Transformation and changing lives is the reason Dr. Yuriy May entered the dental profession, and it was his passion for helping individuals feel, function and live their best and healthiest version of themselves that he became New England’s leader in advanced reconstruction dentistry, having performed hundreds of full face transformations.
When you visit Natural Dentistry, every patients’ esthetic and clinical objectives alongside comfort during the dental transformation journey with us is Dr. May’s priority. Natural Dentistry will work with each patient and involved family members to develop a customized plan that addresses all needs, including emotional, physical, functional, financial, scheduling, and privacy needs. All to deliver remarkable, life changing results to each patient and their supporting confidants ensuring they continue to flourish with enhanced health, a perfect smile, ideal bite, and optimal function.
Using a combination of the latest clinical techniques, cutting-edge technology, 3D imaging with full head CAT scans, and over 800 hours of classes in smile design architecture including facial contour optimization and cranial functional design, his work has delivered exquisite and nothing short of *amazing* patient results, as reviewed by both clinicians and patients alike. Dr. May has been featured in numerous publications and is considered an expert in the area of full facial reconstruction and smile transformations.
Many travel out of state to consult and with Dr. May and he is known as a specialist for those individuals who have experienced:
- Facial Trauma
- Congenital Palatal Defects
- Chronic Diseases resulting in Bone or Tooth Loss
- Severe neglect of oral health and appearance
- Ravages of Time (aka aging)
Dr. May has also performed advanced smile design for cosmetic cases, with incredible and absolutely natural results, which differs significantly from the ‘Hollywood smile’ that many of Dr. May’s patients specifically avoid.Natural Dentistry has individuals in various life situations who have had sought cosmetic dental reconstruction or cosmetic enhancement, including:
- Body Building Competitions
- Post-Weight Loss Transformation
- Career Change/Promotion
- Public Relation
Number one question Dr. May is always asked: “Why Did I/ Why Am I Losing Teeth?”
So why do patients lose teeth? What are the most common reasons for tooth loss?
Main causes of tooth loss vary across patients of different age and different biological (internal terrain) and environmental (external terrain) factors.
Young Patients – Cause of Tooth Loss
In young patients (about 35 years old and under) the most typical reason for losing teeth is decay, or caries, attacking the enamel and dentine of the tooth. Anotherwords, the anaerobic bacteria that forms in an acidic (usually sugar-rich, nutrient-poor environment) is eating away at viable tooth structure above the bone.
In-Depth Knowledge Section: How Caries Form
The Perfect Storm of Decay Starts with 2 Unfortunate Factors:
- Acid producing bacteria
- Sugars or carbohydrates — the “perfect” food for the acid producing bacteria
Here’s how it works — specific bacteria (mutans streptococci and lactobacilli) attach themselves to dental plaque, the whitish sticky biofilm that forms on teeth and calcifies if dental hygiene is not maintained daily. When acidic foods that feed pathogenic bacteria and processes like sugars or carbohydrates are eaten, these particular bacteria consume and break down the sugars as part of their metabolic process, producing acid as a by-product of that process. This excreted bacterial acid drops the saliva pH creative a hostile, acidic environment breeding more pathogenic bacteria. Once more bacteria creates more acidic by-product the saliva pH drops to 5.5 and the minerals in the enamel, just below the surface begin to dissolve in a process known as “de-mineralization,” in which the loss of calcium and phosphate occurs. Dentin (inner part of the crown of the tooth) and below gingiva root surfaces have much less mineral than enamel and are much more susceptible to acid dissolution de-mineralizing at a much higher pH (about 6.0 to 6.5). What’s the geeky lesson here? Don’t eat sugar, carbs, get 8 hours of sleep minimum, and at minimum brush daily with fluoride-free toothpaste!
Prevention Is Possible with Dr. May
Natural Dentistry dental office offers additional steps to measure patients’ caries risk (salivary and bacterial analysis) and based on the oral flora diagnostics Dr. May prescribes specific products to specifically manage the patient’s individual risk level (ozone, ICON therapy, strain-specific probiotics, antibacterial agents, calcium and phosphate supplements, pH neutralizers, fluoride-free toothpaste, alkaline rinses with hydrogen peroxide/essential oils, oil pulling therapy and laser oxidative therapy)
Not-So-Young Patients – Causes of Tooth Loss
After the age of 35, the primary driver of tooth loss is related to periodontal disease, or a progressive degeneration of the connective tissue of the periodontium. This process begins due to a number of factors, but one that all patients have in common is aging: as patients age, their teeth become highly calcified, with stronger defenses against the bacteria above the gum line, which may not be able to penetrate the tooth from above.
So what does a relentless, persistent “one track mind” bacteria do when the attacking strategy isn’t working? It changes its strategy! The progression of soft tissue inflammation, or gum disease, occurs when the bacteria has upped its game and refocuses its attack on the non-calcified areas of the tooth below the gum line. The new strategy of the bacteria is to travel downward, following the surfaces along the calcified tooth, into the gingiva surrounding the tooth to penetrate the more accessible dentin of the tooth structure below the gum line.
The tooth structure below the gum line has a different defense strength, as in thinner enamel, because it’s typically within the protection of the gingival gum tissue. Except when the bacteria has outsmarted the 35+-year-old patient’s calcified teeth and moved below the gum, penetrating the tooth’s thin enamel and burrowing into the dentin and the bone socket just underneath the gum causing mobility of the teeth.
This phenomenon is predominantly observed in patients in their mid-40s and up who experience hypermobility in their teeth indicating periodontal disease resulting in bone loss leading to compromised primary stability of the tooth roots. Unlike their younger selves, most of the not-so-young adults experience a dreadful anticipation of the tooth fairy coming back, unfavorably this time, for the loose, hypermobile teeth, without the promise of large cash prizes under the pillow!
Another important cause for the loss of teeth is traumatic injuries, such as self-defense or poor decisions leading to violence. Without a doubt, the most frequent and catch-all category of dental trauma requiring reconstruction is accidents: falls, sports, lifestyle choices, adventures, aggressively biting food items, etc.
Dr. May has experienced a broad range of both common and rare causes of tooth loss over his years as one of America’s Top Dentists. Other less likely, but equally debilitating reasons for tooth loose include:
- Cysts and malignancies can cause the destruction of the alveolar bone
- Radiation therapy of tumors often requires extraction of teeth in the path of the radiation as a precautionary measure
- Congenitally missing teeth; anodontia, or partial anodontia
- Mineral Deficiency During/After Pregnancy and General Mineral Deficiency in Non-Female, Non-Fertility Impacted Patients
Are you a candidate for full mouth reconstruction?
If you have experienced any of the devastating impacts of the below conditions, then dental reconstruction may be the optimal solution for you.
- Missing Teeth: Your teeth have been lost due to decay or trauma
- Broken Teeth: Your teeth have been injured or fractured
- Worn Teeth: Your teeth have become severely worn because of long-term acid erosion (from age, foods, beverages, or acid reflux)
- Bite Misalignment & TMJ: You have ongoing jaw, muscle, or headache pain related to your bite
- Moving Dentures: Your bottom denture moves while you eat and causes discomfort
- Severely Misaligned & Damaged Teeth: Your smile needs a complete transformation
Still Not Sure if Full Mouth Reconstruction Is Right For You?
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The extent of your reconstruction will depend on the condition of your teeth. Dental Reconstruction can include:
- Dental Implants (Zirconia, Biocompatible Implants)
- Implant Supported Dentures
- Bridges & Implant Supported Bridges
Why Dr. May?
Dr. May is highly trained in dental aesthetics and has completed a number of intricate full mouth rehabilitation cases and has patients in New England and Tri-State area that travel distances to work with him. He is known in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island for his intuitive sense of aesthetic composition and for his mastery in minimally invasive surgical techniques.