Raton Periodontist Provides Long-Term Commitment to Dental Implants

Boca Raton periodontist Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles provides a long-term commitment to repair or replace dental implants as needed as long patients do their part.

We are certainly committed to maintaining the patient’s health, and we have an office policy that says if you lose an implant within ten years we will take some responsibility for that and make sure that we credit you towards replacing the implant.  For instance if you lose an implant within the first two years we will replace it for you. We essentially own that as long as you meet certain criteria.  Those criteria are that we have to check the final cap and you have to maintain professional cleanings at a dentist’s office.  The cleanings do have to be done in our office, but the patient needs to have those cleanings done professionally in the dental office of their choice.

If the patient has the cleanings done in another office, then we like to see x-rays on these patients periodically.  We often get x-rays on patients whom we have not seen for a while and it gives us a chance to check and to make sure that everything is fine.  If for some reason there is  a problem, then we can always call a patient back and say we got an x-ray from your dentist and the implant does not look as good as it used to.  We can ask the patient to please come in so we can take a look and resolve a small problem before it becomes a big concern.

After two years or between two years and ten years, we will give you a percentage or will credit you a percentage of the value of what you paid for that procedure toward any replacement or toward correcting a problem around that implant.  We feel this is a very fair policy, because we are accepting some long-term financial responsibility for the implant.

 

index_dr_ganales-xsDr. Jeffrey Ganeles
Periodontist
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
New Patients Welcome
www.flsmile.com

Dental Lasers Provide Minimally Invasive Treatment and Much Faster Healing Time.

Periodontist and implant dentistry expert Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles uses different lasers for treatment that is minimally invasive and comfortable.

We have different lasers that we use.  One is called the diode laser and we use that one simply to do small surgical procedures where we are just trying to trim tissue.  The advantage is there is virtually no discomfort, there is no bleeding, and the treated area heals very quickly.

The other kind of laser that we have is called a YAG laser and that has a number of special properties associated with it. This laser specifically destroys the bacteria in the gum that causes periodontal disease.  The YAG laser seems to be able to distinguish or selectively treat diseased tissue and leave healthy tissue alone, which is specific to the wavelength of the YAG laser.  Other lasers do not have this capability and that is the reason that this one is FDA approved for that purpose while other ones are not.

The YAG laser also seems to stimulate the healing process so that the cells that are involved in repair get turned on as a result of stimulation by the specific wavelength of this laser.  In addition, the YAG laser was just FDA approved for their claim of periodontal regeneration, which means that it stimulates new bone and attachment to root surfaces that have been damaged as a result of periodontal disease.  We have observed this process occasionally and somewhat inconsistently but it certainly is a possibility.

Another advantage of using lasers is they cause the patient virtually no discomfort.  One of the other properties of lasers is that they tend to seal off the nerve endings associated with pain.  This means that we can do a fairly aggressive procedure with a laser and patients may only need to take a Tylenol or an Ibuprofen afterwards, because the nerve endings have been treated by the laser and discomfort is greatly reduced..

The YAG laser also appears to be helpful in treating problems around implants.  We are very enthusiastic about this property because some implants can develop problems, including infections around them.  The laser destroys the bacteria and promotes healing in the gum around the implant.  The beauty of this again is that there is virtually no discomfort associated with it.

The procedure we used to do to accomplish the same thing was a much more invasive surgical procedure that required healing time, a lot more expense in terms of materials that were used, such as bone grafting materials, and we were not getting any better results than we get with a laser.  So the laser allows us to do more with a minimally invasive approach, much faster patient healing time, and no surgery

index_dr_ganales-xsDr. Jeffrey Ganeles
Periodontist
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
New Patients Welcome
www.flsmile.com

Do You Have a Dental Disorder?

Dentist Looking Glass TeethThe range of possible dental disorders is wide and many and some are more easily recognized than others. It could be a bit perplexing to consider you may have a dental disorder without realizing it, but it’s actually more common than you might think. Some disorders have obvious symptoms that may have you running to our office. Others can be more subtle. Do you feel tired, easily irritable, or have difficulty focusing? Do you have facial soreness or pain? Surprisingly, these may be the result of a dental disorder. Our goal is to educate our patients on common and uncommon symptoms that may be a sign to visit our office and receive the required care to remedy these conditions.

A dental disorder is a disruption of your body’s natural process relating to your oral health. Despite its origins, it is important to understand symptoms may be experienced elsewhere in the body. For this reason, many suffer from ailments they don’t consider relevant to tell their dentist. However, as we are a medical provider we encourage you to share things that may not seem related – you never know!

shutterstock_115032628-VECTORRedness and swelling of the gums may indicate the presence of gingivitis, or early-stage gum disease. Left untreated, it can progress into full blown periodontitis that can threaten your smile and even cause tooth loss. Bleeding from the gums, tooth mobility, and soreness are all signs of periodontitis and should be checked.

We understand some conditions may seem complex. Rest assured we are here to work with you to find a solution to your unique needs. If you feel one or more of these conditions may apply to you or a family member, call our office to begin seeking relief today. We are here for you.

index_dr_ganales-xsDr. Jeffrey Ganeles
Periodontist
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
New Patients Welcome
www.flsmile.com

Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime with Professional and Home Care

Dental implants can last a lifetime if patients see their dentist regularly and practice proper home care, according to Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles.

The success rates for implants have been tracked in some studies up to 20 years and almost 90% of the implants of a certain group were fine at 20 years.  These results mean that some of those implants did have problems, but the vast majority of them are fine.

In theory implants should last a lifetime.  There is no inherent reason why they should deteriorate, breakdown, be rejected, or become infected.  In reality implants can have problems after time just like natural teeth do.  They are also subject just like natural teeth to changes in a patient’s health, so if someone gets an implant at age 40 when they are healthy, but then they have chemotherapy when they are 75, or the patient has other health problems as they age, then it is certainly possible that the implant could have a problem, too.

We encourage patients to stay on a professional maintenance program.  If the patient has had periodontal disease in addition to implants, then we like to keep them in our office for cleanings with our hygienist at least once or twice a year.  They generally go back to their dentist for the other cleanings.

If they have not had any periodontal disease and perhaps lost a tooth because of trauma, or because a tooth cracked, and they are really not at risk for periodontal disease, then we will check on the patient every year but have them go back to their dentist to continue professional maintenance.  Regardless of who does the cleaning, patients should continue to get them done professionally because implants like teeth can have problems if they are not cleaned properly, and the best way to do that is to see a hygienist at least twice a year and also do proper daily oral care at home.

When I place implants I expect them to last a lifetime and we educate our patients to help them achieve that goal.

index_dr_ganales-xsDr. Jeffrey Ganeles
Periodontist
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
New Patients Welcome
http://www.flsmile.com

Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime with Professional and Home Care

Dental implants can last a lifetime if patients see their dentist regularly and practice proper home care, according to Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles.

The success rates for implants have been tracked in some studies up to 20 years and almost 90% of the implants of a certain group were fine at 20 years.  These results mean that some of those implants did have problems, but the vast majority of them are fine.

In theory implants should last a lifetime.  There is no inherent reason why they should deteriorate, breakdown, be rejected, or become infected.  In reality implants can have problems after time just like natural teeth do.  They are also subject just like natural teeth to changes in a patient’s health, so if someone gets an implant at age 40 when they are healthy, but then they have chemotherapy when they are 75, or the patient has other health problems as they age, then it is certainly possible that the implant could have a problem, too.

We encourage patients to stay on a professional maintenance program.  If the patient has had periodontal disease in addition to implants, then we like to keep them in our office for cleanings with our hygienist at least once or twice a year.  They generally go back to their dentist for the other cleanings.

If they have not had any periodontal disease and perhaps lost a tooth because of trauma, or because a tooth cracked, and they are really not at risk for periodontal disease, then we will check on the patient every year but have them go back to their dentist to continue professional maintenance.  Regardless of who does the cleaning, patients should continue to get them done professionally because implants like teeth can have problems if they are not cleaned properly, and the best way to do that is to see a hygienist at least twice a year and also do proper daily oral care at home.

When I place implants I expect them to last a lifetime and we educate our patients to help them achieve that goal.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles
Periodontist
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
New Patients Welcome
http://www.flsmile.com

Dental X-Rays and Your Health

X-rays, otherwise known as dental radiographs, are a staple of quality dental care. While x-rays bring undeniable advantages when it comes to identifying and diagnosing potential health issues, some may harbor reservations regarding the risks of exposure to radiation.  Fortunately we can ease those concerns and serve as a resource for understanding radiography, so you can feel confident receiving excellent care.

Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays

X-rays are an essential tool in the dental community (and medical community at large) as they provide valuable insights that we would not otherwise be able to access with visual inspection alone. Our team, with the help of x-rays, is able to see between, inside, and under your teeth. In doing so, we have the ability to check a variety of important health factors. This includes the presence of cavities, the health of your tooth roots, the bone structure surrounding the tooth, the status of developing teeth, the health of your jaw bone, and many more conditions that we would not otherwise be able to monitor. X-rays are instrumental when there is a known issue; with them, we are better able to understand the full scope of the situation and design an appropriate treatment plan for the beauty and health of your smile.

Radiation Exposure from X-Rays

Radiography technology has come a long way, and your exposure to radiation is negligible amounts in terms of risk – in fact, the risk you assume by forgoing x-rays can create long-term damage that could otherwise have been identified and treated. We understand some patients have concerns about radiation exposure, and it’s important to understand we are all consistently exposed to radiation each and every day. It’s high levels of exposure that are the true cause for concern. Our x-ray machines operate on a micro-scale that simply don’t compare. We assure you receiving x-rays is one of the single most beneficial processes capable of saving your health by identifying small problems before they progress into serious conditions.

If you have any unaddressed concerns, in regards to x-rays or other dental procedures, our knowledgeable staff is happy to share answers with you. We want you to feel relaxed in our office, and confident that you are receiving the best care possible!

South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
New Patients Welcome
www.flsmile.com

Dental Root Coverage Procedures Leave Patients Smiling

Root coverage procedures are used to correct gum recession and give patients better smiles, according to Boca Raton periodontist Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles.

People frequently lose gum on the outside of their teeth and this is called recession.  Factors that predispose someone to gum recession include previous orthodontic treatment that the patient may have had in years past or teeth that are crowded and are perhaps in need of orthodontic treatment.  When the gum is stretched thin on the outside of the root of the tooth, it is very often susceptible to abrasion by a toothbrush, or there is thin gum around the tooth and the gum simply moves up an upper tooth or down a lower tooth.  The result is that more tooth surface is exposed and the patient’s smile is compromised.

What root coverage is means is doing a fairly simply procedure with an emphasis on esthetics.  We move the gum or create gum to cover over that exposed root and also focus on reversing the process that originally caused gum loss in the first place.  So if you have a wide smile and all of a sudden the root is exposed on one of your teeth, it can usually be covered.  The result can be a very significant cosmetic improvement.

The procedures to cover roots are generally considered relatively minor in scope and there are a lot of different ways to do it and also many materials that we use.  In the past most people associated covering roots with taking gum from the palate.  Periodontists do not do that very often any more, because most of the time it is not necessary.  We have newer ways to accomplish root coverage.  We tailor the treatment to the individual depending on the particular situation and patients comment all the time that they are very pleased with the results.

Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles
Periodontist
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
New Patients Welcome
www.flsmile.com