Most people don’t enjoy the thought of having braces. Using the latest technology combined with time tested orthodontic techniques, Six-Month Braces (or power braces as we call them) move your teeth quickly and safely.
Just as the name implies, the treatment is completed in approximately six months to while some cases can be completed in as little as 3 months. Call us today for a consultation!
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults older than 30, yet many people are unaware of its signs and symptoms. If the disease is caught and treated in its early stages, the damage can be stopped or reversed.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support your teeth. Gingivitis and periodontitis are two types of gum disease. Gingivitis, an infection of the gums and soft tissues that surround the teeth, is the first sign of gum disease. Gingivitis is reversible, but if it remains untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis, which is more severe, spreads below the gums and damages the tissue and bone that support your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Half of Americans 30 or older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our mouths are full of bacteria. This bacteria mixes with our saliva and the food we eat or drink to form plaque. Gum disease is primarily caused by the growth of plaque that builds up on your teeth and gums. Plaque produces harmful toxins and the body’s response to those toxins can destroy the gums and bone that surround your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed on a daily basis, it hardens on teeth to form tartar, which cannot be removed by a toothbrush or floss. Tartar also contributes to gum disease.
Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, usually isn’t painful, so you may not notice the signs and seek treatment to prevent the condition from worsening. Bleeding when you brush or floss is one of the first signs of gum disease. Other signs include bad breath, red and swollen gums, tartar buildup and tenderness when you are brushing, flossing or chewing.
As gum disease progresses, additional signs may appear, including increased inflammation, receding gums, teeth that seem loose or that shift position and changes in your bite. Teeth may become more sensitive and it may be painful for you to bite or chew food. Even if you don’t notice any signs, you may still have some degree of gum disease that can be spotted during a routine dental visit.
If you notice signs of gum disease, take action right away. Gum disease is frequently caused by neglecting to brush your teeth or improperly cleaning teeth and gums each day. Making it a habit to brush your teeth two to three times a day and floss at least once a day are crucial for daily plaque removal. If you smoke, work on quitting, since smoking is another major risk factor in gum disease.
Visit the dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. If you have gum disease, you can take care of it by caring for your teeth and gums every day.
Myth: “No need to take care my infant’s teeth – they’re all going to fall out anyway.”
Fact: Good dental hygiene isn’t just about the teeth. It’s also about the gums. Failing to properly care for your baby’s teeth can set them up for problems with their permanent teeth or their bite. Plus, getting little ones in the habit of good dental care early on sets an important example that will serve them well all their lives.
Porcelain veneers are a key item in cosmetic dentistry in Jacksonville Beach. They are thin shells of specially crafted dental ceramic, designed to cover the front portions of the teeth. Their use restores dental health and appearance. Porcelain veneers are the best option for different kinds of cosmetic dentistry problems, including:
· Chipped teeth
· Cracked teeth
· Stained or discolored teeth
· Tooth gaps
· Crooked teeth
· Spaces between your teeth
Porcelain veneers are very sturdy and resistant to stains. A restorative procedure may be necessary if decay occurs around the porcelain veneer itself due to poor dental hygiene.
Some other types of Cosmetic Dentistry:
If you don’t like to see too much gum when you smile your cosmetic dentist can use laser dentistry to re-contour your gum tissue. This will re-shape part of the gum and enhance the final look of your gum line. The procedure can be achieved in a few visits. New cosmetic dentistry technologies make the procedure fast and comfortable.
The loss of a tooth may result in a large gap which not only distorts your smile but also creates problems for your dental health. To bridge the gap between the neighboring teeth a porcelain bridge is fitted to connect them. This will correct your smile, balance your bite and alleviate discomfort. Crowns are created for the two neighboring teeth next to the gap and a prosthetic tooth is fitted between the crowns
New Dental Technology
We have witnessed exciting developments in cosmetic dental technology of late, much to the delight of any person looking for a cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville. As more and more people realize it is possible for them to regain their natural smiles, the need to provide efficient solutions has resulted in new technologies. Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville believe your comfort, your safety, enjoyable dental experience and continued excellent health are the objectives of these technological advances. Let us take a look at two of the benefits of these new advances.
Less Exposure to radiation
Traditional film-based X-rays are on their way out and in their place digital radiographs. This new technology results in less exposure to radiation. The picture is instantaneous and shows more detail for the cosmetic dentist. What’s more, the picture can be stored in a computer system for future reference. This new technology also means your visit to the cosmetic dentist is quick and comfortable.
With Intraoral Cameras, You Become Part of the Dental Team
This new technology allows the patient to follow the whole process by means of intraoral cameras. You can see inside your mouth, by way of a video screen, during both treatment planning and examination. It allows you to have input in the procedure and helps produce the desired result. Using fluorescence, these cameras can pick up concealed cavities and emerging decay, enabling your cosmetic dentistto take preventive action.
A summary of technologies and services include among others:
· Computer Smile Imaging
· Intraoral Camera
· Tomography Digital X-Rays
· Advanced Cavity Detection
· A Laboratory
· One-Day Dental Implants
At the Burgess Center we use the latest technologies in cosmetic dentistry. Our solutions to your dental needs are fast, efficient, professional and of the highest quality in Jacksonville. Contact us today!