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Dentist Serving Peachtree City & Senoia
Avella Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
1280 Highway 74 S, Suite 200
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(770) 486-1984
By Avella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Spending just a few minutes a day on oral hygiene offers important protections for your teeth. Fayetteville, GA, dentist Dr. Peter Harris oral hygieneexplains how four oral hygiene mainstays can help you keep your smile healthy.

Twice-daily brushing reduces your cavity risk

Brushing is a simple, yet very effective, way to remove plaque, the bacterial film that causes cavities. Brushing in the morning and evening not only gets rid of plaque but also loosens food particles stuck to your teeth and helps improve the freshness of your breath.

Most toothpastes available in drugstores contain fluoride, a mineral that strengthens weak areas of tooth enamel. When you remember to brush two times a day with fluoridated toothpaste, you'll keep your teeth strong and lower your cavity risk. Regular brushing also prevents plaque from turning into tartar, a hard deposit that is responsible for periodontal disease.

A gentle touch is best when you brush your teeth. If you brush too hard or don't use a brush with soft bristles, you may damage your gums and expose your tooth roots. For best results, devote at least two minutes to your toothbrushing routine.

Flossing ensures you don't miss a spot

If you only brush your teeth and don't floss, plaque can still remain on the areas between your teeth. Luckily, dental floss is thin enough to fit into those tight spaces. The gentle up-and-down motion you use when you floss your teeth dislodges both plaque and food debris.

Mouthwash offers added benefits

Anti-cavity mouthwashes kill bacteria that can cause cavities and bad breath. Do you rinse your mouth after using mouthwash? Rinsing washes away the protection that mouthwash provides. Instead of rinsing, spit out the mouthwash after you swish it around in your mouth and wait at least 30 minutes before drinking water or another beverage.

Regular dental visits help you maintain excellent dental health

Visiting our Fayetteville office twice a year is an excellent way to protect your teeth. During your visit, we'll remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and examine your mouth for signs of decay, gum disease, damage to fillings and restorations, signs of infections and other issues that can affect your teeth, mouth, jaw and gums.

Keep your smile bright and healthy with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Call Fayetteville, GA, dentist Dr. Peter Harris at (770) 486-1984 to schedule your visit.

By Avella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
May 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Do you feel as though it will take a miracle to give your smile a second chance due to your missing teeth and gaps? If so, you could benefit from dental implants. This important, permanent, and effective tooth replacement option can overhaul your smile whether you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth. Find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you with Dr. Peter Harris at Avella Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Peachtree City, GA.

How do dental implants work?
Dental implants have three main parts. The fixture is a titanium post which your dentist implants into the jawbone underneath your gum tissue. Over the healing process, the bone grows around the fixture to hold it permanently in place, a process called osseointegration. The implant’s abutment connects the fixture to the prosthetic tooth. The prosthetic, normally a dental crown or bridge, replaces the tooth or teeth.

Can dental implants help me?
Dental implants’ versatility allows dentists to use them in many situations. Some of the most common uses for dental implants include:

  • Single Tooth Replacement: Used in replacing a single tooth, this method uses one dental implant to provide the foundation for one prosthetic tooth.
  • Multiple Tooth Replacement: Patients who have a gap which spans several teeth in a row can replace their teeth using a dental bridge held in place by two fixtures on either side of the restoration. Unlike a traditional dental bridge, the implants stand alone, keeping the surrounding, healthy teeth intact.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Patients missing all of the teeth on an arch can permanently replace their teeth using implant-supported dentures. Luckily, the denture does not require a single implant for each tooth. Rather, four or more implants throughout the mouth hold a full denture in place.

Dental Implants in Peachtree City, GA
A good candidate for dental implants should be in great physical and dental health, with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Since the implants’ fixtures rely on the jawbone to hold them in place, patients should have minimal bone atrophy in the areas of the implants. Patients with atrophy may require a bone graft prior to placing their implants.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Peter Harris at Avella Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Peachtree City, GA. Call 770-486-1984 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harris today!

By Avella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
February 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

If you avoid pictures due to not liking your teeth, you could benefit from Invisalign orthodontic treatment. This technique will overhaul invisalignyour smile, correcting your bite and straightening your teeth to give you a whole new look. Say, “Cheese!” with confidence and find out more about Invisalign treatment with Dr. Peter Harris at Avella Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, located in Peachtree City, GA, and serving the Senoia and Fayetteville, GA.

Do I need orthodontic treatment? 
Talking with your dentist is the best and easiest way to determine if you would benefit from orthodontic treatment. However, there are some questions that can help you get to that point. Do you feel as though your teeth are crooked and weigh down your appearance? Do you notice that your top teeth lie too far in front of or behind your bottom teeth? Do your teeth open where they meet? Does your jaw hurt or ache after chewing or eating? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should ask your dentist about orthodontic treatment.

Is Invisalign right for me and my smile? 
Invisalign can benefit anyone who requires orthodontic treatment. In some rare cases, patients with severe misalignments or bite issues may not qualify for Invisalign and will need to wear traditional braces instead. However, most patients can straighten their smile and improve their bite using Invisalign. A quick consultation with your dentist can help you understand which treatment is best for you.

Invisalign Treatment in Peachtree City, Senoia and Fayetteville, GA

Invisalign uses clear aligner trays rather than the metal brackets and wires associated with traditional braces. This means that you can straighten your teeth without compromising your look with metal permanently attached to your teeth. Additionally, Invisalign patients simply remove their aligner trays to eat and brush their teeth, and there's no need to avoid certain foods you may love. During treatment, patients wear each aligner tray in their series for about two weeks before switching it for the next tray. Most Invisalign treatments average about a year in length though treatment time can vary from patient to patient.

For more information on Invisalign treatment, please contact Dr. Harris at Avella Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, serving Peachtree City, Senoia and Fayetteville, located in Peachtree City, GA. Call (770) 486-1984 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harris today!

By Avella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
November 08, 2016
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Thought everyone around you would notice if you were wearing braces? Not with Invisalign!

As you’ve gotten older you may feel as if getting a straighter smile may be nearly impossible. After all, wearing a mouth full of metal into work meetings, client lunches and other professional scenarios doesn’t sound all that appealing. But what if our Peachtree City, GA dentist Dr. Peter Harris told you that you could get a straighter smile without your coworkers even seeing your braces?

You didn’t read that wrong! You can fix crooked teeth, gaps between teeth and a variety of other minor to more severe malocclusions with a nearly invisible orthodontic treatment known as Invisalign. We understand that older teens and adults may be less thrilled to sign up for traditional metal braces and may put off treatment in order to avoid dealing with the embarrassment of wearing braces in front of friends or coworkers. This is where Invisalign comes in.

You can still get the same amazing results that you would with traditional braces but now with clear, removable aligners instead of bulky metal braces and wires. These thermoplastic trays may look no different from whitening trays but they are custom-made to fit your teeth and actually shift teeth into the ideal position, as determined by you and our Peachtree City dentist.

If you are looking to fix crooked teeth or other problems more discreetly, than Invisalign is the right option for you. Each tray is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next tray in your treatment plan. As your treatment progresses, you will start to notice that your teeth will move closer and closer to a more desirable alignment. Plus, aligners can be removed whenever you brush and floss or while eating or drinking. Have an important client meeting or presentation in school? Just remove your aligners beforehand! It’s really that easy.

If you are ready to find out what Invisalign can do to improve your smile then it’s time you turned to Dr. Harris at Avella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Peachtree City, GA today!

By Avella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
August 08, 2016
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s time to find out if one of these dental restorations could promote a healthier smile.

Whether you cracked a tooth while playing sports or you lost a tooth to decay you should always know that our Senoia, GA dentist, Dr. dental crownPeter Harris, is here to make sure that your smile gets the treatment it needs to look and feel like new. Find out more about dental crowns and bridges and how they might be able to help your smile.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that covers over the entire visible portion of a tooth. Often times, crowns are made from ceramic or porcelain, as they resemble natural teeth more than metal crowns. The purpose of a crown is to provide a strong outer layer for a weak tooth so that it can still function as it did before it was damaged. However, crowns can also be used for aesthetic purposes to improve the color, shape or size of a malformed tooth.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a way to replace one or more missing teeth. This restoration uses two dental crowns, which are attached to each end of the appliance and cemented over surrounding natural teeth to secure it into place. In between the two crowns are false teeth that will be used to replace your missing teeth.

When should you consider getting a dental crown or bridge?

If you are dealing with a cracked or damaged tooth that a large filling can’t fix then our Senoia general dentist will more than likely recommend that you get a dental crown. A dental crown will be able to provide the protection and resilience that a damaged tooth needs and often lacks, plus it can improve the overall look of your tooth to give you a more pleasing smile.

Those who are missing one or more teeth in a row, but otherwise have a healthy smile, might want to consider getting a dental bridge. With the proper care, this restoration can last up to 15 years or more.

Call our Senoia, GA dental office today if you want to find out more about ways to restore your smile for the better. Turn to Dr. Harris of Avella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for all of your dental needs.

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