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Dental Care in Tampa, Florida


Preventative Dental Care

Preventative dentistry is exactly as it sounds, it is proactive dental care intended to assist in preventing dental problems and related health conditions before they begin. Many people do not realize that the health of your mouth can be vital to your whole body health. Research has also linked periodontal (gum) disease to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight, and other health related issues (researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease). The habit of daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental exams will keep your teeth and yourself healthy and less likely to need extensive, costly dental procedures.
We use the latest technology in our preventative care program for our patients. As recommended by the Academy of Periodontology, we provide an advanced screening process for periodontal disease helping you in the fight against gum disease keeping you and your teeth healthy for a lifetime.
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CEREC® Restoration

CEREC® is a dental restoration system that allows dentists to produce and place custom fit ceramic dental restorations using a variety of computer-assisted technologies. With CEREC®, teeth can be restored in a single sitting with the patient, rather than the multiple sittings required with earlier techniques.

The CEREC® system can produce any permanent, single-tooth ceramic restoration. Crowns, veneers, onlays and inlays can be prepared, using tooth colored ceramic material to restore your teeth to their natural beauty and function. Unlike metals and alloys, ceramic is similar in composition to the natural tooth structure. This means cracking is minimized because it expands and contracts at the same rate as the natural tooth during hot and cold temperature changes while eating and drinking. The materials are chemically bonded to your tooth with less drilling. Dentists are able to save as much healthy tooth structure as possible while providing a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth in minimal time.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that are placed over a tooth surface to protect a damaged tooth as well as to improve the appearance, giving you the beautiful smile you deserve.

Cosmetic uses include:

Closing gaps or spaces between teeth
Lengthening worn teeth,
Whitening dark or permanently stained or discolored teeth
“Instant Orthodontics”: To correct the appearance of misshapen or crooked teeth.

Dental Implants

When an adult tooth is lost, an alternative replacement is the healthiest choice, leaving the open space puts you at risk for problems with biting, chewing, movement of surrounding teeth as well as headaches, muscle pain and less than attractive appearance.
Dental implants provide a secure, comfortable, and natural looking type of tooth replacement

Dental implants are not only an option for single tooth replacement; they serve as the base for many tooth replacement options including bridges and dentures. As the name implies, they are surgically implanted in the jaw as a permanent tooth replacement.

In the first part of the process, the “anchor” which is usually a titanium “root” device or post is implanted in the jaw. After the gums have healed, the replacement tooth, bridge or denture will be attached.
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Composite Fillings

Composite fillings (tooth-colored fillings) offer many advantages over traditional silver fillings. They restore most of the original strength of the tooth because the composite material bonds to the tooth. Since silver fillings do not bond with the tooth, they can actually weaken the tooth, which make your teeth more susceptible to breaking. Restoring broken teeth can be very costly, money that can be saved in the long run by choosing composite fillings.

Less of the tooth structure is removed for composite fillings; the size of the hole made for the filling can be dramatically smaller than with amalgam (silver) fillings.
Composite fillings maintain the natural appearance of the tooth
Composites are mercury-free. Some have the opinion that mercury in fillings is toxic
Composite fillings are less sensitive to temperature changes than amalgam (silver fillings)

Fixed Partial Dentures (Dental Bridges)

Dental bridges are used to fill in the gaps caused by one or more missing teeth. There are two types of bridges. Fixed bridges are permanently cemented to existing teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth.

Removable bridges can be taken out by the wearer and cleaned. Bridges can also:

Restore your smile
Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Maintain facial structure
Properly distribute the forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxed and anxiety-free experience for individuals too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need. Sedation also allows extensive treatment to be completed in a single appointment. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, 30 percent of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. With many types of sedation, patients feel no pain during or after treatment and have virtually no memory of the visit, so the patient can be totally relaxed and comfortable while having all their dental needs met. Dr Ferrera is certified to perform conscious sedation and offers his patients this option.

The process is fairly simple, Sedative drugs (tranquillizers, depressants, anti-anxiety medications, nitrous oxide, etc.) can be administered in a variety of ways Dr offers two methods of sedation: inhalation (nitrous oxide/oxygen) sedation and oral sedation.

Nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation falls within the mildest category of sedation. Patients ranging from the very young to the elderly have been safely treated with nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation. Patients may feel tingling or a sense of well-being. However, they remain alert. During minimal sedation, patients can still hear, see, and respond to the action that is taking place around them. But people are much less likely to experience anxiety because of these environmental stimuli. Once inhalation is discontinued the effects end also, often within seconds.

Oral sedation in the dental setting is usually mild or moderate sedation, with patients remaining alert and responsive, and able to answer questions. When patients are comfortable, but still awake, the dentist and dental team are able to proceed more efficiently. In addition to creating a feeling of deep relaxation, the oral sedative may produce other effects. Patients may feel time has passed very quickly or otherwise retain little memory of their time in the dental office. The analgesic properties decrease any sensation of pain or discomfort.
Sedation Dentistry protocols have been safely used for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures. Before beginning any treatment, we will review your medical history and explain how sedation dentistry can work for you, and which method is appropriate. We want you to feel confident about going forward towards a healthy, new smile. Patients are closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure comfort and safety.

Many patients feel NO DISCOMFORT whatsoever during and after treatment, and have little or no memory of the visit. Another major benefit is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours. Therefore, extensive dental procedures such as whitening stained or yellowed teeth, replacing crowns or dentures, fixing chipped or damaged teeth, and rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can be performed in fewer visits.

Oral sedation candidates are adult patients who have:
  • Extreme fear of seeing the dentist
  • Past traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A strong gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Need dental care completed in a limited time frame
  • Complex dental issues

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will I feel any pain?
A. Sedation is different from anesthetic injections; it helps relax patients by slowing the action of the central nervous system. People remain aware of their surroundings, but are less responsive to external stimuli. So although sedation reduces the sense of pain, most dental treatments still require a local anesthetic injected in the mouth, even when sedation dentistry techniques are performed. These anesthetic injections are given after the patient is sedated.
Q. Will I be totally relaxed?
A. Sedation creates such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment.
Q. Will I remember anything?
A. At the end of the treatment, most patients have little or no memory of the dental visit.
Q. Will I be groggy after my treatment is over?
A. Regardless of the type of sedation dentistry you receive, it is important to have a responsible caregiver accompany you to the procedure (and drive you there if you must take oral medication before arriving for your appointment). The caregiver should drive you home after the procedure is complete and stay with you for an additional two to four hours at home.
Q. Will my insurance cover treatment?
A. We will assist you in reviewing your insurance eligibility and benefits prior to treatment. If financial assistance is needed, we'll help in making arrangements to ensure you get the dental care you need.
Q. Is Sedation Dentistry safe for me?
A. We will review your medical history before beginning any treatment. And while you're under sedation, we monitor you very closely.