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September 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Port Orange FL can give you the beautiful smile you deserve

When you meet people, does your smile make them smile back? The truth is, your smile is your most important asset, and it’s often the first thing people notice when they meet you.

If your smile is dull and uninteresting, you owe it to yourself to jazz it up a bit, and cosmetic dentistry can help. Dr. Jeff Kim of Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange FL offers a full line of cosmetic dentistry services, to give you the smile you deserve.

What You Need To Know

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of procedures, guaranteed to take your smile from dull to dazzling. Consider these great ways to improve your smile, offered by your Port Orange dentist:

Professional teeth whitening, which can whiten and brighten your smile up to 8 shades. Your great results can last a long time too, even as long as 5 years! Unlike some over-the-counter whitening treatments that contain harsh chemicals and abrasive agents, professional whitening products and methods have been rigorously tested and approved for safety by the American Dental Association.

Dental bonding, which can repair small cracks, chips, defects, and other unsightly issues. Bonding uses composite, which can be matched to your tooth color, so when treatment is complete, it blends with your smile. Dental bonding can make a damaged or worn-down smile appear whole again. Talk to your Port Orange dentist about this option if you're interested.

Porcelain veneers, which can cosmetically hide both minor and major aesthetic issues including large cracks and fracture lines, excessive tooth wear, loss of tooth structure, and discolored enamel. Veneers are thin laminates that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are considered a conservative treatment because little to no tooth surface is removed, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.

When you choose to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, you are investing in yourself, and you are worth it! To find out more about cosmetic dentistry procedures and how they can help your smile, call Dr. Jeff Kim of Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, FL at (386) 322-4867. Call today and start working on a beautiful new smile!

By Ultimate Dental Studio
September 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Remembered fondly by fans as the wacky but loveable Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro is currently in his fifth year hosting America's Funniest Videos. It's the perfect gig for the 48-year-old actor, who loves to laugh and make others laugh as well. This is quite the opposite experience from one he had a few years ago that he remembers all too well: a severely decayed tooth.

After seeing his dentist for an intense toothache, Ribeiro learned he had advanced tooth decay and would need root canal treatment. Ribeiro wasn't thrilled by the news. Like many of us, he thought the procedure would be unpleasant. But he found afterward that not only was the root canal painless, his toothache had vanished.

More importantly, the root canal treatment saved his tooth, as it has for millions of others over the last century. If you're facing a situation similar to Alfonso Ribeiro's, here's a quick look at the procedure that could rescue your endangered tooth.

Getting ready. In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface. A dental dam is then placed to isolate the infected tooth from its neighbors to prevent cross-contamination.

Accessing the interior. To get to the infection, a small access hole is drilled. The location depends on the tooth: in larger back teeth, a hole is drilled through the biting surface, and in front teeth, a hole is drilled on the backside. This access allows us to insert special tools to accomplish the next steps in the procedure.

Cleaning, shaping and filling. Small tools are used to remove the diseased tissue from the interior tooth pulp and root canals. Then the empty spaces are disinfected. This, in effect, stops the infection. Next, the root canals inside the tooth are shaped to allow them to better accept a special filling called gutta percha. The access hole is then sealed to further protect the tooth from future infection, and a temporary crown is placed.

A new crown to boot. Within a couple weeks, we'll cap the tooth with a long-lasting lifelike crown (or a filling on certain teeth). This adds further protection for the tooth against infection, helps strengthen the tooth's structure, and restores the tooth's appearance.

Without this procedure, the chances of a tooth surviving this level of advanced decay are very slim. But undergoing a root canal, as Alfonso Ribeiro did, can give your tooth a real fighting chance.

If you would like more information about root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?

September 18, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   Prevention  

Healthy gums have firm tissues and are pale and pink in color. Unhealthy gums are often puffy, bleed, and appear red due to inflammation. If blood emerges from them when you brush and floss, or your oral routine is non-existent, then it's time to visit our dentist for a refresher course.

At the Ultimate Dental Studio, Dr. Jeff Kim teaches children, adults, teens, and elderly patients how to avoid tooth decay, periodontal infections, and loose teeth. He can also recommend the best services to treat the problem if it becomes severe. In between visits to our Port Orange, FL, office, here are some tips for preventing gum disease. Also, don't forget to schedule your next appointment.

Types of Gum Disease

If you don't maintain an adequate oral care routine, gingivitis will develop over time -- leaving gums swollen and you with bad breath. When left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis. At this stage, tissues start to recede, pockets will begin to form, and cavities may arise and require fillings. Although it's possible for patients to not present symptoms of this condition. But you must know what to look for.

Prevention Tips

Dr. Jeff Kim might advise his Port Orange, FL, patients to develop the following habits to keep harmful bacteria out of the mouth:

  • Quit smoking
  • Nutritious dieting
  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing twice a day
  • Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouth rinse

You should also see a dentist regularly for professional cleanings and examinations at your Port Orange FL office to keep gum disease at bay.

When to Visit Your Dentist

At the Ultimate Dental studio, Dr. Jeff Kim and his team believe that each patient should be aware of the hidden dangers of periodontal disease. Oral care isn't easy to maintain solo, and Dr. Jeff Kim and his team are eager to help keep your smile healthy for a lifetime. We recommend you visit our Port Orange, FL, office when gums are itchy, tender, and painful. You should also visit if you haven't been to the dentist in quite a while. It's critical to continue appointments every six months to improve the quality of your teeth, gums, and general health.

For more tips on preventing gum disease as well as more information about the services provided, contact Dr. Jeff Kim of Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, FL. Please call (386) 322-4867 for appointment scheduling.

By Ultimate Dental Studio
September 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   oral health  

After years of research, we're confident in saying that brushing and flossing daily are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. A mere five minutes a day performing these tasks will significantly lower your risk of dental disease.

We're also sure about the essentials you'll need to perform these tasks: a soft-bristled toothbrush using fluoride toothpaste, and a roll (or picks) of dental floss. The only deviation might be a water flosser appliance instead of flossing thread.

Unfortunately, some folks deviate even more from the norm for both of these tasks. One of the strangest is a social media trend substituting regular toothpaste with substances containing activated charcoal. The proponents of brushing with charcoal claim it will help whiten teeth and kill harmful microorganisms. People brushing with a black, tarry substance also seem to make for good “gross-out” videos.

There's no substantial evidence to support these claims. Perhaps proponents of charcoal's whitening ability are assuming it can remove stains based on its natural abrasiveness. It could, however, remove more than that: Used over time, charcoal could wear down the protective enamel coating on your teeth. If that happens, your teeth will be more yellow and at much greater risk for tooth decay.

When it comes to flossing (or more precisely, removing food material from between teeth), people can be highly inventive, substituting what might be at hand for dental floss. In a recent survey, a thousand adults were asked if they had ever used household items to clean between their teeth and what kind. Eighty percent said they had, using among other things twigs, nails (the finger or toe variety) and screwdrivers.

Such items aren't meant for dental use and can harm tooth surfaces and gum tissues. Those around you, especially at the dinner table, might also find their use off-putting. Instead, use items approved by the American Dental Association like floss, floss picks or toothpicks. Some of these items are small enough to carry with you for the occasional social “emergency.”

Brushing and flossing can absolutely make a difference keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But the real benefit comes when you perform these tasks correctly—and use the right products for the job.

If you would like more information on best oral hygiene practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.