Dental Treatments in Clearwater & Seminole
Our Dentists Have Been Caring for Patients for 50+ Years
Since 1995, Boulevard Dental has been helping patients get the smiles they’ve always wanted. Our skilled dentists offer a wide variety of preventative and cosmetic dental treatments in Clearwater. Backed by more than 52 years of combined dental experience, we have a comprehensive understanding of dental procedures. Regardless of how large or complex your dental problem is, you can count on us to help you fix it quickly and efficiently.
To schedule an appointment for our dental treatments in Clearwater and Seminole, please either contact us online or call us today at (727) 799-4897.
A tooth-colored (composite) filling is a modern type of filling. It replaces the use of amalgam (silver) fillings, which used to leave the teeth unsightly and could crack teeth. Now, the composite filling is practically undetectable. Composite fillings are used to fix defects in teeth such as decay or cracked teeth. The defected part of the tooth is removed and then the tooth is restored with the composite filling.
While all composite material is bonded onto the tooth surface to make it stay in place, the term “bonding” is traditionally used when composite material is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. Though, the term can also be used to describe a composite filling as well.
In some cases, composite fillings can be accomplished without needing anesthetic. This is an advantage of catching decay early; shallow decay often does not necessarily need anesthetic.
In some cases, sensitivity to hot and cold may occur, but usually this resolves over time. Occasionally, discomfort can be present when chewing. In these cases, the tooth needs to be evaluated further by the dentist.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and generally last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. It is important to take proper care of the composite fillings. Proper diet, good oral hygiene, and regular visits to your dentist will prolong the life of these restorations.
Crowns are strong, cosmetic restorations used mainly to fix broken, worn, or heavily decayed teeth. They can also strengthen a tooth and improve its shape. Teeth are prepared in order to accommodate a “helmet” to be cemented onto the tooth. In essence, the crown becomes the new outer surface of the tooth. Crowns are made of porcelain, metal, or both. For ultimate esthetics, all porcelain crowns are used to provide the ultimate life-like appearance. Unlike a filling, which applies the restorative material directly into your mouth, crowns are fabricated away from the mouth. An impression is taken and the crown is constructed to exacting precision so that, once cemented, your bite and jaw movements will feel normal. When properly maintained, these restorations provide durable, long-lasting, beautiful solutions.
Bridges are fixed (non-removable) solutions to fill a space in the mouth, especially when an implant is not a viable option. A bridge uses existing teeth in the mouth (usually on either side of the space) in order to hold a tooth in the place of a previous space. Then, the bridge is cemented into place and looks and feels like normal teeth.
In addition to just filling a space for aesthetic reasons, it is very important to fill a space for other reasons, such as preventing teeth from moving out of position. Often, patients don’t think of their teeth moving once they become adults, but, whenever a tooth is removed, a tooth will try to “erupt” until it reaches an opposing tooth. And if none is opposing it, it may super-erupt and cause problems. Also, chewing efficiency diminishes when teeth are removed and disperses extra chewing burdens onto the remaining teeth. The facial shape is also affected by missing teeth, leading to a more sunken appearance in the cheeks.
The care for the bridge is similar to any other dental restoration except for the fact that flossing will need to be done by inserting the floss from the side of the teeth underneath the bridge. A floss threader can assist a patient with this task.
As with most dental restorations, bridges are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. Able to be fabricated outside the mouth, they are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. It is important to take proper care of the bridges. Proper diet, good oral hygiene, and regular visits to your dentist will prolong the life of these restorations.
Implants are the best and most modern way to replace missing teeth. They can replace single teeth or provide anchorage for a larger area of missing teeth. They can be used to help retain dentures, especially on the lower jaw where traditional dentures are a less-than-ideal solution.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed into the gums. They are allowed to integrate into the bone and become joined to the patient’s jaw. The teeth that are placed on top of the implant are usually crowns or bridges, providing a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Dentures can also be placed on top of the implants, providing a tighter fit in the mouth than a traditional denture, especially on the lower jaw.
In addition to just filling a space for aesthetic reasons, it is very important to fill a space for other reasons, such as preventing teeth from moving out of position. Often, patients don’t think of their teeth moving once they become adults, but, whenever a tooth is removed, a tooth will try to “erupt” until it reaches an opposing tooth. And if none are opposing it, it may super-erupt and cause problems. Also, chewing efficiency diminishes when teeth are removed and disperses extra chewing burdens onto the remaining teeth. The facial shape is also affected by missing teeth, leading to a more sunken appearance in the cheeks.
Dental implants have a very high success rate but, like any dental restoration, they may someday have to be replaced. It is important to take proper care of the implants. Even though the implants cannot get decay (since they are metal) the health of the gums is important. Therefore, proper diet, good oral hygiene, and regular visits to your dentist will prolong the life of these restorations.
Sometimes, a tooth is not salvageable and will need to be extracted. With our patience, skill, and care, we will make the extraction process as comfortable as possible.
We will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. We will make sure that all you feel is pressure throughout the procedure. Then, we will explain to you how we will remove the tooth.
After the extraction, we will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow and in most cases, a small amount of bleeding is normal. Applying pressure with gauze or a moist tea bag to the extraction area will stop the bleeding and form a clot. Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.
For swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But, don’t clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.
If your anxiety for an extraction is too high, we offer nitrous oxide sedation as well as medications to relax you during the procedure. Just ask ahead of time if you need anything to make your visit more enjoyable.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is an important procedure when a tooth has certain types of pain or infection. It is sometimes the only alternative to an extraction of the affected tooth. If the tooth is infected, the infection could spread and create a very serious systemic infection. This is why it is important to treat these infections as early as possible. Even though an implant, bridge, or partial can replace missing teeth, it is always best to try to keep the teeth we have.
When we perform root canals, our goal is to provide as comfortable of an experience as possible. This is accomplished by numbing the tooth and surrounding area thoroughly, so you won’t feel anything that we do. We then place a barrier over the mouth in order to protect you during treatment. During the procedure, we access the pulp, which is the part of the tooth that contains the nerve and blood vessels. We then clean this area out, painlessly, and we fill the area back in with a substance called gutta-percha. The tooth is then permanently sealed. Most of the teeth we see can be treated in one visit. Some of the treated teeth will need a post and core to help stabilize the tooth. Also, many will need a crown over the top of the tooth in order to provide the strength that the tooth will need to provide you with many more years of happy chewing.
Of course, regular checkups are the best way to help prevent root canals. Catching decay early and fixing teeth before the bacteria has a chance to enter the pulp of the tooth will help you stay root canal free. But, if it is needed, we are there for you.
Laser Tissue Removal
Sometimes, it is necessary to remove tissue from within the mouth. This can be needed for many reasons, such as trimming a piece of mucosa that you keep biting or trimming tissue around a tooth that we are preparing for a crown in order to achieve a properly fitting crown. Many of these procedures used to be accomplished with scalpels. However, now in our office we can do much of this with a diode laser called Picasso.
Another frequently performed procedure is the removal of a connector piece of tissue called a frenum. This is a fibrous attachment from the lips to the gums, which can occasionally cause problems in a person’s mouth. Sometimes, the frenum will prevent proper movement of the tongue. Occasionally, the upper frenum will prevent the two front teeth from coming together and will create a gap in one’s smile. Also, sometimes a frenum will need to be trimmed in order to prevent periodontal disease (gum disease) progression. In all of these situations, the Picasso diode laser is a great modern solution with no bleeding following the procedure.
To schedule your appointment for our dental treatments in Clearwater and Seminole, contact us today at (727) 799-4897.