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Posts for: October, 2020

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.


By Edwin Yee
October 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
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Singer and actor Demi Lovato has a new claim to fame: formidable martial artist. When she is not in the recording studio, on stage or in front of the camera, Lovato can often be found keeping in shape at Jay Glazer's Hollywood (California) gym. Glazer, who is best known as a sports journalist, also runs conditioning programs for professional athletes and celebrities based on mixed martial arts. On March 6, Glazer got more than he bargained for when 5'3" Lovato stepped into the ring and knocked out his front tooth.

Glazer reportedly used super glue to put his tooth back together. Not a good idea! While it may not be convenient to drop everything and get to the dental office, it takes an expert to safely treat a damaged tooth. If you glue a broken tooth, you risk having to undergo major work to correct your temporary fix—it's no easy task to "unglue" a tooth, and the chemicals in the glue may damage living tooth tissue as well as the surrounding gum and bone.

Would you know what to do in a dental emergency? Here are some guidelines:

  • If you chip a tooth, save the missing piece if possible. We may be able to reattach it.
  • If your tooth is cracked, rinse your mouth with warm water, but don't wiggle the tooth around or bite down on it. If it's bleeding, hold clean gauze to the area and call our office.
  • If your tooth is knocked loose or is pushed deeper into the socket, don't force the tooth back into position on your own. Immediate attention is very important.
  • If your tooth is knocked out, there's a chance it can be reattached. Pick up the tooth while being careful not to touch the root. Then rinse it off and have either someone place into its socket, or place it against the inside of your cheek or in a glass of milk. Please call the office immediately or go to a hospital.

What's the best thing to do in an emergency? Call us right away, and DON'T super glue your tooth! You can prevent worse problems by letting a professional handle any dental issues. And if you've been living with a chipped, broken or missing tooth, call us to schedule an appointment for a consultation—there are several perfectly safe ways to restore your smile. Meanwhile, if you practice martial arts to keep in shape, think twice before getting into the ring with Demi Lovato!

To learn more, read the Dear Doctor articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Saving New Permanent Teeth After Injury.”


Cosmetic Dentistry Options to Consider

Are you embarrassed to smile because of chipped, broken, missing or stained teeth? If so, you can stop worrying, here at our Pensacola, FL dental office, Dr. Edwin Yee is waiting to give you a total smile makeover, using the latest in cosmetic dentistry techniques. He will develop a dental procedure plan that is just right for your confidence and your pocket.

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Pensacola dental patients can take advantage of the following cosmetic treatments:

  • Teeth whitening: This is not only one of the least expensive ways to makeover your smile, but it is also the most popular. In-0ffice whitening produced much better results than home whitening kits and it’s also much safer because Dr. Yee protects your gums and inner cheeks from the whitening solution.
  • Dental bonding: This treatment can eliminate minor chips of cracks using a tooth-colored, putty-like material that is molded onto the affected tooth then shaped to match your other teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers are very thin sheaths of porcelain designed to cover the front of damaged or discolored teeth. They are customized to match the color, size and shape of your existing teeth so that no one can tell the difference.
  • A dental crown: One or more crowns can be used to completely cover a damaged or weakened tooth giving it more strength and improving its function. Crowns can also be attached to dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth.
  • Dental implants: Missing teeth are replaced by a titanium post that is implanted within the jawbone. The bone grows around the post making it very secure. A small abutment is then added to the post, allowing for the attachment of a prosthetic tooth.

If you live in or around Pensacola, FL and you would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry options, call Dr, Yee at (850) 479-3355.


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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.”