Posts for: June, 2014

By Oral and Facial Surgery Center of Tallahassee
June 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
dental implant Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth due to injury or poor oral hygiene? No matter the reason for tooth loss, a dental implant can be used to replace missing teeth and restore functionality while improving your appearance. The loss of teeth can have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem, while also causing bite problems and difficulty eating.  With dental implants these dental dilemmas can be eliminated. With help from our oral surgeons in Tallahassee, let’s take a look at implants and the negative effect of tooth loss.

The Negative Effect of Tooth Loss

Since surrounding teeth support each tooth, tooth loss can weaken a person’s overall mouth structure, which can lead to additional tooth loss and dental health problems with time.  Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants.  Patients must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant, as well as the commitment to maintaining proper oral hygiene. 
Both functional and aesthetic problems can be a result of tooth loss in adults.  As soon as you lose a tooth or teeth, many people will begin to exhibit pain and sensitivity where the tooth is missing.  Problems arise almost instantly, including difficulty eating and talking.  In time, adjacent teeth may begin to shift towards the gaps that are left in your teeth, which can result in misalignment.  This often will lead to bite problems that will need to be corrected with professional orthodontic treatment. 

The Basics of Implants

Dental implants are long lasting tooth root replacements that are securely placed into the jawbone to replicate the root of a single pre-existing tooth or multiple teeth. They are natural looking—virtually indistinguishable from other teeth—and provide the same function as your natural tooth root while preventing further decay, dental disease and bone deterioration.
The procedure is a multi-step process that involves placing metal anchors into the bone of the jaw, allowing the anchor and bone to fuse, placing an extension in the anchor, and fixing a prosthetic tooth, or crown, on the extension.

Benefits of Implants in Tallahassee

An implant is an artificial tooth root. Crafted of biocompatible materials, which are securely placed into the jawbone, implants offer durability for long lasting functionality. They are designed to replicate the look and feel of your natural teeth while restoring full functionality and preventing tooth decay and bone loss.
Since implants are securely attached, you gain confidence to eat what you like, speak clearly and freedom from embarrassment. Other benefits of implants include:
  • Improved Appearance: Dental implants look and feel just like your own teeth.
  • Improved Comfort: Implants are securely anchored, so there is no slipping as there is with dentures. This eliminates some of the key inconveniences of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation, and pain.
  • Improved Health: Dental implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, so your face retains its natural shape. 
  • Durability: Implants are strong and can last a lifetime with proper care.
  • Convenience: Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent, eliminating the inconvenience of removing your dentures. With implants, you can brush and care for your teeth just as you would your natural teeth. 
A missing tooth can bring about negative consequences for your smile, but with dental implants, replacing your missing teeth can improve your smile immensely.  Visit our oral surgeons in Tallahassee for a proper consultation for replacement of your missing teeth.  Remember, dental implants are not for everyone, but with proper consultation and diagnosis from our office, a treatment will be created.

By Oral and Facial Surgery Center of Tallahassee
June 11, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can't look at her without noticing her world-famous smile.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets to her trademark smile. Secrets that she is instilling in her children.

“I floss every day and I brush my teeth at least twice a day — morning and night — and sometimes after lunch.” She added, “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot, as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.” And when asked about how often she has her teeth professionally cleaned she replied, “...every four to five months because I get a lot of plaque buildup.”

A typical dental hygiene visit is one that involves prophylaxis, a dental (and insurance) term for scaling and or polishing procedures to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the crown or portion of the tooth that you can see. Scaling is a procedure where we use special hand-held instruments and/or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar that can coat your teeth causing them to feel rough or fuzzy. To polish your teeth, we use a rubber polishing cup, prophy paste and a motorized instrument that removes bacterial plaque and surface stains. This is usually the last portion of a routine cleaning because it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.

However, if you have been seeing blood when you brush your teeth or while flossing, you have the telltale signs of periodontal (gum) disease. During your cleaning appointment, we will clean below the gum line to treat and manage your periodontal disease (an infection of the gum and jaw bones). We may also discover that additional, deep-cleaning treatments (such as root planing) may be needed to treat and manage your periodontal disease.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Polishing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and cleaning. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”