We Have Some Exciting News to Share With You!

Making sure you have a comfortable dental experience has always been our number one goal. As a member of our dental family, you may already know that we offer relaxation dentistry. We are very excited to introduce you to the newest member of our dental family who will provide this additional service in sedation dentistry.

We Now Offer IV Sedation

IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is a moderate form of sedation that makes you less aware of what’s going on but does not put you to sleep like general anesthesia would. IV sedation is administered through a vein and offers several advantages to you, as a patient, including:

More comfortable for you and us — You’ll feel less pain and discomfort during IV sedation and will be relaxed and in a “twilight zone.” You usually won’t be aware of the procedure, but you will be conscious enough to respond to questions and make comments. We’ll be better able to focus on the procedure knowing you are comfortable and without pain.

Fast-acting — Since it is being administered into your vein, it goes to work quickly, meaning you spend less time in the chair waiting for sedation to take effect.

Can be monitored and adjusted — Unlike other sedation methods, the amount of sedation can be adjusted during the procedure as needed by reducing or increasing the amount of the drugs being used in the IV.

Deeper sedation — IV sedation is deeper than oral sedation, making it ideal for those with stronger dental phobias and those who have strong gag reflexes. It also means you’ll have a more comfortable in-chair experience during longer or more complicated procedures.

Not every dental practice can offer IV sedation. It takes special training on the part of the dentist to be able to administer it — and that is just one reason we are so pleased to be introducing our latest team member.

Meet Our New Team Member

We are proud to welcome Dr. Sayde Souther to our team. Dr. Souther grew up in nearby St. Simons Island, and she always wanted to be a dentist. She got her degree from the University of Georgia, then graduated at the top of her class from the Dental College of Georgia. She continued her education to be able to provide surgical and sedation dentistry, including IV sedation.

Adding Dr. Souther to the team allows us to expand the services we offer under one roof to better serve your needs. Now we can provide the sedation dentistry option that will work best for you. So there’s no need to fear keeping your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. Please contact my office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

All the best,
Dr. Britt

High-Tech Dental Tools Are “Routine” in Our Office!

At Dentistry by Angela Britt, our mission is to help our patients improve and maintain their oral health. One of the most important things we do to achieve that goal happens every time we see you, because that is when we are able to observe and diagnose any problems. We have prepared through education and experience to recognize those problems — and we have invested in current technology to enhance this ability. Read on to learn a bit about some of the “high-tech” diagnostic tools you might see us use during one of your appointments!

Dental Loupes

We need flawless vision when we do our visual examinations — we don’t want to miss a thing! That is why we often wear a dental loupe when we look into your mouth. These devices magnify and illuminate so we have an excellent view of your teeth and oral surfaces.

Digital Radiographs (X-Rays)

Digital x-rays have helped improve diagnostics and provided our patients with images they can relate to. There is also less radiation exposure. Finally, we can now easily store and share images when necessary.

Digital Camera for Patient Education

Using digital photography, we can keep a visual record of your oral examination and share what we see with you. This allows you to make decisions about your oral care with much more information than ever before.

Intraoral Camera

This small camera can be used for planning treatment as well as during treatments. It produces high-quality images that help detect oral health issues and assist with images during restoration procedures.

TRIOS Intraoral Scanner

This scanner produces 3D images to provide us with even more information. Handheld, the scanner is fast and returns excellent images.

Myotronics (Bite Evaluation Computer)

This tool assists in the diagnosis of more complex cases where teeth are misaligned and the upper and lower teeth fit together improperly.

VELscope (Cancer Detection)

Used to assist in finding abnormalities, including cancer, in the mouth, the VELscope uses a blue-spectrum light that makes the soft tissues in your mouth fluoresce. The glowing patterns of healthy tissue change in areas that have been affected by disease, allowing them to be identified, sometimes before they are visible to the naked eye.

ProMax® 3D Imaging

We can correct involuntary movements that may have been caught in the static image with this system. We can also image jaw movement in real-time. This system is safer for patients due to low-dose radiation, and it produces images of all the facial/oral structure.

We are devoted to not only diagnosing any problems you may have, but also to providing the treatment you need to resolve those problems. If are in Brunswick, Georgia, or the surrounding area, and you are concerned about any dental issues you or a family member may be experiencing, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to seeing you!

On the Fence About Dental Implants?

Would you like to hear “real life” stories from patients to learn about their experiences? We recently sat down with Peggy, Elizabeth, and Marna, three of our dental implant patients, and asked them to share their thoughts with us.

Do you also have missing teeth? Do you want to do something about them but you aren’t sure what? Like Peggy, Elizabeth, and Marna, many of our patients have chosen to replace missing teeth with dental implants. This is an excellent option because implants provide you with the closest thing to your “real” teeth by providing a stable, permanent foundation for crowns and bridges.

Peggy, a patient with us since 2002, mentioned how comfortable she has always felt in our care. In the past year, she had a cracked tooth. She opted to have a single implant with a crown instead of having a bridge made. She said the team at Dentistry by Angela Britt helped her to feel relaxed throughout the process — and she was surprised that the process was not painful. She is thrilled with the outcome because the implant is very strong and feels like a “normal” tooth.

Elizabeth was impressed when we asked and listened to her concerns. She came to realize that she had been compensating for her missing teeth for a long time. She told us that her implants were a perfect fit from the moment she received them and they have provided her with a new way of living — and eating! Now she can’t imagine not having them!

Marna has been happy with our team and the implant procedure itself — she felt “no pain!” She shared that she feels fortunate that she found Dr. Britt and all the “wonderful” people on our team.

If you are contemplating what to do about one or more missing teeth, take a minute to watch and listen to Peggy, Elizabeth, and Marna share their stories. Sometimes, there is nothing quite like hearing from someone who has had an experience to help us decide what we should do. If you have questions about implants, or any other concerns that you would like to discuss, please contact the office to schedule a consultation.

All the best,
Dr. Britt

Does Your Smile Reflect Accidents, Wear, and Age?

If you aren’t quite sure why your smile looks tired, be sure to spend a few minutes taking our improved Smile Analysis! The series of simple questions can help you identify and share with us the things you might like to improve about your smile. If you have multiple issues that concern you, it might be time to consider Full Mouth Rejuvenation! What is that, exactly?

What Is Full Mouth Rejuvenation?

Over time, each of us can experience accidental damage to our teeth. We use our teeth every day to chew our food, and some of us develop bad habits like tooth-grinding or using our teeth as tools, which can cause severe wear and tear to tooth structure. As we age, we can lose bone in our jaws from improper care or just the simple process of aging. Poor bite and TMJ disorders can lead to uneven wear and pain. All these processes can affect the appearance and functionality of our teeth. Eventually, the deterioration in appearance and function can signal the need for restoration and repair. When the repairs involve most of the teeth, we call the repair process Full Mouth Rejuvenation.

The process of Full Mouth Rejuvenation can include reconstructive surgery, placement of dental implants and restorations, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) treatment, dental bridges and crowns, orthodontic treatment, and much more, specific to the needs of each patient.

Full Mouth Rejuvenation differs from a Smile Makeover because it is something that needs to be done, versus cosmetic changes that are often done primarily for appearance. Because of advances in the materials, Full Mouth Rejuvenation provides sound clinical restorations that are also aesthetically pleasing. A Smile Makeover and Full Mouth Rejuvenation both require excellent clinical knowledge and skill from your provider, and often use identical solutions, techniques, and materials.

If you are in the Brunswick, Georgia, area and would like to learn more about treatments available to improve your smile and oral health, please contact our office for a consultation.

Smile and the World Smiles With You!

Do you share your smile with everyone? Do you greet someone new, old friends, and family with the most universal sign of pleasure — a smile? Or do you find yourself stopping short of a full smile because you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? If you find that you are hesitant to share your smile, we have a great way to help you identify the things you want to change. What is this awesome tool?

We have improved our Smile Analysis tool on the website to be more responsive to your needs. Now you can quickly read through two short lists of questions, answering them easily as you read. You will find that the questions are perfect for helping you to identify issues with your teeth that you may not realize are preventing you from being as relaxed as you could be in any social situation. Two telling questions include, “Have you ever wished you had someone else’s smile?” and “What would you like to change in order to achieve your perfect smile?” Can’t wait to try out the analysis? Click here to complete the Smile Analysis now!

If you are still with me, I would like to assure you that we can help you to achieve the smile of your dreams. Dentistry offers many solutions for a wide variety of dental issues, whether they are centered purely on aesthetic concerns or they affect your overall oral health. The first step forward can be simply taking advantage of our Smile Analysis!

No matter what your dental issues may be, I think you owe it to yourself to explore available solutions. I am excited to answer all of your questions and evaluate your options. Together we can build and execute a plan that will put you on the road to excellent oral health and a more beautiful smile. Please contact my office to schedule a consultation — and try out the Smile Analysis — I know you’ll like it!

All the best,
Dr. Britt

Are You Wondering How to Replace Your Missing Teeth?

When you begin to think about how to replace any missing teeth you may have, you will no doubt consider the possibility of obtaining dental implants. This is wise, because implants are an effective part of many solutions to missing teeth. However, as wonderful as dental implants are, they aren’t the best solution in every case, so it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dentistry by Angela Britt for an examination.

The Versatile Dental Implant

When looking for the “perfect” replacement for a missing tooth, a dental implant fulfills the role better than other treatments because it mimics the “root” structure of a natural tooth. Your own bone can fuse with the titanium implant, which then serves as a stable foundation for several different types of restorations. Implants are used to support single crowns, bridges, and even entire dentures, and these restorations are more stable and feel like your “real” teeth.

The Ideal Environment for a Dental Implant

We mentioned earlier that the implants are made of titanium that is biocompatible, so your bone tissue can fuse with the implant and it can become fixed, or permanent, in your jaw. But, for this to be an option, you must have enough bone remaining in your jaw at the site of the tooth that is being replaced. The bone tissue around missing teeth decreases once the tooth is gone. For those who have teeth that have been missing for a long time, this can be a problem. When this happens, there are additional steps we can take, including bone grafts, to build up the tissue for the implant.

How Many Implants?

A common question is “how many implants must I have to repair my teeth?” A dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth, while several implants provide a more stable base for a full denture. The number of implants required will depend totally upon the treatment that will provide you with the best solution for your situation.

We look forward to answering all your questions about dental implants. Call today to schedule a consultation so we can evaluate your needs and discuss a variety of solutions and treatments that will bring you to optimum oral health. We proudly serve Brunswick, Georgia, and the surrounding area.

What Is LVI?

Have you ever noticed any of our framed training certificates around the office and wondered what they are for? They are certificates awarded when we complete important training courses in dental education and processes. Please read on to see how these sessions benefit you and why we think LVI is so special!

The LVI Philosophy

We recently returned from training in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). We have attended many of their training sessions over the years. We find their philosophy and training enables us to bring you the most advanced treatment methods and cutting-edge technology in dentistry.

The LVI emphasizes that the body is a system that works together — problems in one area can and do affect other areas — and they provide training that uses this knowledge to bring better treatment to patients. Your teeth, gums, tongue, and muscles in the face, jaw, and neck need to be in proper balance so your teeth will close together correctly and your oral system can work properly. It may be difficult to believe, but a misaligned bite can cause pain in your jaws, neck, and ears, in addition to causing headaches. I understand how the system works together so I can diagnose your oral problems and create a treatment plan that will resolve the issues, not create new issues.

Our Trips to Las Vegas Bring YOU the Jackpot

We have made many trips to study in Las Vegas at LVI over the years. The knowledge we have accumulated and continue to build upon flows directly into your dental care. We use state-of-the-art radiology equipment to obtain x-rays and will analyze your bite with myotronics — state-of-the-art devices for evaluation and treatment of the muscular and physiological aspects of the orofacial area and their impact on occlusion. Our advanced equipment helps me identify problems in your oral cavity, head, and neck that cause referred pain in other parts of your body. I can then create the best treatments to treat the cause and clear up the associated symptoms.

It is our mission to provide you the best quality dental care available. But the latest technology can only be used for diagnosis and treatment when you are in the office in our chair. When was your last checkup? Call us to set up an appointment today.

All the best,
Dr. Britt

What You Can Do to Improve Your Oral Health — for Free!

Did you know that establishing a healthy oral care routine can save you time and money and improve the quality of your life? Who wouldn’t want that?

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a familiar saying. How does it apply to your oral health? Quite simply, the care routine you practice at home today to keep your mouth, teeth, tongue, and gums clean can pay off long-term. Why? Because keeping your mouth and teeth clean prevents the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay from becoming established in your mouth, thus reducing a major cause of dental problems.

We have some tips to help you with your oral home care routine based on recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), and most of them cost you nothing but time and self-discipline.

For Everyone

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between teeth daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Limit sugary drinks and treats.
  • See your dentist for regular treatment and prevention.

Special Recommendations

If you are prone to suffer from gum disease, use mouthwash and toothpaste that have antimicrobial ingredients.

  • If you are cavity-prone, use a fluoride mouth rinse.
  • Use a power toothbrush to help remove plaque.
  • Avoid piercing the tongue.
  • Drink fluoridated water.
  • Avoid tobacco products.
  • Avoid “do-it-yourself” dentistry.

Schedule Regular Checkups With Our Office

Good home care will move you a long way toward achieving and maintaining good oral health. It is also important to keep your regular checkups with us so we can monitor your health and catch any problems while they are still small.

Oral hygiene is one of our “specialties.” Samantha and Dea are registered dental hygienists and crucial members of our team. Each has completed specialized training required to receive their degrees. They have also spent many hours adding to their knowledge and skills by completing continuing education courses. They perform many procedures for you, but perhaps you remember them most for the gentle care and attention they show when cleaning your teeth.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a checkup and cleaning. We look forward to welcoming you into our office, located in Brunswick, Georgia.

What Is “Cosmetic Dentistry?”

You hear the term “cosmetic dentistry” a lot, but what does it really mean?

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses the dental techniques and procedures that create a more pleasing smile for you. Dentists who want to improve the skills they gained in dental school must look to special continuing education to achieve their goals. There currently is no advanced degree in cosmetic dentistry, so any general dentist can use the term “cosmetic dentist” to describe their work. There is one way to know that your dentist has the skills and experience to provide you the highest-quality treatment.

Dr. Britt Is an Accredited Member of the AACD

I am happy to tell you that I have put in many hours of post–dental school training in order to become highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry. I’ve also devoted many additional hours toward achieving accreditation with the AACD so that you and each of my other patients will have a way to confirm my skill in cosmetic dentistry. I will continue training for the rest of my career so I will always be able to offer you the best dentistry available.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)

The AACD was founded in 1984 and has become the largest and most trusted organization for cosmetic dentistry in the world. The members developed standards for cosmetic dentistry, and the organization is dedicated to responsible esthetics. There are now over 6,000 dental professional members in the AACD worldwide.

As I mentioned earlier, for a dentist to excel in cosmetic dentistry, he or she must pursue additional training after leaving dental school. Fortunately, there are education programs in cosmetic dentistry available that fulfill this need. The AACD has learning opportunities for its dentist members and offers accreditation to applicants who pass rigorous tests of their clinical skills, case presentations, and an oral exam. Gaining accreditation requires an investment of time that can take several years to accomplish. It is a rare achievement — there are no more than 350 accredited members of the AACD in the world, and I am happy to be one of them!

If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile, or if you are having dental problems of any kind, please contact my office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

All the best,
Dr. Britt

Restore Beauty and Health to Your Teeth With Dental Crowns

One of the most successful restorations we can provide is a dental “crown.” The team at Dentistry by Angela Britt can answer your questions about crowns. Customized for your unique teeth, your crown encloses the entire tooth. The shape, color, and even the size are designed to resemble your own teeth. Delivering an aesthetically pleasing crown that allows you to chew correctly in comfort requires time, patience, and skill. When done well, they will be visually attractive and your teeth will be healthier.

Types of Dental Crowns

Crowns are constructed from metals, including gold, stainless steel, and metal alloys. Other materials may be used with the metal, including porcelain, ceramic, and resin.

Metal crowns typically wear longer than other materials and don’t chip. Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated and are often used as temporaries to be replaced with the “permanent” crown when it is finished.

The porcelain in a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown can be matched to your existing teeth to provide a more natural appearance. Because the porcelain can wear from chewing and can also be chipped, they are not as long-lasting as a metal crown.

Crowns can also be completely ceramic. These crowns can look the most natural and are used for both back and front teeth.

When Crowns Might Be Used

Crowns are often the restoration of choice in many situations.

  • Teeth that have internal fractures can suffer from the pressure of chewing.  Placing a crown over such a tooth helps redistribute the pressure, perhaps preventing the need for additional procedures.
  • Large fillings put pressure on the weakened surrounding tooth structure. Replacing large restorations with a crown can help prevent the remaining tooth from cracking and requiring additional procedures.
  • Teeth become worn from chewing, and the worn cusps contribute to fractures. Covering the tooth with a crown can alleviate the pressure and prevent further damage.
  • Root canal procedures save your tooth from an extraction. We may suggest that a crown then be placed over the tooth to protect it from pressure cracks caused by vigorous chewing.
  • Crowns can provide a cover for your dental implant.
  • Teeth worn from grinding can be restored to look natural and more aesthetically pleasing.
  • Damage from accidental trauma or severe decay can be fixed through restorative crowns.
  • Crowns that are carefully made can compensate for gaps between teeth to provide a more beautiful smile.
  • Discolored and misshapen teeth can be restored to provide you with a natural, beautiful smile.

Crowns are one type of restoration available for creating your perfect smile. Deciding which restorations are the best for your unique situation requires a thorough understanding of your needs. Please call our office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Brunswick, Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

Our Exciting New Additions Bring You a Better Experience

As your dentist, providing you with treatments that solve your unique health issues is my purpose, and doing so safely and effectively with the most current proven methods is my passion. Technology in dentistry is constantly evolving and improving, and I am happy that I can share the benefits of that technology with you. Today I would like to share some information with you on two of our most recent additions.

MLS & Mphi5

One technology we use is the MLS laser. The MLS (Multiwave Locked System) is an effective tool for use in treatments including extractions, orthodontics, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), surgeries and more. The MLS laser combines and synchronizes two therapeutic wavelengths — a continuous wavelength and a pulsed wavelength. Used together, they provide greater anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects while reducing the potential for any thermal damage. A few advantages of this cutting-edge laser include:

  • Reduced swelling caused by bruising and inflammation
  • Reduced pain sensation
  • Accelerated cell repair
  • Faster healing, wound closure, and reduced scar tissue

We have been very pleased with the MLS, and I am happy to tell you that we recently purchased a new handpiece for the laser. Using the new Mphi5 handpiece will help us treat a targeted area more precisely and will allow treatment to a larger area in less time. This means an overall improved experience for you, which is important to us.

Planmeca Promax® 3D Mid Imaging

The next time we need to capture images for one of your treatments, you will be introduced to our new imaging unit, the Planmeca Promax® 3D Mid. This unit provides high-quality images that allow us to see the structures of your teeth, jaws, tongue, and face in incredible detail. The improved detail enhances our ability to identify and plan the best approach to treatment for restorations, implants, orthodontics, and much more. Additional advantages:

  • Low-dose imaging
  • Real-time tracking of jaw movement for TMD studies
  • Ideal for imaging patients with braces

You will enjoy having your dental images taken using this unit. It is open for your comfort and the ease of operation helps our team members complete the studies we need for your treatment in an efficient, fluid manner.

Please feel free to ask any team member for more information about any of the equipment and processes we use for your treatment. It is our pleasure to share with you.
I look forward to seeing you here at your next visit. Contact my office to schedule an appointment.
Best,
Dr. Britt

Saliva and Oral Health

The salivary glands make saliva. On average, we produce 2 to 4 pints of saliva daily. When the amount of saliva is too low, it can lead to dry mouth (xerostomia). Some diseases and medications can interfere with the amount of saliva the body makes. Or dehydration can cause it. An underlying condition may cause chronic dry mouth. The team at Dentistry by Angela Britt wants you to know about the role of saliva in oral health.

The Role of Saliva

Saliva contains substances to fight against decay-causing bacteria. It rinses away plaque, bacteria, acids, and food debris. Saliva has antifungal properties, helps remineralize enamel, and assists with the formation of certain sounds. Also, it allows us to enjoy the tastes and textures of our food. When saliva production is decreased, it can lead to dry mouth.

Causes of Dry Mouth

There are a variety of reasons for dry mouth, such as cancer therapy, medications, aging, and nerve damage to the head or neck. Medical conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and autoimmune diseases, can cause a dry mouth.

Symptoms of Dry Mouth

The symptoms of dry mouth include thick and stringy saliva; bad breath; altered sense of taste; problems chewing, swallowing, or talking; hoarseness; and difficulty wearing dentures. Also, mouth sores, a burning sensation in the mouth, and lips that are dry and cracked.

Dry Mouth Complications

Chronic dry mouth can lead to acids remaining on the teeth too long and wearing away enamel. Dry mouth sets the stage for a buildup of plaque, bacteria, and food debris, which can cause tooth decay. It also increases the risk of gum disease and thrush (oral yeast infection).

Saliva has a vital role in oral health. To help saliva production, drink plenty of water and limit the consumption of caffeine and alcohol. Use a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, and chew gum containing xylitol.

For most people, dry mouth is temporary. But, if you’re experiencing chronic dry mouth, you can get help to identify the underlying cause. When was your last dental visit? Contact our office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Brunswick, Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

Losing Teeth Can Affect Your Self-Esteem

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Dental Implants

Unfortunately, many people have missing teeth. They lose them for a variety of reasons, such as trauma, gum disease, or genetics. Losing teeth can affect your self-esteem and confidence. When missing teeth go unreplaced, they can affect your oral health and possibly your general health. The good news is there’s a replacement option that’s the next best thing to your natural tooth.

Basics About Dental Implants

Dental implants are the only replacement option surgically placed into the jaw bone. The implant is a threaded titanium post that serves as an artificial tooth root. A special connector called the abutment connects the implant to the crown. Eventually, the implant fuses with the bone. They can last a lifetime with proper care.

Dental Implant Advantages

Prevents Bone Loss — Over time, implants fuse to the bone and stimulate bone growth, which helps to stop bone loss.

Stabilizes Adjacent Teeth — When you lose a tooth, the other teeth gradually shift out of position and bone loss occurs if it’s not replaced. Replacing the tooth with an implant helps to stabilize the neighboring teeth.

Improves Appearance — Missing teeth can make people look older. Implants are made to look and function like your teeth, which restores the beauty of your smile.

More Comfort — Since implants fuse to the bone, you avoid the discomfort you might experience with bridges or dentures.

Eat With Ease — Implants perform like your natural teeth so you can chew adequately and eat the foods you love with no restrictions.

Heightened Self Esteem — When you feel good about the appearance of your teeth, it can improve the way you think about yourself.

Easy Maintenance — Take care of your implants the same as your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. Get regular exams and cleanings.

Dental implants have a variety of benefits and can be a life-changing option for people with missing or non-restorable teeth. To find out if implants are right for you, call my office to schedule a consultation.

Best,

Dr. Britt

What You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers

digital rendering of a porcelain veneer

Do you like the way your teeth look? Maybe you’ve been thinking about changing the appearance of your teeth. You’ve heard about porcelain veneers, but you don’t understand how they work or if they’ll work for you. The team at Dentistry by Angela Britt has the answers to your questions about porcelain veneers.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain designed to cover the front of your teeth, similar to the way artificial nails adhere to your fingertips. The veneers allow you to cover imperfections by changing the color, size, and shape of your teeth.

Conditions That Can Benefit From Porcelain Veneers
  • Stained or discolored teeth that can’t be whitened
  • Chipped, broken, or worn teeth
  • Abnormally shaped or uneven teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth

Porcelain Veneer Process

Consultation — During the consultation appointment, you’ll receive an exam. The dentist reviews your x-rays, and we’ll possibly take impressions of your teeth. This visit is not a one-way street. You share with us the results you’re expecting to receive. We use all the information to assess your needs and to determine if veneers are the best fit for your situation. We’ll answer questions you have about the procedure, and the dentist will plan treatment if it’s the right choice for you.

Preparation — The dentist removes a small amount of enamel to prepare for placement of the veneers. Next, we take impressions to send to the laboratory along with the shade selection to make your veneers. In most cases, it can take two to four weeks for your case to return to the office.

Bonding — The dentist examines and makes adjustments to the veneers for a good fit and color match. Before bonding, your tooth needs to be cleaned, polished, and etched. The etch makes the surface of the tooth rough to prepare for cementation. The cement is applied to the veneer and carefully positioned on your tooth. We use a special light to harden the cement and then make the final adjustments.

In two weeks, you may need a follow-up visit so we can check your gums and the position of the veneers. When properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last seven to 15 years. As always, practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. To find out if veneers are right for you, call our office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Brunswick, Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

Flossing Benefits

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Do you know about the link between oral health and overall health? Something that’s part of good oral hygiene practice is capable of protecting your health. Unfortunately, many people don’t do this as often as they should. We know this may not be what you want to hear, but we want you to make this part of your daily routine. It can help prevent several serious conditions.

Daily Flossing Helps Lower the Risk Of:

Heart Disease — According to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with periodontal disease are twice as likely to have coronary artery disease. The inflammation resulting from gum disease can cause damage to the arteries.

Diabetes — The bacteria from gum disease may cause inflammation, which can contribute to insulin resistance and damage blood vessels. Insulin resistance increases the risk of becoming diabetic.

Gum Disease — When plaque remains on the teeth, it can cause inflammation of your gums, which can lead to gingivitis. Regular flossing helps reduce the buildup of plaque.

Bad Breath — When food particles and bacteria remain in your mouth too long, they give off bad odors, causing bad-smelling breath. Flossing every day removes the trapped food, which helps to eliminate odors.

Common Flossing Mistakes

Flossing Stops When Gums Bleed — If you haven’t regularly flossed, your gums will bleed at first. When you floss daily, the bleeding will subside as your gums become healthier.

Flossing Improperly — While flossing, don’t move the floss back and forth. Use an up and down motion to clean both sides of each tooth properly.

Flossing Too Much or Too Little — Flossing too much can cause damage to your gums and not flossing enough leads to a buildup of plaque and tartar.

Flossing Quickly — Slow it down. Take a few seconds on the sides of each tooth and carefully move the floss up and down at least 10 times.

The Proper Way to Floss

For good oral hygiene, floss once a day. Take the ends of a piece of floss approximately 15 to 18 inches long and wrap them around your middle fingers. Use 1–2 inches of floss per tooth. Place the floss between the teeth and wrap it around the side of the tooth. The floss should form the shape of the letter C. Slide the floss up and down each side of every tooth using a new section of floss for each side.

Brushing and flossing are meant to work together. When you don’t floss daily, you may leave up to 35 percent of the surface of your teeth vulnerable to decay. How long has it been since your last dental visit? Contact my office to schedule an appointment.

Best,

Dr. Britt