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Gum Health: A Watchful Eye is Needed

Periodontal Disease Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Periodontal Disease Palm Beach Gardens, FLGum health is a topic that is discussed in virtually every dental visit that takes place in every dental office across the globe. There are good reasons for this, and most people are aware of them. Research has confirmed the role that gum tissue plays in stabilizing teeth. Studies conducted on gum health have also confirmed the likelihood that poor oral health is relevant to general health in far more ways than we could have imagined only a few decades ago. Do you know what else has been revealed through research?

As much as 80% of adults will develop gum disease at some point.

This is a large percentage of the population to be affected by a preventable condition, and one that we know about no less! How could this happen that so many people suffer unnecessarily with a common condition? It may not be a matter of complacency so much as the inherent subtle nature of inflammation.

Gum disease begins with inflammation so mild that the indications may be missed. These include:

  • Tooth sensitivity that may come and go occurring when eating something hot or cold.
  • Bleeding that also comes and goes, occurring now and then when brushing or flossing.
  • Bad breath that lingers or frequently recurs even with daily use of mouthwash.
  • A change in the texture or color of gum tissue, especially right around the gum line.

These are all symptoms of gum disease that have been described again and again by dental professionals. And yet they are often missed. This may be especially relevant for individuals who do not obtain regular professional care. We encourage men and women from the Palm Beach Gardens area to visit us every six months. These checkups are crucial to the earliest possible detection of inflammation, and they enable us to commence with appropriate, conservative treatment right away, when damage may be reversible.

Benefits of Early Care

The ultimate benefit of early periodontal treatment is the preservation of gum tissue and the supportive structures that prevent tooth loss. Immediate benefits include less costly, less aggressive protocols for disease management. For example, when we treat gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, we may perform a general cleaning and guide optimal hygiene at home, such as switching to an electric toothbrush and adding water irrigation (Waterpik) to the daily routine.

We want you to benefit from personal dental care. To schedule your visit with us, call (561) 627-9000.

The Value of a Beautiful Smile Has No End-Date

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Cosmetic Dentistry Palm Beach Gardens, FLEarly adulthood is often a time of substantial learning. We learned to care about everything from how we would pay the rent and put food on the table to how we showed up to work each day. Now more than ever, young adults are cognizant of their appearance. The prevalence of social media has made a lot of the adult population more aware of how they look, and more concerned with looking good at all times. This actually doesn’t end the older we get. However, instead of worrying about how they may look in the daily selfie, older adults may have different reasons for wanting to maintain the attractiveness of their smile.

It has often been said that a smile is one of our most attractive features, or at least one of the most noticeable. What makes a smile attractive, according to research, is its straightness and its radiance. This sounds simple enough, right? But there is a starting point. That starting point is recognizing the value of that radiant smile at any age. Older adults are doing more living today than their ancestors may have, but they may forget how the smile affects that living.

An Attractive Smile is a Powerful Asset

Our smile is how we welcome others into our “bubble.” This is as true for an eighty-year-old as it is for a twenty-year-old. When teeth are dull and poorly-kept, it doesn’t’ matter how old a person is, he or she will be perceived as unfriendly, older, and even lazy. This, again, also comes from research. Why would this matter to the older adult?

From what we can see, we live in an era of activity. Older adults are maintaining much more so than their parents. They are not retiring, at least not fully, when the world expects them to. They may even begin second careers later in life. There is no end-date on relationships, either. Older adults are dating, they are volunteering, they are going on trips with friends and, in general, making the most of their freedom.

Revamping the smile can be an excellent way for any older adult to increase their personal power in the workplace and in their social life. From teeth whitening to veneers to lifelike dentures, our team has the expertise to bring out the best in a smile. Learn more about the cosmetic and restorative dentistry services available in our office in Palm Beach Gardens. Call (561) 627-9000.

Loose Dentures are a Problem Your Dentist Can Handle

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dentures Palm Beach Gardens, FLWhen teeth need to be replaced with a full set of dentures, change is expected. Just how much change, though, may come as a surprise.  Patents who visit Lerner & Lemongello for denture treatment can feel confident that we are meticulous in our planning and processing of every new dental fixture. We desire to help every denture-wearer feel good about his or her smile, and comfortable enough to enjoy their favorite foods. To us, loose dentures are not a problem to live with.

Denture Fit: A Work in Progress

A new denture can be a long-lasting fixture than enables you to chew and smile and speak with confidence. That being said, while the denture itself can last several years, the fit of that denture will likely change several times. This is because the jaw changes when there are no teeth and no roots to stimulate bone regeneration.  The amount of bone lost in the first 18 months after the seating of an initial denture can be substantial, so this period may require multiple follow-up visits to adjust the fit of upper and lower fixtures.

Considering Your Options for Well-Fitting Dentures

Historically, patients who wear standard dentures have supported proper fit with some denture adhesive. These products are applied to the underside of a denture and will create better suction between the arch of false teeth and the natural bony ridge of the jaw. Proper use of denture adhesive is necessary for optimal effect. For example, a cream or paste adhesive must be applied to a clean, dry denture to adhere well. Too much product will cause oozing from beneath the denture.

Another option and one that should be considered right away if denture adhesives are not achieving the desired level of stability is to see your dentist. In some cases, a simple adjustment to the dentures may resolve the problem and restore comfort and confidence. If looseness recurs frequently, consider speaking with us about transitioning into an implant-supported denture.

We are for your smile because we care about your smile. Call our Palm Beach Gardens office for personal care and optimal results.

This is a Sensitive Subject

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general dentistry Palm Beach Gardens, FLWe often speak with patients about their dental concerns, both general and cosmetic. We support oral health with discussion and demonstration of brushing and flossing techniques, perform all levels of restorative and cosmetic care, and even think about things that may not come up very often, like tooth sensitivity.

The touchy subject of tooth sensitivity has become more common in recent years. So much so that products to blunt the discomfort some people feel when consuming hot or cold items have been developed. This may seem helpful, and it can be, in some instances. However, the fact that sensitivity is presented in the light of a problem may make far too many people completely miss the possibility of sensitivity as a warning sign.

Problem or Symptom?

Aching teeth, even for a short period, is not something you want to live with. The goal is to get to the heart of the matter, and that means considering what else may be happening in the mouth. When we can understand why teeth are sensitive, we have the power to correct the problem at its origin. That origin may be:

  • Tooth decay. Sensitivity is one of the earliest indicators that a tooth is under attack. Sometimes the sensitivity is felt at the source and sometimes referred pain occurs elsewhere in the mouth. If you were to think that mild sensitivity was merely a normal problem, you might miss the chance to repair a cavity while it is still small.
  • Tooth erosion. The shell of enamel that covers the softer areas of teeth is necessary for biting and chewing. Enamel needs to be strong and resilient to prevent chipping and fractures, discoloration, and also sensitivity. This is because, without that buffer of enamel, there are only soft tissues between the oral environment and the nerves of teeth. When enamel wears away excessively, veneers may be a suitable treatment to restore the structure, not to mention beauty and comfort.
  • Gum inflammation. When gingival is inflamed, the gums will recede away from the base of a tooth or teeth, making the root area susceptible to reactivity. The root is very near to the nerves of a tooth, which creates a prime entry for sensitivity to occur. Cleaning out the pockets in between teeth and gums, and smoothing the surface of the exposed root, if necessary, may correct or improve the problem.

Schedule a visit to our Palm Beach Gardens general and cosmetic dentistry office at (561) 627-9000.

LUMINEERS Are Made to Last

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umineers Palm Beach Gardens, FLThe idea of a smile makeover was once a pretty intimidating concept. Patients may have envisioned hours in the dental chair under a drill or some other dental contraption. Thanks to the development of innovative techniques and materials, a smile makeover isn’t nearly as complex as it used to be. Today, most transformations require only two or three visits.

One of the most advantageous transitions in dentistry has been the use of porcelain veneers to cover stubborn stains, chips, gaps, and other flaws or injuries. Next, to that, it has been the development of no-prep veneers like LUMINEERS that have paved the way for more patients to obtain smiles they love.

Slight Differences Lead to Outstanding Experiences

Why would we need something like LUMINEERS when porcelain veneers are so very capable of achieving the intended outcome? The answer is easy: because not every patient wants to have their teeth permanently altered, even when the aesthetic value will be improved. There is no doubt that porcelain veneers are one of the best cosmetic procedures around. There is also no denying the fact that maintenance is required. If a veneer were to chip or break, it would need to be replaced because an altered tooth cannot be without a cover.

It is not possible to apply a standard veneer, which is about as thick as a fingernail, over a tooth without some prep-work. The end-result would look bulky and unnatural. LUMINEER veneers are thinner, comparable to a contact lens, so direct application is possible without inhibiting the natural appeal of the smile.

Cerinate Porcelain: Durable and Attractive

To meet the needs of patients, and the standard of discerning cosmetic dentists, any treatment must offer longevity regarding results. For an ultra-thin veneer to be valuable, it must also retain structural durability for years. Many patients who have elected to enhance their smile with LUMINEERS remain happy with their fixtures two decades after treatment. This is in part due to the bonding process, which creates strength. It also has to do with the durability of cerinate porcelain, from which these no-prep veneers are made.

Your smile is in good hands with the team at Lerner & Lemongello in Palm Beach Gardens. Call (561) 627-9000 to learn more about LUMINEERS and traditional porcelain veneers.

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