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By Great Florida Smiles
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you need dental implants from your Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs, FL, dentist

Dental ImplantsGreat 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!

By Great Florida Smiles
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, want you to know about tooth extractions

Wisdom ToothDeciding 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!

By Great Florida Smiles
March 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Gum disease is a problem for nearly half of American adults and about 38 percent of adults struggle with moderate to severe periodontitis periodontal diseaseaccording to CDC statistics. This disease poses a significant risk to a patient’s oral health. The solution for many patients is periodontal disease therapy, a treatment offered at Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics in DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 

Understanding Periodontal Disease
Periodontitis is not something that you should ignore, as it can ultimately lead to tooth loss. It is a very aggressive form of gum disease that is caused by poor dental hygiene and specific strains of harmful bacteria. First, the bacterium irritates the gum line, eventually separating it from the tooth surfaces. It then attacks the bone tissue, ultimately leading to tooth loss if the diseased matter isn’t removed. One of the first signs of periodontal disease is red, painful, bleeding gums.

Periodontal Therapy
Therapy for periodontal disease is aimed at getting the bad bacteria under control so that new healthy gum tissue can emerge. These are the common steps that your DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach dentist will take to stop and reverse the damage caused by periodontitis:

- Scaling and root planing, which removes harmful plaque from beneath the gumline.
- Periodontal surgery (flaps are exposed to surgically remove diseased tissue).
- Gum grafting to restore lost gum tissue.
- Laser treatment to get rid of bad tissue without the need for surgery.
- Dental implantation if periodontal therapy doesn’t work for every tooth.

Protecting Your Gum Health in the Future
The health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth—they support each other. Follow these tips to keep your gums healthy and free from disease:

- Floss more, as this is the main preventive step you can take to avoid gum disease.
- See your dentist at least every three months after periodontal therapy for a thorough cleaning.
- Ask your dentist if you can benefit from using an oral antiseptic like a chlorhexidine rinse.

Get on the Road to Healing 
Your gums will need ample time to heal after periodontal disease therapy by your DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach, FL dentist. Start the process by scheduling an examination at Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics. Call (850) 622-5888 or (850) 892-2500 today to make time with Dr. Michael O'Donnell or Dr. Chris Farrugia.

By Great Florida Smiles
October 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

You may have heard of veneers as a dental treatment to the stars, transforming actors’ smiles from drab to fab. However, veneers can veneersbenefit many different kinds of patients. Whether you want to completely overhaul your smile or subtly tweak a slightly misshapen tooth, veneers can do it all. Find out what veneers can do for your smile with your dentists at Great Florida Smiles and Orthodontics with locations in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and DeFuniak Springs, FL, Dr. Michael O’Donnell and Dr. Chris Farrugia.

What can veneers do for me? 
A dental veneer can treat a wide range of dental problems, from simple chips to serious dental staining. Your dentist can help you choose the best use of veneers for your smile. Some of the most common uses of veneers include:

  • stained teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • misshapen teeth
  • small misalignments
  • small gaps
  • slight crowding
  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth

How will my dentist determine if veneers can help me? 
Your dentist can assess your candidacy for dental veneers at a regular dental examination or specific consultation. During this process, your dentist will ensure that you have a strong at-home oral health routine to keep their teeth free from teeth decay and gum disease. Additionally, your dentist will assess your teeth’s enamel to ensure that it is strong enough to provide a good foundation for your veneers.

Dental Veneers in Santa Rosa Beach, FL
If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, you should consider consulting with your dentist. In addition to a consultation, your dentist will need to prepare the teeth and take an impression of your mouth for the dental laboratory who creates your veneers.

For more information on dental veneers or other porcelain dental restorations, please contact Dr. Michael O’Donnell and Dr. Chris Farrugia at Great Florida Smiles and Orthodontics with locations in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Call (850) 622-5888 to schedule your appointment in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and (850) 892-2500 to schedule your appointment in DeFuniak Springs, FL today!

By Great Florida Smiles
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You can fill those gaps and replace missing teeth for the long term with dental implants.dental implants

Are you trying to figure out the best way to restore those gaps in your teeth left over by tooth loss? If so, chances are good that you’ve heard about dental implants. They have become a popular way for our Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs, FL, dentists Dr. Michael O’Donnell and Dr. Chris Farrugia improve toothless smiles because they offer unique benefits that other options don’t, some of which include,

Long-Term Longevity

If you think about dental crowns, bridges, dentures and other restorations, we know that at some point these restorations are going to need to be repaired or replaced. After all, they aren’t meant to last forever. Of course, the same cannot be said for dental implants. Not only are implants made from thick, durable titanium but they also fuse together with the jawbone to become a permanent structure within the mouth. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone it’s meant to last a lifetime. Just ask your dentists in Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs.

Restored Speech and Chewing

Even just losing one permanent tooth can be enough to affect your speech or make it challenging to chew your food properly. Fortunately, just by getting a dental implant we can completely restore speech, get rid of speech impediments caused by tooth loss and even make it easier to chew all your favorite foods again. Don’t feel self-conscious again about going out to dinner; dental implants have your back!

Preserved Jawbone

Most people know that when they lose a tooth that the jawbone will also be affected. This is because the jawbone requires full stimulation from the roots of the tooth. When the tooth is extracted or falls out, the jawbone no longer gets the complete stimulation it needs. As a result, the jawbone begins to deteriorate.

While other restorations can replace missing teeth (e.g. dentures) they cannot prevent the jawbone from deteriorating. The only restoration that can is a dental implant because it is meant to take the place of tooth roots (and it even fuses together naturally with the bone).

Are you interested in finding out more about dental implants and how they can revive your smile? We thought so! If so, your next step is to schedule a consultation with Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics in Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs FL, today.