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Crowns

A crown is a type of dental restoration that covers, or caps, the natural tooth above the gum line. They are typically used in instances of cracking, chipping, discoloration, and tooth decay. Permanent crowns are usually made from porcelain, ceramic, or metals such as gold or alloys. Once in place, the cap becomes a permanent fixture and acts as the tooth’s new surface. While other treatment options exist in some cases, no other option offers the the same benefits as a crown.

Why Should You Choose Dental Crowns?

There are many different types of dental problems, and in many cases, many different ways to address each problem. So, you might wonder why a dental crown is a preferable option.

At Value Not Set in Value Not Set, we’ve used dental crowns to solve a wide variety of dental problems, here’s our list of the top advantages of dental crowns:

Aesthetically Pleasing. One of the first reasons to consider a crown is that they can be made from composite resin or porcelain can match the natural dentition flawlessly.
Natural Look and Feel. In addition to looking like your natural teeth, crowns feel natural because they are made to restore the original shape of the tooth and then permanently affixed to the remaining tooth structure.
Preserve Natural Teeth. Preserving as much as possible of the natural tooth is always preferable in your overall dental health. Crowns can help preserve the tooth while restoring the natural shape and color of a tooth damaged by injury, illness, or decay.
Added Strength. A crown not only covers the tooth structure, it provides added strength to cracked or damaged teeth.
Do not Slip. Sometimes a crown is the only option in preserving the tooth. Preservation is a first choice for many reasons, including avoiding needing partials which slip and cause discomfort.
Long Lasting. Crowns usually last 15 years.
Added Confidence. Damaged or missing teeth can cause a lack of confidence or feelings of self-consciousness. Having the best smile possible is an self-image booster.

At Value Not Set in Value Not Set, we want you to know that you have your choice of options for dental care. While we will help you make a decision that’s best for you and your dental health, a dental crown is certainly a great choice for a variety of dental problems.

Contact us today at Value Not Set to learn more about crowns and other dental services. Call Value Not Set or set up your next appointment from our website [Appointment Page].

Botox

Looking for Botox in Buckhead, or even Sandy Springs and Brookhaven? Here at Chastain Dental in Buckhead, we’re excited to offer Botox treatments for our patients! Now the dentist you trust with your dental health is able to offer more cosmetic services.

Why Should I get Botox from My Dentist?

Let’s answer this question by looking at which care providers usually administer Botox today: plastic surgeons, medical estheticians, ophthalmologists, and even OB/GYNs, nurses and physicians’ assistants! Aside from plastic surgeons, not all of these practitioners are probably what came to mind when you thought of “where to get Botox.”

So why the dentist? Is it because they’re the smile experts?

Yes, and no. Dentists have a medical degree, but also have highly specialized training that studies the mouth and face in-depth. No other medical profession has the specialized and detailed knowledge of the face that dentistry does. In fact, there’s even a term for it, it’s called the “maxillofacial area,” basically the area of the face between the chin and forehead, and it happens to be the area most requested for Botox injections.

Dentists understand the maxillofacial area muscles better than any other medical professional, because so many of these muscles are involved in chewing and contribute to the structure and functionality of the teeth.
Most dentists today have years worth of experience with cosmetic work- so they understand the cosmetic needs of patients and how to treat them with specific services. Cosmetic work requires that a dentist understands the ideal face in detail, and how to recreate it.

So if you’re in the market for Botox injections in Value Not Set, know that you can trust Dr. Rozema at Value Not Set to give you the safest, most expert treatment available!

Botox- Not Just for Cosmetics

Botox is now making important applications in the treatment of many dental conditions. One common condition is TMJ syndrome, or Temporo-mandibular joint, where Botox injections help to relax the muscles that can provide pain and tension from excessive teeth grinding. Because teeth grinding is usually an unconscious action (making it difficult to treat), Botox acts on the muscles that connect with the jaw during the grinding action, making them unable to grind the teeth unconsciously.

Botox has been very successful at minimizing the pain and negative side affects of teeth grinding, but patients shouldn’t worry about side effects of Boox itself. The injections only work on the specific areas they have been injected to, and there is no possibility of the injections affecting other parts of the face.

Contact us right away if you’re suffering from facial pain due to TMJ! There are treatments available, including Botox, and no one should have to endure the constant pain associated with TMJ.

Ready to rewind your age? Contact Chastain Dental today, or call (404) 445-2021, to learn more about getting Botox, and while you’re here, take the next step and set up your appointment directly from our website!

Dental Bleaching

Whitening your teeth is a simple dental procedure that can have a dramatic impact on your appearance. Teeth whitening is a fast and affordable way to look more polished, more attractive and even look younger and brighter! Removing surface stains and whitening teeth has been shown to take years off the face and overall appearance.

We’re fans of safe, in-office whitening procedures at Value Not Set, because professionally administered whitening is fast, effective and makes patients feel genuinely great about themselves! It’s our mission to make all of our patients happy with their teeth- so much that they can’t stop smiling!

When you’re looking into ways to whiten your teeth in Value Not Set, you’ll probably come across the terms, “whitening” and “bleaching.” So how can you tell what the difference is?

Dental Bleaching

The term “bleaching” is used to describe dental products that whiten teeth beyond their natural color. One of the most effective ways to do this is with ingredients like hydrogen peroxide.

“Whitening” denotes more of a restoration of teeth to their natural color by removing surface stains. Technically, whiteners use cleaning agents- as opposed to hydrogen peroxide- to get out pesky stains that cause discoloration of the teeth.

For all intents and purposes, most products that bleach the teeth (with hydrogen peroxide) or similar agents are called “whitening” products as well. Whitening just sounds a little better- and it’s really the whiter shades that most dental patients are after.

How to Choose Whitening and/or Bleaching Treatments

Today’s oral hygiene market is saturated with whitening agents like hydrogen peroxide- often added to many of our standard cleaning products, like toothpaste and mouthwash. While a little whitening power in your everyday products is great for maintaining your shade and preventing further discoloration, it won’t provide the full restorative and transformation results that most patients look for.

Instead of spending on over the counter whitening treatments, like trays or strips, you can get dramatic results immediately with an in office treatment. We prefer to use Zoom! Whitening at Value Not Set, because it’s the most advanced whitening technology available today, and gives patients the whiter, brighter results they want- all in about an hour. Yes, just one hour!

Read more about how Zoom! Whitening treatment can give you dramatic whitening results that last for years. Contact us today, or set up your first appointment online here.

Anxiety

Few people look forward to the dental chair, but for some, that apprehension can turn in to full blown dental anxiety.  This fear can stem from many things,such as the sound of the equipment, smell of the office, and anticipation of the treatment. Whatever the reason for dental anxiety, this fear causes many Americans to delay dental care– indefinitely. Though common, dental anxiety can be successfully managed so patients at Value Not Set in Value Not Set can get the care they need, before avoiding care leads to additional oral health issues.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?
There are many different reasons people are fearful of going to the dentist. Sometimes, it’s a previous experience, the sound of the tools, or simply the fear of local anesthetic. There are lots of unfamiliar tools, sounds and smells in the dentist office and all of those elements can make some feel some extreme apprehension. Technically, it’s called dentophobia or odontophobia and you don’t have to have any particular dental trauma in your past to currently experience it.

Signs of dental anxiety include:

•    Trouble sleeping the night or nights before a scheduled dental appointment
•    Crying or feeling ill at the thought of visiting the dentist
•    Uneasiness when objects are placed near your mouth
•    Feeling as if it’s difficult to breathe when you get in the dentist chair
•    Feeling helpless and out of control when in the dental chair

Overcoming Dental Fear

Patients that experience dental anxiety need to know that there are ways to manage that fear, and make going to the dentist a lot more comfortable, if not stress-free.

These tips and techniques are effective in reducing the anxiety associated with going to the dental office.

•    Find a dentist at Value Not Set that specializes in dealing with fearful patients. Remember, dentists are healthcare professionals that have training in dealing with patients that have anxiety.

•    Talk to your dentist about your fears prior to your visit. The dentist will discuss options such as medication, to help you manage your visit.

•    Understand that dentistry is more sophisticated and comfortable than ever. Many patients envision scenes from westerns when they think of dentistry. Today, treatment is safe, fast, and in many cases nearly pain-free.

•    Use relaxation techniques to help calm your nerves. Practice deep breathing or envision yourself on a beautiful beach.

•    If the sound of drilling or suctioning makes you feel tense, listen to your favorite music to drown out the sound.

•    Avoid caffeine or other stimulants the day before and day of the appointment.

•    Avoid sugary foods that provide temporary energy. Instead, eat protein rich foods that produce a calming effect.

•    Have friend or family go with you.

•    Get to know the dentist before you appointment so you already feel comfortable. Try following them on social media or giving them a call. It’s hard to trust someone you don’t know.

These positive techniques work wonders. Give them a try for your next visit at Value Not Set in Value Not Set.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you want subtle or extreme changes, our team at Dr. Colin Richman Dentistry can enhance your smile in a variety of ways through cosmetic dentistry. Through cosmetic dentistry, your teeth can be re-shaped, brightened, bonded and more. Dr. Richman uses a wide range of tools to perform a variety of procedures. The following is a list of the most common procedures in cosmetic dentistry:

  1.       Bleaching – Whether your teeth are stained or you just want a brighter smile, bleaching is a very common procedure that can whiten your teeth in a short amount of time. Dr. Richman measures the correct amount of whitening solution into a mouthpiece tray to ensure you aren’t getting more chemicals than necessary. In-office teeth whitening gives faster results and often is completed in 1-2 visits.
  2.       Bonding – Bonding is used when your teeth are gapped, chipped, or cracked. Dr. Richman applies an etching solution and tooth-colored materials directly to the problem area of your tooth. Bonding is done in one visit and can last several years.
  3.       Veneers – Veneers are tooth-colored shells of porcelain that are cemented into your teeth. They are meant to reflect the properties of your natural teeth. They can fix discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, irregularly shaped and gapped teeth. Once your custom veneers are ready, our team at Dr. Colin Richman Dentistry will do a trial-run and temporarily place them on your teeth to inspect it’s fit and color. Once they are applied with special cement, we will shine a light beam on them to activate the cement and cause it to harden at an accelerated rate. Veneers greatly improve your appearance and look almost exactly like a natural tooth.
  4.       Crowns –  Crowns are caps for your teeth that are used to restore the shape of the tooth and improve it’s appearance. Crowns are usually needed for teeth that have decayed, broken or severely discolored. If properly taken care of, crowns can last for years.
  5.       Implants – Dental implants replace your missing teeth by replacing your natural roots. They are made of titanium and aren’t visible after the surgery is completed. Dr. Richman specializes in surgically placing the implant into your jawbone. It can take up to several months for the titanium implant to attach to permanently attach to the bone, but once it does, the replacement tooth is applied to the implant.

Here at Dr. Colin Richman Dentistry, we would be happy to discuss which cosmetic dental procedure is right for you. Call (770) 442-1010 to schedule an appointment today.

Long Term Dental Implants

Many state-of-the-art dental treatments and preventative options available today that have reduced the need for extraction and have prevented tooth loss in a vast number of cases. While our teeth can last a lifetime, unfortunately, sometimes they don’t. Millions of Americans suffer from the embarrassment and problems that come with tooth loss, and must choose the best tooth replacement option for their situation. Until recently those options were limited to bridges and dentures. Today, at Dr. Colin Richman in Roswell, we add dental implant technologies to that list of tooth replacement options. While we now have a several dental treatment options for missing teeth, not all of them provide the same long-term benefits as do dental implants.

Dentures for example, are used when most or all of the natural teeth are missing in a dental arch. The denture closely resembles natural teeth, fit into the mouth and fixed in place daily with a dental adhesive product. Dentures provide an advantage in affordability when a significant number of teeth are missing, but  lack other advantages such as stability.

Fixed bridges are great solutions for replacing one or more missing teeth. They look natural and are economical. Some of the disadvantages include the need to crown two healthy teeth in order to hold the appliance in place. For removable bridges, the adjacent natural teeth don’t need to be capped, but the appliance does use metal clasps which are impossible to conceal.

While dental implants are a more costly option, both short and long term benefits far outweigh the cost.

A dental implant most closely restores the beauty and and function of a natural tooth, and provide benefits beyond aesthetics, making it a very economical choice.

The structure of dental implants acts like that of the natural tooth, with the tooth structure placed  on top of the metal anchor implant which replaces the root of your tooth. This makes the implant permanent, like a natural tooth, and as stable as your natural tooth.

This structure is beneficial in many ways. Often when dealing with dentures or bridges, eating certain foods becomes difficult which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. They can also slip, an d cause some embarrassment. Implants however, are fixed in place, undetectable, and function as a natural tooth.  An implant also preserves the facial structure, unlike dentures or bridges. If a tooth is missing, the bone recedes and the remaining teeth shift. An implant stimulates the bone so that the health of the jaw bone and the facial structure isn’t compromised.
Since implants preserve the bone and are permanent, the only thing that can rival their long-term usefulness and beauty is a natural tooth. The natural appearance and feel of an implant from Dr. Colin Richman lets you confidently enjoy life without worries of embarrassment, discomfort, or hassle. Ask about dental implants at our Roswell, GA dental office. 

Periodontal Diesease & Treatment

While most Americans are familiar with the term “gingivitis,” many are shocked to hear that gingivitis is actually the first stage of gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a serious medical condition. Just like many Americans every year get heart disease, if they don’t exercise and watch what they eat, millions of Americans are diagnosed with gum disease each year for failing to take proper care of their teeth and gums.

Causes of gum disease in dental patients

The #1 cause of periodontal disease in dental patients is failure to properly take care of their teeth and gums.

– Proper oral hygiene should be observed at all times. This means brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day, preferably after meals. These habits are preventative hygiene for your teeth and gums, and are the best way to fight against the early stages of gum disease and keep your mouth healthy.

– Visit your dentist routinely. Bi-annual teeth cleanings will take care of any gaps in hygiene patients miss through regular brushing and flossing. Routine dental exams will also help your dentist spot any symptoms or early signs of gum disease, and make treating the disease and a return to normal health much easier and quicker.

Family history with gum disease can come into play and may be a contributing factor. However, patients with a predisposition should be aware of this, and take extra care with their dental hygiene and routine dental visits.

What happens when gum disease goes untreated?

While bacteria and the resulting inflammation are the first signs of gum disease in patients, if left untreated, many patients end up losing one or multiple teeth. Because our gum tissues hold our teeth in place, if bacteria and inflammation erode the surrounding gums, there will be nothing left to keep our teeth in place.

The early stages of gum disease can be treated, but it progress to the later stages, many of the symptoms can only be managed- and preventing the loss of teeth may not be possible. Gum disease, especially in its early stages, can come about painlessly, which is possibly why so many patients aren’t aware that they have it, or that it is a very serious condition.

Gum disease is like many of the major disease that currently affect Americans today, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. While there are extraneous factors like genetic predisposition, these diseases progress because patients do not take proper care of their bodies and health. It’s the same with periodontal disease, where patients find themselves in the midst of expensive, painful and inconvenient treatments when simply cultivating the habit of brushing and flossing for 2 minutes twice a day would have prevented all of it.

Contact Dr. Colin Richman in Roswell, GA to schedule your next cleaning and dental exam. Don’t wait before it’s too late!

The Importance of Routine Cleanings

Routine cleanings are one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth healthy. Brushing and flossing daily are not enough to protect you from tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease. Dr. Richman recommends a routine cleaning every six months. Routine visits can prevent plaque from building up and causing more serious problems such as periodontal disease. During your teeth cleaning, one of our wonderful dental hygienists will remove plaque, tartar and bacteria that can’t be removed with your regular toothbrush.  

If your teeth are not cleaned regularly you can develop periodontal diseases. This impacts your gums and need professional treatment. Dr. Colin Richman in Roswell, GA is a professional periodontist who can treat your teeth in the best way possible. Call our office today to schedule your appointment. 

Gum Disease & Cardiovascular Health

Heart disease. It’s a long been the deadliest disease in the United States, and still manages to kill over 600,000 people in our country every year, according to the CDC. We’ve been grappling with this problem for a long time, and most people are aware of long-standing links of obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise and even smoking to increased risk and the epidemic of heart disease in America. While these links are still true, and still very important factors when looking at the patterns of this illness across the country, another factor is now coming to light within the scientific and medical communities. Chances are, it’s not what you think.

Several studies have come out recently pointing to a very strong link between gum disease and heart disease. While scientists are still working out the exact reasons why, the evidence is so strong that there is no doubt to many that the link between the two is solid. The studies show that almost all patients diagnosed with heart disease also had some stage of gum disease.

What does this mean for the average patient?

Well, we know heart disease is rampant in our society, but gum disease is actually nearly as epidemic as heart disease, and is common among many adult patients. Most patients don’t die from direct causes of gum disease, so that might be why it’s not seen as such a threat and many patients also avoid going to the dentist, so the disease remains widely under-diagnosed.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by the same underlying factors as tooth decay – a buildup of plaque, bacteria and food particles and an overall lack of hygiene and care. As this buildup continues, the gums become infected by the bacteria and eventually become very inflamed. Treating gum disease is difficult. The process is long and treatment procedures can be painful and unpleasant. Not only does this effect your gums and overall oral health, having all of that bacteria and inflammation in your mouth, but there is a link between gum disease and your overall health.

There are two things you should take away from these findings:

  1. 1. Visit your dentist regularly. Part of the problem with heart disease is that it usually does not show symptoms until later on in the disease. The symptoms are usually severe, i.e. a heart attack, and a lack of other indicators makes the disease hard to diagnose if not monitored preemptively. This is also true of other systemic diseases, which begin to show early signs within the mouth, before becoming symptomatic in other parts of the body. Your dentist at Dr. Colin Richman really does look out for your overall health, and regular cleanings and oral exams can spot dental problems as well as more serious health concerns.
  2. 2. Brush and floss regularly. You knew it was coming! According to the CDC, the United States spends over $100 billion annually on heart disease. That’s a lot of money. How much could we lower these costs as a nation by lowering our cases of heart disease through regular oral hygiene. The only real preventative for gum disease is regular brushing and flossing. Don’t be afraid to ask your hygienist if you need some help with your technique or help finding the right products for you.

Contact us at Dr. Colin Richman in Roswell, GA now to learn more.

Periodontist in Atlanta

Lack of dental care has been linked to several serious medical conditions including heart and gum disease. It is important to take the necessary precautions to prevent these dangerous conditions. At Dr. Colin Richman in Atlanta, periodontal therapy offers a solution to what can turn into a severe problem.

The best prevention of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is consistent care for your teeth at home and regular visits to the dentist. Taking good care of your mouth will lead to a healthier body overall.

Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when the gums and the gum’s bone structure are inflamed, due to dental plague bacteria. The disease most likely begins with gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease. The body puts up resistance to fight off the disease, and is often unsuccessful. The underlying bone structure is destroyed, and the teeth become loose, and bacteria accumulate in the open pockets, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.

The most effective dental treatment to fight periodontal disease is Periodontal Therapy treatment options. At Dr. Colin Richman in Atlanta, GA we categorize periodontal disease, and treatment methods in order of severity. The classifications are mild, moderate severe.

Who Benefits the Most From Periodontal Therapy Treatments

Current patients, individuals who have never seen a dentist, and individuals who have not visited their dentist over an extended period, can benefit from periodontal therapy treatments. Prevention is the most cost effective way to treat periodontal disease. Brushing, and flossing daily are great oral hygiene techniques to use, however, it is not an effective treatment plan against fighting periodontal disease.

Visiting the dentist regularly, and following dental instructions can prevent periodontal gum disease, and possibly extend the life of both the gums and the natural teeth.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to fight periodontal disease. Call Dr. Colin Richman in Atlanta today to set up an appointment.

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