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Improve Your Life by Replacing Failing Teeth

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Give yourself your smile back!

Failing teeth? Losing all your teeth? Fearing tooth loss? Answering “yes” to any of these questions might indicate that you’re not exactly happy with your current quality of life. After all, people with failing or missing teeth can’t eat their favorite foods, hesitate to smile during pictures and often avoid social situations.

Fortunately, replacing failing or missing teeth with dental implants or the All-on-4 dental implant system can give you a better quality of life. Here’s how:

You Can Smile Confidently

Discolored, decayed or missing teeth can make you want to keep your lips closed during pictures and get-togethers. Dental implants fill those gaps with beautiful teeth customized to match the exact shape, shade and size as your natural teeth. Since they look so lifelike, you’ll be able to smile more confidently and enjoy a higher self-esteem during all of life’s most memorable moments.

Your Mouth Stays Healthy

When you have a failing or missing tooth, it affects more than just your smile. The bone in your mouth needs healthy teeth roots for stimulation. Without it, you can experience bone loss and facial collapse over time, which leads to wrinkles and an aged appearance. Dental implants, on the other hand, stimulate the bone in your mouth, ensuring you maintain proper oral health for years to come.

You Have No Diet Restrictions

You can eat whatever you want with dental implants. Since they’re made from the same materials NASA uses for its space shuttles and rockets, you can count on them being sturdy enough to last a lifetime (if you care for them properly). With failing teeth, missing teeth, dentures and bridges, you likely can’t enjoy foods that are hot, sticky or hard. This can have a big effect on your quality of life, but with dental implants, you’ll have no diet restrictions.

If you’d like to know more about failing teeth solutions like dental implants or All-on-4, schedule a complimentary consultation today!

Dr. Kinsey is now taking new dental implant patients from St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, St. John’s County and surrounding areas. What are you waiting for? Improve your life today.

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Dr. Stephanie Kinsey named as Fellow of The IAPA and completes advanced coursework in physiologic based dentistry

St. Augustine, Fla. – October 24, 2016 – Stephanie Kinsey, DDS, owner and founder of Palencia Dental in St. Augustine, Fla. was recently named as a Fellow with The International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics (IAPA). During Dr. Kinsey’s attendance at a recent IAPA conference in Las Vegas, more than 400 professionals studied advanced technologies in occlusion, advanced restorative, aesthetic and neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Kinsey and conference participants also studied the latest in orthodontics and arch development along with trends in scans and practice organization. They also studied, researched and shared topics to help their patients with the opportunity to change their lives through the importance of advanced dental and oral health.

Dr. Kinsey’s participation in the three-day event will help her and her practice team members attain some of the highest levels of dental training available. Dr. Kinsey is a member of The IAPA and also serves as a member and Fellow with IAPA’s founding organization, the
Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).

The fellowship designations position Dr. Kinsey as a member of a prestigious peer group of professionals who work together in the pursuit of advanced dental studies, treatments and procedures along with research in neuromuscular, clinical, and aesthetic dentistry, and practice management. The Fellow designations are distinctions awarded to dental industry professionals who have completed ongoing core curriculums and continuing dental education hours of training in advanced aesthetics and neuromuscular science, and the successful completion of a comprehensive examination. According to LVI, less than two percent of dentists attain this level of post graduate training. Dr. Kinsey is one of only 400 dentists nationwide who have completed the LVI Fellowship.

Dr. Kinsey has also been named as a Best Dentist in northeast Florida for 2016. The designation was awarded by TopDentists.com, a leading source of cosmetic dentistry information, dental health tips, dentist qualifications and popular dental procedures. The organization surveyed dentists listed online with the American Dental Association and other local dental societies for their recommendations in the recognition category. Dr. Kinsey’s patient-centered philosophy earned her placement among the top ranked dental professionals in northeast Florida. She was also honored as a Best Dentist in 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Kinsey has been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years. She graduated with honors in 1994 from the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, Colorado. She was accepted into a General Practice Residency in Chicago, Illinois at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was invited to stay a second year and serve as chief resident.

Her local practice serves patients in St. Augustine and northwest St. Johns County. Dr. Kinsey specializes in temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) commonly known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), neuromuscular, cosmetic and general dentistry. Dr. Kinsey is dedicated to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of her patients’ smiles with conservative and state-of-the-art procedures, and advanced dental medicine.


Palencia Dental is located at 159 Palencia Village Dr. Suites 107-109 in St. Augustine, Fla. Practice hours are Monday from 8 am until 5 pm; Tuesday from 8 am until 4 pm; Wednesday from 10 am until 5 pm; Thursday from 8 am until 5 pm, and Friday from 8 am until 1 pm. For more information, call 904.826.4343. Visit the website at www.palenciadental.com.


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Getting Dental Implants in Time for Holiday Foods

almondbuttercrunchtoffeeGrandma’s toffee brittle. A cup of steaming hot cocoa. Family photos beside the Christmas tree. All of these are a classic part of the holidays that people get to enjoy year after year… unless you have missing teeth, that is. Without all your teeth, it can be difficult to enjoy your favorite foods, you can be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures and getting your picture taken causes anxiety.

Fortunately, dental implants can replace the look, feel and function of your natural teeth. The best part? You can get them in time for the holidays.

How Quick Dental Implants Are Possible

Thanks to today’s dental technology, Dr. Kinsey can be even more efficient with placing dental implants. For starters, advanced dental technology and equipment allows for more precise planning. Second, dentists with experience placing implants can perform dental implant surgery faster. Finally, all of this precisions and efficiency results in a shorter healing time, meaning you can enjoy your dental implants well before the holidays arrive.

Teeth in a Day

Even if you’re missing most or all of your teeth, you can still get a brand new smile before Christmas with All-on-4. This revolutionary dental implant treatment can potentially replace both arches of your teeth in mere hours. Here are some of the benefits of All-on-4:

• It’s minimally invasive
• Your teeth are permanent
• It has a 98% success rate
• It’s a far cheaper option that replacing all of the teeth in your mouth with single dental implants

Best of all, because of the tilted angle of the implants used in All-on-4, it provides stability even in minimal bone volume, meaning nearly everyone is a candidate.

Benefits of Dental Implants and All-on-4

Whether you’re joining family for the holidays or simply unhappy with missing teeth or traditional dentures, All-on-4 and dental implants can provide a variety of benefits for your lifestyle. They look fantastic, are easy to maintain, don’t slip or shift and come with no diet restrictions — not even toffee.

If you’re interested in getting dental implants or All-on-4 in time for the holidays, schedule a consultation with us today!

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Good oral health goes beyond brushing and flossing. Find out more about the inside of your mouth and the role its various structures play in speech and digestion

Your mouth is made up of more than  just teeth, so good oral health goes beyond simply brushing and flossing. In addition to your teeth, your mouth is made up of gums, oral mucosa, the upper and lower jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, the uvula, and the frenulum. All of these structures play an important role when it comes to good dental health and are routinely examined when you receive dental care.


The Oral Mucosa

When you open your mouth and look in the mirror, everything that isn’t a tooth is covered by a protective lining called the oral mucosa, which is a mucous membrane similar to the mucous membranes that line your nostrils and inner ears.The oral mucosa plays an essential role in maintaining your oral health, as well as your overall health, by defending your body from germs and other irritants that enter your mouth. A tough substance called keratin, also found in your fingernails and hair, helps make the oral mucosa resistant to injury.


The Gums

Your gums are the pinkish tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth. Also covered by oral mucosa, gums play a critical role in your oral health. Healthy gums are firm, cover the entire root of the tooth, and do not bleed when brushed, poked, or prodded. Gum disease can ultimately lead to tooth loss, so taking care of your gums by flossing daily is just as essential to dental care as brushing your teeth.

The Upper and Lower Jaw

Your jaws give your face its shape and your mouth the structure it needs for chewing and speech. Human jaws are made up of several bones: The upper jaw contains two bones that are fused to each other and to the rest of your skull, while the lower jawbone is separate from the rest of the skull, enabling it to move up and down when you speak and chew.

The Tongue

The tongue is a powerful muscle covered in specialized mucosal tissue that includes your taste buds. The tongue is not just important to your oral health — it’s also considered an integral part of the body’s digestive system — it’s responsible for moving food to your teeth, and when chewed food is ready to be swallowed, the tongue moves it to the back of the throat so it can proceed into the esophagus. In babies, the tongue and the jaw work together to enable the infant to breastfeed.Additionally, the tongue plays an essential role in the ability to speak by shaping the sounds that come out of your mouth.

The Salivary Glands

You have three sets of salivary glands in your mouth and neck: the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands. These glands produce saliva, which contains special enzymes that help break down food, making it easier for you to swallow. Saliva is critical to good oral health, because it protects your teeth and gums by rinsing away food particles and bacteria and by helping to counteract acidic foods that can wear down the protective enamel on your teeth.

The Uvula

The uvula is the small flap of tissue which hangs down at the back of your throat. The uvula is composed of muscle fibers as well as connective and glandular tissues. Like other soft tissue structures in the mouth, the uvula is covered by oral mucosa. The uvula has long been a source of curiosity for scientists as all of its functions are not yet fully understood. However, it seems to play some role in speech and in keeping the mouth and throat moist.

The Frenulum Linguae

The frenulum is a flap of oral mucosa that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This tissue allows the tongue to move about as it does its job. If an infant is born with a frenulum that is too short, or not elastic enough, he or she can have trouble breastfeeding. A short frenulum can also affect speech.

The next time you’re brushing your teeth, spend a minute looking at the parts of the mouth that lie farther inside the oral cavity. Knowing what these structures do and what they look like can help you to maintain optimal oral health.

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Perform A Self Dental Exam

This patient pulled his lips back, looked in a mirror and saw the upper front teeth worn down to the gums. If the front tires of your car looked like these teeth, would it get your attention?

Of course it would, you would be on the brink of a blowout. With modern dentistry, this is a fixable situation because there is lots of bone supporting the teeth.

In other words, the tires are blown but the rims are still good. Thirty years ago, the only choice was to have the teeth removed and replaced with a denture. Dentures are not for everyone, some people can’t wear them. It is a huge fallacy that when you get old, you will need dentures.

Just because teeth are worn down they aren’t always painful. Infection and pain are not the only reason people lose teeth.

A self-exam is very easy to do. Go to a mirror, pull the cheeks and lips back and have a close look. If something doesn’t look right, it probably needs attention. Make a check list of everything that doesn’t look right. The next step is to call a dentist you trust.

Dental fear is still one of the main reasons people do not seek help from a qualified dentist. Time, money and lack of trust are also reasons people avoid going.

A consultation visit consists of taking one big X-ray and some very clear photos, so you can see what the dentist sees. It is a safe appointment with no commitment. It makes sense to have a consultation with the purpose of gathering information that specifically fits your wants and needs.

Eating, smiling and driving affords quality of life at every stage of life including the senior years. This man is young. He wanted his teeth and smile back, and we are going to do just that. The case would have been much easier if we would have started it years ago. The past is the past and fortunately, we still have something to work with.

You owe it to yourself to find out your dental status. Once you know what it is and what your options are, it’s up to you to decide and what you decide is your business.

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