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December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

Although they are generally treated as a last resort, dental extractions are sometimes necessary to help relieve pain or an infection or to tooth extractionimprove a number of other oral health issues. Maybe you are one of the millions of Americans who have had one or even all of your wisdom teeth extracted, or will have to at some point. Dr. Steven Bryan, an oral surgeon at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, FL, recommends dental extractions in situations where restorative options like fillings or crowns are not enough to save the tooth.

Dental Extractions in Tallahassee, FL

Most adults will eventually have their wisdom teeth extracted (as many as 85%, according to data). Because wisdom teeth tend to be impacted and do not fully erupt, extraction is the best method to avoid damage to the surrounding teeth. But there are several other instances where a child or adult may need to have a tooth extracted. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Severe tooth decay or trauma that can't be repaired with a dental restoration
  • To make room for a permanent tooth (children), or to alleviate crowding
  • To make room for dentures
  • To treat periodontal (gum) disease

If you are experiencing dental pain, suffered trauma from an accident, fall, or sports injury, or have signs of an infection, schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon as soon as possible. In some cases, we may be able to save your tooth depending on the nature and severity of the damage. But in extreme cases, a dental extraction may be the best way to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums and preserve your oral health.

Find an oral surgeon in Tallahassee, FL

Although dental problems that require a tooth extraction may not always be preventable, the best way to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss is through regular preventive care. For more information, contact Big Bend Oral Surgery by calling (850) 878-7101 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryan today.

September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You've probably heard of dental implants, the dental restoration which is placed in your jawbone during a minor dental surgery. Their dental implantspopularity can't be denied, but do you know why? At Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, Florida, Dr. Steven Bryan often recommends dental implants to patients who need to replace one or more missing natural teeth. Below, he lists four reasons why he's proud to offer these incredible restorations at his practice.

Dental implants are attractive.

One of the best aspects of dental implants from your Tallahassee oral surgeon is that they are almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. That's because their functional parts are underneath the gums; only the ceramic crown, which is carefully matched in size, shape, and color to the rest of your teeth, will be visible once the restoration is finished.

Dental implants are safe.

The post of most dental implants is made from a lightweight metal called titanium; it does not corrode and is very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction or bodily rejection. In fact, the National Institute of Health found through research studies that less than 1% of dental patients showed any signs of a titanium allergy. Your Tallahassee dentist may choose to use a post made from zirconia, a metal that is very close to titanium in the periodic table but becomes white in the refining process. These implants often work best for visible teeth because the metal abutment may show through the translucent porcelain crown.

Dental implants are low maintenance.

You might think that because dental implants are more cutting-edge than other restorations, their care will be complicated as well. However, they only need to be treated as regular teeth, with daily brushing and flossing to keep the gums surrounding them healthy and functional. Dental implants do not require removal for cleaning or periodic refitting or adjustments from your Tallahassee oral surgeon, as other tooth replacements do.

Dental implants are the most stable restoration available today.

You have many options for replacing a missing tooth. However, only dental implants from your Tallahassee oral surgeon can last many decades, even a lifetime, if they receive proper care as mentioned above. That's because instead of being held in place with paste or bonding cement, the post of the implants is firmly secured in the jawbone. This structure mimics that of a natural tooth's roots, giving you unprecedented stability and longevity.

If you're convinced about dental implants and want to get started on your new smile, contact Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, Florida to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Bryan today!

August 01, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral surgery  

How your oral surgeon in Tallahassee, Florida can help youOral Surgeon


Oral surgeons are some of the most highly-skilled health care providers you will ever see. They have to be! That’s because they perform oral surgery procedures for a great variety of reasons. Dr. Steven Bryan at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, Florida wants to share some of the times you may need to see an oral surgeon.

The most obvious reason you might need to visit an oral surgeon is to have one or more teeth removed. You may need teeth removed because:

  • You are undergoing orthodontic treatment and need to create more space
  • You have teeth that have lost too much bone around them due to periodontal disease
  • You have teeth that are too badly decayed or infected to be treated by a filling or root canal

One of the most common tooth extraction procedures is to remove wisdom teeth, commonly known as third molars. Many people don’t have enough room in their jaws for wisdom teeth to erupt normally. As a result, wisdom teeth may only partially erupt, or they may not erupt at all. They can also erupt sideways, putting pressure on other teeth and causing pain. Wisdom teeth are often considered non-functional teeth and are usually removed.

You may also need to visit the oral surgeon to have dental implants placed. If you are missing teeth and decide you want dental implants, the dental implant is placed in your jaw by the oral surgeon. Over time, bone grows up around the implant and secures it in place. Your general dentist will then place the implant crown on top of the secured implant screw.

Oral biopsies are another reason you might visit an oral surgeon. If your general dentist notices a suspicious area of soft tissue in your mouth, he may suggest an oral biopsy to help diagnose the cause of the tissue change. Biopsies can indicate potentially harmful changes on a cellular level, like oral cancer.

There are many times you may need to see an oral surgeon, and you should seek out the best, like Dr. Bryan. Seeing an oral surgeon can give you peace-of-mind because you know you are seeing a specialist who excels in surgical procedures. For more information about available oral surgery services call Dr. Steven Bryan at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, Florida today!

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!

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