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By EDWIN YEE
April 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you dealing with tooth loss in Pensacola, FL? Want to find out how our dentist, Dr. Edwin Yee, can help? One tooth replacement option that many of our patients are turning to is dental implants. Of course, as you research different tooth replacement options you may have questions. Don’t worry—we have you covered when it comes to understanding implants!

 

What are dental implants and how do they work?

An implant is a metal post that is designed to replace the roots of your missing tooth. In order to do this, our Pensacola dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be. After surgery, the jawbone will grow around the implant and fuse with it to become one over the course of a few months. Implants can be used to support an artificial tooth such as a crown or even a full set of dentures.

 

How long does it take to get implants?

The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient based on certain factors such as how many implants are being placed, where on the jawline are they being positioned, and how quickly your body heals after surgery. It can take up to one year to get a dental implant and the length of time could be longer if you are getting more than one implant or it may be shorter if everything heals quickly.

 

How long do dental implants last?

Implants are long-lasting not only because they are made from tough, durable titanium, but also because they naturally fuse with the jawbone and tissue in the mouth. In fact, with the proper care, it is possible to maintain your new tooth for the rest of your life!

 

Interested? Give us a call!

Are you ready to take the first step in dental implant treatment? If so, then call our Pensacola office today at (850) 479-3355 to schedule a free consultation with our very own Dr. Yee.

LocalAnesthesiaTakesthePainOutofMostDentalWork

Long ago dental work could be painful and stressful—often for both patient and practitioner. Thankfully, that time is long past: today, most procedures are painless in large part due to local anesthesia.

Local anesthetics are numbing substances applied to specific areas of the body like the teeth and gums to temporarily block pain during a procedure. And because they only affect a localized area of the body, you remain conscious and alert throughout the procedure.

To achieve the level of numbing necessary for dental work, we often need to deaden the gums using a needle to deliver the anesthetic. But then this poses a secondary pain concern—the needle stick itself.

Again, topical anesthesia comes to the rescue in the form of a swab, patch or spray applying an anesthetic directly to the top layer of the gums at the injection site. This numbs the area and prevents you from feeling the needle stick. It's highly probable, therefore, that from start to finish you won't feel any discomfort during your dental work except perhaps for a little pressure.

Local anesthesia truly is a game changer for dental care—and not just for the patient. A dentist who's concerned about their patient's comfort level may work hurriedly to complete a procedure. But if their patient is relaxed, the dentist can work calmly and methodically. The result is better, more focused care.

For all its improvements in the patient experience, though, there has been one consistent complaint—the numbness that often lingers for a while after the procedure is over. But there have been advances in recent years that have helped reduce this irritation: new anesthetic agents (even some that can reverse the anesthetic effect) and fine-tuned dosages can help keep residual numbing to a minimum.

Not all procedures like routine teeth cleanings or enamel shaping require anesthesia. But when it's appropriate, local anesthesia can make your next dental visit much more pleasant.

If you would like more information on how anesthesia benefits your dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”

By EDWIN YEE
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dealing with tooth loss? Here’s how our Pensacola, FL, dentist can help you!

Give your smile a new leash on life when you say goodbye to your tooth loss and hello to proper dental care. Our Pensacola, FL, dentist Dr. Edwin Yee has been giving countless patients back beautiful healthy smiles after tooth loss and you could be next. Dental implants have become a popular way to replace missing teeth because they offer some unique and long-term benefits.

 

How do dental implants function?

When you break it down, a dental implant is made up of three different parts,

  • The implant: This metal post or screw, often made from titanium, is placed into the jawbone where your missing tooth once was. Implants can be placed on both the upper or lower jawbone.
  • The abutment: This component of the implant can be made from different material such as titanium or porcelain. The abutment sits on top of the implant and it’s designed to connect the implant (the part that lies within the jawbone) with the dental crown or false tooth (the part of the restoration that will be visible when you smile).
  • The false tooth: This is the part of the dental implant that sits above the gums and is visible when you smile. If you are getting a single dental implant then we will place a dental crown over the abutment to complete the restoration; however, if you are looking to replace multiple teeth several implants can be placed along the jawbone to support and hold dentures in place.

 

What goes into the implant process?

Getting implants takes time, patience, and a minor surgery performed under local anesthesia where the implant will be placed into your jawbone. After this surgery, there is a required recovery time in which the implant will naturally fuse with the jawbone. This process is called osseointegration and generally takes between three and six months. Once this fusion is complete, the abutment and false tooth will be placed on top of the implant and your smile will be complete once again!

 

Interested? Give us a call!

If you are interested in getting dental implants in Pensacola, FL, then it’s time to call our office today to schedule a consultation. Let us know that you are interested in finding out whether you are the ideal candidate for dental implants when you dial (850) 479-3355.

By Edwin Yee
December 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   smoking  
WhySmokingandDentalImplantsDontMix

With a 95-plus percent survival rate after ten years, dental implants are one of the most durable replacement restorations available. Implants can potentially last much longer than less expensive options, which could make them a less costly choice in the long run.

But although a rare occurrence, implants can and do fail—often in the first few months. And tobacco smokers in particular make up a sizeable portion of these failures.

The reasons stem from smoking’s effect on oral health. Inhaled smoke can actually burn the outer skin layers in the mouth and eventually damage the salivary glands, which can decrease saliva production. Among its functions, saliva provides enzymes to fight disease; it also protects tooth enamel from damaging acid attacks. A chronic “dry mouth,” on the other hand, increases the risk of disease.

The chemical nicotine in tobacco also causes problems because it constricts blood vessels in the mouth and skin. The resulting reduced blood flow inhibits the delivery of antibodies to diseased or wounded areas, and so dramatically slows the healing process. As a result, smokers can take longer than non-smokers to recover from diseases like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, or heal after surgery.

Both the higher disease risk and slower healing can impact an implant’s ultimate success. Implant durability depends on the gradual integration between bone and the implant’s titanium metal post that naturally occurs after placement. But this crucial process can be stymied if an infection resistant to healing arises—a primary reason why smokers experience twice the number of implant failures as non-smokers.

So, what should you do if you’re a smoker and wish to consider implants?

First, for both your general and oral health, try to quit smoking before you undergo implant surgery. At the very least, stop smoking a week before implant surgery and for two weeks after to lower your infection risk. And you can further reduce your chances for failure by practicing diligent daily brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

It’s possible to have a successful experience with implants even if you do smoke. But kicking the habit will definitely improve your odds.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking.”

By EDWIN YEE
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental Porcelain VeneersEven a healthy smile can use a little cosmetic improvement at some point. From stains and discolorations to chips, cracks, and spacing, everything from your dietary and lifestyle habits to unexpected accidents can cause functional and cosmetic damage. Dental veneers are one of the quickest, most effective and minimally invasive options available to improve a damaged smile. Dr. Edwin Yee, a dentist in Pensacola, FL, offers a range of dentistry options to help you look and feel your best under any circumstances.

Dental Veneers in Pensacola, FL

Veneers are made of a thin layer of porcelain which is bonded directly onto the surface of the tooth and adjusted to change to the size, shape, and color. A very thin layer of enamel may have to be shaved in order to ensure a smooth and natural looking fit for the veneer.

Porcelain veneers are a good cosmetic option for some of the following common dental problems:

  • Permanent stains and discolorations that can't be removed with surface teeth whitening treatments (also known as intrinsic stains, which develop at the dentin layer inside the tooth)
  • Mild to moderate chips and cracks
  • Gaps and spacing issues (if you have bite or alignment issues you may need orthodontic treatment)
  • Lengthen or reshape damaged or cosmetically unattractive teeth
  • Reinforce a tooth that has fractured or been treated with root canal therapy

With good oral hygiene and regular preventive dental care, veneers typically last for five to ten years, often much longer. Once in place, veneers are cared for just like natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing and a dental exam and professional cleaning every six months.

Find a Dentist in Pensacola, FL

For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office by calling (850) 479-3355 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yee today.