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Inlays and Onlays instead of a Dental Crown

If your Delray Beach dentist wants to place a crown over a tooth with a small filling, it’s time to call Dr. George Dental. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea, especially when it comes to the overall structure of your tooth.

Inlays and onlays are the solution if your tooth doesn’t require a dental crown. 

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Inlays and Onlays or Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are used to repair large damage in a tooth. Dentists in Delray use dental crowns to cover large fillings and to cap root canals. Cosmetic Dental Crowns are also used as an alternative to porcelain veneers.

Because dental crowns are made to fit over the top of your tooth, a portion of the structure is removed for a strong and secure fit. While dental crowns are strong, they are permanent. Cosmetic dental crowns also require more enamel and tooth removal than porcelain veneers.

Inlays and Onlays

In some cases, a dental crown isn’t necessary as these types or restorations work very well. Especially if you want to retain most of the natural tooth.

Dr. George Sanchez is an artist when it comes to repairing dental caries using tooth colored dental porcelain. Instead of removing the tooth’s structure to make way for a dental crown, your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist keeps the healthy part of the tooth intact, while repairing the damage with inlays and onlays.

Your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach, depending on the size of the damage, prefers dental inlays and onlays.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding and Inlays and Onlays

Because Dr. Sanchez is a trained and preferred Delray Beach cosmetic dentist, he has the experience to provide you with cosmetic dental bonding.

Like inlays and onlays, cosmetic dental bonding uses dental resin applied to the teeth. Cosmetic dental bonding is perfect for chips and cracks, and to make teeth longer.

Dental bonding is also used to fill small spaces between the teeth. Dental bonding is an excellent alternative to porcelain veneers. Inlays and onlays keep more of the tooth’s structure remains intact.

If you would like more information regarding dental crowns, cosmetic dental bonding or inlays and onlays in Delray Beach, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. George Dental today.

Women’s Oral Health is Different

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, the title of a popular book written back in 1992, explained the difference between men and women. However, the differences between men and women’s oral health was not discussed.

According to Dr. George Sanchez, there are some things to consider when it comes to women’s oral health.

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Because women go through hormonal changes throughout their entire lives, women’s oral health is at risk.

Although good oral hygiene helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, regular dental checkups with your Delray Beach dentist are also an essential part of women’s oral health care.

Puberty and Women’s Oral Health

When a girl starts puberty, hormones will go crazy causing gums to bleed, swell, and become red. In some cases, gums may get bigger because the hormones cause an overreaction to bacteria and plaque. Teenage girls in puberty may also experience mouth sores. While it is impossible to prevent puberty, good oral hygiene can help reduce the problems associated with it.

Women’s Oral Health and the Menstrual Cycle

Although most will not notice mouth changes before a period, hormones could be to blame if you suffer from mouth sores, bleeding gums and salivary glands that swell during this time. Over time these problems with stop along with your period. If they don’t, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach.

Pregnant Women and Oral Health

Hormones are on overdrive when a woman is expecting a child. Pregnancy gingivitis is a huge problem with pregnant women. This type of gum disease causes sore, tender, red, and bleeding gums. This usually occurs between 2 and 8 months of the pregnancy.

Women’s Oral Health and Menopause

Women notice massive changes during menopause. Foods taste differently while sensitivity is heightened. Women in menopause also experience mouth burning. While it is a result of hormonal changes, other issues can occur.

Bone loss and dry mouth are a huge problem with menopausal women. Dry mouth occurs when you have a decrease in saliva flow putting you in the high-risk category for gum disease and tooth decay.

Dr. Sanchez recommends that women of all ages practice good oral hygiene habits including brushing twice and flossing once each day. Your Delray Beach dentist also recommends that you schedule additional dental appointments if you notice any of the above symptoms.

For more information regarding women’s oral health, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach today.

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3 Things to Avoid for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Healthy teeth and gums start with good oral hygiene habits. Those oral hygiene habits include brushing twice, flossing once each day and regular dental checkups with your dentist in Delray Beach.

Dr. George Sanchez explains that if you practice healthy oral habits you are well on your way to a beautiful smile. However, what most people tend to forget is that diet plays a huge role in the health of your teeth and gums.

Not All Healthy Foods are Healthy for Teeth and Gums

Dried Fruit and Teeth and Gums

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According to your Delray Beach dentist, that trail mix and bag of dried fruit may have helped your waistline, but your teeth are probably paying the price. Dried fruit is loaded with sugar and is sticky.

Those dried apricots, figs, prunes, raisins and other delicious dried fruits are stuck between your teeth making it impossible to remove.

If you snack on dried fruit at your desk all day without brushing or rinsing, your teeth and gums will pay the price.

Teeth and Gums Don’t Like Energy and Sports Drinks

As Dr. Sanchez explains, energy and sports drinks contain as much sugar as a can of soda. Sipping on sports and energy drinks all day, especially through a straw, is like soaking your teeth in a sugar bath. Energy and sports drinks are also carbonated. Teeth and gums aren’t a fan of carbonation, as the acid will eat away at the enamel on your teeth.

Instead of sports and energy drinks, opt for water. It’s better for you all the way around, especially when you consider the research that has been uncovered about the dangers of energy drinks.

Citrus Fruit and Teeth and Gums

Who doesn’t love a delicious juicy orange? While loaded with Vitamin C, oranges, limes, kiwi fruit, grapefruit, tangerines, and lemons are very acidic.

If you love your fresh fruit, enjoy as part of a larger meal. If you do eat it on its own, be sure to rinse thoroughly after enjoying. The same is true for fruit juice. Even if you are making your own juices, keep the citrus to a minimum.

If you would like more information regarding unhealthy and healthy foods for teeth and gums call now.

Your Delray Beach dentist is waiting for your call. Make it today.

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Professional Tooth Whitening Might Not Be Enough

If your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be, professional tooth whitening could be the answer. Professional tooth whitening can lighten your teeth up to ten shades, however, if you have dental restorations, such as porcelain veneers, no amount of whitening product will get them any brighter. People who try to whiten their restorations are just wasting money.

Tooth Whitening Won’t Work on Restorations

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Unfortunately, some people have spent hundreds of dollars on over the counter tooth whitening products because they were not informed that those products wouldn’t work on porcelain veneers or tooth colored fillings. Those strips, gels, pastes, and trays will not work on dental implants, inlays, onlays, crowns or cosmetic dental bonding either.

Repair Your Restorations for a New Smile

Restoration repair is the best way to give you your smile back. Porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental bonding will not last forever. Even artificial teeth on dental implants will not last for the rest of your life.

If your restorations are starting to look a bit dingy or they have cracks or chips, it is time to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach. Dr. George Sanchez will recommend either a repair or replacement depending on the extent of the damage.

Porcelain Veneers Instead of Bonding

If you have cosmetic dental bonding, it can be replaced, or you can opt for porcelain veneers instead. Porcelain veneers are stronger than cosmetic bonding and last longer as well, but you must practice good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Sanchez is a preferred porcelain veneers provider who will determine if you and veneers are a good fit. Just be aware that unlike cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers are permanent.

For the best looking smile, you can’t go past your dentist in Delray Beach. Call or click for a no obligation tooth whitening or cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Sanchez today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Are You Prepared?

Cosmetic dentistry is a great confidence booster. From porcelain veneers to clear braces and professional tooth whitening, these types of procedures will boost your self-esteem and make you feel better about yourself. As a result, you’ll be happier.

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According to cosmetic dentist Dr. George Sanchez, being happy with your reflection can even help you win that promotion. Because your smile is beautiful, you exude confidence. However, you can’t just jump into cosmetic dentistry. It takes planning.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Although not formally recognized as a specialty by the American Dental Association, it takes education, skill, and experience to become a cosmetic dentist.

Cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance of your smile while restorative dentistry restores your smile. Not all procedures are covered by insurance such as porcelain veneers and clear braces.

Why is a Cosmetic Dentist Different?

A good cosmetic dentist needs to keep up with continuing education and new technology. Dr. Sanchez has those skills and can provide you with recommendations that suit your budget and your smile.

Although a general dentist may offer certain types of cosmetic options in his or her list of services make sure you read the about page. You’ll want to see what he or she has done to qualify them as a cosmetic dentist. Equally important is reading or listening to the testimonials.

Can Anyone Have Cosmetic Dentistry?

People with healthy teeth and gums are usually perfect candidates for cosmetic dentistry. If your teeth are cracked, chipped or broken restorative dentistry will be used alongside cosmetic dentistry.

You must be given the all clear for gingivitis or periodontal disease. If Dr. Sanchez detects either you’ll need to be treated before you can proceed with whatever procedure is recommended.

If your smile is nonexistent, call or click and schedule an appointment with your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist. With a new smile, there is no end to the possibilities.

Call for a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Sanchez today.

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Is There a Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?

Researchers have been studying the link between heart disease and gum disease for decades.

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Because gum disease is loaded with bacteria, it enters the blood stream. Although the plaque in your teeth is different to the plaque in your body, which is made up of calcium, cholesterol and fat, it will build up in your arteries, just like the plaque in your bloodstream. Called atherosclerosis, this type of plaque is always present in heart disease.

What is the Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?

Known as periodontitis, or periodontal disease, people who suffer from it have a higher risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, or heart attack. However, not everyone with heart disease has gum disease and not everyone who has periodontal disease will develop cardiovascular issues. Periodontitis increases inflammation in the body. That inflammation can cause other health issues including heart disease. Other risk factors including an unhealthy diet and ingesting tobacco products.

Preventing Gum Disease

Good oral health habits, such as twice daily brushing and flossing once each day will help you battle gum disease.

Include a healthy diet in the mix and regular checkups with your dentist in Delray Beach and you are well on your way to better overall health. Your Delray Beach dentist also recommends twice-yearly professional cleanings.

Ask Dr. George Sanchez for a quick lesson on brushing and flossing just to make sure you are doing it properly.

Symptoms of Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

  • Tender, red, or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Tartar along your gum line
  • Loose teeth
  • Moving teeth
  • Dental appliance changes

If you haven’t seen your dentist in some time, or think you may be suffering from gum disease, your health could be at risk. Call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach.

Healthy teeth and gums mean a healthy body. Call for a dental checkup today.

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Is Your New Diet Safe for Teeth and Gums?

That new diet may be doing wonders for your waistline, but is it safe for your teeth and gum?

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According to Dr. George Sanchez, some diets can cause serious problems for your teeth and gums. What you put in your mouth has a huge affect on your teeth and gums. 

Below are a few diets to watch out for if you want to keep your teeth and gums safe.

Low Fat Diets and Teeth and Gums

If you have embarked on a diet that is low in fat, it could cause problems with fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are essential for overall and oral health. For healthy bones and teeth, you need calcium. Vitamin D helps your body absorb much needed calcium.

Diets low in fat also has an effect on the brain. Without Omega-3, fatty acids you are not getting your daily dose of dopamine, which helps, lift your spirits. If you are stressed you could start grinding your teeth. Clenching, known as bruxism, can also cause problems with your temporomandibular joints.

If that isn’t bad enough, brands that are low in fat often add sugar to improve the taste. All of that extra sugar puts in the high-risk category when it comes to tooth decay.

Low Calorie Diet and Teeth and Gums

Certain diet plans are based on cutting calories, and although consuming less calories will brighten your day when you step on the scales, it can cause serious issues with the rest of your body, including your teeth and gums.

Your Delray Beach dentist explains that eating a diet that is low in calories can lead to malnutrition as you are depleting your body of vitamins and minerals. Low calorie diets can cause your jawbone to become weak. If this occurs, your teeth will begin to move and eventually fall out. A diet low in calories also softens the enamel on your teeth and wrecks havoc on your gums.

Fruit Detox and Teeth and Gums

You may think you are doing your body a favor by living on fruit for a week or two, but enjoying a fruit only diet isn’t good for your teeth and gums. A diet that is high in acid and sugar, which most fruits are, can cause problems for the enamel on your teeth and leads to cavities. Surviving on fruit isn’t the best way to lose weight.

If you are planning to lose weight, speak to your doctor and your dentist. Your dentist in Delray Beach will help you come up with an eating plan that is good for your waistline and your teeth and gums.

Call for an appointment today.

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Smoking and Oral Health there is a Connection

Smoking and oral health is connected. Just ask the American Dental Association and they will tell you tobacco products cause tooth decay and gum disease, and it doesn’t matter if you inhale or chew.

How is Smoking and Oral Health Connected?

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Most people know that smoking causes lung cancer and other deadly diseases, but did you know that it could also cause gum disease and tooth decay? Stained teeth aside, many other tooth related issues occur when you ingest tobacco products.

According to Dr. George Sanchez, gum disease occurs more rapidly in a smoker’s mouth than a non-smoker. Other problems that occur in a tobacco user’s mouth include:

  • Chronic Halitosis
  • Tooth Loss
  • Stained Teeth
  • Gum Disease
  • Loss of Smell
  • Loss of Taste
  • Reduced Blood Flow to your Mouth
  • Plaque and Tartar Buildup
  • Delayed Healing
  • Increase Risk of Oral Cancer
  • Chewing Tobacco Isn’t Safer

Of course, chewing tobacco isn’t any better for your teeth and is just as bad. Smoking and oral health includes any tobacco that you put in your mouth. Sugarless tobacco is loaded with sugar. Although you don’t have to deal with sugar in cigarettes, you do in smokeless tobacco products.

Your dentist in Delray Beach explains that chewing tobacco is full of chemicals and sugar and sugar causes tooth decay. It’s that simple.

Cigars Pipes and Hookah and Smoking and Oral Health

People are led to believe that cigars are healthier because you don’t inhale. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Even though you aren’t healing, you are still at risk for oral cancer and mouth lesions. Gum disease is also more prevalent in cigar smokers.

The same goes for Hookah pipes and pipes as you are still inhaling tar and nicotine. On top of that, research indicates that the charcoal used to light the tobacco for the hookah is even more lethal.

Smoking and oral health is connected. If you are having trouble quitting, talk to your primary care physician and don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your Delray Beach dentist as people who smoke should see Dr. George more often than patients who don’t smoke or chew tobacco.

Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach today.

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Choosing Between Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding

If you are considering porcelain veneers, but have also thought about cosmetic dental bonding, there are some things to think about before you schedule an appointment with your Delray Beach dentist.

According to Dr. George Sanchez, both dental veneers and cosmetic dental bonding will give you a beautiful smile. However, there are differences between the two.

Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are used to repair chipped, cracked, and damaged teeth. If you have teeth that cannot be lightened with professional teeth whitening products, porcelain veneers are a great choice. Gappy teeth and teeth that are too long or too short are perfect candidates for porcelain veneers.

Keep in mind that dental veneers are permanent. Your dentist in Delray Beach explains that a portion of your enamel needs to be removed to make way for your new veneers. Removing a small amount of enamel gives your new porcelain veneers a natural appearance. Enamel removal prevents teeth from looking to big and bulky.

Porcelain veneers also require two or three dental appointments. The first will be your consultation. If you are a fit for dental veneers, Dr. George will take impressions that are sent to a dental lab for manufacture. During this time, your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist may recommend temporary veneers for unsightly teeth.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Although not as strong as dental veneers, which can last up to 20 years with proper care, cosmetic dental bonding is less expensive than veneers. Bonding is also much quicker with most restorations taking place in a single dental appointment.

Dental bonding is applied in the office and is matched to the rest of your teeth. Dr. George, who will mold the bonding material to create the perfect tooth, applies the resin to your teeth. Much like a sculptor, your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach has the skills to give you a beautiful, natural looking smile with cosmetic dental bonding.

Time to Make an Appointment for Porcelain Veneers or Dental Bonding

Now that you know the difference between porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental bonding, it’s time to make an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. George Sanchez.

Your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach is waiting for your call.

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Should I Replace my Silver Amalgam Fillings?

Although the jury is still out where silver amalgam fillings are concerned, Dr. George Sanchez believes that, although mercury, which makes up 50 percent of silver amalgam fillings, is natural, it certainly isn’t healthy.

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Mercury is made with copper, tin, silver and of course mercury. Although mercury is approved and deemed safe by the American Dental Association, Dr. George Sanchez, and many other dental professionals across the globe, aren’t convinced.

The Real Problem with Silver Amalgam Fillings

While millions of people have silver amalgam fillings placed, over fifty percent have no idea that their silver amalgam fillings contain mercury. After those patients found out, they wanted to know the possible complications and dangers linked to mercury vapor exposure.

What is Mercury?

Mercury ore comes from the earth and is extremely toxic and poisonous.  While a broken thermometer isn’t enough to hurt you, constant exposure to mercury vapor through your old silver amalgam fillings certainly can be.

Mercury has been linked to neurological problems, chronic illness, autoimmune disease, and mental disorders. The vapor is released and increased by habits such as carbonated drink consumption, chewing gum, and tooth grinding.

The Scary Part about Silver Amalgam Fillings

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Although the amounts of mercury vapor absorbed vary on a daily basis, from one to 3 micrograms on the low end, some studies indicate as high as 27 micrograms are being absorbed every 24 hours. If you enjoy the habits mentioned above or deal with tooth grinding, that figure could be higher.

That is terrifying when you consider that three to 69 percent of air quality standards in the workplace translate to that figure. OSHA, the Occupational Safety, and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor consider high levels of mercury vapor unsafe.

Why are Silver Amalgam Restorations Dangerous?

Constantly breathed in and absorbed by your lungs, silver fillings and other types of dental restorations release mercury vapor causing organ complications, especially in the lungs and kidneys.

Dr. George Sanchez has the experience to remove and replace your silver amalgam fillings in a safe environment. Not all dentists are equipment to handle removal and replacement. Without safe removal and replacement protocols in place, both you and the dental team are at risk with unsafe silver amalgam filling removal.

Why Do People Opt for Silver Amalgam Fillings?

Price is the main reason people opt for silver amalgam fillings. Although they may be less expensive to begin with, the health problems that go along with them will cost you in the long run. In addition, people with silver amalgam fillings tend to go longer without repair or removal because they are not in pain, or don’t notice any chips or cracks.

Dr. George will tell you that tooth decay goes undetected under old silver amalgam fillings. There could be some serious cavities under your old fillings. If yours are older than 10 years old, some patients go as long as 25 or 30, call your dentist in Delray Beach. Safely removing your fillings will make you look and feel better.

What Type of Replacements are Available?

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Dr. George uses composite resin for dental fillings. Both natural and durable, composite dental fillings are a safe alternative to silver amalgam fillings.

Your Delray Beach dentist also uses ceramic dental materials for dental crowns and inlays and onlays.

If you are curious about silver amalgam filling removal, call or click and schedule an appointment.  With natural fillings and other restorations, you will look and feel better.

Call for a consultation with Dr. George Sanchez today.