Vero Beach, FL Dentist
Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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Vero Beach, FL Dentist
Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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Posts for: February, 2016

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
February 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
February 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Tired of dull, yellowed tooth enamel? Many patients of Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta in Vero Beach, FL wish to brighten their tooth color teeth whiteningsafely and quickly. As such, Dr. Della Porta offers professional teeth whitening--specifically in-office Zoom! and take-home Nite White--as part of his extensive menu of cosmetic dental services.

Dr. Della Porta and his staff have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding teeth whitening so patients can make informed decisions about aesthetic dental goals.

FAQs about Teeth Whitening

How do teeth become discolored? Teeth stain because of smoking, dark-colored foods and beverages (such as blueberries and coffee). Some prescription drugs and the aging process also cause enamel to thin and to yellow. Most commonly, food particles attach to the mineral matrix we call tooth enamel. This organic matter creates stains, and often brushing and flossing cannot remove them.

What is the active ingredient in teeth whitening gels? Your Vero Beach dentist uses professional-grade whitening gels with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the active bleaching ingredients. The peroxide lifts out organic material trapped in tooth enamel, allowing the natural, brighter color to show. While many over the counter whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide, they are not concentrated enough to yield lasting results.

Who can get teeth whitening?

Many adults and older teens get their teeth whitened professionally. Dr. Della Porta performs a careful oral exam before recommending Vero Beach teeth whitening or any cosmetic dental service. Ideal candidates are free from decay, gum disease, and extensive restorations, such as fillings.

Can I do teeth whitening at home?

Yes, you can whiten your teeth at home. Dr. Della Porta offers in-office Zoom! teeth whitening for brighter teeth in about an hour. But he also has an at-home option: Nite White whitening. Just like Zoom! whitening, Nite White uses peroxide gel, but it is less concentrated and more gradual than the Zoom! bleaching agent.

At home, the patient applies the gel daily using custom-made trays that fit snugly over the teeth. By wearing the trays for the prescribed time daily, they can achieve color change of up to 10 shades brighter in a week or two.

Are there side effects?

Some individuals experience teeth sensitivity that quickly resolves. However, because the whitening process is supervised by Dr. Della Porta and his team, this side effect is very mild.

How long will whitening last?

With good oral hygiene and professional cleanings every 6 months with Dr. Della Porta, a whitened smile stays bright indefinitely. Occasional at-home touch-ups help, as do:

  • quitting smoking
  • brushing twice a day and flossing daily as advised by the American Dental Association
  • limiting staining foods and beverages in your diet

Find Out More

That white, youthful smile could be yours. Consult the expertise of Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta II, DMD. A masters level graduate of Aesthetic Advantage for Aesthetic Dentistry and Porcelain Veneers, Dr. Della Porta will guide you toward your best oral health and cosmetic goals. Call (772) 567-1025 for a personal consultation in Vero Beach, FL.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
February 05, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   gum disease  

Is there a link between periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease? Medical researchers are endeavoring to answer this intriguing question, but early findings seem to say yes. If it bears true, the findings could advance treatment for both diseases.

There is one thing that can be said for certain: inflammation is a factor in both diseases’ progression. Gum disease begins as an infection caused by bacteria growing in plaque, which is made up of bacteria and a thin film of food remnant that adheres to tooth surfaces. The body responds to this infection through tissue inflammation, an attempt to prevent the infection from spreading. Likewise, inflammation appears to be a similar response to changes in blood vessels afflicted by cardiovascular disease.

While inflammation is part of the body’s mechanism to heal traumatized tissue, if it becomes chronic it can actually have a damaging effect on the tissues intended to benefit. For patients with gum disease, chronic inflammation causes connective tissues to detach from teeth, leading eventually to tooth and bone loss. Similarly, inflammation damages the linings of blood vessels in cardiovascular disease patients.

Researchers want to know what role bacteria may also play in the progression of cardiovascular disease. Initial studies seem to indicate that proactively treating the gum disease by removing all plaque from oral surfaces in patients with both conditions does appear to improve the health of diseased blood vessel linings. Whether this could ultimately reduce the occurrence of heart attack or stroke still needs to be ascertained.

As we learn more about the possible connections between these two diseases, there’s hope it will lead to new advancements that could improve health outcomes for both. It may prove to be the case, then, that maintaining a healthy mouth promotes a healthy heart, and vice-versa.

If you would like more information on the connection between gum disease and heart disease, 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 “Periodontal Inflammation and Heart Disease.”

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