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By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Crowns  
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You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns have restored millions of smiles over the past several decades. They continue as treatments preferable to tooth extraction dental crownsand as the finishing touch on today's premiere tooth replacement, the dental implant. Your Delray Beach, FL dentist, Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin, places beautiful dental crowns at Brilliant Smiles Dental and wants you fully informed on how they work. Read five important facts about the role dental crowns play in restorative dentistry.

Fact #1 Dental crowns protect and support failing teeth above the gum line. Whether crafted from a porcelain-fused-to-metal alloy (PFM) or all-porcelain, your dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that preserves a heavily decayed, injured or abscessed tooth.

Fact # 2 Dental crowns take a few visits to place. That's usually the case at Brilliant Smile Dental in Delray Beach where your dentist will examine your tooth and take digital X-rays to see how viable it truly is. Then, he begins the treatment by numbing the tooth and removing any old fillings and the decayed or cracked portions above the gum line. Dr. Rodriguez-Martin shapes the tooth and takes an oral impression so the dental lab can custom-make the crown. At the final visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and bonds the new restoration in place.

Fact #3 Dental crowns last a long time--10 to 15 years, say researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. But, as a diligent patient, you must brush twice a day and floss around your crown daily according to American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines. Also, be gentle with all your teeth, not just the ones with fillings, crowns or veneers. That means no chewing ice cubes or pencil tops or biting open beer bottles. Porcelain crowns can chip, fracture or even come off if they are treated too roughly or if you routinely grind your teeth. If grinding, or bruxism, is a problem for you, Dr. Rodriguez-Martin may advise you wear a customized mouth guard at night to protect those restorations.

Fact #4 Crowns support fixed bridgework. If you are missing one, two or even more teeth in a row, your dentist in Delray Beach may span the smile gap with bridgework that has artificial teeth, or pontics, affixed to neighboring natural teeth with dental crowns. Crowns also top dental implants which are anchored to the jawbone for extremely stable replacement of missing teeth.

Fact #5 If possible, your dentist would rather refurbish a tooth with a crown than extract that ailing or injured tooth. That's because smile gaps create of myriad of problems such as gum and jawbone recession, compromised smile aesthetics and poor oral function.

Do you need a crown?

If you do, rest assured that you are doing something good for your smile. For a restorative dentistry consultation with Dr. Rodrigues-Martin, contact Brilliant Smiles Dental to speak to a team member. Call today: (561) 272-2131.

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
YankeesSluggerAaronJudgeHasBig-LeagueToothTrouble

Major league baseball player Aaron Judge made news in July by breaking Joe DiMaggio's record for most home runs scored by a New York Yankees rookie. Then he made news again, this time for breaking something else. Following their game-winning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 11th inning, the Yanks met for a spontaneous victory celebration at home plate. It was all fun and games… until an errant helmet accidentally slammed into Judge's mouth, breaking off half his left front tooth. Ouch!

Even if you're not playing big-league baseball, accidents sometimes happen. So what's the best dental treatment if you chip or break a tooth? It all depends on how much is broken off.

When a tooth has a small chip in it, dental bonding may be sufficient. Layering on tooth-colored bonding material results in a natural look, and it can be completed in one dental visit. However, bonding material in time will discolor, and it is not as strong as real tooth structure, so eventually it may need re-treatment.

Dental veneers or crowns may be used to restore more seriously damaged teeth. Veneers, thin porcelain shells that cover the front surface of teeth, can be used to restore minor to moderate chips. A crown (“cap”) is used when the damage is greater and more structural support is required. A crown replaces the visible part of the tooth above the gum line.

When the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth is damaged, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth. Despite the outdated rumors some people have heard, root canal procedures don't cause pain — they actually relieve it. During the procedure, exposed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is sealed. Then a lifelike crown is placed so the tooth looks as good as new.

If the tooth cannot be saved — for example, it breaks off below the gum line — a dental implant may be your best option. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted and then capped with an artificial crown. Implant-supported teeth can last a lifetime and are usually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

So what happened with Judge's tooth? Thanks to a Friday morning visit to the dentist, he was smiling again with a temporary crown — and smiling over the fact that his tooth garnered more attention than the Yankees' dramatic 11th inning win.

If you have questions about cosmetically-pleasing tooth restorations, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. (If you have a dental injury, call us immediately!) You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “A Step-by-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

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You’ve recently learned one of your teeth needs a root canal treatment. It’s absolutely necessary: for example, if you have decay present, it will continue to go deeper within the tooth and it will spread to the roots and bone and could ultimately cause you to lose your tooth. Although you’re a little nervous, we can assure you that if we’ve recommended a root canal treatment, it’s the right step to take for your dental health.

There’s nothing mysterious — or ominous — about a root canal. To help ease any fears you may have, here’s a step-by-step description of the procedure.

Step 1: Preparing your mouth and tooth. We first take care of one of the biggest misconceptions about root canals: that they’re painful. We completely numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia to ensure you will be comfortable during the procedure. We isolate the affected tooth with a thin sheet of rubber or vinyl called a rubber dam to create a sterile environment while we work on the tooth. We then access the inside of the tooth — the pulp and root canals — by drilling a small hole through the biting surface if it’s a back tooth or through the rear surface if it’s in the front.

Step 2: Cleaning, shaping and filling the tooth. Once we’ve gained access we’ll clear out all of the dead or dying tissue from the pulp and root canals, and then cleanse the empty chamber and canals thoroughly with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions. Once we’ve cleaned everything out, we’ll shape the walls of the tiny root canals to better accommodate a filling material called gutta-percha, which we then use to fill the canals and pulp chamber.

Step 3: Sealing the tooth from re-infection. Once we complete the filling, we’ll seal the access hole and temporarily close the tooth with another filling. Later, we’ll install a permanent crown that will give the tooth extra protection against another infection, as well as restore the tooth’s appearance.

You may experience some mild discomfort for a few days after a root canal, which is usually manageable with aspirin or ibuprofen. In a week or so, you’ll hardly notice anything — and the tooth-threatening decay and any toothache it may have caused will be a distant memory.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, 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 “A Step-by-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

If you need to get a root canal soon you may be relieved to hear this good news.root canal

Most people hear the words “root canal” and immediately cringe. Sadly, this rather common procedure has gotten quite the reputation for being sinister and painful. Our Delray Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin, is here to make sure you understand more about this treatment and why it really isn’t something worth fearing.

What is the purpose of a root canal?

This procedure is recommended when an infection or decay has spread far enough to affect the nerves of the tooth. When this happens the only way to preserve the tooth’s structure is through a root canal. In many cases, those suffering from this problem will experience persistent or intense dental pain, which a root canal can get rid of.

Why shouldn’t I be scared of a root canal?

Most people hear horror stories about root canals, but our Delray Beach general dentist is here to calm your fears. First and foremost, we care about our patients’ comfort levels. We know that people rarely want to get dental treatments, but know that it’s important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Of course, our goal is to make sure that you don’t experience any discomfort during your root canal. You’ll be happy to hear that we will thoroughly numb the area prior to your root canal, so you won’t feel a thing.

Most people who require a root canal are already in a great deal of pain and are desperate for relief. Since root canal therapy is designed to remove the source of the pain (the infected or irritated dental pulp) you will often experience immediate relief after your procedure. This can be a serious comfort for anyone who has been dealing with pain for an extended period of time.

And if this wasn’t enough to quell your concerns, a root canal is really no more complicated or involved than getting a dental filling. In fact, this procedure is performed rather often, so it’s really nothing to stress out over. Of course, if you find yourself still getting chills over your upcoming root canal, ask us about whether sedation dentistry may help calm your anxieties.

Brilliant Smiles Dental Company in Delray Beach, FL, is here to provide compassionate, tender dental care whenever you need it. Whether you are dealing with a toothache or you just need to schedule your routine cleaning, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will work with your schedule to get you into our office as soon as possible.



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