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Dr. Ferrera of Ferrera Dental Care in Tampa, FL offers a range of dental services including sedation dentistry, whitening, extractions, endodontics, bridges, implants and partials or full dentures. Other specialties include placement of veneers, porcelain crowns, Cerec restorations and treatment of TMJ and Bruxism. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Your biggest ally in the fight against tooth decay is unquestionably your own saliva. A steady flow of saliva through the mouth washes away bacteria, keeps food from sticking to the surface of the teeth, and neutralizes acids that would otherwise eat away at the enamel.
As if you needed another reason to eat cheese: The US Academy of General Dentistry conducted a study that concluded consuming cheese helps reduce the risk of cavities. The cheese raises the pH level on the surface of teeth, which helps to protect the enamel against erosion.
The modern denture is more durable than ever before, but it’s important to remember that you can still break a tooth or denture base by dropping it or just not handling in properly. Also, your mouth does change over time, meaning you may eventually need new dentures.
What are the symptoms of pulp damage in a tooth? Because the pulp includes nerve tissue, common symptoms include sensitivity to both heat and cold, pain while chewing, or a general throbbing pain that can be continuous.
Did you know that a professional whitening system available through your dentist can save time and money compared to over-the-counter teeth whitening products? For lasting and timely results, find out how we can help you to achieve a whiter and brighter smile today.
Endodontic surgery is often used to locate hidden canals and locate small fractures that were not revealed by x-rays or during a prior treatment. An endodontist can also perform surgery to remove stubborn calcium deposits located deep within root canals and safely treat damaged root surfaces.
Oral surgeries called micro-surgeries are performed to save teeth and bone as well as remove infected tissue that may threaten the health of surrounding tissue and bone. The endodontist will use local anesthetics to make the procedure comfortable.
Did you know that archaeologists have evidence of dental work in teeth dating back more than 5,000 years, indicating that dental awareness may have begun in the Neolithic period?
Did you know that having white teeth makes you appear friendlier and even more approachable? This could be important if you are in any type of service industry, if you must routinely speak in public, or if you have a visible career.
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Did you know that whiter teeth can improve the warmth of your smile? Studies conducted on people’s reactions to smiles have shown that, when teeth are whiter, smiles are interpreted as being warmer and more genuine.
Do you have to get a crown on your tooth after a root canal is performed? Most times, but not always. To access your tooth’s roots, a large area of tooth surface may need to be removed. Often, a crown is required to prevent the remaining tooth structure from cracking.
Think of a cracked tooth like a crack in your car’s windshield. If you ignore the crack in the windshield or the tooth, it will likely continue to extend and become more and more serious. If you don’t seek treatment for a cracked tooth because there is little or no pain, the crack will eventually extend beyond the gum line. At that point, your tooth will have to be pulled.
Endodontic retreatments can be required after a root canal in teeth with particularly complicated canal structures. Sometimes a canal is too narrow to be seen and is overlooked during the procedure. Other times, new decay can cause infections near the canal filling.
We advise our new denture wearers that they will need to get cleaning products and a good brush made specifically for denture care. There are many effective cleaning products available at any drug, grocery, or department store.
How can my tooth become damaged or infected in the first place? If your teeth experience any trauma (cracks, chips, etc.) or are not taken care of properly, decay can form and cause severe damage to your teeth.
What is the best way to whiten your teeth? That depends on a variety of factors including the severity of the stains on your teeth, lifestyle habits and the cause of the stains. Our experienced staff can help you to chose the best whitening option for your teeth and your budget.
Do you know what causes white spots on your teeth? These spots on the surface of the tooth occur because teeth are constantly exposed to plaque. When plaque is left on the tooth for a full three weeks without proper brushing, the bacteria begin to produce an acid that eats away at the enamel, causing the tooth to appear white.
Has another dentist recently diagnosed you with a serious oral health condition? If you want a second opinion on your condition and viable treatment options, we’re always here to help.
Endodontic procedures can be nearly pain-free thanks to new strides in anesthesia, nerve blocks, and the use of refrigerants or electrical devices to be sure the affected area is completely numb. Tell your dentist if you’ve had problems with anesthesia in the past so he or she can respond accordingly.
Professional teeth whitening is often considered safer than at-home treatments because we take precautions to ensure that the gums, lips, and tongue don’t come into contact with the peroxide-based whitening solution.
Dentists who are qualified to carry out dental implants have completed at least 300 hours of postdoctoral education related to implant dentistry, 1 or more years of experience in the practice of implants and had to pass in-depth written and oral examinations.
Some root canals can be completed in one office visit. But if an infection is present, some endodontists wait a period of time after removing your tooth’s root to allow it to heal before you come back in for the second half of the procedure.
Cosmetic dentists offer this advice for those who want whiter teeth: Avoid overusing over-the-counter products that can weaken teeth. Avoid over-whitening to the point where your teeth look blue or blue-gray. Aim for a natural shade of white, close to the whites of your eyes.
There are toothpastes out there that have teeth whitening properties in them; however, these don’t always work on their own. If you use this type of toothpaste, continue using it even after you’ve had your professional teeth whitening treatment to prolong the effects.
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There is an adjustment period when you are first fitted with new dentures. It can take a little bit of time to become comfortable with eating for example. However, well fitted dentures will ensure that this is kept to an absolute minimum.
Dentures have actually been around for many centuries. In fact, around 700 BC Etruscans in northern Italy made dentures out of human or animal teeth. By the 1700s, ivory dentures had become quite prominent.
Have you noticed an increased sensitivity in your teeth when eating or drinking cold substances? Minimizing the amount of acidic things you eat or drink and brushing after every meal may help alleviate this.
How long will your dental implant last? Follow-up studies indicate most implants continue to perform “like new” after more than 20 years of service, and that long-time implant recipients continue to believe they made the best choice.
Keep in mind that dentures must always be kept moist when they’re not being worn, so they do not dry out or lose their shape. When not being worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser solution or in water.
Some dentists are more concerned with quantity of patients rather than the quality of care they give their patients. Not us. We know that visiting the dentist may be intimidating but we will make it as pain free as possible.
There are certain dietary changes you can make to maintain a healthy mouth. Cut down on sugar and white flour, for starters. Whole grains and unprocessed foods will help keep teeth and gums healthy and reduce your chance of needing a root canal.
If you are missing teeth on either your upper or lower jaw and don’t want to go through the trouble of removing your dentures every day, you may want to look into fixed partial dentures. They are fixed to nearby teeth and remain in place for a long time.
Nearly 80 percent of Americans and 85 percent of women aged 18 to 49 want whiter smiles, according to a recent survey. Close to six out of ten survey respondents aged 18 to 24 believed a bright, white smile would improve their self-confidence.
Traditionally, a missing tooth was replaced with a dental bridge held up by surrounded teeth. These usually last only around 5-7 years, maybe 10 if properly cared for. A dental implant, on the other hand, can last a lifetime when well maintained.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. The ADA also recommends brushing your teeth with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and to gently move the toothbrush in short back and forth strokes.
Imagine going to a dentist to have a tooth pulled anytime before the early 1900s. You might run into a dentist familiar with the 1844 discovery that nitrous oxide works as anesthesia. Unfortunately, it's more likely you would be given cocaine or alcohol.
There are many factors that affect the cost of dentures. One of these factors is the location of each missing tooth. A denture for missing anterior teeth will be more expensive than a denture for missing posterior teeth.
Teeth whitening can make a big change, but without others knowing exactly what was done. People who know you will know there is something different, but will probably just see you as looking younger, fresher, and healthier. People who have never met you will remember your great smile.
Aside from giving you a more attractive smile, research has found that the gel used in professional teeth whitening kills the bacteria that causes gum disease and tooth decay. What’s more, research has linked gum disease with health issues, including cardiovascular problems, bacterial pneumonia, and stroke, to name just a few.
Dental implants consist of three main parts. The implant, usually made of titanium, is placed into the jawbone. The abutment, or supporting collar, is attached to the implant with a screw. The restoration or crown looks like a tooth and is attached to the abutment.