Oh No! I Lost My Invisalign Retainer

So you just don’t remember where you could have put your Invisalign retainer. Or you threw it out by mistake. Or the dog ate it (don’t laugh, this is actually very common!)

You just spent all this time and money to straighten your teeth and you know that if you don’t wear your Invisalign retainer, your teeth will start to shift again. So now what?

Luckily for you a replacement is just a phone call to your dentist away! You see, when you complete your Invisalign treatment the software in the system has digitally stored your teeth alignment. All the dentist needs to do is log into you personal file and click a button to remake the Invisalign retainers! It’s really that simple.

You don’t even have to come into the office! We can ship it right to your door!

Dr. Asinmaz is a cosmetic and implant dentist in West Palm Beach and provides Invisalign treatment. Call us today at (561) 640-9200 for a consultation or to have your replacement retainers made!

What Materials Are Used To Fill Cavities? What is BPA?

What is an Amalgam Filling?

There has been great debate in the public about the materials we use to fill teeth that have decay (cavities). There has been a movement away from amalgam fillings (metal) due to the concern for its mercury content and the health hazards a leaking filling might cause. Not to mention the appearance of the silver fillings are not the most esthetic and today patients want a solution that is both esthetic and durable. While there isn’t any concrete data to verify the toxicity of this material, many providers such as myself have chosen to not use this material due to an alternative material that is more natural-looking and just as strong.

What About Natural-Looking Fillings?

This material is called the composite resin or “white filling”. The early composite fillings were prone to leakage and breakage due to weak compressive strengths. Today, the material has been engineered to have excellent strength and great durability against wear. Not to mention, it is available in a multitude of shades that are made to match the color of a person’s tooth for a natural, life-like result.

What is BPA? Should I Be Concerned?

Just like its amalgam counterpart, even composite material has come under fire lately due to the presence of BPA (Bisphenol-A), which is found in many consumer plastics products and food packaging. There is concern about hormonal effects this material may cause. Short-term studies show that the usage has insignificant results, but there is a lack of any true long-term studies to date. The American Dental Association (www.ADA.org) confirms this as well and states they are safe in dental materials.

What Do You Use Dr. Asinmaz?

To err on the side of caution, we use only BPA-free composite materials for fillings and bondings. We are proud to continuously be at the forefront of dental technology and more importantly, to show concern for the well-being of our patients.


Root Canal or Dental Implant – A Cost Benefit Analysis

Should I have a root canal or a dental implant?

So you have a very deep cavity (decay) that needs more than just a filling to fix. The cavity is so deep it has reached the nerve and blood supply center of the tooth (pulp) and also has reached the root surfaces. Your dentist tells you there is good news and bad news. The good news is you can save the tooth. The bad news is it is going to require a root canal, crown lengthening surgery, a core buildup and a crown to fix it. Not only are you confused by what these treatment options mean or attempt to accomplish,  but they come with a considerable amount of investment of your time and money to correct. It can get rather expensive to save a tooth when the decay has advanced to such a severe state.

Costs of root canal and associated treatment vs. cost of a dental implant

 I am an advocate for attempting to save a tooth. But there are times when it makes more sense to simply remove the offending tooth and replace it with an implant. The implant option can have a better long-term prognosis, save you time and cost about the same as attempting to save the tooth. There are so many variables ranging from the tooth in question to a patient’s risk factors and health that there isn’t a “one size fits all” answer.

There is no one “correct” answer, and each patient (and each tooth) is different

For this reason, it is always important to discuss restorative options and long term prognosis when deciding what dental treatment plan is best for you.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal? Does it Hurt?

A root canal procedure is one that removes the infected and/or irritated nerve tissues from inside your tooth and seals off bacteria from re-entering the tooth. It is usually necessary to perform a root canal when tooth decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or an infection has started at the root of the tooth.

Root canals are often mistaken for being an incredibly painful procedure. The truth is, you are numbed with local anesthetic for the procedure and do not feel anything! Today’s modern dental techniques and equipment allow for root canals to be completed in shorter time and in a more effective and efficient manner than in the past.

We routinely perform root canal treatment in our West Palm Beach office. Please call (561) 640-9200 to find out more information or to schedule a consultation.

Can Porcelain Veneers Make Me Love My Smile?

If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, you are not alone. Many people have the desire to improve the shape, size and color of their teeth. And why wouldn’t they? Smiling has been linked to healthier living, success in the workplace and increased self-esteem, to name just a few.

Porcelain veneers are a fantastic cosmetic treatment to reverse the effects of your unhappy smile. Many times, we can complete your smile makeover in just a few appointments. I can promise you your life will change after this experience!

Dr. Asinmaz is a cosmetic and implant dentist in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you are interested in learning more about the possibility of improving your smile, call (561) 640-9200 or use our Appointment Request form to schedule a cosmetic consultation.


Can I Have a Broken Tooth Fixed on the Same Day?

So your watching your favorite TV show and snacking on some popcorn and…BOOM…you feel something larger than a popcorn kernel in your mouth! Much to your disappointment, it is your tooth that has fractured. This can happen to teeth when they are weakened by decay. You may or may not be in pain. What if it is a front tooth? This is a very common emergency.

There are some solutions to prevent you from walking around with a broken tooth:

1) bonding: this is the addition of tooth-colored material to build back the broken part of the tooth. It can be done in a single appointment and you will look good as new. This restoration can only work for small to moderate size fractures.

2) crown: this is more commonly referred to as a “cap”. It is a laboratory-made restoration which is cemented on top of your own tooth to make it strong and functional.

3) implant: there are times when the fracture or decay extends down onto the root surface at which point the tooth will need to be removed. The tooth can be removed and an implant can be placed the same day with a cap so that you will have a tooth in the missing space. Once the implant has healed,  a final crown is made to seat onto the implant. This procedure is more commonly referred to as an “immediate implant”.

In the event you experience a situation where your tooth breaks, you can be rest assured we have a solution that will allow you to have the tooth fixed or replaced on that same day!


Whitening Tetracycline Stained Teeth

Tetracycline stained teeth used to be be impossible to treat with traditional whitening systems. These darkened teeth were usually treated cosmetically with porcelain veneers to mask the underlying blue and grey deep stains.

The KoR deep tooth whitening system is a breakthrough technology that is the only system available today that can whiten these previously impossible to whiten teeth. It requires 2-3 of home whitening at night, followed by 1-2 in office sessions of about an hour and half each session. The results are amazing and painless! Virtually zero post operative sensitivity is reported by patients.

If you have been disappointed with poor whitening results or simply have been told your teeth have stains that could not be removed, let us show you how today’s dental technology can transform your smile!


Why Are My Child’s Adult Teeth Coming in Yellow?

Naturally parents show concern when the color of their children’s adult teeth coming in appear to be yellow. They are concerned that their kids may not be brushing well enough and are are staining, building up plaque or worse…cavities!

Your dentist will be able to tell you if the reason behind your child’s yellow teeth are due to poor oral hygiene, tetracycline staining, fluorosis or decay. But if the tooth is healthy, why does it look so yellow?

For starters, the composition of adult teeth and baby teeth are different. All teeth have an outer shell comprised of white enamel and an inner shell called made of yellow dentin. The ratio of enamel to dentin is much higher in baby teeth, therefore it looks whiter. Also, adult teeth are much larger in size so they “stand out” more next to the tiny, white baby teeth.

Once all baby teeth have exfoliated, you will notice that your child will have a nice white, smile (provided they keep up their hygiene and visit their favorite dentist frequently!) So no need to panic, it is very normal that your child has their adult teeth erupting that appear to be more yellow than their baby counterparts.

What Are These Black Lines Around My Teeth and Gums?

I routinely get asked “what are these black lines around my teeth and gums? I hate it!” What most patients are referring to is the unsightly color of the metal underneath their dental crown. There are many different materials that can be used in fabricating dental crowns and this particular crown, the porcelain fused to metal (or PFM), has a dark band around the margin of the crown where it meets your tooth. Over time, your gums may recede from this junction and make this black line become more evident. Today’s dentistry has advanced to the point where we can use all ceramic, tooth-colored crowns that contain no metal at all. There will never be a black line around your tooth and gums, even if the gums should show slight recession over time. They blend in beautifully with the teeth around them and they are just as strong and in some cases stronger than the traditional PFM crown.

Dental crowns in the front of the mouth are usually more noticeable than the crowns in the back. If the color of the metal is unsightly to you, we can change the crowns with an all-ceramic crown with minimal to no change to the underlying tooth.

Remember, each dental crown has its pros and cons and understanding the limitations of each material and when it is advocated makes a difference in delivering beautiful, long-lasting dental crowns.


Teeth in a Day

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could have your bad teeth removed and replaced with dental implants and teeth the same day? With today’s advances in dental materials and technology, it is entirely possible to have unrestorable teeth removed and have an implant-retained temporary prosthesis placed all in the same appointment. This treatment option is typically referred to as “teeth in a day”.

The implant-retained temporary prosthesis is attached to the implants so it does not come out. Once the implants have healed and fused to the bone (typically 3-4 months), this temporary prosthesis is removed and an implant-retained permanent prothesis is then constructed.

We can discuss this treatment option at your consultation and decide together if it is the right treatment for you.

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