SCHWERER1202For the task of replacing missing teeth, there’s not much to compare with the high quality dental implants Fort Pierce dental professionals are placing in service today; dental implants are an excellent long-term answer to the problem that is permanently attached right to the bone in your jaw — and in nearly the same way your natural teeth used to be.

In many ways, dental implants surpass the qualities of a patient’s natural teeth, because the materials used in their construction are naturally nonreactive — patients with dental implants that replace all their natural teeth will never get another cavity as long as they live, for example. And when dental implants replace only a portion of a patient’s teeth, they won’t have any deleterious effects on the adjacent natural teeth — unlike fixed bridges and removable dentures, which have an effect over time that is damaging to the health of both nearby teeth and often the gum and jaw structure itself.

Dental implants, however, are no quick fix; the surgery itself is just the beginning of the process. Once the titanium implants are placed into the jawbone, the surrounding bone will begin to heal itself right into the metal — and through a process dentists call osseointegration, the implants will act as if they were part of the bone structure, with a strength and stability comparable to natural teeth. Thanks to this process, dental implants never move, slip around, or make any kind of noise — and don’t contribute to bone loss the way dentures do.

When you’re ready to schedule an appointment with the cosmetic dentist Fort Pierce patients recommend most to their friends and family, give us a call! We look forward to hearing from you.

Marielaina Perrone DDS Las Vegas Cosmetic DentistIf you’re considering cosmetic dentistry procedures but are convinced improving the way your smile looks isn’t a good enough reason to begin cosmetic dentistry Fort Pierce dental professionals have news for you: there’s often more at stake than just appearance.

Indeed, one of the biggest complaints we hear from our patients who approach us with an interest in cosmetic dentistry procedures is that they aren’t satisfied with the way their smile looks; but truthfully, that “look” is usually just an outward manifestation of a real health problem. In particular, we’ve found that patients who suffer from poorly aligned teeth — what dental professionals call “malocclusion” — aren’t able to properly chew food. That inability begins to have an effect on not just their digestive system, but also in the foods they choose to eat in the first place — an avoidance of fibrous crunchy vegetables and fruits, for example, can lead to dietary deficiencies that can cause all sorts of health problems.

When they do finally decide to take control of their dental health and go to the dentist, Fort Pierce patients report correcting that malocclusion has had great results that transcend appearance. An ability to bite and chew properly makes more healthful foods attractive again, leading to renewed energy and vitality. And increased chewing in general creates more saliva, which in turn aids in the digestive process and significantly reduces the number of cases of heartburn and ulcers among patients who suffered from them before cosmetic dentistry.

There are a number of procedures that can correct malocclusion. When you’re ready to start learning more about cosmetic dentistry procedures and options for correcting your smile’s form and function, call the cosmetic dentist Fort Pierce residents trust today!

Learning About Gum Disease: Port Saint Lucie Dental Information

SCHWERER1104The first time they hear they might need to see a periodontist Port Saint Lucie patients might not necessarily know what’s being recommended. A periodontist is a dental health professional, like a dentist, who is a specialist in the area of periodontal disease — what’s known as gum disease. Gum disease itself is usually a result of infections, where bacteria have managed to penetrate into the gums causing tissue there to swell, become tender, and appear discolored — all classic signs of periodontal disease.

When it comes to dental care Port Saint Lucie patients seeking treatment for gum disease will discover that the focus of treatment is on the infection itself — and that the treatment regimen will be more robust than a typical “every six months” visit to the dentist. Your periodontist will focus on rigorous physical cleanings that remove bacteria from the affected area, as well as other techniques designed to fight the infection and keep it from returning.

Almost by definition, gum disease cannot be reversed with regular brushing and flossing, because the areas involved have likely become infected precisely because they were not reached by brushing and flossing. If your regular dentist recommends you see a periodontist, you’ve got a dental issue that needs addressing sooner rather than later; left unchecked, gum disease can go from a minor inconvenience to a major health problem that requires attention. The body’s attempts to fight the infection on its own can lead to bone degeneration and loss — requiring complicated, often expensive treatments to ameliorate.

For additional information concerning gum disease, and to learn about other dental procedures or to schedule an appointment with the dentist Port Saint Lucie patients recommend most, please give us a call today.

Invisalign: Port Saint Lucie Straight Teeth Solution

SCHWERER1103It’s estimated that some 70% of patients in the U.S. suffer from some degree of tooth misalignment — what’s known as malocclusion to dental professionals. When they visit the dentist Port Saint Lucie patients learn that when teeth aren’t aligned properly, there’s more to it than just how they look. While appearance might have been the issue that brought them into the office, there are numerous other conditions malocclusion can cause or make worse — such as headaches and jaw pain, tooth decay, and even gum disease.

When it comes to teeth-straightening orthodontics Port Saint Lucie patients have a great option in Invisalign. While many patients in the past have shied away from orthodontics that might have had an intrusive effect on their day-to-day lifestyle, Invisalign transcends the old paradigms of traditional metal braces and offers a convenient, nearly invisible path to straighter teeth.

Every time a patient visits, their Invisalign aligner — a clear plastic appliance that’s custom-fit to every set of teeth — is replaced with one where the placement of the teeth is slightly moved. Over the course of treatment, the aligners are replaced typically every few weeks, gradually moving the teeth into perfect alignment. Most treatments last less than two years, during which time the patient enjoys an appliance that’s not only hard to see when being worn, but which can be removed by the patient themselves for eating, brushing, and flossing — and replaced to continue the realignment process.

The path to straighter teeth has never been easier or more comfortable. For more information about the Invisalign system — and to discover how we’ve become the full-service dentist and orthodontist Port Saint Lucie trusts most with their precious smiles — please call us today to schedule an appointment.

SCHWERER1102We’ve talked in this space before about several procedures in cosmetic dentistry Fort Pierce patients have found successful for improving their smiles. For teeth that are generally healthy but could benefit from becoming just a few shades whiter, we point our patients toward teeth whitening and bleaching procedures; for our patients who are most bothered by mild to moderate imperfections in the shape and condition of their teeth, we often recommend veneers as a solution.

For a more exhaustive and comprehensive procedure for patients suffering from the sort of dental problems that go beyond veneers or whitening — including teeth that are missing from the effects of gum disease, injury, or other problems — we like to present dental implants as a safe, effective and permanent solution. Unlike veneers or teeth whitening, dental implants are accomplished through a surgical procedure, resulting in implants to support artificial teeth that are bonded right to the bone in a patient’s jaw — permanent, and exceptionally strong.

The process requires several months to complete, in part because much of the strength of the implants comes from a bonding between the metal and jawbone that takes place during the healing process between procedures; it’s not an overnight quick-fix, but the final result is wholly transformative to the overall form and function of a patient’s teeth. Implants can approximate a patient’s “natural” teeth in ways no other procedure or prosthetic can, with a solid base that never moves and teeth that are in many ways more durable that the originals. The effects are profound, and we recommend the procedure for many of our patients.

If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist, Fort Pierce patients have been referring their friends and family to us for years; for information about the best dentist Fort Pierce has to offer, please contact us today!

While most patients may not automatically connect the root canal therapy procedure with the skill set needed for cosmetic dentistry, Fort Pierce dental professionals know that after a root canal, the affected teeth do look a little different from their neighbors. To understand why, a brief tour of the tooth is needed.

SCHWERER1101In broad terms, a tooth is composed of the root, the dentin than envelops the root, and the enamel that envelops the dentin; the part you see every day is the enamel, and it is naturally slightly translucent. The dentin changes color with age, gradually darkening and yellowing; this is why everyone’s teeth are less white as they grow older.

But for teeth that have needed a root canal, things progress faster; when the root dies, it turns a dark color that actually permeates the surrounding dentin. Even after the dead root is removed via the root canal procedure, the dentin has usually been permanently changed in color — and in many cases the difference is easily seen right through the enamel.

Getting your teeth all the same shade of white again is something of a trick; home whitening treatments will be problematic, since while the root canal teeth will respond to the bleaching agents, they will change color at a different rate than the surrounding teeth.

Cosmetic dentists can target different amounts of whitening solution on different teeth in your mouth, making the procedure more effective; in some cases, dental crowns or porcelain veneers are a better solution, and again your cosmetic dentist can offer the best advice on how to fashion the perfect smile for you.

When you’re ready to learn more about whitening treatments and other procedures from the dentist Fort Pierce trusts most, please give us a call and schedule an appointment today.

Moving To A New Area? Picking A Dentist

O'fallon Dentist Couple BrushingThe first thing most families do when they move to a new city doesn’t tend to be “find a new dentist.” In fact, it’s usually several months to even years after people move before they realize it might be a good idea to find out which dentist they should choose — or worse, they find themselves scrambling to find an emergency dentist after an accident, injury or other dental problem forces them to start looking.

The good news is a little procrastination can actually be helpful. One of the best ways to gather information about dentists is to ask friends and neighbors who they’ve been seeing, and how they like the dental practice they’ve chosen — and asking a co-worker or your human resources department at your new job is a great idea, too, because they’ll know which dental providers are covered by your employer’s health insurance plan.

On a more basic and practical level, of course, you’re going to want to find a dental practice that’s either near your home, or close to work — or, barring either of those, somewhere along the way of your regular commute. Regular dental care is critical to the health of your teeth and gums, and the more convenient the dentist‘s office is, the more likely you’ll find the necessary time to schedule a visit.

Last but not least, and on the topic of convenience, find out what kind of hours your dentist keeps — whether they make regular appointments in the evenings, or if that time is reserved for emergency dentist appointments. Dentists that have regular weekend or evening office hours can be very attractive if you work a regular 9-to-5, Monday through Friday job and find it difficult to take time off.

Do I Need A Periodontist?

SCHWERER0902If you’re suffering from swollen, tender or discolored gums, teeth that are overly sensitive to hot and cold foods and liquids, loose, shifting or missing teeth, deep pockets in the gums around your teeth, or persistent bad breath, you may need help from a dentist whose training goes beyond that of a general dentist. You may need a specialist known as a periodontist.

Periodontists are simply dental professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease — also known as pyorrhea or gum disease. Periodontal disease is a persistent infection caused by bacteria that have found their way deep into your gums, directly causing the tissue in your gums to become inflamed and exacerbating other dental problems along the way. Sometimes the inflammation is gradual and occurs measurably over a long period of time; sometimes it is sudden and episodic, becoming a significant dental problem in a relatively short amount of time.

Treatment provided by a trained periodontist will differ somewhat from a general dentistry practice, in that the focus will be on removing the infection from the gums and helping prevent it from returning. This means there will be some difference in not just the kind of care you receive, but also in the amount of it. Periodontal cleanings, for example, are recommended on a more aggressive schedule than traditional dental cleanings — every three months rather than six — because the periodontist is fighting an infection that must be removed regularly to prevent it spreading. Most areas affected by periodontal disease are not easily accessed with brushing and flossing alone, and the fight against them must be managed through regular professional cleanings to manually remove the bacteria involved.

For more information about our periodontal specialists and other dental services we provide, please contact us today to schedule an initial appointment.

The Brightest Years: Caring For Your New Veneers

SCHWERER0901One of the reasons so many cosmetic dentists recommend veneers for their patients who seek to improve upon aesthetic imperfections in their smile is that porcelain veneers are beautiful and durable, and only rarely require additional procedures to maintain for years and years. Like all such procedures, however, your dentist will recommend you take certain steps to ensure your veneers will last as long as possible, and keep you in your brightest smile ever well into the future.

The most obvious part of caring for your veneers is to treat them as you would your natural teeth: brush and floss. Keeping your veneers clean of plaque through a healthy routine of oral hygiene is critical to their longevity, just as you would with any teeth in your mouth, take care of them. Regular brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily can keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape, and improve the prospects for your veneers in the process.

Lifestyle changes can also help extend the life of your veneers; in particular, smoking and chewing tobacco can cause staining in veneers with the same intensity they would in natural teeth, and should be avoided. Coffee and red wine are also staining culprits, as are many teas and dark-juiced fruits like blueberries; stains may not be noticed immediately, but over time the effects are easily seen in yellowed and grayed veneers.

And finally, in addition to home care, there’s no substitute for regular visits to your dentist for careful inspection and cleaning. Scheduling appointments for cleaning every six months or so has the added advantage of allowing your dentist the opportunity to discover even small flaws or minute damage in your veneers, well before they have a chance to become more serious problems.

Veneers: A Simple, Quick Solution

VENEERSIf you’re looking for a way to improve your smile without the time-consuming and potentially complicated process of dental implants, your cosmetic dentist might recommend veneers.

Veneers are made from extremely thin, extremely strong porcelain or composite resin, which is cemented to the front of your teeth by your cosmetic dentist. They can cover up several dental problems in a relatively simple procedure, masking unsightly issues such as yellowing or other undesirable pigmentation, crookedness, or chipped or worn teeth.

Unlike surgeries like dental implants, veneers require little to no anesthesia and can be put in place usually during one or two visits to the cosmetic dentist; moreover, veneers can last for several years without needing more maintenance than you’d already have in a typically robust dental health routine — brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits.

After your cosmetic dentist has determined which issues your teeth face and whether veneers are the best option, the next step is for them to take a mold of your teeth; a small amount of each tooth to be covered is removed, typically less than a millimeter is buffed off to improve the bonding process. The mold is sent to a laboratory, where your unique veneers are manufactured to exact specifications. When they’re ready, you’ll come in and your cosmetic dentist will finish the process by bonding them to your teeth — making sure the color and fit is perfect before finally cementing your new veneers into place.

The results are usually quite impressive, and patients regularly comment about how good their veneers look, and how they’re virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. An improved smile always helps people have a better outlook, and for many people suffering from “problem” teeth, veneers are a fast, efficient and safe way to get to a healthier-looking smile!

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