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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cavity Dental Care

Cavities in Boynton Beach

How can the hardest substance in the human body turn to mush? Invisible fillings are your solution!

"Thank you for your honesty with taking care of my teeth. I love all you guys and keep smiling." —Evelyn Thomas

Everyone knows about cavities. Most of us know that sugar is a major culprit. Most of us have had fillings to fix cavities throughout our lives. Teeth are decayed by the acids in our mouth produced by bacteria (plaque) consuming sugars and carbohydrates. That acid is what turns our teeth into mush. Today's popular and very acidic soft drinks and "energy" drinks are like gas on the decay fire.

However, you may not be aware of early tooth decay. Here are some signs that may indicate cavities in your teeth:
  • Sensitive to sweets, food, or cold temperatures.
  • Brown-stained pits or craters in your teeth.
  • Broken teeth or broken old fillings.
Though, oftentimes, cavities don't hurt at all.

The solution to cavities depends on many things including: how large the cavity is, where the cavity is on the tooth, and where the tooth is in the mouth.

It may be as simple as placing a tooth colored filling, inlay or onlay, or even a crown for very large cavities. While some dentists still use silver-mercury amalgam, Dr. Barr has not used it in many years. Dr. Barr believes that silver-mercury amalgam, a 150 year-old technology, is an obsolete material. Today's technologies can give you metal-free invisible fillings!

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Are you at risk for oral cancer? Learn the facts.

Watch American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons's video on "Are you at risk for oral cancer? Learn the facts.'


The above video is found on the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons YouTube Channel.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dental Cosmetic Crowns

Cosmetic Porcelain Crowns in Boynton Beach

Actual case by Dr. Barr at Palm Beach Smiles. This is a combination of crowns and veneers. Click any of the photos above to see more about this case!

Do you have large stained fillings? Do you have existing crowns that have a dark line at the gumline or look unnatural, like "chiclets"?
Cosmetic Dental Crowns can be used to create a more pleasing smile. Some of the conditions that can be corrected with cosmetic crowns:
  • Old crowns that have "black line syndrome" near the gum line.
  • Old crowns that no longer match your other teeth.
  • Large stained fillings or bondings.
  • Large silver-mercury amalgam fillings.
  • Issues with your bite or how your teeth fit together.
  • Teeth worn down over the years.
The trend is towards reducing or eliminating metal in dentistry. The All-Ceramic Crowns are state-of-the-art. They appear very natural and have the advantage of being bonded to the tooth for strength. Since there is no metal substructure, they don't have the "black line syndrome" at the gum line.
Dr. Michael Barr has dedicated himself to creating beautiful smiles with the latest porcelain or all-ceramic dental crowns. He has even taught these techniques to other dentists from across the country. If you're in Boynton Beach or Palm Beach County, Porcelain Crowns may be your answer to getting your own "Palm Beach Smile!" Whether it's a single tooth or an entire smile, we want it to look like it grew there - natural and beautiful.

To see photographs of actual cases done by Dr. Barr, click on Dental Crown photos.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 3 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Sunlight 
People who have jobs working outside are more prone to developing lip cancer and should use UV protection.











Diet 
Poor nutrition also may put you at risk for developing oral cancer. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of developing oral cancer, so add more color to your plate! 
 










To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 2 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Tobacco 
Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco use increases your risk dramatically. Smoking can cause oral cancer, as well as cancer in other parts of the body. Pipe smokers are also at a higher risk for developing cancer in their lips. Smokeless tobacco, like chew, can lead to many issues in your mouth, the most serious being cancer of the cheeks, gums, and lips.
 










Alcohol 
According to the American Cancer Society, 7 of 10 oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an average of two drinks a day or more for men and an average of more than one drink a day for women. If you are a heavy drinker and a heavy smoker, your chances of developing oral cancer increase significantly.  
 










Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) 
The sexually transmitted disease is now associated with about 9,000 cases of head and neck cancer (specifically those occurring at the back of the tongue, in or around the tonsils) diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the CDC. People who are diagnosed with HPV-related head and neck cancer tend to be younger and nonsmokers. People with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of death or recurrence, even though these cancers are often diagnosed at a later stage because it develops in difficult-to-detect areas.  
 










To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Treatment of Abscessed Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about the treatment of abscessed teeth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Dental Technology

Dental Technology in Boynton Beach

At Palm Beach Smiles, we have implemented a number of dental technologies on an ongoing basis. These technologies help us provide a better dental experience for our patients. Dentistry has become very high-tech in recent years. The names of these technologies may not mean much to you. But I'll try to explain why I've chosen them to make your experience and treatment better at our office in Boynton Beach.



Lasers
  • Diagnodent – This is a laser cavity scanner. It helps us accurately find dental decay (cavities) in the early stages in the grooves on the biting surfaces of your teeth. Early intervention and treatment means lower expenses and less potential for future problems.
  • Picasso™ Lite Soft Tissue Laser – Occasionally, we need to reshape gum tissues cosmetically or "get them out of the way" to access some cavities. The Soft Tissue Laser does this precisely with no bleeding and minimizes discomfort afterwards.
Magnification
  • Surgical Telescopes/Headlight – You may notice that I wear some funny-looking glasses with big tubular lenses sticking out of them. These are "surgical telescopes." They help me see everything much better, just like a telescope helps an astronomer. The headlight provides excellent lighting, again so I can see even better. This technology greatly improves the quality of treatment outcomes. I wouldn't practice without it. And I wouldn't let a dentist treat ME without it.
Precision-Targeted Anesthesia
This is a special technique that Dr. Barr has discovered that puts to rest those pesky teeth that resist anesthesia. If you've had experiences where the dentist couldn't get you numb, you can be sure Dr. Barr can do it. To learn more about painless dentistry, click on Precision-Targeted Anesthesia.

Camera
I often use a special camera to take pictures of your teeth and smile. My camera can instantly transfer the images to an iPad tablet, so I can show you what I am seeing. I also use photography to communicate vital cosmetic information to our lab for porcelain restorations.

Root Canal Treatment Gizmos
  • Rotary Instruments (powered instead of manual hand files) – Means that your treatment will go more quickly while improving the outcome.
  • Electronic Apex Locator – This ensures a quality result while reducing the need for repetitive X-rays during root canal treatment. It's like radar for root canals.
Other Gizmos
  • Isolite™ – This is a special disposable mouthpiece that we may use during fillings or other restorative procedures. It helps in many ways. First, it increases comfort for our patients. It constantly suctions out water and other debris (like old fillings when they're being removed, so none of that goes down your throat). By keeping things dry, our bonded fillings procedures can be done with a higher level of quality. Bonding requires a dry environment for predictability and durability. The Isolite provides a nice cushion for you to rest your jaw (it won't get tired from holding it open). It also has a built-in light providing me with even better visualization.
Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/