BLOG

2/23/2017 4:50:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: HOW TO COPE DENTAL FEAR - TIPS AND TRICKS TO OVERC...: LAKE LANIER SMILES, AFFORDABLE BUFORD DENTIST HOW TO COPE DENTAL FEAR TIPS AND TRICKS TO OVERCOME DENTAL FEAR Everybody is afra...



2/23/2017 4:48:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES, AFFORDABLE BUFORD DENTIST

HOW TO COPE DENTAL FEAR

TIPS AND TRICKS TO OVERCOME DENTAL FEAR

Everybody is afraid of something, some are afraid of heights, some are of closed spaces or spiders, or may be going to the dentist.

Day in and day out our patients tell that they didn't sleep well the night before the dental appointment or they have a stomach ache when they are going to the dentist.

Unfortunately you can't avoid a dental visit unlike staying away from heights or closed spaces or spiders.

This article explains the steps you can take in the dental office during the dental procedure.



DISCUSS WITH THE DENTIST 

1.   Tell the dentist and the dental team that you are anxious
2.   Make shorter dental appointments
3.   Let the dentist know what makes you nervous
4.   Share your past dental experiences with the dentist 
5.   Let the dentist know if you are not numb enough
6.   Your dentist at Lake Lanier Smiles can give larger dose of anesthesia before the treatment
7.   Sharing any coping skills that worked for you at the older dentist office
8.   Lake Lanier Smiles offers dark glasses for every patient
9.   Our dentists recommend to listen to your music of choice
10.               The dentists at our Buford dental office always explains briefly about the procedure to be done before they start the treatment
11.               If you are curious about an instrument or equipment then ask our Buford dentist to tell how it works
12.               Our Buford dental office team along with the dentist gives the patient full control by stopping anytime during the procedure by simple signal like raising the left hand
13.               Please ask our dentists or dental assistant if you have any questions 



DISTRACTION IS THE BEST ACTION

The dentists at our Buford dental office recommends following things to distract or take your mind off of the treatment.
1.   Listening to your favorite music
2.   Browsing the pictures of your recent trip
3.   Squeezing a soft stress ball
4.   Playing some games in your phone 
5.   Chatting with the dental assistants




TAKE A DEEP BREATHE

Our Buford dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles advise to do calming breathing exercises. 
1.   You can do breathing exercises before coming to the appointment or on the way to the appointment.
2.   There are different breathing exercises you can do, but please consult a physician if you have any medical conditions 
3.   Try this calming breathe exercise: Take a long deep breathe through nose filling the lungs. Then hold the breathe for 3 seconds. Then exhale slowly through Mouth. 



RELAX YOUR BODY

Lake Lanier Smiles dentists in Buford, Ga suggest the coping technique of relaxation along with effective anxiety breathing exercises.

Muscles that need to be relaxed are Face, throat, Jaw, Shoulders and Stomach.

Relaxation can also be achieved by deep breathing exercises, meditation and yoga.

Relaxing your body not only reduces the stress of the dental appointment but also boosts your energy and mood.



These are some of the coping techniques recommended by our Buford dentists. Please discuss with the dentist to formulate a custom coping technique for your dental fears.

If you have any questions about your Oral Health or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.





1/29/2017 3:12:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: ROOT CANAL TREATMENT BY LAKE LANIER SMILES, BUFORD...: Root Canal Treatment When a patient hears the term “root canal” pertaining to them causes more anxiety than any other dental procedure....



1/29/2017 3:11:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

Root Canal Treatment

When a patient hears the term “root canal” pertaining to them causes more anxiety than any other dental procedure.

I still picture the cartoon character with the rag tied around his head.  However, it makes me chuckle because it is so inaccurate. Generally the procedure is virtually painless. However due to the infection or inflammation it may be more difficult for the patient to be anesthetized.

There have been so many advances in Dentistry that most patients experience no discomfort during or complications after the procedure.  They are relieved to be out of pain and are questioning why they had all the fear and anxiety.  Root canal treatment is a routine procedure and is performed with skill and expertise by our dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles.


WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

Root canal treatment is a procedure performed in your dentist’s office. Your dentist performs this procedure to remove damaged or dead pulp.
Pulp is a soft chamber that encases the nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels. The pulp chamber is inside of the root canal. The entire root canal and pulp chamber are cleaned out by your dentist using either an instrument called a reamer or an electrical rotary instrument.  Both instruments are very effective in reshaping the canal.

Our Buford dentist office, Lake Lanier Smiles is equipped with the rotary machines to do efficient Root Canal Treatments.

The next step is to fill the canal with gutta per-cha, a rubber-like material. This step prevents contamination or infection from reoccurring.

The last step is sealing the canal.  Your dentist at Lake Lanier Smiles will melt the ends of the gutta per-cha, permanently sealing the root canal.

Root canal therapy may sometimes require two or three additional visits to complete depending on the amount of infection. Usually a topical medication and a temporary filling will be applied.  If your dentist recommends it, an antibiotic will be prescribed for 10 days.  This will give your body time to heal the infection. 

If after root canal therapy, a dental crown is not placed to protect the remaining tooth structure, there is a high chance of tooth fracture.


DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS?

Of course, you can have a surgical extraction if the tooth has been severely decayed or cracked.

This is usually the case when the tooth requires root canal therapy.  If a permanent adult tooth has to be extracted, your dentist will recommended a bridge or Implant or Partial Denture to replace the missing tooth.

The bridge should be done quickly after the socket heals.  Tooth loss causes the surrounding teeth to shift and move. This will affect the integrity of your bite and ability to properly chew.  Jaw pain or TMJ can also develop due to an improper bite.  The tooth above or below the extracted tooth will drop down or erupt into the voided space.  This cannot be corrected and will cause additional extractions.



WILL I BE IN PAIN AFTER THE ROOT CANAL THERAPY?

You may experience some discomfort due to the tissue being inflamed or from having your mouth open for a long period.  But these conditions are easily treated by using an over the counter pain reliever. 
Some patients may require something a little stronger. Depending on their tolerance level and the extent of area their abscess has affected.

HOW TO MAINTAIN THE ROOT CANAL TOOTH?

It is very important to maintain your normal daily hygiene routine.  Brushing and flossing twice a day, even around the completed root canal therapy.  Reducing plague and bacteria is important in the healing process.  You should avoid hard foods or candy around the area.



WHAT KIND OF COMPLICATIONS CAN I EXPECT?

Rarely will a patient have complications due to the root canal therapy.

There a rare instances that there is a crack in the root of the tooth that was not detected. This can result in the infection reoccurring. Another unusual complication is the seal leaks or the crown is ill fitting and has to be remade.  Another complication is a hidden canal.  Most teeth have one, two or three canals but it is possible to have a fourth canal in molars.


HERE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS A PATIENT WILL REQUIRE ROOT CANAL TREATMENT.

1.  A fractured tooth, where the fracture is close to the pulp or nerve.

2.  Deep decay that has penetrated the root canal.

3.  A tooth that has had trauma or an injury that has killed the nerve.

4.  An open margin on a crown that has caused leakage and decay under the crown.


 
LAKE LANIER SMILES, BUFORD, GA DENTIST IMAGE
FUNNY CAPTION
If you have any questions about Root Canal Treatment or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.











1/15/2017 1:52:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES


Treating Aging Dental Patients in Buford, Ga

Lake Lanier Smiles, Buford Dentist

As large parts of the US population is getting older, the dentists at Our Buford dental office are prepared to serve the dental needs of the aging patients.

The whole dental team in our dental office are on the same page in understanding the unique challenges an older individual may face.

The most common oral conditions we see in seniors are

1.     DRY MOUTH:Also called as Xerostomia. The main reason for dry mouth is due to the medications seniors take.

Most seniors take an average of 3-5 prescription medications.

Dry mouth also causes burning in the mouth, fissured tongue, decay and cracked lips

2.     ROOT CAVITIES:Also called as Root Caries or Root Decay. As mentioned earlier, root decay is caused by dry mouth and the root surface is softer as it doesn’t have enamel.
Our Buford Dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles are well trained to treat as well as prevent dental caries in seniors.

3.  GUM DISEASE: Also called as Periodontal Disease. Gum disease occurs more frequently in older adults than younger adults.

Statistics show that African American and Hispanic seniors are affected more than white population.

Factors which will make it worse is lower education, smoking and low income.



What Our Buford Dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles do to better serve the Aging Population?

1.     Medical History: The dentists take a detailed medical and dental history including the medication list. Based on this we can give a specific maintenance plan.

2.     Preventive Care: preventing decay works at any age and it shouldn't stop for the aging population. Our dentists never give up on saving teeth.

3.     Treat with Respect: At Lake Lanier Smiles we treat all adults with respect no matter their age or disability.

4.     Trained Staff: We created a senior friendly dental office in Buford.

5.     No Stereotypes: Our Buford dentists will make no assumptions. We offer all the treatment options with benefits and risks. 

6.     Affordable Dentistry: Lake Lanier Smiles offers affordable dental care for senior citizens. Please check our website at www.lakelaniersmiles.com

7.     Dental Insurance: At Lake Lanier Smiles we accept most dental insurances and we will explain the available benefits of your insurance.

8.     Treatment Plans: Our dentists develop both the short term treatment plan and long term treatment plan that fits the budget and dental needs.

9.     Communication: At Lake Lanier Smiles we evaluate the understanding of the patient and discuss the treatment plans and their benefits and risks with senior patients or their kids, spouse or care givers

10. Convenient Dental Appointments: Lake Lanier Smiles offers early appointments and appointments that will be convenient for transportation and care givers schedule.

Along with providing optimum dental care, we have each staff member take different responsibilities of senior patient care.

 LINKS for further information are below. Just Click on the link.





If you have any questions about your Oral Health of seniors or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.



11/26/2016 9:04:00 AM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: Affordable Dentures in Buford and Denture Care: Affordable Dentures in Buford and Denture Care Our Buford dentist office provide a lot of varieties of Dentures to our patients and ...



11/26/2016 9:03:00 AM | LAKE LANIER SMILES


Affordable Dentures in Buford and Denture Care

Our Buford dentist office provide a lot of varieties of Dentures to our patients and make quality custom Dentures at affordable price.

At Lake Lanier Smiles we make sure all new denture patients get what they expect and happy with the results.

The dentists at our Buford dental office offer all the options for missing teeth including Dental Implants and Dental Bridges and Dentures.

The dentists at our dental office highly recommend periodic examination and proper denture care so that the appliances last longer.





Here are the list of Instructions for Removable Dentures

1.  Denture Cleaning: Lake Lanier Smiles dentists recommend to remove and rinse Dentures after eating. When cleaning the Dentures always fill some water in the sink or by placing a towel would reduce the chance of breakage if you drop the Dentures. Make sure to remove the food debris and loose particles.

2.  Denture Storage: Always place the Dentures in a box filled with water. For some reason dogs like to grab the Dentures and chew on them so storing them away will protect the Dentures. Handle the Partial Dentures carefully not to bend the clasps.
3.  Mouth Cleaning: Make sure to clean your mouth after removing dentures by using a soft brush on teeth and tongue. Rinse with a mouthwash and clean the cheeks and palate with a soft cloth or towel soaked in mouthwash.

4.  Brushing Dentures: Never brush Dentures with abrasive dental cleaner as they can cause damage by making scratches. Use denture cleaning tablets to clean the Dentures but don't use denture cleaners inside the mouth.

5.  Soaking Dentures during Night:  Most Dentures need to remain moist to keep their shape, so store the Dentures overnight in water or a denture cleaning solution. Beware that some denture cleaning tablets require 5 minutes and some need overnight to clean the Dentures. Please follow the manufacturer's instructions for soaking.

6.  Why not to sleep with the Dentures at Night:  Recent Studies have confirmed that patients who sleep with Dentures have increased risk of pneumonia. 
Taking dentures out allows gums to recover and gives oxygen to gums. Yeast infections are also common in patients who wear Dentures continuously. It causes redness and burning sensations.
The dentists at our Buford dental office recommend to sleep without Dentures and if patients can't sleep without Dentures then at least take the Dentures off during other times like getting ready.

7.  Morning Denture Care: Always rinse the Dentures before wearing them in the morning making sure all the denture soaking solution is removed.

8.  Regular Dental Checkups: Lake Lanier Smiles dentists advise yearly exams for complete Dentures wearers and half yearly checkups and cleaning for partial denture wearers. Our Buford dentist also check the fit and conditions of the Dentures at every dental visit.

9.  Loose Fitting Dentures: Please visit our dental office in Buford if you have loose Dentures. They can cause irritation, bleeding, pain and infections. The bone under the Dentures constantly change the shape and shrink so the Dentures might need to be redone or relined.

10.      Denture Adhesives: Patients with loose Dentures often need some adjustments and we recommend using denture adhesives to retain the appliances. Patients on medications have dry mouth which cause Dentures not to fit properly. Those patients benefit with denture adhesives.



THINGS TO AVOID ON DENTURES
1.  Never use abrasive dental cleaners
2.  Never use hard tooth brush on Dentures
3.  Never use tooth paste on the Dentures
4.  Never use any bleaching or whitening products on the dentures
5.  Never use Hot water or boiling water on the Dentures.



Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions about dentures or oral health at 770-831-0559or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COMfor Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418.

LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.






11/6/2016 8:28:00 AM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL CARE ANSWE...: Lake Lanier Smiles answers the frequently asked questions by our dental patients. If you have any questions about oral health and pro...



11/6/2016 8:24:00 AM | LAKE LANIER SMILES




Lake Lanier Smiles answers the frequently asked questions by our dental patients. If you have any questions about oral health and products, please call us or email us and we will answer them in our next blog.

ARE DENTAL X –RAYS SAFE?
Dental Professionals have made many advances in Dentistry. One of those advances has been the lowering of the radiation level emitted during a dental x-ray. 

The New Digital X-ray machine used at our Buford dental office was designed so that only the small area would be exposed to the radiation beam.

The exposure time has been shortened due to the high speed films.  In comparison, the older x-ray machine there is more exposure due the larger cone that emits radiation (scatter radiation) to a larger area.  The larger cone also allows the image to be of poor quality, due to placement on the holder and movement of the cone.  The film is a slower speed than the digital, more exposure. 

The film holders are larger and can slip when they are bitten onto by the patient.  These result in having to repeat the x-ray which doubles the amount of exposure.  The use of the new digital x-ray machine eliminates all of the issues, therefore lowers the amount of radiation emitted during a dental x-ray. 

Patients are also protectedfrom exposure to the body by the use of a full body lead apron which protects the patient’s body from a scatter radiation. 
The lead apron is made of a water resistant material which can be sanitized and is lined with lead.  These are not needed when a modem digital x-ray, they are still used as a secondary precaution or for the reassurance of the patient.

Radiation when a person is continuously exposed to any and all sources may damage their body’s cells and tissues. Therefore, it can ultimately lead the patient to development one of different types of cancer. 

There are many places where a person can be exposed to radiation including outside in the sunlight, in your home or workplace when using appliances, in a medical office, hospital and dental office. 

Digital x-rays are considered one of the lowest levels of those listed that emit radiation and are necessary for the diagnosis of malformations of the teeth and facial bones, cavities, bone loss, problems in the soft tissue and placement of wisdom teeth.

In addition to the precautions the dental professions already make there is a federal law that requires the dental practice to have a complete inspection and testing of the x-ray machine every two years.  The machine is checked for safety and the accuracy by a licensed x-ray technician.  In some states it required that the x-ray machine be tested and inspected more frequently.

DENTAL X RAYS AT LAKE LANIER SMILES, AFFORDABLE BUFORD DENTIST

buford dentist. lake lanier smiles

DENTAL SEALANTS AND ITS IMPORTANCE

Dental Sealants are one of the most recommended procedures performed by your Dental Professional.  They are highly recommended for children and adults.

Children should start getting their sealants placed as soon as their permanent premolars and molars are completely erupted.  Which means that the biting surface has come in enough that the biting surface has completely out of the gum tissue.

If done when there is gum tissue present the sealant will not adhere to the tooth or will leave an area exposed and subject to decay.  Each tooth if done at this time it will be free of stains and decay. 


Sealants will protect the tooth during their childhood and adolescent years when most children develop cavities.  Sealants are extremely cost effective. 
Most insurance’s cover the cost of the sealant at 100%, because they are considered a preventative.   However, because they are so beneficial and have been proven to be the best course of treatment, most dental insurance’s are placing a no age limit rule. 

Adults should have sealants placed on unrestored molars and premolars (free from fillings).  The sealant will protect the tooth from decay and will help protect the tooth from some fractures.  
Patients that grind their teeth have found them to be useful because of the barrier from tooth to tooth.  If the adult sealants are not covered by insurance they usually have a reduced rate if the patient is uninsured the dental practice offers them at low cost. 

Sealants are a thin layer of plastic that is applied to the biting surface of the tooth and the sealant is usually clear or white in color when they dry and harden. 

However, to insure that the tooth is completely covered the manufactures of sealants added color to the liquid.  To makes it more visible to the dental professional so they can make sure to the dental professional apply the liquid to all of the depressions and grooves of each tooth.

The sealant placement only requires about 2 minutes to place and they will dry and harden within 2 minutes using a blue curing light.  The curing light presents no ill effects and is completely safe. 

Although it is recommended that a patient use protective eye wear as it is with all Dental procedures.  There are some sealant formulas that do not require the use of the curing light.  These sealants will dry very quickly and they are just as durable and long lasting.

Sealants can last for many years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental hygiene appointments. It has been proven that if a patient continues to maintain the sealant throughout their lifetime that tooth will not develop decay on the biting surface. 

One thing to remember is to have it replaced if the sealant cracks, becomes chipped or comes off.  There have been instances where the sealant has also worn away from grinding and the sealant had to be replaced. 
A sealant will come off due to saliva mixing with the sealant material at the time it was originally placed and the sealant came out within a few days.  Replacement is usually done free of charge at that time. 

But most insurance’s cover the replacement once every three years.  Because of a patient’s diet and eating habits sealants have been removed or broken by sticky candy, sticky foods, hard candy, and gum.  Sealants can stain due to the consumption of certain food, soda and condiments.  Those types of stain can be polished off by your dental professional.

Sealants are an excellent investmentin your child’s or your cavity protection and Dental Health.  However, sealants do not protect the other sides of the tooth.  What will is brushing, flossing and regular hygiene appointments.

AFFORDABLE BUFORD DENTIST LAKE LANIER SMILES LOGO

If you have any questions about your Oral Health or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.


  



10/23/2016 1:03:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: Affordable Dentures in Buford : Lake Lanier Smiles...: Lake Lanier Smiles offers Affordable dentures for patients in Buford, Suwanee, Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Dacula and sur...



10/23/2016 1:01:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES



Lake Lanier Smiles offers Affordable dentures for patients in Buford, Suwanee, Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Dacula and surrounding areas.

Having missing teeth can affect daily life and cause dissatisfaction with your smile. A great smile is very achievable. Dentures have evolved into a mainstream solution to such a common problem in America.

With dentures you will be able to eat whatever you want and display the confidence you lacked with missing teeth. Our dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles have the knowledge and experience to make the best dentures suited for you.





Types of Dentures
Generally, dentures are made of plastic acrylic material and for partial dentures a metal based appliance can be used.

• Complete Denture: When the entire arch does not have any teeth, complete dentures will be made to sit firmly on the underlying edentulous soft tissue.

• Partial Denture: In cases when some teeth are missing, these dentures will use the teeth present to gain retention along with the underlying soft tissue. The partials come with clasps and wires that wrap around your remaining teeth to essentially hold the denture in place.

• Immediate Denture: When teeth need to be extracted that may be in anterior areas or in cases where tooth support is needed. Immediate dentures serve the purpose of being an intermediary denture, at the same appointment as the extractions. The final dentures will be given at a later appointment.

• Implant- supported dentures:These dentures will sit firmly onto previously placed dental implants.



Procedure of making a denture

• Photographs to visually determine the best approach in fabricating your dentures

• Impressions will be taken of both arches and molds will be made.
• The lab will make denture bases with plastic resin and/ or a metal framework.
• On the base, a “U” – shaped rims made of wax, on which the artificial teeth will be placed.
• The denture base with plastic rims are sent to the dentist to measure the correct position of your jaws. Your smile line, mid line, and canine line will be marked. At this appointment, the teeth color will be chosen.
• The lab will then place the teeth and process the dentures to make them smooth and ready for delivery.
• The final denture will appear pink as the gums and white as natural teeth.


Post-operative instructions

• Every night place the dentures in a cleaning solution or tablets in water that will remove the bacteria and foreign substances
• It is important to take the dentures out and store them in a container every night. The underlying areas of dentures are key breeding grounds for bacteria leading to dental and periodontal disease and bad breath.
• After eating, remove your dentures and rinse them under water.
• Brush your dentures once a day with dish or anti-bacterial soap
• Be sure to clean your tongue and gums to remove unnecessary bacteria with a damp towel, a soft bristled brush, or a tongue cleaner.
• The dentures will take a few days to adjust to so do not be alarmed of some awkwardness
• If any pain, irritation, or soreness occurs on the gums please see our office as we will help readjust the dentures at the trouble areas.
• Over some time, your arch will slowly begin to resorb, therefore the need to reline the dentures will be necessary. This process will make the dentures fit more snug and tightly.


Frequently asked questions about Dentures

Q. How can my teeth be lost?
Trauma
Severe gum disease
Large decay or cavities
Tooth extractions
Developmental anomalies

Q. What happens if I don’t wear dentures?

Without dentures, you will lose the basic functions necessary for daily life, such as loss of support for the cheeks, chewing and eating, and speaking. Furthermore, the jaw relationship can be thrown off if they do not articulate in the proper orientation, resulting in the jaw joint (TMJ) problems. Most of all the esthetics of your smile will be missing.

Q. How long do I wear my dentures?

Initially, they can be worn for a week or two in order to get used to a foreign appliance in your mouth. However, it is important to take your dentures out every night so your soft tissue and bone can rest and not constantly endure high occlusal pressure. With pressure of the denture the bone can start resorbing more than usual, resulting in frequent relining.

Q. Will I need adhesives for my dentures?

Not if your dentures are fitting snugly and tightly. However, if you feel that you need more security or if the dentures genuinely do not fit perfectly, then we can recommend the best choice for adhesives.

Q. Do I need to see the dentist after getting dentures?

Yes, it is highly advised that you come to our office for regular checkup visits. We will observe our teeth, gums, and dentures and their relationships. If any adjustments need to be made, we will do so. Relining is an integral part of assuring denture fit.
Q. Where can I get Affordable Dentures in Buford?

You can get affordable dentures at Buford dentist, Lake Lanier Smiles. We offer dentures at a reduced price. Please check our Specials page for details.



If you have any questions about your Oral Health or about Dentures or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.




10/9/2016 11:57:00 AM | LAKE LANIER SMILES






Dental Flossing: FLOSS LIKE A BOSS




In recent days, flossing has been at the center stage of great debate on whether it has any benefits.


Flossing’s association to oral health has vastly been known to oral healthcare providers.

Flossing is not optional but is essential. The dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles believes and know for the fact that flossing helps.

We at Lake Lanier Smiles wants to set the record straight and let our patients know that indeed we need to floss. Hope common sense prevails.

The purpose of a floss: It deals with removing food particles and plaque from between the teeth. Brushing your teeth can not reach inter-dental areas. The plaque contains bacteria that are both harmless and harmful.

You may not be aware of food debris and plaque present between your teeth, therefore, it is important to daily clean these areas to prevent an accumulation of acid releasing bacteria from causing damage.



TYPES OF FLOSS

The material floss is made out of plastic beads, wax, and flavoring agents.

• Regular floss: These are the flosses that are known to us as the string flosses. They vary in whether they contain wax and the kind of flavor they contain. The ease of flossing differs with waxed and unwaxed. The waxed flosses move in and out between teeth smoothly. Flavoring merely gives the experience of flossing enjoyable and refreshing.

• Floss picks: Unlike string flosses, picks allow you to use one hand and very convenient. The difference lies in the effectiveness of cleaning. The general motion of flossing requires hugging the teeth with the floss in an up and down motion. With floss picks, there is some restriction in allowing such a movement.

• Handle flosser: Similar to the floss pick, this device has a longer handle with a grip. The floss head is just like the pick. As with the pick, the effectiveness of flossing is lessened because you are not able to change the angulation of the floss as you can with regular floss.

• Superfloss: These are special flosses designed for bridges and orthodontic braces. They work in the same manner as regular floss but the initial method of use differs. You have to slide the floss underneath the bridges and braces before flossing.

• Oral irrigators: These are water spray in the form of a pulsating jet stream. They serve the purpose of removing debris and plaque between teeth. It comes as an attachment placed in a toothbrush type handle.
When using it make sure it is over the sink since water will spill out of your mouth. For the most effective results, the head of the device should be place in a 90-degree angle for 1 -2 minutes

• Interdental brushes: Made strictly for cleaning between teeth, these brushes have a thin narrow working area. You place the bristle between teeth and move the brush in an inward and outward direction.





How to use regular floss:

The proper way to floss requires using both hands.
Take out about 18 inches of floss. On both ends, wrap the floss around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches to work with.
With your index fingers or thumbs, slowly tease the floss between your teeth.
Start to cup the teeth by curving the floss around the side of a tooth and reach under the gumline. Begin to gradually move out.
The motion is similar to drying your back with a towel.

Flossing benefits:


-Calculus reduction

By flossing, you will be able to eliminate plaque, which if left untouched and harden in the form of calculus. This will not be able to be removed from brushing for flossing. The dental hygienist will use scaling and hand instruments to debride the area. Calculus build up can cause gum irritation, swelling, and recession.

-Caries prevention
Flossing removes the plaque and prevents any harmful bacteria from building up. Cavities develop from bacteria found on uncleaned plaque that feast on sugary substances left uncleaned.
Lack of flossing will allow the bacteria to cause acid demineralization of the hard enamel. The end result would be needing a filling to remove the decay and place a bio-compatible material such as amalgam or composite.

-Perio disease prevention
In terms of periodontal disease, the harmful bacteria can build up in areas ignored from cleaning. The bacteria are able to penetrate deep within the gums.
The first sign of periodontal disease is bleeding. At this point, it is known as Gingivitis. A reversible process, gingivitis can be tackled with immediate oral hygiene.
Brushing and flossing regularly can reduce the swelling and bleeding of the gums.
When left uncleaned, the plaque begins to accumulate resulting in inflammation and infection of the gums.
A sign of chronic periodontal disease is enlargement of the pockets surrounding the teeth. The dental hygienist will be able to detect this at your annual cleaning. At this point, with a deep cleaning, your gums can return to attaching tightly with the tooth.
In cases when annual cleaning visits are neglected, the pockets deepen and the disease progresses to the bone, as the bone level reduces. In a clinical view, the root surfaces may be visible due to gingival recession from its initial attachment point.

Take home exercise for Non Flossers
Any of non Flossers whose gums bleed on flossing should try to floss everyday  for ten days and they can see visible reduction of bleeding. Then you can believe for yourself.


If you have any questions about your Oral Health or to make an appointment Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.




9/10/2016 6:45:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: POST OP INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXTRACTION : LAKE LANIER ...: This article by Affordable Buford Dentist, Lake Lanier Smiles about Post-operative instructions for Tooth Extractions/ Tooth Extraction af...



9/10/2016 6:44:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES


This article by Affordable Buford Dentist, Lake Lanier Smiles about Post-operative instructions for Tooth Extractions/ Tooth Extraction after care instructions

After an extraction, being mindful of what to expect and pay attention to regarding the extraction site is very important.

Following the procedure, it is critical to have someone accompany you, especially if sedation was used.

Generally, there are some common side effects of the procedure such as, stiffness, bleeding, soreness, swelling, and discomfort that may occur.

If the post-op instructions are not followed, the risk of complications and delayed healing will increase.


Our office will provide you a handout containing some information, however we will go over the information with you in case of any questions and concerns. Here are a few of those instructions:

Gauze pad: As bleeding will occur following extraction, the pad will help absorb the blood. It is important to keep the gauze pad in the area of the site for 1-2 hours, while biting on it to give pressure.
In cases of too much bleeding, we suggest placing a new gauze and continue adding pressure for another hour, till the bleeding stops.

Numbness: Within our jaw we have many nerve endings, these nerves may be irritated resulting in temporary loss of sensation for some unknown time.
This sensation is not permanent. Do not be alarmed and keep monitoring the progress of the gaining sensation back in your lower lips, chin, and extraction area.

Pain killers: We will prescribe you some medications to get picked up from your pharmacy. As pain will occur once the anesthesia wears off, we advise taking the pills 1-2 hours after the procedure. In some cases, we will begin a dose of pain killers at the office before the numbness dissipates.
Do not take pain medications without eating something. Nausea may result in cases when pain killers are taken on an empty stomach. To help nullify the discomfort, carbonated drinks, tea, broth and soft food will help.

Ice and Heat packs:During the first couple days, swelling will occur and subside soon after. However, using temperature packs can help reduce and relieve swelling. With a cold pack, place it on the area of the swelling for about 20 minutes then take it off for 20 minutes. Repeat this method for the first two days.
In terms of a heat pack, use it 2 -3 days after the procedure. For stiffness the heat packs will help along with stretching exercises and periodic use of chewing gum.

Avoid strenuous activities: Do not go back to work or perform any strenuous activity immediately following the procedure. When resting, place couple of pillows to elevate your head. Resting for the first two days is recommended. Heavy lifting type work should only be done once you feel completely healed and normal.
Athletic contact sports should be avoided for about a week. In case of musicians, do not use wind instruments for approximately 5-7 days.

Adapt a soft diet:Initially, on the day of the procedure, a light diet is recommended such as, Jell-O, soup, or oatmeal. In the next couple days, soft food are allowed and then gradually normal diet.




The Most common side effect of a tooth extraction, especially wisdom tooth is Dry Socket.

What is Dry socket?
A symptom of an extraction, this results from the dislodgement of the blood clot formed after the procedure.
The symptoms are severe sharp pain of the free nerve endings, leaving a bad odor in the mouth, slight fever, visible bone, and potential swollen lymph nodes.
In a normal situation, after the extraction, the blood begins to clump up and form a clot. Then clot is a mechanism the body creates to stop bleeding.
There are higher chances of dry socket occurrences in wisdom teeth extraction. The pain usually occurs two days after the procedure and starts near the gums gradually moving to the ear (known as referred pain).

What are the causes of Dry Socket?
• Smoking and alcohol use
• Drinking from a straw
• Infection in the area
• Manually interfering with the clot formation with the tongue
• Coughing
• Sneezing
• Drugs that interfere with blood clotting
• Rinsing your mouth vigorously
• Brushing roughly in the area of the extraction
• Eating food that could dislodge the clot like popcorn or peanuts


What are the risk factors for dry socket?
• Bad oral hygiene
• Birth control usage
• Frequency of dry sockets
• Smoking

How can we treat a dry socket?
In case you do encounter having dry socket, please visit the affordable dentist in Buford, Lake Lanier Smiles as soon as possible so we can help you.
At the office, we can clean out the socket of any debris and place a medication dressing to relieve the pain and help healing.
We can prescribe you pain killers and advice to flush the area for a few days.
Along with our clinical treatment and pain medications, there are some other home remedies that can assist such as:
• Clove oil
• Saline water- pain relief
• Yogurt- antibiotic
• Ice pack- reduces swelling
• Cold tea bag- pain relief
• Turmeric- pain relief
• Peroxide – pain relief
• Hydration- helps with pain
• Lemon and salt- antiseptic

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TOOTH EXTRACTION

What is the tooth extraction healing time?
Usually the extraction socket heals in 2-3 weeks but still the bone inside remodels and forms up to 6 months.

When can I brush after a tooth extraction?
You can brush the next day after tooth extraction. But be gentle at the extraction site. The dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles recommend that you keep your mouth clean to prevent infections.

When can I start smoking after tooth extraction?
We always recommend to stop smoking as long as you can after the tooth extraction. But a minimum of two days is very important to prevent dry socket.

What should I do if it still bleeds after hours of tooth extraction?
Slight bleeding is common after a tooth extraction for a day or two. It's important to make a difference between severe bleeding and a minor bleeding. If you notice bright red saliva then call our dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles, but if the saliva is very light red due to mixing with a large amount of saliva then nothing to worry.

What can I do to help with healing after tooth extraction?
Healthy diet will help your mouth heal after extraction. Taking Vitamin C helps too.

I got stitches after tooth extraction so when should I go to the dentist to remove them?
At Lake Lanier Smiles we use resorbable sutures so there is no need for follow up visit to take them out as they dissolve and come out by itself.

How long can I expect pain after tooth extraction?
A typical tooth extraction pain might last for 2-3 days depending on the difficulty of the extraction.
If you still have pain after 3 days please call our Buford dental office at 770-831-0559.




If you have any questions about tooth extraction or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.



8/28/2016 7:12:00 AM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: GUM DISEASE EXPLAINED BY LAKE LANIER SMILES, AFFOR...: 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GUM DISEASE EXPLAINED BY LAKE LANIER SMILES, AFFORDABLE BUFORD DENTIST Most people probably don’t tak...



8/28/2016 7:11:00 AM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GUM DISEASE

EXPLAINED BY LAKE LANIER SMILES, AFFORDABLE BUFORD DENTIST

Most people probably don’t take as good care of their oral health as they should. Partially this is because they find cleaning their mouths tedious. For many, though, it’s also because they really aren’t aware of what problems there can be when it comes to poor oral hygiene.


One of the most prevalent issues is gum disease, or periodontal disease, which can have some pretty severe consequences if left untreated. Here are five things you should know.


According to CDC(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) half of the American adults suffer from gum disease.





5. WHAT CAUSES GUM DISEASE?


Gum disease is a bacterial infection within the gums. There are multiple causes of gum disease. The first and most common is poor oral hygiene; not brushing and flossing twice a day. Other risk factors include smoking, hormonal changes, diabetes, pregnancy, genetic susceptibility and various medications/treatments for other illnesses. All of these conditions and behaviors allow bacteria to take hold in your gums and cause gum disease.


4. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE?


The early signs of gum disease are very easy to spot. There will be reddening and swelling in the gum, as well as bleeding. This early stage is known as gingivitis, which is the technical term for inflammation of the gum.


Bleeding gums are never normal. Inexplicable bleeding when brushing or cleaning your teeth normally is a sign of gum disease and needs to be addressed.




3. HOW DO YOU TREAT GUM DISEASE?


The early stage of gum disease, gingivitis can be treated with proper oral hygiene at home — brushing and flossing twice a day and six monthly checkups with your dentist.
At Lake Lanier Smiles, we make appointments for your follow up visits and call to remind days before the appointment.

Later stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis, requires professional treatment from a dentist. This will usually involve a scale and clean of your teeth, including underneath the gum around the root of the tooth. Various methods, from manual scraping tools to high-tech lasers, can be used to remove the diseased tissue to prevent further growth of infection.
In advanced periodontitis, it can be necessary to remove some teeth to properly treat the disease.


At Lake Lanier Smiles, we have affordable prices for teeth cleaning for all types of gum diseases. For deep cleaning patients we do periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months unlike the early gum disease where we do 6 months visits.





2. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T TREAT GUM DISEASE?
The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, will progress into periodontists, which means inflammation around the root of the tooth. Periodontitis causes your gum tissue to pull away from the root of your teeth, leaving a pocket that fills with bacteria and infection.


Between the bacterial toxins and your body’s immune system doing its job, the bone and connective tissue surrounding the roots of your teeth start to break down. This can result not just in tooth loss, but also a loss of bone volume in your jaw.


Bacteria from the infected gum can travel into the bloodstream via the mouth and harm other parts of the body.


Periodontitis is linked with an increased risk in cardiovascular disease and can even compromise pregnancies.


What can start off as a mild irritation, gingivitis, can lead to serious problems with the rest of the body and seriously impact your health if ignored for too long.





1. HOW DO YOU PREVENT GUM DISEASE?


When it comes to preventing gum disease, it really is as simple as brushing and flossing twice a day! Maintaining proper oral hygiene is the single most effective way of preventing, or at least minimizing the chances of, contracting gum disease. Last but not the least frequent visits to the dentist. We have appointments available for teeth cleanings for new patients.

Regular oral hygienevisits to your doctor, at least twice a year, will ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. They’ll also be able to monitor your mouth for any other problems you might not be aware of.


Gum disease is incredibly common. Most adults will have had it, or even do have it. Many will be lucky enough to treat the problem with brushing and cleaning, but many others will not be so lucky. Don’t dismiss the early warning signs of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, schedule an appointment with the dentist for a clean and save yourself, and your health, in the future.




SIMPLE TIPS FOR HEALTHY GUMS

1.   BRUSH TWICE A DAY
2.   FLOSS ATLEAST ONCE A DAY
3.   VISIT A DENTIST EVERY 6 MONTHS
4.   DON’T IGNORE EARLY WARNING SIGNS
5.   EAT HEALTHY DIET AND CUT SUGARS INTAKE







If you have any questions about your Oral Health or about gum disease or teeth cleaning or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.



8/7/2016 12:18:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

IMMEDIATE DENTURES: ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES by lake lanier smiles

WHAT IS AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE


An Immediate denture is a denture placed immediately after the teeth have been removed. It might not look and function like a regular denture but it acts as a transition from having teeth to getting a new denture.

Always a denture fabricated after the tissue heals will be a much better fitted denture than an immediate denture.

Immediate denture is the only option to have function and esthetics for the patient after the teeth are removed and waiting for the tissues to heal.

Approximately 3-4 months after making immediate dentures, the dentures can be relined, rebased or a new denture will need to be made.

It is important to understand that there is nothing called a Permanent Denture because our mouth continue to change over time and even the best fitting denture will become loose eventually. So we at Lake Lanier Smiles advice patients to replace dentures every 5-10 years depending on the patient age, sex and use.

NOTE: Most Dental Insurances replace the dentures, both partial dentures and complete dentures every 5 years. Please talk to our dental Insurance specialist at Lake Lanier Smiles to know your dental benefits.



ADVANTAGES OF AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE

The most important advantage of an immediate denture is that you don’t have to go without the teeth. Below are some of the other advantages.
1.     Duplication of the natural teeth. When some of the patient’s natural teeth are present will make it easy to duplicate the size, shape and form.
2.     Healing Denture. Immediate dentures act as a healing denture holding the gums together and also reduces bleeding.
3.     Protection from Irritants. Immediate dentures protect the extraction sites from irritation from food.
4.     No speech Interferences. It is easy to speak when dentures are there because they replace the missing natural teeth. If teeth are not present then speech will be effected and once new dentures are made then it needs to be re-learned.
5.     Chewing Capacity. Immediate dentures helps in chewing than chewing without teeth. Patients don’t have to eat soft food until permanent dentures are made.
6.      Keep the natural appearance. Loosing natural teeth makes the check fall in and dentures help in prevention of the loss of natural appearance.
7.     Easy Transition. Patients tend to have a smooth transition from natural teeth to immediate dentures and then final dentures than waiting for some time without teeth.

DISADVANTAGES OF AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE

 Immediate dentures are very useful but have some limitations. Here are some disadvantages of immediate dentures.              
1.     Additional Expense. Immediate dentures are new dentures but used for a short period of time only so it’s an extra expense. But the benefits overweight the additional expense.
2.     Improper Fit. The fit of the immediate denture is not as good as final denture made after healing. But soft relines are used to make the dentures fit better.
3.     No Try In. When fabricating the immediate dentures we cannot show the patient how the dentures look like until they are finished by the lab unlike the permanent dentures.
4.     Extra Steps/ Time consuming. Patient needs to be seen couple of times for fitting and delivery of the immediate dentures. But it’s worth the time.
5.     More Adjustments. In general an immediate denture needs more adjustments than a final denture.




COST OF IMMEDIATE DENTURES

Generally Immediate dentures cost $200 more than standard dentures, but at Lake Lanier Smiles we have made a commitment that we will have Immediate dentures at the same price as regular dentures.


OUR SPECIAL PRICE FOR IMMEDIATE DENTURE
$499 -$699


NOTE: Unlike other offices where the prices are lower in one procedure and higher in rest, we at Lake Lanier Smiles offer 30-40% off on all procedures.
NOTE: We never charge for any adjustments. It takes more adjustments in Immediate Dentures than non-immediate dentures.
NOTE: Soft denture reline might be necessary with an Immediate denture but Lake Lanier Smiles offer at a nominal fee.

INSURANCE AND IMMEDIATE DENTURES

All most all dental insurances cover Immediate dentures like a standard denture. But most insurances have limited benefits like $1000- $1500. If a patient needs 10 extractions and each extraction is $100 than all the $1000 are spent in extractions and there is no insurance benefits available for Immediate dentures. So it is very important to plan for out-of-pocket costs for an Immediate denture.



If you have any questions about immediate dentures or your Oral Health or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.




7/24/2016 2:06:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

What you should know about Tooth Extraction 

 An article by 

Lake Lanier Smiles, Affordable Buford Dentist.

Getting teeth extracted can seem daunting and scary. Some patients refrain from getting the procedure due to bad past experiences or that of others.

Tooth extraction is a very common procedurein a dental office. Our dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles are well trained to carry this procedure out. In some critical and difficult cases, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.

After an extraction, there are several ways in which the tooth can be replaced. We will work with you to figure out what’s next after an extraction. At Lake Lanier Smiles, we replace the missing teeth by dental Implant, Bridge or partial denture or complete dentures.



Why do I need my tooth/ teeth to be extracted?
• In cases of severe decay or significantly damaged teeth
• No opposing teeth and over erupted teeth
• Loss of periodontal support surrounding the teeth
• Some teeth may be retained inside the bone causing crowding and other anomalies
• Wisdom teeth that are erupting in an incorrect direction causing severe pain and discomfort
• For orthodontic reasons needing more space for proper alignment
• Those patients undergoing radiation therapy need their infected teeth removed as drugs decrease the immune system.
• Ectopic teeth- rare genetic anomaly resulting in teeth located in the wrong place
• Primary teeth still retained as an adult

TOOTH DECAY : MOST COMMON REASON FOR TOOTH EXTRACTION




Will the tooth extraction be painful?
Before the extraction procedure, the dentist will use anesthesia to numb the area of the extraction. During the procedure, you will feel pressure. Do not be alarmed by this. Many times patients confuse this with pain. If you do feel you are in pain, raise your hand closest to the dentist so they can give more anesthesia.


CARTOON : TOOTH FAIRY HELPING IN EXTRACTION



What will the whole procedure be like?
• X-rays will be taken to determine the plan of action.
• Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area (in a surgical scenario, general anesthesia or conscious sedation may be needed).
• Depending on the location of the tooth within the bone, incisions and bone removal may be necessary.
• With the use of elevators and forceps, the tooth will be teased out of the socket.
• The socket is cleaned of any debris and washed with saline water.
• If necessary, bone graft will be placed to help fill larger voids.
• Dissolvable sutures may be placed to aid in the healing process.
• You will be told to bite on some gauze to help stop the bleeding and given some to take home.
• The dentist will prescribe some extra strength pain killers, however over the counter medication will be enough such as NSAIDs (Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Advil).
• Antibiotics may be necessary for patients that had infection surrounding the tooth.


LAKE LANIER SMILES DENTIST WORKING ON A PATIENT



How much do tooth extractions cost?Extractions at Lake Lanier Smiles would cost between $ 119 and $169.We don't charge any extra fees.This fee is for non-insurance patients.Also we accept most dental insurances. Fees with insurance might be lower too.






What can I expect after the extraction?
• Presence of swelling for a few days- use salt water rinses and cold pack
• Tenderness and soreness of the gums around the socket
• Bleeding should be stopped before leaving the office. Please call us if it does continue at home.
• Nausea may occur due to the anesthesia, swallowed blood, or pain killers
• Locked jaw- limited opening of the mouth. It is not common, but can linger for a week and resolve by stretching the mouth or muscle relaxant drugs.



What instructions should I follow?
• Refrain from smoking for 1-3 days
• Avoid hot food- intake of cool and soft food is recommended
• Avoid using a straw
• Try not to pick at the extraction site with your tongue
• In case of pain, pain killers will help. It is preferred to take a pill before the anesthesia wears off.
• Do not lift heavy objects or perform strenuous activities, as it will cause more bleeding to occur.
• In case of nausea, drink some ginger ale or other carbonated beverages to minimize the feeling.
• Maintain a good oral hygiene by brushing (softly for first couple days), flossing and mouthwash.


CARTOON. PATIENT TALKING TO DENTIST


What is a dry socket?
A complication occurring after an extraction. A clot formation is important for healing of the socket and prevention of bleeding. When the clot is disrupted from forming or remaining, it will lead to a dry socket.  The result is severe pain from nerve endings in the socket area. The symptoms will develop 3-4 days after. The clot may be effected by:
• Smoking
• Increase in blood pressure
• Use of a straw
• Infections around the socket
• Manipulation of the site with the tongue
• Food impaction
• Vigorous rinsing of the socket

Please call our office as soon as you feel a dry socket has developed. We will clean out, rinse and add a sedative dressing into the socket.


How can extracted teeth be replaced?
• Bridges
• Total or partial dentures
• Implants

• Orthodontics shifting of teeth




If you have any questions about tooth extractions or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.




7/4/2016 2:06:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: ALL THINGS DENTAL CROWN: AN ARTICLE BY LAKE LANIER...: Affordable Dental Crowns in Buford, GA If you are looking for affordable and high-quality dental crowns in Buford, GA , look no furth...



7/4/2016 2:04:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES


Affordable Dental Crowns in Buford, GA

If you are looking for affordable and high-quality dental crowns in Buford, GA, look no further! You are at the right place. Before our highly-qualified dentists help you get best-in-class dental crowns, we strongly recommend you to read this blog.  

What is a Dental Crown?  



As you can see from the picture above, a crown is a kind of dental restoration used mainly to encircle or cap a damaged tooth or dental implant. In addition to strengthening a tooth or protecting it from further decay or damage, a dental crown also restores the natural shape and color of the tooth.

When Do You Need a Dental Crown?

·         Your tooth gets weakened by decay
·         Your tooth gets fractured, chipped, or worn down
·         Your dental bridge needs support to hold in place
·         Your tooth looks crooked or discolored
·         Your dental implant needs a covering
·         Your tooth needs a cosmetic modification for better smile
·         Your tooth needs strengthening after a root canal treatment
In addition to the above, your dentist may suggest crowns to treat a variety of other dental conditions or use them in preventive care procedures.

What are the Different Types of Dental Crowns Available to Choose from?



Dental crowns are majorly classified into five different types based mostly on the type of material used to make them. Your dentist suggests a crown to you after assessing several factors like the severity of tooth damage, cosmetic value, its proximity and your financial interests.

1. All Ceramic Crowns: These crowns are used mainly to restore the front teeth. They are popular choice for front teeth because of their ability to blend in with the natural tooth color. On the downside, all ceramic crowns have longevity and durability issues.

2. All Metal Crowns: They are amazing when it comes to strength, durability and retention. They are inexpensive. Metal crowns are mostly preferred for back teeth. They are further classified into two types; gold alloys and base metal alloys.

 3. Porcelain-fused to Metal (PFM) Crowns: As the name suggests. PFM crowns are a perfect blend of all ceramic and all metal crowns. They inherit the good features of ceramic and metal crowns.

4. All Resin Crowns: These crowns are inexpensive. They look very natural. All resin crowns are one of the best types of crowns when it comes to blending in with the natural teeth. However, most doctors don't suggest these crowns because they undergo wear and tear quickly with time. They are vulnerable to fractures as well. They are used as long term temporary crowns.

5. Zirconium Crowns: The Zirconium crowns are tough. They withstand wear and tear, and look just like natural teeth. These crowns are made at the lab or at the dental office with the help of a computer software. They are little expensive when you compare them with the other types of crowns.

What is the Cost of a Dental Crown?

The cost of a crown depends on the type you prefer to use. Lake Lanier Smiles offers top-notch and affordable dental crowns in Buford, GA and neighboring towns. Our popular crowns are priced between $699 and $799.

How Long will the Dental Crown Procedure Takes Place?

At Lake Lanier Smiles, the procedure is usually completed in two appointments.

First Appointment
·         A tooth impression will be taken
·         Tooth will be shaped so it lets the crown sit on it perfectly
·         A temporary crown will be placed until the permanent crown is cemented
During the time gap between the two appointments, a dental laboratory will fabricate your permanent crown. It usually takes a couple of weeks. The dental Crowns of Lake Lanier Smiles is made with in Georgia and not made outside United States.

Second Appointment
·         The temporary crown will be removed
·         Dentist will place the crown on the tooth to check for its accuracy
·         Dentist will make sure that it isn't giving any bite problems
·         The permanent crown will be cemented once everything is fine and clear

What are Some At-home Instructions a Patient needs to follow after the Procedure?

·         Over the counter Pain killers like Ibuprofen helps if the pain is persistent.
·         Salt water rinses help reduce redness and irritation in gums.
·         Refrain from eating anything until the anesthetic effect completely wears off to prevent possible mouth injury.
·         Be cautious while eating sticky or hard foods after the doctor puts a temporary crown. Chew on the other side to keep the crown from dislodging.
·         Eat only soft food on the day you get your temporary crown.
·         Be cautious while flossing. Slide the floss under the crown and gently pull outwards avoiding upward motion.
·         In case if the temporary crown gets dislodged, save it and immediately call our office at 770-831-0559.
·         You may feel pressure and discomfort for up to 3 days. If the pain or discomfort lasts longer than three days, call our office as soon as possible.
·         Sometimes, it isn't uncommon that the tooth becomes loose after the procedure. If you observe any looseness in the tooth or the crown, let us know about it as soon as possible. Any delay in reporting the problem may increase the risk of bacterial infection.

What are Some Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns?

1. Will the Crown look like my natural tooth?

Depending on the type of crown you choose, a crown looks just like a natural tooth. To make it blend in with the adjacent teeth, custom stains can be applied.

2. How long will a crown last?

On average, a crown can last for ten or more years. However, the life of a crown greatly depends on one's oral hygiene habits. People who constantly chew on ice, fingernails or hard foods are at a greater risk of damaging their crowns early.

3. How can I maintain the hygiene of the crown?

Regular oral hygiene habits like cleaning teeth and gums help maintain the life of the crown. In addition to them, you need to make sure that you don't chew on hard food. If you have the habit of grinding your teeth in sleep, you need to inform it to the doctor. The doctor will give you night guard to help prevent damage caused by teeth grinding.

4. Will the reduction of teeth hurt?

No. You hardly notice any discomfort because you will be given an anesthetic.

5. What is a post crown?

In case if the crown needs to be put on a root canal tooth, a post is placed on which the crown is seated. It provides greater stability to the crown.

Do You Need More Information?

If you need more information on dental crowns, give us a call at (770) 831-0559. The customer-obsessed Lake Lanier Smiles team is more than happy to assist you and help you get the right dental crowns you need. In case if you want one of our team members to get in touch with you, please feel free to drop your phone number at info@lakelaniersmiles.com. Don't forget to ask us about the special discounts we offer on various dental procedures!

Lake Lanier Smiles is committed to providing best and affordable dental care in Buford and the surrounding towns.  As a Buford emergency dentist, we make sure patients living in the community receive right treatment on right time. We are also one of the few dental offices that offer same-day dental appointment in Buford.  


We are conveniently located at 4965 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Suite 105, Buford, GA 30518. We accept most major dental insurances, Care Credit, credit cards, cash and money orders. 



7/4/2016 2:04:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES


Affordable Dental Crowns in Buford, GA

If you are looking for affordable and high-quality dental crowns in Buford, GA, look no further! You are at the right place. Before our highly-qualified dentists help you get best-in-class dental crowns, we strongly recommend you to read this blog.  

What is a Dental Crown?  



As you can see from the picture above, a crown is a kind of dental restoration used mainly to encircle or cap a damaged tooth or dental implant. In addition to strengthening a tooth or protecting it from further decay or damage, a dental crown also restores the natural shape and color of the tooth.

When Do You Need a Dental Crown?

·         Your tooth gets weakened by decay
·         Your tooth gets fractured, chipped, or worn down
·         Your dental bridge needs support to hold in place
·         Your tooth looks crooked or discolored
·         Your dental implant needs a covering
·         Your tooth needs a cosmetic modification for better smile
·         Your tooth needs strengthening after a root canal treatment
In addition to the above, your dentist may suggest crowns to treat a variety of other dental conditions or use them in preventive care procedures.

What are the Different Types of Dental Crowns Available to Choose from?



Dental crowns are majorly classified into five different types based mostly on the type of material used to make them. Your dentist suggests a crown to you after assessing several factors like the severity of tooth damage, cosmetic value, its proximity and your financial interests.

1. All Ceramic Crowns: These crowns are used mainly to restore the front teeth. They are popular choice for front teeth because of their ability to blend in with the natural tooth color. On the downside, all ceramic crowns have longevity and durability issues.

2. All Metal Crowns: They are amazing when it comes to strength, durability and retention. They are inexpensive. Metal crowns are mostly preferred for back teeth. They are further classified into two types; gold alloys and base metal alloys.

 3. Porcelain-fused to Metal (PFM) Crowns: As the name suggests. PFM crowns are a perfect blend of all ceramic and all metal crowns. They inherit the good features of ceramic and metal crowns.

4. All Resin Crowns: These crowns are inexpensive. They look very natural. All resin crowns are one of the best types of crowns when it comes to blending in with the natural teeth. However, most doctors don't suggest these crowns because they undergo wear and tear quickly with time. They are vulnerable to fractures as well. They are used as long term temporary crowns.

5. Zirconium Crowns: The Zirconium crowns are tough. They withstand wear and tear, and look just like natural teeth. These crowns are made at the lab or at the dental office with the help of a computer software. They are little expensive when you compare them with the other types of crowns.

What is the Cost of a Dental Crown?

The cost of a crown depends on the type you prefer to use. Lake Lanier Smiles offers top-notch and affordable dental crowns in Buford, GA and neighboring towns. Our popular crowns are priced between $699 and $799.

How Long will the Dental Crown Procedure Takes Place?

At Lake Lanier Smiles, the procedure is usually completed in two appointments.

First Appointment
·         A tooth impression will be taken
·         Tooth will be shaped so it lets the crown sit on it perfectly
·         A temporary crown will be placed until the permanent crown is cemented
During the time gap between the two appointments, a dental laboratory will fabricate your permanent crown. It usually takes a couple of weeks. The dental Crowns of Lake Lanier Smiles is made with in Georgia and not made outside United States.

Second Appointment
·         The temporary crown will be removed
·         Dentist will place the crown on the tooth to check for its accuracy
·         Dentist will make sure that it isn't giving any bite problems
·         The permanent crown will be cemented once everything is fine and clear

What are Some At-home Instructions a Patient needs to follow after the Procedure?

·         Over the counter Pain killers like Ibuprofen helps if the pain is persistent.
·         Salt water rinses help reduce redness and irritation in gums.
·         Refrain from eating anything until the anesthetic effect completely wears off to prevent possible mouth injury.
·         Be cautious while eating sticky or hard foods after the doctor puts a temporary crown. Chew on the other side to keep the crown from dislodging.
·         Eat only soft food on the day you get your temporary crown.
·         Be cautious while flossing. Slide the floss under the crown and gently pull outwards avoiding upward motion.
·         In case if the temporary crown gets dislodged, save it and immediately call our office at 770-831-0559.
·         You may feel pressure and discomfort for up to 3 days. If the pain or discomfort lasts longer than three days, call our office as soon as possible.
·         Sometimes, it isn't uncommon that the tooth becomes loose after the procedure. If you observe any looseness in the tooth or the crown, let us know about it as soon as possible. Any delay in reporting the problem may increase the risk of bacterial infection.

What are Some Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns?

1. Will the Crown look like my natural tooth?

Depending on the type of crown you choose, a crown looks just like a natural tooth. To make it blend in with the adjacent teeth, custom stains can be applied.

2. How long will a crown last?

On average, a crown can last for ten or more years. However, the life of a crown greatly depends on one's oral hygiene habits. People who constantly chew on ice, fingernails or hard foods are at a greater risk of damaging their crowns early.

3. How can I maintain the hygiene of the crown?

Regular oral hygiene habits like cleaning teeth and gums help maintain the life of the crown. In addition to them, you need to make sure that you don't chew on hard food. If you have the habit of grinding your teeth in sleep, you need to inform it to the doctor. The doctor will give you night guard to help prevent damage caused by teeth grinding.

4. Will the reduction of teeth hurt?

No. You hardly notice any discomfort because you will be given an anesthetic.

5. What is a post crown?

In case if the crown needs to be put on a root canal tooth, a post is placed on which the crown is seated. It provides greater stability to the crown.

Do You Need More Information?

If you need more information on dental crowns, give us a call at (770) 831-0559. The customer-obsessed Lake Lanier Smiles team is more than happy to assist you and help you get the right dental crowns you need. In case if you want one of our team members to get in touch with you, please feel free to drop your phone number at info@lakelaniersmiles.com. Don't forget to ask us about the special discounts we offer on various dental procedures!

Lake Lanier Smiles is committed to providing best and affordable dental care in Buford and the surrounding towns.  As a Buford emergency dentist, we make sure patients living in the community receive right treatment on right time. We are also one of the few dental offices that offer same-day dental appointment in Buford.  


We are conveniently located at 4965 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Suite 105, Buford, GA 30518. We accept most major dental insurances, Care Credit, credit cards, cash and money orders. 



6/24/2016 4:43:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: All Things you need to know about Immediate Dentur...: Your teeth are an asset of yours. But there come times in life when somehow we lose them. It could be due to an unfortunate accident, o...



6/24/2016 4:43:00 PM | LAKE LANIER SMILES



Your teeth are an asset of yours. But there come times in life when somehow we lose them. It could be due to an unfortunate accident, or a dental disease. In either case, Lake Lanier Smiles, an Affordable Buford Dentist offers you replacement teeth called dentures.
This article discusses about Immediate Dentures, which are made to replace the teeth immediately after removal. Below is the detailed information you need to know about immediate dentures.





WHAT IS AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE?
 A denture made to replace your teeth immediately after removing teeth. Other terms vaguely used are Interim Denture or Transitional denture.


WHY YOU NEED AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE?
 Patients need immediate dentures so that they don’t have to go without teeth for any period of time. Also it helps in chewing, speaking and aesthetics/looks.


WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF IMMEDIATE DENTURES?

IMMEDIATE PARTIAL DENTURE: Fabricated after removing only some teeth and some remaining teeth are good.
IMMEDIATE COMPLETE DENTURE: Fabricated after removing all the teeth in the arch, either upper or lower or both.


WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR IMMEDIATE DENTURE?
1.     First Step: An impression is taken and sent to lab, shade selected
2.     Second Step: Sometimes a Try in is done to make sure we get the right way of your bite
3.     Last Step: Extraction of the teeth and Deliver the Immediate Denture.
4.     Follow up Visit: 24 hours post op visit to check the healing and any needed adjustment.
Lake Lanier Smiles uses local labs to fabricate dentures in 1-2 weeks’ time.


WHAT IS THE COST OF AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE
Lake Lanier Smiles offers affordable teeth extractions and immediate dentures. Check our website for specials


EXTRACTIONS SPECIAL     $119 - $169
DENTURE SPECIAL                  $699
Remember Lake Lanier Smiles Never Charge you extra Lab Fee or any extra charges. This is the final price.


CAN IMMEDIATE DENTURES BE USED AS FINAL DENTURES?
The dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles recommend that immediate dentures be used as temporary dentures which will help you during the healing phase. Once healing is done, you need a permanent denture.


WHY CANT I USE IMMEDIATE DENTURE AS A PERMANENT DENTURE?
This is the most common question our patients ask us. When an impression for immediate denture is done, you have teeth and once teeth are extracted, the gums shrink, but the dentures don’t shrink with the gums leaving space between the denture and gums making them ill-fitting and loose. So immediate denture is a temporary denture and later on you need to get a new impression of healed gums to get permanent dentures.


POST OP INSTRUCTIONS AFTER EXTRACTION AND DELIVERY OF DENTURE
First 24 hours
·        Do not remove your immediate dentures. When you sleep, sleep with the dentures on. Removing the dentures may cause swelling of the gums and you may have difficulty reinserting them.
·        Take painkillers as per advice of your dentist.
·        Avoid, as far as possible, spitting and rinsing your mouth
·        Some oozing of blood is normal. If it persists, bite on a gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding does not stop, contact your dentist at Lake Lanier Smiles at 770-831-0559.
After 24 hours
Remove the dentures and thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm saline water. Repeat this exercise at regular intervals.





HOW TO GET USED TO IMMEDIATE DENTURES?
·        Initially, stick to eating soft foods only, gradually moving onto chewy foods.
·        Wear your dentures as much as you can in the first week, even overnight.
·        After one week, remove the dentures and soak them overnight in a bowl of water.
·        The denture may loosen slightly while your gums heal. The bone may also shrink. You may need to apply a denture adhesive as needed.


IS IT PAINFUL TO WEAR THE IMMEDIATE DENTURE AFTER TEETH PULLED?
There will be some discomfort but the immediate denture acts like a bandage covering the wound and helps in healing. We will give you medications for pain management after the procedure to make you very comfortable.


DO I NEED DENTURE ADJUSTMENTS AFTER I GET THEM?
As the gums settle, you might develop some sore spots and we will trim and polish the areas to relieve the sore spots.


HOW MANY ADJUSTMENTS DO I NEED AFTER IMMEDIATE DENTURES?
Generally in a week or two you will develop the sore spots and will be adjusted by our dentists. Sometimes it might take little longer.
FYI: Lake Lanier Smiles never charge you any denture adjustment fee for as long as you need or as many as you need.


WHAT IS RELINING OF THE DENTURES?
After the extraction site has healed completely, you may need relining of the denture fitting surface in order to make sure that your dentures have an optimal fit, stability and retention.
FYI: Lake Lanier Smiles offers a nominal fee for relines.


WHAT IS SOFT RELINE?
Gums heal after extractions or as teeth are removed, the gums fall into the extraction holes making the immediate denture loose. A soft reline is done immediately or in a couple of weeks to make the denture fit tighter and it is soft, it will be comfortable during the healing process.
Remember a Soft Reline is a temporary lining material and needs to be replaced by another soft reline or a hard reline later.


WHEN SHOULD I GET THE PERMANENT DENTURES?
In 3-6 months, our dentist may be able to fit you with a permanent denture which will certainly fit and feel better. You will need new impressions again and the procedure is repeated.


If you have any questions about Immediate Dentures or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.






6/4/2016 5:00:00 AM | LAKE LANIER SMILES

LAKE LANIER SMILES BLOG: Affordable Dentures at Lake Lanier Smiles:   Affordable Dentures at Lake Lanier Smiles Dentures are made to improve your smile. This article explains about all the types of aff...



6/4/2016 4:48:00 AM | LAKE LANIER SMILES



 Affordable Dentures at Lake Lanier Smiles

Dentures are made to improve your smile. This article explains about all the types of affordable dentures made at Lake Lanier Smiles.

What is a Denture?
Dentures are custom made replacements of missing teeth. They restore the functionality and appearance of the mouth.

Material used for Denture?
Made of a plastic or metal base, the dentures have a color mirroring the gums and porcelain teeth.

Types of Dentures?
Lake Lanier Smiles offers Total or Complete dentures and partial dentures. When the entire arch is missing teeth, complete dentures are fabricated. In cases where some teeth exist, Partial dentures are placed around the teeth.

Complete Dentures

Procedure: 

Primary impression- To obtain a full replica of the anatomical structures in the arch and determine the borders of the denture.

Secondary impression- Taken if more information about the arch anatomy is needed. Utilizing a special custom impression tray, the dentist moves the patient’s lips and cheeks to capture a detailed impression.

• After receiving the denture base, the height of the dentures will be adjusted; midline, canine, and smile lines will be drawn for teeth placement. At this time, the dentist and patient choose the teeth color.

• Following placement of the teeth, the fit, teeth color, and patient comfort are observed. Once the patient and dentist are satisfied the lab fabricates the final denture. Then the dentist delivers the denture to the patient.


Lake Lanier Smiles offers Affordable complete Dentures. We make only custom premium dentures. We offer at a great value of $699.


Implant supported dentures are available. Two or more implants are placed in areas with adequate bone support. The denture clips onto the implants with enough pressure. Despite the lengthy procedure and expense, these pose a lifelong solution, proving strength and stability.


Partial Dentures

Depending on the strength, cost, and flexibility, several types of partial dentures exist. The base framework can be made of cast metal, such as cobalt chromium or acrylic.

• At the first visit, the dentist takes an impression of both upper and lower arches to make study models, to analyze how to design the partial denture.

Primary impression- To support the partial denture, some teeth needs to be prepared. The material used is different than total denture in order to accurately replicate the teeth and anatomical structures. From this impression a special tray for the secondary impression is made.

Secondary impression- Using the special tray, this impression creates an exact replica of the anatomical structures and determines the placement of the claps.

• After receiving the wax denture try-in, the dentist makes sure the clasp fit and height of the dentures adapt to the patients arch. The color selection is chosen in relation to the adjacent teeth.

• In the following appointment, the fit of the denture and clasps are checked by asking you to say certain words. This helps identify inadequate areas. Once the patient and dentist are satisfied with the denture, the lab will finalize the denture.

• Denture delivered and home instructions given.

*In case a metal base is selected over acrylic, a metal framework try-in occurs before the wax denture try-in.

Lake Lanier Smiles offers Affordable Partial Dentures with quality workmanship by local lab technicians. We have a special price of $499 to$699.


Immediate Dentures

when patients need extractions, these types of dentures are available. Immediate dentures are created in relation to the patients arch structure. As the name explains this denture is delivered immediately after extractions so that you have the great smile on the same day of extractions.

Following initial impressions of both arches, the procedure follows a similar order as total dentures. The patient receives their final denture the day of the extractions. Two to Six months after the extractions, the dentures will need to be replaced or relined, due to gum shrinkage at the site of the extractions.

Lake Lanier Smiles offers Affordable Immediate Dentures at a great price. We have a special immediate denture price of $599.


Frequently Asked Questions about Affordable Dentures at Lake Lanier Smiles.

• What is the longevity of dentures?
They generally last around 5-10 years. Like most appliances, maintenance and check-ups can prolong that time frame.

• Do I need to clean the dentures daily?
 Yes, bacteria and fungi such as Candida can breed on the plastic made dentures. Scrub all aspects of the dentures using a toothbrush and water, especially the bottom surface. Hold the denture firmly to prevent dropping and breaking it.

Can I use Toothpaste to brush my dentures?
Absolutely Not. Toothpastes have abrasives which can scratch the denture surface making them rough and then attracting stains and gets discolored.

• What is the best way to store my denture?
Preferably, in a water or denture soak solution filled denture box.

• How often do I need to visit the dentist?
We recommend visiting every 6 month for partial dentures and once a year for total dentures. Due to the intricate aspects of the partial dentures, such as clasps, clean and monitor them on a regular basis. Total denture require at home cleaning, however yearly visits aid in screening for any irregularities of the gums.

• Will the dentures cause my gums to be sore?
In certain cases, soreness and inflammation develops as a result of irritation of the gums. Please visit our office as soon as possible.

• Can I eat with my dentures?
 Yes, we advise eating soft and small portion foods. Initially, avoid eating sticky or chewy foods.

• Will I need a “glue” or fixative?
 Adhesives should be used if necessary. If your dentures become loose we can reline them for more comfort.





If you have any questions about Lake Lanier Smiles Affordable Dentures or to make an appointment to see us, Call us at 770-831-0559 or visit us at WWW. LAKELANIERSMILES.COM for Valuable Coupons and Specials. Our prices are 30-50 % Off Regular Prices. Call Us before Noon and we will see you the Same Day. We accept most insurances. We are conveniently located just off I-985 at 4965 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 105, Buford, Ga- 30418. LAKE LANIER SMILES provides Affordable dental care with outstanding customer service to patients in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Flowery Branch and surrounding areas.