Filling A Gap Between Front Teeth

Think of model Lauren Hutton, former football star and current celebrity Michael Strahan, and singer/songwriter Elton John. What do they have in common? A diastema, which is the professional term for a gap between the two front, upper teeth.

Michael Strahan's Famous Smile

Michael Strahan’s Famous Smile

The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that up to 25% of American adults have some level of this trait, with Blacks having a higher percentage and males being more prone to the inherited trait than females.

Although this mostly genetic trait can be awkward for some adults, it is becoming less of an issue largely based on the celebrities who smile proudly with their diastema center-stage! In Ghana, Namibia and Nigeria, gapped teeth are perceived as attractive and a sign of fertility. In France, they are even referred to as “lucky teeth”.

Because a diastema is “front and center” between the two front teeth, even a slight gap is noticeable in most smiles. For some people, these gaps make them uncomfortable when smiling. Resolving this can be done in several ways.

Keep in mind that the method best for you may be based on the width of the gap to be filled. The key is to fill in the gap without creating teeth that are too wide, resulting in “bunny teeth.” To avoid this, it may be necessary to involve more than just the two gapped teeth.

Bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment where a tooth-colored composite resin is painted onto natural teeth. The material is carefully molded to create an appropriate shape and size to lessen the width between the two teeth.

Typically, bonding can be done in one visit with minimal numbing required. We begin by carefully matching the composite resin to the shade of your teeth. The surface of the teeth involved in treatment will be prepared and a conditioning material is applied so the bonding will adheres easily.

When the bonding is applied, the putty-like material is shaped and molded. An ultraviolet light is used to harden the bonding in place. Once your bite alignment is checked, it is then polished to give a natural sheen.

For front teeth, bonding is an affordable option that can quickly repair flaws. It does have its limits, though. Bonding material isn’t as strong as your natural teeth. If you bite your fingernails or chew on pens you risk chipping bonded front teeth. Too, if you smoke or drink coffee regularly, bonding more easily stains and may yellow over time.

An alternative is porcelain. Nothing in esthetic dentistry has the durability or longevity of porcelain. Porcelain veneers and crowns are also more resistant to staining and reflect light naturally with a tooth-like opalescence. Often, using four or six veneers can even out a gap while creating a more beautiful smile, which is the best option for a wide gap.

For some gaps between teeth, moving natural teeth into proper alignment through Invisalign is the best option. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a number of patients with diastemas cannot be treated with bonding alone. Before treatment of any kind, you should be evaluated for dental problems in addition to your gap such as crooked or crowded teeth or a misaligned bite.

Moving your teeth may not only close the gap, but allow you to have a healthier smile. Teeth that are in proper alignment are easier to keep clean and help you avoid problems associated with bite misalignment, including chips, broken teeth, jaw joint pain, ear ringing, worn teeth, dizziness, headaches, migraines, night-time clenching and grinding and sore jaw joints.

Because many adults dread the discomfort and awkward appearance of brackets-&-wires orthodontics, we offer Invisalign. These clear molds are removable for eating and brushing and are virtually undetectable when worn.

Begin by scheduling a no-cost consultation to discuss your options and what will work best. During this time, we can also discuss payment plans that can break treatment fees into affordable monthly payments. Call 910-254-4555 to schedule.

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Is Dental Fear Causing High Percentage Of Adults With Gum Disease?

According to data collected as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 46 percent of American adults over the age of 30 have some level of gum disease with nearly 9 percent having severe periodontitis (chronic bacterial inflammation of the gums). (www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/periodontal-disease-affects-nearly-half-us-population)

In a separate study, 473 dental patients of varying ages, education levels, frequency of dental visits, reasons for irregular attendance and existence of past traumatic experiences were analyzed. Based upon questionnaires and testing protocols, they were categorized into three segments relating to dental fear and anxiety. As with the number of those who have gum disease, I found it equally concerning that the prevalence of dental anxiety among those in the study was almost 59 percent. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4432608/)

This leaves us with over half an adult population who are fearful or anxious about going to a dentist AND nearly half of adults who have developed gum disease. Those are huge numbers! Coincidence?

In the dental anxiety study, no patterns of age or education levels stood out although women showed higher anxiety or fear levels than men. Not surprisingly, past traumatic experiences were found to result in elevated anxiety and fear. There was also an inverse relationship between frequency of dental visits and anxiety.

Although there remain unknowns in this study, there is no doubt that anxiety associated with dental visits is a widespread issue. To no surprise, people who visited the dentist more regularly and individuals without previous traumatic dental experiences were less anxious.

Those of us in the dental profession who know that dental care can – and should be – administered without discomfort? When a patient perceives otherwise, it is ultimately the first domino to fall. A patient who is anxious or fearful of perceived pain may delay or avoid care. When dental cleanings and necessary repairs are delayed or avoided, the need for care can become more complex or involved. The more complicated treatment becomes, the greater the dread becomes for the patient.

Patients often relax with the help of oral sedation. For some, that gets them over the initial hump until they become relaxed and confident in our care and decide to forgo it. However, a patient who is anxious or fearful must be willing to walk in the door in the first place. Some high-fear patients have such intense fear levels, or ‘dental phobia,’ they can barely force themselves to call a dental office, let alone walk into one.

While we are sensitive to the concerns of all patients, we pride ourselves on our relationships with those who have had unfortunate experiences in dental offices in the past that have contributed to fear or anxiety associated with dentistry. For all new patients, we begin with a private consultation. This takes place in a consultation room rather than a dental chair.

If you or someone you know has delayed or avoided care due to dental fear, it is important that they understand the ramifications to their overall health in addition to their smile. Research has linked the infectious bacteria of gum disease to serious health problems that extend far beyond the mouth.

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection that can become bloodborne through weakened gum tissue. It has been found to trigger systemic inflammation and linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressures, arthritis, diabetes, preterm babies, some cancers, impotency and erectile dysfunction.

We’d like to help you achieve a confident smile and enjoy the many benefits of good oral health. Start with a phone call to schedule a free, no obligation consultation so we can get to know one another in a comfortable setting.

From there, you can determine how you wish to proceed. However, if you have doubts, ask to speak to some of our patients who, like you, had dental anxiety or fear upon arriving and now smile with confidence.

Call 910-254-4555.

 

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Interesting Dental Implant Statistics

As a long time member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), I am also an Associate Fellow who has completed a great many courses through its offerings as well as some of the nation’s most premier teaching institutes.

Established in 1951, the AAID is the first organization specifically devoted to implant dentistry and the only one that offers credentials recognized as bona fide. Its membership exceeds 5,500 and includes general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists from across the U.S. and in more than 60 other countries.

On the AAID web site, there is also helpful information for those who are considering Dental Implants: www.aaid-implant.org/faq/

Additionally, for those who wear dentures because they’re a better ‘bargain,’ I thought I’d share their explanation of: The Real Cost of Dentures

How much do dentures cost? Dentures are a significant investment, with a lifetime cost that could amount to thousands of dollars. However, it could be argued that the “real cost” of dentures is much greater. Consider the following:

The “Social Cost” to Dentures – Compared to natural teeth, dentures can cause awkward and embarrassing social moments. For example, dentures can slip at just the wrong time, such as when you are laughing, eating, kissing, or even talking.
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The “Convenience Cost” of Dentures – Dentures cannot be cleaned like your natural teeth. Instead, dentures must be removed from your mouth and rinsed; your mouth cleaned; your dentures brushed; your dentures soaked overnight; and finally your dentures must be rinsed before placing them back in your mouth. And of course, you should handle your dentures carefully so you don’t drop or damage them during the cleaning process.

The “Health Cost” of Dentures – Your mouth and jaw were made for teeth, and expect teeth to remain in place. When one or more teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to lose bone. This can weaken the jawbone, and cause the shape of your face to change.  Wearing dentures is no substitute for missing teeth in that regard because they aren’t part of your jaw, they merely parallel it.

If you don’t want to pay the “real cost” of dentures – the social, hassle, and health costs – there is an option to consider: dental implants. In terms of pure financial costs, dental implants are cost competitive with dentures over the long term, making them an excellent value. When it comes to the other costs – social, hassle, and health – dental implants can be far superior to dentures.

For example, dental implants can’t slip like dentures.  Instead, dental implants become part of your facial structure, providing a strong, secure connection. Additionally, dental implants don’t require as much upkeep as dentures. Dental implants can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth, rather than removed from your mouth every night for cleaning and soaking.

Another advantage of dental implants is how they can help to keep your facial structure and good looks. Like natural teeth, dental implants are in direct contact with the jawbone, stimulating it, thus avoiding the loss of bone mass that can alter your appearance.

Visit the AAID web site to learn more. Or, call our office to arrange a free, private consultation to discuss your individual needs. During this time, I’ll make recommendations as to the implant system that will work best based upon your goals and answer your questions so you can determine the best ‘next step’ for you!

Call 910-254-4555.

 

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Why Growing Number Of Adults Are Choosing Dental Implants

There are a number of reasons I recommend Dental Implants when a patient needs to replace a missing tooth. However, depending on the patient’s preferences and individual situation, I also place dentures, precision-fitted partials and crown-&-bridge combinations. I believe that each patient, once fully informed of their choices along with the advantages and challenges of each, is in the best position to select the replacement option for their needs.

Yet, time and again, many patients choose Dental Implants to replace one, several or even all missing teeth. While most implants will cost more initially, they prove themselves to be a far better investment over time. Here are some of the reasons we’ve found Dental Implants to be superior when it comes to replacing natural teeth:

• Dental Implants preserve jaw bone structure – Your natural teeth are held by the upper and lower jaws. The presence of tooth roots provides stimulation and nourishment to these bones. When tooth roots are no longer present, the jaws undergo a process known as resorption. This is a shrinking of bone mass. Dental Implants recreate the presence of tooth roots, halting the rate of bone loss.

• Dental Implants protect surrounding teeth – Let’s say you lose a tooth that is situated between two other teeth. As bone resorption occurs in the area of the missing tooth root, the bone supporting adjacent teeth is affected as well. It is a fact that when a tooth is lost, the next most likely to be lost is a tooth next to it.

• Dental Implants help maintain a healthy facial structure – As each natural tooth is lost, bone loss continues and even accelerates each year you are missing tooth roots. As the jaw bone shrinks, facial changes take place that are aging far beyond one’s years. These include deep wrinkles around the mouth, a collapsed mouth where the nose moves closer to the chin, the formation of jowls from detached facial muscles and a ‘granny look’ that is the result of severe bone loss.

WomanBitingApple• Dental Implants support good overall health – Having a dependable, secure way to bite and chew is important. This function supports good digestive health and provides you with the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals your body needs. Additionally, feeling confident and comfortable with others is necessary for being socially involved. A recent article in the New York Times stated that “people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.” The article went on to share the results of a study of 7,000 men and women in one county in California (begun in 1965). Researchers found that “people who were disconnected from others were roughly three times more likely to die during the nine-year study than people with strong social ties.”  (www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/well/live/having-friends-is-good-for-you.html)

• Dental Implants are supported by the jaw – Just as the natural tooth roots you once had, Dental Implants are held by the jaw bone. They do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, as in a crown-&-bridge combination. They do not need denture pastes or adhesives to stay in place while eating or speaking.

• Dental Implants are a one-time expense – A Dental Implant is designed to last a lifetime. They will never experience decay, need a root canal, require relines or replacement (with proper care). Dental Implants also have one of the highest success rates of all implant-in-bone types, including hips and knees. They are an excellent investment.

Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the best outcome possible so you love your smile and are confident with its function. Regardless of the tooth replacement option you select, we are here to support you with your long term goals for a terrific smile!

For a private, no charge and no obligation consultation to discuss your specific dental needs or concerns, call 910-254-4555.

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What To Do When A Dental Emergency Arises

With schools letting out for the summer, outdoor activities increase for both children and adults. Trips to the beach, outings at the park, and even backyard barbeques can include activities that may put your teeth, lips and even jaw at risk for injury. Family BBQ

As a longtime team dentist to the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey team, I’ve seen a number of chipped, broken, cracked and knocked out teeth as well as cut lips and gums. Yet, the most frequent injuries I treat are typically the average dad or teen who least expect to get bonked during a basketball game or while playing water polo.

Mishaps can occur with many activities and at any age. Should the unexpected happen, here are some tips to help you lessen the impact and hopefully lead to a better outcome:

FIRST AID FOR DENTAL EMERGENCIES

CUT OR BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK – Apply a cold compress to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes or cannot be controlled by simple pressure, go to a hospital emergency room without delay.

KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH – Handle the tooth by the top portion rather than the root. Rinse the tooth, but do not clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket and hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of milk or water and call us immediately. Time is a critical factor in saving a tooth.

BROKEN TOOTH – Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the area of the injury. Save any broken tooth fragments and call our office immediately.

TOOTHACHE – Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm, salt water or use dental floss to gently dislodge trapped food or debris. If the face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen for pain and call us as soon as possible. Do not place aspirin on the gum or the aching tooth.

BROKEN BRACES & WIRES – Fortunately, most loose or broken appliances do not require emergency room attention. If the appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If not, cover sharp or protruding portions with cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek, or tongue, do not attempt to remove it. Call our office immediately.

POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW – If a fractured jaw is suspected, use a tie, towel or handkerchief to tie underneath the chin and over the top of the head. This will help to keep the jaws from moving. Go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Should an accident occur after-hours, call our office for recorded instructions on how to contact us. We will do everything possible to assist you promptly.

By the way, a custom-fitted mouth guard can prevent many injuries. Through prevention, tey can save you tremendously in costs, treatment time, and more. Ask about mouth guards at your next visit or call us at 910-254-4555 to learn more.

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The Link Between Diabetes & Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone structures that support natural teeth. Even though the signs of gum disease may resemble other medical conditions, the most common symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums

  • Seeing blood when brushing

  • Receding gums that expose sensitive tooth root areas

  • Pus pockets on gum tissues

  • Persistent bad breath

The bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream through tears in diseased tissues. This allows the infectious bacteria to travel throughout the body, which can cause inflammatory triggers that can lead to serious health problems.

In addition to diabetes, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, arthritis, some cancers, high blood pressure, preterm babies, impotency and erectile dysfunction (ED). Obviously, oral bacteria is no small matter.

Diabetes, a disease that results from insufficient production of insulin in the body, means the body cannot properly process carbohydrates, fats and proteins. The most common types are Type 1 (which requires insulin control) and Type 2 (not insulin dependent).

Because of blood vessel changes that occur with diabetes, the efficiency of the flow of nutrients and removal of wastes from body tissues can be compromised. This can weaken the gums and bone, leaving them susceptible to infection.

This is where the correlation between periodontal disease and diabetes is found. When it comes to gum disease and diabetes, research has shown that one can trigger the other.Microscope

Poor blood sugar control decreases the ability of the immune system to fight infections. When glucose levels are not properly controlled, diabetics experience higher growth of oral bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. Similarly, uncontrolled gum disease can make it more difficult to control diabetes.

Diabetes initially emerges in the form of oral problems with early Type 2 signs including bad breath and bleeding gums. These are also symptoms of periodontal disease. Studies have shown that preventing gum disease supports diabetics in properly controlling glucose levels.

For diabetics who also smoke, they have an even greater risk for gum disease than a person who does not have diabetes.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health describes diabetes as “a growing public health concern and a common chronic metabolic disease worldwide.” Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) claims diabetes has risen to a pandemic level with the number of diabetics predicted to triple over the next ten years.

If you’re diabetic, it is strongly advised to have dental checkups every 3-4 months to avoid the inflammatory reactions of gum disease, and subsequent repercussions. Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S.

After a thorough examination, we can determine if gum disease exists. Call 910-254-4555 to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. Remember, gum disease only worsens without treatment, resulting in greater treatment time and expense.

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Colas Are NOT Good For Your Smile

When I watch a commercial promoting the ‘refreshing’ and ‘thirst-quenching’ appeal of soft drinks, I can see why so many Americans add them to their daily beverage intake. However, when you know what’s really in those beverages and the havoc they create in your mouth, I hope you’ll start to limit the amount in your grocery cart.

“Soft drinks” are an absurd description for what the contents can do to teeth and gums. Colas can contribute to a number of oral health problems, including an ability to cause cavities and enamel erosion. Yet, most people are unaware of just how erosive the acids from cola can be. Even sugar-free colas can have a similar erosion level as those that are sweetened.

Let’s begin with the manner in which most colas are consumed. Many colas are consumed right from the can or bottle in small swallows that occur over a period of time. Consider that every time you eat or drink something, an acid attack begins in the mouth. This is an initial part of the digestive process and is active for 20 – 30 minutes.

While beneficial to digestion, this acid is pretty potent. So much so, it can even soften tooth enamel. This is why we advise waiting 30 minutes after eating before brushing teeth. The bristles of a tooth brush and abrasiveness of tooth paste can wear down precious tooth enamel. Without the protective covering of enamel, teeth are more vulnerable to decay.

Think about it – if you sip a cola over the course of an hour, the acid flow will last that long and 20 – 30 minutes more. As hard as that is on teeth, imagine adding the sugar and acid from a soft drink to those digestive acids. This leaves teeth in a weakened state for an extended period of time. In this state, teeth are also more likely to become stained by the caramel color in many sodas.

The high acidity of soft drinks comes from phosphoric acid, which is added for flavor. Phosphoric acid is a common ingredient in detergents, fertilizers and industrial cleaners. While most Americans are unaware, its acidity level has been compared to the levels in battery acid. Phosphoric acid is so erosive it can remove rust from aircraft carriers and ships.

With the potency of phosphoric acid mixed with digestive acids in the mouth, it’s no surprise that your teeth are at risk. When the high acid levels erode tooth enamel, you can experience sensitivity to hot and cold, transparent teeth, and teeth that crack or darken along with greater susceptibility to cavities.

Of course, we have no one to blame but ourselves. The U.S. has the highest per-capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks worldwide. The Beverage Marketing Corporation reveals that Americans drink more than 50 gallons of carbonated soft drinks per person  each year. In addition to soft drinks, the Beverage Marketing Corporation also tracks the amount of bottled water, tea, fruit drinks, milk, coffee, beer, wine and spirits we consume. Consistently, carbonated soft drinks make up the greatest segment.

What is also ‘behind the scenes’ when the colas ads appear is the fact that they are anything but ‘refreshing.’ In addition to the phosphoric acid in colas, most contain caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic that depletes moisture with some colas just as drying to oral tissues as coffee. It has been shown that drinking soft drinks in hot weather can lead to dehydration and increase the risk of heat stroke.

While many concerns about soft drinks have motivated some schools to remove sodFat Stickmana machines, it is largely because of the obesity rate in this country. In the U.S., the percentage of obese children has more than tripled since the 1970s. That’s ‘obese,’ which is beyond fat. Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) is categorized as obese. (www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm) In conjunction with the medical profession, dentists are urging parents to closely monitor their family’s intake of colas (including their own!).

Don’t let savvy advertising be to the detriment of your smile. When you need to quench your thirst, reach for bottled water instead. Or, enjoy filtered water flavored with apple, strawberry, cucumber or orange slices.

As you prepare for outdoor gatherings and activities, take note of what is iced down in your cooler. Bottled water versus soft drinks? The wiser choice will protect your smile. You can avoid cavities, tooth erosion, stained teeth and a higher risk of gum disease with this small change to your beverage consumption. And, you’ll save money and time by avoiding dental repairs.

May your smiles this summer be many!

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Tooth Position Important To A Healthy Smile

At one time or another, about all of us found ourselves driving behind a car or truck with a wheel that’s obviously out of alignment. As we watch the rapid blur of the tire as it shimmies, we’re all thinking the same thing, aren’t we? That tire is going to be worn down and in need of replacement in no time flat (yes, the pun is intended!).Tire

Like a tire, when teeth are out of alignment, it may take time to notice anything is amiss. Yet, as the alignment worsens, problems emerge.

Bite misalignment is when the upper teeth and lower teeth don’t fit together harmoniously. Genetics may be to blame for bite problems (such as an overbite or open bite, crooked teeth, crowding) but other reasons can cause a bite to become misaligned.

An improper bite can lead to a long list of problems, including:

  • Teeth that are worn, cracked or chipped
  • Frequent headaches, migraines and sore jaw joints
  • Ear ringing
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Clenching or teeth grinding during sleep
  • Pain in facial, neck and shoulder muscles

Initially, the underlying cause of a misaligned bite isn’t always obvious. This is often what allows minor alignment problems to become severe. Minor misalignment may be resolved by gentle reshaping of some tooth ‘points’ to re-balance the bite. For certain teeth, crowns may be recommended to adjust tooth height. More severe bite problems may require the straightening of teeth, which has a number of advantages.

Straight teeth create a more flattering smile while enhancing overall facial appearance. An attractive smile also causes people to smile more. Too, it has been found to improve self-confidence and self-esteem.

Straight teeth are also easier to keep healthy. Crooked, crowded teeth create tight nooks that make it hard for a tooth brush to clean. This allows oral bacteria to accumulate, causing a higher risk for cavities or gum disease.

Invisalign Straightens Teeth Without Brackets & Wires!

Invisalign Straightens Teeth Without Brackets & Wires!

For teeth that are crowded or crooked, the most natural way to a beautiful smile is by straightening teeth. In our office, we restore proper bite alignment while enhancing your smile’s appearance through Invisalign.

Invisalign is an alternative to braces that uses clear molds to move teeth. These are removable for eating and brushing and more comfortable than the traditional braces-&-wires of standard orthodontics.

If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with bite misalignment as listed above, the problem will only worsen without treatment. Learn your options during a no-cost, no obligation consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss your needs and goals and explain methods to correct bite problems efficiently and effectively.

Call 910-254-4555 to schedule a time that is convenient to you.

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Insurance Company Adds Dental Benefits To Protect Pregnant & Diabetic Policy Holders

Many doctors and dentists view the mouth as a mirror to what’s taking place inside a person’s body. While a dental exam can reveal signs of diseases and infections, research has shown particular risks for expectant mothers and individuals with chronic medical conditions like diabetes.

Recently, Blue Cross & Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia announced they would cover a third dental cleaning or periodontal maintenance procedure per benefit period. This added benefit is available at no additional cost for members enrolled in the Georgia BCBS Dental Blue, Dental Prime or Dental Complete plans for companies that include diabetic and/or maternal health care management programs. (www.bcbs.com/news/press-releases/blue-cross-and-blue-shield-georgia-offers-third-dental-cleaning-and-periodontal)

Why are they doing this? BCBS, with a rapidly growing number of establishments, is finding the advantages of protecting the oral health of their policy holders. While it’s long been known that one’s oral health is intricately connected to overall health, periodontal (gum) disease has been shown to be a particular threat for diabetic patients and women who are pregnant (and their unborn babies).

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports the teeth. For pregnant women, the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy make gum tissues more susceptible to inflammation. This increases the risk of developing gingivitis or periodontal disease. Research has shown that periodontal disease can contribute to adverse outcomes of pregnancy as a consequence of a chronic oral inflammatory bacterial infection.

According to the Surgeon General, toxins or other products generated by periodontal bacteria in the mother may reach the general circulation, cross the placenta and harm the fetus. For diabetics, research findings are showing that diabetes is associated with the increased occurrence and progression of periodontitis—so much so that periodontitis has been called the sixth greatest complication of diabetes (for both type 1 & type 2 diabetes).

Employers are also finding that supporting good health is a strong component of attracting and keeping good employees. By providing added benefits that include proactive measures for employees who may be most susceptible to the hazards of infectious oral bacteria, there are many advantages to avoiding subsequent, long term problems. For insurers, these proactive measures can help to reduce health care costs through prevention or early treatment.

Research has also shown the potent bacteria of periodontal disease is associated with heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, some cancers and impotency. It is felt this occurs through entry of oral bacteria into the bloodstream via diseased gum tissues. Once bloodborne, oral bacteria can cause inflammatory reactions that are suspected triggers for serious health problems.

Hopefully, the stance of BCBS GA will expand nationwide and cause other insurance companies to follow suit. In the meantime, make sure your oral health is at its best. Begin with a thorough examination. We will then determine steps to help you achieve optimal periodontal health and a confident smile.

For patients without dental insurance benefits, we offer several payment options so you can achieve a healthy smile while making easy monthly payments. Call 910-254-4555 to learn more.

 

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Keep Your Natural Teeth For A Lifetime

As a dentist, my goal is to help you keep your natural teeth healthy for your lifetime. Should problems occur, we will recommend treatment to protect and extend the life of your teeth.

For various reasons, however, natural teeth may be lost due to an injury or accident or require removal due to decay beyond repair. When natural teeth are lost, we explain the best options to replace them without risk to surrounding teeth.

When it comes to smiles, there are a number of misconceptions among adults. For example, some people assume that seeing blood in the sink when brushing is a sign they’re doing a good job. (It’s NOT! It’s actually a symptom of gum disease.) Our goal is to help you care for your teeth so you minimize expenses associated with dental care AND to keep them for your lifetime.

A generation ago, many adults assumed they would eventually end up in dentures. Through modern dentistry, we now know better. Using proper techniques for twice-daily brushing, daily flossing and keeping your 6-month dental check-ups greatly increases your potential to enjoy a naturally-healthy smile for a lifetime.

Studies have shown there are tremendous benefits to keeping your natural teeth. Your natural tooth roots in the jaw bone provide nourishment and stimulation that helps to maintain healthy bone mass. When tooth roots are no longer present in the jaw, the bone begins to shrink, which can lead to eventual tooth loss.

It is a fact that people with their natural teeth live an average of ten years longer than denture wearers. Too, without the worry and frustrations of dentures or partials, people are able to eat a healthy diet and feel confident in social settings. Having the ability to eat a healthy diet and chew properly aids in maintaining good overall health. However, it is just as important to stay socially active.

According to the American Dental Association, approximately 57 percent of adults between 65 and 74 wear some form of denture. In “Oral Health, General Health And Quality Of Life,” by the World Health Organization (WHO), findings included “Oral health affects people physically and psychologically and influences how they grow, enjoy life, look, speak, chew, taste food and socialize, as well as their feelings of social well-being.”

Want to keep your teeth for your lifetime? You can! Adhering to the following steps will greatly increase your potential to enjoy a lifetime of smiles:

• Your twice-daily brush-&-floss routine is still the best way to keep oral bacteria to manageable levels. Use a soft to medium bristle tooth brush and a fluoride toothpaste. Never use abrasive substances, such as baking soda, which can wear away precious tooth enamel. Brush with a swirling motion rather than scrub teeth and floss daily (or use a water flosser). After brushing teeth, use your tooth brush to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. This helps to uproot zillions of oral bacteria embedded in the tongue.

Straighten teeth if they are crooked or crowded. When teeth are jumbled, their tight angles allow bacteria to easily accumulate, forming bacterial breeding grounds. Straight teeth are not only easier to keep clean, they support proper bite alignment. This minimizes your potential for stress on the TMJ (jaw joints). Strain on these joints can lead to headaches, night-time grinding and clenching, worn teeth and cracked or chipped teeth. If you dread the brackets-&-wires of braces, consider Invisalign. These clear, removable molds move teeth comfortably without the discomfort and awkwardness of traditional braces.

• Keep your mouth moist. Proper saliva flow helps to continually rinse bacteria from the mouth. Without this cleansing action, a dry mouth offers an ideal environment for bacterial growth. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and limit foods and beverages that are drying to oral tissues. These include coffee, tea, colas and chocolate as well as spicy foods. If you take medications that are drying to the mouth, ask your doctor about less-drying alternatives. Also, consider using an oral rinse formulated specifically to replenish moisture.

• Limit (or avoid) snacks with carbs and sugar. Every time you eat or drink (other than water), an acid attack begins in your mouth as part of the digestive process. When these acids mix with carbohydrates and sugary foods and beverages, bacteria becomes super-charged. This ramps up bacteria growth and can damage tooth enamel. Limit these for the good of your smile as well as your waistline!

• Be committed to your 6-month exams and cleanings. Your oral hygiene visits are designed to create a periodic ‘clean slate’ for your oral health. During these visits, our Hygienist removes calculus (or tartar), which are cement-hard bacterial colonies attached to teeth. We also perform an annual oral cancer screening using early-detection technology. These screenings are very important since oral cancer is one of the deadliest of all cancers with one of the worst survival rates.

If your have already lost natural teeth or feel you have a mouthful of problems, let’s halt the process. Call 910-254-4555 for a no charge consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss how you can achieve a healthy smile that lasts your lifetime!

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Dental Implants Highly Successful For NON-Smokers

Over the years, Dental Implants have proven to be a highly dependable tooth replacement option. One of the reasons for the growing popularity of Dental Implants is their longevity. Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime. They have up to a 98% success rate, making them a wise investment.

Because Dental Implants are held by the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, they create a dependable foundation for restoring the ability to bite and chew comfortably. And, their presence recreates stimulation to the jaw bone similar to that of natural tooth roots. This halts the decline in mass of the jaw.

Bone loss is what contributes to the loss of neighboring teeth as well as changes in facial appearance. These changes include deep wrinkles around the mouth, having the corners of the mouth turn downward even in a smile, a pointed chin, a mouth that seems collapsed into their face, and the formation of jowls.

Bone loss can be seen in denture wearers when compared to adults with natural teeth.

Bone loss can be seen in denture wearers when compared to adults with natural teeth.

However, like anything that’s not a natural part of the body, there is a potential for failure. Surprisingly, age isn’t a factor in the success of a Dental Implant. Studies show there is an equal success rate in younger and older patients.

In one study of 133 implant recipients over the age of 80, comparable success rates were shown to implant recipients in younger age groups. According to the study, the potential for a successful outcome, at any age, was mostly due to having healthy gums and sufficient bone to support the implant. An additional component to success was the patients’ commitment to maintaining good oral hygiene and having regular dental check-ups.

The highest risk factor for implant failure, in study after study, was shown to be smoking. Studies show that smokers have more calculus (tartar) than nonsmokers, which is the hardened buildup that attaches to teeth. Calculus is actually an accumulation of oral bacteria.

When gums are weakened by the bacterial overload that calculus creates, the healing process of gum tissue is compromised. This inflammatory presence also complicates the ability of implants to successfully integrate with the bone.

In studies, smokers were 3 – 6 times more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease than non-smokers. This is because smoking dries out oral tissues and lowers saliva production. Insufficient saliva and constricted blood flow causes less gum bleeding and redness. While this may ‘appear’ as having healthy gums, it is an indication of slower healing ability.

Smokers have always had a poor track record for healing after oral surgery. Naturally, implants are more likely to fail in smokers because of poor healing. This is because the chemicals in tobacco smoke interfere with blood flow and the body’s natural ability to fight disease and promote healing.

Apparently, smoking affects the way gum tissue responds to all types of treatment. This impedes the healing process and makes treatment results less favorable. And, pipe and cigar smokers and those who use smokeless tobacco are just as likely to have implant complications as those who smoke cigarettes.

A study conducted at Temple University showed that 18% of former cigar or pipe smokers had moderate to severe gum disease. That’s three times the amount found in non-smokers. Pipe smokers also experience the same rate of tooth loss as that for cigarette smokers.

For those wanting to kick the habit, the Surgeon General reports that people who have stopped smoking for over 10 years avoid gum disease at nearly the same rate as those who never smoked. According to one study, reducing the amount you smoke can also make a difference. While people who smoked over a pack and a half a day were 6 times more likely to develop gum disease, those who smoked less than a half pack a day had only 3 times the risk.

While we intend every Dental Implant to be successful, smokers must accept the risks for failure. If you smoke, we’ll begin with a thorough evaluation of your gums and existing bone to support Dental Implants. From there, we can discuss options to help restore your ability to eat and laugh with confidence.

Call (910) 254-4555 for an no-charge consultation.

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How To Kick Dental Fear To The Curb!

If we are honest with ourselves, most of us have a fear of something. It could be a fear of heights, snakes, spiders, flying, dogs or tight spaces. Yet, one of the most common fears of American adults is fear of dentistry.Plane

It is estimated that over 70 percent of adults have some level of dental fear or anxiety. Of those, approximately 10 percent can be categorized as dental phobics. These are individuals who have such intense levels of dental fear that they avoid dentistry altogether or until pain becomes unbearable.

What triggers these fears is often attributed to a past traumatic episode in a dental chair. The experience becomes so ingrained in the patient’s subconscious that they expect pain when in a dental chair, even when there may be none. For example, when you intensely perceive pain, your senses tell the brain that pain is coming. Thus, perceived pain, to some, can seem as real as actual pain.

We understand this in our office. We have treated many patients who have had intense levels of dental fear. Many of these now relax throughout their dental visits. How?

– My staff and I have a commitment to every patient to provide exceptional care with the highest level of comfort. Every patient is respected and treated with compassion, just as we would want our own family members treated.

– New patients begin with a consultation appointment. This takes place in our private consultation room, which is removed from the clinical side of the office. We sit in comfy armchairs and discuss your oral health and appearance goals. I encourage new patients with fear or anxiety to share their concerns so we can determine the comfort options best for their needs.

– We pace treatment according to the comfort and preference of the patient. For fearful patients, they appreciate that we can do some procedures in small steps. This helps them realize that they are in control of their care and can move forward as it feels comfortable.

– Communication is important for patients, especially those who have dental fears. Prior to and during each procedure, we explain what we are doing. We frequently ask, “How are you doing?” so the patient can ask for a break, if needed.

– Our patients never feel rushed in our office. When patients feel relaxed and at ease with our movements and pace, we find that fears often dissipate, or are greatly minimized.

– As soon as patients walk in our front door, they can sense an environment that is warm, friendly, caring and stress-free. Our team members are all seasoned, skilled professionals who work together harmoniously. From the moment you enter, you’ll sense a positive atmosphere of unity.

– Our patients trust us. Here, they know they receive optimal care that is ethical, skilled and appropriate for each individual’s need. We never over-treat or under-treat. Care is administered according to what is in your best interest, for every need.

For someone who has a fear of dogs, it’s difficult for a dog lover to understand. However, it’s easy to be empathetic to someone who struggles with this fear because, like most fears, it can be as uncontrollable as shivering in the cold. Deep down, we’ve all had fearful moments like these.

We understand and want to help. Begin with a phone call to Meredith, our front office administrator. She’ll gladly answer your questions and arrange a no-charge consultation for you. During this visit, I’ll discuss what will work best for you based upon your needs. From there, you can determine how – or if – you wish to proceed.

We are as close as your phone — 910-254-4555. Take this first step to the terrific smile you desire.

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Pregnant? Take Excellent Care Of Oral Health, For You & Your Baby.

I remember watching an episode of “Mad Men” where a cocktail party was being held. Two of the guests were pregnant women who not only had an alcoholic beverage in hand, they were both smoking. Today, this is pretty shocking, mainly because research has determined just how harmful alcohol and smoking can be to a fetus.

Today’s mom-to-be is careful to follow certain dietary restrictions, avoids alcohol and smoking and limits medications. Now, research has added another precaution of ways to protect your unborn baby.

MomToBeStudies have shown that elevated hormones in pregnant women increase the risk for periodontal (gum) disease. Since pregnancy hormones make the gums more susceptible to inflammation, they are more sensitive to the oral bacteria of this disease. This can lead to Pregnancy Gingivitis, a form of gum disease, which affect almost half of all pregnant women. Symptoms include swollen, red and sore gums that bleed while brushing.

In addition to being highly-susceptible to gum disease, oral bacteria can be destructive far beyond the mouth in pregnant women. Studies show that periodontal disease increases the risk for preterm delivery (before 37 weeks) and babies born at low birth weight. The preterm birth rate for females without periodontal disease is approximately 11% compared to 29% for women with moderate to severe levels of gum disease.

The infectious oral bacteria of gum disease can travel throughout the body by entering the bloodstream through tears in weakened gum tissues. Once this bacteria reaches placental membranes, it can trigger inflammatory reactions that can cause pre-eclampsia or early labor. Gum disease also increases the risk for late miscarriage.

In one study, pregnant women with higher levels of antibodies to oral bacteria were also shown to have higher numbers of preterm births and low birth weight babies. These same elevated antibodies have been found in amniotic fluid and in fetal cord blood samples of preterm babies or those born at low birth weight.

As research continues, the links between the mother’s oral health and that of their unborn babies is becoming more profound. Studies show that successfully treating periodontal disease lowers the risk of preterm births. This has motivated obstetricians to urge their pregnant patients (and those trying to become pregnant) to see a dentist to check for signs of periodontal disease.

Give your baby an added advantage for a healthy beginning by ensuring your oral health is at its best. Because gum disease does not improve on its own, pregnant women should also be aware of the signs of gum disease. These include tender gums that bleed when brushing, gums that deepen in color, persistent bad breath or pus pockets that form at the base of some teeth.

We provide non-surgical treatment for most stages of gum disease. This treatment is safe for pregnant women (and all patients) and comfort is always a priority. Begin with a free consultation by calling 910-254-4555.

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Many Options For Replacing Teeth

There are a number of reasons that adults lose natural teeth. Accidents, diseases and insufficient oral hygiene can all lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers many ways to replace natural teeth while enjoying optimal comfort during the process.

The ideal tooth replacement option today is a Dental Implant. Because the implanted portion is anchored by your jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, Dental Implants restore a natural biting strength and stability. Implants provide an optimal look, feel and function with unsurpassed longevity. WomanBitingApple

Additionally, the teeth attached to Dental Implants do not move when eating and won’t slip when laughing or sneezing. Unlike ill-fitting dentures or partials, implants do not cause uncomfortable rubbing on tender gums.

Another advantage of implants? They do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. However, one of the most appealing aspects of Dental Implants is their longevity. With proper care, Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime, making them an exceptional investment.

Crown-&-Bridge combinations are another familiar means of replacing one or several teeth. Today’s bridges can be created to blend beautifully with adjacent teeth. However, a bridge can be placed only when bordered by natural teeth on each side. These teeth are crowned in order to provide support to the bridge.

A partial denture can replace several teeth and is typically secured to existing natural teeth. A partial denture is custom-contoured to fit the curve of your gums to blend attractively with natural teeth and gums. Partials can be kept stable with the help of denture adhesives if they start to slip over time.

When you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth, a ‘full arch’ denture is the preference of some patients. These restore the look of a full smile with comfortable chewing and speaking ability. While not as ideal as Dental Implants, many dentures offer a more affordable way to enjoy confidence when smiling, eating and laughing. Relines can be done if it begins to slip due to jaw bone shrinkage (also known as resorption).

While adults have many choices when replacing teeth, the quality of dentistry does make a difference. Having work done based on the cheapest price means corners were cut somewhere. What is sacrificed is often in the longevity, function, appearance and overall satisfaction.

For the best investment, choose an option that meets your goals for a reasonable cost. If fees seem out of reach, ask about payment plans. In many cases, these enable patients to finance treatment for no down payment and no interest. You’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of your restored smile while making easy monthly payments.

Our goal is to create an ideal result for replacing teeth and provide a result that causes you to smile often! If you are missing teeth, replacing them is vital. Missing teeth can lead to bite misalignment. This can affect the positions of neighboring teeth and contribute to further tooth loss.

Want to discuss the tooth replacement options best for your goals? Begin by calling 910-254-4555 for a no-cost, no obligation consultation. During this time, I’ll discuss the choices that are recommended for your individual situation and answer your questions thoroughly. Our financial coordinator can also discuss payment options, if desired.

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Increase Of Oral Health Challenges As We Age

Getting older has many benefits. As adults age, they typically grow more confident and place more value on the true meaningful aspects of life. The pressures of raising children are behind them and they are able to indulge in pleasures that were often set aside for more-pressing needs.

Yet, any adult over the age of 55 knows that there is a down side to aging as well. Skin sags, joints wear down, muscle tone wanes and our stamina isn’t as tough. Your smile suffers from the aging process, too. Gum tissues aren’t as supple and teeth break down more often.

By design, natural teeth should last a lifetime. However, like most Americans who spent decades consuming sugary foods and beverages, the indulgences caught up to us in the form of cavities and other oral problems. Baby boomers, in particular, can remember the whine of a dental drill to have silver fillings placed to repair these. Eventually, aging adults reach a point where the filling must be replaced or the tooth crowned. Even as durable as these are, the life of a filling or a crown don’t always coincide with the lifespan of a patient.

Today’s adults have far more choices than those of generations before us. While most adults a generation ago assumed they would end up in dentures by a certain age (and did!), today’s adults know better and have more choices. With dental implants, advancements in techniques and materials, computerized technology and individualized care, ‘false teeth’ are nowhere near one’s fate for today’s aging adult.

In 2015, average life expectancy in the U.S. was approximately 79 to 81 years, depending on gender. This is quite an increase from those born in the early years of the prior century. In 1900, life expectancy was less than 48 years. (www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf#014)

Now, we are not only living longer, today’s adults are staying more active. Having the physical ability to enjoy our mature years is wonderful. Yet, like a home or car that’s aging, a certain amount of upkeep is needed.

There is greater understanding of the need for good dental health now. Research has linked the bacteria of gum disease to serious health problems. By triggering inflammatory reactions, this bacteria can increase one’s risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, pre-term babies, some cancers and impotency.

When it comes to teeth, the ability to bite and chew comfortably has a significant impact on overall health. The digestive process begins in the mouth. Chewing thoroughly starts the break down of foods. Good nutrition comes from our ability to properly chew foods that are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. However, when dentures move or gums are tender, people often resort to a diet of soft foods that dissolve easily in the mouth. These often are lacking in nutritional substance needed.

Another natural consequence of aging is a dry mouth. Saliva is the mouth’s natural cleansing agent. Without sufficient saliva, a dry mouth provides a breeding ground for oral bacteria, which can increase your risk for cavities, gum disease and infection. Dry mouth is also a side effect of many medications, including those for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety and depression. Some oral rinses can help but drinking plenty of water throughout the day is the best way to support sufficient saliva flow.

For senior adults, social interaction is as necessary as good nutrition. Missing teeth or unstable dentures can lead to social isolation and fear of embarrassing moments. Having the ability to speak and laugh confidently and enjoy eating with friends and family is good for one’s mental health. As a matter of fact, some studies show that older adults who describe themselves as lonely have a 59% higher risk of functional decline and a 45% greater risk of death. WomanBitingApple

The need for good oral health exists at every age. However, aging adults must be particularly mindful of the benefits of a healthy smile. If you feel your oral health needs improving or struggle with frequent breakdown of teeth, call 910-254-4555 to schedule a no-cost consultation appointment. During this time, we’ll discuss ways to restore your oral health for a lifetime of worry-free smiles!

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