Bumps in Your Mouth

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Dentist in Buckhead, dentist in midtown, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bumps in Your Mouth “Oh my God, there is a bump in my mouth!” Well there are several bumps in the mouth that are anatomical features and are supposed to be there. For example, there is a pad in the cheek called the parotid papilla. This is a flap of tissue covering the place where saliva comes out from the parotid gland, a salivary gland in the cheek. Another is a pad behind your 2 front teeth called the incisive papilla. This area contains both blood vessels and nerves. Yet another example of normal bumps, is the bumps on the tongue,...

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Mystery White Lesion in the Mouth

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mystery White Lesion in the Mouth A 40 year old female patient recently came in to my office complaining of a white spot on her gums, lower anterior (front teeth).  She popped it, and it went away. When if came back a second time, she decided to come in for a visit. X-rays were taken to see if this came from a tooth, but the Xray seemed completely normal. After checking all the tissues I could see nothing.  I told her to come in if it happened again, or click a selfie of it and text it to me. Well, a couple of weeks later the text arrived....

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in cosmetic dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry in Buckhead, Dentist in Buckhead, Midtown dentist, Orthodon, Orthodontic dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry in Buckhead | 0 comments

New Orthodontic Technology   A recent innovation for tooth movement is called AcceleDent.   What is it? The patient will wear a mouthpiece daily for 20 consecutive minutes. Using SoftPulse technology, small vibrations or micropulses go through the mouthpiece into teeth and bone surrounding the teeth, allowing the time for tooth movement to be greatly accelerated. If you’ve ever had braces, you know that having to wear them significantly less time can be a great development! Does it work? OrthoAccel Technologies, the owner...

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Splinting Teeth

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in buckhead dental care, Buckhead dentist, loose teeth, Midtown dentist, splinting teeth | 0 comments

Splinting Teeth What is “teeth splinting?” Teeth splinting is a procedure where teeth are connected together with a material which keeps them stable, minimizing any possible movement. One use is for loose teeth caused by trauma.  These teeth can be connected by placing wires on the teeth, or bonding filling material between the teeth, or bonding a tooth colored material that looks like a wire and functions in a similar way. Patients can also have advanced periodontal disease that makes the teeth loose. When these are bonded together, the...

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in bite guard and saving teeth, buckhead dental care, Buckhead dentist, dental grinding | 0 comments

Problems with Grinding and Heavy Bites   People with stressful jobs frequently show signs of tooth grinding. Upon dental examination, these patients may have jaw muscle pain, a sore joint (the TMJ of temporomandibular joint), worn teeth, cracked teeth, very sensitive teeth, gum recession, mobile teeth. Wow! One of the simplest solutions is to have the patient wear a bite guard. Usually it’s fitted on the upper OR lower teeth, although there are some that fit on both arches. The idea is that instead of grinding in your sleep,...

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Root Canal Therapy: Improvements Over the Years

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in buckhead dental care, Buckhead dentist, crowns, root canal, root canal treatment, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Root Canal Therapy: Improvements Over the Years I learned about root canal therapy in dental school and many years ago.  Early in my career I practiced dentistry in the Army and honed my endodontic skills.  In recent years I have referred root canal cases to an endodontist (root canal specialist) I personally needed a root canal a couple of months ago, and I want to report on the changes and the improvements that I noticed. For one thing, this endodontist  had a microscope so that he could better see inside the tooth and not miss canals. He...

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What? People are brushing their teeth with charcoal?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in coffee stains on teeth, cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry in Midtown, dental cleaning in Buckhead, Uncategorized | 0 comments

What?  People are brushing their teeth with charcoal? Yes, believe it or not, there are now a few charcoal tooth paste products that can be purchased on the Internet.  You can buy the pasty type, or a powder.    The powder is messy to use and if you aren’t careful you can have a black dripping mess.  You are encouraged to brush your teeth afterwards with your regular paste.  However, despite the mess and extra work, the powder seems to get better personal reviews in terms of whitening teeth.  The paste isn’t as...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Teeth Can Cause Sinus Problems In a recent case study, a patient was having a lot of problems in her sinuses. The medical EENT physician did a thorough investigation of the patient’s sinuses along with blood tests.  He finally worked out that the problems was coming from a tooth, an upper molar. From an anatomical standpoint, the roots of the upper teeth are right next to the sinuses. So, for example, if you have a sinus infection, the upper teeth can hurt during that time from any movement like jogging. I’ve personally had this...

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Interesting Case: Severe Tooth Pain from Biting on a Nail

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in crown repair, crowns, dental emergency, dental surgery, Dentist in Buckhead, dentist in midtown | 0 comments

Interesting Case: Severe Tooth Pain from Biting on a Nail   Recently one of my patients, a 40 year old female, was eating at a restaurant and bit down on a nail that was in her food!   The result was severe tooth pain. The tooth in question was an upper second molar. Complicating the matter was a wisdom tooth behind this tooth that had  “supra-erupted significantly (this means that the wisdom tooth, instead of just erupting into a normal position in harmony with all of the other teeth for good chewing function, well, it has...

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Correlation between Periodontal Disease and Low Testosterone in Men

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Correlation between Periodontal Disease and Low Testosterone in Men   When you go to the dentist and get a report not only on the health of your teeth but the health of your gums. The hygienist typically tells you that all is fine or you have some level of a problem that needs to be addressed. You might have to step up your home care, which is usually part of the problem, or you may need special help like a deep cleaning or even possibly periodontal surgery to correct the situation. But what if you have a systemic problem that is...

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