When should my dentist refer me to a specialist?

I see a lot of patients who need complex dental work that may require the expertise of a specialist – from complicated root canals and implants to periodontal issues and tooth extractions. And more often than not, the patient will ask if I will be the one performing the procedure. They have grown to trust me, and feel comfortable under my care.

However, it’s not always in the best interest of the patient for their general dentist to handle these procedures. Just like with any other profession, there are certain skills and procedures that each dentist is trained to handle, and this will vary greatly depending on their education and training.

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4 Things that Wreck Your Smile

Cavities and decay aren’t the only things that can wreck your smile. In fact, there are a number of things that you have control over that can ruin an otherwise beautiful smile.   Continue reading

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Is my dentist upselling me?

There’s something that’s come to my attention recently that I wanted to address – upselling patients on dental procedures they don’t need. This is something that patients are very wary about. They may come in for a cleaning and their dentist will tell them that they need $20,000 worth of dental work that they weren’t expecting.

To be clear, this isn’t necessarily upselling. There are instances where a patient may have been away from the dentist for some time or has an issue that has been progressing over many years. In that case, it’s the dentist’s job to educate the patient and go over their treatment options.

This is a tough scenario for the dentist, especially when the patient is unaware of their dental issues. The patient may be offended or become defensive at the news of their diagnosis. Yet, as a dentist it is our job to deliver this news while maintaining the patient’s trust.

So, how do you tell the difference between upselling and educating? Continue reading

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Common Dental Problems For People Over Age 50

Since I began writing articles for the Valencia Lakes Neighbors magazine 2 ½ years ago, I have had the pleasure of welcoming more than 100 new patients from Valencia Lakes into our practice! I enjoy working with patients from your community because you enjoy life to the fullest and you place great value on your health.

I’ve often been asked, “What is the number one problem that you’ve helped your Valencia Lakes patients with?” While there is no “typical” dental case, there are a few issues we commonly see among patients over the age of 50. Continue reading

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Digital Smile Design: Taking your Smile to the Next Level

I’m excited to share about a new technology in our office that’s helping create more beautiful, natural-looking smiles – Digital Smile Design (DSD), developed by world-renowned dentist Dr. Christian Coachman. If you’re looking to improve your smile, this technology is second-to-none in terms of smile design, and we are one of the first cosmetic dental offices in Tampa Bay to use it. Continue reading

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Why a Dentist Should Oversee your Orthodontic Treatment

In a recent blog, I shared the dangers of at-home orthodontics. These solutions have become very popular lately because of their price compared to traditional orthodontic treatments. However, if you’re looking at this solution as a way to save money, I would highly recommend against it.

To the patient, it may not seem like the dentist or orthodontist plays a big role in administering the orthodontic treatment. But that simply isn’t the case. There are several reasons you are paying a dentist to oversee this treatment. Continue reading

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The Dangers of At-Home Orthodontics

If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a company advertising on social media for “at-home orthodontics” for less than half the price of traditional Invisalign. Here’s how it works: You take molds of your teeth at home and then they mail you aligners each month instead of having to go to your dentist’s office.

While the price and the convenience can be appealing, I highly advise against using this or similar products that do not have oversight from a trained professional. While straightening your teeth may seem like a simple treatment, there are a number of things that can go wrong if you aren’t under the watchful eye of a dentist or orthodontist. Continue reading

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Who should remove your wisdom teeth?

In a recent blog, we discussed whether or not you need your wisdom teeth removed and why this procedure is necessary for patients with a high risk of complications. If you’re one of the many patients who need these teeth removed, choosing the right professional to perform this surgery is important.

So, who should remove your wisdom teeth – a general dentist or an oral surgeon? Below are three things to consider when making this decision. Continue reading

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Do you know your dental risks?

If you visited a new doctor today, it’s likely they would ask you for a list of your family’s medical history. They’d be interested to know how many relatives you have with heart problems, diabetes, cancer, and so on, as well as your history. Armed with this information, your doctor could determine your risks and treat you more effectively.

The same is true of your dental health. We are all born with certain susceptibilities to dental problems. Some may be at risk of cavities, while others are at risk of gum disease. Continue reading

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Do you really need your wisdom teeth removed?

The topic of wisdom teeth comes up a lot at our practice.

Typically, parents come in with their teenagers because they’re curious about having their children’s wisdom teeth removed. They’ve heard that wisdom teeth can cause a number of problems and want them removed as soon as possible. Continue reading

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