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Understanding Dental Phobia

You wake up one sunny morning and your tooth is throbbing. You get a sinking feeling in your gut, but you can’t say why. While you’re brushing your teeth, the pain becomes excruciating, and you think to yourself, “I need to go to the dentist.” That thought is immediately followed by a burst of panic. You shake off the feeling and forget all about the dentist…until you bite into your morning bagel. The pain is unbearable. You pick up the phone to schedule an appointment, but when the person on the other end of the line asks who’s speaking, your heart starts racing – your breathing becomes shallow – your hands begin to shake. You press End. You promise yourself you’ll call again later. You don’t.

Is this is how you feel every time you hear, see or even think the dreaded D-word? If so, you most likely suffer from Dental Phobia. Yes, Dental Phobia is a real condition, and if you think you have it, there is no need to feel ashamed—you are not alone. In fact, an estimated 9%-15% of Americans (that’s 30-40 million people) avoid the dentist because of fear or anxiety.

There are thousands of phobias out there – arachnophobia, cheatphobia, agoraphobia, chinophobia – the list goes on and on (seriously, check it out: http://phobialist.com), and, while it may not make any sense to those who DON’T suffer from one, phobias can be extremely debilitating. If you suffer from dental phobia, you literally become incapable of taking the necessary steps to maintain your oral health. When you neglect your oral health, other areas of your life—including your overall health—become negatively impacted as well. The pain and embarrassment hinders your ability to smile – you begin to avoid social interactions – you lose all confidence in yourself and in your abilities as you retreat more and more from life. This isn’t any way to live.

IV—or Intravenous—Sedation is just one of many ways that we try to put anxious, fearful patients at ease. To see how and why IV Sedation works, check out this article from Dental Fear Central at http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/help/sedation-dentistry/iv-sedation/.


11:34:00 am, by admin   ,

Why I Choose to Use Botox In My Practice

Botox: What do you think of when you hear this word? While many of you may think of Botox as a means to obtain eternal youth, chances are that you don’t hear the word and think of dentistry, right? I can honestly tell you that until recently, I would never have thought that I’d hear the two words in the same sentence, much less offer both in my own practice. However, in today’s ever evolving world, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected, and to accept things that I normally wouldn’t have. And one of those things is Botox in dentistry.

For one, Botox is a great pain reliever. Many of the people I see in my practice suffer from a condition called Bruxism: A condition that causes you to clench and grind your teeth when you’re feeling stressed and/or sleeping. For some, the conventional treatment involving a mouth guard is effective in easing the pain, eliminating the crushing headaches and protecting the enamel. However, for others, mouth guards do nothing but make sleep uncomfortable; for those patients, we may have found an alternative treatment in the form of Botox.

However, Botox can be much more than just a pain reliever. To learn more about how we use Botox in our practice to help you achieve a beautiful smile – not just beautiful teeth – check out this article from the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics at http://www.facialesthetics.org/esthetics/wrinkle-treatment/botox/.


11:33:00 am, by admin   ,

Implant Guided Surgery: Safe – Predictable – Better

Implant Guided Surgery is a revolutionary implant placement system that is restorative driven – meaning that, with this technology, I can accurately guesstimate the future position of your tooth, bone, soft tissue and adjacent and opposing teeth. For you, this means that there will be no backtracking come time for surgery – no problems due to “unforeseen movement” in the future – and reduced surgery time and costs. At Bluewater Bay Dental, we use Implant Guided Surgery for the following reasons:

Better Results: Because this system is restorative driven, the process of restoration is taken into account from the get-go. This ensures that the results look natural and esthetically pleasing the first time around.

Less Costly and Time-Consuming: Before, the process of even planning—much less implementing—an implant case was a time-consuming one, since we had to wait for the guide to be made and then shipped back to us. Now, the turn around time is as little as five days! In addition, the time it takes to do the procedure is drastically shorter—so, not only will you have the beautiful new smile sooner than you thought, but also, it will cost you much less.

Safe and Predictable: With these guides, we gain a thorough understanding of the quantity and quality of your bone, which means there is no risk of placing an implant in an unstable environment. This increases the already high probability of a successful placement, and not to mention, a safe one.

Implant Guided Surgery not only minimizes surprises, problems and concerns for both you and me, but it is also cost-effective and efficient, and the results are always outstanding. To learn more about Implant Guided Surgery and how we use the system to create a beautiful smile for you, visit us at http://smileology.com/implant-dentistry/.


11:32:00 am, by admin   ,

“I’ve Never Seen a Smiling Face that Was Not Beautiful” – Ann

Somebody once said that every smile makes you a day younger. At Bluewater Bay Dental, our purpose in life is to make you smile, which is why we believe that dentistry should be a warm, comfortable and yes – enjoyable – experience. Nobody should live a life where they’re too afraid to smile – nobody should feel too ashamed of their one feature that brings so many people joy – and nobody should be too afraid to go after that beautiful, sparkling symbol of youth.

At Bluewater Bay Dental, we make it easy for you to achieve the smile that you’ve always wanted by offering everything from tea and coffee in the waiting room to IV sedation in the treatment room—because we understand how important a beautiful smile is, and we don’t want anyone feeling too uncomfortable – too anxious – or too afraid to achieve a youthful smile.

At our Niceville dental practice, you can trust us to create a smile that will not only make you feel younger, but that will make you look younger. We offer everything from porcelain veneers to teeth whitening to dental implants to facial rejuvenation, because we understand that in order to have the courage of the youth, you must first have the confidence of the youth—and in order to have the confidence of the youth, you must have the smile. As someone else once said, “A smile is a powerful weapon…” Once you are equipped with it, there is no reason that you can’t take on the world and go after your dreams like you’re 18 again.

To see how we can restore your smile and renew your youth, visit us at http://smileology.com/cosmetic-dentistry/.


11:27:00 am, by admin   ,

Understanding Gum Tissue Grafting

Many of you may be familiar with the term “skin graft” or “bone graft,” which is why, when your dentist tells you that you need a gum graft, you think the procedure will be worse than it actually is. But don’t panic – gum surgery isn’t really that bad, and I can promise you, the procedure is much easier than having to deal with the consequences of NOT going through with the treatment at all.

Oftentimes, a gum graft is necessary to protect your teeth from gum recession, which is what happens when the tissues around your teeth literally begin to pull away—or recede—from the tooth. As well as giving your teeth an eerie, elongated appearance (think Dracula), gum recession can become extremely painful as more and more of your tooth—then your tooth root—becomes exposed. Eventually, if not taken care of, gum recession can cause extensive damage to your bone structure, and actually result in tooth loss.

Gum recession is a gradual process that stems from advanced stages of gum disease. 4% – 12% of American adults are inflicted with this problem, and many of the cases often go unnoticed until it becomes so severe, it is difficult to NOT notice. As I mentioned earlier, the individual will begin to suffer from extreme sensitivity, an unattractive smile and tooth loss. However, to prevent any of this from occurring, you can repair the damage and prevent future problems with a simple procedure: The Gum Graft.

What to Expect:

There are three different types of gum tissue grafts that can be performed. Which type I (or your dentist) chooses to use all depends on your specific needs. There is:

·      The connective tissue graft, which is the most common graft, and which is used to treat root exposure. This procedure involves cutting a flap of skin at your palate (the roof of your mouth) and using the tissue from beneath the flap on your gums.

·      The free gingival graft is similar to the aforementioned connective tissue graft in that it uses skin from the palate. However, instead of using tissue from beneath the flap, this process uses a small amount of tissue that is removed directly from the roof. This method is generally used to thicken naturally thin gums.

·      The pedicle graft is used only on people who have plenty of gum tissue near the tooth. This particular procedure uses tissue from existing gum around or near the tooth that needs repair. When I (or your dentist) cut the flap, I do so in such a way that the tissue remains partially attached, and all I have to do is pull it down so that it covers the exposed root, and then sew it into place.

It is mostly up to the dentist which method you will have to undergo. However, if you’re uncomfortable with what they propose, you can always ask about using a tissue bank, or even look into tissue stimulating proteins that encourage natural growth of bone and tissue. But again, trust your dentist when he or she tells you they believe a certain method will work best for you – I know I would never steer you wrong, and any other dentist worth their salt won’t either.

The Aftermath

Recovering from a gum graft tissue procedure is a lot like recovering from getting your wisdom teeth pulled, or recovering from a tonsil removal—you will be on a strict diet of soft, cool foods, you will have to keep physical activity to a bare minimum and you will be required to take medications. You will have to follow these rules for one to two weeks.

Pain

The amount of pain you might experience all depends on which grafting procedure you undergo. Generally, if you had tissue removed from the palate, you can expect discomfort for a few days following the procedure. Many patients have described the pain as feeling like a “bad pizza burn,” but have said that you’ll “heal quickly.” If you should experience continuous pain after the first few days or persistent bleeding, contact your dentist – this is NOT normal!

If you’re one of the lucky ones who underwent the pedicle graft procedure, you should experience little to no discomfort whatsoever.

Cost

Obviously, next to “Will it hurt?”, “How much will it cost?” is the top of mind question for most patients. Oftentimes, insurance will cover a majority of the cost, but on the off chance your provider doesn’t, or that you don’t have dental insurance at all, talk with one of our office assistants or me about what we can do for you.

Maintenance

Though a gum graft isn’t nearly as bad as you might think, I can promise you that you do not want to go through the process twice. That is why it is important to:

·      Brush twice a day, everyday

·      Floss daily

·      Schedule regular checkups and cleanings

·      Eat a well-balanced diet

·      Don’t smoke!

To learn how we can better assist you in achieving the comfortable, beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted, visit us at http://www.nicevillefldentist.com/cosmetic-dentistry/. Thank you for reading!


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Great work, and great people who work with Dr. Broutin. Been going to him for many years. Lucy
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