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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.

Toothy-Gaps Are Meant For Pumpkins!

Fall is here, complete with crispy air, changing leaves and jolly, carved pumpkins.
While a gap-toothed smile may look great on a pumpkin, if you are missing teeth, especially front teeth, chances are you’re not smiling.

Missing teeth, even if it’s just one, tempt fate. Why? Because gaps in your teeth set the stage for future dental problems.

  • When you bite and chew you create energy. Your teeth transfer that energy down through the tooth into your jawbone, stimulating it to regenerate itself and maintain a healthy bone mass. Without the stimulation from one or more teeth, the bone beneath the empty space begins to deteriorate and lose mass.
  • A missing tooth creates a space. The adjacent teeth move into the space to try and fill it. When your teeth move, your bite and tooth alignment become a problem.

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, you have two replacement options: dental implants or a dental bridge.

Dental BridgesExplain, please…
A dental bridge spans the gap of your missing tooth. It requires healthy teeth on each side of the space (abutment teeth) to hold the replacement tooth (pontic) in place. Caps (crowns) are placed onto the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and the replacement tooth sits between them, forming a bridge.

Replacement teeth are made of porcelain or ceramic, to your specific dimensions, as gauged from impressions taken of your teeth.

To prepare for a bridge, the abutment teeth have some of their enamel removed to make room for the crowns. Impressions are taken of your mouth so that the bridge can be made. A second appointment is necessary to check the fit of the bridge.
When the fit is perfect, the crowns are cemented onto the abutment teeth and you have a full set of teeth once again.

Remember: Cavities can still form underneath a bridge, so it is essential to practice good dental habits and follow your dentist’s instructions for care and maintenance.

Get your smile on! Call for a consultation appointment, today: (561)627-9000.

Secure Natural Teeth in as little as One Day

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Secure Natural Teeth in as little as One Day

Do you have dentures? Many people around the country just like you are missing teeth and have dentures. Others are missing many of their teeth and could benefit by having a denture. Little do they know what having a denture means?

Eliminate Loose Dentures: Do you struggle with loose or poor fitting dentures? You are not alone.   If you have a denture you understand the embarrassment of loose, ill-fitting teeth. You know what it is to struggle to eat and enjoy the foods you love.   You have dealt with messy adhesives only to still have loose teeth and unable to chew and taste your food. There is a solution to eliminating loose dentures.

Restore Confidence: Dentures supported by implants have been successful for many people. The number of people who have implants to secure their denture is growing rapidly due to their effectiveness. Implants have very high success rates and long-term durability.

Benefit of Implants: There are a number of benefits to implant supported teeth.

  • Eat the foods you love, while enjoying improved health and a better diet.
  • No more slipping dentures, difficulty speaking or embarrassment.
  • Reduced gum irritation and increased comfort
  • No more denture adhesives
  • Secure teeth can generally be completed in one day and is minimally invasive.

Are you a Candidate?

Drs. Lerner and Lemongello can explain the benefits of implant secured dentures and determine if this treatment is right for you. Do not be misled by the “Denture Centers”. This is an important step to improved health and a more beautiful, confident you. Drs. Lerner and Lemongello are the clear choice in providing you with the information you need to make the right decision for what is best for you, not a “one size fits all” approach. Everyone is different. Find out what is best for you.

 

Rest assured, the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office are available to ensure your comfort and safety and answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach

 

New Dentures. What are my options?

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Dentures

 

Dentures are replacements for natural missing teeth. Dentures are fully removable and although they won’t feel exactly the same as your natural teeth, modern dentures are more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than ever before. There are two main kinds of denture; Full Dentures, ones that fully replace all your teeth and Partial Dentures, those that only replace some of your teeth. You should consult with your dentist as to which kind is right for you depend on your situation.

Why do people lose their teeth?

Tooth loss usually occurs due to periodontal disease or gum disease as well as tooth decay. Periodontal disease is typically caused by a plaque buildup and from bacteria attacking your gums. Infected gums lose their sturdiness and teeth may loosen and fall out. Older people tend to have a lot of cavities that can cause tooth loss. Fillings can weaken over time and trigger further tooth decay. Smoking has a negative effect on your oral hygiene as does an excess of sugary foods and drinks. Ask your dentist for advice on your diet and lifestyle.

Full Dentures

This type of denture has an acrylic base, which is colored to match your natural tissue and fits over the gums. The upper dentures fit neatly into the roof of your mouth and the lower dentures have a horseshoe shape so that your tongue is properly accommodated.

Immediate full dentures

An immediate denture is called this because it is inserted into your mouth immediately after any remaining teeth have been removed. The denture is designed by your dentist taking several measurements and models of your jaw and is done in advance. The advantage of immediate dentures means having your teeth inserted immediately so you won’t be without teeth for any length of time.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is based upon a metal structure, which rests and is retained on to your natural teeth. In some cases crowns will also be used on some of your natural teeth to create a sturdy anchor for your dentures.

Caring for your dentures

As time goes on your denture will need to be periodically remade, relined or have a new base fitted due to everyday wear. The shape of your mouth will also change as you age, which can affect the retention of the dentures and cause changes with chewing or denture loosening. It’s recommended you see your dentist for a checkup at least once a year.

There are some common tips you can follow to get the most out of your dentures and care for them properly. It’s important to take care when cleaning your dentures; they’re often fragile and can break if dropped. Try to keep your dentures moist by placing them in a denture cleansing solution or just in cool water when not wearing them. Avoid using hot water to soak your dentures; this may warp their shape. You’ll need to brush your dentures as you do your normal teeth, this will help remove food debris, plaque and prevent staining. If your dentures crack, chip or loosen don’t adjust them yourself, consult your dentist as soon as possible.

The dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at  www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach

 

 

Dental Implants. What are my Options Part 3

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In the third part of this three part series we will discuss options to replace your teeth with dental implants if all your teeth are missing or have to be removed.  It also is a great option to replace or secure dentures.

The popularity of dental implants has increased in recent years.  This is due to their ability to restore oral health but also provide a beautiful natural smile that is permanent.   Getting to know what implant procedure is right for you can change and improve your life.

Missing all teeth: Ideal for replacement of Dentures

The loss of all your teeth can be a life changing event.  Replacement of missing teeth is critical to maintain your overall health and nutrition as well as maintaining a youthful appearance and beautiful smile.  The loss of your teeth doesn’t mean the loss of your smile or the ability to chew and enjoy food. There are many options available to replace missing teeth. A solution growing in popularity is an option called “All-On-4”.  You may also have heard about this option called “Teeth in a Day”.  Simply put, this is an option designed to permanently replace all of your teeth.  Utilizing eight total implants for replacement of both the upper and lower arch of teeth.  In some situations more implants may be needed but 4 per arch is the minimal number required to support the teeth.  It also may be an economical way to replace all the teeth when the use of more implants will  result in higher cost.

Dental implants have the highest success rate of any tooth-replacement option and a successful history spanning decades, making them the best long-term solution to replace missing teeth.  Implants can last the rest of your life when properly cared for.   This is what makes them such a good value.

Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns. So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeoverdental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000. Visit our website at www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach

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