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By Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase
May 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you’re looking to reshape discolored, gapped or chipped teeth in your mouth, dental bonding may be the answer. This cosmetic dental bondingdentistry treatment is offered by our dentist team in Tampa Florida, Dr. Amy Creech-Gionis and Dr. Lennie Stern of Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase. They have been successful at using this treatment to help their patients get the smile they desire. Bonding is a cost-effective and easy way to improve a patient’s smile in usually just one visit.

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With this procedure, the shade, texture, and translucency of the teeth can be changed. The goal of bonding is for it to seem as if no treatment was performed at all. This cosmetic treatment procedure can be performed by your Tampa Florida dentist and can also be used to can repair broken or damaged teeth.

During the dental bonding process, the teeth being treated are cleaned and then etched with a gel that opens the pores of the surface of the teeth. The gel is rinsed off and a composite resin material is painted on in layers. A curing light is used to harden the material. Layers of the resin material will continue until the desired thickness is achieved. After the bonding is over, the teeth treated are then polished.

Teeth that have been bonded should always be cared for in the same way that the natural teeth are. A bonded tooth can stay perfect for years with the proper brushing and flossing routine. When you’re looking for the best cosmetic dentistry treatment options, look to a Tampa Florida dentist from our professional team at Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase such as Dr. Creech-Gionis or Dr. Stern. To schedule an appointment to discuss what dental bonding can do for your smile, call 813-855-2273 today.

By Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase
May 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase
May 12, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

Sleep apnea is more than an annoyance. This chronic condition not only interferes with your alertness during the day, it may also contribute long-term to serious issues like cardiovascular disease.

Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes temporarily blocked during sleep. Of the possible causes, one of the most common is the tongue, which as it relaxes may cover and block the back of the throat. This lowers the body's oxygen level, which in turn alerts the brain to wake you to clear the airway. You usually go immediately back to sleep, unaware you've wakened. This can happen several times a night.

Although older people are at higher risk, anyone can have sleep apnea, even children with enlarged tonsils or adenoids. If you or a loved one regularly experiences fatigue, brain fog, irritability or loud snoring, sleep apnea could be the culprit. You'll need a complete medical examination to properly diagnose it.

If you do indeed have sleep apnea, there are a number of ways to treat it depending on its severity. One prominent way is with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine that produces a higher air pressure in the mouth to force the tongue forward and keep the airway open.

While CPAP is effective, the pump, hose and face mask you must wear may become uncomfortable while you sleep. We may, however, be able to supply you with a less cumbersome device: a custom-made oral appliance you wear while you sleep. Similar to a retainer, this appliance mechanically pulls and holds the lower jaw forward, which in turn moves the tongue away from the airway opening.

This oral appliance won't work with all forms of sleep apnea, so you'll need an examination to see if you're a candidate. With more advanced conditions, you may even need surgery to reshape the airway or remove soft tissue obstructions around the opening.

Whichever treatment is best for your situation, it's well worth reducing your sleep apnea. Not enduring these nightly incidences of airway blockage will help ensure you're getting a good night's sleep — and enjoying a higher quality of health and life.

If you would like more information on treating sleep apnea, 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 “If You Snore, You Must Read More!

By Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase
May 04, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental erosion  

1. What is dental erosion?
a. tooth decay; b. dissolving of tooth enamel by acids in food or drink; c. destruction of tooth material by wear; d. attacks on teeth by bacteria

2. Which of these drinks does not cause dental erosion?
a. orange juice; b. cola drinks; c. water; d. energy drinks

3. Soda sweetened with artificial sweeteners does not cause dental erosion.
a. true; b. false

4. Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic food or drinks may make erosion worse.
a. true; b. false

5. Waiting after consuming acidic foods or drinks allows time for your saliva to neutralize the acid and add calcium back to the enamel in your teeth.
a. true; b. false

6. How long should you wait before brushing after consuming acidic foods or drinks?
a. 10 minutes; b. 20 minutes; c. 30 minutes to an hour d. eight hours

7. Loss of tooth surface material due to dental erosion is reversible.
a. true; b. false

8. People who suffer from bulimia, a psychological condition in which they frequently induce vomiting, often develop severe dental erosion from stomach acid.
a. true; b. false

9. What is the meaning of a low pH value?
a. high pH means high acidity; b. low pH means high acidity; c. neutral pH means high acidity; d. none of the above

10. Properties of a beverage that define their likelihood to erode your teeth are its acidity and its buffering capacity (resistance to being neutralized by saliva.)
a. true; b. false

11. Cola beverages, sports and energy drinks, and fruit juices have a low pH and high buffering capacity. What other factors determine their likelihood of causing dental erosion?
a. acid concentration; b. drinking them more frequently; c. swishing them around in your mouth; d. all of the above

12. How can you reduce dental erosion from the beverages you drink?
a. drink acidic beverages only at mealtimes and not all day long; b. drink beverages with added calcium; c. sip drinks through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth; d. all of the above

Answers: 1b, 2c, 3b, 4a, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9b, 10a, 11d, 12d

How did you score on our quiz? We hope you gained some information that will help you reduce dental erosion and preserve your teeth’s vital protective enamel.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about acid erosion of teeth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Dental Erosion.”

By Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase
May 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic fillings  

Cosmetic fillings are a great dental treatment option in order to seal off small holes in teeth that were affected by cavities. These cavities cosmetic fillingsare caused by decay and these fillings help prevent it from spreading further, as well as help prevents the future need of crowns, extractions or a root canal. Our dentists in Tampa, Florida Dr. Amy Creech-Gionis and Dr. Lennie Stern of Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase can examine each dental patient and determine whether cosmetic fillings will help restore their teeth and their smile.

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This type of filling is undetectable, making it so popular for patients of all ages. It also requires less drilling which allows you to keep more of your original tooth structure. This also reduces the risk of cracking and is great for those with damaged or already damaged teeth. Your Tampa, Florida dentists specialize in treating patients that have decreased self-esteem because of their smile. Cosmetic fillings can help improve this and are designed to look like natural teeth.

Some benefits of choosing to have cosmetic fillings include:

  • Matching the natural color of the teeth
  • Instant hardening
  • Restore the strength of the tooth
  • Can be used throughout the mouth (both front and back teeth)

Ultimately when it comes to cosmetic fillings, a patient can be susceptible to cold or hot things shortly after getting them. If you feel pain for an extended period of time, it’s important to go back to your Tampa Florida dentist for a follow-up as the bite may be incorrect. In order to learn more about cosmetic fillings and what Dr. Creech-Gionis and Dr. Stern of Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase can do for your oral health, schedule an appointment by calling 813-855-2273 today.

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