What is a Dental Bridge?

July 28, 2017

Woman smiling after receiving dental bridgeA dental bridge is kind of like the bridges you see while driving. This advanced tooth replacement prosthetic is used to bridge a gap between two teeth. A dental bridge is often referred to as a fixed bridge or crown and bridge. They are a great option to replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row. At Premier Walk-In Dental, we offer both dental crown supported fixed bridges, implant supported bridges, and combination bridges (a bridge attached to an implant on one side and a tooth on the other). If you’re missing one or more teeth in a row, it may be time to ask one of our knowledgeable team members about dental bridge restoration in our Rockledge dentistry practice. Call our friendly team to schedule your appointment today.
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Your Dentist in Brevard County Florida: Open For Walk-In & Emergency Appointments

January 28, 2016

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dentist in BrevardDo you have a schedule that’s so busy you practically need to schedule your free time? Then in that case, you’ll appreciate the convenience offered by Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-in Dental. As our name suggests, all you have to do is walk in to receive the dental care you need. We don’t just accept urgent care immediately, we also accept patients who need treatment that would normally require a scheduled appointment at another dentist in Rockledge, FL.
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The Emergency Dentist in Rockledge, FL

December 22, 2015

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If emergencies made appointments, when would you schedule yours? Somewhere between now and NEVER sounds about right. All of us at emergency dentist Premier Walk-in Dental would be delighted if dental emergencies just didn’t happen. But like all emergencies, they do happen and they are always unexpected, startling and inconvenient. That’s why Drs. Nichols and Collins conveniently offer same day emergency dental care for when you or a loved one needs to be treated urgently. At Premier Walk-in Dental, we welcome patients from Rockledge, FL, as well as Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Vierra, Merritt Island and Suntree.
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Get Your Oral Cancer Screening Today at Premier Walk In Dental

February 17, 2015

78769905More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. That’s approximately one person per hour, every hour, for the entire year. The oral cancer mortality rate is particularly high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. While dentists routinely screen for oral cancer each time you get a dental checkup, often, the patients most at risk for developing the disease don’t see a dentist on a regular basis. Don’t jeopardize your health by skipping the dental checkup you need to stay healthy. Make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. Premier Walk-In Dental delivers quality care daily throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

While anyone can develop oral cancer, some factors may increase your likelihood. Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor, but having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer. The most common risk factors for oral cancer include:

  • Gender: Oral cancer is twice as common in men as in women.
  • Age: The average age at diagnosis for oral cancer is 62, and 2/3 of individuals with this disease are over age 55.
  • Sunlight: Cancers of the lip are more common among people who work outdoors or others with prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Genetics: Some inherited genetic mutations, which cause different syndromes in the body, carry a high risk of oral cancer.
  • Tobacco use: About 80% of people with oral cancers use tobacco in the form of cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff.
  • Alcohol: About 70% of people diagnosed with oral cancer are heavy drinkers.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection: There is a strong link between HPV-16 and oral cancer. People with oral cancer linked to HPV tend to not be smokers or drinkers.

What Are The Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

If you are experiencing any of the following oral cancer symptoms, you should make an immediate appointment for an oral cancer screening:

  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness anywhere in the mouth
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Loosened teeth
  • Voice changes
  • Sudden unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal after two weeks
  • Persistent mouth pain
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat

Rockledge Oral Cancer Screening Appointments

If you, or someone you love, are at risk for developing oral cancer, make an appointment for an oral cancer screening with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. The experienced team at Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serve families daily throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the neighboring areas.

Eliminate Decay and Restore Your Teeth with Natural Looking Tooth Colored Fillings

January 17, 2015

81283800Are your metal fillings past their expiration date? Metal dental fillings aren’t meant to last forever. In fact, there’s plenty reason to have your old amalgam (metal) fillings removed and replaced with new tooth colored composite fillings. Tooth colored fillings look better and are better for your long term health.  They can fully restore a tooth damaged by decay to its normal function, shape, and color. When Dr. Nichols provides a new tooth colored filling, he will remove all decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a material virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth. To finally get rid of the metal in your mouth, make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. They are restorative dentistry experts, trusted by patients throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities.

Why Choose Tooth Colored Fillings?

In addition to providing a more aesthetically pleasing and natural appearance, tooth colored fillings  don’t contain harmful mercury or other toxic materials. Mercury toxicity from amalgam fillings may be damaging to long term health. Tooth colored filling materials also require less tooth reduction than amalgam fillings which can leave teeth vulnerable to future decay.

Rockledge Tooth Colored Fillings Appointments

The first step in performing a tooth colored filling procedure involves isolation of the decayed tooth. Tooth isolation is critical in a composite restoration, because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process. The bonding procedure requires the placement of adhesives followed by the composite material, which is then hardened with a special curing light. The completed tooth colored restoration is both functional and natural looking. Although most dentists are skilled in composite fillings, their skill level can vary. Selecting the appropriate dentist for treating tooth decay damage is vitally important for your long term dental health. For a high quality tooth colored filling, make your restoration appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. They specialize in the removal and replacement of old metal fillings. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serve families throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and nearby areas.

 

Do You Need a Dental Bridge?

November 17, 2014

126933687If you have a missing tooth, or anticipate that you will need a tooth removed in the near future, you should consider getting a dental bridge to replace it. Leaving empty space between your healthy teeth will allow them to shift causing bite misalignment and further damage. Gaps between teeth can also affect how you chew and speak and change the shape of your face. You can avoid these problems by getting a dental bridge and crown from Dr. Nichols.  A dental bridge replaces your missing tooth with an artificial one secured by cement and dental crowns. A dental crown is a fixed device that covers your surrounding healthy teeth with a tooth-like cap to protect and strengthen them. Don’t let a missing tooth cause more damage than necessary to your oral health. Make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. They specialize in restorative dental care in Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and surrounding communities.

3 Types of Dental Bridge

  • Traditional Bridge- Artificial tooth attached to two or more crowns.
  • Cantilever Bridge- Artificial tooth attached to one or more crowns on one side of the missing tooth.
  • Maryland Bridge- Artificial tooth that’s bonded or cemented to the natural teeth on either side by small metal or ceramic wing shaped attachments.

What Happens During a Dental Bridge Procedure?

  • If advised you may be given oral, IV or nitrous oxide sedation.
  • The dentist will use a local and topical anesthetic on the gums near your tooth to numb the pain during the procedure.
  • The dentist then reshapes the teeth next to your missing tooth for the dental crowns. This could include filling hollowed-out areas of your teeth and filing down other parts.
  • The dentist will make a rubber mold impression of the space left by your missing tooth and the teeth around it. The impression is sent to a lab to make a customized bridge.
  • The dentist will place a temporary bridge for you to wear until your permanent bridge is ready.
  • After a few weeks, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent dental bridge with permanent cement.
  • The dentist will examine and test the dental bridge for proper fit before cementing. This may involve grinding parts of the bridge to ensure a proper bite.
  • You may need to return to the dentist periodically for painless adjustments of the bridge to ensure a comfortable bite.

 

Dental Bridge Appointments in Rockledge, FL

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your other healthy teeth just because you’ve lost a tooth due to tooth decay or injury. Start protecting them by making a dental bridge appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves families throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and nearby areas.

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared in a Dental Emergency

October 17, 2014

462459381You already know exactly what to do in case someone in your family has a medical emergency. However, many people fail to make any preparations for a dental emergency. Dental emergencies may not be life threatening, but they can cause severe pain and can even lead to permanent disfigurement if not handled properly. It’s important to know exactly who to call and where to go in case someone in your family has a dental emergency. You should make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental. They specialize in emergency dental care in Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and surrounding communities.

What to do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Immediate action should be taken to minimize the pain and damage from a dental injury or sudden illness depending on the nature of the emergency.

  • Knocked Out Tooth– First try replacing the tooth in its socket. If this isn’t possible just keep it moist by placing it back in the mouth between the cheek and gums or keep it in a glass of milk.
  • Cracked or Chipped Tooth– Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and use a cold compress over the face for pain.
  • Severe Toothache– Rinse the mouth with warm water and take an over the counter pain reliever until you can see the dentist.

Dental Emergency Care in Rockledge, FL

You not only need a dentist for semi-annual check-ups to maintain good oral health, you also need a dentist for unexpected dental injury and illness. In case of a dental emergency the first call you make should be to your trusted dental care provider. Make sure you have a quality and caring provider in place for your family’s emergency dental care needs. Make an appointment to get to know Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental in Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and surrounding areas.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants!

September 17, 2014

480753457Aside from being aesthetically unpleasant, having teeth missing from your smile is a difficult thing to live with. Along with being detrimental to your oral health, not having a full smile is damaging to the health of your body as well. Feeling confident in your smile improves your self-esteem, and not being proud of your smile can be harmful to your sense of self and the way you interact with the people around you. Though you may feel as though there is nothing you can do, Dr. Jeffrey Nichols is able to restore your smile to its previous brilliance using dental implants!

Dental implants are a permanent solution to having an incomplete smile. Whether you are missing a single tooth or a series of teeth, dental implants are able to complete your smile seamlessly. The first thing you need to do is set up a consultation with Dr. Nichols. He will be able to evaluate your smile in its current condition, and determine whether or not dental implants are a good choice for you and your smile needs. If you are a candidate for dental implants, that is where the fun and transformation begins!

Dr. Nichols works very closely with an oral maxillofacial surgeon who will place the implant. A bio-compatible titanium post will be embedded in your jaw bone and replace the missing tooth root, ensuring a sturdy hold. Over time and with healing, your bone will fuse with the post, making sure your new smile is strong. After the healing, Dr. Nichols will work on your crown. The crown placed on top of your implant exactly resembles a tooth, making your new smile as natural looking as possible. At the end of the procedure, you are left with a new, brilliant smile you can be proud of! If you would like to change your smile using dental implants and would like the help of Dr. Nichols, contact our office today!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

Have A Flawless Smile with Porcelain Veneers!

August 15, 2014

178597379One thing that many people strive for is having a beautiful, flawless smile. Being a sign of health a vitality, a radiant smile can improve the way we feel about ourselves as well as the way we interact with the people around us. Because many people consider a smile a first impression, people go through great lengths to make sure their first impression is a positive, memorable one. Unfortunately, if your smile is less than perfect, you may be feeling insecure about the way you look. Thankfully, Dr. Jeffrey Nichols is able to give you the smile of your dreams by offering porcelain veneers to his patients.

One of the amazing things about porcelain veneers is the fact that they are able to erase the hands of time. If your smile has been cracked, chipped, dulled in color, or misaligned, porcelain veneers are able to mask any flaw. Also being stain resistant and being able to last up to ten years with proper maintenance, porcelain veneers give you the ability to have a perfect smile at any given moment, while also giving you your self-esteem and confidence back.

The road to getting your porcelain veneers begins with a consultation with Dr. Nichols. He will be able to evaluate your smile in its current condition, and determine whether or not porcelain veneers are right for you. You will also have that opportunity to bring up and questions or concerns you may have, as we want you to be as informed and comfortable throughout the entire process as possible. Dr. Nichols will make impressions of your mouth and send them to a dental lab to have your veneers made. This ensures that your new smile coincides with your facial structure and features, making your cosmetic treatment personalized to you. When your veneers are ready to be applied, Dr. Nichols will remove a small bit of enamel from your natural tooth in order to make sure your new veneers fit well. He will make your veneers permanent using dental resin cement, leaving you with a flawless smile at the end of the procedure. If you would like the help of Dr. Nichols in achieving a beautiful smile using porcelain veneers, contact our office today!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

Which Floss Is Right For You?

July 17, 2014

shutterstock_121016833With almost everything in life, you have ample options to choose from. Whether it is hair color or cereal, there are so many options to choose from, and sometimes the options can be overwhelming. What people may not realize is that we are given many options when it comes to oral care products. With dozens of types of toothpastes and mouthwashes, trying to find the product that is perfect for you can be difficult. When it comes to floss, it is important to pick the right one for you and your lifestyle.

Many people may underestimate the true importance of flossing on daily basis. When you floss every day, it can add an average of six years to your life, and it will also reduce your chances of heart disease, gum disease, respiratory complications, diabetes, and etcetera. Also, when you brush and floss every day, it heightens your odds of having a beautiful, healthy smile!

Electric and traditional flossing both have benefits, but some may be wondering what the real difference between the two are. Research has shown that electric flossing removes more plaque after a single use, though standard flossing is very effective. Traditional and electric are both save, as they do not cause hard to soft tissues in your smile. Electric flossing does have an advantage as it may appeal to older adults who have difficultly handling traditional floss. And given the age we live in with constantly advancing technology, electric flossing could appeal more to teenagers and young adults, as they will enjoy the experience more! No matter which flossing method you choose, it is important to do what is best for you and your smile!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

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