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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
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
May 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

Multi-purpose crowns offer important smile benefits. While, of course, they're an excellent option if you're unhappy with the appearance of a tooth, they are also ideal if you wish to repair or protect a damaged or weak tooth, as well. Offering a variety of dental procedures and services (including crowns!), Drs. Michael O'Donnell and Courtney Wright of Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics in both Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs, FL, are here to make your smile better than ever before!

Crowns can boost your smile power

It's not unusual to have a tooth that doesn't look like your other teeth. Although a tooth may be oddly shaped, it may still function perfectly well. In these cases, crowns offer a simple, effective way to make over an unattractive tooth.

Restorations slip over teeth that have been reduced in size. Made of durable porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin, crowns are designed to last 10 to 15 years or longer. The restorations can be used to hide discolorations or conceal crooked, twisted, or pointed teeth.


Dental crowns protect fragile teeth

Even small cracks can increase the risk that your tooth will break. After all, every time you take a bite of food, the stress on your tooth increases. Dental crowns absorb strong biting forces that can further damage the previously cracked dental material that lies beneath them.


Crowns restore teeth

Your Santa Rosa Beach or DeFuniak Springs dentist may recommend a dental crown if you have broken a tooth. Both painful and unsightly, broken teeth can be restored with a simple crown treatment.

Crowns can also be used to restore missing teeth when they're attached to dental implants. In this procedure, your dentist will add small titanium implants to your jawbone to replace the missing tooth roots. After they bond to the bone, your dentist then attaches a dental crown to the implant. The crown replaces the part of your tooth you see when you smile and makes it possible to bite and chew with your new tooth.


Need dental care? Give us a call!

Dental crowns may offer the perfect solution to your smile issue! Find out by scheduling an appointment with the dentists here at Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics by calling (850) 622-5888 for the Santa Rosa Beach, FL, office or (850) 892-2500 for the DeFuniak Springs office.

Thanks to dental implants, it's possible to completely restore missing teeth. The innovative tooth restoration option is one of the many Dental Implantsdental services offered by your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and DeFuniak Springs, FL, dentists, Drs. Michael O'Donnell, Courtney Wright and Chris Farrugia of Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics.

No other restoration method replaces your entire tooth

Bridges and dentures replace missing teeth, but both have one important drawback. They only restore your crowns, the part of your teeth you see when you smile. A dental implant replaces your entire missing tooth from the root to the crown.

Your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and DeFuniak Springs, FL, dentist implants a small titanium post during the first step of the dental implant process. The post serves as an artificial root and supports a dental crown. In some cases, you'll need to wait about three to six months before a permanent crown can be attached to your dental implant. During that time, the implant will slowly fuse to your bone and eventually become as strong as your natural roots.

The benefits of dental implants

A full smile can improve your self-esteem and make chewing much easier. When there's a gap in your teeth, it can be hard to grind, tear, and chew food. As a result, you may not chew your food thoroughly before you swallow it and may be more likely to experience an upset stomach.

Dental implants are the next best thing to growing a new tooth. In fact, many Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and DeFuniak Springs, FL, residents say that their new tooth doesn't feel any different than their natural teeth.

Cost is certainly an important consideration when you consider restoration methods. Dental implants may cost a little more than other restoration methods initially but can save you money over time. In most cases, dental implants never need to be replaced. Bridges and dentures must be replaced approximately every 10 to 15 years due to wear. You will need to replace your crowns occasionally, although the cost will be less than replacing an entire bridge or denture.

Are you ready to find out if dental implants are a good choice for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. O'Donnell, Dr. Wright, or 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!

By Great Florida Smiles
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Porcelain veneers offer a simple way to enhance your smile, and they are conveniently offered by your dentists, Dr. Michael O'Donnell, Dental VeneersCourtney 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.