Archive for February, 2014

It’s been years since my last appointment; what should I expect?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Feeling apprehensive or guilty for not visiting a dentist in over a year is common, but coming back to receive dental care is easier than you may think. Our dental team at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. provides caring, non-judgmental, personalized service, and knowing this you can truly feel at ease making your first appointment back.

During your first appointment back, we will focus on three prominent dental issues including gum disease, cavities, and wear and tear by utilizing a full mouth series of X-rays, a hygiene appointment, and a comprehensive exam.

The full mouth series of X-rays are taken every three to five years, or as needed. A full mouth series may be a panoramic X-ray and bitewings (a set of four that checks for cavities) or a set of X-rays that views the entire anatomy of every tooth. The set of X-rays will depend on your individual needs.

Your hygiene appointment will begin with a review of your medical history, personal concerns and questions, and an evaluation checking for any infection. After any necessary diagnoses are made, the appropriate level of cleaning is proposed and completed if time allows.

A comprehensive exam serves as a review of what the hygienist has already covered. Dr. Darrel Gilbert will again review your medical history and dental concerns, and confirm any periodontal diagnosis. An evaluation of any decay, breakdown or broken fillings, or areas that are at risk for future problems will also be reviewed.

After the appointment, a team member at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. will review any recommended treatments, payment options, insurance coverage, and scheduling. The time spent at your first visit back is an important step in the right direction, and we are committed to making this visit as comfortable and easy as possible! Come see us in Sandy Springs, GA.

Which whitening is right for you?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Many of our patients at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. have been asking us about brightening their teeth lately, and today we thought we would discuss the options available to you to put the sparkle back in your smile!

Over-the-counter products – You’ve probably seen over-the-counter whiteners such as whitening strips on store shelves. While whitening strips may work for some, they do have certain restrictions. For example, they are not nearly as effective when crowns or fillings are involved. Teeth that are stained gray instead of brown or yellow typically don’t respond as well to these types of whiteners. Whitening strips typically save you money but take longer to work and also require discipline on your part to keep them in place for the right amount of time each day.

Whitening at our office – This type of whitening can be done right at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S.. A whitening agent is applied directly to teeth and a special light helps accelerate the whitening process. This may be accomplished in one session or take several appointments. You should expect to spend anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes at each session. If you have a mix of natural teeth and fillings or crowns, Dr. Darrel Gilbert may recommend bonding or veneers on your natural teeth instead of regular bleaching. Teeth whitening at our office can be used to correct many tooth discolorations which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

At-home whitening – If you choose this option, Dr. Darrel Gilbert will take a mold of your teeth and create a custom-fit whitening tray. Gel whitening solution is poured in the mouthguard-like tray, and the tray is worn for a pre-determined amount of time, generally from a couple of hours a day to every day during the night, until you’re back in our office for an evaluation.

Give us a call at our convenient Sandy Springs, GA office to schedule an appointment! Whiter teeth are one just one visit away at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S.!

Look at what some of our wonderful smiles are doing!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

H Moncino State A-AAAAA Diving Champion, Girls 6th in State.

The Pace AquaKnights had a record-setting weekend at the Georgia High School State Championships, and once again dominated Class A one last time before preparing to move up to Class AA next year. . Pace Girls finished 6th , Boys 22nd in a field of 44 schools.

On the diving board, Junior Harrison Moncino successfully defended his state championship winning with a score of 573.65. He ran away with the title as his closest competitor scored 480.70, almost 90 points behind. Harrison got all 9’s on his first dive and the rest

was history. He ripped the hardest dive of the

competition, an inward 2 ½ somersault and brought the

house down. Moncino has set all

the records at Pace and is undefeated in high school except for a second place finish in the 2012 State Championship loosing buy only 25 points to a Westminster Senior. Brother , Sophomore

Owen Moncino finished in 5th place with his stongest meet ever with a score of 413.20. ( 50 points higher than last year’s 6th place finish) His front 2 ½ somersault

received 7 and 8’s from the judges. All this while also playing Varsitiy Lacrosse as goalie. Harrison is a 2 time All American. Both boys State competition will be submitted for 2014 All American consideration.

The Pace Girls finished 6th in the State among all A-AAAAA teams, better than all other teams in Class A and Class AA. This is the 2nd consecutive year that the Pace Girls have beaten all other Class A and Class AA competition in the State Championship. The Pace Boys finished 22nd in the State with another great performance, after a great one last year too.

February is Heart Month

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The American Academy of Periodontology stresses the importance of good oral health since gum disease may be linked to heart disease and stroke. Thus far, no cause-and-effect relationship has been established, but there are multiple theories to explain the link between heart disease and periodontal disease. One theory suggests that oral bacteria may affect heart health when it enters the blood and attaches to the fatty plaque in the heart’s blood vessels. This can cause the formation of blood clots. Another theory suggests the possibility that inflammation could be a contributing link between periodontal disease and heart disease. Gum disease increases plaque buildup, and inflamed gums may also contribute to the development of swollen or inflamed coronary arteries.

What is coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease is caused in part by the buildup of fatty proteins on the walls of the coronary arteries. Blood clots cut off blood flow, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. Both blood clots and the buildup of fatty proteins (also called plaque) on the walls of the coronary arteries may lead to a heart attack. Moreover, periodontal disease nearly doubles the likelihood that someone will suffer from coronary artery disease. Periodontal disease can also worsen existing heart conditions, so many patients who suffer from heart disease need to take antibiotics before any dental procedures. This is especially true of patients who are at greatest risk for contracting infective endocarditis (inflammation of the inner layer of the heart). The fact that more than 2,400 people die from heart disease each day makes it a major public health issue. It is also the leading killer of both men and women in the United States today.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the bone and gum tissues around the teeth, reducing or potentially eradicating the system that supports your teeth. It affects roughly 75 percent of Americans, and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. People who suffer from periodontal disease may notice that their gums swell and/or bleed when they brush their teeth.

Although there is no definitive proof to support the theory that oral bacteria affects the heart, it is widely acknowledged better oral health contributes to overall better health. When people take good care of their teeth, get thorough exams, and a professional cleaning twice a year, the buildup of plaque on the teeth is lessened. A healthy, well-balanced diet will also contribute to better oral and heart health. There is a lot of truth to the saying “you are what you eat.” If you have any questions about you periodontal disease and your overall health, give our Sandy Springs, GA office a call!