Our dental practice in Boca Raton, Florida uses a multidisciplinary dentistry approach utilizes a team of general dentists and specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of oral health issues. Our goals are healthy, beautiful smiles and long lasting relationships with our patients.
Our specialities include:
- General Dentistry
- Dental Cleanings
- Preventative Dentistry
- Periodontal Dentistry
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain Bridges
- Full Mouth Rehab
- Wisdom teeth extractions
- Implant dentures
- Dentures, partials and over dentures
- Root Canals, re-treatments
- Teeth Whitening
- Cosmetic Fillings
Root Canals: A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
"Root canal" is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth's nerve lies within the root canal.
A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory -- to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
Crowns: As we get older, our teeth begin to change and are prone to decay. There are many possible reasons for this change in your smile. These reasons can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling, often times the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. Repairing a badly damaged tooth improvesdurability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of your chewing function.
Types of Crowns
If we decide that you are in need of a full crown, there are a few different options for the repair of your tooth. These options include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain fused to metal or gold crown, or a full gold crown. We will help you make the determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for your situation. You can be comfortable in knowing that your new tooth will be virtually unnoticeable and will flawlessly complement the rest of your smile.
When we have decided to go ahead with a full crown restoration, we will set aside 1-3 appointments for the entire process. Although the majority of crowns are completed in one visit, there is sometimes a need for a second visit to ensure a proper fit.The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, it is sometimes necessary to place a "core build up" in the tooth. This will help improve the overall integrity of the crown and allow for a stronger restoration. Finally, we take an impression of your tooth and create your fabricated tooth at the lab that we use. Once we have fabricated your new restoration, we will try the crown on to ensure the fit is perfect. All of our crowns are shaded to match your existing teeth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the crown into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Dr. Herman and his lab technician will determine which of the three types of dentures described below is best for you. Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Dr. herman has over 20 years experience in preparing and installing denture fixtures. From the color to the size of the dentures, Dr. Herman and the lab technician work together to ensure the best looking, best fitting, and longest lasting dentures. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Dr. herman will help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
Convention Full Denture
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
Immediate Full Denture
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. (Your dentist takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit.) While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
Here are tips fore caring for your dentures
- When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
- Don't let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you're not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
- Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
- See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don't be tempted to adjust them yourself, this can damage them beyond repair.
A bridge is one of the few options that you have when deciding how to deal with a missing tooth or teeth. The replacement of these missing teeth is necessary in order to maintain the proper mouth functions. Tooth loss can affect the way you eat, speak, and the alignment of other teeth in your mouth.
Types of Bridges
A bridge, by definition, is a link or connection between two permanent structures. A dental bridge is very similar in that it attaches the restorative teeth (bridge) to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. This bridge acts as your new teeth, closing the gap and restoring your smile. Bridges are often constructed of gold or metal foundations with porcelain fused to the foundation. This ensures that the bridge will support the normal functions of the mouth.There are two main types of bridges:
- Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
The procedure begins with preparation of the natural teeth, or abutments. Dr. Herman will shape the abutment teeth so that the ends of the bridge will fit comfortably on each one. The next step is to take an impression of the area. Dr. Herman will use this impression to create the new tooth and send it to the Lab. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or unattractive tooth.
During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This bridge will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. Dr. Herman will make every effort to ensure that the new bridge feels exactly like your natural teeth.
The final step in the process is to cement the bridge into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.