By Impressive Smiles Dental
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crowns and BridgesDental crowns and bridges are restorative dental treatments that make a major difference in how your smile looks and feels. Learn more about them and what are they used for by reading below, and contact Dr. Robert Perez at his office in Tampa, FL, if you feel that you could benefit from treatment.

What Is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped dental device that has a hollow center and is used in the restoration of damaged or weakened teeth. Its design is based on a mold of your existing tooth after any damaged enamel is removed from the outer surfaces. When placed on the tooth, the base of the crown will be flush with the gum line and look just like your other teeth. Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain material that is shaded to match the rest of your teeth, and they are applied to your smile through the use of strong dental cement.

Advantages of Crowns
You’ll enjoy a number of advantages by having your existing tooth reinforced with a crown. For one, you can count on having a stronger tooth for at least 10 to 15 years. The crown will protect the inner pulp and nerves of the tooth so that it can’t become infected or decayed. The porcelain material used for a crown is very durable, making it less likely to crack or chip. The best advantage you’ll see is how lifelike and natural modern-day crowns look, for they are polished and well-contoured.

The Crown Installation Procedure
At your initial consultation, your Tampa, FL dentist will take X-rays of the affected tooth to ensure that it’s a good fit for a crown. The next step is to remove a few layers of outer enamel to take an impression of the adjusted tooth, which is called an abutment. When the crown is ready, you’ll revisit your dentist to have it bonded to your tooth. The procedure is similar for both crowns and bridges, except that with bridges, there are two crowns installed at once with a “bridged” false tooth in between them.

Get Help Restoring Your Smile
Crowns and bridges can do a lot for your smile, most notably restoring it to full functionality and safeguarding it from future dental problems. Call (813) 962-8888 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Robert Perez at his Tampa, FL, dentist office!

By Impressive Smiles Dental
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How cosmetic dentistry services from your dentist in Tampa, Florida can give you a smile to be proud of!

Cosmetic Dentistry ProceduresIf nature didn’t give you a fantastic smile, you can do something about it! Thanks to cosmetic dentistry procedures, you can achieve a memorable, beautiful smile you can be proud of. Dr. Robert J. Perez at Impressive Smiles Tampa in Tampa, Florida can help you select the cosmetic dentistry procedures that are right for you.

Our Cosmetic Dentistry Options

If your smile is dull, yellow, or stained, a professional teeth whitening treatment can help. Professional teeth whitening is safe, quick, and effective. In fact, you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter and your amazing results can last up to 5 years!

If your smile isn’t as straight as it could be, orthodontics can make a difference. Dr. Perez offers conventional orthodontics using brackets and wires, as well as Invisalign which uses clear plastic trays. Invisalign is quick, with treatment complete in as little as 9 to 15 months. It is comfortable too, as the trays, called aligners, are made of smooth plastic. Best of all, Invisalign is discreet, because the aligners are virtually invisible to people around you.

If you have cracked, chipped, or poorly-shaped teeth, you can rebuild and remake them with dental bonding. The bonding procedure uses composite, a liquid resin that can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to form natural-looking tooth contours. After placement, the composite is hardened with an ultraviolet light, resulting in a strong, durable tooth restoration that is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

If you want a dramatic enhancement to your teeth, porcelain veneers can give you a perfect smile. Veneers are thin sheaths of high-grade porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They hide both minor and major aesthetic issues like cracks, fracture lines, tooth rotation, gaps between teeth, and other cosmetic dental issues. Porcelain veneers allow you to effectively enhance your smile in as little as two appointments.

Interested? Call Today!

You owe it to yourself and your smile to discover what cosmetic dental procedures can do for you. To find out more about cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services, call Dr. Robert J. Perez at Impressive Smiles Tampa in Tampa, Florida today!

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.

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