Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures For a Beautiful Smile

If you want a beautiful smile, you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry procedures. While some of these procedures can have positive impacts on your overall dental health, they’re primarily focused on improving your appearance. With lots of options, deciding which procedure is best for you can be tricky. Fortunately, there are many options available, including porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays. 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells made of porcelain that can improve the appearance of your teeth and cover any cracks or chips in your enamel. They can also straighten crooked teeth. As a result, they’re an excellent choice for patients who want to improve their smile. This treatment is highly resistant to stains and is virtually undetectable. Moreover, porcelain veneers look and feel like natural tooth enamel, making them an ideal choice for smile improvement.

To ensure the highest quality results, you should seek out our dental office with Florida Prosthodontics. With years of experience and extremely well trained and educated dentists, we can provide exceptional care that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Inlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that restore the strength and natural appearance of teeth. They are made from ceramic or porcelain and are placed in the indented top surface of a tooth. Inlays and onlays are typically used when a tooth is severely damaged and cannot be repaired with a traditional dental filling.

While crowns are the most common cosmetic dental procedure, inlays and onlays are also popular in cosmetic dentistry. These cosmetic treatments are similar to one another, but they are different and each has its own set of benefits. For instance, an inlay is used for small cavities in the back teeth. They are not a replacement for a dental crown, but they are more conservative and do not affect the biting surface.

Onlays

Onlays are dental restorations that replace decayed or missing tooth surfaces. During an onlay procedure, the dentist will take X-rays and molds of the affected teeth. These pictures will be used by a dental laboratory to make the replacement tooth. Once the dentist has completed the procedure, patients return to their dentist’s office to receive the new onlay. The dentist will numb the area and remove any bacteria or decay from the tooth before attaching the onlay. After the dental onlay is secured to the tooth, the dentist will check the bite to make sure the new filling fits properly.

Onlays are a great option for patients who want to repair their teeth conservatively without the need for a crown. Onlays require less tooth structure to be removed than crowns and can last for many years. They are similar to inlays, except that onlays extend to the tooth cusp rather than the entire surface. 

For a better idea on the cosmetic dentistry that we offer, visit our services page, where we specially outline every way our staff can improve that smile of yours. For any additional questions, give us a call or schedule an appointment at 407-553-9119

Options for Bone Grafting and When it is Necessary

Losing a tooth can be serious. If you lose any teeth because of facial trauma or decay, it is not something you should try and live with. Getting expedient care is critical to your oral health. 

Missing teeth can lead to numerous health problems. Bone loss in the jaw is one of the more serious issues that can arise. Your teeth can shift, tooth damage can occur, and you can suffer from TMJ and bruxism. Dental implants are an effective way to restore dental health and structural integrity; however, the procedure becomes more involved once bone loss occurs. 

One essential function your teeth perform is stimulating the jaw. Without adequate stimulation your body stops sending nutrients to the jawbones, which causes bone loss.

A dental implant consists of a titanium post, an abutment, and a crown. The post provides stability once it fuses with the jawbone. Two important factors for successful osseointegration  are bone mass and integrity. Without these a bone grafting procedure will likely need to take place.

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is performed to restore strength to your jawbone before inserting dental implants. The success of dental implants relies, in part, on the amount of bone mass in the jaw. Healthy bone growth around the implant ensures proper fusion so it can integrate with the rest of your teeth. 

There are several options for bone graft materials. Bone can be taken from another area of your body, from a donor, or be synthetic bone. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and local anesthetic.  

Here is a brief explanation of the different types of grafts available:

  • Autografts use bone tissue from the hip or tibia. Your body won’t reject this graft because it is from your body. This procedure does require an additional surgical site.
  • Allografts use tissue from a donor or tissue bank, which eliminates the need for an additional surgical site during your graft. The bone is screened for safety prior to the implant.
  • Xenografts use material that is typically sourced from a cow. High temperature processing reduces risk and ensures your safety. 
  • Alloplasts are a type of bone graft that use synthetic material such as bone morphogenic protein or a demineralized bone matrix.

Tooth loss is not the only scenario when grafting is necessary. Facial trauma can cause bone fractures or broken bones in the alveolar ridge, or jawbone. If there is not enough existing bone material in the jaw, bone healing will be impaired. 

As complex as these procedures can sound, we want you to rest easy knowing that we have been performing them with great success for many years. And we want you to know that there are a wide range of solutions to your dental problems. 

You will receive a thorough examination and x-rays to determine if bone grafting is required or a simple implant is the optimal treatment plan for you. We will follow up with you throughout the healing process to ensure a smooth recovery.

Call us today for a consultation! (321) 635-1175.

 

FInd Out if Full Mouth Rehabilitation is the RIght Treatment Plan for You

We all hope to get a clean bill of health at the dentist during our bi-yearly cleaning. Maintaining your oral health with proper at-home dental care is a great way to ensure that happens! While proper care reduces your chances of having oral health problems, things can still go wrong. 

You may only need to repair a small chip from accidentally biting a fork, or maybe require a full mouth rehabilitation. We are experienced in helping our patients through a range of dental problems. 

Accidents can cause facial trauma and knock teeth out. Teeth grinding often occurs during  sleep without you ever knowing; this causes worn teeth, which leads to other problems down the road. 

Some aspects of your oral health are within your control and some are not. Whether it’s a single tooth replacement or a full smile makeover we have a dental treatment plan that will get your teeth looking and feeling their best. 

Let’s explore some common dental issues that our patients experience and what treatment options are available to resolve them.  

  • Gum disease is a common yet avoidable condition. It is also very serious if left untreated. Early signs present with red, swollen, or bleeding gums, and can eventually lead to tooth loss. Diagnosing symptoms early may only require scaling and root planing, or may require surgery for severe cases. 
  • Minor chips, cracks, or decay aren’t always dangerous, but they can lead to a tooth infection that is. Receiving proper periodontal treatment as soon as possible is critical to avoiding the need for root canals.
  • Discoloration in your teeth doesn’t necessarily spell trouble for your physical health, but   it plays an important role in self confidence and a sense of well being. Teeth whitening is often all that is needed to correct discolored teeth; sometimes however, more involved cosmetic dentistry is required, such as porcelain veneers. 
  • Dental implants have advanced significantly since they were first introduced in 1965. In the event of facial trauma or severe tooth decay, implants provide dental restoration that can be customized for one tooth or an entire arch of missing teeth.

A lot of common dental problems can happen simultaneously. If you feel overwhelmed when you think about addressing so many issues at once, we’re here to help. If you are a candidate for a full mouth rehabilitation we ensure the process is as easy and painless as possible.

Some of the procedures performed during a full mouth rehabilitation can include: teeth whitening, implant placement, root canals, gum recontouring, or grafting. 

Two to three appointments are usually all that are needed for a full mouth rehabilitation. Some procedures may not require any down time at all, while others can take a few months before full recovery. We will ensure that you are healing properly during follow up appointments until you are fully recovered.

Give us a call to schedule a consultation and we’ll walk you through the best options so you can feel confident about your dental treatment plan!  Merritt Island (321) 635-1175 Melbourne/Suntree (321) 459-6028 Orlando (407) 553-9119

Treating Common Dental Issues with Composite Fillings, Pocket Reductions, and Preventative Services at Florida Prosthodontics

Some of the most common dental ailments can often be prevented with proper oral hygiene and maintenance. At Florida Prosthodontics, we’re happy to educate our patients on these practices, as well as provide proper treatment for dental problems, such as cavities and gum disease. With simple fixes like composite fillings, our talented team at Florida Prosthodontics will restore your smile in no time! Read on to learn more about our frequent dentistry treatments for everyday oral troubles.

One of the most common oral problems is gum disease. While it is very easily prevented, it can be incredibly risky if the disease is allowed to spread. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when an excess of plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth. These bacteria irritate your gum tissues, creating inflammation. This inflammation, as well as bleeding and bacterial pockets, weakens supportive bones and ligaments, resulting in tooth loss. To prevent gum disease, be sure to practice exceptional oral hygiene, quit any tobacco products, and be cautious of dry mouth. Tobacco reduces blood flow and oxygen levels in your bloodstream, inhibiting your body’s ability to fight infection. Additionally, a dry mouth provides a perfect environment for bacteria to flourish. Though the periodontal disease can be nasty to fight, our professionals at Florida Prosthodontics are prepared to take on the challenge. With a variety of treatment options, we’ll choose the absolute best plan for your case. Gum disease can be treated with root planing, periodontal maintenance, pocket reduction, or even bone grafting. No matter which procedure we choose, Florida Prosthodontics will provide the utmost comfort and care for you during your visit. Your satisfaction and happiness are our priority! 

Cavities form when plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth and release eroding acids, causing weak spots in your enamel. This allows for the formation of cavities, which could potentially heavily weaken your teeth and give way to painful infections. Luckily, at Florida Prosthodontics, we’ve got just the fix for you! Our composite fillings are an effective alternative to traditional amalgam fillings, providing a realistic, tooth-colored treatment for your teeth. These composite fillings are placed quickly and efficiently, giving you lasting treatment in under half an hour! Our dentists will begin by removing any decay from your tooth, then applying a texturizing acid, and finally adding the composite resin inside your cavity. Once the filling is polished, you’ll be ready to go! This type of filling bonds with your teeth, reducing the amount of removed tooth structure. Additionally, these fillings are not sensitive to extreme temperature fluctuations, making them convenient for any future procedures! However, prevention is the absolute easiest treatment for cavities. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day, and visit Florida Prosthodontics for a professional cleaning and examination twice a year!

To learn more about our cavity and gum disease treatments, visit our website at FloridaProsthodontics.com! Our dedicated team at Florida Prosthodontics can’t wait to restore your smile to its original beauty! 

Healthy, Radiant Teeth with Zoom Teeth Whitening

Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. Moreover, when you smile, your teeth become very apparent. Any discoloration of your teeth can significantly dull its impact and can leave you feeling self-conscious. Food, coffee, tea, and soda stain our teeth over time. After a teeth whitening procedure, you’ll instantly notice the difference! No more editing your photos with filters anymore, teeth whitening will help combat those stains. At Florida Prosthodontics, we can restore the brilliant white to your teeth with Zoom whitening.

Healthy, radiant teeth with Zoom Teeth Whitening

What Is Tooth Discoloration?

Tooth discoloration can be a huge confidence-buster! It occurs when stain particles, such as leftover residue from food or drink consumption, build up in the film of protein that covers the tooth enamel. If your teeth are discolored, it means there is something you’re consuming that is affecting the natural color of your teeth. As mentioned earlier, teeth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, soda, and food. As a solution, tooth discoloration can be treated with teeth whitening. At Florida Prosthodontics, we can restore the brilliant white to your teeth with Cosmetic Dentistry including Zoom whitening.

What Is Zoom Whitening?

You walk by your typical pharmacy, and you have seen different types of at-home teeth whitening products. Zoom whitening is a type of professional whitening that only whitens the enamel of your teeth but your dentin as well. Providing you with a whiter, brighter smile than you ever thought. 

How Does Zoom Whitening Do?

Zoom is a simple, non-invasive procedure that usually takes between 45 minutes to an hour. The procedure is a bleaching process, which lightens the discoloration of enamel and dentin. In contrast, most over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments can’t achieve the results you are looking for, especially if you have deeper, darker stains. With Zoom Whitening, it not only whitens the enamel of your teeth but your dentin as well, providing you with a whiter, brighter smile that boosts your confidence. At Florida Prosthodontics, we offer two types of Zoom whitening, chair side, and take-home trays.

How Does Zoom Whitening Work?

As mentioned earlier, the Zoom Whitening procedure takes between 45 minutes to an hour. First, regular cleaning is recommended prior to the Zoom whitening procedure. Once your cleaning is complete, the procedure will begin with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums for protection. Once only your teeth are exposed, we will apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. When the hydrogen peroxide is applied, it breaks down, causing oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged. The whitening gel remains in place for three 15-minute sessions of light activation. Now you just sit back, relax, and let it shine!

Zoom Whitening at Home

If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, Zoom take-home trays are the best fit for you. At Florida Prosthodontics, we create custom-fit trays and provide you with Zoom whitening gel. The trays are designed to hold the whitening gel against your teeth, twice a day for several hours or overnight when you sleep. The results are noticeable in about a week.

There are many benefits to teeth whitening, especially with Zoom whitening. More importantly, you get faster results with a reliable treatment, and it enhances your appearance which is a confidence booster! Zoom whitening can restore a brilliant bright white color, giving you back your dazzling, confident smile. Call us today at (321) 635-1175 to schedule your appointment.

Dental Hygiene Starts with Your Whole Body

Dental Hygiene Starts with Your Whole Body

You hear it all the time, “brush and floss twice a day!” or “get dental cleanings twice a year!” That’s because maintaining good dental hygiene is incredibly important for your health. It prevents diseases and infections which can lead to serious illnesses or even death. But what if we told you that dental hygiene doesn’t just prevent gum diseases and cavities. In fact, what if we told you some factors in which dental hygiene doesn’t have anything to do with your mouth?

 

Dental Hygiene Starts with Your Whole Body

 

Your Lungs

Your lungs are a warm, moist environment, which is just perfect for bacteria looking to mutate and grow. This can happen when you have a gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis, and there is an overabundance of bacteria inside your mouth. If you inhale the bacteria from your gum disease, it can travel into your lungs. This can lead to serious lung diseases such as pneumonia, COPD, or asthma. Dental hygiene helps protect the effects of lung issues.

Your Mental Health

Your mental health can affect your oral health. In fact, if you have oral health issues such as tooth loss, infections, gum diseases, damaged teeth, or jaw pain can easily affect your smile. This can damage confidence, social life, and your mental health. As a result, you are faced at a high risk of being faced with depression. In addition, this can also lead you to make decisions such as smoking, taking drugs, or drinking alcohol which can lead to even poorer dental hygiene. 

Your Nutrition

Healthy eating is essential for oral health! Nutrition has a direct impact on your teeth and gums. In fact, poor nutrition may lead to tooth decay, cavities, and other gum diseases, all of which can heavily impact your ability to chew food. Chewing food can help break it down which allows your body to easily absorb the nutrients. Without proper nutrients, your teeth and gums become more susceptible to decay and gum disease and it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. As a result, this can lead to oral diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and low-weight. In short, your teeth are the first step in digestion.

Your Pregnancy

Dental hygiene is especially important for pregnant women. Common hormonal changes women go through during pregnancy can increase the risk of developing gum disease. Pregnant women who have gum disease can experience premature delivery, low birth weight baby, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy granuloma, and pregnancy tumors. Maintaining good oral hygiene during pregnancy will help to not only protect the health of the mother but the health of the unborn baby as well.

Altogether, maintaining good dental hygiene involves the whole body. More importantly, oral hygiene starts at home. That’s why you hear, “brush and floss twice a day!” or “get dental cleanings twice a year!” all the time. It’s because maintaining good dental hygiene is incredibly essential for your health. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental hygiene, call us today at (321) 635-1175.

Giving You a Confident Smile with Dental Implants

Giving You a Confident Smile with Dental Implants

Ouch! Tooth loss can happen in several ways, such as gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, or facial trauma. Tooth loss is irreversible, but it isn’t irreplaceable. The most essential way to resolve and replace tooth decay is dental implants. It is important to note that implants do more than just replace your teeth. In fact, they help strengthen your jaw structure, provide the ability to chew food, and give you more reasons to smile. 

Giving You a Confident Smile with Dental Implants

As mentioned earlier, dental implants can help improve your jaw structure, and restore your ability to chew food. But there are a plethora of reasons why dental implants are beneficial for you. 

  • Can help restore your speech
  • Unlike traditional treatments, dental implants are more comfortable
  • The dental crowns can be cared for just like your natural teeth
  • Dental implant posts emulate the roots of your natural teeth by stimulating your jaw bone

After determining that dental implants are right for your tooth loss, it’s important to understand the procedure before stopping into your next appointment at Florida Prosthodontics.

First Consultation

First and foremost, our team needs to determine if dental implant surgery is the right choice for you. You’ll undergo an oral exam, which allows us to identify and examine the area of the tooth loss. Next, we’ll take digital x-rays, which enable us to see the condition of your jaw bone and determine if implants can be placed. Once that oral exam is complete, your x-ray photos will determine which treatment plan is best for you

Dental Implant Surgery

Before your dental implant surgery, you’ll be placed under a local anesthetic. Florida Prosthodontics also provides sedation, which can offer comfort and relaxation during the treatment. Once you are comfortable, we’ll begin by making small incisions in our gums, which gives us access to your jawbone. Next, holes are then drilled into the jawbone, and the implant posts are placed inside. Once your final teeth are ready to be placed, the implant crown is then screwed onto the posts. 

The treatment is versatile, and can be used to replace a single tooth or many teeth. The benefits that dental implant surgery offers have unimaginable results. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or finding out if this amazing treatment is right for you, call Florida Prosthodontics today at (321) 635-1175.
Giving You a Confident Smile with Dental Implants