Dr. George S. Lee

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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8 Factors that Affect Dental Implant Cost

Mature businessman smiling Often, people considering dental implants want to know how much the procedure will cost. When you’re doing your research before selecting a dental implant center, you may wonder why a specific answer is hard to find. You’ll find that estimates vary widely. Typically, dental implants themselves cost thousands of dollars and may even go into the 5-figure range.

While the price of dental implants may be daunting, their value as a permanent and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth make them worth it. As you explore options for tooth replacement and consider what implant center to choose, it helps to look into the many variables that can affect implant cost.

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A Day in the Life of a Denture Wearer

Before you get dentures, it’s hard to imagine what living with them will be like. If only you could experience a day in the shoes of a denture wearer before you made your final decision. Will people be able to tell you have dentures? How hard are they to put in? Do you eventually get so used to them that you forget about them during the day?

 Looking at a diary of experiences common to denture wearers can give you an impression of what life will be like with dentures. These glimpses will show how wearing dentures can affect almost every part of your day.

Morning

7:30 am: 

The alarm goes off, and already, you need to start thinking about your dentures. They are soaking in a tray of cleaner on your bathroom sink. Still half asleep, you stumble into the bathroom to put in your dentures. First, you rinse them off. Then, you apply adhesive for a better fit. You have had your dentures for about a year, and your gums have shrunken enough that your dentures are a little loose. Your dentures will need to be relined at some point in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Are the Causes for Missing Teeth?

Missing-Tooth.jpgIf you are missing teeth, you are not alone. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research found that adults from the ages of 20 to 64 are missing an average of 7 teeth. Others may not realize they need to have a tooth removed because they don’t know how to recognize the signs.

You may wonder why tooth loss happens so often. Teeth may be missing for a variety of reasons. Some of the causes for tooth loss are preventable but genetic causes are not. Understanding the main reasons behind tooth loss may help you prevent future problems.

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