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Posts for: September, 2013


The “wear and tear” nature of gingival (gum) tissue enables it to readily handle the chewing and biting actions of eating and still perform its most important function: protecting the roots of your teeth from decay and environmental exposure. But while they're resilient, they're not invincible: it's quite possible for them to lose their attachment to a tooth and begin to recede, leaving the root surfaces exposed.

Gum recession can occur for a number of reasons: poor oral hygiene; over brushing and flossing; malocclusion (a poor bite); personal habits, like biting down on hard foreign objects; or poorly fitted dentures or other appliances. From a genetic point of view, people with thinner gingival tissues are more prone to gum recession than those with thicker tissues. Whatever the cause, the result is the same — the exposed tooth becomes more sensitive to environmental factors (such as heat, cold, abrasion or erosion). More importantly, it now has a higher susceptibility to decay and disease, leading to its possible demise.

But there may be a solution. Although the original tissue may be lost, periodontal plastic surgery can restore a protective layer of tissue to the tooth, and at the same time give you back the smile you once had.

From the Greek word “plastik” for sculpting or modeling clay, plastic surgery procedures restore both form and function to a bodily structure. While the term “plastic surgery” can apply to other procedures in medicine such as rhinoplasty or face lifts, the periodontal procedure particularly involves grafting similar tissue to an area of recession, and then “shaping” it into a natural, life-like form.

To graft means to remove tissue from a donor site and attach it to a recipient site. In the case of periodontal tissue, the recipient patient can also be the donor with the tissue coming from some other area of the same mouth (the graft can also come from another human or an animal). Using advanced techniques and a touch of artistry, the surgeon positions and sutures the graft in place.

The result: not only a new protective covering for your tooth, but a more pleasing appearance when you smile.

If you would like more information on periodontal plastic surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Plastic Surgery.”

By Randall Furman DDS
September 13, 2013
Category: Oral Health

Model Christie Brinkley's smile has been a symbol of America's optimism since the seventies. Particularly well known for being the cover model for three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editions, Brinkley still has a fresh-faced American girl-next-door beauty that starts with her cheerful smile, which transmits the message that all is well.

Brinkley's modeling career began when she was “discovered” in Paris in the seventies, at the age of 18. As she explained in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, it was like a fairy tale. She had gone to study art in Paris, where a fashion designer spotted her walking down the street. “He told me later he immediately thought, ‘That's the girl!’” she said.

Brinkley attributes her famous smile to a combination of good genetics (she inherited her mother's “beautiful straight teeth”), combined with the intelligence to practice good oral hygiene and have regular dental appointments. She never needed to have work done to prepare her for the modeling life; but as a teenager, she said, she wished she could wear braces because she thought the “coolest kids had them.”

Although dental restorations were not needed to enhance her beautiful natural smile, she did have two dental implants after she fractured two rear molars in a bad helicopter crash while back-country skiing, and she says she is thankful for dental implant technology because it looks and feels so natural.

Brinkley said that her smile led directly to her assignment as spokesperson for a brand of oral rinse and mouthwash products. She is also concerned about the environment. Her company Christie, Inc. is designing environmentally friendly products.

Her advice to everyone is to smile more. “I think a smile makes EVERYONE beautiful! It's the greatest gift we give each other... It's an expression of friendship, love and peace!”

If you have questions about your smile, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Or you can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.”

By Randall Furman DDS
September 12, 2013
Category: Veneers
Tags: Veneers  

For some people beautiful smiles are not born, they are made. virginia beach veneersThis is the case when my patients select Virginia Beach veneers to cover damaged, discolored or uneven smiles. This includes if you have a gap in between your teeth or if you have a broken tooth.

Think of veneers as tooth-colored shells that are applied as a covering over imperfect teeth. Veneers are made from either porcelain or porcelain laminates, which are tough materials that closely resemble your own healthy teeth -- or the healthy teeth you have always dreamed of.

If you are contemplating changing your smile with veneers, call our Virginia Beach dentist practice to schedule a veneers consultation. At this consultation, I can discuss your options regarding veneers and your smile. This is the time for you to share what you don’t like about your smile and how you hope veneers may be able to improve it. While I can correct many cosmetic dental issues with veneers, I cannot correct all concerns. The veneers consultation allows me to help you establish realistic expectations for just how beautiful your smile can be.

If you select Virginia Beach veneers as a dental option for you, the process can require several trips to our office. Because you do not want veneers to appear too bulky over your tooth, I must prepare your tooth for the veneer by trimming off a small amount of dental enamel must be removed. This amount is usually very small or less than a millimeter. After applying a special light-cured glue, I apply the veneers over your teeth.

A significant amount of artistry exists in applying Virginia Beach veneers because once the veneers are applied I can further shape them to perfect a smile that is uniquely yours. The results are often nothing short of amazing -- a white, even smile.

To schedule a free consultation to learn more about veneers, call our Virginia Beach dentist office at (757) 468-4684. I'd love to meet with you to find out if veneers are for you.