A healthy body and smile go hand in hand

Posted on May 7, 2016

oral healthLouis Armstrong once sang ‘Smile and the whole world smiles with you’, and never a truer word was spoken. Smiling is a great reliever of stress, and a hugely important factor in our attractiveness to others. It’s a proven fact that smiling not only makes us feel better about ourselves, but also those around us and keeping our smiles healthy is one reason why so many people are encouraged by dentists to make the effort to visit regularly.

But a healthy mouth is not just intrinsic to the way we look, it can also have a positive effect on our overall state of health. While keeping our teeth clean with regular brushing and flossing, and visits to our practice helps to ensure our smiles remain bright and attractive, good oral hygiene reduces the risk of developing serious illness in other areas.

This is especially true of the heart. The most vital of organs can be badly affected by chronic gum disease, as plaque build-up – a major factor in gum disease – can stretch underneath gum tissue and allow bacteria to enter the blood stream where it binds with fat proteins. These proteins can build up, leading to clogged arteries which can obstruct the flow of blood around the body and could eventually trigger a heart attack or stroke.

Poor oral hygiene and health has been attributed to infections in other parts of the body too. Research surrounding links between infection and oral health has revealed connections between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis and also memory loss in later years.

Diabetics too can be affected by poor oral health, as the condition often leaves the sufferer with a less efficient auto-immune system, making them more susceptible to infection and so gum disease is often more prevalent in diabetes sufferers.

There are other areas where poor oral health can have an effect on a person’s overall health, including pregnancy, so it is important that regular dentist visits are made to address any problems, and also maintaining a strict dental hygiene regime involving brushing with a good toothpaste, flossing regularly and rinsing with mouthwash. Dietary changes can also help effect good dental health.

With good oral health intrinsically linked to good physical health, it has never been more important to visit a dentist – not only to safeguard your smile, but also to safeguard your overall health. Contact our caring dental team at the office of Dr. Taskonak to schedule your next visit.

Get dental implants in a single appointment

Posted on March 7, 2016

dental implants Coral Springs‘Teeth in a day’ refers to the implant procedure that deals with placing immediate loading dental implants. In immediate loading implants, the crown is placed immediately after placing the implant. You can start chewing normally within a few hours.

With traditional dental implants you must allow the implant to undergo a process called osseointegration which allows the implant to fuse to the surrounding bone. This process normally takes around three to six months to complete. Patients receive a crown only after the implant has completely fused to the bone.

Today the dentist can get an accurate picture of the level and thickness of the bone in your mouth by ordering a 3-D CT scan. Using these scanned images the dental lab will produce a surgical template to guide your dentist while conducting surgery.

With 3D imaging and other technology, the crown can be fabricated beforehand and placed along with the implant. If the surrounding bone and mucosa is healthy, the chances of failure with immediate loading implants are very low.

Immediate loading implants can be placed immediately after extracting a decayed tooth. The socket of the tooth is widened slightly to allow placement of the implant. But they cannot be placed if the tooth was severely abscessed or the gums were unhealthy. These implants are not advised for people with uncontrolled diabetes or other systemic conditions.

Check with our implant dentist in Coral Springs and call us today to determine if you are a candidate for this type of implant procedure.

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!

What is root scaling and planing?

Posted on January 6, 2016


periodontics Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the health of the gums. Healthy gums are vital to maintaining healthy teeth. In fact, severe gum disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss. If you do develop gum disease, there are several types of treatment. One of these is planing and scaling.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common problem, and can begin with mild symptoms you might not notice right away. Our dentist, though, can detect signs you might not see. When gum disease is diagnosed early, it can be treated more easily. Symptoms you should keep an eye out for include:

  • Bleeding when you brush your teeth
  • Redness or swelling in the gums
  • A purple or shiny look to the gums

During your regular dentist appointments, our dentist will also evaluate the pockets around your teeth. If they are too deep, this is an indication that gum disease might be more advanced. Based on the severity of your symptoms, our dentist will recommend a course of treatment.

Treatment for Gum Disease—Root Scaling and Planing

Early stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, are simply an inflammation of the gingival tissue. Brushing with a baking soda toothpaste or a similar toothpaste designed to reduce gingivitis symptoms might be the only necessary treatment. As the infection progresses, more extensive treatment might be required. One common treatment for gum disease is scaling and planing.

Scaling and planing is a deep cleaning technique in which the dentist thoroughly cleans tartar and plaque from the teeth below the gumline. In addition, the upper parts of the tooth roots are planed to make them smoother. The smoother surfaces are less likely to collect additional plaque and tartar. The procedure is usually performed under a local anesthetic, sometimes accompanied with sedation. The gums are then allowed to heal. Without the excess tartar, they can return to a normal, healthy condition. If you continue to take good care of them after your treatment, they will remain healthy.

Call us at East Broward Dental to schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Taskonak.


Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

Posted on December 7, 2015

cosmetic dentistry in Coral SpringsWhen you decide on cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to work with a cosmetic dentist who’ll provide the results you want. Taking some time to get referrals and schedule consultations can help you ensure you’re comfortable with your dentist and will end up with cosmetic work you’re happy with.

Narrowing Down Your List

It’s easy enough to type “cosmetic dentist” into your search engine of choice and take a look at all the dentists in your area. But you shouldn’t stop there. You want to make the best choice for you, so take some time to narrow your list. There are a few effective ways to do this, including:

  • Ask friends or family for referrals
  • Look for information on dentists’ websites listing their experience and education
  • Look at before and after galleries to see what kind of work a dentist does
  • See if the dentist is experienced in the procedures you wish to have done

Whether you’re having your teeth whitened, your gums contoured, or are getting veneers, it’s important to find a cosmetic dentist with experience in that procedure. If you’ve gotten a referral and you’re happy with the work you see in a dentist’s before and after gallery, it’s time to move on to scheduling a consultation.

Effective Consultations

It’s easy to forget even basic questions in the middle of a conversation, so before you go to your consultation, make a list of all the questions you’d like to ask. You’ll want to be sure to tell our dentist exactly what you’d like to have changed about your smile and what you’d like it to look like when you’re done. If you plan to have more than one cosmetic dentistry procedure, find out if you can have two or three done at the same time.

The dentist will make recommendations regarding what procedures will achieve your goals. The more you know about what to expect after treatment, the more likely you are to be happy about your final results.

Get started on your new smile by choosing our practice and calling the office of Dr. Burak Tashkonak today.

The purpose and procedure of a root canal

Posted on November 6, 2015

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]root canal Coral SpringsThe term root canal actually refers to an area inside the tooth that houses the tooth pulp and the nerve that serves the tooth. When a tooth becomes seriously infected or severely decayed, clearing out this area of the tooth can be the best way to preserve it. Without the option of this root canal procedure, the tooth might have to be extracted.

Purpose of a Root Canal

A root canal is used to preserve a tooth that has been severely damaged by infection, decay, or trauma. The procedure removes the infected or decayed tissue, preventing further damage to adjacent teeth, or wider-spread infection. Usually when a dentist recommends a root canal, it is because the only other option is removal of the tooth.

Using a root canal to preserve a tooth helps keep your teeth in proper alignment. If the tooth is simply removed, you run the risk of having teeth shift and move into the empty space, disrupting your bite and possibly leading to uncomfortable side effects such as teeth grinding or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

The Root Canal Procedure

Although the root canal dental procedure has a bad reputation, it is no more difficult or uncomfortable than a filling or a crown. The dentist makes a small hole in the tooth, through which special tools are inserted and used to remove the infected tissue. After the infection and/or decay has been removed, the interior of the tooth is then thoroughly cleansed and filled. After this process, the dentist prepares the tooth for a crown.

After a root canal, there is no feeling left in the tooth, because the nerve has been removed. However, the tooth remains functional so that you can chew normally. With the original tooth left in place, your remaining teeth remain in proper alignment, preventing misalignment that can occur due to tooth loss.

If you feel you might be in need of a root canal to help preserve a damaged tooth, please contact the office of Dr. Burak Taskonak to schedule an appointment or a consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Common Questions about Dentures

Posted on October 8, 2015

denturesDentures, or some form of them, are the oldest approach to tooth replacement. People have been creating replacement teeth for centuries, with each generation coming up with new and better ways to make them more realistic and more comfortable. Today’s dentures are very different from those available even just a few decades ago. If you are considering dentures, here are some questions you might be asking.

Are dentures uncomfortable? A denture should never be uncomfortable if it is properly fitted. Ideally, a denture should fit so well that you don’t even need to use an adhesive to hold it in place. Over time, though, your jawbone and gums change shape and contour, making the denture not fit as well. If your denture is moving, causing sores in your mouth, or is in any way uncomfortable, you should talk to our dentist.

How long does it take to get used to a denture? Most people who have dentures take a few days to get used to them the first time they’re worn. They can feel strange, since they are bulky, although newer dentures are designed to take up less room in your mouth. You might have to practice talking and eating with them. Many denture wearers recommend taking a few days to practice these important skills on your own at home until you feel comfortable.

Will I be able to eat all my favorite foods? Some foods become more difficult to eat when you have dentures. Fruits like apples and vegetables like corn on the cob can be hard to bite into without dislodging a denture. Small foods like rice and pasta can also be challenging. Given time, you’ll figure out how to manage more difficult foods as well as what’s easy to eat and what you might prefer to avoid.

In general, your dentures should be comfortable, easy to wear, and should help you feel more confident about your appearance. If you have any problems or questions about your new dentures, be sure to talk to our dentist.

For more information about denture care or how to start the process of getting dentures, call our office at 954-227-8133 to set up a consultation with our specialist.

Dental Implants: Treatment of Tooth Loss

Posted on August 5, 2015


dental implants Coral SpringsTooth loss can occur due to a variety of reasons, even if you take very good care of your teeth. If you do lose a tooth, it’s important to consider all the options for tooth replacement. This includes dental implants, which are the best possible choice for permanent replacement of missing teeth.

How Implants Work

A dental implant is basically an artificial root that’s placed directly into your jawbone. It’s shaped like a screw, and is generally made of titanium or a titanium alloy. The material is important, because the bone must be able to bond with the implant in order for the implant to be successful. Once the implant has healed and is secure, you’ll have either a prosthetic tooth attached to each individual implant or several implants will be used to secure a removal arc of dentures. In either case, the implant helps keep your teeth secure and also stimulates growth in your jawbone to prevent the eventual atrophy that is common among people who have worn dentures for a long period of time. Implants allow you to eat, talk, and chew normally, without having to worry about dentures becoming dislodged or uncomfortable.

Choosing the Right Tooth Replacement Option for You

Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement as far as comfort, a realistic look, and jawbone health. However, they aren’t right for everyone. To determine if dental implants are the best choice for you, consult with our periodontist. Some issues that could make it difficult for implants to be successful include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Gum disease
  • Some medications used to treat osteoporosis
  • Lack of jawbone mass

In order for an implant to heal thoroughly and successfully, you might need to be treated for gum disease or have bone grafts placed before the actual implant procedure. This can increase the likelihood of a successful implant. In some cases, however, particularly if you have a systemic problem like diabetes or an autoimmune disorder, our periodontist might recommend a different option.

Call the office of Dr. Burak Taskonak today to make an appointment with our team.


How careful must I be with my new veneers?

Posted on July 9, 2015

Coral Springs veneersPorcelain veneers are a great way to remake your smile without expensive dental work or crowns that require your teeth to be altered. Though lightweight and easy to apply, veneers can give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, transforming chipped, cracked, pitted, discolored, and even slightly misaligned teeth.

If you are considering veneers, you might wonder how much care your veneers might require.

What Are Veneers?

To understand the kind of care veneers require, it is helpful to understand what they are and how they work. Veneers are made of porcelain—a delicate material that mimics the light reflection properties of natural tooth enamel. Although veneers are very thin, once they are bonded to the surface of your teeth, they become strong and durable. The porcelain is color matched to your natural teeth, and because they are semi-translucent, teeth treated with veneers are virtually indistinguishable from those that are not treated.

The strong bond of the veneer to the tooth means that you can perform most everyday activities without worrying about damaging the veneers. However, there are some precautions that will help your veneers last for many years.

Taking Care of Veneers

Veneers, like your natural teeth, must be brushed daily, and don’t forget to floss teeth that have been treated with veneers. Regular visits to the dentist are also important, both to keep your teeth healthy and to spot any possible problems with the veneers before they become serious.

When you go to the dentist, though, be sure to tell your hygienist that you have veneers. Some tools and cleaning compounds can be abrasive to veneers. Also, be sure to follow any recommendations your cosmetic dentist makes in regards to care. Typically, you should avoid biting hard substances, such as ice, and avoid staining agents that could turn your bright veneers into dingy surfaces just as they would affect your natural teeth.

For information about veneers, what they can do for you, and how to care for them, please contact our office for an appointment or a consultation.




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