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Posts for: October, 2015

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
October 22, 2015
Category: Oral Health

When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.

“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.

Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”

Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.

Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.

“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”

It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!

If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
October 07, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

You’ve probably heard a lot about dental implants as replacements for missing teeth. So, why are they so popular with both patients and dentists? While other restorations can mimic the color, shape and texture of natural teeth, dental implants have one clear advantage — and it’s all about the bone.

The bone in your jaws provides stability and structure for teeth — without it and the intricate system of gum tissue attachments teeth couldn’t survive the normal biting and chewing forces they encounter every day. That’s why bone health is crucial for maintaining tooth integrity.

Teeth also help bone to remain strong and healthy. The forces we generate as we chew transmit through the tooth roots to the bone, which stimulates continuing growth. If a tooth is missing, however, the bone around it doesn’t receive this stimulation and may begin to lose some of its volume and density — up to a quarter of its width in just the first year after tooth loss.

This bone loss continues even with other restorations because they’re not able to stimulate bone growth. But dental implants can. This is because the portion of the implant imbedded into the bone is constructed most often of titanium, which has a natural affinity toward bone. Bone cells are naturally attracted to titanium and will begin to grow and attach to the metal surface, a process known as osseointegration.

Through osseointegration, the implant develops a durable bond with the jawbone a few weeks after surgery that surpasses other restorations, and is a prime reason for their success rate. Although installing implants can be an expensive undertaking, their proven longevity may result in less maintenance, repair or replacement costs over time than other replacement options.

If you’re considering dental implants, remember it’s what you can’t see beneath the attractive crown that makes them special. And it’s a choice you can depend on to provide you a beautiful smile for years to come.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants.”