Dental Crowns: FAQ

At Jordan Dentistry we get a lot of questions about our services, including dental crowns. Approximately 2.3 million new crowns are made every year, making this one of the most common restorative dentistry procedures. Since it’s so common, we thought it might be helpful to put together a list of dental crown FAQdental procedures

  • What are Dental Crowns? A dental crown is basically a covering or cap for all the parts of a tooth visible above the gum line. They are shaped just like natural teeth, and can be made of metals such as a gold alloy, porcelain, resin, or a combination of materials.
  • How Long Do they Last? With proper care, a dental crown can last anywhere from five to 15 years, depending on your dental habits and the material used. For instance, resin is less expensive, but does not last as long as other materials.
  • Does it Hurt? Local anesthesia should prevent any pain during the procedure, but patients may experience sensitivity or pain after, as the anesthesia begins to wear off. Crowned teeth may also be sensitive to heat or cold if they still have nerves inside them. If you experience pain when biting down, see your dentist–the crown may need adjustment.
  • Do I Need a Root Canal First? You do not need a root canal before getting a dental crown, but all teeth that have had a root canal should have a crown placed on them.

If you think you may need or want dental crowns, contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA. We can answer all your questions and make sure your crown is the best fit for you!

Jordan Dentistry on Social Media

Almost everyone is on social media nowadays. Even the Pope has a Twitter account! Did you know Jordan Dentistry is also on most popular social media platforms? We hope you’ll consider following us. Since most people check their favorite social media at least once a day, being connected with your healthcare providers’ pages is a simple way to keep up with important information about your health. reviews and feedback

You can connect with us on any or all of these platforms:

We regularly post news, tips, and information about dental health, as well as links to our blog posts and specials, and sometimes even items we find inspiring or beautiful. It’s always better to call us or use our contact form, but if you’d prefer, you can also contact us through our social media accounts.

Have you had a great experience with Jordan Dentistry? Whichever platforms you prefer to use, we always appreciate getting reviews on Yelp, Facebook, or Google+. Why are reviews so important? Recommendations from our loyal, satisfied patients are some of the most important tools available to help new customers find our dentist office in Cumming, GA, and are a great way to help people make decisions about whether to use our services. Think how many times you’ve checked the reviews of a movie or service before you’ve purchased it.

If we’ve helped you feel better about your smile, we hope you’ll help us out as well. Word of mouth is the most important marketing tool any business has!

 

Gum Disease 101

You’ve probably heard the term “gingivitis” in commercials for toothpaste or mouthwash. Gingivitis is actually the first and most treatable stage of gum disease. “Gum disease” sounds scary, but what is it exactly? If your gums are very red, swollen, or tender, or if they bleed easily or are receding from your teeth, you may have gum disease.

Healthy smiles are happy smiles!

Causes: Gum disease is caused by the bacteria that live in plaque, the film that forms on your teeth. If it’s not removed with good brushing and flossing, plaque quickly hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. The more plaque and tartar on your teeth, the better the environment for bacteria to grow!

Treatment: There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. With correct brushing and flossing and regular cleanings from your dentist, gingivitis is reversible! Once the supporting bones have become affected, however, gingivitis becomes periodontitis, which is irreversible and will need to be treated with in-office therapies. Very advanced cases may even require teeth be removed.

Prevention: Proper dental care will help to remove plaque before bacteria can get a chance to settle in. Brush and floss consistently and correctly, and see your dentist every six months for cleanings. If you have family history of gum disease or other risk factors, such as tobacco use, it’s not a bad idea to visit the dentist more regularly.

If your teeth or gums are causing you pain or embarrassment, Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA is here to help! Contact us for an appointment!  

Extra Sugar Need Not Apply

Summer is a great time to treat yourself and your family to delicious, icy snacks, but we know that added sugar isn’t good for your dental health. How can you enjoy cool treats when you’re worried about extra sugar? The staff at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA love cool snacks just as much as anyone. Here are our favorite no sugar added summer treats to help you stay cool and hydrated!

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Fro-Yo Bites – yogurt is full of calcium, protein, and taste, and berries are full of fiber and flavor without the extra sugar, so we love this recipe! Blend plain yogurt with your favorite berries, pour the mixture into an ice tray, and freeze just long enough for it to be about the texture of ice cream. You can even sneak veggies like spinach into these; picky eaters won’t be able to tell.

Fruity Ice Pops – this simple concoction is just thin-sliced fruit and water in popsicle molds. The recipe calls for kiwi and strawberries, but don’t feel limited–experiment with your favorite fruits to see what you like best. Remember: never chew on hard ice! Hard ice can damage the enamel of your teeth, and even cause chipping. 

Naturally Flavored Water – drinking water (not juice or soda) is so important to health, but it can get boring after a while. Experiment with different sugar-free ways to make your water taste more exciting. Infusing water with fruits, herbs and spices, even even veggies like cucumbers means kids and adults alike will get excited about hydration!

And don’t forget that the simplest treats are sometimes the best. Keep fruits and veggies bagged in the freezer and pull them out to for quick, healthy snacks this summer. If you have another favorite no-sugar summer treat, let us know!

Porcelain Veneers: FAQ

At Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we offer a number of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers. We get a lot of questions about this particular service; here’s a list of the most frequently asked questions!

  • What are Veneers? Porcelain veneers are thin, light porcelain shells that cover the front of teeth to improve their appearance.
  • How Long Does It Take? Generally the process takes three appointments: a consultation and fitting, an appointment to place the veneers, and a follow-up. The whole thing should take about two-three weeks, depending on a number of factors. Veneers
  • Will They Match my Teeth? Yes! We will carefully color-match your teeth as part of the process. Many patients have their veneers made several shades lighter, and then have whitening done on their natural teeth to match. Talk to Dr. Jordan about all your options. And remember, porcelain veneers should never stain.
  • Will They Fall Off? Porcelain veneers are strongly bonded and should not fall off, but if they do, see your dentist immediately for repair or reattachment.
  • How Long Do They Last? With proper care, veneers can last anywhere from seven to 20 years. Brush and floss daily as you normally would, with a nonabrasive, ADA approved-toothpaste, and continue to see your dentist every six months so they can check for any signs of trouble.
  • Will My Insurance Cover Veneers? That depends. Some insurance plans do cover a portion of veneer services up to 50%; some may even cover more. The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Jordan Dentistry can help you find out!

Porcelain veneers aren’t for every patient, but they can be a great way to brighten up your smile! Contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming to get started!

Can Smoking Harm Your Teeth?

It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your lungs. But what about your dental health? It turns out smoking cigarettes harms your mouth and teeth in several ways.

First and most obvious are the cosmetic problems. Smoking causes bad breath! It’s hard to deny how the odor of cigarettes lingers around smokers. This is especially true of the mouth area. Inhaling smoke filled with tar and nicotine also causes tooth discoloration, such as yellowing and stains. Smoking also causes increased tartar and plaque buildup, which can lead to other more serious problems if not treated. If you are experiencing any of these complications from smoking, come talk to us at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA. We can help you find a solution.

Stop Smoking

Smoking doesn’t just cause cosmetic dental problems, though. Cigarette smoke has been linked to increased loss of bone density in the jaw, gum disease, and oral cancer. Oral cancer tends to be a very aggressive form of cancer, since there are so many blood vessels in the mouth. Smoking increases the length of time you will spend in recovery after dental surgery or tooth extractions, but since it also increases the risk of gum disease, it makes these procedures more likely. 

If you are a smoker, the best choice for your physical and dental health is to quit, but you should also keep in regular contact with your dentist. Jordan Dentistry can help manage cosmetic problems and keep a close eye on other symptoms in a friendly, compassionate atmosphere. We want to help you!

Contact Jordan Dentistry for more information.

Professional Whitening at Jordan Dentistry

Everyone wants a great smile, and that starts with bright teeth. With so many professional whitening services available, how can you know which is your best option? There are many factors to consider: what type of stains are present, and how severe are they? Are there any sensitivity issues to be aware of? How much time and energy do you want to put into whitening your teeth, in the office and at home? And of course, what is your budget? When Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA helps you put together a whitening plan, we take all this into consideration.

At Jordan Dentistry, we offer the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching system. Dr. Jordan selected this particular system after extensive research. We think you’ll agree that it offers the best natural-looking results. It requires only three office visits–you complete part of the process in your home. After the third and final visit, when Dr. Jordan applies the whitening, you’ll find your teeth are up to 16 shades lighter! Afterwards, at-home maintenance is easy, so you’ll be able to keep your smile bright and fresh. KöR works on stains from coffee, tea, red wine, and even tetracycline. 

But what about pain or discomfort? No one wants their teeth to hurt. That’s another reason Dr. Jordan utilizes KöR: patients using this system have reported little to no sensitivity and discomfort. We want you to have a positive experience at the dentist!

If you have questions or concerns about KöR whitening, or teeth whitening in general, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our staff at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA are friendly and knowledgeable! 

Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Cold?

Summer treats are some of our favorites–popsicles, ice cream bars, milkshakes, and slushies are delicious, and perfect for cooling down when it’s hot outside. However, biting into a popsicle only for your teeth to suddenly start to hurt can really put a damper on snack time! Here are some potential causes and solutions when your teeth are sensitive to cold. popsicles in a stack

Most times, teeth become painful when exposed to cold foods because the enamel has worn down, revealing the sensitive cementum and dentin beneath. Dentin is what transmits temperature to the nerves of teeth, so when it’s not well protected by enamel, you can really get a shock! Enamel can get worn down because of bad brushing habits, orthodontic treatments, or clenching or grinding your teeth. Of course, your teeth could also be sensitive to the cold because of cavities, loose or missing fillings, chips, or cracks.

If your teeth are uncomfortably sensitive to cold, speak to your dentist to discern the cause and proper treatment. The sooner you know the cause, the sooner treatment can begin and you can get some relief. Potential at-home treatments may include special toothpaste for sensitive teeth, dietary changes, or additional fluoride treatments. For more serious cases, you may need to visit your dentist for crowns or bonded fillings, gum grafting, or a root canal.

If you find yourself avoiding cold drinks or popsicles, call Jordan Dentistry! We can answer your questions or set up an appointment to take a closer look at what’s causing your problem.

Top Five Tips for Preventing Cavities

At Jordan Dentistry we care about your smile as much as you do. Here are our top five tips for preventing cavities!

  1. The number five tip is also the most popular: brush your teeth twice a day! For best results, brush for at least two minutes (set a timer for children or adults who have trouble remembering) and use a fluoride toothpaste recommended by the ADA. Make sure to brush the front, back, and tops of teeth, and don’t forget your back molars.
  1. Floss daily. Flossing cleans the spaces between teeth where bacteria and food particles can hide. Your toothbrush alone can’t get at these places no matter how hard you try!
  1. Replace your toothbrush about every three months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn out toothbrush doesn’t clean as well as a fresh one. Since it’s tough to remember when your toothbrush is ready for a change, make a note on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone.
  1. Avoid additional sugar. Consider switching sugary snacks for fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinking milk or tap water instead of sodas and juices. Of course everyone likes a treat, but sodas, cookies, and sticky candies are terrible for teeth, so make them a sometimes food. Healthy smiles are happy smiles!
  2. See your dentist for regular checkups. Your dental hygiene team will clean deeper than you can at home, and provide regular X-rays and visual inspections to catch problems early. Ultimately your dental health depends on you and your dentist working together!

Contact us to set up an appointment today!

Baby’s First Time…at the Dentist!

Being a new parent can be as overwhelming as it is joyful, with so many things to know and take care of. One thing that can get lost in the shuffle is baby’s first dentist visit.

Did you know most children don’t see the dentist until they’re over two years old? That’s long after the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends. Parents should take their child to the dentist for the first time within six months after their first tooth appears, or at most by the time they are one year old. This first visit is so important in so many ways. It sets the tone for baby’s future visits with the dentist, and dental health as they grow. The earlier you start, the better chances children have to develop good habits and healthy teeth! a baby chews on her finger

Jordan Dentistry can help your newly-teething baby and you as parents in many ways. We will discuss ways to brush and floss your kids’ teeth, appropriate cleaning schedules, and other tips for proper dental care. We can talk about anything that’s worrisome about children’s teeth–thumb sucking or pacifier dependence, for instance. Jordan Dentistry can also help with strategies to survive teething!. Not only is Dr. Jordan an experienced pediatric and family dentist, but our office staff is full of parents just like you.

While baby teeth do eventually fall out to be replaced by permanent teeth, they are so important for children’s long-term health in the meantime. Good teeth are vital to good eating habits. It’s easier to get kids to eat their vegetables if they have strong teeth for crunching!

Contact us today to schedule your baby’s first cleaning.