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By Botts Dental Spa
August 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

dental crown diagramA tooth is made up of multiple layers, including the pulp, the dentin, and the outer enamel. A dental crown is designed to replace the outer layer when it gets worn out to protect the vulnerable layers inside. A dentist at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, can treat your teeth with one or more dental crowns to restore your smile's strength, naturally attractive color, and overall healthy appearance.

The Science Behind Dental Crowns
A dental crown is formed to match the appearance of your natural tooth as closely as possible. The center is shallow so that the crown can be bonded to the tooth after some adjustments are made. The crown provides much-needed strength and protection, especially when the tooth has been ravaged by decay. Dental crowns are most commonly made of high-quality porcelain material which is very tough and durable as well as attractive.

What Crowns Do for Your Smile
Dental professionals place over two million crowns per year according to the American College of Prosthodontists. These are some of the ways that a dental crown installed by your Cordova dentist can help your smile:

- A crown will completely renew the outer appearance of your tooth, from front to back.
- A custom crown can be created to fill small gaps between the teeth.
- Crowns cover up intrinsic staining, which is a dental stain that affects the inner layers of the tooth.
- A crown provides support and stability for the other teeth in your mouth.
- Crowns replace missing teeth when they are attached to dental implants or bridges.

Crown Care Tips
It is important to step up your oral hygiene routine after you get a crown. The more you brush and floss, the more likely you will have it long-term. Here are a few tips on how to care for your new restoration:

- Floss gently but thoroughly around the gumline to ensure that food particles don’t have a chance to create plaque around your crown.
- Brush all surfaces of the crown and check it with your tongue to ensure that it’s clean.
- Have your smile checked regularly for gum disease if that has been an issue for you in the past.

Schedule an Examination
You must set up an initial exam at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, to find out if your teeth can support dental crowns. Contact the office at (901) 737-2200 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Botts.

By Botts Dental Spa
May 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implantsThe overall condition and quality of your smile could be greatly improved with the addition of one or two dental implants. They replace the teeth you have lost, both above and below the gumline. They provide you with the same security, confidence, convenience, and function as your naturally rooted teeth. You can have dental implants installed at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, and serving the Collierville area.

The Structure of a Dental Implant
The very first modern implant procedure was done by accident in 1952 and by 1965 the technique was used in the dental field. Dental implants are small screws made of biocompatible titanium, which has properties that make it bind with human bone tissue. The implant forms the base of the device. A part called an abutment is placed on top of the implant so that it can support a new dental crown, usually made of porcelain. An implanted tooth is designed to withstand all normal oral functions and resist the effects of wear and tear over the years.

Reasons to Choose Dental Implants
You may have other tooth replacement options to think about (like partial dentures), but there are a few key reasons why you would want to choose dental implants:

- An implant is not removable like dentures, and there’s no risk of it falling out at opportune moments.
- There’s a really good chance that your implanted device will always be a part of your smile.
- There’s no need to revisit your Cordova and Collierville dentist every five years in the future to have a dental implant adjusted or restored. Just have the crown checked in about 10 years.

Dental Implants: Key to Preserving Your Dental Health
Missing teeth may present an unnecessary risk to your overall dental health. For one, it’s not ideal to have a tooth socket exposed and vulnerable to food getting trapped. Inactive bone tissue can degrade over time. There’s also a risk of the other teeth moving out of position, causing expensive orthodontic issues. A dental implant helps eliminate all of these risks.

A Smile Restoration with Dental Implants
The best tooth replacement option, if you’re a good candidate, is a dental implant. It is a treatment offered at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova and Collierville, TN, patients. Call (901) 737-2200 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Botts.

By Botts Dental Spa
April 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

There are several signs you may need a root canal and it is important not to ignore these signs. Although the thought of having a root root canalscanal can be intimidating to some people, a root canal can actually save your tooth from being extracted. Additionally, the root canal procedure is not much different than having a cavity filled. A root canal is nothing to fear. At Botts Dental Spa, Dr. Jason Botts is your root canal dentist in Cordova, TN and serving Collierville.

Root Canals

A root canal is needed when the soft pulp in the center of the tooth becomes infected. As the infection spreads down through the root, an abscess can form below it. If the abscess is not treated the infection can spread to surrounding teeth, which can lead to the need for additional root canals. The infection can also spread to the jaw bone.

The procedure for a root canal is similar to having a cavity filled. To perform a root canal, the dentist drills into the infected tooth and root and removes all signs of infection and decay. Once the infected pulp is removed, the interior of the tooth and root is thoroughly cleaned. The empty area is then filled and sealed with a dental filling. The filling restores and strengthens the tooth so that it can perform normal chewing and biting functions again.

Root Canal Signs

There are many signs you may need a root canal. If you have any of these signs, your Collierville, TN, dentist will determine a root canal is needed. Signs you may need a root canal include the following:

  • A severe toothache
  • Severe mouth pain
  • Sharp pain when eating
  • Persistent mouth pain or pressure
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages

Benefits of Root Canals

Root canals offer several benefits, such as saving infected teeth from extraction. Some of the benefits of root canals include the following:

  • Preserve infected teeth
  • Eliminate the need for tooth extraction
  • Remove infection and prevent it from spreading
  • Strengthen weak or damaged teeth
  • Restore normal biting and chewing functions
  • Alleviate tooth sensitivity, pain, or discomfort

Root canals are nothing to fear. They can save and restore infected teeth, eliminating the need for extraction. If you have any of the signs you may need a root canal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Botts, your Collierville, TN, dentist, by calling Botts Dental Spa at (901) 737-2200.

By Botts Dental Spa
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

No one should settle for a gapped or toothless smile. Despite our best efforts, life does happen to our smiles, but modern restorative denturesservices and tooth replacements can give you back your smile. Improved facial appearance, normalized biting and chewing and clearer speech result when you ask Dr. Jason Botts to craft your dentures at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN.

What kind of denture is right?

A lot depends on how many teeth you're missing, how healthy the remaining teeth are, where they are, and how much bone and gum tissue you have. During a restorative dental consultation at Botts Dental Spa, your dentist will examine your mouth and evaluate the health of your remaining teeth, gums and bone.

He'll take digital X-rays to view underlying structures and possible CT scan imaging, especially if you are receiving implant-supported prosthetics. Yes, today, dentures may be anchored with state-of-the-art dental implants made of biocompatible titanium.

Also, your dentist will discuss your preferences and take oral impressions. Then, with your approval, he'll send a customized treatment plan to a trusted dental lab where a skilled denture technician will craft your beautiful replacement teeth.

Kinds of dentures

There are a wide variety of denture configurations depending on patient need and preference. Dr. Botts ensures that all his dentures are of the highest quality acrylic and that the fit and bite are perfect. A well-crafted denture delivers great aesthetics, durability and optimal oral function.

Here are the kinds of dentures offered by Bott Dental Spa in Cordova:

Partial denture: This prosthetic fills gaps left by one or more teeth in the top or bottom arch. Replacement teeth, or pontics, affix to neighboring natural teeth with metal clasps. Traditional partials are removable for ease of cleaning.

Conventional full dentures: These rest on the gums and are held in place by the mouth's natural suction. They replace an entire arch of teeth and take several dental visits and "try-ons" to achieve proper fit, comfort and bite.

Immediate dentures: This prosthetic can also replace an entire arch, but unlike their conventional counterparts, immediate dentures are placed directly after tooth extraction. This allows the patient to leave the office with a full set of teeth, and the pressure from an immediate denture actually helps extraction sites to heal more quickly. Unfortunately, however, these prosthetics must be replaced or refitted as the gums and bone shrink to their final post-extraction size and shape.

Implant-supported dentures: This type of prosthetic rests on four or more dental implants surgically inserted into the jaw bone. To qualify for these innovative dentures, the patient must be in good health and have a strong jaw bone.

Life with dentures

Medic8.com says that quality dentures last up to 10 years when relined as necessary and when gently cleansed at home. To avoid poor oral function, sore spots and denture breakdown, the patient should see Dr. Botts semi-annually for an oral examination and denture assessment.

If you would like your smile back, please contact Bott Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, for a denture consultation. Call today at (901) 737-2200.

By Botts Dental Spa
December 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Say goodbye to your discolorations and yellowing teeth with professional teeth whitening.teeth whitening

If your Pinterest searches consist of a variety of at-home whitening tips and tricks, then chances are good that you’ve been trying everything under the sun to get your smile whiter. Of course, a lot of these remedies don’t offer the visible results that most people are looking for. If you are finding yourself disappointed with the whitening treatments you’ve tried, our Cordova, TN, cosmetic dentist Dr. Jason Botts is here to help.

What is professional teeth whitening?

This cosmetic treatment is so popular because it not only instantly removes stains but it also lightens the actual shade of your teeth. Through high-quality whitening gels (and sometimes a dental laser), whiter results are visible after just one treatment.

How does it work?

In order for whitening gel to be successful, it requires an active whitening ingredient. If you use over-the-counter whitening kits you may notice hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide being listed as one of the main ingredients. These are the most common active ingredients found in whitening gels. Of course, the whitening gels used by our Cordova, TN, dentist is much stronger than anything you’ll find in your local oral care aisle. Because of this, the results you’ll obtain with our in-office system is faster and more significant than at-home options.

How long will my results last?

A lot of this will depend on you. If you are someone who continues to brush and floss regularly, continues to visit us for routine exams and cleanings, and avoids stain-causing foods and drinks (e.g. red wine; coffee; tomato sauce) then you could enjoy your whiter smile for up to one year or more.

You can also choose to get our at-home whitening system for touch-ups and to help maintain your results for longer or you may choose to use whitening toothpaste every time you brush to prevent new stains from forming.

Is teeth whitening right for me?

If your smile has started to dull over the years this could be due to consuming lots of stain-causing foods and drinks over the years or from bad habits like smoking. If you have yellow or even brown stains that you wish to treat, then getting your teeth professionally whitened might be the most effective option for removing these stains.

Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, is dedicated to giving you a radiant smile. If you want teeth whitening that truly works wonder then it’s time to give us a call and schedule an appointment with us.