Category Archives: Restorative Dentistry

Get Straight Teeth without Traditional Braces | Boca Raton Dentist

We’re all familiar with braces – metal fastened to teeth in our adolescent years to straighten our crooked permanent teeth. It was a source of ridicule that made growing up torture. But if you didn’t get braces as a kid, you now need to balance a desire for a corrected smile against the desire not to have visible metal braces. The American Association of Orthodontics indicates that approximately 25% of people wearing braces are adults, which means a lot of patients are currently being treated. But you don’t see them that often, so how? Clear braces known as Invisalign.

Invisalign is a series of treatments where customized, clear plastic aligners are worn for a specific period of time, slowly and slightly correcting the patient’s bite as the patient completes the specified time with each aligner. There are no brackets or wires, reducing all of the extra care that comes with traditional braces.

The aligners should be worn 20-22 hours each day. They can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth, but are generally worn while awake and asleep. Because the aligners are removed while you eat, you’re free to eat virtually anything you’d normally eat – there are no concerns about getting food stuck in the wires of traditional braces.

Nearly all bite issues can be corrected with Invisalign, though some dentists will recommend against Invisalign in certain cases where Invisalign may be significantly more costly and difficult than traditional orthodontic treatments. To determine if you’re an Invisalign candidate, schedule an appointment soon for a full evaluation.

If you would like more information about Invisalign, contact Dr. Rosenbuch at (561) 394-7888 or visit our website at www.cliverosenbuschdds.com.

Dr. Rosenbusch proudly serves Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Boynton, Ft. Lauderdale and all surrounding areas.

Dental Implants Will Fix Your Smile | Boca Raton Dentist

ThinkstockPhotos-164125777Many patients put off going to the dentist. Whether they’re afraid of the pain, the noise of the procedures or the monetary cost of dental work, putting off dental visits can turn small problems into larger ones. Left long enough and your teeth can be lost due to decay, infection, or physical problems like cracking.

For the most severe dental problems, treatment is a dental implant. While synthetic substance and crowns place a cap over an existing tooth root, implants replace the entire tooth – root and all. If done properly, a tooth implant can potentially last a lifetime.

The procedure starts by removing the existing tooth and root, and placing a titanium implant post into the jawbone. This metal post is the foundation for the entire implant, and it should be allowed to heal for 6-12 weeks. As soon as the bone forms a permanent bond with the metal post, the dentist will attach a second metal connector – known as an abutment – to the post, to provide a connecting surface for the replacement tooth. The dentist will then make impressions, modeling the entire mouth so that the replacement crown perfectly matches your existing bite. Finally, the crown will be attached permanently to the abutment, providing a solid, permanent tooth

We realize that the description sounds really painful. And while there may be pain during the initial extraction, the procedure can be done with a simple local anesthesia. Making sure your smile remains as healthy as possible will prevent having the need for surgery, so make sure to have check-ups regularly.

If you would like more information about dental implants, contact Dr. Rosenbuch at (561) 394-7888 or visit our website at www.cliverosenbuschdds.com.

Dr. Rosenbusch proudly serves Boca Raton, Del Rey Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Boynton, Ft. Lauderdale and all surrounding areas.

Invisalign Clear Braces: the ABCs | Boca Raton Dentist

What is Invisalign® Orthodontics?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system that allows you to more comfortably and discreetly straighten your teeth. If you have ever wanted a straighter, more attractive smile, Invisalign might be right for you. Dr. Clive Rosenbusch, your Invisalign-certified dentist in Boca Raton, FL, may recommend Invisalign in order to correct orthodontic problems such as:

  • Gaps and spaces between the teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Misaligned (crooked) teeth
  • Bite problems (overbite, open bite, underbite, or crossbite)

Invisalign has been proven effective in both clinical research and in practice nationwide. One advantage of Invisalign that makes it so popular is that the invisible plastic makes it an excellent choice for adults who wish to keep a professional appearance while straightening their teeth. While they are virtually invisible, Invisalign aligners may also be removed when necessary for important events such as presentations and interviews.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners to straighten your teeth. Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic, and they are exceptionally comfortable. Additionally, Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to brush, floss, eat, and drink as normal. You will switch aligners approximately every two weeks to continue adjusting the alignment of your teeth until you have achieved your ideal, straight smile. Invisalign typically corrects your smile more quickly than traditional braces, with an average treatment plan ranging from less than six months to a year. If you wish to enhance your smile and look good doing it, Invisalign is an excellent solution for you.

For more information about Invialign invisible braces, contact Dr. Rosenbuch at (561) 394-7888 or visit our website at www.cliverosenbuschdds.com.

Dr. Rosenbusch proudly serves Boca Raton, Del Rey Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Boynton, Ft. Lauderdale and all surrounding areas.

Reasons to Go with Teeth Whitening | Boca Raton Dentist

multiple smilesTeeth whitening is a simple yet effective and affordable cosmetic dental treatment. Professional teeth whitening uses carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to lighten dark or stained teeth. There are two main professional teeth whitening options: at-home teeth whitening and in-office teeth whitening. At-home teeth whitening involves using custom-made whitening trays and professional-strength whitening gel to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. In-office whitening, on the other hand, is completed in our office. In most cases, at-home teeth whitening is more gradual than in-office whitening.

What are the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening?

Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits may seem like a good value, but they can be difficult to use, may provide less than satisfactory results, and take longer to show results. Professional teeth whitening from the office of Dr. Clive Rosenbusch offers a more comfortable treatment that shows more immediate results.

Should I Whiten my Teeth?

If you feel embarrassed to show your teeth when you speak, smile, or laugh because of staining or discoloration on your teeth, teeth whitening might be right for you. Teeth whitening can give you a whiter, brighter smile that improves your self-confidence. Professional teeth whitening in Boca Raton, FL, can lessen the appearance of discoloration and stains caused by factors such as:

  • The natural aging process
  • Certain foods and drinks
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • Illness
  • Fluorosis

Teeth whitening services are especially popular among people with upcoming special events. Teeth whitening can be an excellent choice to beautify your smile before weddings, performances, portraits, dates, and interviews. Our teeth whitening techniques provide dramatic results in just a single visit.

To learn more about our teeth whitening services, we invite you to call or visit our dental office today. Our caring dentist and dental team look forward to enhancing your smile!

If you would like more information about teeth whitening, contact Dr. Rosenbuch at (561) 394-7888 or visit our website at www.cliverosenbuschdds.com.

Dr. Rosenbusch proudly serves Boca Raton, Del Rey Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Boynton, Ft. Lauderdale and all surrounding areas.

No One Like Crowds | Boca Raton Dentist

Professional dental brushingRight around the time your baby teeth turn into the adult version, we seem to have one final hurdle to go thru in our mouths – a pretty painful one at that. We get our wisdom teeth. Generally, we have them remove, which is also quite the process, but do you know why it hurts so much when our wisdom teeth come in? It’s due to tooth crowding. When there is insufficient room in the mouth for normal tooth alignment, teeth can be twisted and turned, pushed and nudged into odd positions that make smiles unattractive and bites uneven. While many people care about correcting tooth crowding for cosmetic reasons, tooth crowding also contributes to dental decay (as alignment problems make brushing and flossing areas between teeth difficult) and pressure on the temporomandibular joint, which can cause jaw problems over time.

Tooth crowding is typically known to dentists as malocclusion, and can be caused by quite a few things:

  • Lost and missing teeth leave enough space for other teeth to move and rotate
  • Extra teeth competing for space
  • Impacted teeth can cause pressure on tooth roots below the gum surface, completing for space below the gum line
  • Poorly done dental fittings such as crowns and improperly applied fittings cause pressure issues between teeth
  • Jaw alignment problems due to injury or genetic development

The typical treatment for tooth crowding is physical correction using either orthodontics devices such as braces or Invisalign. In some cases, your dentist or orthodontist may recommend tooth extraction or surgical correction, like your wisdom teeth, especially in cases where extra teeth cause crowding that is difficult to correct with simple straightening. On very rare occasions, surgery to lengthen or shorten the jaw may be required. If that’s the case, the jaw bone can be cut and realigned, then held in place with screws and plates. While this is unusual, it’s worth knowing that virtually all malocclusions can be treated with modern dental medicine.

If you feel that your teeth aren’t properly aligned, or if you’re concerned that your jaw isn’t aligning correctly, schedule an appointment with your dentist for an evaluation. Not only will they be able to diagnose your symptoms, but you will also be able to discuss the various treatment options.

If you feel your teeth may be crowding, contact Dr. Rosenbuch at (561) 394-7888 or visit our website at www.cliverosenbuschdds.com.

Dr. Rosenbusch proudly serves Boca Raton, Del Rey Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Boynton, Ft. Lauderdale and all surrounding areas.

What Is The Difference Between an Inlay/Onlay and a Filling?

Smiling woman with perfect teethTraditional fillings and dental crowns are two of the most common choices to help treat damaged teeth. The former for slightly damaged teeth, and the latter for heavily damaged ones.

Fillings and crowns, however, are not always the best options.

For example, fillings will only weaken the remaining structure of heavily damaged teeth. This may lead to the damaged teeth to break or crack, eventually needing a root canal treatment. Meanwhile, the capping of teeth that are not good candidates for fillings, but at the same time are also not good candidates for crowns, may lead to the unnecessary removal of tooth structure.

In such cases of structural damage, dentists can use inlays and onlays as an alternative to crowns and traditional dental fillings.

The main difference between inlays/onlays and fillings is that these dental appliances are fabricated in a dental lab before they’re fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth. This is unlike in fillings where they’re molded into place inside the mouth during a dental visit.

Inlays and Onlays

It’s important to take note that inlays and onlays are different. Although the difference is not huge, you’ll still want to know what makes one different from the other.

For dental inlays, they’re used to fill the space in between the cusps, or the area found at the center of the tooth’s surface. However, dental onlays may be used to cover more than one cusp or even the entire biting surface of the tooth.

Of the two, dental onlays are mainly used for teeth with extensive damage.

Materials

Inlays and onlays can be made either from porcelain or composite resin materials, or gold.

Of the said materials, gold inlays and onlays are considered the most durable, although they’re not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing. If aesthetics is a major concern, you’re better off with porcelain inlays and onlays.

Composite inlays and onlays may be a better choice for those who grind their teeth or those who suffer from a misaligned bite.

Advantages

  • Porcelain inlays and onlays are less likely to suffer from discoloration over the years when compared to porcelain fillings.
  • Inlays and onlays help preserve as much of the healthy tooth as possible and at the same time, the decayed and damaged areas are also restored.
  • Fillings may shrink during the curing process. However, inlays and onlays will not, which helps ensure an accurate and tight fit.
  • Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that typically last longer than fillings. Even better is that onlays help protect the weak areas of the tooth, further strengthening the weakened tooth.
  • When compared to fillings, inlays are easier to clean, stain-proof and are more durable. Inlays are also better at sealing teeth and keeping out bacteria.

Disadvantages

  • Since they have to be created in a dental lab, inlays and onlays will require much more time to complete. The typical procedure can take more than two weeks, which is a lot more when compared to the single appointment that the placement of a dental filling requires.
  • Inlays and onlays are also considered much more expensive compared to direct dental fillings.

 

Whether you need a tooth filling, a dental crown, or a dental inlay or onlay, what is important is that you do not delay treatment. Besides, regardless of which treatment you end up going for, your teeth will still thank you for it.

If you need to have a damaged tooth repaired, contact Dr. Clive Rosenbusch, DDS at 561-394-7888 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.cliverosenbuschdds.com for additional information regarding restorative dentistry.