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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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Posts for: April, 2018

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental care  
KeepYourSmileBeautifulinAprilandBeyond

There are well-known holidays on the calendar this month, but here’s one that might have escaped your notice: “Keep America Beautiful Month,” which is observed throughout April! At this time, people from coast to coast are encouraged to clean and beautify their communities. So why not think of it as an occasion to spiff up your smile? Here are five ways to do exactly that:

Have your teeth professionally cleaned. A routine dental visit, which includes a professional cleaning and exam, is one of the best preventive healthcare values there is. It’s a chance to catch dental problems (including potentially serious ones like oral cancer) before they become more difficult to treat. A dental professional can remove built-up deposits of tartar from your teeth using specialized instruments—something you can’t do at home. Plus, you’ll leave the office with a freshly polished smile that looks and feels great.

Get a professional teeth whitening. Having whiter teeth often makes people look more youthful. And one of the best ways to brighten dull teeth is with professional teeth whitening. You can achieve the fastest, most dramatic results with an in-office treatment—up to ten shades in just one visit! We can also make you a custom take-home kit to achieve similar results over time.

Repair chipped teeth. If you feel self-conscious about a chipped tooth, consider cosmetic bonding. In this relatively inexpensive procedure, which often takes just one office visit, tooth-colored resin material is applied to the chipped area and hardened under a special light. The translucent resin is built up layer by layer, bringing teeth with minor flaws back to a great, natural-looking appearance.

Replace old dental work. Sometimes old dental work can stand out more than we’d like it to. This is especially true of amalgam (silver) fillings—but even white fillings can absorb stain after many years. If you feel old dental work is detracting from your smile, it may be time to replace it with up-to-date dental materials.

Straighten your smile. Did you know that there is no maximum age for successful orthodontic treatment? It’s true: Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. And if you think metal braces wouldn’t fit in with your look or lifestyle, consider one of the less-visible alternatives to traditional orthodontic hardware—such as ceramic braces and clear aligners.

Having the smile you want can make you feel more confident in any month of the year. If you’d like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you want those pearly white teeth?teeth whitening

It's understandable that discolored or yellowed teeth aren't attractive, let alone presentable on camera or during interviews. Here is some more information about teeth whitening in Vero Beach, FL.

What kind of teeth need teeth whitening?

Drinking coffee and tea is great, until your teeth are discolored. Here are a few things that lead to stained teeth:

  • Eating food that stain teeth like blueberries and blackberries
  • Indulging in sweets and sodas
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Certain types of medications

Stained, dull, or discolored teeth are also a result of the darker layer of your teeth, dentin, becoming exposed. This happens as a result of enamel withering away with time and age. Your teeth's enamel starts absorbing products you consume, staining your teeth.

How are teeth whitened?

  • You can go to your Vero Beach dentist's office and get in-office teeth whitening. Your doctor places special retractors in your mouth prevent your lips, cheeks and tongue from touching the whitening gel put on your teeth.
  • Take-home kits are also available. This method takes longer than in-office teeth whitening but is conveniently used at home on your own time.
  • Tooth-whitening toothpastes may also help remove some of the stains and make your teeth a few shades brighter.

Take into consideration that whitening agents used don't work on certain stains and teeth:

  • Brownish or grayish stains
  • Pitted or badly discolored teeth
  • Porcelain dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings

While there are many options to improve the shade of your teeth, going to your doctor is the safest and longest lasting; teeth whitening lasts up to five years. So consider which option may be best.

If you have any questions or concerns about teeth whitening, don't hesitate to ask For more information on from your Vero Beach, FL, dentist Dr. Raymond Della Porta today!


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
April 14, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: bone loss  
BoneLossattheRootscanPutYourToothinDangerofLoss

There’s more to teeth than meets the eye. Hidden beneath the visible crown are the tooth’s roots set within the jawbone, secured and protected by the gums from bacteria and infection. But if the gums shrink back (recede), the roots become exposed and susceptible to disease, especially at the points where multiple roots branch from each other, areas called furcations.

It all begins with periodontal (gum) disease caused by built-up bacterial plaque from insufficient brushing and flossing. The infection triggers inflammation that over time weakens gum tissues. They begin to detach from the teeth, which can eventually lead to gum recession and root exposure.

This also causes bone loss, especially at the furcations. We can detect any loss (known as a furcation invasion) and how far along it may be with x-ray imaging or by manually probing with an instrument called a periodontal probe.

There are three general classes measuring furcation invasions. In the earliest, Class I, we can feel the invasion as a slight groove; in Class II, it increases to two or more millimeters across. In Class III the bone loss extends from one side of the root all the way to the other (a “through and through”).

At this stage a patient is in danger of losing the tooth, so we’ll have to act promptly. This means first removing accumulated dental plaque and calculus (tartar) to stop the infection and allow the gums to heal. With severe damage, we may need to assist healing with bone and gum tissue grafting, in which we place donor grafts to serve as scaffolding for the appropriate tissue to grow upon.

You can help prevent this situation by practicing effective daily hygiene and visiting your dentist for thorough cleanings at least twice a year (or more if recommended). And at the first signs of a gum infection—swollen, reddened or bleeding gums—make an appointment as soon as possible to have it checked. The sooner we can detect and treat gum disease, the less likely a furcation invasion or worse will be in your future.

If you would like more information on gum disease diagnosis and treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.




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