Losing a tooth or teeth can be a worrisome experience. You may feel embarrassed to smile or find eating difficult. Losing a tooth does not have to rob you of your peace of mind and make your smile look unappealing. Porcelain bridges are the perfect solution to your missing tooth problems.
What are Porcelain Bridges?
These are dental prosthetic appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain bridges are fixed on to the teeth to allow the teeth to function properly. They also help to make the teeth look natural, and your smile looks pleasing without the gaps caused by missing teeth.
Why is Porcelain Used in Bridges?
Porcelain is a durable and strong material that is used to make bridges. It mimics natural tooth color and can be molded to take the shape of the tooth or teeth it replaces, making it an ideal tooth replacement material.
Do I Need a Bridge?
Porcelain bridges are the right choice for you if:
- You have missing teeth due to dental trauma
- You have lost a few teeth due to dental caries or tooth decay
- You have broken-down teeth due to decay or injury
- Your teeth are discolored
- You have had root canal therapy in a few teeth
- You need to cover dental implants placed in missing tooth areas
- You do not want a removable replacement of the missing teeth
What are the Benefits?
Missing teeth cause a loss of function and aesthetics. A bridge covers a broken down or missing tooth by attaching on to adjacent teeth. It makes the smile look natural by filling the spaces where teeth are lost. It helps to restore normal chewing function and prevents unusual tooth movements into the gaps where teeth are absent. Porcelain bridges can be customized to suit the color of the teeth in the mouth. This gives the replaced teeth a natural tooth-like appearance.
What is the Procedure Like?
The placement of bridges is done in the comfort of our office. In the initial visit, a precise measurement of the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth is recorded. A temporary crown is placed for the interim. The measurements are then used for fabrication of the bridges. The second visit involves removal of the temporary crown and placement of the porcelain bridge on to the teeth.
How Can I Get Started?
Why let a missing tooth stop you from smiling? Regain the natural appearance of your smile and enjoy the benefits of porcelain bridges by working with the team of specialists at Parkwood Dental, located in East Bradenton and West Bradenton. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started.
When a tooth gets damaged, it is important to protect it to prevent further issues. Additionally, if you have a tooth that is embarrassing due to its shape, size, or discoloration, addressing it can be immensely beneficial. One of the best ways to go about fixing either issue is getting dental crowns. These crowns, available here at our East and West Bradenton offices, can help restore both function and appearance to teeth. There is a long list of benefits associated with this treatment option.
What to Expect with Dental Crowns
Prior to beginning, the tooth and surrounding gum are numbed. Any decay is removed. The tooth is then prepared to support the crown. A temporary crown can be placed while your permanent crown is being precisely created. You will then have a follow-up appointment where your temporary crown is removed and the permanent one takes its place.
Initially, the crown may feel odd in your mouth. You may find that your tongue is drawn to the area. This is normal. Over time, you will adjust to the crown and it will function and feel just like any of your other teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Are you wondering why and when dental crowns may be useful? This popular option may be the perfect solution for you if you need help:
- Holding together a tooth that has cracked or otherwise broken
- Protecting a tooth that has had its enamel worn away
- Covering a dental implant to protect it
- Covering a tooth that has had a root canal
- Adding length or width to a tooth
- Covering up a discolored tooth
Dental crowns are a great option in these situations because:
- They can last 5-15 years or longer if properly cared for
- They have a very high success rate
- They allow you to chew normally on the tooth
- They can be crafted to blend with the surrounding teeth
How to Care for Dental Crowns
How long your new dental crown lasts depends largely on how well you take care of it. It will be important to thoroughly brush and floss every day. You may want to avoid chewing particularly hard foods directly with your crown. As always, regular dental visits are important to your overall oral health.
We are pleased to announce that Drs. Oscar J. Hernandez and Thao Nguyen have joined the Parkwood Dental family
Bradenton, FL (July 31, 2019) Earlier this month, Parkwood Dental accepted Dr. Oscar Javier Hernandez, DMD and Dr. Thao Nguyen, DMD into their family practice in an ever-expanding effort to better serve their local community in Bradenton, Florida.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Nguyen to our family practice,” said spokesperson Jodie Hernandez. “It’s such an exciting time for us, and we look forward to their contributions toward improving the health of our community.”
Dr. Oscar J. Hernandez, DMD received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), located in Lakewood Ranch. During his studies, he provided dental care for his local community. Known as “Dr. Tito” by his patients and fellow staff, he brings forward an array of novel techniques complemented by the wisdom instilled in him by his father, DMD Dr. Oscar Hernandez.
Dr. Thao Nguyen, DMD received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Roseman University of Health Sciences, located in South Jordan, Utah. Prior to this, she volunteered her expertise throughout numerous opportunities to administer dental care for patients in underserved populations. During a USNS Mercy humanitarian mission in 2010, Dr. Thao traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia to educate, assist, and provide on-site interpretation for those in need.
While working toward their respective master’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences at Barry University, Dr. Tito and Dr. Thao discovered that they both shared a strong passion for dentistry. Ever since then, they have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of their patients through the prevention and treatment of dental disease.
Drs. Tito and Thao will aid Parkwood Dental in its mission to provide each patient with an experience that promotes a strong lifelong relationship with the family practice.
Those who would like to schedule a dental appointment with either of Parkwood Dental’s locations in East and West Bradenton are welcome to call 941-753-1432.
Thank you to all the teachers and coaches! To show our appreciation, we’re offering a Teacher Appreciation Credit.
Whether you’re a retired or current teacher or coach, you have access to an exclusive special discount on dental services.
We are happy to offer this special discount to all the teachers and coaches in the communities we serve here at Parkwood Dental. Our Teacher Appreciation Credit is our way to give back to the teaching community.
• On your first visit, we will apply a $250 credit to the cost of your future services after your initial visit*.
• You will receive $100 off each subsequent year as our patient.
• This credit can be applied to your current dental insurance.
• Credit includes products and services at either of our Bradenton locations.
• We offer this discount as a small way to say thank you for everything that you do!
*Offer expires 12 months after issue date and cannot be refunded for cash; not redeemable for cash
If you are waiting until you have a toothache to visit our dentist, this is the wrong approach to dental care. We recommend routine dental care to avoid having serious dental health issues that require major treatments. While it is possible to have an injury to a tooth that requires an emergency visit to our dentist, most of the dental problems that we see are caused by neglecting to visit our dentist for many years. Dentists have a standard rule that you should have a checkup every six months along with a professional cleaning. Our dentist knows that patients will rarely develop a large cavity or gingivitis in only six months. There are several benefits from having routine dental care for your gums and teeth. First, you can maintain a beautiful smile with your own natural teeth longer when you have your teeth cleaned every six months to remove plaque. It is important to remember that this doesn’t replace daily oral hygiene with brushing and flossing, but it will remove plaque from hard to reach areas of your mouth. An additional benefit from professional teeth cleaning is that you are less likely to develop gum disease that can infect your alveolar bones and jawbone. The removal of plaque will also help to keep your breath fresh so that you won’t offend others.
Protect Your Internal Organs from the Dangers of Bacteria
When you visit our dentist for your checkup, you will require a complete examination, and we may also obtain X-rays of your teeth. If we notice a problem with a tooth, it is often easy to fix without any sedation or painkillers. You might have a tiny cavity that requires a small filling with a color-matching resin, or alternatively, you can have a tooth that has a small chip that requires a bonding process. These procedures will protect the underlying layers of teeth to avoid having bigger problems later. Keeping your teeth and gums in great condition can also protect you from other health conditions because we are removing harmful bacteria from your mouth.
Have More Confidence with Perfect Teeth
Having a gorgeous smile can also have mental benefits because you will have more self-confidence. Other people are attracted to nice smiles that indicate that you care about your overall health. If you have attractive teeth, you may feel markedly better about applying for jobs or socializing with others. By visiting our dentist, we can make a customized mouth guard to protect your teeth while you play sports. These protective mouth guards are also suitable while you are using a bicycle or a scooter to avoid any damage to your gums or teeth.
Get in Touch with Us for More Information
To learn more about the benefits of routine dental care, make an appointment with Parkwood Dental. At our convenient location in Brdenton, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!
Gum disease is a relatively common issue that is not always well-understood. It is usually avoidable by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, but this is not always the case. If you have recently found out that you or a loved one has the early signs of gum disease, you may have questions about how this happened and what can be done about it. The following is a list of some of the most common questions we are asked as well as the answers.
What Exactly is Gum Disease and What Causes It?
Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease. It is almost always preventable, but it is the most common cause of tooth loss for adults. The disease develops when plaque builds up just below your gum line. Untreated, this will cause tiny pockets that form, which separate the gum from your teeth. This allows things to more easily penetrate your gums.
The biggest cause of this condition is not maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine. Other risk factors include:
- Being pregnant
- Having crooked teeth
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Having diabetes
- Being genetically predisposed
- Having old dental fillings
- Taking certain medications (certain birth control pills, steroids, cancer therapy drugs, and more)
How Do I Know if I Have Gum Disease?
Seeing our dentist regularly is the best way to know if you begin to develop the symptoms of this condition. Symptoms that you can look out for at home include:
- Gums that bleed after brushing or flossing
- Swollen gums that look redder than usual
- Gums receding
- Pain while chewing
- Bad breath
- Very sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
Can Gum Disease Be Treated?
Gum disease can be effectively reversed, but only if it is caught in the early stages. Early-stage gum disease is typically called gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which can typically only be managed rather than treated. Treatment for gum disease involves having the plaque carefully removed by a dentist. As long as the disease has not progressed too far, your gums will be able to heal themselves once the plaque is gone. It will be extra important to brush and floss regularly afterward in order to prevent the disease from coming back.
Have more questions about gum disease or ready to start treatment? Schedule a consultation at Parkwood Dental. We will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have and can develop a treatment plan that is tailor-made for your situation. Contact us today to book your dental appointment in West Bradenton or East Bradenton.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is possible a root canal treatment can help. If you have been told you need a root canal, do not fear. Thanks to scientific and medical advancements, these procedures are far more comfortable than ever before. Plus, they can help you save a tooth that might have otherwise been lost!
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal involves removing the pulp from inside the tooth that is infected. The inside of the tooth is then disinfected and expertly shaped. A filing is then used to seal up the space, leaving you with a fully functional tooth. The pulp of your tooth is necessary when it is first developing. Once your tooth has fully matured, it no longer needs the pulp to survive.
When Is a Root Canal Treatment Helpful?
There are many cases when a root canal treatment can help save your tooth. These treatments can also prevent the infected tooth from negatively impacting the surrounding teeth. You may need a root canal if:
- Your tooth is cracked
- You are experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold
- You have a very deep cavity
- Your previous filing on the tooth has failed
- Your tooth is injured
A root canal treatment has many benefits, including:
- Restores normal biting force
- Looks very natural
- Protects the surrounding teeth from wear and potential strain
- Will allow you to chew efficiently once again
- Prevents the tooth from being pulled
- Will stop the pain and temperature sensitivity
What to Expect with a Root Canal Treatment
Once it has been established that a root canal treatment is necessary, the procedure will typically last 90 minutes to two hours. Afterward, most people feel comfortable enough to return to school or work. You will want to wait until the numbness has worn off before attempting to eat.
After your initial appointment, where the tooth is cleaned out and sealed, you will return for a follow-up. At this follow-up, a crown or other form of tooth restoration will be placed over the tooth. Once this has occurred, this tooth will function like any other in your mouth. There is no reason that the treated tooth will not last as long as the rest of your natural teeth.
Would you like to learn more about root canal treatment at Parkwood Dental and how it can help? If so, visit us in Bradenton, FL to speak with a member of our team. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
FastBraces® are a revolutionary way to straighten teeth easily, affordably, quickly and safely. The non-extraction system is effective and offers exceptional results. When traditional braces are used, the teeth are moved in two separate stages. This generally requires between two and four years. During the first twelve months, the tooth’s crown moves into proper alignment. During the next twelve months, the root of the teeth are moved into the correct alignment. FastBraces® use a different type of bracket.
The wires have a square shape and the brackets are triangular. This enables the roots of the teeth to be moved into proper placement as soon as the treatment begins. The combination of features enables the crowns and the roots of the teeth to move at the same time. This means root parallelism is achieved during the initial stages of the treatment. The result is FastBraces® only need to be worn for months as opposed to the two to four years necessary with traditional braces.
In most cases, the root is in the wrong position when the teeth grow in crooked. The triangular shape uses a wire as opposed to a square bracket. This nearly doubles the distance between the braces. The increase in space makes the wires more flexible. This is what enables the straightening of the root in just months. In some instances, results can be seen in a period of weeks.
The Benefits of FastBraces®
Research for the past two decades has determined FastBraces® are a safe option. Not only are there no additional risks, but the possibility of tooth decay due to improper brushing and flossing decreases. This is because the braces are worn for a much shorter length of time. The majority of patients were pleased with their treatment and their results. Since the treatment is faster, less dental appointments are required.
The design incorporates new technology. The elbow design is unique and the braces contain an elevated slot. The bracket shape is incredibly important since it is responsible for changing the flexibility and the force. The space between the brackets is defined by the square shape of traditional braces. This is how the wire flexibility is determined. The space between each bracket is increased by the triangular shape of the FastBraces® bracket. This makes the wire more flexible.
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You’ve looked in the mirror and noticed that some teeth are missing and some are broken. If you see any issues with your teeth that can’t be fixed with a simple filling or by other dental means, then consider the unexpected benefits that dental implants offer. Although this is a multi-step process, you’ll have a beautiful smile and teeth that function like your natural ones in a short time.
After the implant process, you’ll have a smile that you’ll want to show off to other people. You won’t have to worry about empty spaces in your mouth that might make it difficult to talk correctly or eat correctly. This is one of the primary benefits of dental implants that encourage many people to go ahead and take the next step in having the procedure completed.
Implants are reliable and durable. You would think that the implants are your natural teeth or stronger because of the metal posts that are used and because of the detailed work that takes place when the implants are placed in your mouth. A benefit of dental implants is that they won’t slip around in your mouth like dentures. You don’t have to worry about applying adhesive to them so they stay in place while you’re eating. Dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper care.
After not having the normal function of your teeth because they are broken or missing, you’ll enjoy being able to eat just about anything that you want once again. Your words won’t be slurred or difficult to understand when you talk because you’re going to have a full set of teeth instead of having one or more missing or broken. There isn’t a risk of the tooth breaking off and getting lodged in your throat somehow or causing other damage in your mouth once the implants are in place. Your jaw will be positively impacted as well after the procedure because the bone will be allowed to get healthy before the implant is placed. Your dentist will give you antibiotics and other medications that can help with getting rid of any infection that is in your mouth, strengthening your jaw and your teeth as well. Dental implants require the same amount of care as your natural teeth with few other details that you need to provide.
To learn more about dental implants and the benefits that they offer, we encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Parkwood Dental! At our convenient location in Bradenton, FL, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!