Closing Spaces Between Teeth

Closing the Gap:

Two Factors to Consider when Closing Spaces between Teeth

As a cosmetic dentist, one of the most common complaints that I hear from patients is that they do not like the look of the spaces between their teeth. It’s a common problem, and one that we are well suited to address. However, the biggest challenge to treatment is educating the patient on which route is best for their specific case. Continue reading

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Understanding the 3 Types of TMJ

I often see patients who believe that they have TMJ – they are experiencing facial pain or ear pain, or their jaw is clicking or popping. Most people believe that this indicative of a serious problem and that surgery must be performed. However, this is a common misconception. Continue reading

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3 Things I Learned – My MAGD Certification

I recently received the designation of Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), which is a rigorous dental education program with a demanding set of requirements.  Included in these requirements is the completion of 1,100 continuing education (CE) hours covering all dental disciplines. Continue reading

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Fellows and Masters of the AGD

The Fellowship and Mastership designations are two of the most rigorous continuing dental education programs today. A general dentist who is a “Fellow” in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader and example to other dentists of the importance of quality continuing dental education to patient care. A general dentist who has earned the designation “Master” of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) has completed a structured and demanding set of requirements involving all the dental disciplines. Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

For patients missing a single tooth or several teeth, we often discuss the pros and cons of dental implants. This option is a good solution where a patient’s tooth has been deemed non-restorable, or has already run the gambit of restoration options.

All things considered, I believe implants are the best option when compared to a fixed bridge or partial bridge. This is for several reasons. Continue reading

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Similarities: Facelifts & Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic  Dentistry and Plastic Surgery, although seemingly  different,  have   distinct  similarities. Brandon Plastic Surgery offers facelifts for tighter skin appearance. Dr. Saylor, at The Healthy Dentist, offers tooth whitening, veneers, and dental implants. How are these options similar? Continue reading

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Should Adults be Getting Cavities?

dentist brandon flShould adults be getting cavities? This is a great question, and one that I believe the general public might not know the answer to.

As a dentist, my answer to this question is no. Adults should not be getting any new cavities. For these patients, care should be centered on extending the life of the teeth and ensuring proper dental health. And while this may include taking care of old dentistry that addressed cavities, no new cavities should be surfacing.

With that said, there is a small percentage of the adult population that is still getting cavities. I’d like to talk about why that is, because it’s 100 percent preventable. Continue reading

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The Art of Successful Root Canals

cosmetic dentistry tampaI recently attended an advanced endodontics course under renowned endodontist, Dr. John West in San Francisco. The course, which was attended by dentists from around the world, detailed Dr. West’s state-of-the-art technique for performing root canals and taught me a great deal about the art of these procedures.

For many, root canals are an inevitable part of prolonging their teeth’s lifespan. However, the success of these procedures is largely dependent on the dentist’s skill set. Continue reading

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Complex Dental Issues From Tooth Wear

Dr. Larry Saylor treats smiles from all over Florida including Tampa and Brandon

One issue that I commonly see in patients is the loss of tooth structure as a result of wear. Teeth have been worn down to the point that they can no longer function correctly, and complex dental work must be completed to address this problem.

Let me start by saying that all teeth will undergo some wear and tear during your lifetime. However, a patient could live to the age of 100 with normal tooth wear and never experience any pain, or notice a change in the look of their teeth.

The type of wear I’m referring to is a pathological wear, where the tooth is no longer sustainable in its current state. This wear can be a result of a number of stimuli, including:

  • Tooth grinding: Either as a result of a nervous habit, or an effect of the teeth being used outside of their normal function. For instance, chewing on straws or toothpicks, or holding things between your teeth.
  • Acids: These include both acids from both your stomach and your diet (i.e. citrus, mints or sodas).
  • Tooth loss: Loss of teeth in one area of the mouth can cause you to chew differently, placing extreme stress on the remaining teeth and creating friction that results in tooth loss. 

Unfortunately, the wear that these stimuli cause to teeth can occur without the patient noticing. It is a slow wear that occurs over a long period of time, gradually reducing the tooth structure until it becomes an issue of pain or aesthetic.

Determining the cause of this wear and treating issues early can go a long way in improving patients’ dental health. That is because the treatment for this wear is often complex dentistry, which will only become more involved as the wear continues.

However, if caught early, wear can be addressed with a bite guard or bonding and crowns only to the teeth that are affected. As it gets worse, restorative dentistry will be needed to address changes to the bite, and require a combination of crowns, veneers and orthodontics to treat the problem.

The consequence of not treating this is ultimately tooth loss. While your teeth will not fall out, they will wear down until a root canal is needed. That is why it is so important to address tooth wear at its earliest sign.

If your teeth have shortened in the last 5 years, or your smile has changed, talk to your dentist about how you can prevent and mitigate the loss of tooth structure. Other signs of wear include jagged edges or translucency around the tooth structure.

If you suspect that your teeth are wearing, or have questions about the treatment for this problem, call us at (813) 689-4226 to schedule a consultation today.



These three photo’s are examples of pathological wear due to a. excessive grinding b. acid erosion.  This patient  required full mouth reconstruction to re-build lost enamel and reduced vertical dimension. 003 009 010


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Masters in the AGD


I just completed two more courses in pursuit of my MAGD certification. The Master’s program is designed to develop mastery in all aspects of general dentistry. I love this program because it forces me to focus on my weakest areas. I traveled to Portland, Oregon for a course on pediatric dentistry entitled Pediatric Dentistry for the General Dentist. The course was taught by Dr. Gregory Psaltis who is a pediatric dentist in Olympia, Oregon. The course was two days and covered many fine details in treatment of children. This course will help me recognize growth and development issues earlier so I can either start treatment before they get worse or decide to refer to the specialist. It was a long trip but well worth it.


The most recent course was this past weekend at UF dental school. It was my first time back to my old school in 20 years. The course was on removable partials. This is a dying art in dentistry. The focus was on less expensive treatment options for complicated dental issues. Many times when multiple teeth are missing and implants may not be an option because of cost, a removable option can be designed. This option is a fraction of the cost of a fixed non-removable treatment plan and when done with a solid design this removable option can be a great treatment plan for the patient. The course entitled Removable Partial Dentures at the Highest Level was taught by Dr. James Cassidy Jr. DMD, CDT from Macon, Georgia. He is a Master dentist and taught me many things over the 3 days we spent together.

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