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June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if these teeth are vital for a healthy smile and when they need to be removed.wisdom teeth

Despite the name, wisdom isn’t stored within this third set of molars. So why would you need them anyway? Well, our Tallahassee, FL, oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Bryan, reveals that most people can actually benefit from having their wisdom teeth removed. These molars don’t tend to erupt until your teen years (sometimes later for others) and when we start to notice them coming in we will determine whether they need to be removed or not.

Why do wisdom teeth often need to be extracted?

If your wisdom teeth are growing in the right position and won’t affect the alignment of your teeth, then you may not need to have your wisdom teeth out at all. Unfortunately, this usually isn’t the case for most people. Our Tallahassee dental surgeon will recommend getting your wisdom teeth out if:

  • They are causing you pain
  • They are impacted
  • They could cause crowding
  • They could increase your chances of cavities
  • They could damage healthy neighboring teeth

When wisdom teeth are impacted, this means that the teeth won’t fully erupt from the gums. This leaves a rather large opening where bacteria and food can get trapped, which can increase your chances of decay or infection. If wisdom teeth are growing in crooked, as many of them do, this could also put too much pressure on neighboring teeth and cause permanent damage.

What if my wisdom teeth come in perfectly fine?

If your wisdom teeth have grown in and aren’t causing crowding or affecting the health of the rest of your teeth then it may be up to you to decide whether or not you want to remove them. However, it is highly recommended that you do have these teeth removed, as they are more challenging to keep clean and can lead to cavities. Since you won’t need your wisdom teeth it’s best to have them removed.

If you are starting to notice your wisdom teeth coming in, this is the perfect time to get an evaluation to determine if they can stay or if they need to go. Call the experts at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee to schedule an appointment.

March 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Dental anxiety is a very real thing which affects millions of people worldwide. Whether you simply do not like the sound of the drill or sedation dentistryhave had a traumatic experience in the past, dental anxiety can keep you from seeking help in solving important and sometimes painful dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease. However, your dentist can help you overcome your fear and ease your worries with sedation dentistry. Learn more with Dr. Steven Bryan at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, FL.

What is sedation dentistry? 
While some patients find that wearing headphones or closing their eyes during their dental procedures helps calm their anxiety, other patients require a more effective method. Sedation dentistry helps anxious patients relax and helps them make their way safely through their dental examinations, cleanings, or procedures with the help of medication. There are several levels of sedation to choose from. You and Dr. Bryan can work together to determine the best level of sedation for you and your anxiety.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry? 
A good candidate for sedation dentistry has a fear of the dentist and is in good general health. Sedation dentistry has proven to be safe and effective and is used by dentists all over the world to help calm their patients’ fears. Sedation dentistry can also help patients who have a severe gag reflex, physical or mental limitations, need more complex treatment, or need to have several procedures completed at once rather than spread out over several appointments.

Sedation Dentistry in Tallahassee, FL
The levels of sedation dentistry begin with minimal sedation, often referred to as “laughing gas”. This will help the patient relax and they will remain awake and alert. There are other types of sedation techniques:

  • Oral Sedation: This is when the patient may use Valium or Halcion.
  • IV Sedation: This is when a patient receives a sedative drug through a vein

For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Steven Bryan at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, FL. Call (850) 878-7101 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bryan today!

February 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are missing teeth, it is possible to restore your smile with dental implants. They are an excellent tooth-replacement option as there dental implantsare many benefits associated with dental implants. They look just like natural teeth, will not come loose or slip out of place, are easy to take care of and are durable enough to last a lifetime. At Big Bend Oral Surgery, Dr. Steven Bryan installs dental implants at his Tallahassee, FL, dental office.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are essentially prosthetic teeth with roots. The actual implant portion is made of durable titanium, a hypoallergenic metal. The metal implant is installed below the gums and is anchored to the jawbone. Ultimately, it will serve as an artificial tooth root. It actually takes several months for the metal implant to fuse with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. Once this fusion is complete, the metal implant becomes a permanent fixture and serves as an anchor for the replacement tooth to be installed.

In addition to the metal implant, dental implants also consist of an abutment and a dental crown. The abutment joins the metal implant and the crown together. Neither the abutment or the implant will be visible once installation is complete. The only component that will be visible is the dental crown, which is the replacement tooth. Dental crowns are typically made of porcelain and look and function just like natural teeth. In Tallahassee, dental implants can be installed by an oral surgeon or a dentist with experience performing the procedure.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have several benefits. A major benefit is that they restore your smile by filling in any gaps where teeth were missing. For many dental implant patients, a restored smile also comes with a confidence boost. Additionally, dental implants look and function like natural teeth. They easily blend in with your existing teeth and you can bite and chew with them just as you would with natural teeth. Dental implants can also be cared for just like regular teeth. You can keep them clean by brushing and flossing daily as you normally would.

Another benefit of dental implants is that installation is permanent. Since the metal implant is fused to the jawbone, there is no risk of the implant coming loose and slipping out of place, as can happen with dentures and other dental prosthetics. Further, there is no need for messy dental adhesives to hold the implants in place. You won’t need to fuss with them daily as you would with dentures. The implants are set in place permanently during the installation process.

If you are missing any teeth, it is time to restore your smile with dental implants. For dental implants in Tallahassee, FL, Dr. Bryan is your experienced oral surgeon and dental implant expert. To schedule an appointment, contact Big Bend Oral Surgery by calling (850) 878-7101.

By Big Bend Oral Surgery
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extractions  

Dental extractions are generally a last resort, reserved for when more conservative options have failed and the tooth becomes extracted toothirreparably damaged, putting a person's greater oral (and in some cases general health) at risk. In the case of wisdom teeth, which can cause crowding or become impacted, extraction is a common treatment option. Dr. Steven Bryan, an oral surgeon in Tallahassee, FL, offers dental extractions for a range of situations that affect both adult and pediatric patients.

Dental Extractions in Tallahassee, FL

A tooth may require extraction for a number of reasons. The most common causes of a dental extraction include:

  1. Impacted wisdom teeth - A tooth becomes impacted when it fails to fully erupt (grow) through the gums, essentially becoming partially stuck in the gums, increasing the risk for potential complications like pain and infections. Because the wisdom teeth (also referred to as third molars) usually erupt much later than the rest of the adult teeth (late teens to early twenties), they often contribute to crowding because they don't have enough room to fully erupt. Extracting impacted wisdom teeth is a common solution to relieve issues that could potentially affect the surrounding teeth.
  2. Significant trauma and tooth decay - The teeth are living entities that contain nerves and blood vessels. When the nerve endings and tissue inside a healthy tooth (known as pulp) become exposed to bacteria or are damaged through trauma or extensive tooth decay, they can become permanently injured, potentially causing the tooth to die. Removing a tooth is usually the last resort after more conservative treatments like a root canal have failed.
  3. Primary (baby) teeth - When baby teeth do not fall out naturally, an extraction may be necessary to allow for the permanent tooth underneath to fully erupt without complications.
  4. Crowding/orthodontics - In some cases, removing teeth is necessary to ease crowding in the jaw and to make room for proper bite alignment.

Find a Dentist in Tallahassee, FL

Even with the best care, dental extractions are sometimes necessary to relieve pain or infections, and to preserve oral health. If you are experiencing symptoms like pain or signs of advanced tooth decay or an infection, contact Big Bend Oral Surgery by calling (850) 878-7101 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryan today.

By Big Bend Oral Surgery
September 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Tallahassee, FL dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Tallahassee, FL​ Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Tallahassee, FL dentist to schedule an appointment.

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