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September 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you interested in replacing a missing tooth with dental implants, but have a few questions about the treatment? Well, you're in luck—Dental-Implantour oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Bryan of Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, FL, can help you decide if dental implants are the best option for you. Read on to learn more.


What are dental implants?

Dental implants act as synthetic tooth roots, allowing you to properly anchor dental replacements to your jawbone. These tiny titanium posts are implanted in your jaw a during minor oral surgery, afterward fully fusing to the bone in a natural process called osseointegration.

Dental crowns look just like the visible parts of your teeth and are attached to the tops of dental implants with connectors called abutments.


How long does the bonding process take?

Bonding can take three to six months or longer. While you wait for the process to finish, you may wear a temporary bridge to hide the gap in your smile.


What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants from our Tallahassee office offer several important benefits including:

  • No Change to Surrounding Teeth: If you've lost one or two teeth, you're probably deciding between a bridge or dental implants. However, in order to receive a bridge, the teeth that will support the restoration often must be reduced in size. In contrast, no changes to nearby teeth are needed when you opt for a dental implant.
  • Jawbone Advantages: Tooth roots stimulate your jawbone, keeping it strong. Consequently, in the event of tooth loss, the jaw experiences shrinkage and bone loss, an effect that eventually causes teeth to loosen and facial muscles to sag. Fortunately, replacing your lost teeth with dental implants will ensure that your jawbone continues to receive constant stimulation, thus eliminating the risk of resorption.
  • Unmatched Longevity: Thanks to the bonding process of osseointegration, dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. Although the porcelain cap will need to be periodically replaced over the years, the implant itself will last for decades on end, sometimes even for the rest of your life!


Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your Tallahassee, FL, oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Bryan of Big Bend Oral Surgery, today at (850) 878-7101 to schedule an appointment.

July 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

Wisdom teeth may not make you any wiser, but they can certainly cause a lot of pain if they become partially or fully impacted. Luckily, Wisdom Teethyour Tallahassee, FL, oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Bryan of Big Bend Oral Surgery, can remove the teeth and ease your discomfort.


Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?

Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. Centuries ago, these four teeth helped people gnaw on tasty tree bark and tear apart raw meat. However, as the human diet changed, the teeth became unnecessary, and our jaws became a little smaller. Consequently, many people today don't have enough rooms in their mouths for wisdom teeth.

When the teeth try to erupt, they encounter bone or tissue that blocks them. If the teeth are completely blocked and hidden beneath the gums, they're considered fully impacted. Part of a partially impacted tooth may be visible.


How can I tell if my wisdom teeth should be removed?

You may want to consider oral surgery to remove your wisdom teeth if you have any of these signs and symptoms:

  • Pain, Pressure, and Discomfort: Wisdom teeth never give up—they'll push against your jawbone, nerves, and gums even though there's no room for them. The constant pushing can be painful and uncomfortable.
  • Changes in Your Bite: Wisdom teeth can change your bite (the way your teeth fit together) and may undo years of orthodontic treatment. If you don't have enough room for the teeth, it's best to remove them before they can affect the alignment of your teeth.
  • Gum Changes: Your gums may become red and swollen if your wisdom teeth are fully or partially impacted.
  • Infections: Wisdom teeth are prone to developing infections. You might have an infection if you have pain, fever, constant bad breath or a swollen jaw.
  • Decay: Wisdom teeth that do erupt without an issue may be more prone to tooth decay and might need to be extracted by your Tallahassee oral surgeon. Partially impacted teeth can also become decayed.
  • Cysts: Cysts may be relatively innocuous, but they're very painful when they form around your wisdom teeth. If the cyst isn't removed, your jawbone or nerves may also sustain damage.


Concerned? Give us a call

Do you have any of these signs and symptoms? If so, call your Tallahassee, FL, oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Bryan of Big Bend Oral Surgery, at (850) 878-7101 to schedule an appointment.

May 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Fear of the dentist is a common issue among both children and adults alike. However, sedation dentistry can help you face your fear and can give you peace of mind when taking care of pressing dental issues such as teeth decay or gum disease. Find out more about sedation dentistry with Dr. Steven Bryan at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, FL.

What is sedation dentistry? 
Sedation dentistry is a safe, effective way to help patients with a fear of the dentist—or certain dental procedures—relax and feel more at ease during their dental procedures. Your dentist can administer sedation via inhalation, medication, or an IV. Depending on your level of discomfort and the severity of your treatment, your dentist may suggest different types of sedation dentistry.


Types of Sedation Dentistry

  • Minimal sedation: Minimal sedation—usually administered via nitrous oxide gas—helps patients feel more relaxed. Patients will be awake and aware of their surroundings.
  • Moderate sedation: Dentists usually administer moderate sedation orally with a medication. This type of sedation is stronger than minimal sedation and patients may fall asleep or forget some parts of their procedure.
  • Deep sedation: Deep sedation is administered intravenously, and patients will be so relaxed they usually forget most of their procedure.
  • General anesthesia: The heaviest form of sedation, general anesthesia puts a patient completely to sleep, allowing them to completely sleep through their procedure.


Sedation Dentistry in Tallahassee, FL
If you have a fear of the dentist or become anxious when considering your next dental appointment, you may benefit from sedation dentistry for your next procedure. Consulting with your dentist will allow you to address your questions and concerns and ensure that sedation dentistry is the best course of treatment for you and your teeth.

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

February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants DiagramRebuilding your smile with dental implants may seem like a daunting task at first, but with help of your Tallahassee dentist, you can acquire a smile that's better than ever! This amazing feat is made possible through the advent of dental implants. Taking only a few appointments to install, implants are state-of-the-art dental restorations that independently stay in place on your jawbone and can last a lifetime—two qualities that other tooth replacement options simply cannot offer. Read below to learn about these revolutionary dental restorations, and contact Dr. Steven Bryan at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, FL, for treatment!

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option which consists of a titanium screw-like post that is implanted directly into the jawbone to firmly hold a porcelain replacement tooth in place. An abutment holds the two parts together, ensuring that they remain in place permanently. The implant’s prosthetic tooth is custom-made by a dental laboratory to ensure that it fits seamlessly into your smile.

What can I expect from the installation process?
The installation process begins with a dental consultation to determine if dental implants are the right treatment for you. After that, your oral surgeon places the implant’s fixture (i.e. the titanium post) into the bone under your missing tooth. After several months, the bone grows around the fixture, permanently integrating it into the mouth’s natural structure. After the implant site heals, your oral surgeon places the prosthetic tooth onto the fixture in order to complete the implant process.

Dental implants in Tallahassee, FL
Dental implants are not for everyone. Good candidates for implants should be in good dental and medical health and able to undergo the anesthesia required for the procedure. Patients should also have an excellent at-home oral care routine with which to keep their mouth and implants healthy and free from decay and gum disease. Despite these requirements, you'll be happy to know that most people qualify for treatment!

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

February 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

While having wisdom teeth may not make you wiser, they can create avoidable oral health problems. If your wisdom teeth are causing you Wisdom toothdiscomfort, don’t ignore the pain any longer because there’s a simple solution. Contact an oral surgeon at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, FL, to find out if you should have them extracted.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?
The wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are teeth that emerge at the back of the mouth when you reach adulthood. You may wonder if your four wisdom teeth are necessary for normal oral function. They developed in humans for evolutionary reasons—ancient humans ate a very coarse diet of foods that required extra teeth. Today, many patients can eat just fine without this extra set of molars.

Why Have Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Not every patient needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted, for in some cases, they emerge without incident. These are the reasons why your Tallahassee, FL oral surgeon may recommend this solution:

- The wisdom teeth emerge sideways, pushing into the other molars.
- The teeth are impacted, meaning that they don’t fully emerge, which can cause painful infections.
- The wisdom teeth are causing orthodontic issues, preventing you from having a straight smile.
- The teeth emerge, but shift over time, causing intermittent pains.

The Extraction Process and Aftercare
You and your dentist will discuss the various sedation options for having your wisdom teeth removed. If you choose deep sedation, you will need to have a trusted person in attendance with you at the appointment. After you’re sedated, the dentist opens the gum tissue to expose the problem-tooth and remove them safely. The tissue is then cleaned and sutured closed to aid the healing process, which could take about a week. Your surgeon will recommend medication to help manage discomfort after the procedure, and you’ll need to keep the pressure on the back of your mouth with gauze and ice packs (for swelling). Avoid eating tough foods until a few days after the procedure.

Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Necessary?
Your oral surgeon must review your most recent X-rays and examine your teeth to help you decide if one or more of your wisdom teeth should be removed. Call (850) 878-7101 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Bryan at Big Bend Oral Surgery in Tallahassee, FL.

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