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Dental Implants to Repair Broken or Missing Teeth

dental implantSpringfield, MO – Do you have some missing teeth and are looking for a permanent solution to correct them, but aren’t excited about the idea of traditional dentures? Dental implants might be your answer.

The Ozark dentists at Excel Dental are trained in helping you find the right solution to repair teeth that can’t be restored. It’s important that once a tooth has been lost or removed that it gets replaced, not just for esthetics, but for function as well.

“Dental implants provide the stability we need to then place a replacement tooth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “The implant keeps replacement teeth from moving around in your mouth.”

Implants fuse directly into the jawbone, which patients love because it means the replacement tooth or teeth can’t slip around in the mouth, and they will feel more natural and comfortable. They are an option for almost all patients, unlike standard dentures and bridges. Some patients can’t wear regular dentures because there may be painful spots in their mouths, or they have bad ridges. Others might not have surrounding teeth that are healthy enough for a bridge to affix to. But with implants, none of that is a concern.

Typically, patients who are healthy enough to visit their dentist for an extraction or oral surgery are good candidates for implants. Patients need to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place. Patients who may not be proper candidates are those who are heavy smokers, who have uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes and heart disease, who patients who have had radiation therapy to the head or neck.

Prior to the procedure, your dentist will work with you to create a custom treatment plant that meets your specific dental needs.

During the procedure, the titanium implant will be placed in the bone where the missing tooth was. The jaw will heal around the implant, anchoring it to the jaw. This process can take up to 12 weeks.

Once the implant is secured, a connector post is attached. This will hold your new tooth in place. Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth and create a mold of your bite to ensure the replacement tooth fits properly. Because it is secured to your jawbone, not only will it look like your natural teeth, it will also feel like your own teeth.

Advantages include:

  • Improved appearance and comfort
  • Improved speech
  • Better function
  • Durability and convenience

There are several types of implants available. The option that is best for you will be determined by a dental consultation, during which your dentist will take into account the amount of bone you have left, your general health and your preferences.

 

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Do I Really Need to Fix My Broken Tooth?

TeethSpringfield, MO – Have you broken or chipped a tooth, but decided that because it didn’t hurt, you weren’t going to worry about repairing it? You could be setting yourself up for more extensive dental work in the future explain the Ozark dentists at Excel Dental.

“It’s something we see often,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “A tooth gets broken, but it doesn’t hurt right away, so the patient just ignores it. But by the time it does start to bother you, infection could have set in, or it could now be unable to be restored.”

Chipped and broken teeth are relatively common, especially if the tooth already has some decay in it. Injuries to the tooth can occur from getting hit in the face or falling, or simply from biting down on something hard. But receiving dental care for the broken or chipped tooth is important to ensure you don’t lose the entire tooth.

Until you can get to your family dentistry office, there are some things you can do to ease any pain or discomfort that might be associated with the tooth. Rinse your mouth with salt water and take an over-the-counter pain reliever, if needed. If the break has left a sharp edge that you fear could injure your mouth, cover the tooth with a piece of dental wax. Sugar-free gum can also work in a pinch. Eat soft foods and avoid biting down on the tooth until you can get to your dentist’s office.

“How we treat broken and chipped teeth depends on the severity of the damage,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “Small chips and breaks or cracks might be able to be repaired with dental bonding or even a filling, but large breaks will most likely require a dental crown.”

If you’re only missing a small piece of your enamel, a filling can be used to repair it. If the crack is to a front tooth sometimes your dentist will bond your tooth.

“Tooth bonding is a quick and easy procedure,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “First, we’ll slightly roughen the surface of the tooth so the bonding material will be able to adhere. Then, an adhesive is applied, followed by the bonding material. It will then be shaped to look like your natural tooth.”

Some breaks, however, will require a dental cap or crown to repair and restore tooth function. This is especially true in cases where there is a lot of decay. Your dentist will file the remaining tooth down, then cover it with a crown or cap. They can be made from metal, porcelain, resin or ceramic. An all-metal crown will provide the most strength, but a porcelain or resin crown will look almost exactly like a natural tooth.
“In some cases, we may need to perform a root canal,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “This will need to occur if the fracture has involved the root or nerve of the tooth. We’ll perform a root canal and build up a structure to which we can put a crown on.”

Veneers are also an option for broken or chipped teeth. A veneer is a thin, tooth colored material , made of porcelain or resin, that is placed over the entire front of the tooth.

Only a dentist will be able to tell if your injury has caused damage to the root or if there is risk for infection. Infection can occur if the break is large enough to expose the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the area of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. If the bacteria that enters your mouth makes its way to the pulp infection can set it.

The pulp tissue can die, and if it isn’t treated, tooth pain can remain or the tooth may need to be removed. To treat the tooth, a patient will need to undergo root canal therapy to remove the infected tissue and seal it. If your tooth hurts, changes color or becomes sensitive to heat, you may have damaged the pulp of the tooth.

If you’ve broken or chipped a tooth, but have been putting off treatment, call your dentist today to schedule an appointment to repair the tooth before further damage can set in.

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Learn the Truth About Red Wine and Cavities

Nixa, Missouri-News stories everywhere have been proclaiming that red wine can be of immense help to your oral health. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, red wine had no effect on the growth of the cavity-causing bacteria known as S. mutans.

General DentistryHowever, the researchers involved found that the type of alcohol limited the development of bacteria closely associated with periodontal disease instead. This clarification essentially means that red wine has still yet to be proven as a way to prevent cavities.

“The results from the study are somewhat interesting,” says Nixa dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “The health of a person’s gums and teeth are closely associated. We still want to look for proven results over an extended period of time before advising patients to drink red wine for dental benefits.”

It’s important to know that the researchers came to their conclusion by holding the wine in their mouth for two minutes every seven hours over the course of one week. That’s very different from simply having a glass of red wine with dinner and enjoying improved gum health.

At Excel Dental, our dentists side with the American Dental Association in conjunction with all new trends and studies. So if you really want to keep your teeth strong and healthy, stick to the basics of a consistent oral hygiene routine
“Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once a day,” explains Dr. Nick Matthews. “We can help you use the proper techniques and suggest the right toothbrush for your individual needs. That’s another reason why it’s so important to keep your dental appointments.”

If you have any questions about the latest craze that claims to improve the health of your teeth, please give us a call. We always stay on top of the latest dental news in order to educate our patients when they come in for an appointment.

Excel Dental is the top provider of family dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, mini dental implants and laser-assisted dentistry for residents of Ozark, Springfield and Nixa. Visit our website for additional oral hygiene tips.

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ADA Putting Squeeze on MLB to Ban Tobacco Use in Stadiums

Ozark, Missouri-Few habits can be as destructive to one’s oral health as the use of tobacco. In an effort to step up the awareness of tobacco’s nasty consequences, the American Dental Association recently partnered with other major health organizations in urging Major League Baseball to ban tobacco use in stadiums.

men in tooth painOrganizations including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Oral Health America signed a letter asking MLB commissioner Bud Selig to implement the change following the tragic death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. The Padres legend and habitual tobacco user was diagnosed with oral cancer several years ago. He died this summer from complications at age 54.

The letter addressed to Selig explained how tobacco does nothing but harm the health of baseball players and that it “sets a terrible example for the millions of young people who watch baseball at the ballpark or on TV.”

“It’s unfortunate how common tobacco use has become in baseball,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Nick Matthews. “Kids look up to so many of these players and see them with chew in their mouths. It’s a highly addictive drug that can absolutely destroy your gums and teeth.”

Selig explained in his response that that Players Association isn’t required to discuss the proposal until the current collective bargaining agreement expires more than two years from now. In between that timeframe, it’s a shame to think how many players and kids will become victim to tobacco use.

Whether you’re currently a tobacco user or haven’t tried it at all, consider the following consequences as explained by the ADA’s consumer website.

  • Gum disease
  • Stained teeth and tongue
  • Dulled sense of smell and taste
  • Slow healing after tooth extraction or other surgery
  • Difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
  • Oral cancer

“The best thing tobacco users can do is stop and come in for an oral cancer screening,” explains Dr. Tracy Davis. “Because it can metastatize to other parts of your body, oral cancer is one of the most deadly cancers. We’ll refer you to an oral surgeon for a second opinion if we detect a suspicious lesion.”

If you wish to speak to one of our dentists regarding your tobacco use, please call us. Our staff at Excel Dental wants to help you stop the habit and work with you in restoring your oral health.

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Are You Brushing Your Teeth Like a Dentist?

brushing teethOzark, MO-Brushing your teeth can be one of the most tedious things you do each day. Even if you brush regularly, you may not be giving your mouth the proper clean it requires for optimal oral health.

Let’s start with your toothbrush. The American Dental Association recommends that a soft brush be used to prevent gum irritation. But what about an electric toothbrush? Is that really the best toothbrush available?

“Whether you use a manual or electric, you have to be sure to maintain proper brushing habits,” explains Ozark dentist Dr. Nick Matthews. “Manual toothbrushes wear out after a while, so remember to switch out brushes every few months. That’s why we offer them to patients after their appointments.”

The length of time that a person spends brushing their teeth carries great importance. Our team at Excel Dental recommends brushing for about two minutes, focusing on each part of your mouth equally. However, don’t use too much force or pressure.

“Be thorough and gentle at the same time,” explains Dr. Tracy Davis. “Using too much force when brushing can be damaging to root surfaces and gums.”

The other obvious component in brushing is the toothpaste you use. If you go through the toothpaste section at your grocery store, you’ll find a variety of options, including ‘whitening’ or ‘tartar control.’ Still, dentists tend to side with normal fluoride toothpaste because it’s completely harmless to tooth structure.

You may already know that your favorite coffee, soda or juice consists of acid capable of softening tooth enamel. We recommend limiting these to mealtimes or rinsing your mouth with water after drinking fluids with sugar and/or acids. Your saliva has neutralizing ability and can also help to remineralize enamel, as long as sugars and acids are not reintroduced.

When you’re not brushing your teeth, there’s a good chance you store your toothbrush in a cabinet or in its own case. Experts have proven that it’s actually best to just rinse the brush, let it air dry and then store in a holder. Brushes that stay moist are likelier to grow bacteria.

Now that you have some of the best teeth brushing tips, you can feel confident in improving and maintaining a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.

“Getting into an oral hygiene routine and sticking to it can be difficult,” says Dr. Matthews. “But there’s no question that patients who have proper in-home dental habits are rewarded tenfold.”

Excel Dental is the leading provider of family dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, mini dental implants and laser-assisted dentistry for residents of Ozark, Springfield and Nixa. Visit our website or call the office for additional oral hygiene tips.

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Fight Against the Wear and Tear of Your Teeth

dentistry MONIXA, MO-Massages are a popular way to combat the physical and mental grind that our bodies take on a daily basis. But people sometimes forget that our teeth are also built to last a lifetime. Shouldn’t we pamper them once in a while?

A recent article on WebMD explains that some of the most common hazards to our teeth can often be avoided.

Chipped, fractured or broken teeth can pose real problems to one’s dental health and overall well-being. The staff at Excel Dental recommends that those who have already had extensive dental work be cautious when biting down on hard foods.

“Teeth that undergo a lot of treatment are more susceptible to injury,” says Nixa dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “Chipped teeth are usually fairly easy to correct. But when you start talking about fractured teeth, the repair or replacement is typically more extensive. Sometimes, the dentist’s only option may be to remove it.”

Remember that many dental injuries can stem from athletic incidents. So be sure to wear a properly fitted mouthguard during contact sports as a shield for your teeth.

Another destructive habit can be grinding your teeth. What may seem like a harmless quirk during the night can have a negative effect on your health. For example, teeth grinding gradually wears away the enamel in your teeth, leaving it prone to decay.

“Headaches, muscle pain and jaw pain can even point back to teeth grinding,” explains Dr. Nick Matthews. “Making a point to relax before bedtime helps a little bit. But we can also develop a mouthguard that minimizes teeth grinding very effectively.”

Tooth enamel erosion has a significant part in wearing down a person’s teeth. We recommend limiting the acidic foods and drinks you consume, especially sodas and other beverages high in sugar.

“You don’t necessarily have to stop drinking your favorite juice,” says Dr. Davis. “One compromise is to only have them with meals and drink water in between meals. You could also rinse your mouth with water once you’re done and remember to brush your teeth twice a day to protect the enamel.”

Excel Dental is the leading provider of family dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, mini dental implants and laser-assisted dentistry in the Nixa, Springfield and Ozark areas. Visit our website or call the office to learn more about our treatment options.

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Dr. Nick Matthews Named to New Dentist Committee

Dr. Nick Matthews OZARK, MO-One of Excel Dental’s dentists recently received recognition for his quality care and service to patients. The Missouri Dental Association’s New Dentist Committee inducted Dr. Nick Matthews as an at-large committee member.

According to the American Dental Association, new dentists consist of those who have been out of dental school for less than 10 years. Dr. Matthews is one of only 17 dentists from each of the association’s regional districts. Along with the rest of the committee, Dr. Matthews will serve as the representative voice of new dentists. Primary responsibilities include making recommendations on policies and programs to promote the success of new dentists.

Another major proponent of the New Dentist Committee involves the development of leadership in the field of dentistry. Dr. Matthews will play a major role in the organization of activities for dental students at institutions all over America, particularly the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, his alma mater.

“It’s an honor to be the voice of our region as part of the New Dentist Committee,” Dr. Matthews told the practice’s advertising agency recently. “I look forward to actively participating in events and conferences throughout the year so that new dentists in this area are best represented. The continued growth of Excel Dental is the type of success I hope for all new dentists, and as a committee member, I now have the opportunity to develop others in a way that they too can excel.”

Dr. Matthews also dedicates himself to his work on the American Dental Association and Christian Medical Dental Association. Arguably the most impressive part of his dentistry connects to his time at the Kitchen Dental Clinic in Springfield. In this program, Dr. Matthews can offer quality dental treatment to uninsured, low-income individuals and families.

“As young as he is in the industry, he gets the concept of putting his patients first,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “His goal is to provide the best dental care in the most compassionate way. Our team is thrilled for him and this incredible honor.”

Those interested in finding out more about Dr. Matthews and the rest of our team can check out their bios on our website.

Excel Dental is an elite provider of family dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, mini dental implants and laser-assisted dentistry in the Ozark, Nixa and Springfield areas. Visit our website or call the office to learn more about our top-of-the-line services and staff.

Note: Some of this information is derived from the advertising agency of Excel Dental. A similar article will be distributed August 29 to the following outlets: News-Leader, 417 Magazine, Springfield Business Journal, Christian County Headliner, Nixa Chamber of Commerce, Ozark Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

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Looking for that Competitive Edge? Have Healthy Teeth.

SPRINGFIELD, MO-We all know that elite athletes work to perfect their craft by training, weightlifting and other preparation methods. But have you ever thought that your teeth could play a role in your athletic success?

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According to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, one fifth of participants in the recent Olympics said that their oral health hindered their training and performance. Dentists at the Oral Health and Performance in Sport conference explained that tooth pain and gum inflammation not only can damage sleep patterns and performance, but also negatively affect the rest of the body.

Overall athletic performance consequently suffers.

That said; don’t think that bettering your dental habits will transform you into the next world class athlete.

“We have many patients who play sports or take part in competitive running and biking,” says Missouri dentist Dr. Marcus Barnett. “They actively train and take care of their bodies to ensure optimal performance. But they need to take care of their teeth also.”

Our team at Excel Dental believes that healthy teeth not only benefit your oral health, but your overall body as well.

“If you have gum disease, a cavity or even just some minor tooth pain, it’s going to have some sort of effect on the rest of your body,” explains Dr. Tracy Davis. “For athletes that want to be at the highest level possible, a healthy mouth does nothing but good.”

Going to the dentist may seem like a drag at times. Between work, your family and training, you may not feel like you have the time to come in for an appointment. But if you feel like your athletic performance could be improved at all, contact us for a visit.

“Doing the little things like going to the dentist can prevent major issues from happening in the future,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “Plus, for athletes specifically, you’re going to feel more confident with healthy teeth that feel good.”

Excel Dental is a trusted provider of family dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, mini dental implants and laser-assisted dentistry in the Springfield, Nixa and Ozark areas. Visit our website or call the office to learn more about our preventive and restorative services.

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Experts Confirm Benefits of Starting Orthodontic Treatment at Young Age

Pediatric DentistryOZARK, MO-No longer should orthodontic care be associated with teenagers alone. Because permanent teeth begin to come in at age 6 or 7, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children receive an orthodontic screening during this time.

“Orthodontic treatment has come a long way in the last few decades,” explains Missouri dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “Thanks to breakthrough research and advanced technology, specialists are now able to determine what kind of treatment a child will need several years down the road.”

Parents may brush off the recommendation that their 7-year-old see an orthodontist. But remember that the jaw and teeth are still developing at this age. This allows the expert to then address any issues, such as crowding. It’s much easier for an orthodontist to ensure optimal results in an efficient amount of time when dealing with younger patients.

The ‘two-phase treatment,’ as it’s so often called, allows for a positive experience for everyone involved. Naturally, when the orthodontist can create a future treatment plan several years in advance, the patient and parent know what to expect. This also often leads to less time wearing an orthodontic appliance and less of an expense for you.

At Excel Dental, we take great pride in being an elite family dentistry. In fact, we take just as much satisfaction in your child’s oral health as you do. Our professional team not only wants to provide a dental clean for our patients, but also a smile that they can be proud of for the rest of their lives.

Plus, each of the doctors at Excel Dental is a certified Invisalign and 6 Month Smile Orthodontic provider. Take the stress away from orthodontic problems in their teenage years and start them on the path to a beautiful smile now.

Excel Dental is a trusted provider of family dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, mini dental implants and laser-assisted dentistry in the Ozark, Nixa and Springfield areas. Visit our website or call the office to learn more about our orthodontic treatment options.

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Athletes Reduce Concussion Risk When Wearing Properly Fitted Mouthguards

SPRINGFIELD, MO-Parents of athletes may want to consider going to the dentist instead of the local sporting goods store for a mouthguard. According to the May/June 2014 issue of General Dentistry, high school football players wearing store-bought mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer concussions and mild traumatic injuries as those wearing properly fitted ones.

mouthguardA total of 412 players participated in the study. While 220 were randomly assigned to wear fitted mouthguards, the remaining 192 wore over-the-counter mouthguards of their choice. The same style of football helmet was worn by all participants.

Following the experiment, more than eight percent of those wearing the standard mouthguard suffered a concussion or similar injuries. On the contrary, less than four percent of the athletes wearing properly fitted mouthguards dealt with concussions.

It’s important to note that even a custom-made mouthguard cannot prevent traumatic brain injuries. But previous research indicates that the right mouthguard can help absorb shock, limit movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw and stabilize the head/neck areas. Experts also attribute mouthguard thickness as a key factor in reducing concussion risk. According to the study, the average thickness of the fitted mouthguards was 3.50 millimeters. The size of the store-bought ones, however, came in at less than have that size at 1.65 millimeters.

“Our team of dentists at Excel Dental offers many preventive services, including athletic mouthguards,” says Missouri dentist Dr. Kelly Barnett. “We are fully aware of the growing concern with concussions and strive to make your athlete safer in their particular sport with a properly fitted mouthguard.”

Dr. Eugene Antenucci, spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, explains the following tips for caring for a custom-fit mouthguard.

  1. Brush your mouthguard with a toothbrush and cool water after each use.
  2. Keep your mouthguard in the case your dentist provided when not wearing it.
  3. Avoid leaving your mouthguard in direct sunlight or a hot care. A melted one won’t offer as much protection.
  4. Bring your mouthguard into your dentist office to make sure its structure and fit remain effective for wearing.

 

For additional information on this study, check out this link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140501101133.htm.

“You may not have thought of the dentist office as being the place to get your child’s mouthguard,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “But if you want an easy way to boost their safety when they’re on the field, feel free to bring them into Excel Dental for a custom-fit mouthguard.”

Excel Dental is a trusted provider of general dentistry, family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in the Springfield, Branson and Rogersville areas. Visit our website or call the office to learn more about our general dentistry and preventive treatment options.

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