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Dental Services

As a full service dental office, Select Dental Care offers a wide range of options to give you your best smile. We offer a number of in-house treatments, offering you the confidence and comfort you need to move forward with your dental plan. After an initial consultation, we will work with you to create a custom combination of services.

Read more about our dental services by clicking on the services to the right. For more information or to schedule an appointment call us today at 954-703-6410.


 

Oral Surgery

 

A TEAM APPROACH TO A BEAUTIFUL SMILE

Dr. Sandra L. Angel – Graduated UF Dental School

  • Latest Technologies and Training
  • Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Maikel Segui

  • Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
  • Specializes in Bone Reconstruction for Implants
  • Part-Time UF Local Clinic Faculty

Dr. Maikel Segui, Board Certified Oral MaxillofacialSurgeon Dr. Maikel Segui graduated with honors from Florida International University obtaining Bachelors in Science in Biology. He obtained his Doctor in Dental Surgery at University of Maryland Dental School. After obtaining his D.D.S., Dr. Segui completed a General Practice Residency program at the Miami V.A. enriching his general dentist knowledge.

Dr. Segui then completed the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training at Jackson Hospital, University of Miami. He practices full scope Oral Surgery with special interest in orthognatic surgery and bone reconstructions for implants, and dental alveolar surgery. . He is also a part-time faculty at University ofFlorida Hialeah Dental Clinic where he enjoys teaching the resident surgical procedures. In the free times he volunteers and practices as a surgeon at a mission clinical center in Delray Beach.

Why Choose an Oral Surgeon

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is an internationally recognized surgical specialty. In the US (and many other countries) it is one of the nine specialties of dentistry.

Complications that might arise during oral surgery performed by a regular dentist are most often avoided when using Dr. Segui whose wide expertise in the field makes him the preferable choice. As a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Segui performs a wide range of surgical procedures in both adults and children including EXTRACTION OF TEETH, BONE GRAFTING & DENTAL IMPLANTS.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

  • Wisdom teeth are third molars that usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25 at the back of the mouth.
  • Wisdom teeth can grow unnoticed until they start to cause issues in the mouth.
  • They are commonly extracted when they affect other teeth – this is known as “impacted wisdom teeth”.
  • Wisdom teeth are extracted either because they have already become impacted or because they are potentially problematic.
  • The extraction of wisdom teeth can be a troublesome procedure.

For any oral surgical procedures please contact us to schedule a free consultation.

 

All On 4-6 Dental Implants

All on 4-6 Permanent Teeth in Just one Day!

All on 4 was developed as a way to best restore the full arches of the upper and lower jaws by implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare and European implant dentist Paulo Malo using bio-mechanics, computer simulation and clinical research.

This technique provides our patients with a non-removable dental arch that is secured by as little as four dental implants – all on the same day. All on 4-6 is the perfect option for patients who have or need dentures, or need complete restorations on the upper or lower teeth.

Benefits of All on 4-6

  • This procedure uses only 4-6 implants to secure all teeth
  • High quality full teeth restoration can be performed even when bone loss has occurred – bone grafting is not needed in most cases
  • Gives you teeth immediately – we make sure our patients leave our office smiling- with a brand new set of replacement teeth! (Previous treatments required patients to receive a total of six or more implants, with treatment extending throughout 18 months of treatment. The patients were then forced to leave the office without any teeth or a poor fitting temporary denture for over a year!)
  • The All on 4-6 procedure provides especially effective restoration of the upper jaw because longer and stronger implants can be secured in the back part of the jaw
  • Minimal Recovery Time
  • Reduces overall cost when compared to single implants

All on 4-6 Dental Implant Procedure

In order for us to properly evaluate your case you will initially require a consultation and diagnostic appointment in order to best determine the treatment path necessary for your case. This includes determining whether or not your case will require extractions, gathering the appropriate information via X-rays, Panoramic scans and impressions and any other photos required.

Directly after this consultation, you will be scheduled for implant surgery in which the new replacement teeth are fitted and adjusted all in one appointment, including any necessary extractions.

  • 4-6 titanium implants are placed in the jaw in such a way that the bone will envelop and secure them into place.
  • The implants that are placed in the back part of the jaw are angulated to achieve maximum advantage to the existing bone structure.
  • Once the four implants are secure, the abutments will be attached so that the replacement teeth can be fastened and adjusted for maximum comfort and function giving you a brand new radiant smile.
  • Because only 4-6 implants are used in the procedure, the entire process is much less invasive and involves less surgical time than previous treatments.

The beauty of this new procedure is the sheer convenience. Special implants were developed for this treatment allowing for the immediate fitting of replacement teeth to the abutments. This means that with only 4-6 implants, patients can leave our dental office with a full set of new replacement teeth within only one appointment! No bone grafts necessary!

The teeth are permanent and fixed so there is no need for patients to be without teeth or to endure temporary dentures for an extended time period. The patient is enabled to come for a morning appointment and leave that same afternoon with a brand new radiant smile!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our office for a complimentary consultation.

 

General Checkups & Cleanings

Our practice highly recommends that patients see a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. For the majority of patients who visit us, two visits per year is a workable schedule, but patients with gum disease may require more frequent visits. This would also include patients who have a predisposition or tendency to get cavities or plaque buildup.

When you come to our practice for your routine visit, you will receive a cleaning, tooth polishing, prevention and care instructions. Cleaning will involve removing any plaque buildup from around your teeth, which gathers over time, especially in places that are hard to brush or floss. If not physically removed by a dentist or dental hygienist, plaque can lead to cavities or disease. Regular removal of any build up is the only way to deal with plaque and prevent later problems. While daily brushing and flossing are necessary, they just aren’t enough.

Based on your examination, any needed x-rays and treatment recommendations will be given during your checkup as well. X-rays can help a dentist determine if there are any problem areas that need to be addressed and lets him see below the surface to anticipate issues.Your checkup is also the time to address any pain or problems you have been experiencing. Be honest with your dentist about issues with chewing, swallowing, sleeping, breathing, or other oral irregularities. The sooner these are addressed, the faster it can be taken care of.

It is very important to perform regular check-ups at least twice a year to allow your dentist to look for problems that you might not be able to see or feel yourself. These regular check-ups prevent such problems from becoming a larger issue down the line. Your doctor can also detect the beginnings of tooth decay and provide a treatment plan to resolve it before it is too late, or harder to deal with.

Remember that certain conditions such as stress or even illness can affect the health of your mouth and your overall well-being. In such cases, it might be recommended by your doctor to make more than two visits a year. Talk to your doctor and see what works best for your particular dental state of health.

 

Denture Stabilization

You’ve lost teeth and have replaced them with dentures. Amazing, you can smile again without having to cover your mouth. But how’s your chewing ability? Are your dentures moving around despite the “goo” you use to keep them solidly in place? The solution is Denture Stabilization. A few implants will secure your dentures into place and you can now chew any food without worry!

The Benefits of Denture Stabilization

  • Over time, as you wear your denture, you lose the bony structure that supports your soft tissues.
  • Because your soft tissues actually makes contact with your dentures, this too will start to recede with the bone.
  • This leaves you in a constant state of adjustment, discomfort and difficulty with everyday functions like speaking, chewing and especially smiling.

Implant Supported Dentures

  • Provide tremendous support and fixation so you can comfortably speak, chew, and smile.
  • Keep your upper and lower jaw bone from receding which prevents facial shape changes like the “shrunken” look.
  • Perfect option for patients with dentures who do not want to go through the expense required for individual tooth implants.

After having your implants placed, your dentures will be adjusted to attach to the implants. Even patients with some bone loss can benefit from Implant Supported Dentures.

In One Simple Procedure All The Discomfort of Dentures Can Be Eliminated

There is overwhelming evidence that stabilized dentures should be the first choice standard of care for denture wearers. Contact us today to schedule an appointment if your are considering implant supported dentures.

 

Botox & Fillers

Do you know dentists are now performing Botox and dermal filler treatments? Yes, we are the true facial specialists especially in the area of the lips. This is where we work every day. Botox has helpful clinical uses in dentistry and is used as a muscle relaxer for facial wrinkle smoothing treatment. Typically, given half the dosage, it can reduce the intensity of the muscle contractions and give the patient significant relief. Botox used with dermal filler therapy is done carefully so the patient maintains full lip competency allowing the patient to go about their normal activities The advantages of treating cases with Botox and dermal fillers have close to immediate results. Usually in one appointment and with no removal of tooth structure.

 

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Tooth-Colored Restorations

inlays-onlays-2If a natural-looking smile is important to you, your dentist can now repair and restore your teeth with tooth-colored fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers that when placed look just like your teeth.

You may remember the days when fillings were made with a metal alloy, leaving visible, dark colored spots on your teeth. These have been used for hundreds of years to treat tooth decay and fill in cavities. However, a more modern approach gives you a filling that mirrors your own teeth and feels more natural from day to day.

Also known as dental fillings, tooth colored restorations are a way to help stop tooth decay from causing sufficient damage to warrant a tooth having to be pulled. It’s important that fillings are placed soon after detection of the decay to stop any further damage to the tooth and surrounding gums.

Made of a complex composite, tooth-colored restorations bond to your tooth, helping prevent any filling leaks or chances of any cracking or breaking of the tooth. Many patients feel more comfortable and confident with these tooth-colored restorations because they look and feel like your actual teeth. When you smile or open your mouth wide, you can barely notice the filling, if you can see it at all.

Tooth-colored restorations also function like your natural teeth and are ninety to ninety-five percent as strong as a healthy tooth whereas silver fillings are not quite as strong. As you chew, talk, or feel the filling with your teeth, you will likely not notice a difference between the tooth with the filling and the surrounding teeth.

When your decayed tooth needs more than a filling but less than a crown to repair it, your dentist will use either an inlay or an onlay to bring your tooth back to a healthy state. In this case, there will be more of the composite material exposed on the surface of the tooth, making a natural-looking compound even more important.

Read more about tooth-colored fillings on the ADA’s website: MouthHealthy.org.

 

Composite Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are unique dental restoration processes used to repair damaged teeth and prevent further tooth decay. Although similar, they each serve a particular role in restoring teeth to natural, healthy forms.

Inlays are used when the decay or damage is within the indented top surface (cusp) of a tooth. This is a smaller area to work in and inlays tend to be confined to that small area. Think of the tooth as a small cup and inlays are restorations done “in” the cup.

An onlay, on the other hand, extends beyond the rim of the cup, going over the tooth cusp or involving more than one cusp. Onlays are used when the cavity or damage reaches one or more cusps of the tooth or teeth. This often involves reconstruction of the cusp which has been worn or broken away.

If the cavity or tooth damage is more severe, effecting more than the area within the cusps or just beyond, it may be necessary to have a crown placed. However if it is confined, a less invasive onlay or inlay may be used.

tooth-fillingsComposite inlays and onlays are made of a combination of plastic and zirconia/silica which is bonded to the tooth. They are tooth-colored in appearance and actually strengthen the structure of the tooth by up to seventy-five percent, and because of the composite materials from which they are made, they can last up to thirty years.

Unlike a traditional filling, inlays and onlays are created outside the mouth. Their shape is formed and hardened. Then it is adhered to the tooth, allowing precise shaping and design. Traditional fillings are placed in the tooth and then allowed to harden there. The other benefit of working outside the mouth first is that dentists can ensure that the composite used to create the inlay or onlay matches the color of your natural teeth. This gives a seamless transition between your teeth and the restoration, giving you a more comfortable, confident smile.

 

Crowns and Bridges

 

crownsCrowns and bridges are often permanent restoration options for damaged or diseased teeth. Unlike a denture, they often cannot be removed and are anchored to the teeth around them. When teeth are missing or are too far damaged they can not be easily fixed, bridges or crowns are necessary for both oral health and cosmetic purposes.

Crowns and bridges fill in gaps in your mouth. Without them, your teeth may have a tendency to shift and come out of alignment. Crowns and bridges keep your teeth in place and prevent potentially avoidable disease or damage.

They also encourage brighter, more confident smiles, by filling gaps. Often made of a tooth colored compound, crowns and bridges are made to look like your surrounding teeth and keep your mouth as natural as possible.

A dental crown becomes necessary due to a weakened tooth because of decay or fracture. It can also be used for cosmetic purposes. A dental crown is placed by first grinding away the damaged or diseased tooth so that it is smaller. A crown or cap is then placed over the tooth and secured. This keeps your tooth from becoming further damaged or diseased and functions like a tooth, allowing you to continue with every day activities naturally and comfortably.

Read more about dental crowns at ADA’s website MouthHealthy.org.

dental-bridgeIf you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist may suggest the use of a fixed bridge and dental crowns.

Since the gap left by a missing tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift or move, it is important for your oral health to replace the missing tooth or teeth, and fixed bridges are one of the solutions for doing so.

Bridges consist of a pontic (artificial tooth) and crowns, which are ‘caps’ that go over the teeth on both sides of the bridge and serve as anchors to stabilize the bridge. Traditional bridges are usually made from porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.

Find more information about dental bridges at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Dental Implants

 

dental-implant-with-crownIf you are missing one or more teeth or wear partial or full dentures, dental implants can be the perfect solution to a more secure, fuller smile. An implant is a titanium screw that is placed in your jaw where it functions like a tooth root and stimulates the bone and tissue to keep them from disintegrating. This is necessary to keep your mouth healthy. By acting like the root of a tooth, the implant keeps the bone and tissue strong. Without it, those areas will tend to shrink away.

Once the screw is placed, an abutment is fastened to the implanted screw and an artificial tooth is attached to the abutment that protrudes from the gum. Once the artificial tooth is placed on the abutment, it looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. This is a great option for those who are concerned about the feeling of removable dentures, especially while eating or drinking. Because dental implants are designed to function like natural teeth, they allow patients to continue life as normal.

If a patient is finding that removable dentures are irritating or frustrating, dental implants can also be used to secure partial or full dentures, Instead of attaching an artificial tooth to the abutment, the dental plate or partial is fitted with an O-ring that snaps on to the abutment. This gives the dentures a semi-permanent, locked-into-place feeling.

For a partial denture, as few as one implant may be needed and for full dentures, it will take four or more implants to securely hold the prosthesis in place. Your dentist can determine how many you will need and what will work best with your mouth and your lifestyle. Implant-supported partials or dentures function just like normal teeth, allowing you to bite and chew just as you did with your permanent teeth, but the dentures can still be removed for cleaning.

Find more information about dental implants at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Removable Partial Dentures

partial-dentureIf several teeth are missing in either your upper or lower jaw, a removable partial denture that is either supported by adjoining teeth or by an implant can be used to replace the missing teeth thus giving you the ability to chew more naturally, keep your remaining teeth from moving into the space left by the missing teeth, ensure proper jaw alignment and support the structure of your face.

Removable partial dentures are secure, healthy option for patients who are missing a series of teeth somewhere in the mouth. Although removable, they are anchored in the mouth, making it easy for you to talk, eat, drink, and go about your every day life, with confidence. You don’t have to worry that they will shift or move while you are trying to do regular activities.

However, because partial dentures are easily removed for brushing and cleaning, you can be sure you are keeping your surrounding teeth, gums, and mouth as healthy as possible. Take out your partial dentures to clean them and brush your teeth, and remove any food particles, then put it back in to maintain your confident smile. Your dentist will be able to recommend best practices for cleaning your dentures and which products will work best. Your dentist will also let you know how long you will need to wear the dentures per day.

A removable partial denture is either held in place by clasps that hook on to adjoining teeth or by securing to the abutment of a titanium screw that is implanted in your jawbone. Either option will require some practice on your part as you get used to taking your dentures out of your mouth and putting them back in. Have your dentist practice with you before you leave the office and then give yourself time at home to get used to it.

Read more about removable partial dentures at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Complete Dentures

denturesWhen all of your permanent teeth need to be extracted from either your upper or lower jaw because of decay, periodontal disease or trauma, complete dentures are created in a dental lab to replace your missing teeth. Simulating your natural teeth, complete dentures allow you to eat, drink, and do other activities as you are used to. Apart from small additions to your oral hygiene routine, dentures are a carefree dental option to get back to your regular life.

Your dentist may need to remove some of your teeth to prepare your mouth for complete dentures. After the extraction, you may have to go home and heal before receiving your dentures or your dentist may choose to give you your dentures right away. Because your gums are likely to move during the healing process, if you receive dentures right away, they may need to be adjusted.

Over time, dentures can loosen because of the loss of gum tissue and jawbone that deteriorate when they no longer have tooth roots to keep them stimulated. Your dentist may recommend the use of dental products to keep them adhered to your gums. This will keep them in place and comfortable while you are eating and other every day activities.

An alternative to the adhering products is to have your dentures secured with implants that are placed in your jawbone and through a process called osseointegration take the place of a tooth root. Although your dentures will not be permanent and will still be removable, this allows you to lock them in, so to speak. Many patients find this to be a more secure, comfortable option, although it does require surgical implantation.

In either case, your dentures are easily removable for cleaning. Your dentist will discuss with you how to best clean your dentures and when. It’s important that you use the products they prescribe, particularly denture cleaners, rather than toothpaste. Although dentures are made to simulate your teeth, they are not made of the same substance and need to be treated differently.

Find out more about complete dentures at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Preventative Periodontics

Periodontal Disease, or gum disease, is a serious infection in your gums that is mainly caused by bacterial plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth. When plaque isn’t removed by brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, it can turn to tartar—a hard substance that can only be removed by a dentist. When left in your mouth, plaque and tartar can cause inflammation of your gums, which can develop into infections below the gum line causing the gum to separate from your teeth creating pockets that become infected and can even fill with pus.

As the pockets deepen and the disease becomes more pronounced, bone and gum tissue are destroyed which can ultimately result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease is stealthy, usually giving no or very few signs of its existence. Regular dental checkups can detect periodontal disease at even its earliest stages. Since periodontal disease is created by plaque and tartar buildup on your gums, good dental hygiene is a must in preventing gum disease.

Good daily oral hygiene habits are necessary to prevent periodontal disease. Regular brushing and flossing remove plaque before it hardens into tartar. Rinsing with mouthwash can also help. These healthy habits also wash away bacteria, food particles, sugars, and more, which can lead to plaque buildup. Keep a toothbrush at your desk or in your purse to wash away any particles after you eat at work or school.

However, that’s not enough. Regular visits to your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings will help keep your gums healthy and free of periodontal disease and infections. Your checkups will involve scaling and root planing to remove plaque or tartar buildup, which can only be done by a dentist or dental hygienist. Daily build up is a reality, which cannot be ignored. The only way to prevent periodontal disease is to remove it through daily brushing and regular cleanings.

Find out more about Periodontics at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Scaling and Root Planing

The key to oral health is regular cleaning and removal of plaque and tartar build up. This starts with daily oral hygiene routines, which includes brushing and flossing.

scaling-root-planingHowever, even with good daily oral hygiene, some plaque still remains in your mouth and over time it can harden and becomes tartar (also known as calculus) If tartar is left in your mouth, it will cause periodontal disease or gum disease. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist with a process called ‘scaling’ where either ultrasound vibrations or a manual tool called a scaler are used to remove tartar from the portion of your tooth that is below the gum line.

When you go in for regular cleanings, usually twice per year, your dentist will scale each tooth on all sides, and between the teeth, to remove tartar build up, especially in the most difficult places to reach. If you are particularly sensitive, your dentist may temporarily numb your teeth and gums so the cleaning process isn’t uncomfortably painful.

Since plaque and calculus love to grab onto rough surfaces of the tooth, once the built-up tartar has been removed from your tooth, the rough or irregular surfaces are smoothed away with a process called ‘root planing.’ This process is used to prevent periodontal disease, reverse any early signs of gum disease and to prevent any existing periodontal disease from spreading.

 

These common techniques are the first, most basic step in preventing periodontal disease. If you regularly keep your dental checkup appointments, where the dentist uses scaling and root planning, you are likely not to need further, more invasive treatments.

 

Dental Bonding

dental-bondingIn a way, you can think of bonding as a simplified version of a veneer or a crown. While dental bonding can’t withstand the kind of abuse that a veneer or crown can, bonding is a versatile solution that works well in a variety of situations. Bonding improves the aesthetics of your teeth, as well as strengthens teeth when damaged or overly exposed.

Bonding is a process where a tooth-colored resin material is used to repair chips and cracks on teeth as well as to change the shape of a tooth or to close gaps between teeth. It can also be used to repair a decayed tooth or to fully restore badly damaged teeth. It’s called bonding because the resin is literally bonded to the surface of the tooth. The resin that is used is matched closely with the color of your teeth so that it looks exactly like your natural teeth when the process is done. In this way, it’s a simple, comfortable solution for minor damage or discoloration to the teeth, restoring individual teeth to a natural look and feel.

The procedure typically takes from thirty to sixty minutes per tooth and begins with slightly roughening the surface of the tooth and applying a conditioning liquid. Then the putty-like resin is put on the tooth surface and molded to create the desired result. Once the tooth repair or correction is done, a special light is used to harden the resin and bond it to your tooth. Bonding materials usually last from three to ten years before needing to be touched up or replaced.

Dentists generally choose dental bonding for places with minor damage, especially on the front teeth. Because front teeth don’t experience as much direct pressure as molars, they are a good option for bonding, which tends to be just a bit weaker than other restoration options. Also, because it’s a minor process, it’s a good option for places of minor concern, where aesthetics are the greatest issue.

Read more about cosmetic bonding at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Enamel Shaping

Think of enamel shaping as the opposite of dental bonding. In much the same way, it’s a simple, quick, non-invasive option, which improves the look and feel of your teeth, and your overall smile. It doesn’t involve implants or surgery, just a quick reconstruction to bring more confidence to your smile.

Also known as contouring, enamel shaping is a process that can be used to fix minor problems in the shape or texture of your teeth such as small chips or pits in a tooth’s enamel or even irregular or uneven teeth. These small irregularities may bring your discomfort when your tongue, cheeks, or lips rub against them. They may also harbor plaque and tartar build up and be a haven for cavities. If visible from your smile, they may cause you to be less than satisfied with your smile.

During the enamel shaping process, your dentist will use a sanding disk or fine diamond burs to sand your tooth or teeth to remove any roughness or pits or to slightly reshape them. This is similar to the root planing or polishing procedures you are used to at every dental checkup. Once your teeth are smoothed and/or reshaped, they will be polished to finish the process.

Because the process is simple and easy to get done, be sure to talk with your dentist about a chip or other irregularity that has been bothering you. You may find that enamel shaping is the quick solution you’ve been waiting for and you can start smiling just a bit wider and brighter.

 

Invisalign

invisalignIf you need to realign or straighten your teeth, but are embarrassed at the idea of traditional metal braces, you may find that Invisalign is the best option for you. Created by Align Technology, Invisalign is essentially an invisible way to straighten your teeth without the use of traditional braces. Because its clear, Invisalign is a less conspicuous, less visible way to arrange your teeth and is popular with older patients who may feel that traditional braces look juvenile.

The Invisalign system employs a series of clear, removable aligners that move your teeth, over time, to give you the smile you always dreamed of. Patients wear the Invisalign trays over their teeth, throughout the day, while the tray carefully pushes the teeth to where they need to go. Every few weeks, patients receive a new try, which is adjusted to push the teeth even further.

Because Invisalign is removable, patients enjoy being able to brush their teeth and floss as they would without the realignment process. They can also take the Invisalign out to eat, so they aren’t limited to the food they can enjoy. Although the Invisalign needs to be worn for most hours of the day, it can be taken out for a special situation, such as professional pictures. This flexibility is an attractive feature for those considering this alternative alignment process.

Invisalign is very versatile, helping to correct a wide range of dental and orthodontic issues such as over-crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbite and underbite.  These situations can contribute to gum disease and wearing of teeth, as well as painful jaw and joint problems, therefore it’s important that they are treated as soon as possible.

While there are a number of advantages to Invisalign, there are some downsides, including the price. Some patients may find it more expensive than traditional braces and some insurance companies may not cover it. If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional braces, talk with your dentist or orthodontist to see if Invisalign might be the best option.

 

Veneers

 

veneerIf you aren’t happy with the look or feel of one or more of your teeth, veneers may be an option for you. Designed to mimic the enamel of a tooth, veneers are one of the most natural-looking options for teeth restoration.

When you think of a veneer, imagine a wafer-thin shell. It’s small, thin, and in the shape of the surface of the tooth. Veneers are most often made from porcelain or ceramic. When ready to be placed, they are bonded to the front surface of a tooth to cover teeth that are discolored, stained, chipped, cracked or even misaligned or have gaps between them. In this way, they bring consistency and completeness to your smile.

The placement of veneers is a three-step process. Your dentist makes impressions of your teeth and then creates a mold of the way your teeth will look once the veneers are placed. The resulting mold is sent to a dental lab where the veneers are created for your individual teeth. Once the veneers are returned to your dentist’s office (typically in five to ten business days), your dentist uses a special cement to apply the veneer to your tooth or teeth. Once the veneer is placed and both you and your dentist are happy with the way it looks, a special light is used to harden the cement and permanently attach the veneer to your tooth.

Veneers are made in a tone and translucency that either matches your surrounding teeth or to whiten and improve the looks of your teeth. Veneers typically last for five to ten years and do not require any special care, just brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist.

Find out more about veneers at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Teeth Whitening

WhiteningTeethEveryone wants a brighter smile. If you’re noticing discoloration or a lack of brilliance that you want to see, bring it up at your next dental checkup. Your dentist can help you determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough and good candidates for teeth whitening. You can also work together to determine which whitening process will give you even, natural looking results.

If your dentist determines that teeth whitening is a good option for you, in-office whitening will give you almost immediate results. In-office teeth whitening or bleaching usually consists of the dentist applying a layer of protective gel over the gums, where they meet the teeth. A bleaching substance is then applied to the teeth and a light may be directed to shine on the teeth to speed up the process. Depending on the severity of the discoloration, the process may need to be repeated over a series of weeks. Some dentists may prescribe follow up teeth whitening trays and gels. Crafted by your dentist in office, these treatments can be done at home over the span of three days to two weeks.

Depending on the health of your teeth and the reason for the discoloration, teeth whitening or bleaching may not be best option for everyone. If the discoloration or stains on your teeth will not respond well to whitening, your dentist will have other options that will work best for you.

Find out more about teeth whitening at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Braces & Orthodontics

bracesThe American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than seven years of age.

If you have noticed that your child’s teeth seem crowded or misaligned, ask your dentist for a referral to an orthodontist.

At this young age, immediate orthodontic treatment may not be vital. However, close examination can determine the best time to begin orthodontic treatment.

It is never too early or late to have a complimentary consultation. If you think there might be a problem, make an appointment.

Reasons for a Check-Up

It isn’t always clear for parents to determine if their child requires an orthodontic solution. There are however, a few signs or habits, which may indicate a need for a check-up, no matter the age:

  • Losing baby teeth at too early or late a time
  • Difficult when biting or chewing
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Sucking on one’s finger
  • Sucking on one’s thumb
  • Jaws that shift or make noises
  • Misplaced, crowded or blocked out teeth
  • Teeth that do not meet or meet abnormally
  • Jaw and teeth out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • Biting of the roof of the mouth or the cheeks

If you are concerned that your child or teen may have any of the above symptoms, contact your dentist or orthodontist to determine the best next steps.

Six Month Smiles®

smileSix Month Smiles® is a short term orthodontic treatment that is a new twist to the modern tried-and-true orthodontics treatment. There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used nad most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beatiful smile. Six Months Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the material to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. Here is what makes Six Months Smiles so innovative:

  • Average treatment of only 6 months
  • Six Months Smiles Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are barely visible
  • Use of braces has shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result
  • Six Month SMiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast and comfortable
  • Low forces and short overall orthodontic treatment times increase comfort, safety and hygiene
  • Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers

Read more about braces & orthodontics at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Root Canal Therapy

The space within the root of each of your teeth is called a ‘root canal,’ and within that canal there is dental pulp which consists of soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Tooth decay or trauma can cause damage to your dental pulp which results in infection that if left untreated, can spread to the bone around your tooth, resulting in the loss of the tooth.

To save the tooth, your dentist will first remove the dental pulp and then the area that held the pulp is cleaned and shaped to hold a specialized filler material that will protect your tooth from any more infection and reduce any sensitivity of the tooth.

Once the root canal is cleaned, filled and restored, your tooth is capped with a crown that protects the mended root canal and looks and functions like a normal tooth.

root-canal

If the root canal treatment is not performed, pus builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The results in pain and swelling, and your tooth would likely have to be removed.

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success and many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed after the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.

Most often a prescription of antibiotics is necessary 3-7 days prior to treatment to ensure the successful anesthetization of the infected tooth.  If this prescription is followed, the root canal procedure will be virtually pain free.

Neglecting root canal therapy when deep tooth decay is detected can cause serious damage and infection to the nerves and vessels inside the tooth.  Without treatment, infection will spread, bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate, and the tooth may fall out.  Pain usually worsens until one is forced to seek emergency dental attention.  The only alternative is usually extraction of the tooth, which can cause surrounding teeth to shift crookedly, resulting in an irregular bite.  Though an extraction is cheaper, the space left behind will require an implant or a bridge, which is more expensive that root canal therapy.  Keeping your original teeth is always the best choice, and root canals can make this possible.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

  • Severe tooth pain while chewing
  • Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
  • Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth

On rare occasions, certain dental issues will require us to refer you to an endodontist specialist.

Find out more about root canal therapy at MouthHealthy.org.

 

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry provides a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for some people during dental procedures. It helps to establish a relaxed and calm state through the use of sedatives. Sedation dentistry helps people who are afraid of the dentist or for those who need many dental procedures done, but don’t have time for multiple appointments. If you think that sedation dentistry could help you, please give us a call. We’re here to help!

At our office we offer three types of sedation dentistry: Oral Sedation, Intravenous Sedation, and Nitrous Oxide Sedation (laughing gas).

 

Plasma Rich in Growth Factors

The purpose of using growth factors in oral surgery is to allow the body to better it’s inherent capacity to heal itself. There are several occasions in which the regeneration process will be insufficiently carried out and will not allow for complete healing of the bone and soft issue. By using Plasma Rich in Growth Factors, the process can be boosted and accelerated. Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PGRF) is a technique used to regenerate bone and soft tissue using a small amount of your own blood.

The process is safe and effective because it uses your own resources to speed the natural healing process. Using your own tissue removes the risks associated with rejection and disease transmission.

 

Digital Dental X-Rays

Digital technology makes dental X-rays safer and more convenient. While dental X-rays generally emit only a small amount of radiation and precautions are taken to protect patients from exposure, some dental patients may still put off dental X-rays for safety reasons or concerns. Dental X-rays pose other issues for patients, including long wait time for film development and even environmental concerns. Dentists are addressing these issues with digital radiography, a high-tech replacement for traditional dental X-rays.

With digital x-rays, there is very little wait time, and the photographs are available within minutes. No more long wait times! Additionally, digital x-rays emit up to 10 times less radiation than conventional analog x-ray machines.

 

Dental Digital X-Rays

Digital technology makes dental X-rays safer and more convenient. While dental X-rays generally emit only a small amount of radiation and precautions are taken to protect patients from exposure, some dental patients may still put off dental X-rays for safety reasons or concerns. Dental X-rays pose other issues for patients, including long wait time for film development and even environmental concerns. Dentists are addressing these issues with digital radiography, a high-tech replacement for traditional dental X-rays.

With digital x-rays, there is very little wait time, and the photographs are available within minutes. No more long wait times! Additionally, digital x-rays emit up to 10 times less radiation than conventional analog x-ray machines.

 

Botox and Fillers

Do you know dentists are now performing Botox and dermal filler treatments? Yes, we are the true facial specialists especially in the area of the lips. This is where we work every day.

Botox has useful clinical uses in dentistry and is used as a muscle relaxer for facial wrinkle smoothing treatment. Typically, given half the dosage, it can reduce the intensity of the muscle contractions and give the patient significant relief.

Botox used with dermal filler therapy is done carefully so the patient maintains full lip competency allowing the patient to go about their normal activities.

The advantages of treating cases with Botox and dermal fillers have close to immediate results. Usually in one appointment and with no removal of tooth structure.