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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.

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.