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.
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.
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.
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:
- We’ll discuss the desired outcome so I can have a clear image of the smile you’re visualizing.
- I’ll prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel and then take an impression so your veneers can be perfectly placed.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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
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.