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In the classic holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey sees what life would be like if he'd never been born. In a variation on the theme, imagine your life if your teeth had never formed.

That's actually a reality for some—they're born without teeth, albeit usually only one or two. But even then, they're often more susceptible to problems with their bite, speech development and nutrition.

And if their missing teeth affects their appearance, their self-image could also take a hit. In particular, the maxillary lateral incisors on either side of the central incisors (those in the very front) can create an odd smile if missing.

Fortunately, we can correct the problem of missing lateral incisors with three possible solutions. The first is canine substitution, involving the pair of pointed teeth next in line to the missing incisors. In effect, we use orthodontic appliances like braces to move them toward the frontmost teeth and close the missing teeth gap.

It's a minimally invasive way to improve smile appearance. But because of their size and sharp edges, it's often necessary to alter the canines, perhaps even crown them. Some people may also need gum surgery to "blend" the gums with the repositioned teeth.

A second method is a fixed bridge, a series of fused crowns. Those in the middle replace the missing teeth, while those on the ends are bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge.

Bridges can function well for many years, but it does require permanently altering the supporting teeth for crowning. An alternative Maryland or bonded bridge doesn't require this alteration, but it's also less durable than a traditional bridge.

Finally, we could replace the missing teeth with dental implants, a titanium post imbedded into the jawbone with an attached life-like crown. An implant tooth can last for decades, and don't require alterations to other teeth. However, they're not suitable for younger patients who are still undergoing jaw development—a temporary restoration may thus be in order until the jaw matures.

Being born without certain teeth is something you can't do anything about. But you can change how it affects your appearance and life with one of these options for a new smile.

If you would like more information on correcting a smile with missing teeth, 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.”

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Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry. Not only are they the top choice for individual tooth replacement, implants also improve upon traditional dental work.

Dental bridges are a case in point. A few well-placed implants can support a fixed bridge instead of natural teeth, as with a traditional bridge. Furthermore, a fixed, implant-supported bridge can replace all the teeth on a jaw.

But although convenient, we can't simply install an implant-supported bridge and forget about it. We must also protect it from what might seem at first an unlikely threat—periodontal (gum) disease.

Although the bridge materials themselves are impervious to infection, the natural tissues that underly the implants—the gums and bone—are not. An infection plaguing the gums around an implant can eventually reach the bone, weakening it to the point that it can no longer support the imbedded implants. As the implants fail, so does the bridge.

To guard against this, patients must regularly remove any buildup of plaque, a thin biofilm that feeds disease-causing bacteria, adhering to the implant surfaces in the space between the bridge and the gums. To do this, you'll need to floss—but not in the traditional way. You'll need some form of tool to accomplish the job.

One such tool is a floss threader. Similar to a large needle, the threader has an eye opening at one end through which you insert a section of floss. You then gently pass the threader between the bridge and the gums toward the tongue.

Once through, you release the floss from the threader, and holding each end, you work the floss along the implant surfaces within reach. You then repeat the threading process for other sections until you've flossed around all the implants.

You might also use a water flosser, a device that directs a spray of water between the bridge and gums. The pressure from the spray loosens and flushes away any plaque around the implants.

Whatever the method, it's important to use it every day to reduce the threat of gum disease. You should also see your dentist regularly for further cleanings and checkups. Keeping your implants clean helps ensure gum disease won't ruin your fixed bridge—or your attractive smile.

If you would like more information on keeping your dental work clean, 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 “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework.”

Cosmetic dentistry is a powerful way for Pensacola, FL, residents to manage serious oral health issues. But which procedure is correct for you? If you're not sure, the offices of Dr. Edwin Yee can help you better understand the following high-quality cosmetic dental procedures.

Whitening

Whitening is explicitly designed for stains or imperfections in your teeth' appearance. Your dental professional starts by carefully removing and cleaning any plaque or tartar buildup throughout your mouth. Then, a whitening agent is applied to the teeth periodically to help naturally improve your smile. We suggest this option to those with minimal dental damage who want a shinier smile in Pensacola, FL. Regular coffee drinkers or smokers need this procedure quite regularly.

Indirect Fillings 

This procedure occurs when you have mild to moderate decay on your tooth, and a regular filling won't provide the support that you need. Instead, they are made out of composite porcelain or ceramic material and carefully attached to the tooth to provide extra support for its enamel. Also known as inlays and onlays, we suggest this option for people who have minor issues with a few teeth that they want to manage with cosmetic dentistry quickly. It should last several years after installation.

Veneers 

When traditional caps or crowns don't work for you, a dental veneer is a great alternative. This common type of cosmetic dentistry uses medical-grade ceramic to seal your enamel and keep your teeth strong. This option is perfect for people with minor surface damage who want to make their teeth look as strong as possible. That's because the ceramic material looks very close to your normal tooth. In this way, you can create a smile that you'll love.

Bonding 

This process utilizes a colored composite material to recreate the overall shape and structure of a damaged tooth. Your dentist carefully removes any decay on the surface and then applies this material to shape it to the look and feel of your normal tooth. We suggest this option for people who don't have a lot of money or no dental insurance because it is relatively inexpensive and can restore your oral health. And you'll improve your overall appearance, too.

Implants 

Implantation is a great alternative when you lose one or more teeth and aren't quite ready for dentures. They can last for a very long time, look very close to your normal tooth, and resist oral decay very well. They are also implanted directly into your jaw to stabilize its bone structure and minimize worsening corrosion. We suggest this option for those who want a very healthy tooth replacement option for their cosmetic dentistry.

Make an Appointment Today 

If you feel like these cosmetic dentistry options are right for you, please get in touch with the offices of Dr. Edwin Yee to learn more. We can help Pensacola, FL, residents get the high-quality dental care necessary to keep their smiles strong. So call us at (850) 479-3355 today to learn more about your options.

By EDWIN YEE
May 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

When tooth loss changes your smile, dental implants offer an excellent solution. Your Pensacola, FL, dentist, Dr. Edwin Yee, can help you decide if implants are a good choice for you.

Dental implants completely restore missing teeth

Implants offer the only way to replace the roots of lost teeth. Roots give your teeth the strength you need to bite and chew hard and tough foods. Although other restoration methods replace the crowns or visible parts of your teeth, only dental implants can restore your roots.

Dental implants are small posts made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that bonds to the bone. Bonding ensures that your new roots are firmly attached to your jawbone. You'll receive your implants during a minor oral surgical procedure in Pensacola, FL. Your implants will be securely attached to the bone in just three to six months.

Crowns attached to the tops of dental implants improve your appearance and restore your chewing ability. The restorations are made from an impression of your mouth and look completely natural.

Implant benefits

Dental implants offer these advantages:

  • Stronger Jawbone: Your jawbone may begin to shrink after tooth loss, due to decreased stimulation from tooth roots. Unfortunately, as the bone shrinks, it may not be able to adequately support your teeth or the muscles in your lower face. Loose teeth and sagging facial muscles can occur as a result of this condition, called resorption. Fortunately, dental implants provide the stimulation the jawbone needs to remain healthy.
  • Excellent Biting Power: Loss of biting power won't be a problem with your new teeth. Since your implants are firmly attached to your jawbone, they'll provide the power you need to eat a variety of foods.
  • Easy Care: You'll simply brush and floss your new teeth. Flossing around the base of the tooth is particularly important and will help you avoid an infection that could loosen your implants.
  • Versatility: There are no limits when it comes to dental implants. A single implant can replace one missing tooth, or you can choose to replace several or all of your teeth with implant-supported dentures or bridges.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your dentist in Pensacola, FL, Dr. Yee, at (850) 479-3355 to schedule an appointment.

By EDWIN YEE
February 15, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentist in Pensacola, FL can give you a strong, beautiful smile.

 

If you are struggling with an incomplete smile because of missing teeth, dental implants are the answer you’ve been waiting for! Dental implants offer the strength and beauty of natural teeth. Dr. Edwin Yee in Pensacola, FL offers a full menu of dental care services, including dental implants, to give you a strong, beautiful smile.

There are many reasons why you should consider dental implants to restore your smile. Just consider the fact that dental implants are the most successful surgical implant. The truth is, they boast a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

But, that’s only one reason why dental implants provide the best tooth replacement available today. Consider these additional advantages:

Dental implants provide a naturally-beautiful look, because dental implant crowns are made of light reflective materials that closely resemble natural tooth enamel.

Dental implants are completely stable and will never move, because they are firmly embedded and surrounded by bone.

Dental implants are easy to maintain, because you can brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth.

You will also love the convenience of dental implants, because you never have to remove them. They become a permanent part of your smile.

They also help you maintain the bone in your jaws and face. This is important because more bone means a more youthful face, with less facial sagging. Youthful facial contours are restored, and you look better than ever, thanks to dental implants.

Whether you need to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth, consider restoring your smile with dental implants. To find out more about how dental implants can restore your smile and enhance your life, call Dr. Edwin Yee in Pensacola, FL at (850) 479-3355. Call now.