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By Great Florida Smiles
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

Regular visits to your dentists, Drs. Michael O'Donnell, Courtney Wright, and Chris Farrugia of Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics in DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach, FL, are just one aspect of good oral health. Your oral hygiene regimen also plays an important role in maintaining a healthy smile.

Do you follow these oral hygiene recommendations?

These steps can help you prevent cavities and gum disease:

  • Start and End the Day by Removing Plaque: Plaque is a sticky, transparent film that causes cavities to build on your teeth while you sleep. Brushing first thing in the morning removes plaque and freshens your breath. Your nightly brushing session gets rid of plaque that builds up during the day.
  • Floss Once a Day: In an American Dental Association (ADA)Survey, only 16 percent of people reported flossing once a day. If you only floss occasionally, plaque accumulates between teeth, where it can soon cause tooth decay. Eliminating plaque also helps you avoid tartar buildup on your teeth. The hard brownish substance develops if plaque remains on your teeth too long. Unlike plaque, tartar can only be removed during dental cleanings at the Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak dental offices.
  • Use the Best Tools: Participants in the ADA survey reported using fingernails, paper, utensils, safety pins and even strands of hair to try to remove food stuck between teeth. At best, these methods are inefficient, and at worst, they may damage your teeth and gums. Packaged dental floss or water-powered flossers help you clean your teeth safely. When you shop for toothbrushes, look for soft bristles and toothbrush heads that fit in your mouth comfortably.
  • Make Checkups a Priority: Dental cleanings get rid of tartar and hard-to-reach plaque. Without them, your risk of cavities and gum disease rises. Twice-yearly dental visits also allow your dentist to detect spot signs of trouble in your mouth and offer prompt treatment of oral health issues.

Maintain your sparkling smile with good oral hygiene and checkups with your dentists in DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Drs. O'Donnell, Wright, and Farrugia. Schedule an appointment with Great Florida Smiles and Orthodontics by calling (850) 622-5888 for the Santa Rosa Beach office or (850) 892-2500 for the DeFuniak Springs office.

By Great Florida Smiles
February 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Filling  

How a filling from your dentists in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, can save your smile

Your tooth hurts, but do you need a filling? That’s a good question, and one that your dentist can answer. The best action you can take when you have tooth pain is to visit your dentist for x-rays and a dental examination.

The dentists at Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics offer a wide range of dental services, including dental fillings to save your smile. They have two convenient office locations in Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs, FL, to help you and your smile.

There are some signs and symptoms you can pay attention to which may indicate you need a filling. Pain is often the first symptom indicating you may need a filling. You may experience:

  • Acute, sharp, stabbing tooth pain when you bite down or chew
  • Sudden aching or throbbing tooth pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Sudden sharp tooth pain when you eat or drink sweet foods or beverages

There are also non-painful signs you may notice when you need a filling, including:

  • An open hole or missing tooth structure on the surface of your tooth
  • An area of brown or black stain on your tooth which doesn’t brush off

There are a few reasons why you might need a filling. One of the main causes is a cavity created by tooth decay. Painful symptoms like those listed above often accompany tooth decay, but you can still have tooth decay without pain. You may also need a filling because your old filling is breaking and leaking. You may see cracks in the filling, or a broken, crumbling margin of a filling.

If you do need a filling, modern filling materials give you a little extra benefit besides just restoring your tooth. Today’s fillings can also make your smile look better, because one of the most commonly used filling materials is composite. Composite is a unique liquid resin that can be matched to the color of your tooth and shaped to match your tooth contours. The composite is then hardened with an ultraviolet light, giving you a beautiful filling that blends with your smile.

To find out more about fillings and how tooth-colored fillings using composite can help your smile, talk with the experts. Call the dentists at Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics in Defuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach, FL, today! Call (850) 622- 5888 for our Santa Rosa Beach office and (850) 892-2500 for our DeFuniak Springs office.

By Great Florida Smiles
February 18, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns  

If you have an unattractive tooth, don't let your self-esteem suffer. Visit your dentist to discuss cosmetic services that can give your smile and oral health a boost. At Great Florida Smiles and Orthodontics, we may recommend dental crowns as a durable solution to fix teeth that are weak, broken, and damaged. For patients who live in the surrounding Santa Rosa Beach, FL, area, schedule a consultation in our office to learn more about how dental crowns can help enhance your grin.

What is a Dental Crown?

If one or multiple teeth acquire damage from decay, bruxism, or injury, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that renews its strength, restores function, and improves aesthetics. Because it's visible in the mouth, selecting the right material is essential for ultimate comfort and satisfaction. In our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, dental office, porcelain is a popular choice because it's the closest match to a natural appearance. The ultimate goal of a dental crown is to enhance the shape, size, and color of your smile.

How Dental Crowns Help Your Smile

Dental crowns are versatile and are often used in a variety of situations. Some of these include holding a dental bridge in place, protecting or restoring a weak tooth, and covering a dental implant. Dental crowns also disguise discoloration, preserve function, and offer full coverage, so you can smile with confidence, enjoy your favorite foods again, and speak without worrying about lisping or slurring your speech. With standard oral care, they can benefit your health for a lifetime.

What to Expect from Treatment

Dental crown placement is achievable during a few visits to Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics. The number of appointments will depend on your specific situation, and whether or not you need a bridgework or a dental implant. Placing a crown requires minimal tooth preparation. Your dentist first applies a local anesthetic before filing the tooth to fit inside its new covering. Filling material may be added for extra support. You may receive a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your permanent one is fabricated.

Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics serves patients across the Northwest Florida area. Our dedicated staff is committed to serving the oral health needs of your entire family. To decide if dental crowns are suitable for you, consult with a dentist in our office. For more information about dental crowns and other services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling at our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, office, please call (850) 622-5888, and for our DeFuniak Springs, FL, office, please call (850) 892-2500.

By Great Florida Smiles
November 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Here’s what you should know about getting dental implants in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

Losing a tooth can be an upsetting experience and it’s one that millions of American adults will deal with at some point during their lifetime.  implantsLuckily, our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, dentists Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Dr. Courtney Wright, and Dr. Chris Farrugia offer dental implants, which provide a new and long-term way to replace teeth for good.

Here are just some of the amazing benefits of dental implants.

Restore Bite

Since implants and bone naturally fuse together the implant allows you to bite down with about the same force that you had with natural teeth. Other tooth replacements don’t naturally integrate with bone and tissue, so they have the ability to move or shift around when chewing or talking. Implants stay firmly in place.

Support Proper Speech

If you are dealing with significant tooth loss then you may already realize how much it can impact your ability to speak. You may deal with whistling because of large gaps between your teeth or develop problems such as a lisp. Since dental implants both work and feel just like a real tooth they allow you to feel confident speaking again and can even reverse speech impediments caused by tooth loss.

Prevent Misalignments

If you leave tooth loss untreated the rest of your teeth will eventually shift into those open gaps in your smile. This can lead to further gaps between teeth, crooked and twisted teeth, and overlapping, which can only be corrected through braces. Our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, restorative dentist can begin the implant placement process as soon as we deem you a good candidate for treatment. By replacing your tooth or teeth as soon as possible we can prevent the rest of your smile from moving out of place.

Preserve the Jawbone

This is probably one of the most unique benefits of dental implants. The tooth roots stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy and to stimulate the development of new bone cells. When a tooth is extracted the jawbone isn’t getting the stimulation it needs because of missing tooth roots, which leads to bone loss. The only restoration that can stop bone deterioration is a dental implant because it’s an artificial tooth root that stimulates the jawbone in the same way as real tooth roots.

Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics in Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs, FL, wants to make sure that you get the dental care you need for a beautiful smile. If you are dealing with tooth loss, call our office and request an implant consultation today.

By Great Florida Smiles
July 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Porcelain veneers resolve issues with teeth: badly stained, poorly shaped or crooked. Veneers are thin porcelain dental appliances cemented over natural teeth to change their color and/or shape. They're a better option, compared to bondings for example, because they have a longer life expectancy, color stability, and are highly resist to permanent staining from eating certain foods or beverages.

Veneers fix a variety of problems, other than those mentioned above, like:

  • uneven surfaces
  • chipped
  • discolored
  • oddly shaped
  • unevenly spaced

Veneers take at least three appointments because your dentist must first diagnose and treatment any underlying issues and determine if you're a good candidate for veneers; then come up with a plan; then prepare the permanent veneers by creating the mold sent to a dental lab; and finally bond the veneers to your teeth.

The procedure is quick and painless, requiring little to no anesthesia. A dental lab technician creates permanent veneers from a model provided by your Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs dentist and your dentist takes care of the rest. Your dentist removes a small amount of enamel off the surface of your teeth, an irreversible procedure, to accommodate the shell, about half a millimeter of enamel is removed.

The porcelain veneers will mask the undesirable defects mentioned above when bonded to the surface then lightly buffed. Then you're ready to go with your new smile.

To properly care for veneers, make sure you brush and floss everyday. Use a soft-bristled tooth brush and change it when bristles are frayed. Also, visit your dentist every six months for dental checkups, as a preventative measure to catch any issues in their early stages, and get professional dental cleanings.

Interested in learning more about our veneers? Call (850) 622-5888 for our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, office and (850) 892-2500 for our DeFuniak Springs, FL, office to learn more today!

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