Dr. George S. Lee

My Teenager Is Missing A Tooth – What Now?

shutterstock_105548261.jpgThere are many reasons for a teenager to have missing teeth. Some teens lose a tooth (or teeth) from playing or being involved in an accident.  Teeth may be extracted due to decay, and sometimes teeth are congenitally missing, meaning the teen was born without the tooth or teeth.

When replacing a tooth for a teenager, timing is everything.  Dental implants are considered the best option for replacing a missing tooth.  As the jaw grows the implant will not move with the jawbone as they are imbedded in the jaw.Permanent restoration of a missing tooth in a teenager needs to wait until the jaw has completely developed.  Premature implant placement could cause a misalignment with adjacent teeth.  Boys usually have complete jaw growth by the early 20’s and girls by their late teens.

While waiting for the jaw to fully develop, it is important to maintain the bone health at the site of the missing tooth.  Bone grafts are used to preserve the integrity of the existing bone and stimulate new bone growth that will allow for a solid foundation when it is time to place the implant. Read the rest of this entry »

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Panoramic X-ray – Why you need one

Why is a current panoramic x-ray important?

Pano.pngWhen coming to our office for a dental procedure, it is very important for us to have a current x-ray.  Current x-rays (also known as radiographs), are essential for accurate diagnosis.  It is important for our doctors to see all areas of the face and jaws that are adjacent to surgical areas.  Due to changes that can occur in the face or jaw, it is important that our doctors have a new x-ray to view for quality care.  The acceptable age of the x-ray is dependent on what you are being evaluated for.  For routine extraction of wisdom teeth that are not currently causing any problems, our surgeons will utilize an e-ray that was taken within the past year.  However, if you are being evaluated for a cyst in your jaw bone, a more current x-ray is required.  Our surgeons are able to use past x-rays to compare to newer images to see changes overtime.  Surgery cannot be planned without a current image.  If you were to visit an orthopedic surgeon for knee surgery that doctor would need a current x-ray.  He or she cannot recommend surgery with an x-ray that is 2 years old.  It is the same for oral surgery.  Unfortunately, most dental plans limit the frequency that an x-ray is covered to once over 3 to 5 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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What to Expect at Your Consultation Appointment

If you have been referred to our office by your doctor or dentist, you are probably wondering about the care you will receive in our office. At Cumberland Surgical Arts we understand that there can be some apprehension when being referred to an oral surgeon, so we do everything we can to make your appointment with our office go smoothly. Continue reading to find out what to expect at your consultation appointment!

Scheduling Your Appointment

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Upon calling the office to set up your consultation appointment, whether you’re referring office does this or you call in on your own, we will be more than happy to work with your availability and schedule your appointment when it is convenient for you. We will need all of the patient’s information (Name, Date of Birth, SSN, Insurance, Etc.) when making the appointment, so make sure you have all of that information on hand. Since we see patients for a variety of conditions that can be filed under both medical and dental insurance, please provide us with all of your insurance information. Two days prior to your appointment, your insurance will be verified and you will be made aware of any co-pays that may be associated with your appointment at this time, as a courtesy to you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Get to Know Your Doctor: Q&A with Dr. Lee

Dr. George Lee

Choosing the right dental implant center means more than finding a place that offers the latest technology. It means finding a place with highly-trained dental surgeons and a support staff that puts patients first. As the Medical Director of Cumberland Surgical Arts, Dr. George S. Lee creates a safe and caring environment for patients.

George S. Lee, MD, DDS attended Dental School at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and completed Medical School at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. At Vanderbilt, he also completed his internship in General Surgery and Residency in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, and served as Chief Resident. Dr. Lee went on to complete a Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship in Dallas, Texas at Willow Bend Cosmetic Surgery Center, affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas.

Dr. Lee serves as a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Medical Association, and Tennessee Dental Association. He is the Past President of the 8th District Dental Society. Read the rest of this entry »

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Get to Know Your Doctor: Q&A with Dr. DeFelice

Dr. Matthew DeFelice

Going through dental implant surgery is a life-changing experience. Before going through surgery, patients want to know that they can trust their surgeon to provide them with the best care available. Matthew A. DeFelice, DDS is one of those surgeons.

A graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry, Dr. DeFelice completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center in 2000. As a leader in his profession, he serves as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as The National Board of Dental Anesthesia. Dr. DeFelice is also a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Tennessee Dental Association.

To help potential patients get to know him better, Dr. DeFelice took the time to answer a few questions. During the interview, he shares his reasons for becoming a dental surgeon and emphasizes that dental implants are the right choice for most patients who need tooth replacement.  Read the rest of this entry »

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How E-cigarettes Affect the Health of Your Mouth

e-cigarette-use-and-impact-1.jpgAs of 2015, there were 2,750,000 e-cigarette smokers in the United States. People may turn to e-cigarettes as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes or as means of quitting smoking. But what are the overall health effects of e-cigarettes?

Some of the adverse health effects of regular cigarettes may be avoided with e-cigarettes, as they do not contain tobacco. No smoke is generated, so second-hand smoke is not a problem. Instead, e-cigarettes release a mist. For this reason, e-cigarettes can be used in public places.

E-cigarettes work by using a battery to heat a vaping solution, which contains a combination of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, and flavorings. Inhaling activates the heat. Once the solution is heated, it is released as an aerosol and can be inhaled. Because e-cigarettes don’t burn, they don’t create many of the cancer-causing chemicals generated by tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes also don’t cause cigarette-breath, plaque, or yellow teeth.

In spite of the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, there are still a lot of questions about the effect they have on health. While e-cigarettes are generally believed to create fewer health risks than regular cigarettes, they can still cause oral health problems. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fall Sports Season Is Mouthguard Season

mouthguard-football.jpgAs summer turns to fall, football season kicks off. Whether participating in an off-the-cuff touch football game or playing on a school team, you need to protect yourself against mouth injuries. Football is a contact sport, and the impact from a tackle can damage your mouth and jaw. Even with the protection of the cage on a helmet, you can clench your teeth and damage them.

Sports Are a Major Cause of Mouth Injuries

According to WebMD, 40% of dental injuries in adolescents and adults happen while playing sports.

A fall or an elbow to the face can chip, crack, or break a tooth. The soft tissue inside the mouth can get cut or bruised. Teeth can be dislodged and loosened or knocked out entirely if a strong pass hits you in the face. The roots of teeth may fracture as well. A blow to the chin or a fall that causes the upper and lower jaw to be driven together can even cause a concussion.

Fortunately, many of these mouth injuries are preventable by using a mouthguard, a device that covers the teeth. A range of mouthguards are available for protecting your teeth and jaw. Learning more about the features of mouthguard options will help you make the right decision about how to protect yourself or your child while playing sports. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Best Choice for Dental Implants in Clarksville, TN

Clarksville-Tennessee-Map.jpgDeciding where to get your dental implants can be challenging. Getting dental implants is a surgical procedure, so you want to find an office staffed with experienced dental surgeons who work with the best and safest equipment available.

Luckily, you may not need to look far. Your best option for receiving state-of-the-art dental implant surgery may be in your own backyard. Why not explore the benefits of working with Cumberland Surgical Arts?

Benefit from a Top Dental Implant Facility

Cumberland Surgical Arts is the first and only Oral and Maxillofacial Office-Based Surgical Facility certified by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. This certification demonstrates that our dental implant center takes the health and welfare of our patients seriously.

Our facility is equipped with the latest technology for CT scans and computer-aided implant placement. Cutting-edge technology provides the most accurate placement for the best aesthetic and functional results available. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Journey Towards a Partial Denture

LadySmiling-Dental.jpgIf you are looking for a way to replace missing teeth, a partial denture can be an economical option. The partial denture fills the gap left by missing teeth with a removable dental appliance. Artificial teeth are attached to an acrylic base that resembles natural gums. Metal clasps hook onto your natural teeth, holding the denture in place. Unlike dental implants and implant-supported dentures, partial dentures are a temporary solution to tooth loss.

Getting a partial denture is a journey that involves many steps. Each one of these steps takes you closer to the complete smile you’ve been wishing for. Completing these multiple steps ensure your partial dentures look, fit, and function the best way possible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Filling the Gaps in Your Smile Is a Healthy Choice

ToothReplacement-Smiling.jpgWhen you are living with tooth loss, you find ways to cope. A friend tells a joke, and you cover your mouth before laughing. In every picture, you have your mouth closed so no one can tell you are missing teeth.

These habits may disguise tooth loss, but they don’t solve the more serious problems that can develop from missing teeth. The aesthetic effects of missing teeth are obvious, but tooth loss also has negative effects on your health. Read the rest of this entry »

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