By Impressive Smiles Dental
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Preventive Care   Brushing   Flossing  

Caring for your smile goes much farther than just brushing your teeth. Preventative dental care is a crucial part of the long-term health of your teeth. But what does preventative care involve? How often should you see your family dentist? Unfortunately, you may not know the Girl Flossinganswers to these common questions. Find out more about preventative dental care and how it benefits you with Dr. Robert Perez at Impressive Smiles Tampa in Tampa, FL.

What is preventative dental care? 
Your dentist provides preventative dental care in the form of biannual dental examinations and cleanings. These visits to your dentist’s office take only minutes and can ensure that you stave off teeth decay and gum disease. Your examination will give your dentist the chance to spot and treat issues like tooth decay early and regular cleanings remove plaque and tartar from the teeth to stop decay in its tracks.

How should I care for my teeth between routine exams? 
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone—no matter their level of dental risk or condition of their teeth—should brush twice a day and floss between each tooth once and see their family dentist at least twice a year for routine exams. Some people may require more or less care, but this routine is enough to keep most people’s teeth clean and healthy between examinations and cleanings.

What makes preventative dental care so important? 
Issues with the teeth often advance rather slowly over time. This means that regular preventative dental examinations and cleanings give your dentist the chance to find and treat issues like teeth decay and gum disease in their earliest stages. Early intervention means less invasive procedures, saving you time, discomfort, and money in the long run.

Preventative Dental Care in Tampa, FL 
Taking the time to see your family dentist twice a year and care for your smile in the meantime can help keep your teeth free from decay and gum disease for years to come. This strong oral hygiene routine is crucial to both your dental and your overall health.

For more information on preventative dental care, please contact Dr. Robert Perez at Impressive Smiles Tampa in Tampa, FL. Call (813) 962-8888 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Perez today!

By Impressive Smiles Dental
July 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root CanalSome very uncomfortable symptoms are developing in a back molar. Dr. Robert Perez, your family dentist at Impressive Smiles Dental in Tampa, FL, says you need root canal therapy to save the tooth. What tells him you need it, and what will it be like? Read on and learn all about amazing root canal therapy.

Saving a tooth

Your family dentist at Impressive Smiles Dental in Tampa does everything he can to preserve natural tooth structure. In other words, he'd rather restore a failing tooth than extract it and create the many problems which accompany tooth loss.

So, when a patient presents with symptoms of dental infection (abscess) or injury, Dr. Perez will consider saving the tooth with root canal therapy (also called endodontics or endodontic therapy). Employed for generations to remove diseased pulp which resides interior to enamel and dentin, a root canal cleans, strengthens and protects a tooth. As a result, the tooth remains in place and functions well for many years.

The procedure happens right at Impressive Smiles Dental. Most patients only need local anesthetic as Dr. Perez accesses the inner chamber, or canal, which runs down each tooth root. He extracts the inflamed nerves, blood supply, and connective tissue and adds antibiotics and a sealant called gutta-percha. A temporary filling protects the tooth until the dentist places a porcelain crown a week or so later.

Signs you need a root canal

The American Association of Endodontists states that patients require root canal therapy for teeth that are deeply damaged due to decay, weak tooth structure, oral injury or infection (abscess). Common symptoms that your tooth is in danger include:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw swelling
  • A red pimple on the gums
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Enamel discoloration
  • A big crack or chip or a lost filling
  • Drainage from the tooth
  • Bad breath which does not resolve with mouth wash or tooth brushing
  • Extreme dental sensitivity to temperature and the pressures of chewing and biting

To explore why you have these symptoms. Dr. Perez will look at your tooth and X-ray it to understand the nature of the problem. If he recommends root canal therapy, expect the procedure to:

  • Take two visits to Impressive Smiles Dental
  • Relieve your pain and other symptoms
  • Make your tooth look and perform well again

Find out more

The American Academy of Endodontists says that root canals are highly successful. So, if Dr. Perez says you need one, look forward to keeping your tooth and having a great looking smile once again. For answers to questions about root canal therapy or any other dental concerns, please call (813) 962-8888 for more information or to arrange a consultation with Dr. Perez and his team in Tampa, FL.

By Impressive Smiles Dental
May 30, 2018
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: invisalign  

There’s no reason you have to wear metal braces to get the smile you want.

Invisalign Tray

Are you a teen who hates the idea of having gaps in your smile for your senior pictures? Are you an adult who feels like they aren’t taken seriously in the professional world because you have a crooked smile? If you said yes, you may be wondering how our Tampa, FL, dentist Dr. Robert Perez can help. After all, isn’t the only option to wear metal braces on your teeth for a year or more? Well actually, metal braces aren’t your only option.

Invisalign offers a cool and unique way to get the smile you want and to fix a variety of misalignments without ever having to wear metal braces. It’s a great option for both older teens and adults who may not have had braces as a child but still want to get straighter results later in life. Remember, it’s never too late to get a straight smile.

Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign employs a revolutionary system of clear, custom-made trays that fit perfectly over your teeth to apply the perfect amount of pressure necessary to gradually shift teeth into their final and ideal position within minimal discomfort.

Each aligner is meant to move certain teeth a predetermined amount, as mapped out by our Tampa, FL, general dentist during your treatment-planning phase. Once we know what issue or issues you want to fix with Invisalign we can use special computer software to map out what teeth will shift and just how much in order to achieve the perfect smile.

As you might imagine, there are many cool benefits to getting Invisalign over traditional braces. The most obvious advantage is that the aligners are made from clear plastic so they are less visible, allowing teens and adults to go to work or school and still feel comfortable and confident speaking with their peers.

Furthermore, these aligners are completely removable, which means that you don’t have to change your diet to accommodate your treatment (traditional braces requires that you avoid a variety of different foods to prevent damage to the brackets or wires). Just remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking (anything except water) and you can enjoy all of your favorite meals. Plus, you can also remove your aligners before brushing and flossing. Not having to worry about brushing between brackets and wires is certainly a major relief.

Are you ready to find out more about Invisalign and how it can give you the smile you want here in Tampa, FL? Then let’s schedule your orthodontic consultation and get you one step closer to a smile in which you can feel confident. Call Impressive Smiles Tampa today.

By Impressive Smiles Dental
May 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you reluctant to share your smile with the world because you're concerned about crooked or dull teeth, a small chip at the bottom of a cosmetic dentistrytooth or even a missing tooth?. Luckily, many of these and other issues can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry procedures. Tampa, FL, dentist Dr. Robert Perez provides several treatments that will enhance your smile.

Cosmetic bonding

Many people put off improving their smiles because they're concerned about costs. Cosmetic bonding offers an inexpensive way to improve your smile in just one visit. The treatment is used to cover minor chips, cracks, discolorations and other flaws, but is equally effective at changing the shape or length of teeth or concealing small gaps between teeth. Bonding involves adding a small amount of flexible composite resin to teeth to improve their appearance. Exposing the tooth-colored composite resin to a curing light during your visit to our Tampa office hardens it and bonds it to your tooth enamel.

Inlays and outlays

Inlays and outlays are used when tooth decay destroys a large portion of your tooth. These porcelain restorations are made in a dental laboratory and replace fillings. Inlays fit inside the cusps, or raised portions of your tooth surface, while outlays extend beyond at least one cusp.


Veneers offer another solution if you have imperfections in your teeth. The thin porcelain shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth and cover uneven surfaces, discolorations, cracks, chips and other flaws. Veneers can also be used to improve the shape of a crooked or twisted tooth, close gaps or whiten your smile. Although the restorations are thin, they're very durable and are resistant to stains.

Bridges, dentures and implants

Gaps in your teeth can drastically change your smile, but that's not the only consequence of missing teeth. Difficulties eating or speaking can also be a problem, depending on how many teeth you've lost. Replacing lost teeth with a bridge, dentures, dental implants or implant-supported dentures improve your appearance and makes it much easy to chew and speak clearly.

Could you benefit from a cosmetic dentistry procedure? Call Tampa, FL, dentist Dr. Robert Perez at (813) 962-8888 to schedule an appointment.

By Impressive Smiles Dental
January 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: family dentist  

Getting the whole family to the dentist can be a challenge, between busy and conflicting schedules and varying dental and oral healthcarefamily dentist needs. Dr. Robert Perez, a family dentist in Tampa, FL, offers a range of dental services, from childhood and pediatric dentistry to geriatric oral healthcare, for patients of all ages.

Family Dentistry in Tampa, FL

Even for lucky families where everyone enjoys good oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that school aged children and adults visit the dentist every six months to a year for a check up and dental cleaning to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. A family dentist can take care of every member of the family in the same practice, which can save your family time and money and streamline the process to make sure that everyone gets the care they need, when they need it.

What Does a Family Dentist Offer?

A family dentist provides preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services for patients of all ages. They offer the same services as a general dentist, but do not restrict patients by age groups, and treat both children and adults.

Dental services provided by a family dentist include:

  • Oral exams and professional dental cleaning
  • Emergency dentistry
  • Dental Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Root canal therapy
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Veneers
  • Crowns and bridgework
  • Dental implants
  • Gum grafting and surgery
  • Sealants (for children)
  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dentures
  • Invisalign clear aligners
  • Inlays and onlays

Although going to a specialist is sometimes necessary depending on the cause and severity of problem, as well as the age of the patient, a family dentist has the unique advantage of offering the most comprehensive range of services for patients in diverse age groups, and can treat everyone from babies getting their first molars, to grandparents suffering from periodontal (gum disease).

Find a Family Dentist in Tampa, FL

Contact our office today by calling (813) 962-8888 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perez.

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