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

Oral Sedation

Dr. Angela Britt, DMD & Dr. Sadye Souther, DMD

Oral Sedation

You’re not alone if you get anxiety when it comes time for your next dentist appointment. Many people avoid the dentist altogether because their fear of procedures is so great. The good news is there are solutions to help calm your anxiety, and oral sedation is one of them.

What is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is one of the ways dentists help their patients reduce anxiety so they can perform dental treatments important to oral health. It’s convenient in treating mild to moderate anxiety. If fear of needles, a traumatic dental experience or generalized fear hold your back from your appointments, oral sedation will help put you in a relaxed state so you can get through your dental visit. You’ll be given a pill to take the night before your procedure and one just prior to coming in to the office.

The benefits of oral sedation include:

  • The pill form makes it the easiest way to reduce anxiety and fear
  • Reduces memory of the procedure
  • You will remain awake during the procedure, and able to respond to the dentist
  • Allows complex procedures to be done in less time

We’ll take time to go through your health history to make sure oral sedation is right for you. Don’t put off caring for your teeth when there is a safe and effective solution to help calm your anxiety. Call us today to learn more about how oral sedation can you help you.

Your teeth deserve the best. We ensure you get it.

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

IV Sedation

Dr. Angela Britt, DMD & Dr. Sadye Souther, DMD

IV Sedation

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If you suffer from anxiety when it comes time for your dentist appointment, you’re not alone. In fact, 15% of the US population experiences some form of dental anxiety. Unfortunately, it can be so severe that people avoid going to the dentist all together, putting their oral health in jeopardy.

IV Sedation

Good news! We are pleased to offer the option of IV or intravenous sedation to help ease the anxiety of our patients undergoing dental treatments. Otherwise known as “twilight” dentistry, IV sedation allows us to provide you with a relaxed and comfortable dental experience. Patients undergo a deep state of relaxation, and forget all about their treatment with this type of sedation.

A mix of medication is administered through an IV and you’ll be monitored closely during the treatment. While you do stay awake, you will not feel any pain or discomfort. In fact, you’ll be able to answer your dentist’s questions or make remarks.

Benefits of IV sedation include:

  • Works quickly and the dosage is tailored to the patient’s specific need
  • Provides a deeper state of relaxation then laughing gas or oral sedation
  • You won’t remember the procedure, even though you are conscious during treatment
  • You’ll lose track of time, allowing the dentist to comfortably care for you
  • Ideal for patients with sensitive gag reflex

Patient’s will want to make sure they have an adult to drive them home after the procedure as the sedation medication will take time to wear off. By the following day, however, most patients do not experience any discomfort or side effects due to the sedation. That’s something to smile about!

Think IV sedation might be a solution to your dental anxiety? Make an appointment with us and we’ll be happy to discuss whether you are a good candidate for this treatment. We’ll take the time to go over your health history and explain how the procedure works.

Our goal is to provide you with the best dental care possible. Don’t delay your next dental procedure due to fear. We have a solution that can help!

Your teeth deserve the best. We ensure you get it.

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.
Dr. Britt

What You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers

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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.

Do you awaken to sore or stiff jaw muscles?

a bowl of cereal

Has this happened to you before? You open your mouth and you hear a snap, crackle, and pop, But it’s not coming from a bowl of Rice Krispies. It’s happened before and you thought it would go away. But it hasn’t. Do you awaken to sore or stiff jaw muscles? You’ve tried to figure out the problem, but you can’t. There’s something that can cause either of those problems. I can help you find relief.

Take the TMJ Risk Quiz

Take our quick, 15 second quiz to discover your risk level for TMJ Disorder and begin living a pain free life!

What Are Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ)?

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located in front of each ear. The joints connect your jaw to your skull. Place your fingers in front of your ears and open your mouth to feel the movement of the joints.

What Are Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?

Temporomandibular joint disorders are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles controlling jaw movement.

These conditions usually fall into three categories.

  • Pain caused by irritation of the muscles that control jaw function.
  • A displacement of the joint from its normal position.
  • A group of degenerative or inflammatory joint disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint.

Possible Causes of TMJ Disorders

  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Injury to the jaw
  • Arthritis
  • Infection
  • Dental surgery
  • Hormones
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Genetics

There can be many causes of TMJ disorders as well as some cases where the cause can’t be identified. Take our quick, 15-second quiz to discover your risk level for TMJ disorder and begin living a pain free life!

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

  • Pain in the chewing muscles and jaw joints
  • Jaw muscle stiffness
  • Pain radiating in the face, jaw, or neck
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Clicking, popping, or grating in the jaw joint when it opens or closes
  • Changes in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Facial pain can be caused by other conditions such as sinus or ear infections. Rule out other possible causes first to help identify TMJ disorders. There are several treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ disorders. If you suspect that you have a TMJ disorder, contact my office to schedule a consult.


Dr. Britt

A Very Real Danger

Female dentist working on a patient from the mouth's perspective

When I remind you that you need to come in for an examination every six months, you may think, ‘Six months, eight months … what’s the difference?’ The truth is, two months could make a difference when it comes to your health. I’m not just talking about tooth decay or gum disease, either. There is a very real danger that could be avoided by being seen by me semi-annually, without fail. What is it?  Oral Cancer.

The Risk of Oral Cancer

Despite what you may think, oral cancer doesn’t just affect those who use tobacco products. While that certainly increases your risk, there are other risk factors, as well, including:

  • Heavy drinking (particularly when combined with tobacco use)
  • Gender, as oral cancers tend to affect more men than women
  • The human papillomavirus
  • Prolonged sun exposure, particularly without sunscreen
  • A weakened immune system

What to Look For

Only the well-trained eye of a professional can detect suspicious spots, but if you have any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with me sooner rather than later:

  • A mouth sore that doesn’t go away
  • Persistent pain in the oral tissues
  • A lump or thickened area on the cheek
  • A red or white patch in the oral tissues

Some of these symptoms may be caused by other conditions, but don’t ignore them for too long; after all, it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

The Benefits of Early Diagnosis

Like many cancers, oral cancer is highly treatable when detected early. This is exactly why I like to see you every six months. Not only do I conduct a thorough visual examination of your oral tissues, but I palpate the tissue as well to make sure everything feels as it should. If anything appears abnormal — which I will only know if I see you regularly — we’ll proceed with the next step, which in most cases is a biopsy. Whatever the case may be, early diagnosis increases your chances of survival.

If you’re even a little bit late for your semi-annual appointment, call today to schedule your next exam. From oral cancer to gum disease, oral health is connected to overall health; keeping you healthy is my priority.


Dr. Britt

Have You Completed a Smile Analysis?

How do you feel about your smile? Are you happy with the color of your teeth? Are you okay with their shape and placement? Are you missing teeth but haven’t placed a priority on restorative options? Whatever the case may be, there is one thing you can do to increase your chances of having the smile of your dreams. It won’t take much time, it can be done in the comfort of your own home (or office, or café, etc.), and it can change your perception of what a smile is worth. What is it and how can you get started?

Our Smile Analysis is the perfect first step to get you on the road to having your perfect grin. Sometimes, we’re unaware of how much we think about our smiles until we’re forced to bring the subconscious to the forefront of our minds. For example, do you cover your mouth when you laugh? Have you thought about why or which occasions you’re most likely to do so? These are the types of questions that are addressed through our Smile Analysis.

The truth is, I can’t think of a single dental imperfection that cannot be corrected through dentistry. From the purely cosmetic concerns to the conditions that are detrimental to your health, there is a solution. The only way for me to determine which treatment plan is best is by discussing the results of your Smile Analysis with you.

If there is anything you don’t like about your smile, what are you waiting for? Why spend another day, month, or year dreading social events and photo opportunities when you can take control of your smile and your confidence by completing a Smile Analysis. When you’re ready to take the next step, I’ll be right here waiting.


Dr. Britt

Why Suffer From Jaw Pain?

Woman with jaw pain

You wake up to excruciating jaw pain — again. You think about what your day has in store and cringe. How will you interact with co-workers, clients, and even the Starbucks barista when it physically hurts you to smile? If this scenario is familiar, you may have a problem with your TMD.

The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your upper. When this joint becomes inflamed or irritated, it results in TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. For some, TMD pain can be debilitating, preventing them from enjoying social situations. The following symptoms are the most common:

  • Facial swelling
  • Jaw clicking or popping sounds
  • Ear, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Ringing of the ears or dizziness
  • Jaw pain, particularly when talking, chewing, or yawning

The problem with TMD is that many of the symptoms can be explained by other health conditions. You don’t inherently suspect a misaligned jaw when you have chronic shoulder pain.

TMD can be caused by a number of things, from arthritis of the temporomandibular joint to trauma such as whiplash. Whatever the cause, Dr. Angela Britt can use Physiologic Dentistry identify the source of your pain. The technology we utilize, such as Myotronics (bite evaluation system), allows Dr. Britt to view how your facial muscles, jaw joints, and soft tissues work together. This information is then used to develop a personalized treatment plan that will finally put an end to your pain. Types of treatment include:

  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises to strengthen jaw muscles
  • Occlusal appliances such as splints to place your jaw in the proper position or mouth guards to prevent jaw clenching and grinding

There is no need to suffer from TMD symptoms when help is just a phone call away. If you live in Brunswick, Georgia, or the surrounding communities, contact Dentistry by Angela Britt to schedule a consultation. Your smile and your comfort matter to us.

The Perfect Solution For Perfect Teeth

cartoon yellow tooth drinking coffee, thinking about being cleaner

All too often, we settle for less. Whether it’s not returning a poorly cooked meal or settling for a substandard flooring installation, we don’t want to inconvenience others, don’t want to appear too demanding, or simply don’t have the energy for the fight. The thing is, you deserve the best, especially when it comes to your smile. And when it comes to correcting smile imperfections, I’ve got the perfect option in mind. What could I possibly be referring to?  Veneers!

What Can Veneers Do?

Porcelain veneers are a conservative, yet permanent, way to correct many of the most common tooth “troubles” including:

  • Chipped, cracked, or pitted teeth
  • Stained teeth that don’t respond to whitening
  • Misaligned or gapped teeth
  • Misshapen teeth, such as teeth that are too rounded, short, or squared

What To Expect

Placement of veneers does not involve surgery, making it a conservative option for anyone who wants to perfect their smile. If you and I agree that veneers are right for you, you can expect the following:

  1. We’ll discuss the desired outcome so I can have a clear image of the smile you’re visualizing.
  2. I’ll prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel and then take an impression so your veneers can be perfectly placed.
  3. Your veneers will be made of durable, stain-resistant porcelain. The porcelain we use has just the right amount of translucence, making it look more natural.
  4. When your veneers are ready, you’ll visit me again to have them placed. I will apply a layer of adhesive material in order to permanently bond your veneers to your natural teeth.

The only way to find out if you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers is to come in for a consultation. Why should you consider veneers? Because you don’t have to settle for less when it comes to your teeth; you deserve the confidence that comes with a gorgeous smile.

I look forward to seeing you!

Transform Your Smile in a Flash With Whitening

smiling mouth with white teeth

At Dentistry by Angela Britt, there are a number of ways we can improve your smile. From porcelain veneers to full-mouth rejuvenations, the possibilities are endless. If you’re looking for a way to transform your smile quickly, though, nothing beats whitening.

Why Your Teeth Aren’t White

A number of factors contribute to less-than-gleaming teeth, including:

  • Eating and drinking highly pigmented foods, such as curry, mustard, red wine, coffee, and tea
  • Smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Some medications, such as antibiotics
  • The natural aging process

Regardless of the reason, we can help by providing you with two convenient options to restore your smile to the brightest white.

The Zoom! Whitening System

Our patients love the Zoom! whitening system for good reason: it’s effective. Better yet, it’s fast, affordable, and convenient. Depending on your whitening goals, time constraints, and lifestyle, you may choose from the two options we offer in our office:

  • In-Office Whitening — If you want results quickly, in-office whitening is your best option. In under an hour, your teeth can become up to eight shades whiter, all while you sit in the comfort of one of our treatment suites. After your gums and lips are protected, a professional grade whitening gel will be applied to the visible surfaces of your teeth. The gel is then activated by a light, allowing it to deeply penetrate your enamel and give you the bright smile you’ve always wanted.
  • At-Home Whitening — If you’ve got time and prefer to whiten in the comfort of your own home, Zoom! is available in a take-home version, as well. After your customized whitening trays are created, you’ll be sent home with professional grade whitening gel and directions about how much gel to use, how long to keep the gel on your teeth, and how often you should whiten.

The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System

If your teeth don’t respond well to our Zoom! system, then we offer KöR Deep Bleaching. KöR can brighten the most stubborn stains with less sensitivity than would be expected from such a potent product. Like the Zoom! at-home whitening system, KöR uses whitening trays that are designed to keep your saliva from diluting the whitening solution. The result? Even patients who have whitening-resistant teeth can enjoy a gleaming smile.

If you live near the Brunswick, Georgia area and would like to learn more about how to whiten your smile, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Bright, sparkling teeth are just a phone call away.

Implants In a Day? No Way!

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When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the way to go. If you’re replacing an entire arch with them, though, implants take time. Between the surgery and healing period, reclaiming your smile can take months. And while I firmly believe that the results that implants provide are worth the wait, I also understand that you may want to enjoy your new smile sooner rather than later. For those of you who are ready to flash your gorgeous grin now, I offer another type of dental implant: TeethXpress. Intrigued? Continue reading to learn more.

If you’re a denture wearer, you’re already aware of their limitations. They slip, can be uncomfortable, limit your ability to enjoy your favorite foods, and may even impede your speech. TeethXpress employs implant technology to stabilize your prosthetic teeth; five implants (often placed under local anesthesia) firmly hold your prosthetic device in place, allowing you to enjoy the following benefits and more:

  • Increased comfort and less gum irritation
  • Clear speech
  • The ability to eat your favorite foods
  • No more effervescent soaking tablets or denture adhesives
  • An end to embarrassment caused by slipping dentures

While there is still healing time involved, some patients can have their implants and prosthetic placed within a single day!

If you’re tired of your dentures but are hesitant to commit to implants, TeethXpress is just the solution you’ve been waiting for. Contact my office today to set up a consultation.


Dr. Angela Britt

New Year, New Teeth, New You

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The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to take stock in our lives. How many times have we put our needs on the back burner in order to take care of a friend or loved one? How often have we run ourselves ragged trying to do too much? I propose that this year, you make your happiness and health — including dental health — a priority. If you have recently experienced an extraction or having been battling with your dentures, then treat yourself to dental implants. Dental implants as a treat? Let me explain.

How You Can Benefit from Dental Implants

While there are a number of solutions for tooth loss, I almost always recommend dental implants. Why? They offer benefits that no other tooth replacement option can, such as:

  • Permanence — Whether you’re having a single implant placed or an entire mouth full, each implant is permanent. As your implants heal, they fuse with the natural bone in your jaw. This not only makes them permanent, but the most stable tooth replacement option available.
  • Freedom to eat — Because of the stability implants offer, you are free to eat what you wish. Denture wearers struggle with eating tough foods or getting seeds and other food particles stuck between their gums and dentures. With implants, you can enjoy a crisp apple, filet mignon, and fresh berries to your heart’s content.
  • Easy care — Implants are individually placed, which means you can clean between and around them just as you would natural teeth. Simply brush and floss as I recommend and follow through with your scheduled dental exams. No overnight soaking required.
  • Improved health — Unlike some other dental prosthetics, implants prevent further damage from occurring to your remaining teeth, gums, jaws, and facial structure. When a missing tooth is not replaced, the remaining teeth will shift. This shift can adversely affect your bite, compromise your jaw alignment, and even distort the shape of your face. Dental implants prevent all of this from occurring
  • Improved self-esteem — Dental implants look and function like real teeth. If you weren’t happy with the smile nature provided, I can finally give you the one you’ve always dreamed of. Enjoy the newfound confidence that comes with having a beautiful smile. Take care of yourself; get the grin you deserve and then share it with the world.

The next time you come in, let’s have a conversation about how dental implants can improve your life. Whether you commit to treatment or not, make sure that you place yourself somewhere at the top of your priority list this year.

Dr. Britt