Despite the fact that more adults are keeping most (if not) all of their natural teeth well into old age than ever before, gum disease and tooth loss continue to be a significant problem for adult Americans. According to statistics from the American College of Prosthodontists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 40 million American adults are missing all of their natural teeth, and over 40% are missing at least one tooth. Although increased age continues to be a factor in the risk of developing periodontitis (aka gum disease), the affliction and accompanying tooth loss can still affect younger adults at any age. Though prevention remains the best tool in the fight against periodontitis, there are a number of available treatment options to help manage the effects of gum disease at every stage. If you are suffering from periodontitis, Dr. Peter Silberstein can help; call his Boynton Beach office today and learn of the various treatment options offered to restore your oral health and smile.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Boynton Beach, FL
There are a few stages of gum disease, starting with the mildest form (gingivitis). The most common signs of gingivitis are red, swollen gums and bleeding. If left untreated, gum disease gets progressively worse over time and can lead to gum recession, bad breath, infection, loose teeth, and, ultimately, tooth loss. The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene and to see the dentist every six months for a checkup and a professional cleaning.
What to Do About Gum Disease
Depending on the extent of gum damage, there are a few options available to help reverse the effects of periodontal disease:
- Scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning procedure to remove plaque and tartar buildup)
- Periodontal laser surgery (a less invasive option to remove damaged gum tissue)
- Gum grafting (to replace receding gum tissue and protect roots from exposure_
- Bone grafting (to replace lost bone tissue in the gums)
- Dental implants (for tooth loss)
Find a Dentist in Boynton Beach, FL
For more information about what you can do to protect yourself from gum disease or to learn more about treatment options, contact our office today by calling (561) 459-1600 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Silberstein today.
Would you like a beautiful, functional smile which meets your individual needs and smile goals? Would you like to close gaps so you look your best and stay healthy? Then, explore dental implants from Your Beautiful Smile in Boynton Beach. Dr. Peter Silberstein has recreated perfect smiles for scores of tooth loss patients. He can help you, too.
Implants versus traditional replacements
The modern dental implant gives tooth loss patients many oral health benefits. While conventional dentures and fixed bridgework adequately address some needs, single-tooth dental implants and implant-supported bridges and dentures are superior because they:
- Are secure
- Do not require enamel reduction on neighboring teeth (natural teeth must be crowned to support conventional fixed bridgework)
- Cannot slip or fall out
- Require no special adhesives, soaks or toothpaste
- Do not restrict what the patient can eat or drink (it's difficult to bite and chew fibrous vegetables, fruits and meats with traditional dentures)
Even with the initial higher cost of implants, these artificial teeth are cost-effective in the long run. Traditional tooth replacements typically last ten years or so. Dental implants, however, last for many decades.
Receiving dental implants
As a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and specialist in several dental disciplines, Dr. Silberstein expertly evaluates many prospective implant patients at Your Beautiful Smile. Through examination and X-rays, he can tell if you are healthy enough--and have enough bone in your jaw--to receive dental implants.
If you do, placing a single-tooth implant is a simple process--both for the patient and the dentist. It takes about an hour. The dentist inserts the titanium implant into the jawbone and closes the areas with sutures.
Almost immediately, the bone and titanium start to meld. Called osseointegration, this bonding process takes several weeks or months to accomplish, but when finished, it guarantees a solid foundation for a metal alloy extension post and custom-made porcelain crown. For more extensive tooth loss, Dr. Silberstein uses multiple implants, strategically placed in the jaw, to support a bridge or even full dentures.
Caring for your implants
Follow American Dental Association guidelines, and brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Implant sites can develop an infection called peri-implantitis if not they are not maintained at home and with six-month cleanings with Dr. Silberstein and his team. Also, avoid tobacco as its many toxins degrade gums and bone around dental implants.
Close those gaps
Dental implants will keep you smiling for life. If you'd like more information on these innovative tooth replacements, please call Your Beautiful Smile for an appointment: (561) 459-1600.
Find out why getting your wisdom teeth out might be the best choice for your smile.
During your later teens years, another set of molars will come in. These are known as your wisdom teeth. While they won’t make you wiser they could potentially cause issues for your smile if they don’t come in correctly. In fact, most people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point. Our Boynton Beach, FL, dentist Dr. Peter Silberstein is here to tell you why your wisdom teeth might need to come out and how.
When you come in for an evaluation, our Boynton Beach, FL, general dentist will take x-rays to see how your wisdom teeth are coming in. Of course, if you are experiencing pain and other problems due to your wisdom teeth, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with us; however, problematic wisdom teeth don’t always cause problems, which is why coming in for routine checkups every six months is a good idea so that we can continue to monitor your wisdom teeth as they grow in.
If the wisdom teeth grow in straight and don’t cause crowding or other problems then you may choose not to have your wisdom teeth removed. Unfortunately, many wisdom teeth come in crooked or at an angle, sometimes pushing against other teeth and causing damage. Problematic wisdom teeth can also cause:
- Bite problems
- Jaw discomfort
- Sinus problems
- Gum inflammation
- Crowding and other alignment issues
Impacted wisdom teeth (teeth that don’t fully erupt through the gums) cause an opening to occur within the gums, where bacteria can easily get trapped and infect the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth, more of than not, will need to be removed as soon as possible.
Of course, if the problem isn’t urgent you may choose to continue to come in for routine dental cleanings and exams so that we can monitor the teeth. If you notice pain or changes in your bite during this time it’s important that you let us know.
Having wisdom teeth removed requires a very quick and simple in-office procedure. The type of extraction we recommend will depend on whether the wisdom teeth have fully emerged or whether they are impacted.
Your Beautiful Smile in Boynton Beach, FL, is dedicated to providing your whole family with thorough and trustworthy dental care. No matter whether you want to discuss your wisdom teeth removal options or you just need to schedule a routine cleaning, schedule an appointment with us today.
Are your teeth causing you pain?
Your Boynton Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Peter Silberstein, helps with root canal therapy. Most people are afraid of root canal treatments because of the myth that they cause pain.
Root Canal Therapy:
Root canals are Endodontic treatments that deal with pain you already feel. Sometimes the pain can go away on its own, but a root canal may still be necessary.
If the pulp of your tooth develops an infection or becomes inflamed, you'll need your doctor to go in, clean and disinfect the pulp, seal the canal and place a crown that matches the rest of your teeth.
Symptoms indicating that you may need a root canal include:
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tenderness to touch and chewing
- Discoloration of the tooth
There are several reasons why your tooth may have been infected. Here are a few reasons why:
- Poor oral or dental regimen may lead to cavities. Cavities occur when a person eats sugary foods and doesn't brush or floss.
- Accumulation of plaque, which contains an acid-producing bacteria that breaks down tooth enamel, a protective layer covering your teeth, which is also due to poor oral hygiene.
- Exposure of sensitive layers of the tooth, like cracks or chips, due to trauma, from sports to vehicle, that allows bacteria to infect the pulp unless the cavity is dealt with immediately.
Getting a root canal can be an important procedure for keeping your damaged tooth healthy. There's no need to be worried about a painful procedure because dentistry is more advanced today than it used to be! For more information or to schedule an appointment for a root canal or another treatment, call your Boynton Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Peter Silberstein at 561-459-1600.
Would you like to improve your smile but don't know which dental treatment is best? Our Boynton Beach, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Peter Silberstein, discusses several treatments you may want to consider.
Thanks to tooth-colored fillings, only you and Dr. Silberstein ever need to know that you had a cavity. The fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible material that's tinted to mimic common tooth shades. Unlike old-fashioned silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings blend in with your teeth.
When you're concerned about a minor imperfection in your tooth enamel, veneers offer a simple solution. The thin porcelain shells are applied to the fronts of teeth and hide chips, cracks, uneven surfaces and discolorations. They can also lengthen your teeth, change their shape or cover gaps.
When damage doesn't just affect your enamel, you may benefit from a crown, rather than a veneer. Hollow crowns cover your teeth completely and are often recommended if your tooth is cracked, broken or fragile. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth, particularly those that are discolored or strangely shaped.
Everyone wants a white smile, but all of us aren't blessed with naturally white teeth. Whether your smile has always been a little dull or has become stained over the years, teeth whitening in our Boynton Beach office can improve your appearance. Hydrogen peroxide gel used in whitening treatments is a very effective stain buster. After your treatment, you can expect your smile to stay whiter for two years or more, as long as you avoid or limit coffee, tea, wine, cola and other beverages and foods that stain teeth.
Straightening your teeth can be as easy as wearing a series of removable aligner trays. The clear trays are swapped for a new set every two weeks and are usually worn about 22 hours per day. Invisalign offers a more attractive, comfortable and convenient alternative to straightening your teeth with metal or ceramic braces.
Restoring a chipped portion of your tooth or covering a crack doesn't always have to require an extensive dental procedure. Dental bonding involves adding flexible composite resin to your tooth to restore it and improve its appearance. A special curing light helps the resin bond to your tooth to ensure that it's tooth enough to handle everyday wear and tear.
Are you ready to take advantage of one of these dental treatments? Call our Boynton Beach, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Silberstein, at (561) 459-1600 to schedule your appointment.
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