Porcelain veneers offer a simple way to enhance your smile, and they are conveniently offered by your dentists, Dr. Michael O'Donnell, Courtney Wright, and Chris Farrugia, at their Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs, FL, offices. Read on to learn more!
What are veneers?
Veneers keep common tooth imperfections hidden from view. The restorations are cemented to the fronts of your teeth to conceal minor, but very noticeable, cosmetic issues, such as discolorations and chips. Before you receive your veneers, your Santa Rosa Beach or DeFuniak Springs dentist buffs off a small amount of tooth enamel and makes an impression of your teeth. Technicians at a dental laboratory then use these impression to create your custom-made veneers.
Veneers are as thin as contact lenses, yet offer excellent coverage for dental flaws. They're made of porcelain, a translucent material that reflects light the same way your natural tooth enamel does. In fact, porcelain veneers look so much like tooth enamel that no one will be able to tell that you're wearing veneers.
How can veneers help my smile?
Veneers can completely transform your smile. They're an excellent choice if your tooth enamel is pitted, uneven, or if you have small chips or cracks in teeth.
The restorations can even change the shape of teeth and make crooked or twisted teeth look perfectly straight. They also improve the appearance of pointed or oddly shaped teeth and extend the length of teeth that are shorter than adjacent teeth.
A gap between your front teeth may be adorable when you're younger, but many adults don't like spaces between their teeth. Adding veneers closes slight gaps that can detract from your appearance.
Veneers also hide discolored teeth or whiten your entire smile. When you use veneers for whitening, you can pick the perfect shade of white. The shade of the dental cement that your dentist uses also influence whiteness. Veneers are stain resistant and remain white even if you drink coffee, tea, cola, or wine.
Interested? Give us a call!
Revitalize your smile with porcelain veneers! Schedule an appoint with dentists Dr. Michael O'Donnell, Courtney Wright, and Chris Farrugia of Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics by calling (850) 622-5888 for the Santa Rosa Beach, FL, office or (850) 892-2500 for the DeFuniak Springs, FL, office.
Do you need dental implants from your Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs, FL, dentist
Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics provide dental implants to individuals who have lost their teeth. A small titanium post replaces missing tooth roots.
The procedure isn't painful and any discomfort is managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen, or pain-relievers. Ice can also help relieve inflammation.
The procedure is quite simple. The titanium post is inserted into your jawbone and takes 3 to 6 months to fuse to the rest of the bone. Allergies are rare. The titanium post is biocompatible, so tissue rejection shouldn't occur, but you'll still need to visit your doctor throughout those few months to ensure no tissue rejection takes place.
You'll receive a temporary crown to get you through those months.
After those few months, you'll go back to your Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs dentist. They'll insert a screw and abutment in the post to attach a porcelain crown matching the rest of your teeth.
Dental implants are advantageous in many ways. They can replace a single tooth, or multiple teeth, just View Examples, and support dentures. They're also one of the most successful restorative procedures, more than 95 percent success rate, and help restore bit and chewing function.
Caring for dental implants is straightforward:
- You'll brush and floss daily
- Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings
- Take proper care of gum tissues around dental implants since implants don't decay
- Use fluoride-containing products
- Drink fluoride-containing water
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, so you need to consult your doctor first. Your dentist will provide a complete oral examination, which include x-rays, to determine your procedural candidacy.
Please schedule a consultation if you're interested in learning more about dental implants. Call your Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs, FL, dentist today!
What your dentists in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, want you to know about tooth extractions
Deciding when and why to have a tooth extracted can be a daunting decision, and it’s one you shouldn’t make alone. The truth is there are definite reasons to have a tooth removed. Your dentists, Drs. Michael O’Donnell and Chris Farrugia, at Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics, want to share the facts about when an extraction is necessary. They have two convenient office locations in Santa Rosa Beach, and DeFuniak Springs, FL, to help with your dental care needs.
Pain can be one of the most common reasons you might need a tooth removed. Sometimes pain can be relieved with a dental filling, crown, or root canal treatment. Severe pain that isn’t relieved by conventional dental treatment is often a precursor to removing a tooth.
Some of the most common reasons teeth are extracted include:
- Dental trauma due to an accident or injury
- Dental decay which has destroyed large amounts of tooth structure
- Tooth damage that can’t be repaired with a filling or crown
- A failed root canal or a split tooth root
Pain is not always a symptom of the need for extraction. There are also many non-painful reasons to have a tooth removed. You may need a dental extraction if you:
- Are having your teeth straightened with orthodontics
- Have an impacted tooth that won’t erupt even with orthodontic treatment
Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the most common type of dental extraction. Erupting wisdom teeth can sometimes cause pain when they press against your other teeth, however, there may be no symptoms at all. In addition to pressure and pain, other reasons to remove wisdom teeth include:
- Inadequate space in your jaw for the teeth to erupt
- Impaction and the potential for cyst formation
- Inability to keep the area clean because the teeth are too far back
Bone loss due to periodontal disease is another common reason why a tooth may need to be extracted. Bacteria associated with periodontal disease can destroy the bone surrounding a tooth, causing the tooth to become loose and ineffective at chewing. Removing the diseased tooth can help your other teeth.
If you think your tooth might need to be removed, seek out the services of an expert. Call your dentists, Drs. Michael O’Donnell and Chris Farrugia at Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics, with offices in Santa Rosa Beach, and DeFuniak Springs, FL. They can help you keep your smile healthy, so call today!
Professional dental cleanings are a few benefits that you may not realize. Dr. Michael O'Donnell and Dr. Chris Farrugia of Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics in Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs, FL, help their patients enjoy healthy smiles with cleanings and other dental services and treatments.
Regular dental cleanings protect your smile
Plaque and tartar are the culprits responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, dental issues that affect many people at some point in their lives. Plaque plays a role in the formation of cavities, while tartar, an unattractive brown deposit, raises your gum disease risk. Tartar forms when plaque isn't removed after about a week and is so hard it can only be scraped away with dental tools.
Brushing and flossing is an excellent way to remove plaque, but sometimes, it's difficult to completely eliminate the sticky substance from your mouth. If your teeth are crooked or overlap, plaque can build up in hard-to-reach places and soon turn into tartar. Luckily, dental cleanings remove every speck of plaque and tartar, even in hard-to-reach places. Cleanings are particularly important if you don't remember to floss every day.
Dental cleanings offer other advantages
After removing plaque and tartar, the dental hygienist at your Santa Rosa Beach or DeFuniak Springs dentist's offices polishes your teeth. Polishings make your teeth feel clean and smooth and also remove surface stains that can dull your smile. Dental cleanings also freshen your breath by removing food particles trapped in overlapping areas or between teeth.
Regular visits also include dental examinations. After your cleaning, your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease or potential issues, such as cracks, loose fillings, and oral cancer, and discuss treatment options if he discovers any problems. It takes time for cavities to grow large and gum disease to progress. If you visit every six months, these issues can be detected and treated before they become serious issues.
Keep your smile healthy with dental cleanings. Schedule an appointment with Dr. O'Donnell and Dr. Farrugia of Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics by calling (850) 622-5888 for the Santa Rosa Beach, FL, office or (850) 892-2500 for the DeFuniak Springs, FL, office.
Maintaining a healthy smile doesn’t have to be challenging.
We know how busy life can get; however, life should never be so hectic that you forget to care for your smile. Of course, caring for your smile shouldn’t be confusing or leave you scratching your head. Our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, dentist is here to give you some key tips for keeping your smile in tip-top shape.
Brushing and Flossing are Crucial
How you brush and floss, and how often you brush and floss, are key to ensuring that you have a healthy, beautiful smile for the long run. Everyone should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day (preferably between each meal) and flossing once a day (ideally before bedtime). It only takes a couple of minutes to complete these tasks and they could just end up saving your smile from common dental problems. Other tips to follow include,
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes each time. Make sure to set a timer to hold yourself accountable for brushing the entire time.
- Make sure that you don’t forget to brush your tongue and roof of your mouth, which harbor nasty bad breathing-causing bacteria.
- Make sure to replace your toothbrush head at the first signs of wear. If the bristles look splayed out this is a sign that it’s old and needs to be replaced (this will need to happen about every 3-4 months).
Your Diet Nourishes Your Oral Health
What you eat can greatly impact the health of your teeth and gums. This is why it’s important to limit the amount of sugar, white starches and junk food you consume. The same rules apply to sports drinks, sodas and alcohol. Moderation is key. Your diet should consist of a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, low-fat dairy (yogurt and cheese are great sources of calcium) and whole grains.
Visit Your Dentist
No matter how healthy your smile looks and feels you still need to visit your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, general dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. This ensures that if there are any problems like decay or gum disease that they are detected early on when they are much simpler to handle. Plus, these visits ensure that you get a comprehensive dental cleaning and that you get to ask any questions you might have about your at-home oral care routine.
Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics has offices in DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach, FL, to serve you better. If you have questions about the services we provide or you just need to schedule a routine cleaning, don’t hesitate to call our office today.
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