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By EDWIN YEE
October 26, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

How dental crowns from your dentist in Pensacola, Florida can improve your smile.

There are many things that can damage your smile. Trauma, experiencing a sports injury involving your teeth, or being in an accident can all cause damage. Everyday habits like chewing on ice cubes, pencils, or other hard objects can also chip your teeth.

The good news is, dental crowns can do a lot to repair your smile and make it more attractive. Dr. Edwin Yee in Pensacola, Florida offers a wide range of dental services, including dental crowns, to improve your smile.

One of the main benefits of dental crowns is its superb strength. A dental crown works differently than a large filling. Large fillings can divide your teeth into sections, weakening them. A dental crown covers the entire surface of your tooth above the gumline. The overall coverage means that when you bite down, the stress is spread out over the entire surface of your tooth, protecting the tooth from breaking.

Another excellent benefit you will enjoy when you choose dental crowns is how natural they will look. That’s because one of the most commonly used dental crown materials is porcelain, which has some unique properties. Porcelain is:

Stain-resistant, so your crowns will look white and beautiful for years

Light-reflective, which gives your crown a translucent, lifelike quality

Porcelain resembles a natural tooth structure so closely that once your porcelain crown is placed, it will be virtually identical to a natural tooth.

For back teeth, your dentist may recommend a PFM crown, which is beautiful porcelain that has been fused to a strong metal underlay. PFM crowns are beautiful AND strong, so they are the perfect choice for back teeth which do most of the chewing.

Dental crowns can do a lot for your smile. They provide the strength you need and the beauty you want. To find out more about how crowns can help improve your smile, call Dr. Edwin Yee in Pensacola, Florida at (850) 479-3355. Call today.

3WaysWeCanImproveaSmileAffectedbyUnformedTeeth

On the way to adulthood, permanent teeth steadily erupt until, if all goes normally, you have a full set of teeth. Sometimes, though, one or more teeth may fail to form. This not only can affect your dental health, but it could also diminish your smile.

For example, if the lateral incisors on either side of the central incisors (the two teeth front and center) don't develop, it could create a smile that's “not quite right.” But we can vastly improve such a smile in one of three unique ways.

The first is to fill the resulting gap through canine substitution. This is an orthodontic method in which we use braces to move the pointed canine teeth, which normally position on the other side of the missing laterals, closer to the central incisors. This choice is determined by the size of the canine teeth. If they are slim in width, they can be re-shaped to make them appear more like a lateral incisor, and the gums possibly reshaped as well around them through cosmetic surgery.

We can also install a dental bridge, an appliance that fills the missing lateral space with prosthetic teeth. A traditional bridge requires the teeth on either side of the gap to be reduced in size, which becomes a permanent alteration to accommodate these crowns. This is a disadvantage in a young person.  We can also use a “bonded bridge” which uses adhesives to attach extended pieces (or “wings”) of dental material from either side of the prosthetic tooth to one or more supporting teeth.  These wings are behind the permanent teeth.  Though not as durable as a traditional bridge, it does avoid altering the support teeth.

Finally, we can replace the missing teeth with dental implants. In this method, we install titanium metal posts into the jawbone at the missing tooth locations and then attach a life-like crown to each one. Implants may be more costly than other restorative methods and can take several months to complete. But they are life-like, highly durable, and don't require any alteration to other teeth. A disadvantage is that you should wait until at least 19 years of age to consider this option.  What many people do is use a temporary solution until the proper age to do a dental implant.

Each of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages, which should be thoroughly reviewed in consultation with your dentist. And each may also require other dental work, such as initial orthodontics to open adequate space for a restoration. But any of these methods for correcting a missing lateral tooth can be effective and help restore both a healthier mouth and a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on treating congenital dental defects, 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 “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.”

GetYourTeethExaminedifYouHaveFrequentSinusInfections

Each year millions of people endure repeated episodes of congestion, coughing and headaches, all the miseries that come with a sinus infection. Although it seems like all the action is occurring around the nose and upper face, the actual cause could be emanating from somewhere else—your teeth.

It can all begin with decay forming a small cavity in one of the upper back teeth. If it isn't caught and treated early, the decay can spread into the tooth pulp and root canals, tiny passageways to the root and bone. This may or may not cause a severe toothache or sensitivity as the tooth's nerves respond to the infection. These nerves, though, most often eventually die and the pain, if present, will subside—but not the infection.

Left untreated, the infection may then advance into the bone around the root tip, breaking it down and giving bacteria an entryway into the floor of the maxillary sinus that rests just above the upper jaw. Here bacteria can take up residence, occasionally flaring into a sinus infection. This chronic infection could go on for years with allergies mistakenly taking the blame.

If you have frequent bouts of sinusitis, a possible dental connection may be worth investigating. And in the dental profession, there may be no better “detective” for this than an endodontist. Specializing in interior tooth problems and treatments, an endodontist has the diagnostic equipment like CT or 3-D cone beam scanning to accurately image the teeth and upper jaw. With their advanced diagnostics, they're in the best position to uncover hidden tooth decay contributing to sinus problems.

Endodontists are also skilled in treating advanced tooth decay. The main procedure is known as root canal treatment, in which the dentist drills into the tooth's interior to remove infected tissue from the pulp and root canals. They then fill these empty spaces, seal and then crown the tooth for added protection.

After treatment and following up with your physician, you may find your sinus infections are less frequent. And by promptly seeking treatment at the first sign of tooth pain or sensitivity, you might prevent chronic sinusitis from even developing.

If you would like more information on how dental disease can affect overall health, 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 “Sinusitis and Tooth Infections.”

HowShawnMendesandMileyCyrusGotTheirStellarSmiles

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

By EDWIN YEE
September 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are highly capable of accurately mimicking your real teeth that offer the best functionality and appearance among other teeth replacement options. From boosting self-confidence to giving you a gorgeous and functional solution to lost teeth, dental implants are among the most sought-after treatments that Dr. Edwin Yee uses here in our Pensacola, FL, office for restoring smiles. Aside from the instant benefits they offer, however, they likewise provide these long-term benefits.
 

Promote Jawbone Growth

Once you lose your teeth, the bones that support those teeth would start to deteriorate gradually. When the jawbone loses its density, you’ll notice your face appearing aged and shrunken in, and over time, cause issues with jaw misalignment. Luckily, implants effectively stimulate the jawbone to counteract all these negative effects.
 

Save You Money in The Long Run

Because implants could potentially last you your whole life, considering that you care for them properly, they’ll help save you money on potential replacements. You’ll only have to replace the crown, but crowns can last for decades.
 

Keep Your Real Teeth In Place

Shifting of teeth results from missing teeth because your body will need to compensate for the spaces by gradually shifting the neighboring teeth into the direction of the spaces. With implants, your teeth will remain in their proper places.
 

Make Eating Pleasurable Again

You won’t have to be worried about your replacement teeth falling out because dental implants are permanent restorations. Because they’re likewise very durable, you’ll be able to take pleasure in eating again.
 

Restore Your Confidence

Besides all the abovementioned physical benefits, dental implants likewise offer lasting benefits to your emotional health. Restoring your smile to its former glory, especially if you lost multiple teeth, will make you smile and engage in social situations more confidently.
 

Ready to Experience All The Benefits That Dental Implants Can Offer? Call Us

Arrange a consultation with Dr. Edwin Yee in Pensacola, FL, by calling (850) 479-3355.