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Sometimes your treatment plan exceeds your bi-annual cleanings or emergency root canal. Our Smile Design Specialty Providers are trained and skilled in a variety of specialties to best suit your needs.
When it comes to preserving your teeth and eliminating dental pain, Smile Design Dentistry is proud to offer the services of an endodontic specialist.
An endodontic specialist is a dentist who has an additional two or more years of specialized training beyond dental school and specializes in saving teeth through a variety of procedures that involve the pulp and roots of teeth. A common endodontic procedure is root canal therapy to remove diseased tissue and bacteria from the root canals of teeth that have been compromised by infection or trauma. Cracked teeth, decayed teeth, and teeth that have been traumatized by a blow, often require root canal therapy before the tooth can be restored with a dental crown.
Caring for tooth nerves and roots is microscopic work and can be complicated. With our in-office specialist, not only will you receive optimal treatment but also have this treatment coordinated with one of our Smile Design Dentists for speedy restoration of your tooth.
Our Smile Design endodontists are Board Certified. This means they have successfully completed an advanced education program in endodontics accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and they have successfully completed:
Gum disease is a progressive condition that begins with mild gum inflammation and can progress, if left untreated, into significant infection of the gum and bone tissues that support teeth, leading to painful tooth decay, tooth loosening, and tooth loss. But even more is at stake. The presence of gum disease means that bad oral bacteria are now circulating through your bloodstream to all organs of your body, and as a result, your body is fighting systemic inflammation that factors into the onset or worsening of many, many diseases.
Both acute gum infection and lower grade chronic gum inflammation destroy gum tissue, tooth ligaments, and bone tissue. Teeth may become loose, and bacteria in gum pockets will erode protective dental enamel. The resulting dental decay perforates the enamel and allows bacteria to reach nerve tissue. A severe toothache will then prompt you to seek urgent care in the form of a root canal and crown (if the tooth is not too damaged) or extraction. If a tooth is extracted or falls out due to periodontitis, gum treatment is still needed to reduce bacteria, get infection under control, and save other teeth. Prior to restoring damaged teeth or replacing lost teeth, gum infection will have to be treated.
Every time you come for a dental cleaning and oral exam (at least every six months), we will be thoroughly examining you for signs of gum disease. If you are overdue for a cleaning and/or exam, we are here to serve you and make sure your oral health is maintained. By doing so, you can minimize gum disease, dental decay, and restorative dental treatment throughout your lifetime.
Smile Design dentists throughout Florida take pride in performing gentle dentistry and will ensure that you experience no to very little discomfort. If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist or are especially fearful of discomfort, then sedation dentistry may be right for you. We offer sedation options and compassionate care to ease your nerves and enable you to receive the treatment you need.
A frequent sedation choice is an anti-anxiety oral medication that is prescribed and taken prior to treatment. A small dose will ease your nerves and let you relax to the point that you may not remember the procedure, but you will still be able to hear and follow instructions from the dentist and dental assistant. After your procedure, the effects of the sedation will wear off while we monitor you. With this type of moderate oral sedation, you will need a driver to take you home and you shouldn’t drive for the rest of the day.
In many of our locations, another option is nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas.” This safe and effective sedative agent is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. The dentist controls the amount of gas you receive throughout your dental procedure. With this type of sedation, the sedative effects disappear immediately after the mask is removed and you are breathing normal air. You do not need to wait to go home, and you do not need a driver.
If you have delayed a checkup, teeth cleaning, and, perhaps, treatment due to dental anxiety, reach out to us, and we will help. Today’s local anesthetics eliminate the pain you may fear, and our dentists are happy to talk with you about sedation options. Many patients feel immediately relaxed after their first visit, due to the time we take with patients, and the nonmedical comfort measures we provide. Be assured that we will not perform treatment without your permission, and our dentist will provide full information about any recommended treatment, why it is recommended, options available to you, and what to expect if you do not receive treatment. We will help you afford and have the treatment you deserve when you are ready to accept it, and sedation is an option.
Family-owned and operated, Smile Design provides personalized attention for each of our patients throughout the state of Florida. We believe in building a strong, trusting relationship with our patients and we’ll take the time to get to know you, listen to your concerns, and answer any questions you may have about your dental hygiene, oral health problems, the treatments our doctors recommend, and your smile appearance.Find a Location