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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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By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
February 18, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: marijuana   oral-health  
LegalorNotMarijuanaPosesaHealthRisktoYourGums

Proponents of legalized marijuana have won phenomenal gains over the last decade. Despite the federal government's continuing criminalization of the drug, several states including California, Colorado and Massachusetts, have voted to legalize its recreational use.

Most people are aware of the social and political controversies the marijuana legalization movement stirs. But there's another side to this roiling issue: the health effects of marijuana, particularly for your teeth and gums. What may be lost beneath the more exciting headlines about ballot initiatives is the growing evidence that habitual marijuana use may increase the risk and severity of periodontal (gum) disease.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that accumulates on teeth. The spreading infection triggers inflammation, a normal bodily response to disease that's ordinarily beneficial. But if the inflammation becomes chronic it weakens the gums' attachment to the teeth. This can create voids or periodontal pockets of infection around the teeth. The disease can eventually damage the underlying bone, which could accelerate tooth loss.

Poor oral hygiene is the biggest factor for an increased risk of gum disease; thinner gum tissue (an inherited condition or related to poor tooth position) is another factor, as well as lifestyle habits like tobacco use or excessive alcohol consumption. Add marijuana to the list: there's now some evidence that its use increases the risk for more severe periodontal pockets if the disease occurs.

In a recent study, researchers with the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine reviewed statistics on the care for nearly 2,000 adult patients; a quarter of those in the study were frequent marijuana users. The marijuana users proportionately had deeper periodontal pocket occurrences than the rest of the patients in the study that didn't use the drug.

The study doesn't say that marijuana causes periodontal (gum) disease. But it does suggest that marijuana use might increase its severity. As with other substances and practices in our society, marijuana use comes with a caveat: it may be legal where you live, but it may not necessarily be good for your health.

If you would like more information on the effects of marijuana use on your oral health, 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 “As More States Legalize Marijuana, Link to Gum Disease is a Concern.”


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
February 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crowns And BridgesWhen teeth are damaged or missing, your oral health suffers, and so does your self-esteem. Why not repair both with dental crowns and bridges from Dr. Raymond Della Porta, your dentist in Vero Beach, FL? Custom-made, reliable, and lifelike, these prosthetics can give you a well-functioning and healthy smile.

 

Dental crowns restore damaged teeth

Sometimes, decay, abscess, oral injury, and other circumstances weaken tooth structure. Sometimes, teeth are irreparably damaged and must be extracted. In other cases, Dr. Della Porta can restore those teeth with dental crowns right in his Vero Beach, FL, office.

Custom-made from durable and realistic porcelain, a dental crown is tooth-shaped and tooth-colored; it completely covers healthy tooth structure above the gum line. A crown is designed to bite together with the opposing arch of teeth, and it blends in well with its natural neighbors.

A tooth receiving a crown must be reduced in size, and typically, the dentist fits it with a temporary crown while the dental lab fabricates the permanent one. When the new crown is ready, Dr. Della Porta removes the temporary and bonds on the new one with a strong cement.

 

Fixed bridges span gaps

Bridgework consists of one or more artificial teeth being attached to dental crowns. The crowns anchor the entire porcelain appliance to the natural teeth on the opposite ends of the smile gap.

Like crowns, bridges are permanently bonded in place. The larger the smile gap is, the more teeth must be crowned to support the pontics.

 

Oral hygiene is important

The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine states that both dental crowns and bridges require careful at-home brushing and flossing and routine professional cleanings and check-ups. Good oral hygiene habits reduce harmful plaque and tartar around crown and bridge margins, avoids decay on underlying tooth structure, and prevents periodontal problems with surrounding gum tissue.

On average, crowns and bridges last around ten years, but they can last longer with good at-home care. Patients should additionally avoid extra-hard foods and biting down on non-food items such as pencil tops and plastic packaging.

 

Rebuild your smile

Let Dr. Raymond Della Porta make your smile beautiful and healthy once again. Call the office in Vero Beach, FL, for a consultation: (772) 567-1025.


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
JanetJacksonEvenpopstarsgetinsecureabouttheirsmiles

Multi-platinum recording artist Janet Jackson has long been known for her dazzling smile. And yet, Jackson admitted to InStyle Magazine that her trademark smile was once a major source of insecurity. The entertainer said, “To me, I looked like the Joker!” It was only after age 30 that the pop icon came to accept her unique look.

Jackson is not alone. A study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than one third of U.S. adults are dissatisfied with their smile. But there’s good news—modern dentistry can correct many flaws that can keep you from loving your smile, whether you’re unhappy with the color, size, or shape of your teeth. Here are some popular treatments:

Professional teeth whitening: Sometimes a professional teeth whitening will give you the boost you need. In-office whitening can dramatically brighten your smile in just one visit.

Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings.

Dental bonding: If you have chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, cosmetic bonding may be the fix you’re looking for. In this procedure, tooth colored material is applied to the tooth’s surface, sculpted into the desired shape, hardened with a special light, and polished for a smooth finish.

Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers provide a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to many dental problems. These very thin shells fit over your teeth, essentially replacing your tooth enamel to give you the smile you desire.

Replacement teeth: Is a missing tooth affecting your self-confidence? There are several options for replacing missing teeth, from a removable partial denture to a traditional fixed bridge to a state-of-the-art implant-supported replacement tooth. Removable partial dentures are an inexpensive way to replace one or more missing teeth, but they are less stable than non-removable options. Dental bridges, as the name implies, span the gap where a tooth is missing by attaching an artificial tooth to the teeth on either side of the space. In this procedure, the teeth on both sides of the gap must be filed down in order to support the bridgework. Dental implants, considered the gold standard in tooth replacement technology, anchor long-lasting, lifelike replacements that function like natural teeth.

After coming to embrace her smile, Jackson asserted, “Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors." If you don’t feel that your smile expresses the beauty you have inside, call our office to schedule a consultation. It’s possible to love your smile. We can help.

For more information, read Dear Doctor magazine article “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”




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