Full Range of Services
General dentistry has changed from simply doing fillings and cleanings to dental professionals who strive to maintain and improve your oral health.
This encompasses many facets of dentistry which can include restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, simple cleanings (prophylaxis) to complex periodontal procedures, implant dentistry, prosthetic dentistry which replaces missing teeth with bridgework, and full or partial dentures.
Our Fort Lauderdale area office has general dentists and dental specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists who will work with you to decide what is best for you and your teeth.
When necessary, general anesthesia, twilight sleep, conscious sedation, or nitrous oxide sedation can be used for almost any procedure to provide you with the optimum in comfort.
No one realizes what a difference cosmetic dentistry can make, until they see the stunning results. We could present pages of photos like these. Bonding, Whitening and Porcelain Veneers can make a bad smile beautiful, or good smile great!
Chipped teeth, spaces between your teeth, discolored teeth like these which could have been caused by antibiotics during childhood, can all be a thing of your past. Even slight cosmetic adjustments can help you feel better whether you are looking in a mirror, or smiling at a friendly face.
Dental implants can provide artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. They can also be used to attach full or partial dentures. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
There are two major types of dental implants: those inserted into the bone (endosseous) and those that fit directly over the bone (subperiosteal). Small posts protrude through the gum tissue, just like teeth that have been prepared for caps or crowns. The replacement teeth are attached to the posts.
The subperiosteal implants are designed for patients who have lost a considerable amount of bone and/or where the locations of the implants prohibit the placement of endosseous (in the bone) implants.
Our General Dentists and our Periodontist work as a team to perform this treatment. Our Periodontist performs the placement of the appropriate posts, while the General Dentists perform the restorative functions, such as creation of your crowns.
When a tooth loses one of its neighbors or opposing biting partners, to some degree, it stands alone. Without the support of its lost companion, the neighboring tooth will be subject to many problems: abnormal decay areas, instability, and even bone loss. Followed by the next neighboring tooth, then the next. It can be a vicious and unending cycle, affecting the entire mouth.
The fixed bridge is a cemented replacement for missing teeth. It restores normal function and stabilization by providing the remaining teeth with neighbors and biting partners. A fixed bridge can help balance a normal bite, prevent unnatural stress on the dental ridge, prevent the opposing teeth from falling, prevent drift and tilt of adjacent teeth, help prevent formation of decay in abnormal areas and help retard the onset of gum/bone disease.
Dentures & Partials
If you have lost most or all of your natural teeth, removable dentures can replace your missing teeth. Partial removable dentures usually are replacement teeth attached to gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal frame-work. The dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments which are generally all but invisible, and serve to restore the balance of your bite.
Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and are usually required with attachments.
Endodontics (Root Canal)
Decay that is left untreated can progress to infect the tooth's soft core (dental pulp). Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed.
Today, root canal treatment has given us a safe way of saving teeth. When the pulp is diseased or injured and can't repair itself, the tooth dies.
Germs can cause infection inside your tooth. Left without treatment pus builds up at the root tip, in the jawbone, forming a "pus-pocket" called an abscess.
A root canal procedure removes the pulp of the tooth.
When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and/or certain byproducts of the infection can injure your jaw bones. Without treatment your tooth may have to be removed. We perform all types of root canal work in our office.
New technology has made root canals faster and much easier on the patient. If some form of relaxation therapy is necessary, our staff and facilities are trained and licensed.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery involves treatment of defects, injuries and aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. The oral surgeon treats patients who experience problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, misaligned jaws, tumors and cysts of the jaws, and accident victims.
You can have treatment performed by an Oral Surgeon in our office. We use the latest oral surgery techniques to diagnose these dental problems and treat them with your comfort in mind. If some form of relaxation therapy (such as anesthesia) is necessary, our staff and facilities are trained and licensed to administer it.
Sometimes, after careful evaluation of the options available, the best treatment is extraction (to "pull a tooth"). When that becomes necessary, our General Dentists are trained to evaluate the best timing and method, and most often, can perform the tooth extraction themselves.
However, if complications make it necessary, you can have the tooth extraction performed by an Oral Surgeon in our office.
Periodontal (Gum) Therapy
For adults, periodontal (gum) diseases, not tooth decay, are the major cause of tooth loss. Periodontal diseases are caused by bacterial infections that attack gums, ligaments and bone. Often painless, these diseases may develop slowly or progress quite rapidly, and can occur at any age.
The warning signs include:
Gums that bleed easily; red, swollen or tender gums; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; persistent bad breath or bad taste; permanent teeth that are loose or separating; any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite; or any change in the fit of partial dentures.
Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. The first step is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tarter deposits beneath the gum line. When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our Periodontist is extremely qualified, and can recommend appropriate treatment.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Everyone wants a bright white smile but over time the color of our teeth fade due to food, drinks and natural aging. Professional teeth whitening is a treatment to help get your teeth back to their original color. There are many reasons teeth lose their whiteness. Tartar, plaque and decay can change the color along with coffee, tea and red wine. Smoking can also make teeth appear yellow or brown. Certain medications and diseases also cause staining and discoloration of the teeth. Teeth whitening can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth, giving you more confidence in your smile.
There are several different methods of professional teeth whitening. Studies and our experience have shown us the most effective method of whitening is the system that uses custom fitted trays that the patient uses to perform the whitening at home. This method is quick and easy and the results are longer lasting, and as long as nothing changes in your mouth those trays can be used over and over again to touch up your smile whenever you like. Of course teeth whitening doesn’t repair damaged or broken teeth, those will need to be restored by the dentist. It is also important to know that caps, crowns, tooth colored fillings and porcelain are not helped by teeth whitening as it is only effective on natural teeth. If you have a lot of restorations in your mouth your doctor will let you know if teeth whitening is right for you.
We are living in the instant gratification era. Many of us want to see immediate results. For those patients, our office has the state-of-the-art, most up to date technique for in office whitening. This is accomplished using a diode laser to accelerate the whitening process. It takes about an hour, however, the take home custom fitted trays are still necessary to be used immediately after the in office procedure.
Once you have whitened your teeth the effect can last for 2 to 3 years. This of course will vary depending on the patient and their lifestyle, ie smoking will speed up the darkening process. Also the cleaner you keep your teeth the longer they will stay bright and white.
Call our office today to have your teeth professionally whitened!
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea is a very serious condition that affects 1 in 5 adults in America – yet goes untreated more than 80% of the time. It is a disease that zaps your energy, negatively impacts your mental acuity and affects your long-term health. In fact, people with this disease have a 3x’s higher risk of suffering a stroke.
Fortunately, the symptoms of this disease are very easy to recognize.
These symptoms include loud, persistent snoring and gasping for breath while sleeping along with frequent trips to the bathroom at night. In addition, people suffering from this disease often experience headaches in the morning; excessive fatigue throughout the day; and poor concentration. In total, people suffering from this malady were involved in more than 800,000 auto accidents in 2000 alone.
Treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea includes a wide range of options. All treatment plans should start with a sleep study conducted by a certified sleep center. With this information, treatment recommendations can be made. Often an oral appliance designed and fabricated by a dentist is a logical first step. And, for more than 50% of patients, this modality improves their condition. In other cases, CPAP machines and even surgery may be required to treat sleep apnea. At Sleep Dentists, we consider ourselves part of a team that has the goal of helping you achieve a good night’s sleep.
Special Needs Dentistry
We proudly welcome all Special Needs patients including Autism, Down Syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Cerebral Palsy, as well as other disabilities. We have the procedures in place to address their unique concerns and fully optimize each visit. Our experienced team is well trained and ready to accommodate the needs of every family. We strive to effectively collaborate with caregivers before, during, and after each appointment. Our highly qualified dentists also offer safe and reliable sedation options to ensure that every patient is as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We will also work with you to make sure that the special needs patient requiring more extensive dental treatment receives the full and appropriate care they need to stay healthy.