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By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
December 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Children have a lot of energy that's often channeled through physical activities and sports. Unfortunately, this also increases their risk of injuries, particularly to their teeth.

Injuries to the mouth can endanger permanent teeth's survival. For an older tooth, a root canal treatment might be in order. Not so, though, for a pre-adolescent tooth, even if it is permanent.

A young permanent tooth is still developing dentin, the large layer just below the enamel. This growth depends on the connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves within the pulp in the center of the tooth. Because a root canal treatment removes all of this tissue, it could stunt dentin and root growth and endanger the tooth's future.

Instead, we may need to treat it with one of a number of modified versions of a root canal, depending on what we find. If the tooth's pulp is unexposed, for example, we may need only to remove the damaged dentin, while still leaving a barrier of dentin to protect the pulp. We then apply an antibacterial agent to minimize infection and fill in the area where we've removed tooth structure.

If some of the pulp is exposed, we may perform a pulpotomy to remove just the affected pulp and any overgrown tissue. We then place a substance that encourages dentin growth and seal it in with a filling. If we go deeper toward the root end, we might also perform procedures that encourage the remaining pulp to form into a root end to stabilize the tooth.

If the entire pulp has been damaged beyond salvage, we may then turn to a procedure called an apexification. In this case we clean out the pulp chamber; at the root end we place mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA), a growth stimulator that encourages surrounding bone to heal and grow. We then fill in the root canals and chamber with a special filling called gutta percha to seal the tooth.

The deeper we must penetrate into the pulp, the higher the chances the young tooth's dentin and roots won't form properly, leading to later problems and possible loss. But by employing the appropriate one of these methods, we can minimize the risk and give your child's damaged tooth a fighting chance.

If you would like more information on children and dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Saving New Permanent Teeth after Injury.”

By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
December 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Some cosmetic dental problems are easier to fix than others. Surface stains and discolorations that develop from drinking too much dental bondingcoffee, tea, or red wine over time can be removed with professional teeth whitening treatments, making the teeth whiter and brighter than before. In addition to staining, chips, cracks, small gaps, sizing issues, and cavities are among the most common cosmetic and general dentistry problems. The dentists at East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care in Boca Raton, FL offer cosmetic bonding treatments for common smile problems, making the teeth look better than before, without conspicuous signs of extensive dental work.

Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Boca Raton, FL

Cosmetic dental repairs can be seen as both an art and a science because getting the teeth to look as natural as possible is as important for patients as restoring the strength and health of their smile. Composite resin can be used to fill cavities and fix small issues with your smile. In the past, fixing chipped or uneven teeth sometimes resulted in bulky or less than natural looking results. Tooth (enamel) colored composite resin is a combination of plastic and glass that can be molded to match the texture and hue of a natural tooth.

Dental bonding is one of the most affordable and non-invasive cosmetic treatments available and can be completed in as little as a single visit to the dentist. Cracks, chips, smaller spaces, and uneven teeth can be repaired with bonding, without altering the characteristics that make a smile unique. Bonding can also be used to treat cavities, helping to restore the look and function of your teeth.

Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Boca Raton, FL

For more information on cosmetic tooth bonding and the dental procedure that is best for you, contact East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care by calling (561) 226-0100 to schedule an appointment today.

By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
December 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

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