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Restore Your Confidence – Enhance Your Smile – It’s Your Right

Botox. Juvederm. Facial Rejuvenation. Suggest any of these three treatments to people, and the majority of them will either smirk at the absurdity of getting cosmetic work done, or simply walk away. Somewhere along the line, “cosmetic” became synonymous with “vain.” But what I want to know is: Why is it vain to want to look good? After all, wasn’t it your desire to look good that got you up and dressed this morning? Wasn’t it the very idea of being presentable that motivated you to brush your hair and wash your face? In fact, many of my dental patients come to me because they’re embarrassed to smile, and just want to look better, because when you look better, you feel better.

However, for all those skeptics out there, I will say that a majority of the time, I use Botox as more than just a means to erase wrinkles; believe it or not, but I often use it to manage pain. Many of my patients experience chronic facial pain, TMJ disorder and stress induced bruxism – or grinding – while they’re undergoing a full mouth restoration. Botox helps to relax those facial muscles, and therefore reduce painful muscle contractions and spasms. If they happen to have less wrinkles and a more vibrant smile as a result, then they’re all the happier.  On the other hand, I do offer Juvederm simply as a means to rejuvenate your natural appearance, so that when you leave my office, you will look relaxed and happy – or how you would look had you just returned from vacation!

I offer these facial rejuvenation services not because I don’t feel my patients are beautiful as is, but because for some people, this is a way to enhance the stunning smile I’ve created for them. Some people may say that Botox and Juvederm are a bit extreme, but I just say that they’re just a way to celebrate a patient’s natural shine.

Getting cosmetic work done should not be taboo – you should not feel guilty for wanting to look your best, or for wanting to enhance your natural beauty. I believe that you should feel beautiful and confident at every age, which is why I offer the cosmetic services that I do. Restore Your Confidence – Enhance Your Smile – It’s Your Right.

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The History of Implants, and Why It’s Important to Understand the Old to Better the New

“Dental Implantology” is a fancy term for the reconstruction of missing teeth and their supporting structures through natural or synthetic substitutes. This past February, I earned Mastership status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists – an organization that is dedicated to communicating scientific knowledge and improving the clinical practice of dental implantology worldwide. In a nutshell—the ICOI (as it is better known) strives to better implants and implant placement for your benefit. In the past year, I went through the required education, did the requisite research and put in the mandatory clinical hours so that I could earn Mastership status and, subsequently, better myself and the implant procedures in my practice. But in order to do so, I had to go back to the basics.

Implant Breakdown

For more than 25 years, implants have been changing the face of dentistry, and they are continuing to surprise and amaze us with all that they continue to do for the dental field, and even more so for your dental health. That is why I feel it is important to educate you on everything I continue to learn about dental implants. I know that I’ve already covered the basics, such as what implants are, who can get them and what the success rates are (see Blog Post, Dental Implants: Out With the Old, In With the New) – and you can check out any webpage or blog to learn how they’re placed, what they’re made of, and who can benefit from them, but, through the ICOI course, I learned that there is so much more to implants and implant placement than information such as “A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth with a nearly 100% success rate.” And like all great advancements today, there is a little bit of history to be learned – history that better helps us understand what we’re dealing with.

The History

Implants as you know them today have been used since the early 70’s, but a large body of scientific research indicates that earlier civilizations used dental implants as well—and to great success. In fact, the first dental implant dates back to 600 AD, and is attributed to the Mayans. One of the most notable discoveries came in 1931, when an archeologist in Honduras found a mandible with three tooth-shaped seashells inserted into the pockets of where her teeth would have been. For nearly forty years, scientists and researchers alike believed that the seashells had been placed post-mortem; but in 1970, one scientist took a closer look and discovered that the bone had grown around the seashells, and therefore, would had to have been placed before she (for the mandible belonged to a young woman) died. Upon this discovery, the scientist concluded that the seashells must have been put in place to serve as tooth replacements – and he was right.

Since that first discovery, “dental implants” were found everywhere—Ancient Egyptians were unearthed with gold wire implants – skeletons were found in the Middle East with ivory implants – and, more recently, a Roman soldier was discovered with an iron implant in the jawbone. So, even though it seems as if dental implants have been tried since the dawn of tools, it is a wonder that it took this long for implants to “stick,” so to speak. And why is that? you might wonder. It all has to do with something called Osseointegration.

The Key to Success

Osseo means “bone” – Integration means “fusion,” or “join with.” Therefore, Osseointegration means, “Bone-Fusion,” or “Join with Bone.” Despite spectacular efforts on the part of our ancestral dentists, the primitive methods and materials used for implants were only temporarily successful – in order for an implant to be truly successful – in order for it to take the place of a tooth completely, it had to fuse with the jawbone—and again, despite their best efforts, our ancestors could not find a way to make this happen. That is, until 1952.

In 1952, a surgeon named Per-Ingvar Branemark noted that the titanium cylinder he placed in a patient’s bone for healing could not be removed. Though he did not know it at the time, his “mistake” was the start of something great – a life-changing “invention,” BECAUSE, the titanium fused to the bone—this – the Osseointegration – later became the basis for success for the modern day implant.

Branemark could not have known that his research on Osseointegration would have had such a profound effect on modern day dentistry, but if it weren’t for his inquisitive mind back in the early fifties/sixties, implants wouldn’t be nearly as successful as they are today. Implants are great for people of all ages: Those who have lost all or some of their teeth – those who have chipped or broken teeth – those who have difficulty tolerating dentures – those who have lost so much bone that their jawbones can’t support dentures – or even those who just want to look and feel better about themselves. Whoever they are, however old they are, implants today are so advanced—and knowledge of them so great—that they can’t help but be successful.

Modern implants come in all shapes and sizes, and each individual comes with different wants and needs, which is why the ICOI and implantologists across the nation are continuously learning, and working towards finding better ways to improve and enhance the Osseointegration process. We want to better serve you, and to make this process as smooth, simple and perfect as possible. I want to better serve you, which is why I went for Mastership status. To learn how I can better serve you, check out my ­­­–Implant Dentistry page at http://www.nicevillefldentist.com/implant-dentistry/ or give us a call today.

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Sedation Therapy Eliminates Your Fear and Lets You Enjoy Great Dental Health Once and For All

I have patients, young and old, who are terrified of the dentist, for reasons they themselves sometimes can’t even pinpoint. For some, it is the drilling; for others, it is the close proximity to their mouths; for others still, it is all the weird sounds coming from all around them. No matter the reasons though, these phobias are keeping many patients from getting their teeth taken care of properly. Because of this, many of their dental problems go left unattended, until the very last moment when extreme measures are needed.

For years, this has plagued dentists, as there was absolutely nothing they could do about it. I myself found that no matter how gentle I was with particular patients, and no matter how much I tried to eliminate potential phobia inducing sounds and techniques, a dental phobic patient would always squirm, making it impossible to get to and fix the root of their problems. That is, until sedation dentistry.

What It Is

Sedation dentistry has been letting dental phobic patients undergo treatment—sans fear and anxiety—since its introduction to the dental industry. Not only does it get these normally fidgety patients to stay still in the chair, but it actually reduces the number of visits required for treatment to just a couple of sessions. How is this possible, you wonder?

To begin with, sedation dentistry uses sedative medications to produce a 100% relaxed patient. The result is phenomenal. The use of these sedative medications, which include tranquilizers and anxiolytics, affect the Central Nervous System (CNS) in such a way that produces a sleep-like effect. Because of this effect, sedation dentistry is often erroneously referred to as “sleep dentistry.” However, while you are likely to feel sleepy under the medication, chances of you actually falling asleep are very slim.

Types of Sedation

For many of you dental-phobes reading this, you are probably (rightfully) wondering how the medication is administered. After all, you’re terrified of all my probing and prodding already, so what makes me think that you will be okay with me, say, sticking a needle in you? I honestly don’t expect you to be, and neither did the mastermind behind sedation therapy. Rather, you have several options when it comes to the administration of the drugs. The three most common types are:

· Oral Conscious Sedation
· Inhalation Sedation
· Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation:

Oral conscious sedation is exactly what it sounds like—oral sedatives that are given to you before you undergo dental treatment. This type of sedative relieves any of the stress and anxiety you may feel about dental treatment, without making you sleepy or unconscious; instead, you are able to follow any directions your dentist gives you.

Unlike other sedation methods, which are administered in office, oral conscious sedation is to be taken before you go to bed the night before treatment, and again when you wake up in the morning. Though these sedatives have a similar effect to anesthesia in that they diminish your ability to filter or respond to sounds, smells or pain, they are not a pain reliever, so you will need a local anesthesia as well, if the procedure calls for it.

Inhalation Sedation:

Inhalation sedation, aka, laughing gas, is basically nitrous oxide. It is colorless, smells nice and can bring on a warm, fuzzy feeling within 5 minutes of breathing it in. It also eliminates pain. Many patients like it because its effects kick in really fast, and they are able to recover from it quickly (or as quickly as your dentist wants you to).

IV Sedation:

Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, is administered through an injection. For you people who don’t like the whole poking and prodding aspect of dentistry, this may not be for you. IV sedation has the effect of making you feel as if you’re asleep, but you’re not; rather, you are able to follow all directions from your dentist, while remaining so relaxed that by the end of your appointment, you won’t remember much of what happened.

The sedation drug is administered into a vein using a very thin needle that is encased in a soft plastic tube. When the needle is removed from the vein, it leaves the plastic tube behind, and this tube is used to administer the drug. IV sedation, when it is administered and supervised by an experienced and trained dentist, is extremely safe.

More Options:

If you are not comfortable with any of the three main ways of administering the sedative drug, there are other, less conventional ways of dulling the pain. Intramuscular sedation is done by injecting the sedative drug in the upper thigh or upper arm muscles. It’s not commonly used, but it’s an option in some offices. Local anesthesia is another option, but this is used for minor dental procedures only. Local anesthesia is a numbing gel that affects only the area it was applied to, and lets you stay conscious and cognitive throughout the entire treatment process. General anesthesia is used in oral surgery, and is only an option for people who are not eligible for sedation dentistry. This is because general anesthesia can lead to a state of unconsciousness, and the side effects will remain with the patient for several hours following treatment.

Are You Eligible?

Now, the big question is, are you eligible for sedation therapy? If you have an extreme fear of the dentist, or if you get overwhelming anxiety before coming in, then you will no doubt benefit from its use. However, if you are currently on other medications, have a history of allergic reactions to other medications, are terrified of sedation in and of itself, or are just plain scared of your dentist, then sedation therapy probably won’t help you. However, other than those four reasons I just mentioned, sedation therapy is a safe way for dental-phobes to finally get that treatment they’ve been wanting and needing.

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Cosmetic Dentistry: It’s Not Just about Looking Good

The term “cosmetic” has taken on a negative connotation in recent years because having cosmetic work done is perceived by many to be a vain act. But oftentimes, cosmetic work—whether done by a dentist, a plastic surgeon or even by yourself in front of your own bathroom mirror—is done because you want to look better, and feel better, and be more confident, for yourself. You are simply enhancing your natural beauty, not changing it. And when it comes to cosmetic dentistry procedures, our focus is to improve your bite, restore your self-esteem and to give you the life you were meant to be living.

Many people come to my office in pain, embarrassed to smile and really just not living up to their full potential because they either don’t want to undergo a cosmetic procedure, or they haven’t even considered it. But spending day in and day out unable to eat the foods you want, or unable to smile freely, is really no way to live at all. At Bluewater Bay Dental, we don’t want you to live with this broken, damaged smile, and nearly non-existent self-confidence, anymore. We know that there is a beautiful smile hidden under all that pain and embarrassment, and we make it our job to uncover it.

For those patients who hesitate at the idea of cosmetic dentistry, we want to let you know that the benefits it offers are much greater than beauty. With our cosmetic treatments, we are giving people their lives back. We are restoring hope, and instilling confidence, and making their lives simple and pain-free once more. That’s not to say that we don’t make every smile beautiful—we pride ourselves on creating a beautiful smile for each of our patients—but for us, every smile should feel as good as it looks. Because what use is a beautiful smile if you can’t do anything with it?

Find out what our cosmetic treatments can do for you—visit our website: http://www.nicevillefldentist.com/cosmetic-dentistry/

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Dental Implants

Usually, anyone with healthy gums and a commitment to regular oral care and dental visits is a good candidate for dental implants if they are needed. The patient must also have enough bone to hold the implant. If you are considering implants give us a call to schedule an evaluation. Heavy smokers, people with diabetes or heart disease, or patients who’ve had radiation therapy in the head and neck area will need to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

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