Cosmetic Dentistry Works Magic

Do you think that having a great-looking smile can improve your appearance and enhance your social life? Some 96% or more agreed that it can, according to a recent poll by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Regrettably, 50 - 70% of people surveyed also said they weren't satisfied with the current state of their smiles. But they could be — by taking advantage of the “magic” of cosmetic dentistry. There are a wide variety of treatments available today that can completely change the way you feel about your smile. From whitening dull grey teeth to repairing chipped teeth, closing gaps, even changing how much of the gums show when you grin... the possibilities are nearly limitless. If you feel that your smile could use some improvement — at any age — then let your dentist help you get the one you've always dreamed of. Getting the best results from your smile makeover is very much a team effort between you and the clinical staff and lab technicians who may participate in your treatment. It's important to communicate openly about your desires and expectations, and to become informed about the process. It starts with a thorough dental exam, to make sure any potential problems are discovered early. So why not talk to your dentist about cosmetic procedures next time you come in? Please call us now at 305-548-8712 if you have any question”.

Aesthetic teeth restoration: restoration techniques

Being one of the leading branches of medicine, dentistry is in continuous search for the best technologies, the best materials, as the safest ones for humans. Modern dentistry offers today teeth filling materials that are both strong and safe, and have aesthetic properties. Light-polymer fillings Composite polymers belong to light-polymer fillings. A specific feature of these materials is that they have the adhesives that allow the filling to be firmly held in the tooth. Such a material allows the dentist to form a filling of the required shape to be on any surface of the damaged tooth. Indeed, such a filling gets hard after being exposed to ultraviolet radiation of a special lamp. There is a wide range of colors of light-polymer fillings, which can be selected individually for each patient. Fillings are put on the coronal section of the decayed tooth if the tooth has a small decayed area. Otherwise the doctor recommends that the cortex be installed in order to save the tooth. It is also worth being attentive to the fillings that have been installed earlier. Do not assess the condition of the filling only by the way it looks. The fillings are durable, but nothing lasts forever. Several X-ray images taken within due time can prolong the lives of your teeth, since the doctor can see if there is a poor filling between the tooth and the filling in the x-ray image only. When was the last time you checked old fillings? If more than half of the tooth crown is decayed, but the doctor does not recommend it to cut into the tooth structure, then it is better to restore the crown portion with the inlay. This inlay is made from the imprint of a tooth in a dental laboratory, then it is fixed with the help of light-cured composite cements and is selected by color. In fact, this inlay is used to restore a large portion of the destroyed tooth crown, being a microprosthesis. It is made of ceramics, ceramic composite, plastic, etc. The advantages of ceramic inlays over fillings is strength, accuracy of fit in the tooth cavity, perfectly selected color, and the shape of the tooth.

Aesthetic teeth restoration: restoration techniques

Amalgam is a mixture of solid metals with mercury added. In such filling, the mercury property is used to dissolve some metals, after which the mixture easily takes the form of a tooth cavity, where it hardens. Dentists often detect various diseases in patients with established amalgam fillings. Observations on diseases caused by intoxication (poisoning) of the body with mercury, allow us to conclude that it is unreasonable to use amalgam as a filling material. Many doctors say that mercury vapor can be released from the amalgam filling during friction, for example, during chewing. And these pairs are toxic to living cells, even if the contact with them lasts only for a minute. Then mercury enters the lungs, from where it is absorbed into the blood and spreads throughout the body. It settles in the kidneys, liver, and brain. The disadvantages of amalgam fillings include: A possibility for the body intoxication due to amalgam alloy Permanent metallic luster, which distinguishes this filling from the natural color of the tooth. Due to the large expansion ratio, by time can lead to chipping of the tooth wall. It takes quite a long time to cure the amalgam (2-3 hours). The next day, the seal must be polished. amalgam fillings do not have tightness: at the junction of the seal and the tooth, the seal is depressurized. Amalgam fillings do not fit tightly, so the formation of secondary caries is inevitable under them. With the help of amalgam fillings, it is impossible to give the teeth anatomical shape. Often people do not perceive headache and general fatigue as important signals of the body. They solve these problems by taking painkillers and neglect the opportunity to hear the opinion of the person who has devoted his entire life to studying this problem, the doctor's opinion. The painkiller temporarily solves the problem but does not struggle with the cause of its occurrence. If you have metal alloy fillings, please consult a dentist. 20 minutes spent in the dentist’s chair can prolong your life for several years. At Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Wellness Spa, we replace old amalgam fillings in accordance with all Florida rules and regulations. You can make an appointment with us by calling (305)728-0493 If you have metal alloy seals, they should be checked with a specialist.

The Top 10 Reasons for Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can range from mild and fleeting to throbbing and constant but the mechanism behind what you’re feeling is often the same: the nerves in the pulp chamber at the center of your affected tooth or teeth are responding to stimuli and sending out a warning in the form of a disagreeable sensation that something’s not right. Here are the top 10 reasons your teeth might be causing you discomfort: Dental Caries (Cavity). Certain oral bacteria feed on food particles trapped in your mouth and produce acid that over time can eat through the protective tooth enamel into the sensitive dentin below. Enamel Erosion. Acids in your diet and gastric acids from acid reflux (GERD) and vomiting can wear away tooth enamel. Gum Recession. Gums can recede over time, exposing the sensitive tooth roots. Brushing too vigorously and/or using a toothbrush that’s too hard can contribute to gum recession. Recent Dental Work. Dental work can inflame pulp tissues and cause temporary sensitivity that should subside as the pulp heals. Loose, Old, or Lost Filling. Fillings seal off areas of past decay. If they don’t fit right or are dislodged, air, food particles and bacteria can infiltrate and irritate exposed nerve endings. Chip, Crack or Fracture. Teeth may be weakened over time due to pressure caused by biting and chewing as well as teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching. What starts as thin lines in the enamel can evolve into chips, cracks and fractures that expose nerve endings. Periodontal Disease. This is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth caused by a buildup of bacterial biofilm (plaque) along the gum line that triggers inflammation. In severe cases, the infection can travel to the end of a tooth root or through accessory canals and gain entrance into the dental pulp. Abscess. An abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection. It can occur at the base of the tooth root or in the space between the tooth and gum. Tooth Grinding (bruxism)/Jaw Clenching. Referred to as parafunctional habits, these behaviors exert extreme stress on teeth and wear them down, causing increased tooth sensitivity and jaw soreness. Referred Pain. Sometimes pain originating in another tooth or outside the dental area — sinus congestion or infection for example — may radiate around the mouth and give the impression of pain for a specific tooth. As you can see, pain is a warning of all sorts of threats to your oral health. Your dental professional can help you identify the cause and appropriate treatment so you can feel better and protect your smile. You can learn more about this subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain.”

Wisdom tooth removal

Wisdom teeth are third molars that erupt at the age of 18-25. Wisdom teeth eruption often entails complications, and there are several reasons for that. In the process of evolution, the human jaw has undergone some changes. As the food became softer, the biting force decreased. This led to a decrease in jaw size. The width of the dental arch decreased by 10-12mm. Wisdom teeth simply do not have enough space in the dentition to erupt. There were no milk teeth that would prepare them for that, and the bone tissue is already fully formed at this age, which also prevents teeth eruption. Due to these difficulties, wisdom teeth not completely erupt and are located in the bone being inclined at different angles. Incorrect eruption of the wisdom tooth leads to the accumulation of dental plaque between it and the second molar, which makes both teeth decayed. Dental plaque also accumulates in the gingival pocket of a not completely erupted tooth, which entails pericoronitis there (an inflammatory process in the tissues surrounding the wisdom tooth). If the disease is not treated, the periosteum (periostitis) and the bone (osteomyelitis) can be affected. An unerupted wisdom tooth can put pressure on a second molar and cause its resorption.

Tooth removal

With modern methods of treatment, dentists try to save a tooth by every means. But still there are reasons when it is still better to remove the tooth. For example, acute stage of osteomyelitis, purulent periostitis, glandular abscess, sinusitis of the maxillary sinuses; wisdom teeth with complicated eruption; teeth decayed so badly that it is not possible to use them for prosthetics, etc. For the indications for removal to be confirmed, X-ray examination is conducted. Having assessed the tooth health, the dentist chooses the method of removal. The extraction is completely painless since it is performed under local anesthesia. The tooth is firmly held in the alveolus with the help of the fiber apparatus. The dentist uses special tools to separate the tooth from the ligaments and extracts it. To reduce the size of the postoperative wound, the edges of the alveolus are constricted and a gauze sponge is applied. It is known that the removal of at least one tooth entails the redistribution of the biting force on adjacent teeth. This may cause the teeth to move toward the missing tooth. That is why it is necessary to consult with your doctor on the restoration of the defect after extraction of teeth by one of the methods of prosthetics.

Why Are Dental Fillings So Important?

We try to brush and floss regularly, and to avoid sugary between-meal snacks... but sometimes we just can't seem to avoid tooth decay. According to a branch of the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is the #1 chronic disease of children and adults in America. If you haven't had one cavity by the age of 17, be proud: your select group comprises just 22% of the U.S. population! For most other people, cavities are a fact of life. Another fact of life is the dental filling, a time-tested and effective way to keep tooth decay from doing further damage. True to its name, the filling seals up the small hole in your tooth that decay-causing bacteria have created. It's one of the most common dental treatments dentists perform: Every time you go to the dentist office, you are checked to see if you have a cavity that needs filling, even if you don't notice anything wrong. Why does your dentist care so much? It's simple: If your tooth is left untreated, the decay wouldn't go away — it would spread deeper inside the tooth. When it reached the pulp (nerve) tissue of the root canal, it would begin to cause real discomfort, or even intense tooth pain. The infection could spread further, and might result in the loss of a tooth — a complicated (and costly) problem to remedy. Isn't it better to stop decay now with a simple procedure? Learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth-Colored Fillings.”

4 Ways Porcelain Veneers can Improve Teeth Appearance

Although they’re healthy, some of your teeth may not be very attractive. Life experiences and perhaps your genes have conspired against you to make them less than presentable when you smile. Porcelain veneers could be a cost-effective answer to improving the appearance of stained or slightly defective teeth. Made of thin layers of life-like dental porcelain, veneers cover unsightly teeth and give them a new look with minimal tooth preparation. Here are 4 appearance problems porcelain veneers can change for a more attractive smile. Color. Teeth can become discolored for a lot of reasons: age-related yellowing, certain foods and beverages, or tetracycline use at an early age. In some cases, better oral hygiene or whitening can restore some of the natural brightness to teeth. But in other cases, especially deep discoloration within a tooth, external whitening won’t help. Veneers with life-like color that match your other teeth could be a way to permanently brighten your smile. Shape. Although resilient, teeth can be damaged. A significant mouth injury can result in chipping and tooth grinding habits could cause abnormal wear that makes the teeth appear shorter. And, you may have been born with one or more teeth that are oddly shaped — too rounded or square — that can affect your smile. Customized veneers can bring a more attractive shape to your teeth. Size. A normal tooth’s size should be proportional to the lips and the amount of gums showing. Shorter teeth (or those worn down) can upset this proportion. Veneers can “lengthen” your teeth to a more appealing size. But there’s a limit — if you’ve lost a good portion of tooth structure due to disease or injury, a porcelain crown that completely covers the tooth may be the better option. Alignment & Spacing. Excessive gaps between teeth, crooked teeth or poor bites (malocclusions) may require orthodontic treatments like braces. If, however, these alignment and spacing problems are minor — like a slightly crooked tooth or a minute gap between the front teeth — veneers could be a more cost-effective alternative that can be achieved in less time. It’s also possible with some orthodontic situations to use veneers in conjunction with braces or other treatments. If you would like more information, read our feature article on porcelain veneers.

Bad Breath Is More Than Just Embarrassing!

Americans spend nearly three billion dollars a year on fresh breath remedies including gum, mints, and mouth rinses to treat bad breath or halitosis. Not only does it have significant personal and social impacts, but it also affects those on the receiving end. So what causes it? Obviously there are those easily explainable instances that occur immediately after consuming certain foods and/or spices such as garlic, onions, cheeses or fish. And of course there's always morning breath that is caused by dryness. Halitosis most often originates in the mouth from untreated periodontal (gum) disease and/or from proteins trapped on the tongue where they are processed by oral bacteria. This results in formation of sulphur compounds which are responsible for many malodors. More serious systemic (general body) disease can also cause bad breath.

Our Happy Patients

"Dr. Ripa is the best. He's really very good at his work and sure of what he does. I was always scared at dentists office, but after a root canal with him I can say this is the best dental visit I've had. So fast and always attentive to make sure I felt no pain. Many thanks to Dr. Anatoly Ripa and his friendly staff."

Carla M Carla M.

"Anatoly Ripa and his team are creating an amazing work. Exotic fragrances, relaxing music, private TV in each room::)) Dr is showing you most relaxing videos and programs during your stay you are even forgetting that you are in the dentist chair ::)) I can recommend Dr Anatoly Ripa to everybody. Excellent. Place and excellent person ; Dr Anatoly Ripa ::)))) Thank you so much."

Isik S Isik S.

"Dr. Ripa's slogan should be "Come as a client, leave as family". 5-Star / Superb rated (on all counts)!"

Michael A Michael A.
We're here to help you get the perfect smile!
Have Questions? Call Us Now 305-548-8712  OR   Schedule Your Visit!
View promo
Book an Appointment