crown durability

Crowns are used to restore or save a damaged tooth. They are similar to a cap that is placed over the tooth, and give patients the ability to use their tooth again. Crowns are highly durable, look natural, and can help restore the strength of a damaged tooth. A crown is cemented onto the damaged tooth, and is a common restoration process done in our office.

Crowns can last between 5-15 years, and this depends on the individual, and the wear and tear of the crown. It is important to follow good oral hygiene habits to keep your crown healthy, and avoid the need for replacement. In some cases, if patients take good care of their crowns, they can last between 25-30 years.

When Are Crowns Used?

Crowns are used after a root canal treatment to restore a tooth. Crowns can also help restore a tooth that is stained, misshapen, discolored or broken. If a patient has had an injury, or has a cracked tooth, crowns can help save the tooth, and restore the tooth back to its normal function.

What Can I Do To Help Lengthen the Life of My Crown?

We recommend patients avoid biting down on hard objects or foods. If you clench your teeth while you sleep, or suffer from bruxism, you may need a mouthguard to help protect your crown. Attending your regular exams and cleanings in our office is important. This helps our team ensure your teeth and crowns are healthy and in good condition.

If you notice you have a chip or crack, or are experiencing any prolonged pain with your crown, we recommend calling our office right away. These issues must be addressed immediately, and patients should not hesitate to contact our office.

Interested in Finding Out More About Dental Crowns?

If you are interested in finding out if dental crowns are right for you, contact Riverwalk Dental Group. Our doctors are skilled in restoring smiles, and help patients achieve the smile of their dreams. Let our team help you take care of your smile, and restore your confidence.

To schedule your appointment, contact Riverwalk Dental Group, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

smile makeover

Are you looking to correct or enhance your smile with a smile makeover? If you are ready to have that perfect smile of your dreams, then a smile makeover may be right for you. Smile makeovers combine multiple cosmetic services that fit your needs to create the perfect smile. Our doctors have years of experience in creating beautiful smiles, and love to help patients restore their confidence with a smile they can be proud of.

Smile makeovers begin with a consultation to access and discuss what your smile goals are. Our doctors will develop a customized treatment plan using a combination of cosmetic services to build your smile. The severity or the correction will determine the length of your treatment plan. Multiple appointments may be required if extensive treatment is needed. Our team will work above and beyond to ensure you have the very best experience during your smile makeover.

What Treatments Are Used With a Smile Makeover?

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Orthodontics

These treatments are commonly used during our smile makeover process to create that perfect smile for each patient. Once your customized treatment plan is created, we will discuss what is required so patients understand exactly what is needed. Our high-end technology allows our team to provide digital images to show patients what their smile will look like before we start treatment. This gives our team the ability to show patients the benefits of our smile makeover process, and the end result.

Interested in Finding Out More About Smile Makeovers?

If you are ready to restore your smile and find out more information about how a smile makeover can benefit you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. We provide quality care patients can trust in a welcoming and relaxing environment. Come experience the difference in dental care, and let our team help you get that smile you have always wanted. Our doctors are skilled at what they do, and creating beautiful smiles is their passion.

To schedule an appointment with us contact Riverwalk Dental Group, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

How Long Do Veneers Last

Veneers help patients who have discoloration from dental procedures or stains from food and drugs restore their teeth. Veneers can also help those that have chipped, broken, or uneven teeth. Veneers create an even smile, close gaps between teeth, and look natural.

Veneers are similar to shells that cover the surface of teeth. They are made out of a porcelain material and are highly durable. Veneers are stain resistant, and can last between 10-15 years. Once you have your veneers placed it is important to take good care of your teeth. Veneers can become damaged just like any other tooth. Following a good oral hygiene routine at home, and taking good care of your teeth is important to help lengthen the life of your veneers. If you are looking for a long-lasting permanent solution to help restore your smile, veneers can help.

How To Care for My Veneers?

There are things you can do to help take good care of your veneers and lengthen their life. Never bite down on any hard objects or food with your veneers. If you suffer from bruxism or clench your teeth, we recommend wearing a mouthguard to prevent damage to your veneers. Stay away from biting your nails as this also damage your veneers.

Veneers are extremely durable and are a great solution for patients seeking that perfect smile. They can last for years if they are taken care of properly. Always brush and floss your teeth daily to keep your veneers looking and feeling great. We recommend visiting our office twice a year for your exam and cleaning. Our doctors can make sure your teeth are healthy, and your veneers are in good condition.

Interested in Finding Out More About Dental Veneers?

If you are interested in finding out how dental veneers may benefit you, contact Riverwalk Dental Group. Our doctors have years of experience in restoring smiles, and love to help patients achieve that smile they have always wanted. Let our team help you restore your confidence, and give you a smile that looks natural, and is long lasting.

To schedule your appointment with us, contact Riverwalk Dental Group, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Remove Coffee Stains

Coffee is a popular beverage, and many enjoy that cup or two in the morning each day. The downside to coffee is that it can cause staining on your teeth. There are treatments patients can do at home, or in our office to remove those annoying coffee stains. At Riverwalk Dental Group, we offer many cosmetic dental services, and one of our most popular is teeth whitening treatment.

If you are tired of looking at yellow or stained teeth from coffee, then Riverwalk Dental Group is here to help. Our team provides a detailed consultation process to evaluate your teeth and mouth, and create a customized treatment that will work for you. We will discuss all of your teeth whitening options, and give you tips and tricks on how to keep your teeth white at home.

Why Does Coffee Stain Our Teeth?

Coffee contains tannins, and this helps give coffee that deep flavor and brown color. Our teeth are filled with many little pores, and the tannins tend to stick to our teeth when we drink coffee. Plaque attracts the tannins and those can easily be cleaned away. Stains on the enamel of your teeth will need to be treated with a tooth whitening procedure.

How Can Teeth Whitening Help?

Teeth whitening procedures can be done in our office or in the comfort of your own home. Our treatments use a high-quality gel to whiten your teeth safely, and remove coffee stains. The peroxides in the gel are able to reach through the enamel and bleach the stain away. Teeth whitening can restore your smile, and give you bright white teeth in just a few treatments. Let our team help you transform your teeth and restore your confidence. To find out more about our in-office or at-home whitening services, we encourage you to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

What Can I Do at Home To Prevent Coffee Stains?

  • Drink your coffee through a straw to avoid direct contact with your teeth.
  • Use a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.
  • Rinse your mouth out or brush your teeth after drinking coffee.
  • Avoid charcoal toothpaste as this can damage your enamel.

Interested in Whitening Your Teeth?

If you are interested in finding out more about our teeth whitening services, contact Riverwalk Dental Group, and our friendly staff will be happy to help you.

Cosmetic Dentistry

You might wonder if a smile makeover is beneficial, and our dentists will tell you that a full-mouth restoration can help you in a variety of ways. Consider these great benefits from our smile makeover procedures.

Benefit 1: Repairing Dental Health Issues

When you have diseased or damaged teeth, it is difficult to chew food, and the inflammation in the teeth can spread to the gums. Fixing dental health issues is the first step involved in a smile makeover. Our dentist will collect X-rays and examine your teeth or gums to find problems that require treatment, including filling cavities, performing root canals or cleaning your teeth. Some of these procedures are performed right away while other treatments will require multiple visits to our dental office.

Benefit 2: Replacing One or More Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, then it can lead to an unattractive smile along with making it impossible to eat certain types of foods. Today, our dentists can replace missing teeth in a variety of ways, such as making a customized dental bridge or ordering dentures for your mouth. You can also undergo dental implant surgery to have a metal post inserted into your gum tissue and alveolar bones so that a beautiful crown is placed on the device to create a strong bite and a gorgeous smile.

Benefit 3: Gum Surgeries

It is possible to have gum health issues that include gingivitis or receding tissues. Our dentists can eliminate the infections from gum disease with additional deep-cleaning processes, and we are also able to perform gum surgeries to repair the receding gum tissue that is exposing the roots of your teeth to food debris and bacteria.

Benefit 4: Better Nutrition

When your teeth and gums hurt, you may avoid eating nutritious foods that include fruits and vegetables along with meats, such as beef and poultry. This can lead to eating soft junk foods that offer fewer minerals and vitamins. After your teeth are repaired and your gums are healthier, you can chew harder foods without experiencing any discomfort in your gums or teeth.

Benefit 5: Improvements in Your Self-confidence

If you have bleeding gums or lack self-confidence, then you may avoid smiling or talking. This can lead to having poor self-confidence at work or at school. However by calling our office assistants, you can schedule a dental examination to learn more about a smile makeover.

Looking for a Smile Makeover Near You?

If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team! Our dental office is always looking for new patients and is happy to take walk-ins. Reach out to our dentist by calling our team today! We look forward to improving your smile!

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening treatments are popular for patients that have tooth discoloration, or for those that just want a brighter smile. Whitening your teeth can be done safely and there are several options to choose from. If the directions are followed patients can successfully whiten their teeth with no side effects. Teeth whitening boosts self-confidence, can change a patient’s smile quickly, and make you feel great.

What Are My Options for Teeth Whitening?

If you have decided to whiten your teeth there are a few options to choose from. We offer teeth whitening treatments in our office, and this typically is a faster way to get the results you desire. We also offer a treatment you can take with you and whiten in the convenience of your own home.

Both options give great results patients are happy with. In addition to those two options there are over the counter whitening treatments that can help you whiten your teeth. Part of the evaluation process is to take a good look at your teeth and the level of discoloration, your age, and dental history to help you decide what treatment options will work best.

What Are Common Side Effects With Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is perfectly safe, but there are a few side effects that patients can experience.

Teeth Sensitivity

When you whiten your teeth the product gets deep into the tooth enamel. In some cases patients can experience sensitivity after teeth whitening treatments. We may recommend you use a sensitive type tooth paste to help with any sensitivity after whitening.

Irritated Gums

Gum irritation is another common issue when patients decide to whiten your teeth. In some cases patients are sensitive to the whitening treatment. This typically goes away after your treatment is complete.

Whitening treatments can be done periodically to keep teeth looking bright white. Whitening treatments are for patients with natural teeth. If you have implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures and want to whiten your teeth, we recommend scheduling a consultation to discuss your options. If you suffer from many cavities we recommend those are treated before any whitening treatment begins. Depending on each case we can help determine if teeth whitening is right for you.

How To Keep My Teeth Looking White

There are things you can do at home to help keep your teeth looking bright white. Avoiding food and beverages that may stain your teeth like coffee, tea, or red wine. If you do eat or drink something that may stain your teeth it is a good idea to rinse or brush right afterwards to help decrease staining.

Looking To Whiten Your Teeth?

Teeth whitening is a great way to give you a bright white smile. Whitening your teeth is safe and easy, and does not cause many side effects or issues. Scheduling a consultation with our team to examine your teeth and discuss your goals is a great way to start the process. Our skilled professionals will help you decide what treatment is best, and help get you on the road to a brighter smile.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to find out if teeth whitening is right for you, contact our office and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentists help enhance or improve the appearance of the teeth, gums, or jaw. When patients are not happy with their smile, or those who have chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help give you that perfect smile. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the overall appearance of a patient’s smile including the color, position, shape, and size of the teeth. Understanding what a cosmetic dentist can do will help you decide what type of dentist you may need.

Cosmetic dentistry offers many services to enhance your smile. We offer a detailed consultation process that allows our team to examine your teeth and mouth to determine the recommended treatment. We also take the time to let the patient explain their concerns, and what they like or dislike about their smile. Our team is there every step of the way to help guide our patients, and choose a treatment that works best for them.

What Cosmetic Services Are Available?

  • Smile Makeovers
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Invisalign
  • Gum Contouring
  • Dental Crowns
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Dental Bonding
  • Dental Implants

Cosmetic dentistry can help brighten your smile, straighten your teeth, and make your teeth look more uniform and natural. If you have damage or an injury, you do not need to live with these issues. Cosmetic dentistry can help fix these imperfections. Missing teeth can be corrected, and you can enjoy a beautiful smile without anyone knowing you had missing teeth. Leaving missing teeth in your mouth can lead to bone loss or other complications, so it is important to address your issues as soon as possible.

Looking to Take That Next Step?

Taking that first step to call our office is all you have to do to get on the road to a beautiful smile you can be proud to show off. Creating beautiful smiles is what we do, and our team is here to provide the very best care available. Using the latest technology we can transform your teeth into a bright white smile.

If you are unhappy with your smile, or are interested in finding out what procedures are available, contact our office, and our staff will be happy to set up your consultation.

While getting teeth whitening done with a professional is beneficial, there now exist several options for patients who wish to whiten their smiles! Kits for whitening teeth make it possible to whiten your teeth, directly from home. They also provide a less expensive option for those who are concerned about costs.

This article will break down some of the more common questions that our patients have asked at our Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, and Stuart, FL dental practices.

What Are Teeth Whitening Kits?

Teeth whitening kits provide whitening gel for in-home application. The whitening gel is often based on hydrogen peroxide (more commonly known as hydrogen peroxide). The concentration of the gel in kits is more basic than that used by dentists for teeth whitening , and this because of a law in force. 

In-home kits, the application of gel is achieved through bands, pens or pipettes. This makes the kits different by their exposure time. However, their common point and this one is not less. They will make you all teeth whiter.

Are There Other Teeth Whitening Options I Can Do at Home?

Yes! Today, in addition to dental care, there are more and more systems to apply the products that will help us whiten our teeth. Some of the more common ones include the following:

  • The whitening pens: They are smaller and more compact than kits but attract more and more because they are very easy to use. Generally, these pens do not contain hydrogen peroxide but a whitening agent and an accelerator that mimic the action of peroxide. They can be used daily and this allows a better result.

  • Bleaching strips: These “stick” on the teeth and just let them act for about 30min. They are very effective because their application allows a homogeneous distribution of the whitening product. Then, in the background, they work like pens. They release the whitening product directly on the teeth.

  • Gutters: the light gutter remains the flagship principle of dental whitening at home. They allow a short treatment in time but more effective. They usually work with hydrogen peroxide as a whitening agent. It is activated by blue light and allows better penetration of the whitening product.

  • Dental bleaching bulbs: Still little known in the tooth whitening market, they are useful when you are looking for targeted whitening on some of your teeth. It is necessary to impregnate a sponge of the product contained in the bulb and to pass this sponge on the teeth for approximately 10 seconds by teeth. 

Are Teeth Whitening Kits Worth It?

As we have seen, dental whitening kits are an excellent alternative to find a bright smile of whiteness and are an inexpensive option for traditional teeth whitening. However, we must remain vigilant about the chosen product as well as the terms of use. Do not go headlong and buy the first kit that comes to our attention. The teeth and everything in our mouths are part of our health, so we must take the utmost care and information. 

Contact Riverwalk Dental Group in Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Boynton, or Port St. Lucie, FL

If you have any additional questions about teeth whitening kits or would like to hear what we recommend, please  contact Riverwalk Dental Group today! We offer four convenient locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Stuart, & Port St. Lucie, FL!

There are times when your teeth weaken or become vulnerable due to a fracture. With an endodontic treatment or a great fix, your dentist can restore your appearance and function with a dental crown. The dental crown is a cover that covers the entire surface of the tooth, and provides extra protection against wear or breakage. 

There are many materials to manufacture these crowns, and each of them has its advantages and disadvantages, which is why each patient should study with their dentist the different options, and find the most suitable for their particular unique situation.

What Are Common Materials for Dental Crowns?

While there exist a variety of options, some of the most common materials that are commonly used for dental crowns include the following:

Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns

Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns are widely used since they perfectly mimic the natural appearance of the teeth. The improvement in materials is making them increasingly durable!

Crowns of Composite Resins

Composite Resin crowns are considerably cheaper than other alternatives, but have a certain degree of possibility of fracturing, so they are not as durable as those built with ceramics. Usually this material is used for the construction of temporary crowns, while the final one is made. 

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns can be broken down into the following:

  • Platinum/Nickel Crowns: These crowns are strong but unsightly and are reserved for teeth that are in the back of the mouth, which are therefore not very visible. 

  • Gold Crowns:  These crowns offer excellent durability and require less modification of natural teeth. It does not break and does not cause wear on the opposite tooth. The aesthetic aspect is debatable. 

  • Stainless Crowns: These crowns are typically used in very damaged milk teeth. They are only used in the first temporary molars of children, and in some cases, in temporary incisors. 

Zirconium Crowns

These crowns offer great resistance to fractures and masticatory forces in addition to being highly aesthetic, the result of their placement offers a very natural appearance, like one more tooth, being able to use it to restore front teeth and molars, achieving the same tone as that of the dental pieces that surround it.

Crowns Made from Combined Materials

The most common combination for dental crown materials is that of metal and porcelain. In this type of crowns the strength and durability of the metal (on the inside of the crown), and the most natural aesthetics of porcelain (on the outside of the piece) are used.

How Should I Decide Which Material To Use for Dental Crowns?

To choose the most suitable material for each situation, the following must be taken into account:

  1. Patient related factors. A very important point to consider is the information related to allergies that the patient may suffer. For example, for people allergic to heavy metals, materials such as porcelain or zirconium should be chosen.

  2. Purchasing power of the patient, which can generally influence the type of material he prefers for treatment. Ceramic crowns are more economically accessible, for example, if we compare them with those of zirconium, and their appearance is quite natural, although their durability is less.

  3. Function of the dental piece to be restored, for the masticatory function, such as molars and premolars, it is advisable to use resistant materials such as metals or combinations. For frontal or visible teeth, materials with greater aesthetics are recommended (mainly because they can match the tone of the rest of the dental pieces) such as porcelain or zirconium.

Contact Riverwalk Dental Group in Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Boynton, or Port St. Lucie, FL

If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation to see if dental crowns are right for you,  please contact Riverwalk Dental Group today! We offer four convenient locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Stuart, & Port St. Lucie, FL!

Tooth whitening is an operation whose result is not valid for life. After the tooth whitening period, they rejuvenate again but will be whiter than before treatment. To regain a bright smile, it will be necessary to redo a treatment.

What Are Some At-Home Solutions to Whiten My Teeth?

People who have yellowed teeth due to daily coffee or tobacco consumption should not worry, because there are several tips for whitening teeth to have a beautiful all-white smile. A teeth whitening kit can be purchased at a pharmacy. The product gets into the teeth and whitens them from the inside. To penetrate products in the teeth, there are two techniques: that of the gutter that requires the use of a bleaching kit. Thanks to these types of equipment, the product penetrates alone in the enamel. It only takes 2 or 3 weeks of daily applications to have pristine teeth. The second technique for self-bleaching is to apply strips. These whiteners are to stick on the teeth for about an hour.

Why Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Today’s society is always looking for beauty, and some people want to improve their physical appearance to feel good about themselves. To achieve this, many adults are more interested in orthodontics to optimize their smiles and get a better masticatory function. When it comes to teeth whitening, even when brushing your teeth with 2 or 3 daily brushings and flossing once a day, that’s not enough to keep your teeth white. To restore radiance to the smile, it will be necessary to resort to the whitening of the teeth.

What Factors Contribute to my Teeth Changing Color?

Several factors intervene in the color change of the teeth. Consuming colored drinks and foods containing color pigments called chromogens is one of these factors. The colored pigments are found in several products such as tea, coffee, red wine, dark soft drinks, dark fruit juices such as grapes, cranberries, curry, tomato soup, and beets. The colored pigments are easily attached to the enamel of the teeth. Age can also contribute to the evolution of the color of the teeth. Over the years, the outer enamel decreases and reveals the naturally yellow hue of the dentine. 

Contact Riverwalk Dental Group in Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Boynton, or Port St. Lucie, FL

If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment to improve your own smile, please contact Riverwalk Dental Group today! We offer four convenient locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Stuart, & Port St. Lucie, FL!

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