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Posts for: October, 2016

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation  

What your dentist in Huntsville wants you to know

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. It is a common problem and can be based on a number of factors, including a bad past experience or just the sights and sounds of the dental office. Whatever the reason is, dental fear is a very real problem, but fortunately, sedation dentistry can help. Dr. R. Brad Beasley of Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Huntsville, AL wants to share his knowledge of sedation dentistry and how it can help you.

There are many advantages to sedation dentistry and ways it can help you. When you choose sedation dentistry, your dental appointment will be:

  • Comfortable, because medications help you relax and make you calm
  • Pain-free, you will be drowsy and won’t remember your appointment
  • Productive, because your dentist can get more treatment completed in fewer appointments

If you choose to be sedated for dental treatment, you will be given a medication in the form of a pill. You will take this medication about an hour before dental treatment, to give it time to take effect. It is vitally important you have someone with you to drive you to your appointment and bring you home after your appointment.

When you arrive at Dr. Beasley’s office in Huntsville, you will be seated in a special room and covered with warm blankets. The expert staff in Huntsville will monitor your vital signs and make sure you are comfortable throughout your visit.

Once your treatment is about to begin, Dr. Beasley will usually increase your level of sedation by using nitrous oxide. You will wear a nosepiece and breathe a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen which flows out of the nosepiece.

Sedation treatment is the safe, effective way to conquer your dental fear and have a productive dental visit. You can get your much-needed dental work completed in a stress-free, pain-free, relaxing environment.

Sedation dentistry can help you discover that you can relax during your dental visit. Don’t let your dental fears keep you from having a great smile. Call Dr. Beasley of Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Huntsville, AL. He can help you overcome your dental fears, so call today!

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
October 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crown lengthening  

A crown — a life-like “cap” made of dental porcelain that permanently covers an existing tooth — is an effective way to restore a still-viable decayed or broken tooth’s appearance. Properly fitting the crown over the tooth requires some healthy tooth structure above the gum line.

But what if the tooth has broken down to the gum line? In this case, we would need to perform a common procedure known as crown lengthening to expose more of the tooth.

Crown lengthening is a minor surgical procedure performed with local anesthesia to numb the tooth, surrounding gum tissues and supporting bone. We first make tiny incisions inside the gum-line on both the cheek and tongue side of the tooth to expose the bone, and then carefully remove a small amount of bone from either side of the tooth; this will expose or “lengthen” the tooth. Once finished, we suture the gum tissue back into place with self-dissolving sutures against the bone and tooth.

Most procedures take only sixty to ninety minutes, and the mild discomfort afterward is usually managed with pain relievers like ibuprofen. While the gum tissues may appear to be healed after a week, we typically wait six to eight weeks to perform the final crown restoration to give the tissues time to fully mature.

Crown lengthening may not work in all situations, especially with a severely fractured tooth. In these cases, we may need to evaluate the long-term viability of the tooth and consider other restorative options. Depending on your bite, it may also be necessary to treat with orthodontics first: not only will the tooth move into a better position, but the treatment may move both the gum and bone down with the tooth. Subsequent crown lengthening will then only affect the intended tooth and not adjacent ones, resulting in a more even smile.

The first step is for us to decide after a thorough examination if you would benefit from crown lengthening. If so, this minor surgical procedure could pave the way for better mouth function and a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on crown restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
October 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”

What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.

You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.

Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.

Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.

“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…

If you would like more information about mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Athletic Mouthguards.”