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Posts for: May, 2015

PreplessVeneerscanTransformYourSmileWithoutAlteringYourTeeth

Porcelain veneers represent one of the best values in cosmetic dentistry, capable of radically changing a person’s smile with little tooth surface preparation. Still, the small amount of tooth enamel usually removed to accommodate them will permanently alter the affected teeth, to the point they will require a veneer or other restoration from then on.

The traditional veneer has remarkable versatility for solving a number of minor cosmetic problems, correcting mild tooth positioning problems and replacing lost or damaged enamel. But to avoid an unnatural bulky appearance, a portion of the tooth enamel must be permanently removed to accommodate them.

In recent years, though, a new concept known as “prepless veneers” has emerged in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Understandably, this new, “drill-free” veneer application has caused a lot of debate among dentists and patients alike, with concerns of bulky, overly-contoured teeth resulting from the technique. But the concept is growing as many well-regarded dentists have incorporated both minimal prep and prepless veneers into their service offerings.

The prepless veneer offers a cosmetic solution that doesn’t alter the tooth permanently. Using techniques such as feathering, which tapers and blends the veneer seamlessly with the tooth at the gum line, we can avoid an unnatural appearance while offering patients a much less invasive outcome.

The main disadvantage of prepless veneers at this time is that they’re not appropriate in every case. In fact, careful patient selection is a key to a successful outcome. For example, relatively large teeth or teeth positioned too far forward don’t work well with an added layer of thickness.

If, on the other hand, you have small, short or worn teeth, or teeth overshadowed by your lips — just to name a few likely scenarios — then you may benefit immensely from prepless veneers without permanent alteration to your teeth. A detailed examination is your first step to finding out if this new technique could provide you with a less-invasive smile makeover.

If you would like more information on drill-free porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers without the Drill.”


By Augusta Smilecare
May 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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If you haven't seen a recent picture of Matthew Lewis, the actor who played Neville Longbottom in all eight Harry Potter movies, you may be in for a surprise: It seems the plump, awkward teenager from Gryffindor has been magically transformed into a post-Hogwarts hunk. What kind of wizardry did it take to change his memorably snarled teeth into a leading man's sparkly smile? The kind skilled cosmetic dentists perform every day!

While special effects created some of the character's dental disarray, the actor's own teeth were far from perfect. And, as Lewis recently noted, the film studio urged him to postpone cosmetic dental work until the movies were all done. “It was something I'd always wanted to do, but it would have meant me wearing a brace for two years,” he told an interviewer with the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Warner Brothers said if I put it off until we'd finished filming they'd pay for it — and they did.”

There are plenty of people, like the twenty-something actor, who put off orthodontic treatment until after their teen years. If you're wondering whether there's still time to get orthodontic work done, then take heart — it's never too late to straighten your teeth!

Today, an estimated twenty percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Compliance with the orthodontic program (meaning thorough regular brushing and flossing, wearing elastics, etc.) is often less of an issue with adults than with teens. Plus, there are some options that can help ensure your orthodontic appliances will fit in with a more mature image.

One is colorless braces. In this system, the brackets (the parts that are bonded to the front teeth and hold the archwire) are made of a clear ceramic material that blends in with the tooth's natural color. This makes them hard to see unless you look closely. Inconspicuous yet effective, clear braces have been the first choice of many celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and Faith Hill... and lots of “regular” adults too.

Another option is lingual braces. These are truly invisible, because they attach behind the teeth (on the tongue side) instead of in front. They work just like the standard braces, and they're appropriate in many situations. However their cost is higher, and the space they occupy in the mouth may take the wearer a bit of time to get used to.

A third option is clear aligners. Unlike braces, which aren't normally removed until orthodontic treatment is nearly complete, clear aligners are easily removable. They consist of a series of transparent trays made of special plastic, which are worn over the teeth 22 hours per day. Each tray in the series is worn for a few weeks, and each moves the teeth a small amount; all together, they can accomplish a big change.

Aligners work well for correcting mild to moderate malocclusion (bite problems). Plus, you can temporarily remove them for important social occasions. But best of all, they're virtually undetectable — so whether or not you play the role of a wizard in the movies, you won't need a magic spell to make them invisible!

Which option is right for you? That's something we would be happy to discuss. If you would like more information about adult orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”


By Augusta Smile Care
May 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: IV Sedation  

Sedation DentistryIf the thought of having a dental procedure panics you, you may be a candidate for IV (intravenous) sedation. It's one of several ways that your Augusta, Georgia family dentist can help you relax during a tooth extraction, root canal therapy, or multiple dental procedures. Sedation also helps individuals who:

  • tend to gag
  • find it hard to sit still
  • are very sensitive to even minor pain

In IV sedation, medication is introduced via a vein, gradually inducing relaxation, IV sedation gives both patient and dentist the peace of mind needed to get important dental work done. Dentists call this kind of sedation "moderate" because it allows the person to be awake during the dental work. However, many people do fall asleep and are a bit woozy when their procedure is over.

Who can administer IV sedation?

A dentist must have specialized training in anesthesia in order to administer IV sedation. This enables him or her to decide who is a good candidate for IV sedation, to choose the drugs, and to carefully administer them, adjusting the level of relaxation during the procedure. The dentist also monitors vital signs such as heart rate, pulse oxygenation and blood pressure.

In addition, a sleep dentist has Advanced Cardiac Life Support training. The American Dental Association maintains that properly trained dentists should offer IV sedation to their patients to facilitate their dental work and to make them as at ease as possible.

Who is a candidate for intravenous sedation?

The short answer to this question is that many people are. However, individuals who are obese or who have sleep apnea may not be good candidates. To determine if a patient can have these medications, the dentist will discuss medical history and any current prescriptions and health concerns.

If an individual is to receive sedation, the dentist will have the patient sign a consent form. The doctor will also explain the benefits and risks of the drugs and give some simple pre-and post-operative instructions.

Peace of Mind with IV Sedation

In Augusta, Georgia, family dentist Dr. John D. Maseey understands the concerns people have about going to the dentist. He wants you to get the dental work you need in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. As such, he offers dental sedation, including IV sedation.

Call Dr. Massey and his staff at Augusta Smile Care today with questions you may have about intravenous sedation. The office phone number is (706) 868-1322.




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