What Causes Gum Disease?

Marietta GA Periodontal TherapyGum disease is often a slow infection that eventually results in the loss of teeth. It’s often painless while it progresses, and one of its most notable symptoms is halitosis.

No one is thrilled to hear they have a diagnosis of periodontitis (gum disease).

Once the disease causes damage, there’s no reversing it on your own.

Prevention is the best way to keep gums healthy. To avoid getting gum disease in the first place, however, you need to know what triggers the infection. (more…)

4 Signs that a Dental Implant May Be Right for You

Marietta GA Restorative DentistryThinking about getting an implant? Here are a few signs that now could be the right time.

You have excellent oral hygiene.

Dental implants need just as much care and cleaning as regular teeth. If anything, they need a little more special attention. Letting the gum tissues around an implant get inflamed is a sure way to compromise it.

So if you have a good habit now of keeping your teeth clean, then you’ll do well with an implant.

You don’t smoke. (more…)

Cavities

Before we discuss what cavities are, we need to talk about how cavities form. Cavities occur when a tooth comes into contact with acid repeatedly. This contact happens when someone eats or drinks foods that contain high levels of starch or sugar. The most notorious drinks are soda or fruit juice. The acid from these foods and drinks cause the enamel that protects your tooth to lose minerals. If too many of those minerals are lost, then the enamel could form a cavity. (more…)

Is It Smart To Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

Is It Smart to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

The quick answer is that it depends on a number of factors.

If your wisdom teeth do not cause you pain and are positioned correctly in the back of your mouth, then it may not be necessary to have the wisdom teeth removed.

If your wisdom teeth are not positioned correctly aka impacted or they are causing pain, infection, or crowding of your other teeth, then you may need to have those wisdom teeth removed. If wisdom teeth are not positioned correctly, they could push into – and cause damage to – neighboring teeth. Other issues caused by wisdom teeth are jaw damage, sinus issues, cavities, inflamed gums, and alignment issues.

Other factors that go into deciding whether you should have your wisdom teeth are the shape of your mouth and your age. If you have a small mouth, you will not have room for you wisdom teeth to grow, so removal may be necessary. There is no right age to have your wisdom teeth removed, but the earlier the procedure is done the quicker the healing process will be. Teeth and bone harden with age, which make the procedure a bit more difficult and the recovery a little longer.

If you have questions about wisdom teeth, please feel to contact us so we can provide you with a consult to discuss your options. We can provide you with a proper examination and treatment plan if wisdom tooth removal is necessary.

You can also ask whether you have wisdom teeth or not. Some people do not grow wisdom teeth. Don’t worry though. Not having wisdom teeth does not make you any less smart!

Fun Fact: Many linguists believe wisdom teeth developed their name because they appear later in life, when a person matures and becomes wiser. This reason is in comparison to how early a person’s other teeth appear.