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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
September 25, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Implant DentistryWhile it might seem that a lot of our procedures are the luck of advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment, it doesn’t mean that we were the first to come up with these dental treatments. Tooth loss has been a dental problem that has plagued us for centuries; however, we weren’t the first to think of a clever way to replace missing teeth. In fact, archaeologists have just discovered that ancient Celts may have also invented their own form of dental implants back in the 3rd century BC.
 
In a Celtic burial site in the north-central town of Le Chêne, France, archaeologists discovered something astonishing—a decorative tooth belonging to the skeleton of a young woman. While they are still trying to figure out what the tooth was made of, one thing is certain: the tooth was used to enhance this person’s smile. Since the tooth was used to replace one of the most visible teeth in the woman’s smile, it was most likely used for aesthetic purposes. This means that the aesthetics surrounding a healthy smile are anything but new. The appearance of a smile is just as important now as it was back in 200 BC.
 

Socialite Smile

This excavation team that set out for the Le Chêne gravesite unearthed a skeleton of a young woman who couldn’t have been more than 30 years old when she died. The skeleton was most likely an elite member of the Celtic society, as she was decked out in several bronze brooches, bracelets and rings. While the skeleton wasn’t well preserved, her teeth still remained reasonably intact with no sign of wear, tartar or cavities. As they took a closer look inside her mouth, they found a tiny iron pin where one of her incisors would have been. This suggested to the team that it was part of a dental implant.
 

The Toothy Mystery Continues

Since there were no signs of trauma, it’s possible that this woman lost her tooth from a fall or a punch. Also, this dental implant was most likely inserted while the woman was still alive; however, there is a possibility that it was placed there after her death.
 
They are also trying to determine the tooth’s material; however, based on the century, it’s most likely that the ancient Celtic elites sported gold teeth. During trading routes, the Celts often came in contact with and admired the Etruscan’s (Pre-Roman) love of decorative smiles, and in turn, may also have copied their style for bejeweled smiles.
 
While it seems only obvious to mention that people have tacked on a lot of importance when it comes to the condition of their smiles, in this day and age we are lucky that we don’t have to deal with these similar procedures without the use of anesthesia. Dental implants in Vero Beach won’t promise you toothy bling, but it will promise you a complete and healthy smile, and a pain-free procedure. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implants, call our Vero Beach dental office today.
 

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
September 25, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Though you may not have respected them before, it’s time to give your decayed teeth the royal treatment. In Vero Beach, dental crowns by Raymond A. Della Porta, II D.M.D. are important for teeth that have begun to decay.
 

Dental CrownsFillings aren’t enough

Dentists use fillings to replace the area of a tooth afflicted with tooth decay. The dentist will remove the bad part of the tooth and fill it back in with one of several different types of filling material, such as gold, porcelain or resin.
While fillings are excellent for replacing tooth decay that is not terribly advanced, if the decay has consumed too much of the tooth, fillings will be inadequate. Though made from very durable materials themselves and do well for their intended purpose, they are not strong enough to replace very large portions of the tooth.
 

What can a crown do for me?

Dental crowns at our Vero Beach dental practice do a number of things, including reinforcing a damaged, decayed and weakened tooth, as well as restoring its shape to what it was prior to tooth decay. Also called a tooth cap, it covers the entire exposed part of the tooth or an implant.
 
Because part of your tooth is damaged, the caring staff at Raymond A. Della Porta, II D.M.D. wants to help you save the remainder of it to prevent the need for tooth extraction. However, there are cases when a tooth will eventually need an implantation or some other form restoration to protect the structure of your mouth, jaw and bones. 
 
By having a restorative dental crown placed on your already damaged tooth, you’ll be on your way to a healthier, more beautiful smile.
 
If you suspect you may be suffering from tooth decay, contact your Vero Beach dental practice, Raymond A. Della Porta, II D.M.D., today to find out what we can do for you and your mouth.
 

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
September 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  
WhenShouldYouSeeAPeriodontist

Periodontal (gum) disease is sometimes called a “silent” malady — meaning that its symptoms don’t generally announce themselves with great fanfare (or pain, as conditions like tooth decay and root canal issues often do). Yet this disease is estimated to affect almost half of the adult population in the United States, causing deterioration of the gums and the bone surrounding the teeth… and possibly leading to bacterial infections, loss of teeth, and even systemic (whole-body) problems.

So what exactly is periodontal disease? Actually, it’s the broad name for a group of related diseases which attack the soft tissue of the gums and the tooth-supporting bone. Most periodontal diseases are caused by the buildup of harmful bacteria in a biofilm (thin, sticky layer), which coats teeth in the absence of effective oral hygiene. And yes, that means if you don’t brush and floss daily, you’re much more likely to develop gum disease.

Even the most attractive smile could have gum disease lurking beneath it. How do you know if you may be affected? Some early warning signs include redness or inflammation of the edges of the gums, a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath, plus any degree of bleeding when you brush your teeth (brushing should never cause gums to bleed). As the disease progresses, you may develop painful inflammation or a pus-filled abscess, bone loss, loose teeth… and eventually tooth loss.

But don’t wait until then to seek treatment! If you see your general dentist regularly, and if he or she notices signs of gum disease, you may be referred to a periodontist. But you don’t need a referral — you can simply make an appointment and come in for a check-up. That may be wise if you have noticed any warning signs — especially if it has been a while since you’ve had an exam. Periodontal disease may be a silent malady, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it affect your oral health.

If you would like more information about periodontal disease, call our office for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “When To See A Periodontist” and “Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease.”


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
September 08, 2014
Category: Oral Health
CurtSchillingBlamesSmokelessTobaccoforHisOralCancer

For years, even as tobacco use began to decline and disappear in most settings, professional baseball seemed one of the few exceptions. Now, the tide is finally turning. Recently, the legendary right-hand pitcher Curt Schilling revealed that he had been treated for oral cancer — and said that his chewing tobacco habit was to blame. “I’ll go to my grave believing that was why I got [cancer],” Schilling told the Boston Globe.

Schilling isn’t the only former player whose oral cancer is blamed on smokeless tobacco. Tony Gwynn, Hall of Famer and beloved coach, recently passed away from oral cancer at the age of 54. His death led to players pledging to give up the habit. But many still use “dip” or “snuff,” thinking perhaps it’s not so bad after all.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. With nicotine as its active ingredient, chewing tobacco can be just as addictive as cigarettes. Not only is nicotine addictive, it also increases heart rate and blood pressure, constricts the arteries, and affects the body in other ways. In addition to nicotine, chewing tobacco contains about 30 other chemicals known to cause cancer.

Tobacco use of any kind is a major risk factor for oral cancer. While it isn’t as well-known as some other types of cancer, oral cancer can be just as deadly. About 43,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with it each year — and the 5-year survival rate is just 57%. One reason for the relatively low survival rate is that oral cancer isn’t usually detected until it has reached a later stage, when it’s much harder to treat.

What can you do to reduce your risk for oral cancer? Clearly, you should stop using tobacco products of any kind. Moderating your intake of alcohol, and eating more plant foods and less red meat can also have an impact. And don’t forget to have regular dental checkups: cancer’s warning signs can often be recognized in an oral examination — and early detection can boost survival rates to 80-90 percent.

How does Schilling feel about chewing tobacco now? “I lost my sense of smell, my taste buds for the most part. I had gum issues, they bled, all this other stuff,” he told the Globe. “I wish I could go back and never have dipped. Not once.”

If you have questions about oral cancer or cancer prevention, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Chewing Tobacco” and “Diet and Prevention of Oral Cancer.”




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