OraVerse to improve your sedation experience | West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 by No Comments

Sedation is a great way to help increase your comfort during dental work. However, it can take a while for the anesthesia to wear off therefore leaving you with some unwanted side effects. Advanced Dental Group will use OraVerse to help neutralize the negatives associated with sedation.

Normally, it can take between three and five hours for anesthesia to wear off. During this time, you might find it difficult to talk, eat, or smile, and you might even find yourself drooling. This is where OraVerse comes in. It helps to reverse the numbness and restore your body back to normal faster.

Advanced Dental Group will inject you with OraVerse immediately following treatment. Since you’re already sedated you won’t experience additional discomfort. OraVerse will immediately begin to reverse the effects of the sedation in the affected area. This will allow you to feel like normal and go on with your day after your dental visit.

If you’re worried about recovering from sedation, Advanced Dental Group can help. OraVerse is a great tool to help you feel normal faster than ever before following your dental work. We are committed to doing whatever we can to help improve your dental experience.

If you would like more information on sedation dentistry or OraVerse, please contact Advanced Dental Group at (561) 689-0872 or visit our website.

Advanced Dental Group also proudly serves Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach,Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and surrounding areas.

Teeth Whitening – Enhance Your Smile | West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by No Comments

teeth-whitening-west-palm-beach-floridaTeeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years and more often if you smoke or drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does tooth whitening involve?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks, depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit Advanced Dental Group regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

To see what whitening can do for your smile, call Advanced Dental Group at (561) 689-0872 to schedule an appointment or visit our website.

Advanced Dental Group also proudly serves Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach,Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and surrounding areas.

Laser Dentistry | West Palm Beach, Florida

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by No Comments

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Lasers are helping to bring modern dentistry into the 21st century. Treatment of dental decay with Erbium lasers is predictable and painless in most cases for children and adults alike. Tooth preparations are ultra-conservative and in most instances the high speed

dental drill can be eliminated. The laser uses a beam of light energy to remove cavities or gum tissue with only a quiet popping sound and a gentle stream of water. Utilizing this technique, cavities are literally “washed away” with laser energized water.

Want a DELightful experience at the dentist?

The DELight Dental Laser System is a beam of pulsed light that gently removes decay without the need for the drill. Ask about DELight, the patient-friendly alternative to the drill, for your next visit.

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

Clinical studies showed that 97% of children and adult patients did not require anesthesia. No time is lost waiting for Novocain to take effect or wear off. Your dentist can work on various quadrants of your mouth in one sitting.

Is the procedure safe?

The DELight is very safe – in fact, it is as safe or safer than a drill. Your dentist will provide a special pair of glasses to protect your eyes. Just as you don’t look directly at the sun, you should avoid looking directly at the laser beam.

How does the DELight work?

The DELight works by emitting a precise, specialized beam of light that gently targets and destroys tooth decay. Decay is softer and has a higher water content than healthy tooth structure. The laser is designed to target the decay with higher water content and leave the healthy part of the tooth.

Diagnodent – Cavity Laser Detection

A reliable, highly effective, non-invasive laser fluorescent device to detect cavities at their earliest stages, and conserve healing tooth structure.

For more information on Laser Dentistry and the DELight Dental Laser System, contact Advanced Dental Group at (561) 689-0872 or visit our website.

Advanced Dental Group also proudly serves Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach,Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and surrounding areas.

Periodontal Disease linked to Cardiovascular Disease | West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by No Comments

Current research shows a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease in some patients. Though there is not concrete evidence as of yet, health-care providers and patients should not ignore the risks gum disease contributing to heart disease.

Dentists are encouraged to communicate to their patients the association between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease.

Patients should be getting a comprehensive periodontal evaluation from their dental professional at least once a year. This should entail a full examination of teeth and gums, overall health status and age. Patients who are diagnosed with periodontal disease should inform their health care provider to reassure better incorporation of their care.

According to Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology , “There is no compelling evidence to support that treating periodontal disease will reduce cardiovascular disease at this time,” McClain said, “but we do know that periodontal care will improve your oral health status, reduce systemic inflammation and might be good for your heart as well.”

Schedule your next dental check up today, don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Advanced Dental Group for an appointment and information on your periodontal risk, at (561) 689-0872 or visit our website.

Advanced Dental Group also proudly serves Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach,Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and surrounding areas.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month | West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: April 9th, 2013 by No Comments

Oral Cancer Screening

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month and Advanced Dental Group knows that most people are not aware of the statistics associated with Oral Cancer. Approximately 42,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with Oral Cancer this year alone. And as you are well aware, your dentist is often the first line of defense against Oral Cancer, through the process of early detection and discovery.

Oral Cancer will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 42,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. (Approximately 57%) This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about on a regular basis such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma). Although smoking and tobacco use is still a major risk factor for Oral Cancer, the fastest growing segment for Oral Cancer patients are young, healthy, non-smoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV19 virus.

If you broaden the definition of Oral Cancers to include cancer of the larynx, for which the risk factors are the same, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to approximately 54,000 individuals and 13,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Worldwide the problem is much greater, with over 640,000 new cases being found each year. Oral Cancers are part of a group of cancers frequently referred to as head and neck cancers, and of all head and neck cancers they comprise about 85% of that category. Brain cancer is a cancer category unto itself, and is not included in the head and neck cancer group.

For an Oral Cancer Screening call Advanced Dental Group at (561) 689-0872 or schedule an appointment online.

Advanced Dental Group also proudly serves Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach,Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and surrounding areas.

Taking care of your Porcelain Veneers | West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by No Comments

The longevity of your porcelain veneers greatly depends on how well you take care of them. Advanced Dental Group of West Palm Beach, FL offers some suggestions for properly taking care of your porcelain veneers.

Good Oral Care at Home: Brush and floss daily with a nonabrasive toothpaste containing fluoride. Good oral care at home helps prevent periodontitis which can cause your gums to recede. Veneers are placed right at the gum line. If your gums do start to recede the appearance of your veneers could be compromised.

Avoid excessive force: No biting your fingernails, hairpins, ice or hard candy. These types of things can break or dislodge a veneer.

No clenching and grinding your teeth: By grinding your teeth your veneers can be chipped or broken due to the force generated by these actions. If you suffer from bruxism at night, talk to one of the doctors at Advanced Dental Group about a night guard to protect your teeth and veneers.

Steer Clear of Staining Foods and Drink: Although porcelain veneers are very resistant to staining the cement used to hold them in place can stain over time. Try to avoid coffee, tea, soda, wine and tobacco.

Contact Advanced Dental Group at 561-689-0872 for more information on porcelain veneers or to make an appointment. Visit the website www.advanceddentalgrp.com.

Top 10 Advantages of Crowns | West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by No Comments

 

A crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore its strength and appearance. Crowns have several uses such as to protect a weak or broken tooth. Also, crowns are used to cover a large filling or help support a bridge. Advanced Dental Group of West Palm Beach, FL lists the top 10 advantages of crowns.

  1. Tooth colored restoration – Porcelain and composite crowns have the look and feel of natural teeth.
  2. Durable – Last up to fifteen years depending on their care.
  3. Stain Resistant – Made from porcelain
  4. Cosmetic – Improve the look of broken, cracked or discolored teeth
  5. Non-slipping – Crowns are cemented or anchored in place
  6. Protection – Crowns protect the tooth from further decay
  7. Restorative – Restores full function of your damaged tooth
  8. Comfort – Stable and do not irritate gums like partial dentures.
  9. Speech – Missing teeth and dentures can affect speech. Crowns replace the missing teeth and do not slip around, making speech sound more clear.

10.  Confidence – Damaged, discolored or missing teeth causes confidence issues. Crowns help to make your smile beautiful again.

If you have a broken, chipped, stained or damaged tooth, and want more information on tooth colored restorations contact Advanced Dental Group at 561-689-0872. Visit their website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com.

Experiencing Tooth Pain? You might need a Root Canal | West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 by No Comments

A root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. When a root canal becomes infected it can die. At this point you will begin to feel pain and pressure in and around the infected tooth. This is your first sign that you will need root canal therapy. Without treatment the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss.

What is root canal therapy?

When the damaged pulp in the root canal of the tooth is cleaned out of all the diseased pulp and the canal is reshaped. Next, the canal is filled with material to prevent recontamination of the tooth. Lastly, the tooth is permanently sealed with a post or crown.

A root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!

If you are experiencing tooth pain and feel you might have an infected root canal, contact Advanced Dental Group of West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 or www.advanceddentalgrp.com.

Create a beautiful smile with Cosmetic Dentistry | West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: December 20th, 2012 by No Comments

Cosmetic dentistry can create the bright natural looking smile you deserve. Whether you are interested in a complete smile design, restoring chipped teeth or want to whiten, we can improve your smile. Cosmetic Dentistry is composed of several different types of dental procedures. Advanced Dental Group of West Palm Beach, FL offers some information on the cosmetic procedures they offer.

Porcelain Veneers – Fingernail-thin shells are adhered to the front surface of the tooth. Veneers can fix several aesthetic problems with just one treatment.

Whitening – There are at home whitening kits and in office whitening treatments. At-home bleaching kits use carbamide peroxide solutions to oxidize and bleach your teeth.  In-office bleaching (also called chair side, light-activated or one-hour bleaching) uses hydrogen peroxide gels and a heat or light source; these treatments lighten your teeth by six to eight shades in one to three visits, and sometimes less.

Snap on Smilea multi-purpose restorative appliance that is removable and requires no shots, no drillings and no adhesives.

InvisalignThe invisible way to straighten teeth. Using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners.

Whatever cosmetic procedure you are interested in, call the Advanced Dental Group at 561-689-0872 or visit their website www.advanceddentalgrp.com.

Tired of Damaged or Missing Teeth? Crowns and Bridges Can Help | West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by No Comments

Porcelain crowns and bridges are cosmetic dental prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures, which can be taken out, crowns and bridges can only be removed by a dentist. Advanced Dental Group of West Palm Beach, FL specializes in crowns and bridges and would like to offer some insight into this popular procedure.

Dental Bridge

Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are cemented to existing teeth or implants that surround an empty space, serving as anchors for the bridge. Porcelain is the most common material choice because it can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

Crowns

A crown covers a damaged tooth. They are used for various reasons such as strengthening a damaged tooth, improving the tooth’s appearance or shape and to fix alignment issues.  As with bridges, crowns can be made of porcelain.

When would I need a crown?

  • To attach a bridge
  • Replace a filling when not enough tooth remains
  • Protecting weak teeth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had a root canal

Crowns and bridges are fairly easy to take care of. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. Also, steer clear of chewing hard foods such as ice. Follow these simple rules and your crowns and bridges could last a lifetime!

Contact Advanced Dental Group for an appointment at 561-689-0872 or www.advanceddentalgrp.com.