We are proud to offer a number of dental services and procedures for your dental health using the latest technologies. Digital cameras help you see and better understand your condition. Digital radiography which produces higher resolution and faster x-rays, with drastic reduction in radiation exposure making x-rays safer. The advanced laser technology we use allows us to perform a multitude of laser therapy preventive treatments, cosmetic procedures such as veneers and crowns, gum care, root canal therapy, tooth extraction, and complete dental implant tooth replacement along with pediatric dental care.
Lakewood Ranch Dental can be your dental home from pediatric through adult dentistry.
If you could change one thing about your smile, what would it be?
Cosmetic dentistry can create dramatic differences in your appearance and self- confidence.We offer whitening, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and complete dental implant tooth replacement to make your wish come true. With digital imaging, we can preview your new smile before any dental work begins.
Please schedule a consultation to learn more about the smile enhancements Dr. Kanter, Dr. Masterson, Dr. Blinn and Dr. O’Neil can create for you.
Also called caps, crowns are natural-looking covers that fit snugly over teeth to conceal cracked, badly discolored, injured, or chipped teeth. Crowns minimize physical discomfort in and provide support to damaged teeth. Ultimately, crowns can improve the overall appearance of your smile while making your teeth more resistant to injury. For more information about crowns, please contact us today.
Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored.
Our office sees dental emergencies the same business day and we have a 24/7 emergency line to receive calls evenings, weekends and holidays.
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If you are missing one or more of your teeth, you should know that dental implants are an excellent and predictable way of tooth replacement. In addition, they may eliminate the involvement of adjacent teeth in the restoration process.
Dr. Kanter is a general dentist who is also a graduate of the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute. He has been awarded Diplomate Status by the International Congress of Oral Implantology.
His advanced training and experience in the complete implant process offers the comfort and convenience of receiving complete implant care at one convenient location.
Dental implants are an excellent solution to missing individual teeth. Not only do they eliminate gaps, but they also provide a comfortable fit and look completely natural. In addition, they don’t require the cutting down of the neighboring teeth as bridges do. In individual tooth replacement, an aesthetic crown is attached to the implant, mimicking natural teeth.
Dental implants may be the best answer for your needs. Many patients say it’s like having their natural teeth again! Ask one of our team members about dental implants today!
DENTURES / PARTIALS
Dentures and partials are simply removable replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. They support themselves partly on the gum and underlying bone, and in part on the remaining teeth if there are any.
Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth remain.
Maintenance of dentures and partials
It is important to brush the teeth, the gums, and the prosthetics after each meal. Partials that have hooks retain more dental plaque, increasing the risk of cavities. Proper hygiene is therefore essential.
Dentures and partials must be removed while sleeping and left in a glass of water or a cleaning solution purchased in pharmacies. It is important not to wear them for 24 hours a day.
Your dentist will need to examine your teeth and mouth before a determination can be made that a tooth extraction is warranted. If a tooth has been broken or damaged, your dentist will try to fix it first with a filling, crown or other treatment.
If a determination is made that an extraction is needed, depending on the anticipated degree of difficulty of the procedure, your dentist might offer to perform the extraction for you, or else suggest that an oral surgeon should perform your work.
Reasons why an extraction is needed:
- Some people have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in.
- People getting braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
- People receiving cancer drugs may develop infected teeth because these drugs weaken the immune system. Infected teeth may need to be extracted.
- People with organ transplants have a high risk of infection because they must take drugs that decrease or suppress the immune system.
- Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in. They commonly come in during the late teens or early 20s. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impacted) and do not come in. This can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling. In this case, the tooth must be removed. If you need all four wisdom teeth removed, they are usually taken out at the same time.
Dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (associated with the jaw and face) region of the body
We recommends that you visit your dentist regularly – at least once every six months – to ensure proper oral hygiene and functionality.
Regular checkups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious dental problems that can require costly treatment. If you remain vigilant and visit your dentist regularly, you can enjoy exceptional dental health.
Invisalign’s® invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners will give you the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted. And best of all, no one can tell you’re wearing them. Invisalign® is great for adults and teenagers.
What is Invisalign®?
- Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.
- Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
- Invisalign® has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
- You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
- As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to their final position.
- You’ll visit us about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
- Total treatment time averages 9 – 15 months and the average number of aligners during treatment is between 18 – 30, but both will vary from case to case.
By offering a friendly environment full of energy, fun and games, we are able to help children overcome any anxiety.
They can sit back and relax, play with toys, and even watch cartoons while they’re having their teeth checked.
At Lakewood Ranch Dental, we pride ourselves on being courteous, professional and respectful. And we are always open to suggestions from our patients and their parents.
We look forward to serving you, and know you’ll have a great experience with us!
Imagine having beautiful, straight, whiter teeth in a matter of weeks!
Porcelain veneers can make exciting improvements in your smile in less time than you might expect!
In the highly skilled hands of our doctors, veneers can be used to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. As a relatively conservative procedure, veneers can perfect your smile by masking stains, hiding chips, correcting misalignment, and creating uniformity. Veneers, which are made of customized porcelain, look incredibly natural, are long lasting, and are relatively easy to apply.
With digital image modification we can preview your new smile before any dental work begins. Imagine having a brand new smile easily, comfortably, and quickly. It’s what we do every day, right here in Lakewood Ranch. Ask how advanced dentistry can make your dreams come true.
Restorative Dentistry is the process of correcting or restoring teeth that have been damaged, decayed, or lost over time. Some treatment options that will be discussed may be fixed or cemented onto the teeth, while others represent a removable appliance or partial denture.
Once our doctor has examined your teeth and evaluated your goals, we will provide a diagnosis and discuss your treatment options.
Today, your teeth really can last a lifetime! All it takes is a little care and a great dentist. For example, some of your dental work may be many decades old, greatly increasing the risk of decay setting in around the edges of old fillings or crowns. Upgrading to durable, white-composite fillings helps save teeth, and they look beautiful too.
Modern restorative implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Give yourself a boost and consider restoring your smile at Lakewood Ranch Dental.
A root canal is a dental procedure to remove dead or dying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside a tooth.. Root canal is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
A root canal can save your tooth. Without treatment, the tooth may become so damaged that it must be removed.
Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to seeking dental care is truly the painful period of time, not the root canal procedure itself.
Most people can return to their normal routine the next day. Until the tooth is permanently filled or covered with a crown, you should avoid heavy chewing in the area.
When a person falls asleep, the muscles in the throat will relax. For someone with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), when the muscles relax the throat will narrow and suddenly close making it difficult to breath. Typically, someone with OSA will snore heavily and then stop breathing. These periods that lack breathing are often followed by sudden attempts to breath often accompanied by a gasping or choking sound. The person with OSA will partially awaken leading to lack of sleep, which can be the cause of excessive daytime sleepiness. The lack of breathing also causes the oxygen level in the blood stream to fall leading to multiple medical problems. Sleep apnea can affect anyone regardless of age or weight; however, it is more prevalent in men than women but a recent study pointed out that the number of women affected may be way underestimated.
Symptoms of sleep apnea…
- A sour taste in the mouth in the morning
- Drowsy driving
- Gasping and/or choking during sleep
- Limited attention
- Loud snoring followed by cessation of breathing
- Memory loss
- Morning headaches
- Personality changes
- Poor judgment
- Sleepless nightapnia-300×200
- Weight gain
Many of us feel that our smiles are most striking when our teeth look especially white, but unfortunately, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and tobacco can leave behind ugly stains. To help you restore your gleaming, bright white smile and to give you an added boost of confidence, we offer many options, such as “Zoom” in–office bleaching and take–home whitening procedures. Please contact us today to learn more about our tooth whitening options or to find out which one is best for you.