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Dental Implants and the Power of Osseointegration

More and more patients are opting for dental implants after tooth loss; when the procedure is performed by an experienced dentist, you’re likely to be quite pleased with the long-term, natural looking results. The benefits of dental implants offered by Dr. Eric Mehler DDS include the elimination of bone loss and a lack of negative effect on neighboring teeth. While bridges and dentures also offer reliable, long-term solutions for tooth loss, when dental implants are placed and subsequently cared for properly, they can potentially last you a lifetime. And unlike bridges and dentures, the dental implant process includes the benefits of osseointegration.

Understanding Osseointegration

Osseointegration is the process by which your jawbone fuses with an implant, as explained at MedicineNet. After a titanium implant is placed into your jawbone, the bone will fuse to the metal over time, which is what makes the procedure relatively permanent. Unlike dentures, your implant will not slip out, make noise, or cause you to slur your words. Since the teeth around the implant will not have to be shaved down, as is the case with a bridge, for example, you won’t have to worry about damage to neighboring teeth. Osseointegration also helps to prevent bone loss in your jaw after losing a tooth. When you are missing teeth, gum recession and bone loss can occur in the area around the gap, which can permanently affect your jaw and, in some cases, your facial appearance. Your teeth may also shift, causing difficulties with eating and speaking. On top of all this, you may also experience headaches. With a dental implant, however, you have a way to permanently fill the space left by your missing tooth while keeping the integrity of your jawbone due to the osseointegration of the implant.

Dental implants offer several other benefits, such as convenience, a very realistic appearance, and durability. Since they are made to look exactly like your other teeth, nobody will ever be able to tell that the implanted tooth is false. If you’re looking for a permanent solution for your missing teeth that is permanent and stylish, a dental implant may be the right choice for you.

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Oral Health & Hygiene

You already know that it’s important to visit the dentist twice a year for your dental checkup and cleaning. But do you really know how important proper oral hygiene and care is when it comes to your overall oral health? Here are a couple of things to remember.

  • Don’t skip your cleaning.Of course, this one should go without saying– you shouldn’t skip your dental appointment, and you shouldn’t wait for the signs of a problem to show up before you see your dentist. Prevention really is the key when it comes to maintaining optimal oral health.

    Bad oral hygiene can lead to a multitude of unpleasant health issues, such as halitosis, gum disease, oral thrush, tooth decay, tonsil stones, and more. But there’s less reason to worry about these issues if you keep up a regular schedule of dental visits, as your dentist will be able to catch the early warning signs of these issues and treat the problems accordingly.

    There are several other oral health issues that a dentist will be able to evaluate and treat. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can lead to jaw pain and chronic headaches. More intense jaw pain could be an indicator of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, and a chronically dry mouth can lead to growth of oral bacteria.

  • Remember that proper care at home is key. In between visits, it’s important to keep up a proper oral hygiene routine. While your dentist will be able to evaluate whether or not you need to take some extra steps, it should go without saying that you should thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day, with a soft bristle toothbrush. Flossing is also a very important part of maintaining gum health and keeping plaque levels down. And when you floss before you brush, you’re increasing the chances of fluoride from your toothpaste to easily reach corners and in between your teeth. This will help prevent decay from forming in hard to reach places. Using a fluoride mouthwash can also help ward off tooth decay.

It’s important to keep on top of your oral health, and with the expert care of Dr. Eric Mehler, D.D.S., P.A., you’ll have all of your questions answered and concerns addressed while your personalized care plan is carried out.

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Reasons That Reflect The Importance Of Routine Dental Check-Ups

Understand the Importance Of Routine Dental Check-Ups To Avoid the Cavities

The American Dental Association recommends everyone to have dental check-ups twice a year. For many patients, the dental check-up may always seem something more than the normal brushing of the teeth. However, the regular dental visits not only play a crucial role in the prevention of the dental disease but also educate the patient about the maintenance of oral hygiene. When you visit us, the treatment given by us is divided into two parts: namely check up and cleaning. These two parts enhance the overall appearance of your teeth and also prevent it from further diseases. In the clean up section, our dentists check for the cavities and judge the development of the plaque or tar. Plaque is a clear sticky layer of the bacteria that hardens and develops into tartar if left untreated. You cannot treat plaque and tartar with regular brushing and flossing and if they develop then they form a primary step for the oral infection. The gum is then checked by our expert team of dentists and they judge the condition according to the space between these gums. The second section is cleaning, where our team of dentists cleans the tartar from the teeth by using the special tools. This process is called scaling. After the teeth are scaled, our experienced dentist polishes the teeth that help it to regain its original whiteness.

These two procedures not only make your teeth pearly white but also give benefits such as:

  • Prevention of the gum disease: The cleaning procedure washes away the plaque and tartar that provides a shield to your teeth from the future dental problems.
  • Maintain good health: The studies have stated that there is an unclear correlation between the heart strokes and gum disease. Therefore, regular dental check up not only prevents your teeth from the dental problems but also from the possibility of the heart attacks.
  • Prevents bad breath: The problem of the bad breath pop up due to the food particles stuck up in the hard to reach areas, poor oral hygiene and gum disease. The dental check up on the regular basis protects you from the issue of bad breath also.

Thus, apart from maintenance of oral hygiene the regular dental check-ups help you to fight many chronic conditions.

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If you are looking for a way to improve your smile, your dentist may recommend porcelain dental veneers. Call Eric Mehler, D.D.S., P.A. today.

Dental Veneers Procedure: For the improvisation of crooked structure of teeth

Dental Veneers Procedure: Giving your smile a pearly white touch

Dental veneer procedure is a feather in an armory of cosmetic dentistry that helps you to get a spotless smile. This procedure also helps in the restoration of the fractured or unaesthetic teeth. The porcelain veneers not only improve the appearance of the teeth, but also impart a natural look to the teeth. The thin and the translucent porcelain dental veneer from us exactly mimics the reflecting properties of the natural teeth and an incredibly strong enamel structure. The veneers designed by us are compliant with the natural teeth and no one is able to spot the difference. You don’t have to stay at our office for a long period of time. The whole dental veneer procedure is completed within a span of only of three-four sittings. The porcelain veneers you get from us resist the classic stains of the coffee, tea, smoking and the soft drinks. The dental veneer procedure by our team of expert dentists needs no additional maintenance. The brushing of the teeth and flossing on a regular basis are enough to maintain the spotlessness of the veneers.

Steps For The Dental Veneer Procedure: To regain the original structure of teeth

The application of the dental veneers at our center is divided into three stages. These stages are

  • On the first sitting, our expert dentists will take note of the exact condition of your teeth and then decide how and where the veneers are to be applied. The dentists will perform a series of tests with the help of the X-ray to determine the shape and the color of the veneer.
  • During the next sitting, the dentists at our facility will prepare your teeth for the porcelain veneers. In this stage, the 0.5 millimeters of the front enamel of the tooth structure is removed that creates space for the veneer to adjust without harming the existing structure of the teeth. After the portion of the enamel is removed, the piece is sent to the dental laboratory where the impressions are taken and a customized veneer is designed for your teeth.
  • Your third sitting with us is the final sitting when the veneers are fixed on your teeth. The veneers are bonded on the teeth only after our dentist clean, polish and etch the surface of your teeth. The veneers are fitted on the surface of the teeth with the help of the dry cement.

Now, the veneer is permanently fixed on your teeth and you have acquired your spotless smile back.

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A root canal is the most common method to treat an infected tooth. It removes the infection and helps to restore the integrity of the tooth. Call 954-741-5006 to make an appointment today.

Get Healthy Gums & Teeth With The Right Dental & Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment FAQ

Our tooth structure is comprised of two parts: the crown, which is the visible part of our white; and the root that holds or supports the tooth. The structural components of a tooth are: hard outer covering or the tooth enamel, dentine that is present under the enamel, cementum and dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tender tissue located at the tooth centre. It contains blood vessels and nerves. When the tooth is infected or decayed or it is broken due to any trauma, then the bacteria inside our mouth infect the dental pulp, destroying the soft tissues. If proper care is not taken, the infection will spread down affecting the root canal. The tissues abiding the tooth then turn red and inflamed and this may cause toothache. Root canal treatment in these cases becomes a must.

Procedure required for a root canal treatment

A small hole is made via a drilling machine to reach to the pulp chamber from the top of the tooth. The root canal treatment process involves removal of the decayed pulp along with the tooth’s nerve surgically. The chamber is then washed and cleaned properly. The area is then sealed with cement. Usually, a crown is placed on top of the tooth surface to protect it from further damage and give it an improved look and feel. Normally, a person requires visiting their dentist from one to three times depending upon the condition of the root canal. The first visit is mostly an examination of the tooth and how deep the decay is with the help of n X-ray. The X-ray allows a better vision of the inner portion of the tooth so that the doctor can provide the required treatment and capping.

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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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