We offer the following types of Cosmetic & Comprehensive Restorative Dental Services in Palm Beach Gardens.
What the Comprehensive Evaluation will Do for You?
Your first visit to our practice will consist of a comprehensive oral evaluation. You will be with us for approximately one hour. This visit is a complete and thorough examination of your head, neck, teeth, gums, bone levels and jaw joint. It will include necessary x-rays and periodontal assessment which will demonstrate any changes in your health and give us a more complete picture of your needs. We will review your medical history and Dr. Green will perform an oral cancer screening. The results of your examination will determine what type of cleaning you need and will allow our team to care for you with the best possible treatment. You will have enough information at the end of this visit to make an informed decision regarding your own oral health and how it affects your overall health.
If you are interested in Porcelain Veneers, Dental Implants, Teeth-In-A-Day and other Cosmetic or Comprehensive Restorative Services, the Comprehensive Evaluation is expanded 30 more minutes to include photographs and a registration of your current resting bite. This evaluation gives you and Dr. Green necessary information prior to starting treatment.
For more information about your initial visit options, speak to a team member at (561) 622-2815.
Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it and forms a tight connection. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then attaches a replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. Some implants can be surgically placed and restored with a crown the same day, also known as “tooth-in-a-day”. Implants can also be used as support for an implant bridge. This permanent solution has the advantages over conventional bridge work in that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support. An implant bridge replacing several teeth is an alternative to partial dentures and has several advantages. There is little or no adjustment period because once the work is done, our patients only feel teeth and not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Implants slow or stop the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth. There is no discomfort or difficulty in eating and best of all, they don’t have to be taken out all the time.
Often implants can be used to further stabilize a denture or eliminate removable dentures altogether. A Teeth-In-A-Day treatment, also known as an All-On-Four treatment is a type of denture which is held in place by implants. This type of treatment is fixed in your mouth and feels more like having your natural teeth than a removable denture.
Do you have questions about dental implants, including whether they are the right treatment option for your missing teeth? Contact our practice today to learn more about how Dr. Green can help you achieve a comfortable, strong and appealing smile with dental implants at (561) 622-2815.
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity or defective filling that needs to be removed, the more likely it is that Dr. Green will recommend a crown. Keep in mind that teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures from chewing food. Crowns function to prevent breakage, as well as making for a nice smile. A crown may be completed the same day that decay or a defective filling is removed from the tooth. The tooth is shaped to accept the crown and a digital impression is made of the prepared tooth for use in fabricating a crown. The crown is made of high-strength porcelain, or a ceramic-like metal material known as zirconia, in the office. At the end of the appointment, Dr. Green adjusts the crown as needed and then cements it in place.
For more information about dental crowns and bridges, or to schedule a consultation for crowns and dental bridges, speak to a team member at (561) 622-2815.
How Porcelain Veneers Improve your Smile
Veneers are used to close gaps or cover teeth that are stained, poorly shaped, or slightly crooked. To provide form and help strengthen a veneer, a small amount of enamel may be removed from the front and edge of the tooth. Using resin cements, the veneers are set in place. Placing a veneer may be an irreversible process because a small amount of enamel is removed to accommodate the thickness of the veneer shell. Some veneers, known as “no-prep veneers” are placed over intact enamel.
By applying these thin sheaths of porcelain to the front surface of your teeth, Dr. Green can create a whiter and more uniform smile. The translucent quality of the porcelain allows the veneers to reflect light as your actual tooth would. This quality combined with the artistic eye of our cosmetic dentists during the placement of the veneers will create a beautiful, natural-looking smile. If you have crooked teeth, but are not interested in braces, you might be interested in the “instant orthodontics” feature of porcelain veneers.
Even the subtlest change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel. Are you interested in learning whether porcelain veneers are the right dental solution for you? Call our office and speak to a team member at (561) 622-2815.
There are many options for straightening your teeth, but none offers the level of comfort, convenience and confidence that you’ll find with Invisalign®. You’ll appreciate how our cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.
There are two types of whitening procedures. Whitening done in the dental office is known as “Chairside Bleaching”. “In-Home Bleaching” is a custom system dispensed to patients for use at home. Chairside Bleaching takes about one hour. To protect the mouth, a gel-like substance is applied to the gums and a rubber shield is placed around the lips. A chemical solution, the whitening agent, is applied to the teeth. A special light may be used to activate the agent. A home touch-up kit is included in the treatment to keep the teeth as white as possible all year. With In-Home Bleaching, impressions are made of the teeth, custom-fitted bleach carriers are fabricated which patients wear for up to two hours daily or overnight for two weeks. The amount of time and the number of days the custom-fitted tray is worn will vary according to a person’s individual needs. Dr. Green monitors the entire process of Chairside Bleaching and In-Home Bleaching to access the effectiveness and safety of the treatments.
Periodontal disease is commonly treated with a mechanical procedure known as root debridement. Root debridement removes plaque, tarter, and stains from the surface of teeth and below the gumline. A local anaesthetic is administered to reduce any discomfort. The hygienist carefully removes plaque and tarter down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. The rough areas of the root are smoothed to promote healing and make it more difficult for plaque to accumulate along the root surfaces.
While debridement is effective at reducing infection causing bacteria, it doesn’t kill all the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection and as with any infection, treatment with an antibiotic is common. That’s why a dental healthcare team often decides to add a locally administered antibiotic (LAA) such as ARESTIN®. This comprehensive approach provides patients with two therapies that work simultaneously (ARESTIN® + debridement) to help kill the harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease so that the infection becomes more easily managed and won’t immediately return.
Infected pockets inside your gums require treatment before periodontal disease causes further damage. Clinical studies show that ARESTIN® plus debridement is more effective than debridement alone at shrinking the size of infected periodontal pockets, killing the bacteria associated with periodontal disease, and reducing bleeding on probing of the gums.
At your follow up appointment, the hygienist will check how the gums have healed and how the periodontal pockets have decreased. You’ll be given instructions on how to care for your healing teeth and gums. Maintaining good oral hygiene and continued supportive periodontal therapy are essential to help prevent periodontal disease from becoming more serious.
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Your dentist can create a special occlusal guard, also known as a “night guard” just for you – one that will provide comfort and proper fit. A custom-made occlusal guard is individually designed and constructed according to your dentist’s specifications in a professional dental laboratory. An occlusal guard protects your teeth from damage caused by teeth grinding and clenching. Although custom-made occlusal guards are somewhat more expensive than stock night guards purchased in stores, their exceptionally good fit, comfort, and overall quality make them worth it. A custom-made occlusal guard is easily retained in the mouth, does not interfere with breathing or cause adverse changes in the alignment of the teeth. For these reasons, custom-made devices are recommended by dentists.
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in where the skull and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.
Problems in this area can cause:
Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem.
There are different types of dentures, but they share a common function. They replace teeth that have become loose due to bone loss or have been extracted. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but patients can achieve the goal of eating and talking normally and having a natural, beautiful appearance. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, or replace all the teeth in the mouth. Often implants can be used to further stabilize a denture. A Teeth-In-A-Day treatment, also known as an All-On-Four treatment is a type of denture which is held in place by implants.
This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or aesthetics. It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbours for support, and, with one missing, they start to “fall.” As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw.