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Teeth whitening can transform your teeth from dull and dingy to bright and white. One of the best methods is Zoom whitening. This method is done in the dentist’s office and it takes about an hour to complete. Call Eric Mehler, D.D.S., P.A. to make an appointment today.

Get Freedom From Discolored Teeth With Teeth Whitening Procedures

Today’s world is obsessed with the beautiful things, certainly you also want to follow the race and not lack behind. To stay ahead in the race, all of your beauty attributes such as hair, skin, teeth should be glowing. You can use products in the market to improve your hair quality or to get glowing skin, but for shining teeth, teeth whitening procedures from a renowned specialist like Dr. Eric Mehler are necessary.
To get your teeth whitened, you can avail two options: One is you can yourself visit the clinic of Dr. Eric Mehler or can get the teeth whitening kits from the clinic and follow a DIY route to whiten your teeth at the luxury of your home.
When you opt for the in-office teeth whitening procedure, your teeth will undergo the following steps:

  • The experienced and skilled team of dentists of Dr. Eric Mehler will apply a layer of highly concentrated peroxide gel carefully on your teeth.
  • After 20 minutes, the gel is removed.
  • As the gel is removed, you will see a dramatic change in the color of your teeth. You will notice the stains and yellow patches on your teeth have faded and your teeth have started glowing more than before.
  • If you notice that the discoloration is still persistent, then the team of efficient dentists of Dr. Eric Mehler will recommend another method for teeth whitening.

If you can’t make regular visits to the clinic, then the home kit for teeth whitening procedures is given to you. This kit is equipped with a highly concentrated peroxide gel and mouth guards. You just have to apply the concentrated peroxide gel with care for a span of just an hour and you will notice the dramatic change in the color of your teeth.

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Kristin Cavallari’s “Spaghetti Catcher” is the First Step To A Winning Smile Blog Post By Dr. Eric Mehler

Kristin Cavallari’s “Spaghetti Catcher” – First Step To A Winning Smile

Kristin Cavallari’s flawless smile has been featured on TV, film and magazine covers. But the 25-year-old actress and reality-show personality didn’t always have a perfect set of teeth. In fact, she told Dear Doctor magazine — where readers recently voted to crown her with the “Smile of the Year” award — that her dental treatments began the same way many do: with orthodontics in sixth grade.

“I had the ‘spaghetti catcher,’ which is what everyone used to call it,” she reminisced. But by that, she didn’t mean a strainer — she’s talking about what dentists call a “palatal expander.”

In case you’re not familiar with this orthodontic device, a palatal expander takes advantage of the natural growth patterns of a child’s upper jaw to create additional space for the top set of teeth. How does it work? Basically, it’s similar to braces: By applying gentle pressure, the appliance creates changes in the jaw. Unlike braces, however, it’s invisible — it fits between the upper teeth, close to the roof of the mouth.

During the three to six months a child wears the palatal expander, it pushes the left and right halves of the upper jawbone apart, and then maintains and stabilizes the new, wider spacing. Since the palatal bones don’t fuse until after puberty, tightening it a little bit each day for the first few weeks provides a quick and painless method of making the upper jaw a bit roomier. And that can be a very good thing. Why?

There are lots of reasons. For one, it can relieve the condition called “crowding,” when there is not enough space in the upper jaw to accommodate the proper alignment of the permanent teeth. In the past, teeth often had to be extracted in that situation. It may even allow “impacted” teeth — ones which are blocked from erupting by other teeth — to come in normally.

It can help treat a “crossbite,” when the back top teeth come down to bite inside (instead of outside) the lower back teeth. It also generally shortens the total time a child needs for orthodontic treatment. That’s good news for any teenager — even if their own day-to-day “reality show” isn’t featured on TV!

If you would like more information about palatal expanders, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Palatal Expanders” and “Early Orthodontic Evaluation.”

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Cosmetic Dentists Offer Dental Implants, Porcelain Veneers and Additional Cosmetic Dental Needs In Sunrise ,FL

How Modern Dental Fillings Mimic Real Teeth

Until recently anyone who needed to repair cavities in his or her teeth ended up with a mouth full of “silver” fillings. Dental amalgam, which has a silver appearance, was the tooth restoration material of choice. Amalgam, a combination of metals including silver, mercury, and other metals, is still used — but today there are other options that mimic the original teeth they are restoring.

You may have read about some people’s concerns about the mercury used in dental amalgam. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), scientific studies have found no ill effects arising from using dental amalgam in fillings for adults or children: “While questions have arisen about the safety of dental amalgam relating to its mercury content, the major US and international scientific and health bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, the US Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization, among others have been satisfied that dental amalgam is a safe, reliable and effective restorative material.” Dental amalgam is still used for molars (back teeth) that must withstand heavy pressure from chewing.

For teeth that are more visible, materials that look and perform more like the original teeth — and are thus more pleasing in appearance — are now available. Dentistry is now taking a “biomimetic approach” (from words meaning “life mimicking”). The new materials — composite resins and porcelains — look like teeth because in many ways their structure imitates the biologic structure of teeth.

Composite resins are made of a plastic material (methacrylate) combined with fillers made of silica, a form of glass. They are able to bond to natural tooth structure and resemble the dentin, the inner layer of the tooth, which has a porous structure similar to bone.

Dental porcelains are a form of ceramic. They are non-metallic materials formed by the action of heat, like the ceramics used in porcelain cups and bowls. They come in a powder form that is mixed with water, shaped, and then placed in an oven until they reach the proper hardness. The end product is translucent and very hard, resembling the densely packed crystals of calcium that make up a tooth’s normal outer layer, the enamel.

The old amalgam fillings required removal of tooth material to prepare a site in which they could be placed. Composite resins and porcelains can be used to treat teeth that have small or large amounts of damage to their natural substance because the materials bond directly to the remaining dentin and enamel. Thus they end up stabilizing and strengthening the restored tooth, as well as providing a natural-looking appearance.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about tooth colored fillings. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings.”

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Singer Kelly Clarkson, who was the first winner of American Idol, and perhaps one of the first to seek moral support via social media before having an emergency root canal procedure.

Kelly Clarkson Gets to the Root of the Problem

Now that celebrities can communicate directly with their fans through social media, we’ve started to see dispatches from some surprising locations — the dental chair, for example! Take singer Kelly Clarkson, who was the first winner of American Idol, and perhaps one of the first to seek moral support via social media before having an emergency root canal procedure.

“Emergency root canal — I’ve had better days,” Kelly posted on her Facebook page, along with a photo of herself looking… well, pretty nervous. But is a root canal procedure really something to be scared about? It’s time to clear up some misconceptions about this very common dental procedure.

First of all, root canal treatment is done to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost to an infection deep inside it. So while it’s often looked upon with apprehension, it’s a very positive step to take if you want to keep your teeth as long as possible. Secondly, tooth infections can be painful — but it’s the root canal procedure that stops the pain. What, actually, is done during this tooth-saving treatment?

First, a local anesthetic is administered to keep you from feeling any pain. Then, a small opening is made through the chewing surface of the infected tooth, giving access to the central space inside, which is called the “pulp chamber.” A set of tiny instruments is used to remove the diseased pulp (nerve) tissue in the chamber, and to clean out the root canals: branching tunnel-like spaces that run from the pulp chamber through the root (or roots) of the tooth. The cleared canals are then filled and sealed.

At a later appointment, we will give you a more permanent filling or, more likely, a crown, to restore your tooth’s full function and protect it from further injury. A tooth that has had a root canal followed by a proper restoration can last as long as any other natural tooth — a very long time indeed.

If you have any questions about root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step by Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

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At Eric Mehler, D.D.S., P.A. we offer bonding. We are proud of the ways in which dentistry can restore broken or decayed teeth to full beauty and function.

FAQS About Getting Dentures

Eric Mehler DDS is a general dentist serving the Sunrise, FL area with quality care. One of the services that his patients want to know more about is dentures. Dentures are replacement teeth that can help patients “reclaim” their smiles. Here are a few FAQs (frequently asked questions) about getting dentures that can help you make a decision about getting them for yourself or someone you love.

How Are Dentures Made?
Dentures are special dental appliances that are created to comfortably fit over the gums of the mouth when a patient has missing teeth. Full dentures cover the entire gumline while partials cover a smaller space and hook onto the remaining teeth. They are made in a laboratory from a material designed to simulate pink gums. The white artificial teeth (usually made of acrylic) are carefully placed in the base to complete the appliance.

How Long Does it Take to Get Dentures?
The first appointment to get your dentures is necessary to take impressions of your mouth and to also ensure that your gums are healthy and clean. Allow a few weeks for the first denture to come back—then you’ll have to go through a series of fittings until they’re just right. Ask your Sunrise, FL dentist if you can have a temporary device made while you wait.

Is There an Alternative to Dentures?
There are other alternatives that you might want to explore with Dr. Mehler at your initial consultation. Dental implantation is a popular service that provides you with a more permanent solution. When there are just one or two missing teeth, bridgework may be the solution (two crowns with a fill-in tooth in the middle).

Dentures by Dr. Mehler
If you think it’s time to get your very own custom dentures or you want to talk about additional solutions, call on Dr. Eric Mehler. He is committed to delivering “gentle, compassionate care” to his Sunrise, FL patients. Pick up the phone and dial (954) 741-5006 or click the “Request an Appointment” button to suggest a time online.

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Photo Of Implant, Abutment, and Crown

Issues to Consider Before Dental Implants

With their durability, versatility and life-likeness, there’s no doubt dental implants have revolutionized teeth replacement. If you’re considering dental implants, however, there are some issues that could impact how and when you receive implants, or if you should consider another type of restoration.

Cost. Dental implants are initially more expensive than other tooth restorations, especially for multiple tooth replacement. However, be sure you consider the projected cost over the long-term, not just installation costs. Because of their durability, implants can last decades with little maintenance cost. In the long run, you may actually pay more for dental care with other types of restorations.

Bone health. Dental implants depend on a certain amount of bone to properly situate them for the best crown placement. If you’ve experienced extensive bone loss, however, there may not be enough to support the implant. This can often be overcome with grafting — immediately after extraction, at the time of implantation or a few months before implantation — to encourage bone growth. In some cases, though, bone loss may be so extensive you may need to consider an alternative restoration.

Gum Health. While implants themselves are impervious to infection, they’re supported by gum and bone tissues that can be affected. Infected tissues around an implant could eventually detach and lead to implant failure. If you have periodontal (gum) disease, we must first bring it under control and render your gums infection-free before installing implants. It’s also important to maintain effective oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and checkups for optimum implant health.

Complications from osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis — in which the bones lose bone density and are more prone to fracture — are often treated with drugs known as bisphosphonates. In less than 1% of cases of long-term use, a patient may develop osteonecrosis in which the bone in the jaw may lose its vitality and die. As with bone loss, this condition could make implant placement difficult or impractical. Most dentists recommend stopping treatment of bisphosphonates for about three months before implant surgery.

If you have any of these issues or other complications with your oral health, be sure to discuss those with us before considering dental implants. With proper planning and care, most of these difficulties can be overcome for a successful outcome.

If you would like more information on pre-existing conditions that may affect implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Osteoporosis & Dental Implants” and “Infections around Implants.”

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If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys. If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

Gallery Post America’s (Dentists) Got Talent – for Fixing Damaged or Missing Teeth!

A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill. We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth? Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration. When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged? In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life. So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys. If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

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