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We Offer Oral Cancer Screenings at The Dentist Specialists

john Maher - Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Despite the ever-present knowledge that smoking causes cancer, somehow the disease still remains the conundrum of our time. Yes, it’s obvious, but smoking, while dangerous, is not the only thing that causes cancer. So if you’re a non-smoker, you could still be at risk for oral cancer. In fact, if you excessively consume alcohol, stay out in the sun, have a family history of cancer, or have HPV, you could be almost as at risk as a smoker. That’s crazy to believe, isn’t it?


An estimated 40,000 people in the United States suffer from oral cancer per year, but what does it look like? If you’re experiencing bleeding in your mouth and don’t know why, this could be an indicator. Additionally, any swelling, bumps, lumps, rough patches, or areas or erosion in our around the mouth, lips or gums should not go unnoticed. Other symptoms include white or red patches in the mouth, a lingering soreness felt at the back of the throat or general pain or hoarseness in the throat. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately.


How can we stay on top of our health in such a cancer-ridden world? Orlando dentists from The Dental Specialists in Orlando offer oral cancer screenings for every patient. It’s hard to identify an early stage of oral cancer, but luckily a dentist in Orlando from the The Dental Specialists can identify it with ease. An early diagnosis means a significantly more positive prognosis.


During your oral cancer screening, we will check for the symptoms mentioned above. Attuned to the early-onset signs of oral cancer, we will be able to spot any sores or discolored tissue that are in the beginning stages. We might perform an oral brush biopsy and take a sample of suspicious looking tissue in the mouth. Another kind of test we might perform is called a scalpel biopsy—a more invasive form of looking at tissue involving anesthesia. With these tests and more, we will be able to catch the cancer in its early stages before it spreads.


Oral cancer’s treatment bears the exact same treatment plan to other cancers—radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Traditionally, people thought oral cancer had a pretty low survival rate, but only because it was usually discovered too late in its stages. Often times oral cancer is discovered when cancer is found in another part of the body, and then traced back to the mouth. In reality, the survival rate for people with oral cancer sits at 83% for those with cancer that has not spread, 62% for cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes, and 38% for cancer that has already spread to different parts of the body. And oral screening could put you in that 83% survival rate, so why wait until you recognize a symptom to go in? Let the Dental Specialists take care of you.


Aside from going in for an oral screening, you can watch out for and prevent oral cancer in a number of ways. Refrain from smoking tobacco products and eat a well-balanced diet. Additionally, avoid staying out in the sun for long periods of time. When you do go out, apply sun protective lotions to not just your body, but your face and lips as well. Every month or so, we suggest you conduct a self-exam. Inspect the roof of your mouth and pull back your lips to study your gums. Feel for lumps and keep an eye out for irregularities. In addition to taking these precautions, remember that regular visits to your dentist will help ensure your oral health and keep you on track to catching any problems early on and with ease.

Dental Implants: Lifelong Tooth Replacement Therapy

john Maher - Saturday, January 16, 2016


At first, dental implants might seem like a scary concept; in fact, they’re actually a simple way the achieve permanent, lifelong tooth replacement in a relatively short amount of time. At Dental Specialists of Orlando, we’ve been providing patients with custom dental implants in Orlando and central Florida for decades. If you’ve lost a tooth, a dental implant can be the perfect way to restore function and aesthetic to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t waste time with removable dentures or semi-permanent options that need to be replaced after a few years. With dental implants, we can give you back the smile of your dreams.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificially made tooth roots that are placed in the jaw. The implant can be used to hold a bridge or a replacement tooth, and are a great alternative for dentures. There are two types of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are place in the bone, and are the most commonly used. Subperiosteal implants are placed on the bone, and are great for patients who cannot wear traditional dentures. Dental implants are said to be so strong that they may be stronger than natural teeth, and will typically last a lifetime. The procedure for dental implants involves the consultation of both a dentist and a periodontist, in order to determine the best placement for the implant. At Dental Specialists of Orlando, we are dedicated to making sure that your implant is placed perfectly to fit your needs, as well as the condition and anatomy of your mouth. If only one tooth needs to be replaced, an implant and a crown will be placed in the mouth. If several teeth need to be replaced, bridges supported by implants are a great option. Even if you need all of your teeth replaced, we can help. With implant-supported full bridges and dentures, we can give you back your pearly whites. Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth, and can even look indistinguishable from your natural teeth when you smile. Implants do not lead to bone deterioration or interfere at all with speaking or eating. While a dental bridge supported by teeth may only last a few years, an implant is completely permanent, and may only require a few adjustments over time. By filling empty spaces in the mouth, implants prevent deterioration of the jawbone, and help restore firmness and strength by stimulating the growth of natural bone. With dental implants, you don’t have to fuss with removable dentures, or worry about your teeth slipping. Your teeth stay in your mouth, where they belong.

What Is the Cost of Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are an investment into the future function, health, and beauty of your smile. Because they last a lifetime, they are the perfect choice for preserving your smile. Dental implant costs

will vary based on each patient’s unique needs. We consider the number of implants needed, the type of restoration that will be anchored to the implants, whether or not surgery or a bone graft is required, and the type of implant utilized.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

The best candidates for dental implants are patients in good health. If your jawbone has enough strength to support implants, and your gum tissue is healthy, you may be a candidate.

What Should I Expect After The Procedure?

After your procedure, our team will work with you to ensure you have the best plan possible to care for your new smile. With follow-up check ups, we can keep track of how the implant is settling into your mouth, as well as any changes to your teeth or gums. Just like your own teeth, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. Make sure to brush and floss properly twice a day, and limit intake of sugary drinks and candies.

At Dental Specialists of Orlando, we strive to help you make the smile of your dreams come true. Losing your teeth can be painful both physically and emotionally, so we make it easy to restore both function and aesthetic with the highest quality dental implants. As our patient, you will receive personalized care from a team that is dedicated to perfection. Don’t settle for the hassle of removable dentures, or time-consuming tooth-supported bridge. Dental implants are permanent, beautiful, and will give you a beautiful smile for a lifetime. Schedule a consultation with us today to find out if dental implants are right for you.


The Dental Specialists Offer Complete Root Canal Therapy

john Maher - Monday, October 19, 2015

During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp, clean the area, and seal it back up. Because the procedure only involves local anesthesia, you can drive home afterwards. Nitrous oxide, also popularly referred to as “laughing gas,” is available, but may not even be necessary. More than one visit may be necessary depending on a case by case basis, but the rate of success is very high: about ninety percent. However, if your tooth cannot be restored using such treatment, you can discuss other options with your dental team. After your root canal, your dentist will keep a record of the procedure on file for future reference, and may schedule a follow-up appointment for restoration in order to decide which method will be best for protecting the tooth. Although complications are rare after a root canal, a qualified dentist will be well-prepared and able to address any problems. 

The price of the procedure will vary based on factors, such as damage severity and the actual tooth being treated. Although it tends to be inexpensive compared to the process of removing and replacing the tooth, costs should be discussed with your dental team in order to determine a payment option. In order to maintain the results of a root canal, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day, flossing daily, and limiting your intake of sugary foods, you can keep your teeth strong and healthy after a root canal procedure. Because the pulp can become infected from trauma and injury, it’s important to protect your teeth during sports or other high impact activities. Although good oral hygiene may not always prevent the need for a root canal, it can precent some of the causes of pulp infection and decay.

What Differentiates the Dental Specialists from Other Dental Practices?

john Maher - Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Our goal is to not only give you a natural smile you’ll love, but provide you with effective, efficient, and quality dentistry that is second to none. What differentiates us from others is our ability to provide you with a custom smile in a convenient timeframe. Our dental crowns can be fitted and placed in one, same day sitting with CEREC technology created by Sirona. This is an advantage over the traditional procedure of at least two visits to the office, where the imperfections are removed, the tooth is shaped, and a temporary crown is placed over the damaged tooth. The temporary crown will need to be replaced with the cemented, permanent crown once it is fitted on the following visit. CEREC, and the “one-visit” crown, is the ideal way the Dental Specialists can provide you with the excellent smile you want.

CEREC, One-Visit Dentistry

john Maher - Sunday, September 27, 2015

CEREC is an acronym that stands for “Chairside,” “Economical,” “Restorations,” “Esthetic,” and “Ceramic.” “Chairside" refers to the technology that your dentist can operate right next to you, while you’re in their office chair. “Economical” represents how economical the procedure is for both you and your dentist. “Restorations” refers to CEREC’s ability to restore your tooth’s former strength and beauty. CEREC is “Esthetic” because all restorations are a tooth-colored ceramic, instead of a noticeable metal. Finally, “Ceramic” refers to CEREC’s use of only the highest strength ceramic materials. The CEREC procedure is advanced in it’s ability to provide restorative dental service. The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile, contains the highest quality medical-grade computer, and specialized camera. By using CEREC, your dentist can restore previously decayed teeth, apply veneers, apply crowns, and remove bad fillings. With precision and high quality service as every dentist’s main priorities, using the CEREC ensures that your dental team can perform at their highest level. 

If the CEREC procedure is right for you, your dentist will first examine your tooth/teeth in order to decide which treatment is most fitting. An anesthetic will be administered to remove the tooth tissue that is weak or decayed. Next, your dentist will take quick and easy optical impressions of the tooth/teeth, instead of bombarding your mouth with a tray full of goopy material. Optical impressions involve covering the tooth/teeth with a completely tasteless powder, and taking digital pictures with an intraoral camera. The CEREC machine is then used to harness 3D software and create a virtual model of the picture. Your dentist can utilize this 3D image to design the restoration of your teeth. After just a few minutes, he or she will send the information to a separate machine, which will create your restoration in only ten to twenty minutes. It is then bonded and polished, with no need for a temporary solution or multiple trips. Talk to your dentist today to find out if the CEREC procedure is right for you, so that you can experience restorative dentistry with ease, comfort, and more convenience.

We Offer the Most Up-to-date and Latest Technology

john Maher - Monday, August 31, 2015

High power dental microscopes allow our Orlando Dentists to perform dental procedures on a level that is impossible with the naked eye. Because dentistry is a microsurgery, these microscopes enable close-up work, and minimize the glare that patients usually suffer through at other dental offices. Additionally, we don’t use the same drills or “air driven hand pieces” that other dentists do. We use electric hand pieces, resulting in less noise and vibration, so you don’t have to suffer through the usual hairsplitting whine that resembles nails on a chalkboard. These pieces also rotate more effectively, allowing for more precision than air driven drills. 

When it comes to digital imagery, Dr. Jonathan Ouellette follows strict guidelines for when and what radiographs will be taken. Radiographs allow the team to see cavities between teeth, bone level, bone health, the nerves and roots of teeth, and cysts or tumors. They are crucial for diagnosing many dental problems. Our digital imaging technology reduces exposure time by fifty percent, in comparison to a traditional radiograph. X-ray technology also offers a high level of precision. Using X-ray technology, we can view images on a computer screen with just 1/6th of the radiation exposure.


Tips for Finding a Great Dentist

john Maher - Thursday, August 06, 2015

As an Orlando dentist, I often come across patients who complain that the process of finding a good dentist in Altamonte Springs, Florida, is not an easy one. It is easy to understand why they express this sentiment; there are many dentists in the area and it can be difficult to choose between them. As someone who is looking for a dentist for your family, there are certain things you should be looking for. I have written this brief article to give you some guidance as to how to find a good dentist. Use the following tips:

They must be trained and certified. You should look for the university where the dentist was trained – there are many who attend sham schools and then open practices. You should also look into whether they are certified to practice in Florida. These credentials are usually displayed on their websites and also in their offices.

If you have children, it is very important that you find a dentist who is trained to work on children’s teeth. These dentists know how to handle children in order to make visits more comfortable. Remember, even one bad visit can make your child scared to visit the dentist for years to come.

Find a dentist who is close by, especially if your teeth need emergency work from time to time – the last thing you want is to drive all the way across town to see a dentist. You should also find out what times they are available. If you are a busy person, check whether they are available on weekends and holidays, or even early in the morning and after work.

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