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By North Park Family Dentistry
March 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry has taken many strides in recent years. Many procedures can not only restore function to your smile but make it look cosmetic dentistrygreat in the process. Depending on you and your preferences, dentists often use several cosmetic procedures alongside one another. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry and visualize a total smile overhaul with Dr. Tyler Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA.

Dental Crowns and Bridges
First on the list for a smile overhaul are dental crowns and bridges, which replace missing teeth and protect damaged or broken teeth. These important restorative dental procedures bring the functionality back to your smile by restoring the biting surface, filling in your gaps, and protecting compromised teeth from further damage.

Dental Veneers 
Veneers cover the teeth to mask their imperfections and, depending on your preference, can give your smile a subtle boost or a totally new look. After filling in your gaps with bridges and protecting weakened teeth with crowns, dental veneers can correct small chips, cracks, slight overcrowding and under crowding issues, and change the color of your teeth.

Dental Contouring
Dental contouring further improves your smile by using a dental drill with specialized bits to even out the appearance of the teeth. If you notice that one tooth is slightly longer than the others, you feel as though you have a too-pointy tooth, or have a small chip which does not require placing a full veneer, you could benefit from dental contouring.

Dental Sealants
After renewing your smile into one you love with cosmetic dentistry, your Columbus, GA dentist can also help you protect your teeth from future tooth decay with dental sealants. Your dentist will apply this thin plastic coating to the biting surface of the molars to fill in the tooth’s naturally occurring fissures and pits to help prevent food and bacteria from becoming trapped inside and causing tooth decay.

For more information on dental contouring, dental crowns and bridges, veneers, or sealants, please contact Dr. Tyler Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA. Call (706) 507-0606 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Myers today!

By North Park Family Dentistry
February 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Veneers are dental restorations that can give your smile a fresh start. It's a viable solution for patients who have tooth damage or veneersimperfections that need to be covered up. They allow your dentist to give you a “Hollywood” smile that’s white and nicely sculpted. Find out more about this cosmetic treatment offered by Dr. Tyler Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA.

Designing Veneers
Veneers are custom dental prosthetics that are designed to fit your one-of-a-kind smile. They are about the width of a contact lens and look similar to a small wafer. When bonded to the front of the tooth, it gives it a whole new look. Veneers can be designed in a specific shade that matches the rest of your smile and they can be shaped and contoured as needed.

If you have generally healthy teeth that can support veneers, there are a number of benefits of getting this cosmetic treatment at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus. For one, you can show off your new smile in a relatively short time—getting veneers takes about two appointments. Also, this treatment only requires a minor adjustment to your natural teeth compared to full crowns. Finally, you can count on your veneers lasting up to 20 years with maintenance and regular dental appointments.

Caring for Veneers
Once you have veneers, adopting new, better dental care habits will help ensure that they continue to look good. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

- Brush carefully and thoroughly around the veneers to remove food particles and plaque buildup.
- Floss to remove food from around the gum line to avoid problems with gum disease.
- Go to the dentist at least once every six months for a checkup and cleaning.

Schedule Your Veneer Consultation
Set aside time to consult with Dr. Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA about getting veneers. Call (706) 507-0606 today to schedule a time to visit.

This restorative and cosmetic dental work could be the answer you’re looking for.

There are so many options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry that you may be confused as to which treatment will give you the results restorative and cosmetic dentistryyou want. Of course, it’s important to figure out what your goals are for treatment so that our Columbus, GA dentist, Dr. Tyler Myers, can help you come up with the best option for you. Here are three popular restorations and why they are so often used.

Dental Crowns

There are many situations in which a dental crown can be a great choice. If you are dealing with a tooth that is cracked, chipped or broken, a dental crown is a great way to restore it. Dental crowns can be made from many different materials, but porcelain or composite resin tend to be the most popular because they look most like natural teeth. These porcelain crowns are placed over the tooth to improve strength, function and appearance. While crowns can also be used to improve the shape and color of a malformed or discolored tooth there are other cosmetic options to consider if you want to improve just the appearance of a tooth.

Dental Veneers

This is a popular way for patients to finally get the straighter and more attractive smile they’ve always wanted. These thin porcelain shells are adhered to the front of your tooth to cover minor to more severe imperfections like discolorations, malformed teeth and even gaps between teeth. Since they require less tooth enamel removal than dental crowns they tend to be a more popular choice in Columbus.

Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more permanent teeth and are looking for a restoration that will truly last you a long time then it’s time to consider getting dental implants. These are the only tooth replacement that naturally fuses together with the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. From there a dental crown, bridge or even a full set of dentures can be placed over this restoration to replace missing teeth.

Do you have questions about cosmetic dentistry? Want to see how North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA could improve your smile? If so, then call us today and schedule your no-risk consultation.

By North Park Family Dentistry
October 26, 2016
Category: Oral Health

We've all heard the old adage about moderation. Either too little or too much of something is seldom a good thing, especially where diet and lifestyle habits are concerned. While the occasional Snickers bar or pack of Skittles won't necessarily ruin your smile, the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums is to know how much is too much. Dr. Tyler Myers, a Columbus, GA, based general dentist, advises patients to err on the side of caution when it comes to consuming sweet food and drinks like soda and sweetened fruit juices.

General Dentistry and Preventive Dental Care in Columbus, GA

Most people understand that eating too many sweets and poor oral hygiene habits can lead to cavities, especially in children. But in addition to being a leading cause of tooth decay, sugar interacts with the bacteria in the mouth, which creates acids that can also erode the protective enamel layer of the teeth, making them more vulnerable to staining, sensitivity and decay.

So how much sugar is too much? Although an occasional sweet snack from time to time probably won't cause lasting damage for people with good oral hygiene routines (brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and regular dental exams and cleanings), many seemingly "healthy" foods and drinks contain excessive levels of sugar that can lead to accidental overconsumption.

In order to avoid consuming too much sugar on a regular basis, dentists recommend carefully reading labels on prepackaged foods and candy, drinking plenty of water, limiting processed foods and snacks and practicing good oral hygiene to prevent sugar and acid buildup from wreaking havoc on the smile.

Find a General Dentist in Columbus

Eating a healthy diet, practicing good oral hygiene, and regular visits to the dentist for a check-up and professional cleaning are the best way to prevent cavities and tooth decay and to maintain consistently healthy teeth and gums. For more information, contact North Park Family Dentistry by calling (706) 507-0606 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers today.

By North Park Family Dentistry
August 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

It’s estimated that over 3 million Americans now have dental implants and the number is steadily rising. Many dentist offices across the dental implantscountry now offer this restorative treatment, including the team at North Park Family Dentist in Columbus, OH. The reason why so many dentists now recommend dental implants is that they are a lasting and reliable solution for many different common dental problems. 

What Are Dental Implants?
In the mid-20th century, a surgeon discovered that when a piece of titanium is added to bone tissue the two fuse together as one. This discovery eventually led to the use of titanium as implants to replace teeth. When the metal implant (which resembles a screw) is inserted into healthy bone tissue, within a few months the bone fuses with the implant and holds it in place. A crown is added to the top that is shaped and colored to fit your smile.

A Fix for Many Problems
Dental implants are a miracle solution of sorts for Columbus patients who have a variety of tooth-related problems. Here is a list of some of the problems that dental implants can permanently fix:

  • Individual missing teeth and rows of teeth (implant-supported dentures).
  • Deeply stained or discolored teeth.
  • Decayed teeth that can’t be helped with a root canal.
  • Persistent problems with denture devices.

Dental implants can also help stop the loss of healthy bone tissue in the jaw. They are an all-in-one solution for patients who have common dental health problems.

Long Term Benefits of Implants
Patients who have dental implants enjoy many long-term benefits. For one, they don’t have to worry about the replacement tooth falling out at unexpected times since it is firmly rooted. Since the crown on the implant is a solid and durable material that isn’t connected to nerves, patients don’t have to worry about cavities, discoloration or tooth pain. They also don’t have to have the crown replaced for 15 years or longer.

Ask Your Dentist about Implants
There’s a good chance that the dental concern you’re experiencing can be fixed with dental implants. Call North Park Family Dentist in Columbus, OH at (706) 507-0606 today to schedule an exam.

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