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By Arlington Dental
November 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”

By Arlington Dental
August 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

How your dentist in Arlington, Texas can heal your pain

If you wake up in the morning and your tooth hurts, it’s easy to panic. You may be thinking about how long it has been since you’ve seen tooth paina dentist, and now you are embarrassed. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed because your dentist in Arlington, TX is here to help, not to judge. Dr. Joseph Reed of Arlington Dental wants you to know how he can help if you wake up with tooth pain.

If your tooth hurts, you should visit your dentist in Arlington as soon as you can. If you delay treatment, what starts as a small dental issue can become a serious dental problem. Consider:

  • Untreated dental decay can turn into the need for a root canal
  • Untreated deep dental decay can turn into the need for a tooth extraction
  • Untreated gum disease can turn into periodontal disease
  • Untreated periodontal disease can result in tooth loss

Your dentist in Arlington, Texas offers a full range of services to treat your painful tooth and get you smiling again. When you enter the office, he will get you comfortable immediately using anesthesia ranging from local anesthetic to complete sedation, depending on your preference. Your dentist also offers a unique procedure using OraVerse, for patients who don’t like to feel numb any longer than necessary.

Once you are comfortable, he can treat your painful tooth with all of today’s modern tools, techniques and technology. He may recommend:

  • A dental filling if your tooth has mild to moderate decay that has not reached the pulp of your tooth; you can choose your filling material from amalgam (metal) or composite (tooth-colored) depending on your preference and location in your mouth.
  • A dental crown if your tooth is badly damaged or broken; you can choose from gold, porcelain and metal, or pure porcelain crowns, depending on your preference. Your dentist also provides CEREC same-day crowns, a revolutionary process which creates a perfect crown while you wait in the office!

If you have decay that has reached the pulp of your tooth, or an infection called an abscess, you may need a root canal to save your tooth. Root canal therapy in Arlington is a state-of-the-art way to remove pain and keep your tooth.

If you wake up with tooth pain, don’t wait for the pain to get worse, especially when help is just a phone call away. Call Dr. Reed of Arlington Dental in Arlington, TX right away and protect your smile!