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Rejuvenate your smile with cosmetic dentistry

Posted on September 13, 2016

cosmetic dentistry FLWhen looking into a mirror, what do you see?  Do you focus on improvements that might be attained by improving your smile?  Have you ever given thought to what could be achieved simply by a visit to your dentist?

Our cosmetic dentist has tools available to help you reach goals you might have thought were too expensive, too difficult or just “not for you”.  Have you ever asked your dentist or hygienist what you might be able to do to improve your smile?

Are your teeth not white or bright enough?  In-office or at-home teeth whitening is available.  Don’t want to deal with it on your own?  No problem. In-office teeth whitening can be completed in a few short hours.  You just sit back, relax and enjoy your new, brighter smile

If you’ve been told whitening will not bring you the desired results, then perhaps porcelain veneers is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Porcelain veneers are made up of a thin material that is fitted over your prepared, natural tooth. The cosmetic dentist works much like an artist in that impressions are taken of the teeth that will receive the veneers, the shade of your teeth is matched to give you a natural appearance, and your dentist will place the veneers on your own teeth.  The result is a brand new smile that looks so natural, no one will know you have veneers.

As we get older, our teeth can give away our age.  Medications, wear and tear, lifestyle and diet are just a few of life’s roadblocks that contribute to our teeth’s appearance.  That is why a visit with your dentist can offer many options to improve your appearance.

These processes are just two of the possibilities you have available to make those subtle changes that can make major improvements to your overall appearance.  So if you have a few hours, that’s all it may take to make those life altering changes you’ve wanted to do for so long. Contact our cosmetic dentistry team at Florida Smile Studio for answers to the questions you have on how to improve that smile for many years to come!

Contour your smile

Posted on February 7, 2016

fort lauderdale dentistA great smile does wonders to enhance a personality, increase confidence and the way others perceive you. Ever wondered what exactly makes up a ‘perfect’ smile? An ideal smile is not just white teeth, but it is essentially harmony or ‘balance’ of the teeth and gums displayed, with an individual’s face. The size, shape and hue of teeth, the shape of the gum line framing teeth, the degree of lip parting all add up to make a smile ‘just right’.

Aesthetic dentistry is aimed at producing dental work that enhances an individual’s appearance, and includes various procedures aimed at modifying dental appearance, especially that of highly visible front teeth. While these include cosmetic teeth reshaping, and veneering to alter the shape and look of teeth, just altering the teeth may not always suffice to change a smile, in some cases the gum line requires alteration as well. The cosmetic procedure of gum or gingival contouring involves selectively reshaping the gums to produce a more pleasing appearance.

‘Gummy smiles’ or excessive gum display, small appearing teeth, uneven looking teeth are common issues which though not always, but at many times, can be attributed to excess gum tissue or an imbalanced gum-line, which are amenable to the relatively non-invasive procedure of cosmetic gum contouring.

Cosmetic gum contouring can be planned as a part of an overall ‘smile designing’ treatment, where the shape of teeth are changed by veneers or orthodontics, and gingival reshaping is done as well. Orthodontic braces produce changes in position of teeth and predispose to gum inflammation as they make brushing difficult, and are often associated with some gum overgrowth. Thus, when the braces are removed, even though teeth may be aligned, their appearance may be short due to some areas of overgrown gum tissue. This usually requires cosmetic gum contouring to refine the aesthetics.

Prior to planning gum contouring, the dental team usually performs a smile analysis. Gum contouring, technically known as gingivectomy or gingivoplasty can be done in a single sitting under local anesthesia. Being minimally invasive it usually doesn’t require stitches and produces no or mild post-operative discomfort.

Contact our office today to find out what cosmetic treatment plans will work for you!

Denture FAQs

Posted on November 2, 2015

dentures Fort LauderdaleDentures are a common form of tooth replacement, both on their own and in combination with dental implants, as in implant supported dentures. If you have missing teeth, you probably have questions about dentures, how they work, and what the best replacement solution is for you.

How long do dentures last? If cared for properly, dentures can last for many years. As the shape of your mouth changes over time, you might need to have them relined or even remade so thy fit the new contours of your mouth and jawbone.

How do I take care of my dentures? Dentures should be kept moist when they are not in your mouth so the lining—the portion that sits directly on your gums—does not dehydrate. They should also be brushed or cleaned regularly to keep bacteria and plaque from building up on them, which can cause gum disease.

What are my options for dentures? Traditional dentures rest directly on the gums. Another option is implant supported dentures. This treatment used dental implants to hold a denture in place. The denture can be removed for cleaning, but remains stationary when it is in your mouth.

Is it difficult to get used to dentures? Today’s dentures are easier to wear than in years past. They are made to fit as comfortably as possible and to take up as little room as possible in your mouth. Still, it will probably take a few days to get used to them. Until you adjust, they might feel bulky in your mouth and cause excess production of saliva. With some practice, you should be able to eat and talk normally.

What is the advantage to implant supported dentures? Traditional dentures can shift in the mouth and can make it difficult to eat certain types of foods. Implant supported dentures are held stationary by the anchoring implants. In addition, the implants help encourage the bone in your jaw to regenerate. Long-term wearers of traditional dentures often experience bone loss over time, which can lead to changes in the shape of your face. Implant supported dentures can slow or prevent this process.

Call the office of Dr. Taskonak to schedule a time to speak with our professional about your denture options.

Will I need an implant if I have a cracked tooth?

Posted on October 6, 2015

dental implants fort lauderdaleDental implants are posts that are inserted into the jawbone and covered with a cap, or artificial tooth, in order to replace a lost tooth. Dental implants fuse with the jaw and the cap is color-matched to surrounding teeth, creating a permanent replacement tooth that looks and acts like your other natural teeth.

Dental implants are used by an implant dentist to replace teeth lost for a number of reasons, including physical damage from cracking. More than one implant can be placed in the mouth; in fact, the placement of dental implants can prevent the loss of further teeth because they stimulate the jaw and prevent the bone from weakening.

There are several levels of severity of cracks in a tooth. Most cracks are craze lines, which are small lines on the enamel of the teeth that do not require any treatment. Cracks in the cusp, or chewing surface, of the teeth that do not affect the pulp can also be treated by means other than in implant.

More serious cracks run vertically from the enamel down into the pulp, or nerve center, of the tooth. If left untreated, the pulp may become exposed, causing pain, inflammation, infection, and possibly the eventual loss of a tooth. These forms of cracks can sometimes be treated with a root canal, which involves removing the pulp and sealing the tooth.

A split tooth is the most severe form of crack, and it cannot be saved. The tooth will be removed and can be replaced with a dental implant. The implant will function like a normal tooth, and will not require any additional care after it heals.

Routine oral care, such as twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, will help the implant last for years.

A split tooth is typically the only form of a crack where you will likely need to replace it with an implant. In other, less serious cases of cracked teeth, there are often other options available.

If you have a cracked tooth and would like to learn more about your treatment options, contact the office of Dr. Burak Taskonak, serving Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas, at 954-905-2000 to schedule your consultation.




Dr. Burak Taskonak and his staff are proud to offer dental services to residents of Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas.


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