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By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
April 14, 2016
Category: Dental Health
Tags: fillings  

Having a cavity filled isn't what most people would look forward to, but it can be an essential part of dental care if decay has formed. composite fillings, beautifulFortunately, Dr. R. Brad Beasley, your dentist in Athens, AL, offers an option that makes fillings a little less unpleasant. At North Alabama Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we use a composite material - a tooth-colored mixture of plastic and glass - to blend fillings in with the rest of the teeth. Here's are some reasons why composite fillings are the material of choice for both dentists and patients alike:

Attractive

If you've had any metallic fillings in the past, you know they can be fairly noticeable, even on your back teeth. They can show through the translucent enamel, giving most or all of the tooth a darkened appearance. Sometimes the metal particles can even make their way under the gums or soft tissues, leaving a blue-gray "tattoo" that, while harmless, can easily be mistaken for a malignancy.

With composite fillings from your Athens cosmetic dentist, your restored teeth will look totally natural. That's because the composite material comes in a variety of colors that Dr. Beasley carefully matches to each of his patients' teeth, giving you a personalized treatment that will strengthen your smile and improve your appearance.

Durable

When "white" fillings were first introduced, many dentists were still choosing amalgam as the filling material of choice for teeth used frequently for chewing. The material used for composite fillings wasn't quite as strong as metal and could break down due to constant pressure. Over time, the dental industry has reworked the structure of composite fillings that make them equally as durable as metal fillings. At North Alabama Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry, you no longer have to choose between form and function when it comes to your fillings.

The next time you need a cavity filled, Dr. Beasley will be happy to use composite material to finish it off. Give us a call in Athens, AL if you have any further questions about composite fillings or any other cosmetic or general dentistry procedure!

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
October 28, 2015
Category: Dental Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants--they are today's state-of-the-art tooth replacement choice. While implants have become more popular and available over the past 30 years, some individuals remain wary of these artificial teeth. They prefer fixed bridgework or traditional dentures even though bridges compromise enamel on adjacent teeth, and even the best of dentures have problems with speech slurring, fit and Dental Implantscomfort.

In fact, many myths regarding dental implants circulate today. R. Brad Beasley DMD places dental implants in his cosmetic dentistry practice in Huntsville, AL, and the results are nothing less than spectacular. We wish to dispel some of the common misconceptions about dental implants and commend them to you for thoughtful consideration if you must replace one or more missing teeth.

Myth #1 My body might reject a dental implant. This is false. Comprised of a biocompatible titanium screw, titanium or alloy post and porcelain crown, a dental implant cannot produce an allergic reaction or initiate rejection the way a transplanted kidney or liver can. In fact, the jaw bone bonds exceptionally well to the titanium through an almost miraculous process called osseointegration. Osseointegration stabilizes the dental implant and actually strengthens the density of the bone. The Academy of Osseointegration reports that implant surgeries are successful more than 90 percent of the time and that more than 90 percent of implant devices remain in place for decades.

Myth #2 Dental implants are expensive. The rebuttal to this myth is yes and no. Yes, the implant procedure is actual surgery and therein incurs some additional costs. Also, the device itself is custom made. As such the upfront expense is higher than more traditional tooth replacement options. However, dental implants are usually a one-time fix. With faithful dental hygiene and follow-up by Dr. Beasley, implants can last a lifetime--unlike fixed bridgework or dentures which require replacement every 7 to 10 years. Those replacement costs add up.

Myth #3 I'm too old for dental implants. Dr. Beasley places implants in patients of all ages. In fact, implant-supported dentures help seniors enjoy stable eating, clear speech and a youthful facial appearance. Dr. Beasley recommends implants for people with good overall and oral health. Implants fare better when recipients quit a smoking habit. Gum disease or insufficient jawbone often postpone implant surgery until the dentist treats these conditions.

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Beasley's staff for an appointment. During a personal consultation at Dr. Beasley's family and implant dentistry office in Athens, AL, learn about the implant procedure, and find out if dental implants are right for you. Call (888) 860-5114.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
July 08, 2015
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Loose Dentures  

Are your dentures constantly coming loose? Quality dentures from R. Brad Beasley, D.M.D at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Huntsville should fit perfectly and never slide around. Unfortunately, if your denture are a few years old, a changing and shrinking Denturesjawline can leave your dentures prone to slipping and sliding. Here are four ways to fix it.

1. Use a Dental Adhesive

The easiest way to keep your dentures from coming loose is simply to visit your Huntsville drugstore for a quality denture adhesive. Denture adhesive is specially formulated to hold your dentures in place all throughout the day--all without making a mess or being noticeable.

2. Reline Your Dentures

If a dental adhesive isn't enough to keep your dentures in place and they are starting to feel uncomfortable, visiting Dr. Beasley to have your dentures relined can restore the proper fit once again. Without teeth or implants, your jaw can shrink or change shape over time. Eventually, your dentures will need to be adapted to accommodate this change. Relining does just that.

3. Purchase New Dentures

Dentures aren't meant to last forever—for example 5-7 years is the normal life for an implant retained denture. 7-10 years might be the normal life of a tissue borne denture because of usually eating a softer diet. Did you know that there are 2 main reasons to remake dentures? #1 – the teeth in the denture have worn or chipped or #2 – the denture is loose. However, denture patients must realize that the reason their denture is loose isn’t because it changed. The reason an older denture becomes loose is because there has been a loss of jaw bone. This bone loss occurs slowly but consistently each year of denture wear.

4. Get Dental Implants

If you want a truly secure fit that is guaranteed not to slip or slide and you want to be able to eat all the foods you enjoyed back when you had your natural teeth, implant-supported dentures are an excellent way to make this happen. Once dental implants are placed the slow but gradual loss of jaw bone stops!. Speak to Dr. Beasley at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry to see if you might be a good candidate for dental implants or implant-supported dentures.

If your dentures don't fit securely, you don't have to just live with it or make do. Set up an appointment with Dr. Beasley at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Huntsville to find out which loose denture treatment might work best for you.

If you fear the dentist and you are skipping out on visits, it may be doing more harm to your mouth and body than you think. Millions of Americans avoid the dentist merely because of the dread of pain. An estimated 75 million people in the United States live with some type of dental fear, some children and some adults. Dental fears can stem from:Sedation Dentistry Patient
  • Prior painful or negative experiences
  • Feeling helpless or out of control in a dental situation
  • Feeling embarrassed about neglecting your teeth
  • Fear of being ridiculed about neglecting your teeth.
  • Parents or siblings have a fear which plays a role in your fear
Seeking dental care is imperative for your health, and Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry for Oral Health and Aesthetics in Huntsville has a solution to your dental doubts: Sedation dentistry.
 

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry has become a common trend for patients who are nervous about visiting the dentist. Sedation is used to keep the patient at contentment and ease during dental services. Our dentist has received sedation training and will safely monitor you during the procedure. There are different options a patient may choose for sedation. Types of sedation include:
  • Nitrous Oxide - This is commonly known as laughing gas. It is used to decrease pain and anxiety. It is very useful for children so they may relax and are more likely to cooperate.
  • Oral Sedation Dentistry – Our sedation dentist will administer anti-anxiety medicine about an hour before the procedure. This will allow the patient to relax but they are still fully alert.
  • Anti-Anxiety Pill – An anti-anxiety or sleeping pill may also be prescribed the night before the appointment. This can help the patient with falling asleep and getting well-needed rest.

Sedation can be useful if:

  • You do not want to be aware of what is happening
  • You want some help to relax
  • You want to get your teeth fixed as quickly as possible
Patients will find that using sedation dentistry will make going to the dentist a more pleasant experience. Some patients may not even recall the visit and feel that the treatment only lasted a few minutes, when it may have taken a few hours.
 

Other Calming Techniques

  • Yoga has been known to help patients obtain techniques for breathing and relaxation.
  • Listen to your iPod or MP3 player during the visit. This can keep your mind on something else.
  • If your dental office has a TV, use it to your advantage. Watch your favorite show and focus on that instead of what’s going on with your teeth.
  • Therapy or hypnotherapy sessions can also be an option for patients who find this has worked in other situations.
Our office wants to do anything we can to get you back to the dentist, which is why we offer sedation dentistry for Huntsville area patients. We hope you will find these techniques useful and will persuade you that seeing us is easy and important. Contact our dental office in Huntsville today by calling (888) 860-5114 for more information on sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment.
By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
August 20, 2014
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Dentistry  
Dr. Brad Beasley is an Alabama-based dentist who has been repeatedly recognized for his award-winning cosmetic dentistry. He is committed to helping his patients get back their beautiful smiles and regain their confidence.
 
According to estimates from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, most cosmetic dentists like Dr. Beasley expect steady or increasing revenues from aesthetic dental procedures each year. This is largely due to the fact that the vast majority of Americans are extremely smile-conscious. When a patient is afraid or hesitant to smile, it can affect his willingness to participate in social settings and even have an effect on his performance and success at work.Dentistry
 

Cosmetic Solutions

Dr. Beasley offers a wide variety of cosmetic solutions for his dental patients at his Huntsville, AL cosmetic dentistry. Dental veneers provide patients with a relatively quick and superficial way to make a tooth look much better. The veneer is white, solid and polished to an attractive shine. It covers up discolored teeth and teeth that don’t have an ideal shape. Dental implants provide patients with a complete tooth replacement from root to tip. Dr. Beasley also offers professional teeth whitening -- the tooth brightening service can be completed in his office (Zoom!) or at the patient’s home using take-home trays.
 

A Unique Service: Botox

Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry also offers some services that don’t specifically have to do with the teeth, like Botox. It is very possible for a patient to leave his office looking and feeling like a new person. The boost in confidence is life-changing.
 
Our goal is to provide comprehensive cosmetic services for our patients. One of the major underlying issues for my patients is a lack of confidence due to their appearance. They are often surprised and please to learn that their issue can be easily resolved with a veneer or a one-hour whitening session and Dr. Beasley is available to provide a proper consultation for the best treatment option.
 
When in need of cosmetic dentistry, Huntsville, AL area residents are encouraged to call Dr. Beasley’s office on East Hobbs Street to schedule an initial consultation. Appointments can be requested online or by calling a friendly staff member at (888) 860-5114.