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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
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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
July 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Losing teeth can be a blow to anyone’s self-esteem, especially if those teeth are visible. The way someone looks often dictates how they feel, leading to psychological and social consequences that could go so far as to affect one’s quality of life. Thankfully, options for Dentures dentures abound for those with missing teeth, and those options are more economical and effective than ever from your Vero Beach dentist Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta.

Who can use dentures?
Good candidates for dentures, or removable tooth replacement appliances, have experienced significant tooth loss. Patients should have enough healthy jawbone and gum tissue for the denture to attach to. They should also know dentures’ limitation, set realistic expectations and be willing to learn how to properly care for their dentures, all of which can be achieved by talking with your dentist Dr. Della Porta in Vero Beach.

How can dentures help restore my social life? 
Dentures can change a life. Speaking and even eating can be achieved with ease compared to with a mouth full of missing teeth. Often, when teeth are missing, the facial features can become skewed. Dentures work to fill the face out, similarly to natural teeth, eliminating a changing appearance due to missing teeth. The confidence that comes with this renewed appearance is priceless. Smiling, eating and speaking are transformed into something that requires zero second guessing, and the habit of speaking or laughing without showing the teeth can finally be broken.

How can I care for my dentures?
Since dentures sit on the gums, wearers are at risk for bone atrophy. It is very important that the dentures fit correctly and are monitored for any changes in the fit. Regular dental checkups are absolutely vital to maintaining good oral health while wearing dentures. The dentures must also remain moist when not in use, meaning the wearer must soak them in a denture solution or plain water when dentures come out for the night. It is also important to brush the dentures twice a day with a denture brush to clean off any leftover food particles, bacteria or plaque that could be present.

If you are missing teeth and are considering dentures as a replacement option, Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta in Vero Beach, FL can help. Visit www.drdellaporta.com for more information on dentures and to schedule an appointment.


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
July 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health
GiancarloStantonGetsMajor-LeagueMouthProtection

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
July 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
OrthodonticsCouldbeinYourSmileMakeoverPlan

When considering “smile makeover” options, it’s easy to focus on whitening, veneers or implants — techniques and materials focused mainly on the teeth and gums. But if you don’t also consider the bigger picture of how your upper and lower teeth come together to form your bite, these efforts may be a lot like picking out paint colors for a house with foundation problems.

That’s why orthodontics, the dental specialty concerned with the bite, could be a consideration in your smile makeover plan. Moving teeth into better positions not only improves your teeth’s function and health it could also help facilitate any cosmetic changes that follow.

The first step, of course, is to visit an orthodontist, a dentist with advanced training and experience in tooth alignment and function, for a comprehensive evaluation. Orthodontists are also knowledgeable in the growth and development of the bite, and so can develop a treatment approach that reflects the patient’s needs, whether a child or adult.

Treatments vary, depending on your particular needs. Fixed appliances like metal or clear braces that can’t be removed by the patient are the standard treatment for most malocclusions (bad bites). Clear aligners, removable trays that fit over the teeth with programmed incremental movements of the teeth, find the greatest application with adults. Orthodontists may also use specialized appliances, like temporary anchorage devices (TADs), which work to isolate teeth that need to be moved from those that don’t.

In comprehensive makeovers, orthodontists will work with a team of other dentists and specialists, including periodontists (specializing in the gums, bone and other supporting structures of the teeth) and oral surgeons. In these cases, orthodontic treatment may occur before or after other treatments with the overall goal of producing a beautiful, transformed smile.

If you would like more information on how orthodontics can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics: The Original Smile Makeover.”




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