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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
June 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
AnswerstoCommonQuestionsAboutRootCanalTreatments

A root canal treatment is a commonly known but often misunderstood procedure. Contrary to popular belief, these treatments aren't painful — in fact, they often stop a toothache. More importantly, a “root canal” can give a tooth on the verge of loss another lease on life.

Still, if you've never experienced a root canal treatment before, you probably have questions. Here are the answers to a few of the most common.

Why do they call it a “root canal”? This is the popular shorthand term for a procedure that removes diseased tissue from a decay-infected pulp, the innermost part of a tooth and the actual root canals themselves. Root canals are the narrow, hollow channels that run from the tip of the root to the pulp and are also involved in the procedure.

Why do I need one? Once infected, the pulp's bundles of blood vessels, nerves and other tissues become diseased. This often results in a painful toothache that can also suddenly disappear once the nerves within the pulp die. But there's still a problem: If we don't clean out the diseased and dead pulp tissue, the infection could spread through the root canals to the bone and endanger the tooth's survival.

What happens during the procedure? After deadening the tooth and surrounding gums with local anesthesia, we enter the pulp through an access hole we create. Using special instruments we remove the diseased tissue and shape the root canals to seal them with a filling material called gutta percha. Sealing the access hole is then necessary to prevent re-infection. Later we'll cap the tooth with a porcelain crown to restore its appearance and add further protection against fracture or cracking of the tooth.

Who can perform a root canal treatment? In many cases a general dentist can perform the procedure. There are some complex situations, however, that require a root canal specialist with additional training, expertise and equipment to handle these more difficult cases. If your tooth is just such a case it's more than likely your general dentist will refer you to an endodontist to make sure you get the right kind of care to save it.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, 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 “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
June 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseySaysDontForgettoFloss

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how these simple restorations could revive your smile.dental crowns

Has our Vero Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Raymond Della Porta, II recommended that you get a dental crown? You probably already know a little something about dental crowns, even if you’ve never gotten one before. They are one of the most commonly used dental restorations, after all, and there is a reason why.

Why do I need a dental crown?

There are many scenarios in which our Vero Beach general dentist will tell you that the best option is a dental crown. As you will come to find out, it’s a pretty versatile restoration. You may need to consider a crown if:

  • You have a broken, fractured or cracked tooth
  • You have a tooth that has become weaker because of decay
  • You have an infected dental pulp and need root canal treatment
  • A large dental filling has failed to properly support a damaged tooth
  • You have a discolored, misshapen or aesthetically unpleasing tooth
  • You need to support a fixed dental bridge
  • You are getting a dental implant to replace one more missing teeth

Dental crowns can do everything from altering the shape and appearance of a tooth to protecting if from irreparable damage and restoring function and strength.

What types of crowns can I get in Vero Beach?

It’s true that dental crowns can be fashioned from different materials. As you can imagine, the most popular crowns are made from tooth-colored materials (e.g. porcelain) because the material can be matched to the shade of your teeth so that no one will be able to tell that you have a crown. Dental crowns can also be made from ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Are you ready to say goodbye to misshapen or damaged teeth and feel confident in your smile once more? If so, then it’s time you called our Vero Beach, FL dental office to find out the many ways we can help. Restorative dentistry can give you back the smile you once had.




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