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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
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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: October, 2016

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
October 26, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.

“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into cavi­ties. How did this happen?

Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.

While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods.  Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.

This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”

Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:

  • Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
  • Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
  • Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.

Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.

“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”

If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
October 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

If you're in need of a crown to cover a damaged tooth, you have a lot of options. But before you choose, you need to know what you want. Would you be happy with an affordable, well-fitting crown that holds up well and allows you to chew comfortably? Or are you interested in a more expensive one that also provides the most attractive result?

Crowns have been a mainstay in dentistry for generations. The first were made of metals like gold or silver — durable and effective but not very attractive.

In time, a ceramic material known as dental porcelain began to make its appearance in crowns. Dental porcelain could be fashioned to resemble the color and texture of natural teeth, but it had a significant drawback: it could be brittle and subject to shattering under chewing pressure.

This problem was somewhat addressed with the innovation of a crown with a metal substructure fused with an outer layer of porcelain. These porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns combined the best advantages of both materials: strength and life-likeness. Up until around the mid-2000s, PFM made up over 80% of crowns.

But later porcelains continued to improve in strength, beginning in 1993 with the introduction of a Lucite-reinforced material. Newer formulations like lithium disilicate or zirconium oxide (now considered the strongest porcelain) have made all-porcelain crowns a viable option. Today, an estimated 60% of new crowns are all-porcelain.

From an appearance standpoint, all-porcelain crowns achieve the best results. The most realistic crown can be costly — not because of the material but the level of artistry required. A skilled dental technician will spend several hours, including brushing on as many as fifteen coats of liquid porcelain to the crown, to achieve the most life-like outcome. Your insurance plan, if you have one, will most likely not pay as high a percentage for that type of crown.

In the end, it's your decision as to what type of crown you wish to have. We'll help you weigh your options and decide what's best for you and your budget.

If you would like more information on crown options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
October 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if professional teeth whitening is the right option for you.

When you are dealing with stained or yellowing teeth, it can be difficult to feel confident in your smile. Fortunately, our very own Vero teeth whiteningBeach, FL cosmetic dentist, Dr. Raymond Della Porta, II, offers an amazing way to get brilliant results. Find out more about our chairside teeth whitening and whether you’re a good candidate for whitening.

While you may hesitate to use bleaching gel on your teeth you should know that professional teeth whitening in Vero Beach is completely safe. In fact, there have never been any serious or damaging problems ever linked to whitening products, when used properly. That’s why if you are feeling a bit nervous about using whitening gel, you may want to turn to us to give you the results you want without any harm coming to your smile.

So, now that I know it’s safe how do I know if I’m a good candidate for professional in-office teeth whitening?

Many of the people coming into our office wanting a whiter smile are great candidates for teeth whitening. If you are dealing with yellow stains caused by aging, smoking, foods and drinks, these stains will respond the best to our whitening treatment.

However, if you have internal stains caused by trauma, taking certain medications or too much fluoride use these stains won’t respond as well to most whitening systems, no matter how strong they are. This is because these stains are far too deep to be penetrated even by the toughest bleaching gels. Other cosmetic dentistry will be required in this case to cover these discolorations.

Teeth whitening is only effective on natural tooth surfaces, so any dental work like crowns or fillings won’t whiten with this treatment.

There are also other factors that will determine whether teeth whitening is right for you:

  • While whitening can be great for older teens and adults, children are not usually right for this cosmetic treatment.
  • If you are pregnant we highly recommend that you wait and get this whitening treatment after your pregnancy.
  • If you have very sensitive teeth or gums then you’ll want to tell us beforehand. Teeth whitening can cause temporary teeth sensitivity, which may be heightened in those who already suffer from sensitivity. This doesn’t mean that whitening won’t be the right choice, but talk to us first to see what you can do to prepare your sensitive teeth for whitening.
  • You will want to be dedicated to good oral hygiene and limit stain-producing foods and drinks that could restain teeth if you want to maintain your results.

If teeth whitening sounds like the cosmetic dentistry that you’ve been looking for in Vero Beach, then it’s time you called our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Della Porta. What are you waiting for?

Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD


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