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Posts for: January, 2018

By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

You can show off a smile that pleases you and tells the world who you really are--confident, happy and personable. Those aesthetic cosmetic dentistrydefects that embarrass you can be corrected with a smile makeover from your cosmetic dentist in Boca Raton, FL. Whether your teeth are dull and drab, have obvious metal fillings or are marred with chips and gaps, the team at East Boca Dental Imlant & Specialty Care can help. Dr. Michael Hennessey, Dr. Karen Zargar, Dr. Sandy Goldenberg and Dr. George Soropoulos enhance smile appearance with a wide array of precise cosmetic treatments. What should your smile makeover look like?

What would like to change?

That's an important question, and your cosmetic dentist in Boca Raton will ask it when you see him or her for an aesthetic dentistry consultation. Be prepared to say what bothers you or what you'd like enhanced. This information helps your dentist determine what treatments would achieve your goals, appearance and oral health/function.

Your dentist will perform an oral examination and take digital X-rays and a CT scan if needed to ensure your mouth is healthy and to visualize your tooth roots, jaw bone and other structural elements. He or she will tell you honestly what can and cannot change, but also it may surprise you how dramatic the enhancements can be.

Offered cosmetic treatments

For instance, your dentist offers in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says teeth whitening is one of the safest, most effective, quickest and most economical cosmetic treatments. Therefore, it's one of the most popular, transforming stained smiles into stunningly bright ones.

Another common treatment is composite resin bonding. Using a tooth-colored and shapeable putty, one of our professional dentists repair small chips, gaps, pits or other minor defects. Hardened and polished, the repairs are seamless and long-lasting. Composite resin also repairs dental decay for a restoration that blends perfectly with healthy tooth structure.

For larger defects, your Boca Raton cosmetic dentist offers porcelain veneers. Perfect for large chips, cracks or deep stains, these shells of fine ceramic disguise the front side of healthy teeth and make them stronger, too. Veneers are a permanent enhancement because they require some enamel resurfacing to ensure a strong bond.

The team at East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care also reshape tooth enamel and reduce the appearance of excess gum tissue (gummy smiles). Enamel reshaping is a comfortable and simple process that takes a single dental visit. Gummy smile treatment may be more complex depending on whether the tissue itself must be modified or if upper lip, teeth or jaw require some repositioning.

What's your best smile?

Find out with a cosmetic dentistry consultation at East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care. Our highly trained and compassionate staff will listen to your concerns and help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Call today for an appointment: (561) 226-0100.

By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental care  

While some aspects of regular dental visits are much the same for everyone, they can be more involved for an older adult. That’s because people later in life face an increased risk of dental disease and other age-related issues.

If you’re a caregiver for an older adult, you’ll want to be aware of these heightened risks. Here are 4 areas of concern we may check during their next regular dental visit.

Oral cancer. While it can occur at any age, cancer is more prevalent among older adults. Although rarer than other cancers, oral cancer’s survival rate is a dismal 50% after five years. This is because the disease is difficult to detect early or is misidentified as other conditions. To increase the odds of early detection (and better survival chances) we may perform a cancer screening during the visit.

Dental disease. The risks for tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease also increase with age. A primary risk factor for older people is a lack of adequate saliva (the mouth’s natural disease fighter) often caused by medications or systemic conditions. We’ll watch carefully for any signs of disease, as well as assess their individual risk factors (including medications) for decreased oral health.

Dentures. If they wear dentures, we’ll check the appliance’s fit. While dentures can wear with use, the fit may also grow loose due to continuing bone loss in the jaw, a downside of denture wearing. We’ll make sure they still fit comfortably and aren’t stressing the gums or supporting teeth. It may be necessary to reline them or consider replacing them with a new set.

Oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are just as important for older adults as for younger people for preventing dental disease, but often more difficult due to mental or physical impairment. We can note areas of bacterial plaque buildup and recommend ways to improve their hygiene efforts.

Depending on how well your older adult can care for themselves, it may be advisable for you to come with them when they visit us. Our dental team can provide valuable information and advice to help you help them have a healthier mouth.

If you would like more information on dental care for older adults, 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 “Aging & Dental Health.”

By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
January 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

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