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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
December 16, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Can having a great smile help land you a high-level business position, a TV show, and a bride? Maybe — at least if you go by the example of Bill Rancic.

The 42-year-old Chicago native is well known as the first winner of NBC-TV's The Apprentice, a reality show where contestants vied for a job with Donald Trump's organization. Shortly after his selection as Trump's newest hire, Rancic met his future wife, Giuliana, when she interviewed him for E! News. Flash forward a few years, and the couple is now hosting their own reality TV show on Style network.

So how much has Bill's winning smile helped?

“I think a great smile says a lot about a person — especially in our professions,” Bill recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. He also mentioned that having a few cosmetic dental treatments helped him close the deal.

As a child, Bill wore braces to correct an overbite. For both kids and adults, orthodontic treatment is often the first step toward getting the smile of your dreams. The practice of orthodontics has changed dramatically in the past 20 years and there are now a number of choices available in lieu of traditional metal braces.

Not Your Father's Braces
For those who need to maintain a “professional” image, tooth-colored braces offer a less noticeable way to straighten your teeth. Lingual braces are another option that's suitable in some situations. These are truly invisible: bonded on the tongue side of the teeth, they can't be seen from the front.

Or, you may be able to forego braces altogether and use a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually bring your teeth into alignment. Not only are these difficult to notice, but they can be completely removed for short periods of time — at important board meetings, for example.

Red-Carpet Tooth Whitening
More recently, Rancic had tooth whitening treatments. Depending on the degree of lightening needed, these can range from custom-fitted bleaching trays that you wear at home under the supervision of a dentist, to in-office whitening treatments that work in far less time. Both can be effective in lightening your teeth by six shades or more.

But if you need the ultimate in whitening, veneers may be the best option. These are fingernail-thin coatings, made of pearly-white porcelain or composite material, that are placed directly on the tooth surfaces. Realistic and durable, they can provide a “Hollywood white” smile that's ready for the red carpet.

Did Bill's cosmetic dental work really improve his life? We can't say for sure — but as his wife Giuliana recently told Dear Doctor, “First impressions are very important, and having a beautiful smile will help anyone make a great impact on others.” So perhaps it worked on her!

If you would like more information on how cosmetic dental treatments can improve your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
December 10, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentist   Fresno  
Sedation Dentist Fresno CADo you ever have anxiety about going to the dentist for various dental procedures and treatments?  If you do, there is no longer a need to worry because with the advances in dentistry your anxiety can be put to rest with sedation dentistry.  Used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience, sedation dentistry enables you to receive dental care without the fear. 
According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, 30 percent of the population tends to avoid the dentist due to some sort of fear or anxiety. This dental phobia will often prevent you or others from receiving necessary routine dental care which can potentially compromise the health and functionality of your mouth and smile.  Don’t let your uneasiness prevent you from maintaining proper oral health.  As a Fresno area sedation dentist, Dr. Curt Posey is available to help you relax at your next dental visit. 

Our Fresno, CA Dentist, Dr. Posey, Explains: What is Sedation Dentistry?

In order to establish a relaxed and calm state, your dentist may use sedation.  Sedatives can be administered through intravenous sedation, which is when sedatives are delivered through injection into the blood vessels of your hand or arm.  It is both safe and effective when administered by a trained professional. 
Sedation dentistry is now one of the most common techniques used in the United States and Canada to ease your worries and nervousness.  Oral sedation is an easy technique that requires no needles. The medications used create a comfortable experience that makes you feel as if you have slept through the entire procedure. 
Although some forms of sedation are capable of raising your pain tolerance, most dental treatments still may require a local anesthetic.  The anesthetic will temporarily block your pain impulses from the affected teeth and gum tissue.  The injection of an anesthetic will only occur after you have already been sedated and comfortable, so you may not be bothered by the injection or even remember the sensation of it occurring.

Benefit from the Calming Effects of Sedation Dentistry

A main benefit of sedation dentistry is the fact that people often feel as if their dental procedure lasted only minutes.  In reality, though, the procedure might actually have taken hours to complete.  This is especially important for those requiring extensive procedures such as smile makeovers and other rebuilding work. Complex dental procedures can now be performed in fewer appointments than they may normally have taken without sedation dentistry.
This form of dentistry maintains a level of consciousness for safety and allows you to be able to cooperate and listen to the dentist.  If you are reluctant to change the appearance of your smile because of your anxiety or fear about undergoing long or complicated procedures, sedation dentistry can make you feel more comfortable during the treatment process. 
Proper consultation with Dr. Posey, our sedation dentist in Fresno, will ensure that your oral health is correctly maintained and a treatment is created to enhance your smile.  Sedation dentistry may be the right solution to calm your nerves and allow your dentist to perform the appropriate dental procedures for your teeth.  The end result will be a smile worth showing off.
It is important to talk with Dr. Curt Posey, a dentist in Fresno, CA, regarding your dental fears and the methods available to reduce pain and anxieties.  With proper planning and consultation, Dr. Posey will create a proper treatment plan, including the use of sedation methods to control pain and anxiety commonly experienced.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
December 06, 2013
Category: Oral Health

While hygiene and regular dental care go a long way to reduce your risk of oral disease and disorders, you’re still subject to your heredity. Everything from tooth alignment to the shape of your jaws is determined by your genes.

So is the biological structure of your gum tissue. Aside from minute variations, gum tissue structure falls into two broad categories — “thin” or “thick,” which refer to the actual thickness of the tissue and the underlying bone. The tooth’s appearance is the best indicator of which type you may have: those with more triangular-shaped tooth (often called scalloped) have thin gum tissue; a person with a squarer appearance (flat) has thick gum tissue. People of Asian descent tend to have thin/scalloped tissue while those with European or African heritage tend to have thick/flat tissues.

Thick gum tissue isn’t superior to thin, or vice-versa. In fact, each type is susceptible to certain types of diseases or adverse conditions.

Thin tissues are more susceptible to the occurrence of receding gums. Caused mainly by periodontal disease and toothbrush abrasion, the gum tissue recedes and exposes more of the unprotected tooth surface that should be below the gum line. This increases the risk of decay and tooth loss. Patients with thick tissue, on the other hand, have a higher risk of developing a condition known as “pocketing.” As the thicker gum tissue becomes inflamed from dental plaque, it loses its attachment to the teeth and forms a small pocket. The end result is possible bone and tooth loss.

There’s not much you can do about which type of gum tissue you have, for which you can thank (or blame!) your ancestors. But there’s something you can do to reduce your risk of periodontal disease. First and foremost, you should practice good daily hygiene, brushing with a soft-bristled tooth brush and gentle flossing. It’s also important to maintain regular cleanings and checkups in our office; not only will this ensure complete plaque and tartar removal, but gives us a better chance to detect either receding gums or pocketing early. Earlier detection can mean better treatment outcomes — and a saved smile.

If you would like more information on genetic types of periodontal tissues, 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 “Genetics & Gum Tissue Types.”

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