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Expanding our Horizons: A Year for Growth

Expanding our Horizons: A Year for Growth

We are excited to announce that our office expansion is nearly complete! The new area will allow us to offer our excellent services to more patients with the latest in tools and technologies in the field of dentistry. The FIDUS Group is handling the expansion, which began in November of last year. They have done a great job helping us create a space that is charming, functional and welcoming to patients.

We are also expanding in the form of a new team member, Dr. Alfuente. She looks to provide top-notch care to new and current patients alike. The University of Florida graduate enjoys working in all areas of general dentistry and uses the latest technology to provide comprehensive dental care.

We’d like to thank FIDUS for helping out with the project. We’d also like to thank our patients for bearing with us during this time of growth. The new year is bringing in many exciting things, and we look forward to embarking on this journey with all of you.

 

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The Benefits of Dental Implants

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Losing a tooth doesn’t have to be permanent—and dental implants can make this possible. When you receive an implant from our skilled dentists at our Jacksonville Beach practice, you’ll immediately see and feel the difference that this procedure can make for your overall oral health and smile.

The dental implant process consists of placing a titanium post into the jaw where your tooth used to be—this is the implant part—and then, once your jawbone is healed, attaching a replacement tooth to the post. This replacement tooth will be made with impressions that your dentist will make, in-office, of your teeth, and colored in a shade to match.

Once the implant process is complete, you’ll begin to experience the many benefits of the treatment for yourself. Here are just a few:

Appearance and Comfort

Because the new tooth is implanted into your jawbone, it will feel, look, and act just like a normal, natural tooth. Unlike with dentures, multiple implants won’t leave you with initial difficulty or discomfort when it comes to eating and speaking. You won’t have to worry about removing your implants to clean them, or getting used to the feeling of having them in your mouth. Plus, unlike dentures, you won’t have to deal with messy or uncomfortable creams or adhesives to keep them in place in your mouth.

Durability

Since your implant will become fused to your jawbone as it heals, it’s likely to last you a lifetime. You’ll have little to worry about when it comes to the tooth breaking or falling out.

Better for Your Oral Health

Other procedures, such as partial dentures or bridges, are achieved by filing down or otherwise altering your surrounding teeth. This can, in turn, potentially cause issues with those teeth further down the line. Dental implants are also easy to keep clean, and easy to clean in-between with flossing and brushing, thus helping to keep your overall oral health up to standard.

Of course, on the topic of oral health, dental implants are to be taken care of in the same manner as your real teeth. They require daily brushing and flossing, and, of course, regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and checkups.

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Are Dentures the Right Choice for You?

Are Dentures the Right Choice for You?

If you’ve lost—or are faced with losing—all or most of your natural teeth, then dentures are likely to become a necessity. Though dentures may take a bit of getting used to, and will feel very different than your natural teeth, modern improvements have made dentures more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.

Believe it or not, it’s likely that you take your teeth for granted. Without teeth, you’ll find that it’s much harder for you to speak and eat, and your facial skin might sag. Using dentures will help restore the natural shape of your face, and will help to keep the muscles in your mouth and jaw strong and healthy.

Conventional versus Immediate Dentures

After your remaining teeth are removed, you’ll receive either conventional or immediate dentures. Conventional dentures will be ready to place in your mouth about two to three months after the removal of the teeth. This allows time for your teeth and gums to heal before beginning to use the dentures. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are exactly how they sound—they’re ready for immediate use after your teeth are removed. While immediate dentures offer a solution for those who choose not to go (or cannot go) temporarily without teeth, they may require frequent adjustments, as your gums may shrink or shift over time as your mouth heals.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture, more commonly known as a bridge, is used when only a few of your teeth are missing. If you’re missing several teeth in a row, however, you know how it can potentially impact your smile. And in addition to the appearance, missing teeth can cause your existing teeth to shift, resulting in crooked and unsightly teeth. A partial denture prevents this by placing artificial teeth in the gap, which “bridge” the gap by connecting to crowns that are placed on the existing teeth on either side of the gap.

If an injury or gum disease has caused you to lose most or all of your teeth, then dentures are one of your best solutions when it comes to getting your smile back. In the Jacksonville Beach area, we can help you when it comes to dental care and replacement of your missing teeth. Contact us today with any questions you may have, or schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists to find out if dentures are right for you. Don’t hesitate to get the process started!

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Restoring Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Restoring Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’re not happy with your smile, you’ll be happy to discover that there are several ways to improve those imperfections. Whether your teeth are discolored, broken, chipped, or missing, there are several state-of-the-art procedures that can help to restore your smile to its original, bright beauty.

Consulting with a cosmetic dentist is Jacksonville Beach is the best way to determine a treatment plan for boosting your smile. Your dentist can help you choose the best options, and get your “smile makeover” started. These are just a few of the treatment options available to you:

Laminates (or Veneers)

Laminates, also known as veneers, are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. A laminate treatment might be best for you if your teeth are heavily discolored, misaligned, or chipped. Laminates can also help with creating a uniform appearance to your teeth if they are malformed or of noticeably different sizes.

Whitening

If you’re just looking to lighten up a few shades, then an in-office bleaching treatment can quickly take care of that for you. If the issues with your teeth stem from a bit of staining or yellowing, just one visit can get you several shades brighter.

Crowns

Crowns are helpful when it comes to protecting broken, worn down, or weak teeth. You’re probably most familiar with crowns when they are used after a root canal, which is an excellent example of their function. After a root canal, your tooth is fragile and prone to breakage—thus a crown needs to be put in place to strengthen the tooth. Obviously, a root canal isn’t the only challenge—your tooth may have been worn away by chipping, or extensive decay may have left you with more filling than actual tooth, which can lead to cracking.

Implants

If you’re missing teeth, then implants are a great, permanent way to replace them. Unlike a bridge, a dental implant is constructed by the placement of a metal post into your jawbone, onto which the dental implant is attached. The dental implant will be molded from the color and shape of your existing teeth, and will feel and function just like a real tooth, since it’s implanted directly into your jaw.

For more information on these procedures, or if any of these procedures sound like the best choice for you, contact our office today for a consultation. It’s possible to have the smile of your dreams, and we’re here to help!

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4 Tips for Overcoming Dental Fear

4 Tips for Overcoming Dental Fear

Dental fear is an incredibly common condition, so if the thought of getting in the chair raises your anxiety, you’re not alone. WebMD says that about 20 percent of patients avoid going to the dentist unless it’s absolutely necessary. The problem is that putting off those regular visits can cause problems in the long run, as preventative care is necessary to keep bigger dental problems and conditions at bay. If you’re in the Jacksonville Beach area, never fear—we understand that visiting the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience, so we strive to provide compassionate and comfortable care. Still shaky? Here are six tips to help you face your fear.

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Yellow, Stained Teeth? Here’s What You Can Do

Yellow, Stained Teeth? Here’s What You Can Do

When it comes to cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening and bleaching are some of the most popular. Let’s face it—a bright, movie star smile is rare, and not something that often comes naturally! If you have a lot of staining on your teeth, or if they’re too far on the yellow side for your liking, then you might want to get in touch with your dentist to find out more about whitening your teeth.

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Choosing the Right Dentist: 4 Tips

Good dental care is an important part of overall health, and choosing the right dentist in the Jacksonville Beach area should be one of your priorities, if you don’t already have one. Find the best practice for you can seem intimidating, though, especially if you have some reservations about dental work due to negative experiences in the past, or if you’re dreading that long-overdue cleaning. No matter what your situation is, we can help—but here are four tips that can help you along in your personal quest to find the right dental professional for you.

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