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By North Park Family Dentistry
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Veneers cover teeth with a thin layer of porcelain, instantly improving their appearance. Columbus, GA, dentist Dr. Tyler Myers explains veneershow veneers can give you the smile you've always wanted.

How do veneers make over teeth?

Veneers are used to conceal flaws or minor damage that affects the fronts of teeth. They're often constructed of porcelain, a translucent material that closely resembles tooth enamel. Your veneers will be custom-made to fit your teeth using molds of your mouth made in our Columbus office.

Veneers typically require three dental appointments. During the first appointment, a thin layer of enamel will be removed, and an impression of your mouth will be made. A few weeks later, you'll return for the fitting and application of the veneers. A follow-up visit may also be scheduled about a week or two after you receive your veneers.

Who can benefit from veneers?

Veneers are a good choice for nearly anyone who would like to enhance their smile. They're an excellent option if you want to conceal:

  • Surface Flaws: Whether your tooth chipped after you bit into a hard pretzel, or you've always wanted to do something about the pits in your enamel, veneers can transform the surface of your teeth. They're often used to hide shallow cracks or uneven surfaces.
  • Gaps: Veneers can eliminate slight spaces between teeth.
  • Discolorations: Injuries, large fillings or childhood tetracycline use can cause your teeth to become dark or discolored. Veneers match your natural tooth color, making it impossible to tell that you've had an dental work done. Veneers can also be used to whiten all of your teeth.
  • Short Teeth: Grinding or clenching your teeth at night may eventually shorten some of them, affecting the appearance of your smile. Adding veneers is a simple way to lengthen teeth. A custom-made nightguard is a must if your teeth have shortened due to grinding or clenching. Without the nightguard, you may damage your new veneers.
  • Oddly Shaped Teeth: Even the slightest twists or turns in teeth can make them stand out. Thanks to the addition of a veneer, your tooth will look perfectly straight.

Enhance your smile with veneers! Call Columbus, GA, dentist Dr. Tyler Myers at (706) 507-0606 to schedule your appointment.

By North Park Family Dentistry
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

As the days, weeks, and months pass, your smile may slowly fade in color. You might not notice the change until you do the “tissue test” in teeth whiteningthe mirror and notice that your teeth are not quite white anymore. A brighter smile is possible with one short dentist appointment at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA. 

Ways to Brighten Your Smile
Many times, when someone notices that their smile isn’t as bright as it used to be, they will attempt to whiten using over-the-counter products. Whitening toothpaste, strips, mouthwashes, and trays abound on the retail market, but they don’t always work as promised. Some non-prescription whitening products can also cause damage to the teeth or gums when used improperly. 

The Best Way to a Brighter Smile 
If your goal is to have a whiter smile and have it now, your best bet is to visit the dentist's office for professional whitening. Dr. Tyler Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA uses prescription strength whitening materials and tools to ensure that your teeth get up to eight shades brighter. Best of all, you don’t have to wait weeks to see a change—it’s a treatment that you can have done on a long lunch break from work. The results will last up to two years if you take good care of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening Benefits
People who have whiter teeth often enjoy a number of benefits, including higher self-confidence and an increased eagerness to smile in public. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, you don’t have to wait a long time to see an improvement. You can go out with your friends or to a professional event the very next day and feel comfortable knowing that you have a prettier, whiter smile to show off.

Schedule Time for Tooth Whitening
Dr. Tyler Myers is a Columbus, GA dentist who can give you a whiter smile. Call (706) 507-0606 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers.

By North Park Family Dentistry
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

When there’s tooth decay, the diseased tissue must be removed before it has a chance to spread. A root canal is the preferred root canalsolution because you want to avoid having a tooth extracted whenever possible. Take note of these signs that you may need to see a dentist at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA for a root canal to cure a decayed tooth.

What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment that eliminates decayed tissue inside of a tooth. It is the logical next step when a simple cavity filling is no longer possible. The bad tissue is cleared from the canals, then the dentist disinfects the inside of the tooth to stop bacteria growth. Once the tooth is filled with a substance called gutta percha, it’s protected by a permanent crown. Root canal treatments have a relatively high success rate, especially when you have the problem addressed at the onset of symptoms.

Root Canal Signs
Unfortunately, dental anxiety prevents many patients from getting root canal treatment, even though there may be clear signs. Here are a few indications that you may need to see your Columbus dentist for a root canal:

- Tooth pain that doesn't go away and worsens when you try to eat or talk.
- The tooth begins to turn dark or black.
- Holes or dark spots on a tooth.
- Swelling around the base of the tooth (sometimes a boil or ulcer will form).

You may experience some discomfort after a root canal, but soon after you’ll feel the relief of not having persistent tooth pain and swelling anymore. Your dentist will have you back into the office soon after the treatment for a permanent crown to protect and cover the tooth. After a few days of healing, you can go back to eating most regular foods, but it’s important that you keep a close eye on the tooth and see your dentist for regular checkups.

Repair and Restore Your Smile with a Root Canal
If you’ve noticed signs of tooth decay or dental disease and think you may need a root canal, see a Columbus, GA dentist at North Park Family Dentistry for an examination. Call (706) 507-0606 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Tyler Myers.

By North Park Family Dentistry
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

Trusting your family's dental care to a single dentist ensures that your loved ones receive the quality services they need. Our Columbus, GA, family dentistryfamily dentist, Dr. Tyler Myers, discusses the advantages of visiting a family dentist.

More quality time

Do you spend more time than you would like in dental waiting rooms? When several members of your family have different dentists, dental visits can take up too much of your time. Luckily, you can increase your free time by choosing one dentist for all of your family's dental needs. You can even schedule one block appointment for the entire group.

Knowledge and skill

Family dentists set no patient age restrictions. No one in your family is ever too young or old to see them. Family dentists offer unparalleled skill and expertise in treating dental issues that can affect your family members throughout their lives. They evaluate the growth of your children's jaws and teeth, diagnose developmental problems and recommend treatment options. If tooth loss is an issue as you grow older, they can recommend restoration options, such as bridges, dentures or dental implants.

The services your family needs

Family dentists offer services that will keep your teeth strong and attractive whether you're a child, adult or senior citizen, including fillings, teeth whitening treatments, crowns, veneers and root canals. Preventative care is an important aspect of keeping your smile healthy. After your teeth are cleaned in our Columbus office, Dr. Myers will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. In addition to checking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other problems, he'll also look for issues that could affect your general health, such as tumors.

An affinity for the younger generation

Persuading a young child to cooperate during a medical or dental visit isn't always so easy. When your child visits the same dental office you do, he or she will have ample opportunity to get to know the staff and the dentist and become more comfortable with dental visits. Family dentists and their employees truly enjoy working with children and strive to make visits stress-free for your kids and you.

Family dentists offer excellent care for the entire family. If you need a check-up or you're concerned about a toothache or other dental problem, call Columbus, GA, family dentist, Dr. Myers, at (706) 507-0606.

By North Park Family Dentistry
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your Columbus dentist can save your smiledental implants

There are many reasons to consider getting dental implants. In fact, dental implants are the most modern, innovative way to replace missing teeth. You can replace one missing tooth or many missing teeth, and can even support a denture, all with lifelike, stable dental implants. Dr. Tyler Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA wants to share the facts about why you should consider dental implants.

Some of the main reasons people choose dental implants include:

  • Aesthetic beauty, because dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
  • Convenience, because you can brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth
  • Stability, because dental implants are embedded in bone and won’t move around like partials or dentures
  • Conservative treatment, because Dr. Myers only needs to prepare the implant space, not the teeth around it, as is the case with dental bridges

Dental implants are the right choice for just about everyone, however, there are a few factors to consider which can affect implant area healing. You need to discuss implant treatment with Dr. Myers if you:

  • Have diabetes not controlled by diet or medications
  • Have untreated gum or periodontal disease
  • Use tobacco products or drink excessive amounts of alcohol

Dental implants have an outstanding success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. That’s the highest success rate of any surgical implant.

Your dental implants are placed during a simple in-office procedure and then over time, your bone will fuse with the dental implant, embedding it securely in place. After healing is complete, a beautiful implant crown is placed on top of the implant, giving you a natural, full smile.

If you are missing teeth, you should consider dental implants. Why settle for conventional tooth replacement methods like bridges, partials or dentures when you can have state-of-the-art dental implants? You deserve to look your best and dental implants can help. For more information about dental implants and other dental procedures, call Dr. Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA. Call today!

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