How to Handle Sensitive Teeth

Some people take a bite of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee and experience discomfort, usually brought on by teeth sensitivity. These unpleasant sensations typically occur when you eat anything that is cold, hot, or sweet. Several factors can cause teeth sensitivity, including tooth damage, over brushing, enamel wear, and whitening products.

To give your mouth relief and lessen sensitivity, consider these helpful hints:

Brush correctly

In an effort to maintain good oral health, some people brush too aggressively and end up damaging their teeth. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently clean teeth at least twice a day.

Use the right product

For people with sensitive teeth, specially formulated toothpastes may reduce the symptoms. These products usually contain potassium nitrate, an ingredient that helps block the tiny tubules in the layer of dentin and reduces sensitivity with each use.

Watch your diet

Foods and beverages high in acid content, like tomatoes, oranges, and fruit drinks, contribute to enamel erosion, which is a main cause of tooth sensitivity. Limiting your intake will help lessen your discomfort. When you do consume these items, rinse your mouth with water afterward to minimize exposure.

Deal with bruxism

Clenching and grinding your teeth can make teeth sensitivity worse. Wearing a night guard will help control bruxism and help you feel better.

Be careful when you whiten

A bright smile is a great asset, but some people overuse whitening products, which can cause teeth to feel sensitive. Usually this sensation passes once you stop whitening. Make sure to follow all the directions carefully so that you don’t hurt your teeth.

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How Dental Implants Can Preserve Bone

Preserving the bone in your jaw and face is of utmost importance to your cosmetic dentist, and as such, treatments that preserve bone are preferred over those that lead to bone shrinkage, known as resorption.

Dental implants preserve bone by mimicking the tooth’s natural roots, stimulating and preserving the bone. As part of the healing process following surgical placement, the jawbone fuses directly to the implant. Most often made of titanium, dental implants provide a very stable foundation for a replacement tooth. This foundation is so stable that it can serve as an anchor point for dental bridgework and will feel, look, and function as your natural tooth would.

The process of implant to bone fusion is known as “osseointegration.” Fusion is primarily dependent upon the quality of bone surrounding the implant, and can be achieved in three to nine months following dental implant treatment. Excessive smoking or drinking can stunt the healing process and lead to complications.

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Because bone resorption is prevented with dental implants, your facial structure will not collapse and your facial shape will not change. Missing teeth that are replaced by implants avoid other problems commonly associated with tooth loss, including other teeth shifting into the open spaces created by the missing teeth, and functional problems with the jaw joints and bite alignment.

Once a tooth is extracted or falls out, a great deal of the bone in the area will shrink, or resorb over the coming year. Shrinkage occurs in a horizontal as well as vertical dimension. Most resorption occurs within the first two to three months following tooth loss. When a cosmetic dentist replaces that tooth immediately with a titanium dental implant, the bone fuses around the implant, significantly reducing bone shrinkage.

Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that preserves and maintains bone. Dentures and partial dentures can accelerate the process of bone shrinkage as a result of pressure on the underlying mouth structures as you talk or eat.

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Are You a Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Will the improvements you desire need multiple dentistry treatments to achieve the results you are seeking? You may be an ideal candidate for a smile makeover. A smile makeover is a process in which a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments are combined to perfect your smile. Usually, a smile makeover will include options like teeth whitening, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, invisible braces, composite fillings or gum contouring.

Broadly, anyone who has problems with their teeth is a candidate for a smile makeover. However, the best candidate for a smile makeover will be in good general and oral health. You should be free from gum disease and any other ailments or health problems that would preclude undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures. An ideal candidate will also have grown in all permanent teeth and completed their jaw growth, making a smile makeover inappropriate for young children.

You may be an ideal candidate for a smile makeover if your smile is marred by a number of imperfections including:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Crooked, twisted, or incorrectly placed teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Gapped or widely-spaced teeth
  • Gummy smile
  • Unhealthy gums
  • Bite conditions such as overbite or underbite

The appearance and health of your smile are vital to your self-confidence and overall happiness. Smile makeovers are safe and effective for most candidates, with little to no side effects. To determine if a smile makeover is right for you, contact Sarasota cosmetic dentist Dr. Back for a one-on-one consultation.

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Quick and Easy Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment in Sarasota

Not all dental procedures are extensive and invasive. Cosmetic dentistry offers many treatments to improve your smile that are relatively simple and require little time in the dental chair. If you have good overall oral health but are unhappy with your smile, you may want to consider some of these options for quick improvement.

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most popular cosmetic dental treatments for instantly improving the quality of your smile. Every day we expose our teeth to damaging and dulling foods and beverages that result in a dingy smile. Professional teeth whitening can whiten your teeth as much as ten shades in as little as one office visit, leaving you with a healthier and younger looking smile.

Dental bonding is an excellent way to repair small imperfections on teeth quickly, such as a discolored, chipped, or oddly shaped teeth. Bonding is essentially a simplified version of a veneer or a crown using tooth-colored resin to bond to the tooth and repair the problem. Bonding can usually be completed in a single visit to your dentist.

Many dentists are now offering snap-on teeth. A Snap-On Smile is a removable appliance that covers your natural teeth. The appliance uses your natural teeth to stay in place and does not require any additional adhesive to hold in place. A Snap-On Smile can be removed during sleep and for cleaning, but otherwise stays in your mouth for all of your usual activities. Patients with special needs, such as fear of the dentist or medical conditions which preclude extensive dental procedures, may also benefit from the use of snap-on teeth.

For more information about how to quickly and easily improve the look of your smile, schedule a consultation with a qualified, experienced cosmetic dentist. It is easier than you may think to get that beautiful smile in no time!

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Long Term Dental Implant Care

 Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Like natural teeth, dental implants require vigilant oral care to maintain their usefulness and prevent problems. Once the implant has fused to the jaw bone, it is important to follow some general guidelines to ensure the continued success of your dental implant and restoration.

A condition known as peri-implantitis is a common cause of implant failure. This occurs when an accumulation of plaque leads to damage of the tissues and infection of the bone around the implant. While the implant itself is not susceptible to decay, if plaque is not removed with thorough brushing and flossing at least twice per day the resulting periodontal disease can lead to implant failure.

Your dental professional may also recommend the use of additional oral hygiene products such as special brushes or oral irrigation devices to aid in the removal of food debris and plaque around the areas of the implant supported restorations. Your dentist or hygienist can assist in teaching you to utilize these devices to improve your implant care.

Regular dental visits and examinations are vital to detect and prevent any issues that may present problems for your dental implants. Expect to visit your dentist every 3 months for the first year after implant placement, and then every six months for the life of your implants. Your dentist will also provide special care instructions if your implants are being used to support a removable denture. It is important to know how to place and remove the appliance without causing damage to either the denture or your implant.

Avoid applying excessive pressure or eating hard foods that could cause damage to the restoration and implant area. If you suffer from conditions like teeth grinding or clenching, discuss with your dentist the option of being fitted for a night guard to prevent the problems these habits can cause your implants. Taking excellent care of your oral health will help to ensure years of dental implant success.

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Dental Bridges: Get Over the Gap

You no longer have to suffer through the embarrassment or difficulties of having gaps in your smile due to missing teeth. Dentists are able to restore smiles using dental bridges, which replace your missing tooth or teeth in a completely natural looking and comfortable way. If you have gaps in your smile from losing teeth to infection, decay, or trauma, it’s time to learn how to bridge those gaps.

What is a bridge?
A dental bridge does exactly what it conjures up in your mind; it bridges the gap where a tooth or teeth are missing. The bridge consists of two caps (also called crowns) and a false tooth. The bridge is permanently placed next to teeth on both sides of the artificial tooth. Once in place, the bridge allows you to eat, speak, and look as if you have natural teeth.

Are there different kinds?
There are three primary types of bridges:
•    Traditional bridges, made of porcelain, are fixed in place so that they cannot be removed from your mouth.
•    Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one natural tooth next to the gap in your mouth.
•    Maryland bonded bridges, or resin-bonded bridges, are mostly used for missing front teeth. They are ideal when the surrounding teeth are healthy and strong.

How can it benefit me?
In addition to the obvious advantage of making your smile look more attractive, dental bridges can also help you eat more efficiently and comfortably. Your speech will likely improve, and your bite may also be corrected. With proper oral hygiene, bridges help lower your risk of gum disease and prevent teeth from moving into the gaps that were there before. The bridge process itself usually only requires two dental visits, and is less invasive than some other procedures.


If you need a dental bridge, contact our Sarasota dental office to schedule a consultation.


Achieving a Winning Smile

A smile can say so many things, from expressing feelings like joy to love to laughter. When you’re unhappy with your smile, however, it can mask your feelings if you’re unwilling to express yourself in that way. The good news is that modern dentistry can transform your smile into one that’s dazzling and beautiful, that you can be proud to show off. Dentists no longer just deal with tooth decay and root canals, but they can perform entire smile makeovers.

What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover means creating a brand new smile for you. It’s similar to going to your hairstylist or makeup artist, who both can alter your appearance to meet your desires. Having your dentist alter your smile may be more time-consuming than those examples, but the results will likely be dramatic and amazing.

What are some smile makeover techniques?
•    Teeth whitening – if your teeth are stained or discolored, the first place to start is with teeth whitening. Your dentist can offer tips about a variety of whitening possibilities and the one that might work best for you.
•    Veneers – tooth-colored porcelain veneers may be bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can change the shape and color of your teeth that can create a perfect smile and more youthful appearance.
•    Gum contouring – if your gums are either too high or too low on your teeth, gum contouring can even out your gum lines. This corrects the appearance that your teeth are too long due to receding gums, or the look that your teeth are too small because your gums are covering more of your teeth than they should.

How do I begin the smile makeover process?
The first step is to see your dentist to discuss your desires and which dental treatments might help you achieve a winning smile. Many improvements are possible with modern technology and equipment, so it’s just a matter of working with your dentist to create your new smile.


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Risks of Infection with Dental Implants

Dental implants, like any dental procedure, have risks. Having an awareness of these risks and knowing the warning signs can allow you to get the care you need as early as possible when you need it. One of these risks is infection, or peri-implantitis. Infection remains one of the greatest risks of any dental surgery, including dental implants.

A patient’s implant is placed in the jawbone during a surgical procedure. Because the dental implant is designed to be as secure as your natural tooth root, it is anchored deeply through the gum tissue and within the jawbone.

Allowing the dental implant anchor and the jawbone to fuse together can take from two to six months. After this time, your dentist will attach an abutment for the crown (or will attach the crown itself) to the anchor. Because this requires that the gums surrounding the anchor be cut again, care must be taken to prevent infection.

As with any oral surgery, considerable discomfort and swelling can follow the procedure. Minor bleeding, pain and bruising and swelling of the gums, face and jaw may also be present, but these are not always a sign of infection. Keep your dental surgeon informed about all of your symptoms so that you may receive the best advice and treatment following your particular procedure. Do not wait if you feel there is a problem. Severe infection can lead to damage to the jawbone, resulting in bone loss.

Your surgeon might prescribe antibiotics following your surgery. You must take the entire course of antibiotics in order to receive their full benefits and to help prevent infection after your dental implant surgery.

Because the implant is in your mouth, it is exposed to everything you eat or drink. Having good dental hygiene is the best first step toward preventing an infection. Treat your implant the way you would your natural tooth, and continue to brush, floss, and have regular dental check-ups. Non-smokers, patients with good eating habits, and those with proper oral hygiene habits are in the best position for a fast and complete recovery.


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Wisdom Teeth Can be a Pain

Tooth pain can be one of the most uncomfortable types of pain there is. It can make your whole jaw and head ache, interfere with eating, and cause your teeth to be more sensitive. One common reason for a toothache is your wisdom teeth, which are the molars in the very back of your mouth that develop last. Sometimes they don’t even erupt, but they can still be there under your gums causing trouble. If you experience pain related to wisdom teeth, here are some suggestions.

Make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. This way you can find out for sure if your wisdom teeth are to blame for your pain, and decide the best treatment plan for your situation. A dentist examination, which may include x-rays, is the best way to determine exactly what’s going on with your teeth. You may not even be able to see your wisdom teeth, but they might be growing improperly under your gums. Often, wisdom teeth need to be extracted to avoid continued pain or worsening condition. Luckily, wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure that your dentist or oral surgeon is very familiar with, and can provide you with great treatment that will end up relieving your pain.

While waiting for your dental appointment, try applying an over-the-counter numbing gel such as Oragel. This may help relieve your pain at least for a short time. Also, taking non-prescription pain medicines should help. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are both good choices to try, especially to subdue the pain when you want to sleep.

Remember that prevention is often the best way to avoid dental pain. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss every day. See your dentist regularly for checkups, because problems with wisdom teeth can sometimes be spotted before you ever begin to feel any pain associated with them. This allows you to deal with the problem before you have to endure a toothache.


Steps to a Great Smile with a Makeover

Getting the smile you’ve always dreamed of is possible with a smile makeover. Whether it’s just one or two simple treatments, or a long list of procedures, your smile can benefit with the help of a cosmetic dentist.

A smile makeover is all about identifying what you dislike about your smile and having a candid talk with your dentist about changes you’d like to see. Your dentist will assess your oral health and suggest any treatments required before pursuing cosmetic solutions. It is always advised to ensure you are in the best oral condition possible before embarking on your smile makeover.

Then you and your dentist can discuss the recommended treatments that will help you achieve your smile goals. The dentist will take into consideration your skin tone, facial features, teeth, gums and lips in creating a personalized treatment plan. The outcome will likely be a more appealing, confident and younger look. Another bonus is that cosmetic dental techniques sometimes improve dental function as well.

Common issues addressed with smile makeovers are:

  • Discolored teeth – teeth that are stained or yellowed from food and drinks, smoking, poor hygiene, medications, trauma or age can be helped by your cosmetic dentist. Professional teeth whitening is especially valuable in quickly and effectively brightening your smile a number of shades in just an hour. If you prefer home teeth whitening, your dentist can recommend the most effective choices for your goals.
  • Gaps – gaps between your teeth are best hidden with dental veneers. These thin porcelain shells are adhered to the fronts of your teeth to cover flaws.
  • Missing teeth – holes in your smile can be resolved with dental implants, which provide a long-term, attractive, secure and comfortable restoration.
  • Misaligned or uneven teeth – porcelain veneers are an excellent way to take care of a faulty smile. The result will be the perfect alignment of a beautiful smile.
  • Cracked or chipped teeth – bonding using composite resin material can correct cracks or chips, or dental veneers can hide them.


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Dispelling the Myths about Teeth Whitening

There are many methods available for brightening smiles these days. Along with the popularity of teeth whitening comes some myths about the process. Here is the truth.

Teeth whitening is unsafe.
Dentists worldwide recognize teeth whitening as a safe practice as long as safety guidelines are followed. Instructions for safe and effective use of products should always be included with any whitening products, whether for home use or professional. Most risks are centered on tooth sensitivity and exposure of the whitening agent to the gums and mouth, both of which can be handled with proper use. If any side effects do occur, they are almost always temporary.

Teeth whitening ruins tooth enamel.
The most common whitening agents are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, both of which are approved for this purpose in proper amounts. When you hear about teeth bleaching, it is not the same as household bleach that contains ammonia and would likely harm your teeth. Look for teeth whitening products that contain these types of peroxide that are pH balanced, meaning that they contain low acidity levels that will not damage your enamel.

All teeth whitening provides the same results.
Every person’s teeth are unique, which means that each person’s teeth whitening results will not be identical. Factors like genetics, previous medications, and lifestyle all affect the color of your teeth. Therefore, whitening products work to varying degrees on each person.

Teeth with restorations can’t be whitened.
The ability of restorations to be affected by whitening methods depends on the type of restoration and material used. Ask your dentist about your specific case to see if whitening will be successful.

You must go to a dentist to get results.
It is true that to get the most dramatic and fast results, it’s better to seek professional whitening treatment. However if you’re willing to be patient and consistent using at-home whitening methods, you’ll see some level of whitening results.


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Cosmetic Dental Procedure Recovery and Aftercare

If you are undergoing a cosmetic dental procedure to improve the appearance of your teeth or gums, there are several critical aftercare guidelines you should follow to promote healthy healing.

Whether you are having veneers, implants, or bridges placed, having your teeth professionally whitened, undergoing gum flap surgery, or receiving traditional or clear braces, the most important aspect of your recovery is close follow-up. Because carefully monitoring your recovery can help to detect problems early, it is vital that you keep any scheduled follow-up appointments with your cosmetic dentist or surgeon. You should immediately contact your dental professional if you experience excessive pain, bleeding, fever, or any adverse reaction to prescribed medication following a cosmetic dental procedure.

If your procedure was considered surgical, there are additional aftercare instructions to ensure a successful recovery:

  • Keep teeth and treated areas clean using a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, taking care not to disturb the surgical areas.
  • Take any prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications recommended on a regular basis to keep significant discomfort from taking hold.
  • Maintain a diet of soft foods such as pasta, eggs, or cooked cereals while the surgical area is healing. Stay hydrated with room temperature beverages, and avoid the use of straws, which can cause blood clots in the surgical area to dislodge.
  • To treat pain and inflammation, place an ice pack on the affected area in ten-minute intervals.
  • Avoid smoking, as it impairs healing.

Consult with your Sarasota cosmetic dentist or surgeon for any additional aftercare and recovery instructions that may be specific to your treatments.

Looking for a Good Dental Practice

Visiting the dentist should be an important part of your health routine. You not only want to select a dentist who you feel comfortable with and confident about, but you also should feel good about the dental practice as a whole. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are looking for a reputable dental practice.

Consider the location and appearance of the building. Pay attention to the area where the office is located, and that other professional businesses are nearby. You don’t want to go to a dental office that is isolated or where you don’t feel safe. Watch for suitable parking and ample lighting.

Get a feel for the office by going inside. The atmosphere should be inviting, comfortable, and put you at ease. Meet the staff to learn if they are friendly and professional. Also, pay attention to the equipment and resources being utilized in the dental office. You don’t want a dentist performing your procedures using outdated or insufficient tools, and it’s desirable to have equipment like digital x-ray machines available in the office.

If there are other patients waiting, notice if they seem anxious or nervous. These might be indications that the care of the dental office isn’t sufficient. Also, if the waiting room is packed with patients, it might signal long waiting times for appointments.

Look for credentials displayed in the office indicating the training and experience of the staff. If you are seeking dental care for a certain specialty, such as cosmetic dentistry or pediatric dentistry, ask about qualifications of the staff in those specific areas.


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Erasing Gaps with Dental Implants

Once a permanent tooth is gone, there is no growing another one. Instead, you’ll need to turn to dentistry to help you restore your smile and regain your self-esteem. The reason for your tooth loss is not as important as choosing a way to replace your missing tooth or teeth. Dentures or bridges are no longer the only options for restoration, as dental implants have gained in popularity.

Dental implants are titanium rods that are surgically positioned into your jaw bone, creating a new tooth root that will anchor an artificial tooth placed on top. Your body is able to fuse together with the titanium implant and provide a comfortable and permanent way to restore your smile.

In addition to improving your appearance, dental implants offer you some additional benefits. The function of your mouth is improved, allowing you to bite and chew better. You can return to eating your normal diet, without having to avoid foods that might have been difficult to eat with missing teeth. Your ability to speak clearly also benefits, as it is easier to talk when all of your teeth are in place.

Missing teeth affects the health of your mouth as well. Teeth near the gap may be negatively impacted, and they may spread into the gap. Also, the bone that anchors your missing tooth will begin to recess when the tooth is no longer present. A dental implant helps prevent bone loss, which also means that it aids your facial structure. Bone loss can lead to loss of muscle mass and make your skin sag, creating the look of hollow cheeks. Implants improve your bone structure and strengthen your muscles, giving you back a healthier facial appearance.

All of these benefits, in addition to the restoration of your appearance, will allow you to smile more confidently. Dental implants that give you back a fully functional and attractive smile can also give you back your self-esteem.


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Fast Facts about Dental Fillings

Sometimes regular brushing and flossing isn’t enough to prevent cavities, and most people will need at least one or two fillings during their lifetime. Your general dentist in Sarasota will remove decayed areas in your tooth and will prepare the tooth to receive a filling. Dental fillings help repair damaged areas, and in the past most were made from a silver colored metal called amalgam. Nowadays most dentists suggest patients have tooth colored restorations made from tooth colored composite resin that can beautifully and discreetly restore smiles.

Facts about Fillings
Fact: Amalgam fillings are considered safe.
Amalgam is a metal that contains a small amount of mercury, but the FDA considers these fillings to be safe as there isn’t enough mercury to present a risk to health. However it does recommend that pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children under the age of six don’t have this type of filling.

Fact: Metal fillings change shape according to temperature.
Metal fillings expand and contract whenever they come into contact with hot and cold. Over time this can cause tiny fractures in the tooth, resulting in more decay, infection and eventually pain.

Fact: Tooth colored fillings produce attractive and durable restorations.
Composite resin fillings are strong and durable, and the material bonds well with natural teeth. Your dentist in Sarasota will need to remove less healthy tooth structure during preparation. The tooth colored material blends in well with your natural teeth so there’s no need to worry about darker areas in the mouth detracting from your smile.

Fact: Your dentist can replace older amalgam fillings.
Your dentist will check the condition of older fillings at every checkup to make sure they are not leaking or crumbling. If necessary, they can safely remove older style amalgam fillings and will replace them with more aesthetically pleasing tooth colored restorations. Some people will choose to have amalgam fillings removed before they begin to leak in order to improve their smile.

Alzheimer’s and oral health

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, oral hygiene may be at the bottom of your list of concerns. However, it should not be overlooked because it’s an important part of keeping Alzheimer’s patients healthy and comfortable. Many older people tend to have dental issues as they age, but those problems increase when the person forgets how to brush their teeth or clean their dentures. Because it is a progressive disease, you should get advice from your dentist so that you can better assist the patient when the time comes.

An Alzheimer’s patient is usually able to perform their own dental hygiene as usual in the early stages of the disease. As it progresses, they may need reminders or supervision. Eventually, they can lose the ability or the interest in caring for their teeth. Your dentist can provide guidance about how to help in cleaning another person’s teeth.

Signs of pain
Watch for signs that the patient is unable to tell you they are experiencing pain. Some indications that an Alzheimer’s patient has dental problems include refusing to eat, pulling at their mouth, not wearing their dentures, increased restlessness or moaning, and aggressive behavior. If you see any of these signs, arrange for the patient visit their dentist.

Regular dental visits
Since they aren’t always able to recognize or express issues, it is important for Alzheimer’s patients to have regular dental visits. Dentists usually recommend checkups at least twice a year, so they can look for any problems that need treatment. As a loved one or caregiver, you may need to sit with the patient to ease the stress of the visit and comfort them during procedures. In some cases, you’ll need to participate in treatment decisions or give informed consent for treatment

Learning More about a Smile Makeover

It’s hard to miss the stunning smiles sported by movie stars and other celebrities, but there’s no reason why your teeth shouldn’t look that good. It’s highly unlikely they were born with such perfect teeth, and more often it’s the result of sophisticated cosmetic dentistry. There are numerous cosmetic treatments that could transform your smile, including veneers, tooth whitening and Invisalign clear braces. Your cosmetic dentist in Sarasota can custom design your smile makeover, and the stunning results can be a huge boost to confidence.

What Is a Smile Makeover?
This is a procedure specifically designed to meet your needs and will include one or more cosmetic dentistry treatments to correct teeth that are chipped, crooked, stained or even missing completely.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Smile Makeover?
Just about anyone will be suitable for a smile makeover, provided their natural teeth and gums are healthy. If your dentist in Sarasota discovers any issues such as gum disease or cavities then these will need to be treated prior to having any cosmetic dentistry work.

Which Procedures Are Involved in a Smile Makeover?
Most smile makeovers will involve a combination of different treatments. These can include dental implants, porcelain crowns, veneers and tooth whitening. Using a combination of treatments will usually help provide the best possible results, although some people may only need minor modifications to their smile.

How Long Does It Take to Complete a Smile Makeover?
This really depends on the issues requiring correction. Some treatments such as dental bonding, renewing old fillings and tooth whitening can be completed quite quickly in just a few visits, while others such as dental implants and adult orthodontics are far more complex and may take months to complete.

How Long Can I Expect Results to Last?
Most modern restorations are relatively durable but this does vary according to techniques and materials used. Tooth whitening, white fillings and dental bonding will generally last several years, but treatments such as dental crowns, veneers and bridges should last considerably longer.

Reasons to Choose Dental Veneers

A great smile used to just be wishful thinking for people with discolored, chipped, crooked, or otherwise damaged teeth. Cosmetic dentistry offers a way to make that wish come true with dental veneers. With thin porcelain shells permanently bonded to the fronts of your teeth, it is possible to change how your teeth look forever. What are some reasons to choose veneers?

  • Painless – the non-invasive procedure for applying veneers does not involve any pain or stress.
  • Resistant – porcelain veneers do not change color or become stained over time.
  • Durable – porcelain that has been bonded to your teeth is durable and resists fractures.
  • Simple – the procedure of getting veneers involves bonding the customized shells to your teeth with little preparation work and no anesthesia required.
  • Fast – once your veneers are created, the results are instant as soon as they are attached to your teeth.
  • Natural – veneers look very natural and even reflect light in a realistic way.
  • Smooth – veneers are smooth and comfortable in your mouth.
  • Substitute – you can avoid traditional braces or other orthodontic treatment by hiding crowded or crooked teeth with veneers.
    Confidence – increase your self-esteem by obtaining a beautiful smile, giving you a whole new level of confidence in yourself.

If you are unhappy with your smile, visit your dentist in Sarasota to ask about veneers. They provide a great way to transform your appearance in a simple, painless way that will last forever.

Caring for Your Dental Health during Pregnancy

When you are having a baby, you have a lot of your mind. Most expectant moms have to worry about doctor’s appointments, prenatal vitamins, morning sickness, and picking out names. It’s important to take good care of yourself during this special time. One area that may fall by the wayside is oral health.

Though you may not think it’s a priority, your dental health can impact your pregnancy. Because hormone levels are so high during pregnancy, you may be more susceptible to problems with gum disease. Studies have shown that untreated gum disease can contribute to pre-term births and low-birth weight babies.

Protect your well being and your unborn child by:

  • Eat a balanced diet. Include foods that are rich in calcium, which will keep your dentition strong and help with your baby’s developing teeth.
  • Take time to brush and floss teeth daily. This kind of home routine may help prevent bleeding gums, which often flare up during pregnancy.
  • Watch the snacks. You may need to eat more frequently, but try to choose healthy options like fruits, veggies, and whole grains so that you are less likely to develop cavities.
  • See your dentist for a checkup. After the first trimester, make an appointment for a cleaning and exam. Though you won’t want to schedule x-rays or repairs during pregnancy, routine dental care is important and shouldn’t be avoided.
  • If an emergency situation does occur, contact your dentist right away. Remind the office that you are pregnant so that they can take precautions to ensure the safety of you and your baby.



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Understanding Dental Lingo

Your dentist attended school for years to become an expert in dental treatments and procedures. The average person won’t have the time or money to make that kind of investment. It can help you feel more comfortable, however, if you develop knowledge of basic dental terminology. Plus, you can impress all your friends by explaining the difference between a composite (all-white) and amalgam (metal) filling.

Common Dental Terms

Bruxism – This term refers to the condition of grinding your teeth, especially at night.

Anterior Teeth – Located in the front of your mouth, you have 12 anterior teeth, six on the top and six on the bottom.

Crowns vs. Fillings – Any dental restoration that covers the entire surface of the tooth above the gum line is called a crown. Usually, you need a crown when a tooth sustains extensive damage and a routine filling won’t work. Fillings restore smaller portions of a tooth surface.

Molars – The teeth used for grinding. Adults have 12 molars.

Occlusion – When a dentist use the word occlusion, he or she is referring to how the upper and lower teeth fit together upon closure.

Periodontal Disease – Another term for gum disease, periodontal disease affects roughly 80 percent of adults in this country. Generally mild and often unnoticed at first, gum disease can result in pain, bone degeneration, and tooth loss if left untreated.

Plaque vs. Tartar – A colorless, sticky substance, plaque accumulates on teeth and promotes the growth of bacteria in the mouth. When food debris gathers and hardens on your teeth, it’s called tartar.

TMD – An acronym for temperomandibular disorder, this condition occurs when the joints that open and close your jaw become fatigued, which strains the associated nerves and causes discomfort. Other symptoms include headaches, ringing in the ears, tingling in the extremities, and neck pain.

Healthy Teeth: The Truth about Cavities

Most people work hard to keep their teeth healthy. Brushing and flossing help you achieve this goal, and regular dental visits keep your smile looking great as well. We all know the basics about good oral health, but these common myths about cavities might surprise you.

Myth: Sugar is the top cause of cavities

Truth: Certainly a primary factor in cavity development, sugar alone isn’t the issue. The acid produced by bacteria in your mouth generates the cavities. These bacteria actually increase production when you eat carbohydrates, which include sugar. However, rice, potatoes, bread, and certain starchy fruits and vegetables can also contribute to decay, so try to limit exposure to these foods by not snacking all day long.

Myth: Children develop more cavities than adults

Truth: Actually, decay in school-aged children has dropped in half over the last 20 years, thanks in large part to fluoride in water.

Myth: You can tell if you have a cavity

Truth: By the time you feel pain from tooth decay, the cavity is probably large and may cause nerve damage. Routine checkups allow your dentist to check for cavities and repair them before additional problems occur.

Myth: Sensitive teeth are caused by tooth decay

Truth: When you develop a cavity, your tooth may become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Other factors, though, can contribute to teeth sensitivity, including gum recession, cracks in teeth, and acidic foods.

Myth: Cavities in baby teeth are no big deal

Truth: Although your child will eventually loss all of his or her primary teeth, they play an important role in oral health. Baby teeth serve as placeholders for permanent teeth, as well as aiding in proper speech development and in chewing function.

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The Benefits of Dental Sealants

As a parent you teach your child about the importance of good oral health care. Though kids learn to brush and floss, they often have difficulty reaching back teeth. As well, the grooves and pits in those back teeth are harder to clean and may be prone to cavities. Dental sealants can help protect your children’s teeth and keep their beautiful smiles intact.

What are dental sealants?

Made from clear plastic materials, sealants are brushed onto the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Dental sealants keep germs and food debris out of the grooves in these teeth, lessening the risk for tooth decay.

How are sealants placed on teeth?

The process for getting sealants on your child’s teeth is simple. The dental team will first clean and dry the effected teeth. A special gel is applied to the area. Then, the dentist brushes the sealant mixture onto the teeth. A curing light may be used to harden the plastic material.

Are sealants noticeable to my child or others?

At first, your child may feel the sealants with his or her tongue, a common reaction to anything new in the mouth. When your child smiles or talks, though, the sealants aren’t usually visible.

How long do sealants last?

Typically, your child can will the sealants for five to 10 years. At checkups, your dentist will check to see if the sealants are in good condition.

Are sealants better than fillings?

Preventing damage is always better than repairing. Sealants help stop tooth decay before it compromises your child’s smile.


Long Term Dental Implant Care

Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Like natural teeth, dental implants require vigilant oral care to maintain their usefulness and prevent problems. Once the implant has fused to the jaw bone, it is important to follow some general guidelines to ensure the continued success of your dental implant and restoration.

A condition known as peri-implantitis is a common cause of implant failure. This occurs when an accumulation of plaque leads to damage of the tissues and infection of the bone around the implant. While the implant itself is not susceptible to decay, if plaque is not removed with thorough brushing and flossing at least twice per day the resulting periodontal disease can lead to implant failure.

Your dental professional may also recommend the use of additional oral hygiene products such as special brushes or oral irrigation devices to aid in the removal of food debris and plaque around the areas of the implant supported restorations. Your dentist or hygienist can assist in teaching you to utilize these devices to improve your implant care.

Regular dental visits and examinations are vital to detect and prevent any issues that may present problems for your dental implants. Expect to visit your dentist every 3 months for the first year after implant placement, and then every six months for the life of your implants. Your dentist will also provide special care instructions if your implants are being used to support a removable denture. It is important to know how to place and remove the appliance without causing damage to either the denture or your implant.

Avoid applying excessive pressure or eating hard foods that could cause damage to the restoration and implant area. If you suffer from conditions like teeth grinding or clenching, discuss with your dentist the option of being fitted for a night guard to prevent the problems these habits can cause your implants. Taking excellent care of your oral health will help to ensure years of dental implant success.


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You Deserve a Smile Makeover!

Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. When your smile isn’t what you’d like it to be, it can impact your whole attitude and your confidence in many situations. Whether your teeth are yellowed, chipped, crooked, or missing, you should consider restoring your smile with a makeover by a cosmetic dentist.

To transform your smile into the most beautiful one possible, see a cosmetic dentist who can repair minor imperfections all the way to major problems. Do your own research into the procedures that the dentist recommends, and make sure you are confident and comfortable with the dentist and office staff. Once you’ve decided on a treatment plan, get ready to makeover your smile!

Cosmetic dentists offer a variety of procedures to improve both the look and function of your mouth. Some common problems that can be addressed include:
•    Discolored teeth – one of the most popular improvements offered for making over a smile is teeth whitening. Years of smoking, drinking coffee or red wine, and other habits known to stain teeth can have lingering effects. There are numerous choices for brightening your smile, some that can be performed yourself at home and others performed professional in your dentist’s office. Whichever route you select, the end result should be whiter teeth that create a healthier looking smile.
•    Chipped teeth – an option for repairing a chipped tooth is bonding, which involves using composite resin material to fix it so that it looks like nothing ever happened. Another choice is dental veneers, which consist of a thin shell that covers your existing teeth to hide any imperfections like chips, gaps, or discoloration.
•    Cavities – modern technologies allow use of tooth-colored material to fill cavities so that they aren’t noticeable in your mouth.
•    Missing teeth – a dental implant can create an artificial tooth root, with a crown placed on top to create a natural and comfortable tooth replacement. Or, a bridge or dentures can be custom-made to restore teeth and functionality.
•    Misaligned teeth – traditional braces or the newer technology called Invisalign, which uses clear plastic trays to realign your teeth, are orthodontic ways to correct your smile.


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Straightening Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Are your teeth misaligned? Do you have overlapping or crooked teeth? Did you have braces as a child but didn’t keep up with your retainer, and your teeth shifted back? If your smile is less than its best because of crooked teeth, you have several options to correct your issues.

Orthodontia such as braces or Invisalign can be utilized to straighten your teeth completely. Braces can be worn on the outside or the inside of the arch of your teeth. Braces on the inside are hidden from view when you smile or eat. Invisalign clear trays are options for people who want to be able to remove their appliance to eat and to brush their teeth.

Veneers can be made from porcelain, zirconium or resin composite material to reshape your smile. Veneers are thin shells that are permanently placed on top of your existing teeth. They can smooth the appearance of crooked teeth, bridge gaps, and cover chips and cracks. Veneers can also brighten the color of your teeth or can lengthen worn down teeth, leaving you looking more youthful.

A skilled cosmetic dentist may use a combination of these methods to achieve your dream smile. You may begin your straightening journey with braces to align your teeth followed by tooth-colored resin composite to reshape a malformed tooth. Perhaps you thought you wanted a full set of dental veneers, but once you see your teeth after Invisalign, you might choose only whitening instead. Only you and your cosmetic dentist can make the plan to achieve your ideal results.

If you want to pursue your best smile, talk cosmetic dentist Dr. Jenifer Back in Sarasota today to learn what therapies are right for you and your smile goals. You won’t have to wait very long to begin enjoying the benefits of a healthy, straight smile.