Archive for October, 2013

Dr. Gilbert and our Team Proudly Provide Treatment with BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Everyone wants to look their best. Unfortunately, facial wrinkles and lines can appear around the mouth, eyes, and forehead and make a person’s smile age considerably. Dr. Darrel J. Gilbert and our team want you to know we can help! Besides providing a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments for patients of all ages, we proudly offer several options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation, including Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm, injections used by Dr. Gilbert to replace volume loss and smooth wrinkles and lines, which give our patients a more relaxed, refreshed appearance.

Both are quick and minimally invasive procedures that will safely and effectively restore your face and mouth to a more youthful appearance!

There is no surgery and no recovery time, and Botox is FDA-approved. It is important, however, for Dr. Gilbert to screen patients to determine their eligibility for treatment. Treatments can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months and be enhanced at a routine cleaning appointment.

Give us a call today! Ask Dr. Gilbert and our team to find out how Botox injection and dermal fillers can make you start looking younger today! Give us a call at our convenient Sandy Springs office to learn more or to schedule an appointment today!

Three Must-Have Dental Treatments

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

In dentistry, there are a wide variety of treatments, everything from elective procedures to those that are necessary and potentially lifesaving. So given the slew of treatment options, how do you choose what’s right for you? Our experts at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. have handpicked the three must-have procedures that we believe can benefit nearly every patient.

The first: A complete periodontal exam. If you are going to the dentist for scheduled cleanings, this exam should happen at least once a year. A periodontal exam is quick and relatively painless. The dentist or hygienist will carefully probe around each tooth to take measurements that show the health of the bone and its supporting tissue, all while looking for signs of any active infection. It has been suggested that there is a link between periodontal (gum) disease and the increased risk of some potentially fatal diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Signs of some diseases show up in the mouth sometimes before the patient is aware of changes in the body. Diabetes is one of these silent diseases. Many Americans are unaware that they have the disease until sudden and severe changes in the periodontal health of the teeth lead to a trip to the patient’s physician. And did you know that more adults lose teeth to periodontal disease than to cavities? A simple screening once a year can lead to saving your teeth.

The second treatment our team at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. recommends is a dental sealant; it’s not just for kids! Dental sealants provide a protective barrier from bacteria deep in the pits and grooves of the teeth where cavities often start. Sealants placed in childhood will often wear away in adulthood. Replacing a sealant as an adult can also help prevent decay in adulthood. This is a great cost-effective procedure for adults. Dental insurance will likely not cover sealants as an adult, but the cost of a sealant for prevention versus the cost of a filling is much less.

Our third must-have dental treatment is often the most fun: in-office whitening. Who doesn’t want an instantly dazzling smile? In-office whitening is one of the most dramatic and quick ways to brighten a smile. It will take a few years off your age in a two-hour period of time. Whitening is very safe and can give a patient newfound confidence to smile.

How can Dr. Gilbert help alleviate my headaches?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Dentists generally aren’t the first professionals people think about when they experience facial pain, but Dr. Gilbert and our team are proud to offer patients Botox treatment, which has been designed to relieve headaches, migraines, jaw pain, or facial pain. Through proven, state-of-the art technologies in advanced dentistry and medicine, you can finally get the headache and migraine relief you’ve been searching for.

If you experience recurring headaches and muscle aches due to tension from jaw clenching, grinding, and popping, you may want to discuss Botox treatment options with Dr. Gilbert. Within your head and mouth is a complex network of muscles, tendons, joints, and bones, which create forces that, when improperly balanced, can lead to chronic headaches and jaw clenching.

Dr. Gilbert and our team have been specially trained to examine and diagnose these forces that affect your teeth and your overall health. The result is healthier teeth and gums, as well as lasting relief from headaches without the dependence on painkillers.

If you’ve been suffering from headaches, tooth grinding, or jaw tension, please give us a call at our Sandy Springs, GA office and schedule a consultation today.

Pregnancy – What Should I Know About My Oral Care?

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Dr. Darrel Gilbert of the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. knows this is an exciting time as you anticipate the arrival of your new little one. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with some important information pertaining to your oral health during pregnancy. Just as the rest of your body is changing, the amount of bacteria in your mouth also changes. Scientists don’t understand all the reasons why, but during pregnancy, your mouth is more susceptible to bacterial complications that could result in increased risk for gingivitis or periodontal disease. What researchers do know is the change in hormones creates a more favorable environment for gum infections and diseases when you are pregnant.

You may experience an increase in gingivitis, even while continuing with regular daily brushing and flossing, and routine semi-annual month cleanings. You will likely complain of increased bleeding of the gums with routine daily care and more tenderness in the mouth. This is due, in part, to the increased blood flow and volume that naturally occurs with pregnancy. There is a greater amount of blood flowing through your veins, which translates into slightly engorged gum tissues. If gingivitis prevails, you may also experience pain and tenderness. We can help you navigate through your specific needs.

Brushing your teeth two times a day may not be quite enough. Similarly, if you only floss on occasion, consider making this activity a daily habit. Mouthwash is also advised, or sometimes a mild saltwater rinse may feel better than a commercial brand. Consider other products with xylitol and a WaterPik for additional cleaning.

Finally, we now know that bacteria in the mouth circulate throughout the body. These harmful bacteria compromise your immune system and may increase your risk for respiratory illness and cause other strains on your immune system. Remember that nutrients as well as pathogens are shared with your baby. If you feel tired or tempted to slack on your home-care routine, remember the importance and implications of your daily decisions on how your care for your oral health.

Contact our convenient Sandy Springs, GA location if you have more specific questions. We’re here to help you!