Fountain of Youth™, The Natural Choice!

Based on principles of Neuromuscular dentistry, the hard tissues and the soft tissues, muscles and nerves, are allowed to work harmoniously by determining the position that best benefits the individual’s mouth and facial structure.

Fountain of Youth™ Dentures employ principles of neuromuscular dentistry that seek to achieve and maintain optimum muscle relaxation and function. Because they offer a customized fit, these dentures can allow the wearer to experience functional and aesthetic benefits that traditional dentures can’t.

Many patients often wonder “How much will Fountain of Youth™ Dentures cost?” Most patients are surprised to hear that a portion of Fountain of Youth™ Dentures may be covered by dental insurance and that they are billed the way traditional dentures are billed. Because Fountain of Youth™ are so customized, they are also more expensive than economy or traditional dentures but can offer improved fit, comfort, function and aesthetics.

While traditional dentures are a popular option for teeth replacement, Fountain of Youth™ Dentures offer you comfort, customization, beauty and confidence. They also work to combat jawbone resorption, the cause of the aged or “sunken in” facial appearance that occurs when we lose our teeth.

Unknown to most patients who experience tooth loss are the issues that occur as a result of not having teeth. As long as natural teeth are in place and disease is absent, our upper and lower jaws can be expected to remain healthy and intact. However, traditional dentures – that are designed to rest on top of the gum tissue – do not provide direct stimulation to the jawbone and thus do nothing to combat the effects of bone resorption, resulting in patients who look much older than they really are.

Fountain of Youth™ Dentures are designed to stimulate the jawbone by creating a better fitting denture that rests partially on the muscles. The teeth are placed so the bite is built in a position where the muscles will best function – the same position that provides the greatest facial support and works to achieve denture stability and greater facial harmony.

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Live Securley with Fountain of Youth™ Dentures!

Do your dentures cause you embarrassment and pain? They may be loose and even hurt badly enough that you don’t even wear them. Some dentures float and lift, causing sore gums because they rock and food traps underneath them. Other dentures cause a lisp or a click during speaking or eating. Worn-out or “economy dentures” may cause you embarrassment and discomfort. These are the kind of dentures that can give dentures a bad name.

What do you mean by “Fountain of Youth™ Dentures?” When Port Warwick Dental Arts creates Fountain of Youth™ Dentures for you, you will look years younger – like you’ve had a facelift! And best of all, no facial surgery is needed. Sound pretty amazing? It is – and artist/dentist Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha and her Lab Assistant have been providing them for years. In fact, Port Warwick Dental Arts became the first practice in Virginia (and one of the first in the world) to be trained in this technique. At Port Warwick Dental Arts, Dr. Samaha has been creating beautiful smiles since 1982, to include custom-designed dentures. Often many hours of appointment time and try-ins were needed in order to accomplish what we can now do in a fraction of the time with the Fountain of Youth™ Denture technique. Now, these custom-fashioned dentures can be yours, often from start-to-finish, in a matter of a few hours of relaxing appointment time. With this technique, we are able to quickly determine where your teeth would have ideally been located when you were in your twenties or thirties. We will listen to your desires and create a new, refreshed smile that looks natural and feels comfortable.

Why do people who lose teeth often look so old, so fast? When a person loses all of their teeth and gets a set of dentures, jaw bone has already been destroyed. Many times the cause for the bone loss is periodontal disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and the jawbone. This common and aggressive disease can cause drastic bone loss. Uncontrollable infection can set in, and teeth become loose and must be removed. When the jaw bone is eaten away as a result of the gum infection, the roots of the teeth no longer have any “soil” to dig into. Gum disease is the number one reason people loose teeth. Even if you don’t have bone loss before you get dentures, bone loss is natural after you get dentures. This is because after teeth are lost, the jaw bone is programmed to disappear. Eventually, you will get a “sunken-in” face. Your chin and your nose will get closer together as your face begins to collapse, aging you rapidly. Fountain of Youth™ Dentures help to restore the soft facial tissue and recreate the lost jaw bone. Fountain of Youth™ Dentures support the face the same way your natural teeth and bone supported your face many years ago.

What if my bone loss is so severe I no longer have a ridge on which to place the dentures? Great news! The Fountain of Youth™ Denture technique will still be successful for you. In fact, the loss of the jawbone will be minimized by the Fountain of Youth™ technique, which includes a specific plan to help preserve your bone. Other options might include nutritional support, grafting and/or implant placement for those who have or are in danger of severe bone deterioration. If your bone loss is extremely severe and your ridge is not stable enough to hold any denture in place, Dr. Samaha is also experienced in the placement and restoration of dental implants; small titanium posts which are gently placed in your jaw bone and snap onto a tiny attachment inside your denture. The denture will fit securely, no longer rocking or slipping while eating or speaking. Voila’! You not only have a beautiful smile, but you can eat nearly anything you want!!

The smile of my dreams? One thing is for certain, Fountain of Youth™ Dentures are not a passing craze. Your Fountain of Youth™ Dentures will be as close to the “real deal” as anything you can imagine. Just call us today to schedule a consultation.

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6 MONTHS…It’s the Clear Choice

How can teeth be straightened in only six months with adult braces? The Six Month Smile™ technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth
quickly and safely with clear adult braces. The key components of the treatment are the use of unique, clear braces and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.

Six months sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal braces for the whole time? No! Six Month Smile™ uses clear braces that are barely visible to gently straighten your teeth.

How are Six Month Smile™ braces more comfortable than
regular braces? Six Month Smile™ uses low force to move teeth gently. Many people think that the accelerated braces treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.

Do Six Month Smiles braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums? There are no more risks of root damage or other issues that are associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom
extracted, they are actually easier and safer.

Will I have to wear a retainer? Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. A bonded retainer’s best, or a remonvable retainer might also be used. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation.

What’s the catch? There is no catch. If you are an adult (16 years and older) with crooked or spaced teeth and you’re not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates for Six Month Smile™.

Call today for a consultation to determine if Six Month Smile™ is right for you!

Posted in Clear braces, Orthodontics, Six Month Smiles

Feeling Tired Even After a Full Night’s Sleep?

If you’re snoring loudly at night and exhausted during the day, sleep apnea may be to blame. Sleep apnea, episodes when breathing stops during sleep, can wake you and your partner and cause you to fall asleep during the day. But sleep apnea is more than an annoyance – it can be fatal.

“You are literally suffocating in your sleep and have no awareness of it,” says dentist Lisa Marie Samaha, owner of Port Warwick Dental Arts in Newport News, who treats sleep apnea in coordination with a sleep physician. “Although most sleep apnea patients are overweight and older, this condition can afflict young people, thin people and children.”

The episodes of apnea (when breathing stops) can last for 10 seconds or more – with the average being 18 seconds and the longest on record 138 seconds. About 17 percent of the adult population has sleep apnea, but many are undiagnosed. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to heart attacks and strokes. According to research―patients with untreated sleep apnea will die an average of 10 years sooner than those without sleep apnea. Alarmingly, 93 percent of all women and 82 percent of all men with sleep apnea are undiagnosed.

Symptoms include snoring, and then waking up with a gasp, frequent silences during sleep, falling asleep during the day, and feeling exhausted even after what should have been a full night’s sleep. “Sleep apnea can cause or contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, heart disease, low libido, erectile dysfunction, short-term memory problems, weight gain, indigestion (gastric reflux or GERD), dry mouth, sore throat, low energy and even auto accidents,” says Samaha.

In collaboration with a Board Certified Sleep Physician, Dr. Samaha and her highly trained team at Port Warwick Dental Arts in Newport News have been helping sleep apnea patients breathe easier for many years. Patients wear a small, custom fitted dental appliance that positions the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward to keep the airway open all night. Samaha is one of the small number of dentists in the United States specially trained to offer this treatment.

“We want to work alongside our patients’ physicians to help add a new, simpler dimension to what is being offered,” Samaha says. “We can help the patients who cannot or will not wear their CPAPs. We are also able to help about 90 percent of snorers stop snoring. There are so many people who want and need this kind of help.” For Harry Broskie of Newport News, seeing Dr. Samaha was dramatically life-changing.

“Dr. Samaha gave me a referral to a sleep center and they told me I had the worst snoring and sleep problems they had ever seen,” Broskie says. “That led me to their CPAP machine and other options, which were cumbersome and caused my sleep to be restless. Dr. Samaha provided me with a custom-fitted oral appliance instead, and my sleep improved considerably. I was able to fall asleep and wake up comfortably eight hours later. Soon, I was no longer exhausted all the time. I felt like I had my life back after many, many years.”

The difference after treatment is dramatic. Medications can often be reduced under the direction of the patient’s physician, depression and other physical complaints often become a thing of the past and patients have an energy level they haven’t known for years, sometimes decades. Spouses sleep more soundly and are no longer worried about their partner or resentful of having their own sleep disturbed. They are happier and quite relieved, too!

Posted in Sleep Apnea, Snoring

Mind the GAP: Dental Implants Are Becoming Standard Care

A gap-toothed smile is charming on a seven-year old.

Not so much for an adult. But if you’re missing a tooth or teeth, you have several options to restore your smile, says dentist Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha of Port Warwick Dental Arts in Newport News.

Those options are:

*A removable appliance, also known as a partial or complete denture. That’s the least expensive but also in most cases the least desirable, Samaha says.

*A bridge. Teeth on either side of the gap are reduced. A porcelain tooth fills in the gap and attaches to the teeth on either side. A bridge is usually more expensive than an implant.

*An implant. A titanium metal post which is later covered by a crown. “If you are missing a tooth, an implant is the preferred option to a bridge in most cases,” Samaha says. “It feels and functions like your own tooth and is cleaned like a natural tooth. Implants are quickly becoming the preferred choice for replacing a missing tooth.

The success rate for implants is high: 98 percent for lower implants and 91 percent for upper implants, according to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Unlike a removable denture that rests on the gums or a bridge that uses adjacent teeth as anchors, a dental implant is typically a titanium post that is gently placed into the jawbone. The crown is then placed on top, looks and acts just like your natural tooth. Dental implants never slip and don’t make embarrassing noises that alert the world to your false tooth or teeth. Because the implant is fused with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

It is vital that any candidate for an implant be totally committed to a meticulous regimen of oral hygiene as well as preventative maintenance as prescribed by the dentist, Samaha notes, as periodontal infection can occur around an implant, just like a natural tooth. The good news is, implants don’t decay.

Advances in dental technology can reduce healing time after getting the implant post placed. In fact, if you’re getting implants, it’s possible but not typically recommended to get the crown placed the same day as the titanium post, Samaha says. “In general, most situations are not ideal for immediate crown placement,” she cautions, and a few months of healing helps to create greater stability of the implant.

A crown is a long-lasting artificial cover for a tooth. It can be made of gold or other metals, porcelain or ceramic or a combination of metal and ceramic. A ceramic or porcelain crown can be made to mimic a beautifully natural tooth, Samaha says.

If you’re getting a crown on an existing tooth, you can even skip the inconvenience of a temporary crown and proceed straight to a permanent crown, thanks to computer-aided design technology. So instead of a couple visits to the dentist over three to four weeks and the hassle of dealing with a temporary crown that can pop out or crack, you can get your new crown in as little as a one-hour visit, Samaha says.

The technology that makes it possible is called CEREC 3-D. Samaha takes a pin-sharp optical image of the tooth. She then prepares the tooth and digitally designs the crown in as little as 5 minutes. No need for gooey impressions, second visits or extra numbing shots.

Tooth-colored CEREC crowns can restore up to 100 percent of the tooth’s natural strength, Samaha says. They are quite stunning, too.

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants

DENTURES vs. IMPLANTS

Looking for an effective way to replace missing teeth?

Are tired of your dentures shifting around in your mouth?

DENTURES VS. IMPLANTS

If you are missing most or all of your teeth you have probably considered getting dentures, or you have them already. Like most of the patients who come to us with missing teeth, you might not like the way your dentures feel, or fit, and even how they look. As dentures age, they become worn and the face begins to collapse, giving you an older, tired and sometimes even angry look. A new, custom denture can help all of these concerns and give you the rejuvenated look of a natural facelift – without the surgery!

DISADVANTAGES OF DENTURES CAN INCLUDE:

  • Slipping and sliding
  • Gum irritation
  • Minimal chewing support
  • Impaired talking ability
  • Embarrassing clicking or sucking noises
  • Reduced food taste
  • A sunken facial appearance

Dental implants require very little maintenance other than regular and consistent dental hygiene and professional dental visits. You can care for your implant just like you care for the rest of your teeth. Even better, they function just like your natural teeth!

While many restorative procedures require replacements or additional restoration after several years, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime if cared for properly. Best of all, they won’t ever decay!

Posted in Dental Implants, Dentures

Secured Fit for a Renewed Life!

SOCIAL ANXIETY: Poorly fitted or loose dentures can cause many denture-wearers to be socially isolated. They rarely, if ever, go out to dinner. Eating their favorite foods is a thing of the past, and the blender becomes front and center in the kitchen, Samaha says. “These individuals worry their upper teeth will fall down and their lower teeth will float up,” she says. “It’s horribly embarrassing. Implant dentures are always securely fitted, allowing for renewed confidence, renewed health and a renewed social life.”

“There are other reasons why eating isn’t fun for many who wear dentures,” Samaha says. “The thick, hard plastic palate of upper dentures keeps the denture-wearer from experiencing the texture and temperature of different foods, as well. Sometimes, foods will even stick to the plastic palate.”

DISCOMFORT, INFECTIONS AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS: When the teeth are worn down and dentures are loose, the constant movement of the denture can scratch gum tissue, creating ulcers, Samaha says. Sometimes the sores are extremely painful and the dentures end up in the nightstand drawer. Other times, the individual doesn’t even knows the sores are present because they don’t hurt. Either way, there is danger in ill-fitting dentures. “Constant irritation of the soft oral tissues can cause sores that can become cancerous,” she says. People with dentures are also very susceptible to fungal infections on the denture and on the tissue. The majority of denture-wearers who are infected are completely unaware they have a problem. And these infections are impossible to get rid of without professional attention,” Samaha says. So for all these reasons, it’s important for denture-wearing­patients to see a dentist at least once a year. However, when implants or natural teeth are present, maintenance appointments are required two to four times a year.

Ill-fitting dentures also lead to poor eating habits. “People who can’t chew properly are more likely to choose high carbohydrate, softer foods,” Samaha says. “Fresh, raw fruits and vegetables are typically lost from the diet. That can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems and other degenerative diseases. Many denture wearers already suffer from such illnesses, only making health issues all the more challenging to stabilize.”

SEVERAL OPTIONS FOR HELP: Today’s customized dentures can be paired with implants, to securely lock them in place. “Options without a palate are excellent for patients who have sensitive gag reflexes,” Samaha says.

Often, highly affordable mini implants can be gently placed in one short appointment, with the denture snapped into place before the patient even leaves the office.

  • “Either way, a patient can get dentures that snap onto as few as two to four implants,” Samaha says. This is the first and most conservative option.
  • “The next option to replacing missing teeth is a more permanent style denture, with no palate and minimal plastic, cemented onto several implants,” Samaha says. The dentist can periodically remove these dentures for cleaning—otherwise, they do not come in and out and they are cleaned much like natural teeth.”
  • A third option that mimics natural teeth in size and shape, includes more implants with porcelain crowns and/or bridges cemented onto them. “No denture or plastic of any kind is necessary in this case,” Samaha says.

Such options are only available in offices specially trained in implant dentistry. No matter which option is chosen, the result can be stunning and natural in the hands of a skilled dentist.

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So You’ve Tried Whitening Before…

“If You Haven’t Been Pleased – You Haven’t Tried KöR Deep Whitening!”

Deep within, we are always ready for the excitement holidays and special occasions bring. Let our team turn your anticipation of a brilliant holiday season or a memoable event into a dazzling smile just in time for those heartwarming moments.

So, if you’re too embarrassed to smile, have dark-stained teeth, or just simply want a whiter smile, the excellence of KöR Whitening is waiting for you.

At Port Warwick Dental Arts, we feature the highly regarded KöR custom teeth whitening for a fast, simple way to reverse years of yellowing with less sensitivity and better, deeper long-term results than traditional teeth whitening methods.

The KöR Whitening System produces the most profound whitening with the least sensitivity and is considered to be the most reliable and effective bleaching system ever developed. We have tried most every whitening system available over the years. Since we became certified in the KöR System several years ago, we haven’t looked back. We are always striving to stay at the forefront of technique and we are very proud to be one of a small number of practices in Virginia to offer this special system.

Perhaps you have only imagined a brighter, more youthful looking smile. Don’t wait for the camera to find you – Call or click today for more Cosmetic options. After all, don’t you de­serve a smile worth smiling about!?

Visit our Before and After Gallery. Call today to schedule a Complimentary Consultation – (A $98 Savings) – and celebrate with the confidence you deserve.

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Affect Your Heart?

Since the mid-nineties, scientists have been increasingly observing a strong connection between poor oral health and heart conditions.

How might oral health affect the heart? In gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease, infection leads to chronic inflammation—gums are swollen, red, and sometimes bleeding. Bleeding gums indicate the bacteria is active throughout the mouth and the body. In periodontitis, the more severe form, the infection affects the bones that support the teeth, leading to tooth loss. In both cases, disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria, or plaque, between the gums and the teeth. These organisms release toxins that can circulate through the body.

In particular, the body’s arterial system is affected. Numerous reports in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and other esteemed journals, display a startling correlation: the more severe the gum disease, the thicker and harder the walls of the arteries. This is true even for young, healthy adults with no other symptoms of heart problems. Narrowing of the arteries (or atherosclerosis) is a key component of heart disease.

But gum disease threatens more than your heart. The toxins in dental plaque can cause harm wherever they go. In fact, scientists are finding more and more links between oral health and conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, preganacy complications, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even many types of cancer.

With professional cleaning, excellent oral hygiene, nutrients and removal of bacterial buildup, gum disease can be reversed—if it’s caught in the early stages. In the later stages, it must be treated more definitively.

A 2007 report in the New England Journal of Medicine noted that patients in an intensive six-month program to treat gum disease emerged not only with healthier gums but with improved endothelial function—a reference to the lining of the blood vessels. This result has been confirmed in other studies.

Too many of us neglect our gums and teeth. Good oral health will obviously help you avoid tooth loss. And it is also the way to a healthier heart and much more.

Posted in Gum disease, Oral health, Periodontal Treatment

Angry, Frustrated or Worried About a Snorer in your House?

Do you find yourself sleeping on the couch because of a snorer in your house? While it can be pretty annoying to the bed partner, snoring can also be a sign of life-threatening sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is defined by episodes when breathing stops during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to heart attack and stroke while contributing to high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, low libido, weight gain, automobile accidents and more. The rumbling or gasping sounds of snoring are often the first symptoms of sleep apnea.

Working with a sleep physician, Dr. Samaha and her highly trained team at Port Warwick Dental Arts help apnea patients breathe easier during sleep, making dramatic improvements in their health and quality of life.

Ask about FDA-approved sleep studies, which can be done in the comfort of your own bed. If a sleep study, along with a sleep physician’s diagnosis, shows that you have apnea, a CPAP breathing machine is often the first approach to treat severe cases. Unfortunately, CPAP machines, with their face or nose masks, straps, hose and oxygen supply, can be uncomfortable, unwieldy and embarrassing. Research shows that more than 50% of those who should be using a CPAP machine, do not.

An oral appliance can be a highly effective treatment for those:

  • who cannot or will not wear a CPAP machine
  • with mild or moderate sleep apnea
  • who simply have a snoring problem

With a sleep physician’s referral, a custom-fitted oral appliance from Dr. Samaha gently shifts the lower jaw forward, moving the tongue out of the throat and allowing air to flow freely. An oral sleep appliance can be life-enhancing, even life-saving, for those individuals who cannot or will not wear a CPAP machine due to physical, emotional or practical reasons. It can also help to rescue a marriage troubled by a partner’s frustration – even anger -over having had his/ her sleep disrupted throughout the night.

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Holistic dentistry, Sleep Apnea
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