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If you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about your smile, or feel that worrying about missing teeth will keep you from doing the things you love, dental implants may be for you. There are several benefits to getting dental implants over other teeth replacement options.
It’s the closest thing to having a real tooth! It looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. There will be no slipping when you eat, talk, laugh, kiss, or cough like traditional dentures. You can feel free to eat your favorite food because you will be able to bite and chew naturally.
It will protect your mouth from additional problems. If there is an empty space in your mouth from a missing tooth, the bone will begin to deteriorate over time. A dental implant will simulate a natural tooth, therefore preserving and prevent bone loss.
An extra added benefit over a natural tooth, dental implants can’t get cavities. However, it is still important to brush and floss daily and continue to schedule your regular visits with your dentist for cleaning and care.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss. If cared for properly, they can last a lifetime. If you feel you could benefit from dental implants, Dr. Burgess at the Burgess Center in the Jacksonville, FL can help you decide if you would be a good candidate for dental implants.
The American Dental Association estimates more than 90 percent of the population has some type of dental disease that takes on the form of mild tooth decay to complete tooth loss and bone destruction in the jaw.
With so many of us suffering from dental problems we should be use to seeing a dentist but we’re not. The American Dental Association said 50 million people fear the dentist. Another 40 million Americans won’t go to a dentist because of that overwhelming fear.
Your teeth are hard calcified structures that attach to the upper and lower jaw. The primary function of your teeth is chewing food. Your teeth are directly involved in speech, bracing other teeth and making certain sounds. The human tooth consists of an external portion, called the crown and a root that is embedded within the jaw. The outer layer of the crown is composed of calcified tissue known as enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body.
Inside the enamel is the dentin, which is a bone like substance extending from the inner surface of the enamel into the jaw to form the root. Covering the dentin of the root is a thin layer of a hard tissue called cementum. The roots are held in place by elastic fibers that make up the periodontal membrane, which extends from the cementum to a thickened layer of bone.
One of the best things we can do for our teeth is to brush them regularly. Brushing helps to remove plaque and germs that cause the plaque. Some doctors recommend a soft brush and others have said the key is a hard brush. All doctors agree brushing should be regular.
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Dental implant surgery is an effective approach for replacing missing teeth. Whether caused by decay or injury, a cosmetic implant surgeon can affix a titanium stud into the jaw bone and later bond a man-made tooth to the post.
Teeth implants are stable and can be used to anchor bridges, partials or full dentures to eliminate slipping. Implant surgery can improve the quality of your life and enhance your smile.
Progressive implant placement restores patients’ ability to smile with confidence, eat their favorite foods and speak clearly.
Jacksonville FL dentist Dr. Eric Burgess of the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is excited to announce that he has completed training with the OsteoReady™ Implant System. This minimally-invasive implant technique can provide patients with implant procedures that require fewer appointments, less healing time and less pain then traditional implants. What’s more: most patients report feeling little to no post-operative pain after having implants placed with OsteoReady’s minimally-invasive techniques.
Sadly, statistics show that 70% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 25% of adults have lost ALL of their permanent teeth, resulting in uncomfortable and unstable dentures.
Dental implants, which have a 98% success rate, are made of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration.” Dental implants never slip, make embarrassing noises or suffer decay like teeth. Once dental implants are integrated with the bone, they look identical to your natural teeth and perform the same role: allowing you to chew, smile and laugh freely.
Dr. Eric Burgess is proud to offer this progressive treatment and looks forward to restoring the smiles, confidence, and most importantly, oral health of many patients.
If you are interested in receiving some of the most dynamic and forward-thinking implant placement care in the country, please don’t hesitate to contact the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at (904) 273-3001 or drb(at)burgesscenter(dot)com
1-American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons. http://myoms.org/procedures/dental-implant-surgery
With the winter season underway, many people are searching for a way to brighten up their day for the remainder of the year. With advancements in dentistry, you can now brighten up your winter season with a lot of available teeth whitening options. While the pharmacy contains many different types of whitening treatments you can do at home, they may not provide you with the results you desire. However, we can! Click here for more information.
I know that most people don’t like to visit the doctor. Not only are they afraid of what they might be told but they also know that some pain may be involved, and nobody likes pain. As painful as a visit to the doctor may be, just think how painful it is to visit the dentist.
Now, please understand, I like dentists. Why, some of my best friends are dentists and even several of my relatives are dentists, and my dentist is great. But we have all had the experience of dental visits that left something to be desired. When you are not sure that the toothache is worse than the cure, then you must have had a negative experience in the past.
My dentist tells me that dentists will all soon be out of business anyway, since medication to prevent tooth decay will soon be available. Dentists will become a thing of the past. Such a medication, when and if it does become available, probably will work best if started in childhood and most of the rest of us are already over that hill.
Take heart. All is not lost. I have discovered a way to minimize, if not eliminate, the need for dentists. In truth, I haven’t really discovered anything. The dentists discovered it themselves and really can blame no one but themselves for the end of their profession.
The answer is prophylaxis. That is prevention of dental problems before they occur. This prevention is available in most dental offices today in the form of the dental hygienist. That’s right, dentists have solved their own problem. They have developed a wonderful and reasonably painless answer to dental disease.
Periodic examinations and treatments by your dental hygienist will result in many fewer dental problems. Examinations and treatments, followed by improvement in your daily dental practices will do even more to avoid the dreaded dental visit for treatment of a neglected dental problem.
What should you expect? Expect to see many very sharp and twisted metal instruments that the hygienist uses to poke around and on your teeth looking for the dreaded tarter. That’s the hard material that forms on your teeth near and under your gums because of bacterial action in your mouth.
When the tarter accumulates it can lead to both gum and tooth disease, and the hygienist will want to scrape all that tarter off your teeth. The metal instruments are designed to get into all the narrow and tight places around your teeth to do the scraping. There are also ultrasonic instruments that spray water and remove the tarter using high frequency sound waves to vibrate the tarter loose.
We all form tarter at different rates, but those of us that brush our teeth regularly and floss regularly will form less than those of us who do not. It is important to do this regularly, after every meal if possible.
I realize that what I am suggesting does take some time and some mental discipline. Before my wife has a chance to call me a hypocrite, I do admit that I don’t always do all that I have suggested. But I do visit my dentist regularly and have the hygienist work on my tarter.
Your hygienist will tell you how often you should be checked. It is important to keep your appointments and undergo the periodic evaluations. If we all do it, dentists might start to appear on the list of endangered species.
Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:00 am
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates that more than half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease – from mild cases of gingivitis, to the more severe form known as periodontitis, also known as gum disease. However, despite this prevalence, approximately only three percent of those patients seek treatment for their gum disease. With increasingly more research indicating that gum disease may be linked to several other diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer, maintaining healthy teeth and gums has become more important than ever. In order to help distinguish fact from fiction regarding periodontal disease, the AAP has identified and addressed some common misconceptions about oral health.
Myth #1: Bleeding gums are not that big of a deal.
Red, swollen and bleeding gums are an important sign of periodontal disease. If you notice bleeding while brushing or flossing, or when eating certain foods, you should schedule a visit with your dental professional to be evaluated for periodontal disease. Studies have shown that in addition to tooth loss, gum disease may contribute to the progression of other diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, so it is important that you begin treating periodontal disease as soon as possible.
Myth #2: You don’t need to floss every day.
Routine oral care, which includes brushing after every meal and before bedtime, and flossing at least once a day, is the best way to prevent gum disease. However, a recent survey estimates that only 13.5 percent of Americans floss each day. It is vital that you keep up with your daily oral care, and see a dental professional for a thorough check-up twice a year. If gum disease is diagnosed, a consultation with a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating periodontal disease, may be beneficial.
Myth #3: A visit to the periodontist will be scary.
Periodontists are gum disease experts. They have received three or more years of specialized training following dental school centered on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease. Periodontists are equipped with the latest treatments and technologies, using innovative tools such as digital radiography, ultrasound technology, biomarker measurement and laser therapy. These newer methods of periodontal treatment are far less invasive and have speedy recovery times making your visit and recovery much more comfortable compared to traditional treatment methods.
Myth #4: A tooth lost to gum disease is a tooth lost forever.
Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, in addition to treating gum disease, periodontists are also experts in placing dental implants – a convenient and comfortable way to permanently replace missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Studies have shown that dental implants have a 98 percent success rate, and with proper care, allow you to speak, eat and smile with confidence. In fact, a survey conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology found that over 70 percent of respondents reported being “pleased” or “extremely satisfied” with the results of their dental implants.
Myth #5: Poor oral hygiene is the only way to develop gum disease.
Forgoing good oral hygiene can certainly contribute to the progression of gum disease, but there are a variety of other factors that can also impact your risk. For instance, tobacco use has been shown to greatly increase your chance of developing gum disease. Stress, poor diet, and even genetics, can also play a role in the health of your gums. To determine your risk of developing gum disease, the AAP offers a free online risk assessment test, found on perio.org. Now that you are armed with the facts about gum disease, make sure you discuss any concerns about your oral health with your dental professional. Also let them know of any chronic health issues such as respiratory disease, osteoporosis, even some types of cancer since those and several other diseases have been linked to gum disease. As with any disease, early detection and treatment is always best.
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“As always, everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Dr Burgess and his assistants make me feel comfortable every time, and I enjoy the conversations, even when I’m just the listener while I’m being treated. I’m never thrilled to have to go to the dentist, but this office makes it as pleasant as it can possibly be!”