tooth decay.  Pain usually means that the decay is more advanced and has caused damage to the nerve, leading to more expensive procedures such as root canal therapy.  It is important to seek treatment and have a cavity repaired before the decay becomes advanced.

4.  Does sugar really cause cavities?

Answer:  This is a fact.  Bacteria in your mouth feeds off sugar and produces a decay causing acid.  Proper daily brushing and flossing helps remove bacteria and its acidic by product.

5.  Do sensitive teeth mean decay?

Answer:  This is an absolute myth!  Although sensitive teeth can be a result of decay, it can also come from other dental problems.  Sensitivity can occur from gum recession, cracked teeth and other dental problems.  Your dentist can help identify the problem and provide some helpful solutions.

6.  Do cracks or chips on teeth cause decay?

Answer:  This is half-truth!  Cracks or chips can create a hiding place for bacteria to harvest.  Sometimes a toothbrush cannot reach these areas properly to completely clean away the bacteria causing the teeth to become more prone to decay.  Although, not all cracks and chips result in decay, it is always important to alert your dentist.  Cracks and chips may need attention for other dental concerns.

8.  Should people worry about their baby's teeth?

Answer:  Fact.  Yes, people should worry about their baby's teeth!  Baby teeth with cavities can develop into agonizing pain and abscesses.  If left untreated, they may develop infection that possibly spreads to other parts of the body.  Baby teeth guide in the placement of adult teeth, also an important reason to keep them healthy.  Regular dental visits will help keep children on the right track to good oral hygiene.

Although, there are many reasons decay can develop, good daily oral hygiene can significantly reduce the chances.  Daily brushing and flossing are the first and best defense, says a dentist in Marietta, GA.


Kirk Kimmerling DDS is a cosmetic dentist in Marietta, GA (near Kennesaw) at Verde Pointe Dental Associates.  He is very passionate about his patients dental health and has made it his mission to provide the best possible treatment. It would be his great pleasure to invite you as a new patient to experience the office and excellent treatment.

Dr. Kimmerling has been practicing dentistry for over 28 years.  He has a BA in chemistry and a Doctorate from Emory University in Dentistry. He completed a one year residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York and received the coveted Oral Pathology Award from the American Academy of Oral Pathology.  Dr. Kimmerling is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association and the North West District Dental Association.

Dr. Kimmerling provides a full range of services including teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, extractions, root canals, dental veneers, dental implants, tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges, same day emergencies and more.

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