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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.

Regular examinations and cleanings are crucial in finding dental problems before they become a toothache. However, some patients dental servicesput off seeing their dentist until their early stage cavity or other small dental issue becomes a painful toothache. Access to affordable dental services can help avoid this problem, giving patients a realistic way to deal with their dental issues. Find out more about the affordable dental services offered at Brilliant Smiles Dental Company in Delray Beach, FL with Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin.

Dental Services in Delray Beach, FL

  • Crowns and Bridges: Porcelain dental restorations like crowns and bridges are crucial in restoration dentistry. Porcelain dental crowns cover a tooth to protect it and strengthen it, often in the case of a tooth with a large filling, such as after a root canal. Bridges replace a missing tooth and are held in place with a dental crown on either end.
  • Dental Fillings: Dental fillings are the most common dental procedure. Dentists use fillings to treat tooth decay in its early stages before it reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber which houses the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve. Fillings are often tooth-colored but are also sometimes made from other materials like metal.
  • Dental Implants: A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option which uses a surgical procedure to place a titanium post into the jawbone. This post, called a fixture, replaces the tooth’s root to stimulate the bone and prevent bone atrophy in addition to holding the replacement tooth in place.
  • Sealants: Dental sealants are a preventative procedure which helps decrease the chance of tooth decay. The sealant itself is a thin coating of a plastic material, brushed onto the tooth’s natural grooves and pits to increase the surface area. Bacteria and food particles cannot become trapped within the grooves, making it easier to brush away these decay-causing factors.
  • Professional Teeth Cleanings: Regular teeth cleanings help prevent tooth decay and gum disease by removing decay-causing elements like bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth. Teeth cleanings take place as a standard part of regular dental examinations. Patients should see their dentist twice a year for examinations and cleanings.

For more information on these dental services and more, please contact Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 272-2131 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rodriguez today!

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
January 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Delray Beach wants you to knowdental fillings

Dental fillings can last for years, especially if you practice excellent oral hygiene habits and don’t grind your teeth at night. Dental fillings can fail from dental decay around the filling or if you expose your teeth to repeated trauma like grinding or clenching. Trauma can weaken a filling, causing it to chip or break.

So when do you need a filling replaced? Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL wants to tell you about the signs you might need your filling replaced.

You may need a filling replaced if:

  • Your filling is cracked, broken or chipped
  • Your tooth is decayed around the filling
  • Your tooth is sensitive, especially to hot, cold or sweets
  • Your filling has a space between it and your tooth

There are also some ways to protect your fillings from breaking. Consider:

  • Having a nightguard made if you grind your teeth at night
  • Wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports
  • Avoiding nail biting, chewing on pencils and other trauma
  • Avoiding chewing ice and very hard foods

If you do need a filling replaced, modern dental fillings can provide both beauty and strength, making a welcome addition to your smile. If you have old, bulky, large metal fillings that have broken down, you can replace them with:

A tooth-colored filling of composite resin; these fillings can be color-matched perfectly to your existing teeth, creating a harmonious look to your smile.
A porcelain crown, if your tooth is badly decayed, or has very little tooth structure remaining; crowns provide armor-like strength because they completely encase the visible parts of your teeth. They can be purely functional   or in the case of porcelain crowns, beautifully indistinguishable from your existing teeth.

If you need a filling replaced, don’t worry. Modern filling options are a great solution to damaged or decayed teeth. For more information on dental fillings and other services, call Dr. Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call today!

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures are a convenient and affordable option for dental patients who are missing teeth. Partial dentures fill in the gaps when there denturesare a few missing teeth, while full dentures replace an entire arch or row of missing teeth. Just like natural teeth, dentures require proper dental care and good hygiene to remain looking and functioning their best. If you need dentures in Delray Beach, FL, Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin and the staff at Brilliant Smiles Dental can fit you for partial or full dentures and advise you on the best way to take care of them so they last.

Cleaning Your Dentures

In order to help your dentures last as long as possible, it is important that they be cleaned regularly. After eating, it is a good idea to remove your dentures and rinse them in water to clear away any food particles that might have gotten trapped while eating. After removing and rinsing off your dentures it is a good time to clean your mouth as well. Gently brush all surfaces inside your mouth, including the roof of your mouth, your tongue and any natural teeth you still have remaining.

Dentures should be brushed and soaked at least once every day. When cleaning your dentures, be sure to wash off any adhesive that is still present. Before putting your dentures back in, always rinse them in clean water first. This is especially important after soaking the dentures in any type of cleaning solution in order to avoid getting any of the solution in your mouth. Finally, be sure to visit your dentist regularly to have your dentures cleaned professionally. Your Delray Beach dentures specialist can make sure your dentures still fit properly and are in good shape.

Things to Avoid

Just as important as thoroughly cleaning your dentures is, it is also important to avoid certain substances that can damage them. In general, it is best to avoid using abrasive cleaning agents, including harsh toothpastes and whitening toothpastes. Toothbrushes with stiff bristles should also be avoided, as they can scratch the surface of the dentures. Products containing bleach or chlorine should be avoided as well. Bleaching agents can weaken dentures, while chlorine solutions can corrode the metal components. Finally, hot water can warp dentures and should be avoided.

Dentures offer a simple way to renew your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. With proper care, dentures can last a long time. For dentures in Delray Beach, FL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodriguez-Martin by calling Brilliant Smiles Dental at (561) 272-2131.

People have been losing teeth for as long as they have had them. Tooth decay and trauma claim many teeth every year. In the past, a dental implantsmissing tooth was permanent, and the resulting gap was just a fact of life. Luckily, that is no longer the case. Dental implants are a new solution to this age-old problem and can give you back your smile with help from your Delray Beach, FL dentist.

The History of Dental Implants
Evidence of dental implants has been found throughout history. Our ancestors used bone, stone and even animal teeth to replace their missing teeth. Dentists began using modern dental implants in the 1970s. Since then, the design has changed, but the idea has stayed the same. A biocompatible titanium post implanted into the jawbone underneath a missing tooth replaces the tooth’s root and serves as a solid foundation for a replacement tooth.

How do dental implants work? 
After implantation, the titanium post, called the fixture, integrates into the bone, actually becoming part of the mouth. This process provides the prosthetic tooth a sturdy anchor on which to attach. The process usually takes place in two phases. Phase one involves consultation, surgery and healing time. This portion of the process takes several months as the successful integration of the fixture into the bone during healing is essential to your implant’s success. Phase two involves creating and placing the prosthetic teeth.

Are dental implants right for me? 
When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath it is no longer stimulated by the tooth’s roots. This causes the bone to degrade and shrink, known medically as bone atrophy. Due to the design of the implant, a good candidate for dental implants must have minimal bone atrophy and sufficient bone volume to support the implant. Additionally, your natural teeth and implants alike require a strong at-home oral care routine to stay healthy and clean. Be sure to brush twice daily and floss at least once. Alongside a great at-home routine, see your Delray Beach dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings to ensure no further problems arise.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin, DMD at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 272-2131 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!



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