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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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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 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you find yourself avoiding being photographed? Do you deliberately smile with your lips closed? Are you nervous about others seeing your teeth?

If your missing, cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth are making you self-conscious and uncomfortable, its time to ask Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta in Vero Beach about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a popular option for replacing missing or fractured teeth. Dental implants use a metal post to act as the root of an artificial tooth. Dental implants are a sturdy, permanent, and attractive solution to tooth loss.

What is the procedure for dental implants?

At our Vero Beach office, your dentist will begin by applying a local anesthetic to the area of your mouth where the implant will be placed. This will help keep you comfortable during the procedure. Next, the implant, a titanium piece that resembles a screw, will be secured into your jawbone. Over time, the bone will begin growing around the implant, keeping it tightly in place.

Following a healing period of 3 to 6 months, you will return to our office, where an artificial tooth that is tinted and shaped to match your natural teeth will be affixed to the dental implant. You may feel some soreness for a few days after this procedure, but simple accommodations such as eating soft foods and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help with any discomfort.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants are inconspicuous —so much so that no one will even be able to tell you have them! Additionally, because they are permanently affixed to your jaw, you can brush, floss, and eat as you would with your natural teeth. Finally, upkeep is simple: just make sure to schedule regular cleanings and exams at our Vero Beach office to keep your teeth and dental implants in top shape.

Need dental care? Give us a call

Call our Vero Beach office today at 772-567-1025 for a consultation on dental implants!

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD June
July 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you're embarrassed about your lost teeth, there's an alternative that may be right for you: dental implants. Dental implants are substitute dental-implantstooth roots, which provide a stable foundation for false teeth. Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta, II, who is located in Vero Beach, FL, offers state-of-the-art dental implants to their patients. Read on to explore the benefits of dental implants.

1. They can enhance your smile. The absence of one or more teeth can ruin an attractive smile. Dental implants can restore your smile, enhance your appearance, and boost your self-confidence. Implants are the closest thing to real teeth. They're designed to look and feel like your existing teeth so you can be confident in your smile. With implants, you will look and feel more attractive.

2. They can prevent teeth shifting. If a lost tooth is left unreplaced, the surrounding teeth will start to drift out of place. Plaque can build up in the spaces created by the shifting teeth. Over time, this might cause oral health issues, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, and tooth loss. Dental implants can prevent your teeth from shifting into the open spaces left by your missing teeth.

3. They can prevent bone loss. When teeth are missing, the healthy bone begins to resorb, or break down. Dentures and dental bridges address the cosmetic problem of missing teeth but do not prevent jawbone loss. Dental implants from your dentist in Vero Beach are anchored in the jawbone just like real teeth. They prevent jawbone loss and stimulate bone growth. Over time, they will help preserve the jawbone and reduce bone resorption.

4. They can improve oral function. Your teeth are designed to work together to help you speak and chew food. When teeth are missing, it's very difficult to do these things. Your quality of life will be enhanced with with replacement teeth that act like real teeth. Dental implants will improve your clarity of speech and chewing ability. With dental implants, you'll be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want.

5. They can prevent facial sagging. A face with missing teeth will appear sunken and can add years to your appearance. Over time, some denture wearers also develop a sunken-in look as their jawbone shrinks. Without dental implants to stimulate the jawbone, the bone begins to deteriorate. This can make denture wearers take on an aged appearance. Dental implants can prevent facial sagging and facial collapse. They will help keep the natural shape of your face.

Are you ready for a smile makeover? If you want an amazing smile, call Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD at (772) 567-1025 now to schedule a dental consultation in Vero Beach, FL. . Dental implants can transform your look and your life! We want all of our patients to live their best possible life!

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
November 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

There are several reasons why dental implants are so popular. Perhaps the most important, though, is their longevity: if maintained properly implants can last for decades. However, they’re not indestructible—certain mouth conditions could put them at risk for early failure. But if you address emerging problems early, you may be able to prevent that unfortunate outcome.

Your implants may be in danger, for example, if you have a teeth grinding or clenching habit. This occurs when a person involuntarily and repeatedly bites down on their teeth when not chewing or speaking. Usually triggered in adults by high stress, teeth grinding can subject both natural teeth and implants to damaging levels of force. Over time this can cause bone loss around an implant and weaken their support. It could also cause a direct break in an implant.

But there are ways to stop or at least reduce the effects of teeth grinding. One effective way is a custom-made bite guard you wear while you sleep. Made of hard plastic, the guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other, reducing the amount of force generated.

A more prominent problem is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by built-up dental plaque on tooth surfaces. This can trigger inflammation, a normal defensive response that when it persists for an extended period of time can damage tissues and supporting bone. It can also cause a specific form of gum disease related to implants called peri-implantitis, in which the tissues that support an implant become infected and weaken, leading eventually to possible implant failure.

If you have implants, then, you should brush and floss daily to prevent gum disease, as well as see your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups. And if you notice anything like reddened, swollen or bleeding gums, see your dentist immediately. The sooner you undergo treatment, the better the outcome for your implants as well as your overall health.

Dental implants can give you years of great service and can prove to be well worth the cost. But you’ll have to stay on your guard against gum disease and other mouth conditions that could endanger them down the road.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant MouthMissing teeth can take a toll on more than just your self esteem and physical appearance - they can also affect your oral and general health. Dental implants are a great option to restore your smile and oral health. Dr. Raymond Della Porta offers cosmetic and general dentistry services in Vero Beach, FL.

Dental Implants in Vero Beach, FL

Dental implants restore a missing tooth in its entirety from root to crown. First, the implant is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth, where it then begins to fuse with the bone tissue in the gums through a process known as osseointegration. This helps to secure the implant in place, and prevent bone loss. The implant is made of biocompatible titanium and shaped like a small screw, which is attached to the cosmetic crown through an abutment. Implants are available to replace a single tooth or can support an entire set of dentures with just a few implants.

Caring for Dental Implants

Once in place, implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth - they look, feel, and function just like the real thing. Implants can even make your teeth look better than they did before. However, just like natural teeth, they require meticulous oral hygiene and regular follow up visits with the dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings to reduce the risk of complications. With proper care, implants have a very high success rate.

Implants are available for healthy adult patients with sufficient bone density in the gums to support an implant.

Find a Dentist in Vero Beach, FL

For more information about dental implants, contact our office today by calling (772) 567-1025 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Raymond Della Porta.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
May 14, 2018
Category: Oral Health

If you’ve just received a dental implant restoration, congratulations! This proven smile-changer is not only life-like, it’s also durable: more than 95% of implants survive at least 10 years. But beware: periodontal (gum) disease could derail that longevity.

Gum disease is triggered by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on teeth. Left untreated the infection weakens gum attachment to teeth and causes supporting bone loss, eventually leading to possible tooth loss. Something similar holds true for an implant: although the implant itself can’t be affected by disease, the gums and bone that support it can. And just as a tooth can be lost, so can an implant.

Gum disease affecting an implant is called peri-implantitis (“peri”–around; implant “itis”–inflammation). Usually beginning with the surface tissues, the infection can advance (quite rapidly) below the gum line to eventually weaken the bone in which the implant has become integrated (a process known as osseointegration). As the bone deteriorates, the implant loses the secure hold created through osseointegration and may eventually give way.

As in other cases of gum disease, the sooner we detect peri-implantitis the better our chances of preserving the implant. That’s why at the first signs of a gum infection—swollen, reddened or bleeding gums—you should contact us at once for an appointment.

If you indeed have peri-implantitis, we’ll manually identify and remove all plaque and calculus (tartar) fueling the infection, which might also require surgical access to deeper plaque deposits. We may also need to decontaminate microscopic ridges found on the implant surface. These are typically added by the implant manufacturer to boost osseointegration, but in the face of a gum infection they can become havens for disease-causing bacteria to grow and hide.

Of course, the best way to treat peri-implantitis is to attempt to prevent it through daily brushing and flossing, and at least twice a year (or more, if we recommend it) dental visits for thorough cleanings and checkups. Keeping its supporting tissues disease-free will boost your implant’s chances for a long and useful life.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, 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 “Gum Disease can Cause Dental Implant Failure.”

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