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By Auburn Dental Center
August 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Habits  

After a long, busy day, you may be tempted to fall asleep without brushing your teeth. Unfortunately, skipping your usual oral hygiene routine can have consequences. Dr. William Herr, your Auburn, GA family dentist, explains how good oral habits will keep your smile healthy.

Brushing your teeth removes plaqueOral habits

Every day, a sticky, colorless film called plaque builds up on your teeth. If you run your tongue over your teeth and notice that they feel rough or sticky, plaque is the cause. Plaque combines with the sugars in the foods you eat to create acids that erode your tooth enamel and cause cavities.

The longer plaque remains on your teeth, the higher the likelihood that it will cause tooth decay. If plaque isn't removed from your teeth, it will eventually turn into tartar, a hard deposit that can cause gum disease. Brushing your teeth at least twice every day is one of the best ways to get rid of plaque and prevent it from turning into tartar.

Flossing helps you clean hard-to-reach places

Your toothbrush bristles can't reach the tight spaces between teeth where plaque can build up. Luckily, dental floss is the perfect tool to clean plaque from those hard-to-reach spots. Flossing daily is an excellent way to prevent cavities between your teeth.

Mouthwashes with fluoride help protect your teeth

Using mouthwash is a good way to keep your breath fresh, but it can also help protect your teeth from cavities if you use a product that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps remineralize your tooth enamel and reduces your risk of cavities.

Visiting your Auburn family dentist helps keep your teeth healthy

It can be difficult to remove every speck of plaque from your teeth, no matter how much you value oral hygiene. During twice yearly visits to your dentist, both plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth during a thorough cleaning. Visiting your dentist regularly also helps him spot tooth decay, gum disease or other dental problems when they're in the earliest stages and easier to treat.

Is it time for your next dental cleaning? Call Dr. Herr, your Auburn, GA family dentist, at (770) 339-4690 to schedule an appointment. Protect your smile with good oral hygiene habits!

By Auburn Dental Center
June 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Have you lost a tooth but aren't sure if a dental implant is the right choice for you? Dr. William Herr, your Auburn dentist, shares some information about the benefits of dental implants.Dental Implants

Dental implants offer long-lasting benefits

Bridges and dentures must eventually be replaced, but since your implant bonds with the bone in your jaw, it may never need to be replaced. Good oral hygiene will help you keep your implant strong and prevent infection.

Implants replace tooth roots

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that actually replace the roots of your tooth. Your Auburn dentist places the implant in the space in the jaw that your tooth roots once occupied. Replacing your roots provides a strong foundation for the crown that will be added on top of the implant and also keeps your jawbone strong. When a tooth is lost, the portion of jawbone underneath it no longer receives the stimulation it needs. Eventually, it will weaken and shrink, which can lead to further tooth loss and facial sagging. When you choose an implant, your jawbone won't experience these changes.

Dental implants are versatile

Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth or all of your teeth. Implant-supported bridges and dentures are a good choice if you've lost multiple teeth. If you choose this option, you won't need to replace every lost tooth with an implant. In most cases, bridges or dentures can be anchored by just two to four implants.

Implants save you money

Although dental implants may seem a little costly, they're usually the least expensive option when you consider the lifetime costs. Bridges or dentures have a limited lifespan and may need to be replaced several times throughout your life. Since implants bond to your jawbone, they will probably never need to be replaced. Although you will need to eventually replace the crown on top of your implant, the cost to replace a crown is less than the cost to replace bridges or dentures.

Dental implants offer a permanent way to replace missing teeth. Call Dr. William Herr, your Auburn dentist, at (770) 339-4690 and schedule an appointment to find out if dental implants are a good option for you. Improve your smile with implants!

You don’t have to just dream about the perfect smile!

A smile says a lot about you. So, when people look at your smile what do you think they see? If you find yourself embarrassed by your cosmetic dentistrysmile, it might be time to talk to our Auburn, GA dentist, Dr. William Herr, about how cosmetic dentistry could help you.

Through modern treatments and techniques, your cosmetic dentist in Auburn can give you the ideal smile without having to go through painful procedures. And getting the perfect smile doesn’t have to always mean getting the most expensive treatments either.

Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental implants
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental bridges

The type of cosmetic dentistry you receive will depend on your treatment goals. When you schedule a consultation with your Auburn restorative dentist, we will find out more about what you are looking to achieve through cosmetic dentistry to help you decide which treatment is best for you.

If you are looking to brighten your smile…

Teeth whitening is often the ideal cosmetic option. Professional in-office teeth whitening is the fastest way to get your smile several shades whiter in just one hour. Plus, it can remove pesky stains caused by foods, drinks, smoking and natural aging.

Of course, those dealing with internal stains may not get the results they want even with our strong whitening gels. In this case, the next best option for getting a significantly brighter smile is with dental veneers, tooth-shaped shells that bond to the front of your teeth.

If you are looking to hide minor imperfections…

You have two choices: dental bonding or dental veneers. Dental bonding is great if you only have tiny chips or cracks in your teeth, as well as small discolorations that teeth whitening can’t eliminate. Bonding is completely non-invasive and uses a tooth-colored resin (the same used for a dental filling) to place over the problem areas. Once the bonding resin is molded properly, it is then hardened with a laser. No pain, no needles and no anesthesia are required.

Of course, dental bonding is only good for minor problems and won’t improve all issues. If you have more moderate to severe imperfections then you may want to consider dental veneers. Some problems that dental veneers can address include:

  • Stains/discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowded or overlapping teeth

If you are looking to replace missing teeth…

You also have multiple options including dentures, a dental bridge or dental implants depending on your budget, lifestyle, health and goals. We would be happy to sit down and discuss which tooth replacement option would work best for you.

Whether you need to replace missing teeth or you are just looking to refresh your smile’s radiance, you can always turn to the dental experts at Auburn Dental Center in Auburn, GA for all of your cosmetic dentistry needs.

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