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Posts for: July, 2015

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
July 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: palatal expander  

People mainly identify orthodontics with braces. But while they’re a major part of it, braces aren’t the only way this important dental specialty can make a difference in a person’s bite.

For example, orthodontics can help guide the development of a younger patient’s facial structure that could head off future upper teeth misalignment. The area of focus is the upper jaw and palate (the roof of the mouth) that jointly make up a structure called the maxilla. The maxilla is actually formed by two bones fused together in the center of the palate along what is known as the midline suture running from front to back in the mouth.

The two bones remain separated until puberty, which helps accommodate rapid structural growth during childhood. But problems can arise if the upper jaw is too narrow, causing a “cross-bite” where the lower back teeth bite abnormally outside the upper ones. This can crowd upper permanent teeth and cause them to erupt improperly.

Using a technique called palatal expansion we can correct this abnormality if we act before the maxillary bones fuse. The technique employs a custom-made appliance called a palatal expander that attaches to the posterior teeth of the upper arch. Expanders have two halves joined by a small screw device to increase tension against the teeth to widen the jaw. A parent or the patient (if old enough) increases the tension by using a special key to turn the adjustment screw a tiny amount each day. This may cause minor discomfort that normally eases in a few minutes.

The patient wears the device until the jaw expands to the desired width and then allows the bones to stabilize in the new position. This can sometimes create a small gap between the upper front teeth, but it often closes on its own or it may require braces to close it.

While palatal expanders are not for every case, they can help normalize development and improve the bite, and thus preclude more extensive orthodontic treatment later. But time is of the essence: after the maxilla has fused, surgery will be necessary to separate them and widen the palate. It’s important then not to delay if your child could benefit from this effective treatment.

If you would like more information on palatal expanders and other orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Palatal Expanders.”

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.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
July 01, 2015
Category: Oral Health

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”