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Bluewater Bay Dental Invests in New Technology to Make Your Visit More Comfortable

Technology is constantly improving the methods of dental treatment and making things smoother and more enjoyable for the patient. Today I’d like to tell you about two of these advancements. Such technology makes your dental visit more relaxed and efficient.

For years we had to take molds of a tooth or the entire mouth. This was generally not a fun experience for the patient, and it was a time consuming process for the dentist. After taking the mold we had to pour that mold into a cast. Then we had to scan it into the computer. Then crowns were created by the milling unit, cutting a crown from a block of porcelain. The biggest issue with this method was the slight discrepancy between the original impression and the final crown. There was a slight distortion causing the fit to be a tiny bit off.

Now we are using something called Cerec Units. We’ve been using this technology for a few months, and what a difference it makes for both patient and doctor alike! The Cerec is the first full-color 3D intraoral camera combining ease of use with accuracy. The Cerec scans the tooth inside the mouth, no molds, no plaster, sent directly to the computer. The patient can come in, get the scan, and we mill the tooth in two hours. The patient doesn’t have to come back days later. It’s all done in one seating. Also, these new crowns fit wonderfully with no distortion. The Cerec is perfect for single crowns. We can do one or two teeth at a time with it.

Another amazing technology is the iTero. This is also a scanning device that we’ve had for several years. We send the scan to a special lab and they create an exact replica of the teeth from that scan. We use this for Invisalign, bridges, and new teeth. Again, there is no longer a need to make impressions of the mouth. iTero offers such precise scanning that captures the whole tooth unlike other scanners that use algorithms to “fill in” the gaps in the scan. The milled models are so accurate that they allow laboratories to create highly accurate restorations. We’ve been using iTero since 2007 and it provides such a precise fit, it’s amazing. The iTero eliminates patient discomfort and virtually eliminates the need for return appointments.  Our patients are much happier knowing they will not have to go through the treacherous experience of getting a mold done.

I need to mention that sometimes restorative dentistry does still require full arch molds, but for the most part the need for messy, inaccurate molds is going away and the results are much faster, more precise, and much easier on the patient. Your comfort and our accuracy is important to me. That is why we continually make the investment to bring new technology into our practice. Check out our full range of dental offerings from general dentistry to cosmetic, implants, sedation dentistry, teeth straightening, and more. Learn more about what we offer our patients here: http://www.nicevillefldentist.com/

10:58:00 am, by admin   ,

Are your fillings making you sick?

My wife and I were watching Dr. Oz a few weeks back, and one of the topics that came up was silver – or amalgam – fillings. Now, amalgam has been the subject of debate for the past thirty years. In order to understand why, you need to know how amalgam is made: Amalgam is a metal that is formed by the reaction of mercury with another metal—in this case, silver, copper, indium, tin and zinc. Some dentists claim that the traces of mercury found in amalgam fillings are so minimal, they’re harmless; others argue that it doesn’t matter how much mercury is in a filling—what matters is that mercury is poisonous, and it shouldn’t be used in fillings at all. Dr. Oz addressed this debate during his March 28th episode.

Despite the fact that mercury is poisonous, dentists across the nation still use amalgam in their practice, and at least 100 million Americans are walking around with mercury in their mouths right now. This is because the ADA insists that amalgam is not bad for the patient. But mounting evidence is starting to show otherwise. Everyday activities such as eating, drinking and even brushing your teeth, are proven to release bits of mercury into the blood stream. Though the amount released is not enough to harm you, the accumulation of mercury over time is.

If you have amalgam fillings, you may be at risk for mercury poisoning and not even know it. According to experts, the effects can be so slight at first that many people don’t see them as side-effects at all. Many signs of mercury poisoning show themselves in the form of mood swings or anxiety, which are often attributed to a lack of sleep or overwork. Other symptoms can include memory loss, which many individuals blame on age, or auto-immune disorders, which many more blame on poor hygiene. Mercury exposure has also been linked to tremors, fatigue, headaches, skin problems and an inability to concentrate. Mercury is so damaging to the central nervous system, that even the smallest amounts of exposure should be avoided at all costs. This is why more and more dentists are giving up amalgam for safer, less controversial materials. I am one of those dentists.

To hear what the experts have to say about amalgam fillings, and why they’re still being used despite the growing body of research proving their hazardous effects on the patient, click this link to watch the Dr. Oz recording: http://droz.me/11zRd7r

10:57:00 am, by admin   ,

Working Together Toward a Healthier Florida

There is a saying that goes, “Healthcare is vital to all of us some of the time, and public health is vital to us all of the time.” Private healthcare is undoubtedly more lucrative than public healthcare; but it is public healthcare that is essential to the health and safety of all the people. In Florida, there is becoming a bigger discrepancy between private and public dental practices – there is more and more focus on money and “who provides what insurance” than on the safety of the population—a majority of which doesn’t have access to the traditional forms of healthcare that many others do. I am not saying that one form of healthcare is better than the other, but I am suggesting that private and public practices work together to create a brighter, healthier future, and reduce disparities in dental health, for the greater good.

Here are some good reasons why a collaborative effort might be worth a shot:

·        90% of our state’s dentists are in private practice, and are accepting fewer Medicaid patients each year – this puts a lot of pressure on the Department of Health to provide the healthcare that so many desperately need

·        80% of dental disease occurs within the disadvantaged population

·        The Department of Dental Health provides help to more than 150,000 individuals each year; 75% of those are children

·        As of August of last year, there were 35 dental vacancies in Florida, while the average used to be THREE. This leaves a lot of people – many of them disadvantaged – unsure of where or who to turn to

·        Only about 20% of Medicaid recipients receive any dental care each year

Private practice is definitely a necessity in today’s world, but public health can complement it—especially in Florida—by providing services to individuals that don’t have access to private services. Also, despite what many people may think about public healthcare, and despite the fact that yes, it is often taken advantage of, the benefits of population-based programs are exponential. However, it is difficult for many people to grasp the purpose of public healthcare, because instead of aiming to cure and fix what is broken, public health professionals focus on prevention and control. They aim to preserve the public’s overall health and welfare through education, information and teaching personal accountability. Providing these three things to the public doesn’t cost much money – it just requires the right people. But they can’t do it alone.

Public healthcare professionals are already doing so much for Florida’s disadvantaged population as it is, but imagine what they could accomplish if they had private practices on their side. To learn more about the efforts being made to get Florida on the path to good health, read this article: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/family/dental/article/shadows.pdf

10:56:00 am, by admin   ,

Bluewater Bay Dental Has a New Look on Facebook That They “Like” A Lot

Niceville, FL dentist, Dr. Olivier Broutin, announces the launch of Bluewater Bay Dental’s Facebook page. The use of Facebook allows Bluewater Bay Dental to have one-on-one communication with their patients at all times, provide up-to-date office news, and bring interesting and useful information on the most current dental treatments and how to maintain great dental health.

Bluewater Bay Dental’s new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluewater-Bay-Dental/185494584828251 has had a total revamp and not only looks great, but provides useful information on the latest in dental technology and tips to maintaining good oral health. Dr. Broutin and his team regularly release articles, blog posts and videos on their Facebook page as well as their website that provide an insightful look at dentistry in Niceville, OH.

Using Facebook and other social media outlets allows Dr. Broutin and his staff to keep in touch with his patients more than ever before. They can use the real-time platform of Facebook to reveal new techniques and helpful tips on dental care. This kind of outreach helps build a two-way communication between dentist and patient that will further advance the care and service that Bluewater Bay Dental provides.

10:56:00 am, by admin   ,

Trust Us Enough to Entrust Your Smile to Us

Your teeth are so important, and your smile says a lot about who you are, which is why going to the dentist can be a bit…off-putting. After all, you are entrusting a part of what makes you so unique into someone else’s hands. Because of this, it is so important to know who your dentist is – to be able to communicate openly and honestly with them – and above all, to trust them. At my practice, I strive to create this kind of relationship with you, because I know how important trust is to achieving the results that you want.

Oftentimes, patients wonder why I perform the same dental exam and screening on them as their last dentist, and the dentist before that. After all, couldn’t I just have their previous dentist send their paperwork over? Yes, I could just do that, but then I would be eliminating a very essential aspect of the patient-doctor “get-to-know-you” process, a process that I enjoy because it allows us to co-discover your current state of oral health, explore your chief wants and concerns and discuss any issues that you may have, or have had in the past. I use this exam as a way to communicate with you, and to build that relationship I spoke about earlier, so that when it comes time to create your treatment plan, you will trust me to accomplish the dental work you want and need, at your pace and within your budget.

A trusting relationship also opens the patient up to an education. Yes – an education. When patients feel comfortable with me, they ask questions about the procedures and tools that I use. For instance, how would a patient know that the laser I use in the screening – the DIAGNOdent – can detect up to 50% of decay that is invisible to x-rays, without ever subjecting them to radiation, if they’re too afraid to ask me? How would they know that every year, 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with some stage or oral cancer – a cancer that can easily be avoided with regularly scheduled cleanings and screenings – if they don’t speak up? There are so many interesting, useful tips that I can share with patients—and that I do share—when they are comfortable enough in my chair to talk to me.

As your dentist, I feel that it is my job to educate you, and to create a comfortable, relaxing environment for you. I don’t want you to hesitate to come to me either, or to be afraid that I might mess up one of your defining features—your smile; rather, I want you to trust that I’m going to enhance it. To learn more about what I do to get to know you as a person before I treat you as a patient, check out our General Dentistry section at: http://www.nicevillefldentist.com/patient-information/

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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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