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By Ilya V. Freyman, DMD
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How dentures from Longwood can help you

If you are about to have teeth removed, or you are missing teeth, no doubt you’re wondering if dentures are going to work for you. If you dentureshave worn dentures for a long time, chances are your dentures move around more than you want them to. In all these cases, there is an excellent, innovative solution to provide you with a fully functioning, beautiful smile; it’s called implant-supported dentures! Dr. Ilya Freyman in Longwood, FL wants to help you discover how dentures give your smile back.

When you choose dentures, you want a denture that fits great and doesn’t move around. You also want a denture that is beautiful and looks the most like your natural teeth. You want people to notice your smile, not your dentures! Dr. Freyman has several denture options for you to consider. He may suggest:

Mini-implant supported dentures, perfect for people already wearing dentures; mini-implant dentures will increase the comfort and fit of your dentures. They are about half the cost of conventional implants, and can be placed in a simple office visit that takes about an hour. You will notice your denture fitting tighter, with increased stability immediately after the mini-implants are placed.

Implant-supported dentures, the perfect choice for a permanent, stable, natural-looking smile; implants actually help preserve the bone in your jaw, even creating more bone which fuses with the implant. Your implants are placed in the office, and after placement, you may be able to wear a temporary set of dentures immediately, or you may go through a healing period before permanent dentures are placed. Dr. Freyman will recommend the method which is best for healing of your implants.

For people who don’t wish to have implants, your dentist in Longwood offers conventional removable dentures and partial dentures. He will provide you with all the facts about denture options, to help you make the right choice for your smile.

You deserve to have your best smile and implant-supported dentures can help. Dental implants have a 95% percent success rate, the highest of any surgical implant! Get the best when it comes to your smile. Call Dr. Freyman in Longwood, FL to find out more about how dentures can give you back your smile. Call today!

By Ilya V. Freyman, DMD
October 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Ilya V. Freyman, DMD
October 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

If you're in need of a crown to cover a damaged tooth, you have a lot of options. But before you choose, you need to know what you want. Would you be happy with an affordable, well-fitting crown that holds up well and allows you to chew comfortably? Or are you interested in a more expensive one that also provides the most attractive result?

Crowns have been a mainstay in dentistry for generations. The first were made of metals like gold or silver — durable and effective but not very attractive.

In time, a ceramic material known as dental porcelain began to make its appearance in crowns. Dental porcelain could be fashioned to resemble the color and texture of natural teeth, but it had a significant drawback: it could be brittle and subject to shattering under chewing pressure.

This problem was somewhat addressed with the innovation of a crown with a metal substructure fused with an outer layer of porcelain. These porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns combined the best advantages of both materials: strength and life-likeness. Up until around the mid-2000s, PFM made up over 80% of crowns.

But later porcelains continued to improve in strength, beginning in 1993 with the introduction of a Lucite-reinforced material. Newer formulations like lithium disilicate or zirconium oxide (now considered the strongest porcelain) have made all-porcelain crowns a viable option. Today, an estimated 60% of new crowns are all-porcelain.

From an appearance standpoint, all-porcelain crowns achieve the best results. The most realistic crown can be costly — not because of the material but the level of artistry required. A skilled dental technician will spend several hours, including brushing on as many as fifteen coats of liquid porcelain to the crown, to achieve the most life-like outcome. Your insurance plan, if you have one, will most likely not pay as high a percentage for that type of crown.

In the end, it's your decision as to what type of crown you wish to have. We'll help you weigh your options and decide what's best for you and your budget.

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