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By Emerald Coast Family Dentistry
March 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
BracesTakeAdvantageofTeethsNaturalAbilitytoMove

There are many new and exciting ways now to transform an unattractive smile into one you'll be confident to display. But not all “smile makeover” techniques are new — one in particular has been around for generations: using braces to correct crooked teeth.

Braces have improved the smiles (and also dental health) for millions of people. But as commonplace this orthodontic treatment is, it wouldn't work at all if a natural mechanism for moving teeth didn't already exist. Braces “partner” with this mechanism to move teeth to better positions.

The jawbone doesn't actually hold teeth in place — that's the job of an elastic gum tissue between the teeth and bone called the periodontal ligament. Tiny fibers extending from the ligament attach to the teeth on one side and to the bone on the other. In addition to securing them, the dynamic, moldable nature of the ligament allows teeth to move incrementally in response to forces applied against them.

To us, the teeth feel quite stationary (if they don't, that's a problem!). That's because there's sufficient length of the tooth roots that are surrounded by bone, periodontal ligament and gum tissue. But when pressure is applied against the teeth, the periodontal ligament forms both osteoblasts (bone-forming cells) and osteoclasts (bone-resorbing cells) causing the bone to remodel. This allows the teeth to move to a new position.

Braces take advantage of this in a controlled manner. The orthodontist bonds brackets to the outside face of the teeth through which they pass a thin metal wire. They attach the ends of the wire to the brackets (braces), usually on the back teeth. By using the tension placed in the wire, the orthodontist can control the gradual movement of teeth to achieve proper function and aesthetics. The orthodontist continues to monitor the treatment progress, while making periodic adjustments to the tension.

It takes time, but through this marvelous interplay between nature and dental science you'll gain a more healthy and beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on improving your smile with orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Moving Teeth with Orthodontics.”

By Emerald Coast Family Dentistry
March 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

There are so many smile benefits that you’ll enjoy when you say “yes” to cosmetic treatment.

Having cracked, discolored or misaligned teeth is certainly enough to make anyone self-conscious. Fortunately, these are issues that don’t teeth whiteninghave to stick around forever. Our Pensacola, FL, family dentist Dr. Jennifer Georgiades believes that everyone should have a beautiful smile that they are proud of. This is why our dental office is pleased to offer these popular cosmetic treatments to our patients who wish to spruce up their appearance.

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

There are so many wonderful benefits to choosing cosmetic dentistry. The first and most obvious benefit is that we will be able to hide imperfections while improving the overall appearance of your smile. Our goal is to make sure that you have a smile you feel confident showing off.

Secondly, you’ll be amazed at how quickly cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence. When you have a smile that is imperfect you often feel embarrassed to show your teeth, but once you get cosmetic dentistry you may find that your social calendar suddenly starts to fill up.

Furthermore, you may also notice that your oral health is even better than it was before cosmetic dentistry. While cosmetic dentistry doesn’t usually improve the actual health of your teeth and gums, once you spend the time and money to get this dental treatment, you want to make sure that your results last. This usually equates to patients who can’t wait to brush, floss and visit their dentist every six months to keep their smiles looking and feeling their best.

What are the different kinds of cosmetic dentistry?

The type of cosmetic dentistry treatment or treatments you choose will depend on several factors. Some of the most popular cosmetic treatments include,

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth reshaping
  • Dental veneers
  • Dental implants

Not sure which treatment would give you the results you want? No problem! Our Pensacola, FL, dentist can help you with that!

Cosmetic dentistry could give you a more beautiful smile for the long run. If you are interested in sitting down with our dentists and finding out which cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you, call Emerald Coast Family Dentistry in Pensacola, FL, today to schedule a consultation.

By Emerald Coast Family Dentistry
March 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Emerald Coast Family Dentistry
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Fillings  

Tooth-colored fillings are an alternative to silver fillings. Here in Pensacola, FL, family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Georgiades, can help you get fillingthe healthier and whiter smile you want.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Decays
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Short teeth
  • Fractures

How your doctor preps tooth-colored fillings in Pensacola, FL?

In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your family dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light.

How do you maintain dental health?

Dental bondings don't require special oral care.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss at least once at day
  • Use fluoride-containing products

What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?

After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:

  • The fillings won't cause your teeth to turn a gray tint over time and are safer.
  • The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth and breaking, or cracking, it again
  • As mentioned before, your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.

Need a consultation?

For more information about tooth-colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call your family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Georgiades at her office located in Pensacola, FL, so don't hesitate to call (850) 944-9655 today!

By Emerald Coast Family Dentistry
January 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
DentalImplantsBetterthanEverthankstoOngoingTechAdvances

While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.

Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.

But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.

These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.

Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.

These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”