Dental Services in Vero Beach, FL
How Can We Help?
Whether you are due for a regular dental exam and professional teeth cleaning or you desire cosmetic enhancements to produce a better smile, we can help you. Ultimately, it is our objective to ensure the lifelong health of your teeth, gums and mouth, and they accomplish this by providing the following:
• Prevention: Professional cleaning and polishing of your teeth, advice on your daily dental hygiene, custom-made mouth guards, and sealants can help stave off dental wear, decay and disease before it begins.
• Restoration: This covers everything from fillings to teeth replacement such as bridgework, dentures and dental implants.
• Cosmetic procedures: Treatments that enhance your smile such as teeth whitening, bonding (for chipped or cracked teeth), and veneers.
• Health: Taking care of your teeth can have a direct impact on issues beyond your mouth. Poor dental health has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other issues.
What Happens during the Initial Dental Exam?
At Dr Gurklis D.M.D., the patient’s oral health is the primary concern, We want to make sure that the patient’s gum and teeth health is exemplary, and we exert every effort to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves and for our patients. And to be able to better deliver our services, an extensive initial oral examination is always our first order of business. An initial oral examination will involve a series of tests and procedures that will give the dentist an insight into the actual condition of the patient’s oral health.
During your first exam, your dentist will look for signs of:
• Tooth decay
• Teeth grinding
• Bone loss
• Oral cancer
• Periodontal (gum) disease
Show off your smile with the treatments from me, Michael P. Gurklis DMD. At my office, I offer a series of dental services in Vero Beach, FL, and surrounding areas. From dental implants to teeth whitening treatments, visit me for each of your options. Schedule your appointment today to discover more on my services for your condition.
Teeth Cleaning and Gum Therapy
Most people call our dental office because it’s time to have their teeth cleaned. Professional teeth cleanings remove cavity-causing plaque and calculus. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that builds on your teeth every time you eat or drink.
Brushing and flossing alone won’t dislodge calculus. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove the bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and in hard-to-reach places between the teeth.
The bacteria in your mouth can attack your gums as well as your teeth. During your visit, our team will check for the existence of gum disease and for signs of gum or jaw bone deterioration. Gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Many people don’t realize that the first stage of gum disease is gingivitis.
What are Dental Implant Prostheses
Dental implant prostheses are essentially replacement teeth that are attached to or supported by implants that are surgically placed in the jawbone. There are a variety of implant prostheses available depending on the specific needs and conditions of the patient. The most common implant prostheses include:
• Single Prosthesis – A crown attached to its own implant, used to replace a single missing tooth.
• Partial Prosthesis or Fixed Bridge – A partial prosthesis is used to replace a long span of missing teeth and is removable. A fixed bridge replaces multiple teeth, is not removable and requires at least two implants.
• Complete Dental Prosthesis – A removable or fixed prosthesis used to replace all teeth in the upper or lower arch.
Choosing The Right Type Of Prosthesis
A comprehensive exam is necessary to determine the condition of your mouth and your suitability for a specific type of prosthesis. Dr. Gurklis will work with you to create the most appropriate treatment plan for your dental situation. We will explain every treatment option and give you an estimate of cost. Based on the information gathered at your examination, we will let you know if a fixed or removable implant supported prosthesis is right for you.
Prepare to smile with confidence and live your life to the fullest. Your journey to a more beautiful, younger looking you starts with a consultation with Dr. Gurklis.
Contact us today for inquiries, comments and appointment requests. You may reach us by calling us today or by filling out our online form.
- Aesthetic Tooth Contouring
- Cosmetic Bonding
- Dental Inlays and Onlays
- Facial Rejuvenation
- Implant Restorations
- Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Tooth Replacement
- Tooth Whitening
- Specialty Dentures
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Dr Gurklis will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.
TC Vs. Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments
While there are a lot of OTC tooth whitening kits on the market, many patients who go the OTC route use the products incorrectly. Applying the bleaching solution on the gums, for instance, can cause gum recession, which is a leading cause of tooth sensitivity.
We can help you achieve a bright smile the safe and effective way with professional dental whitening treatments.
Quicker, Safer, And More Effective With Dr Gurklis
Unlike OTC whitening, our tooth whitening services in Vero Beach, FL, performed by Michael Gurklis DDS, provide the following advantages:
• Whiter teeth – the whitening products we use in our office are professional strength and more effective than what you find in stores.
• Quicker results – why wait for your teeth to whiten with OTC teeth whitening kits? If you want immediate results, our professional tooth whitening treatment is the best option.
• Treatment of deep stains – there’s a good chance that the OTC kit you bought won’t be strong enough to treat tough stains. Our whitening system is strong enough to produce noticeable results quickly.
• Professional application – OTC whitening kits are subject to user error. Whether it’s leaving the product on too long or applying the bleach incorrectly, there are many opportunities to make mistakes. With professional help, you can be confident that you are whitening your teeth the right way.
Inlays & Onlays
Choose a durable and long-lasting solution to your damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays are custom treatments that deliver a stable fit for patients. They are an ideal solution for those living with the following:
- Chipped Teeth
- Discolored Teeth
- Misshapen Teeth
- Gapped Teeth
- Slightly Crooked Teeth
- Other Minor Cosmetic Dentistry Issues
A Restored Smile with Porcelain Crowns
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is secured over remaining natural tooth structure. A crown is an ideal way to rebuild weakened or broken tooth structure due to large existing fillings or tooth decay. Crowns add strength to teeth and offer a very natural shape.
Our dental office offers crowns made from porcelain, which provide a more natural appearance than other types of crown materials. Porcelain crowns look and feel natural as they are designed to match the contours of your existing teeth.
Dr. Gurklis takes the time to discuss the various crown materials with her patients in order to determine what best fits each person’s individual dental situation.
Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth
A typical bridge is comprised of an anchor tooth on either side of a space with an artificial tooth in the middle. The three teeth are splinted together and cemented as one. Like crowns, bridges are a relatively affordable, low risk and time tested treatment for missing teeth.
With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, a bridge can last for many, many years.
If you think you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, Dr. Gurklis is happy to discuss your options and help determine the best dental treatment plan for you.
What Are Dental Fillings?
A dental filling is a treatment used to restore teeth damaged by tooth decay or trauma. This treatment can restore your teeth back to their normal shape and function. During the procedure, we prepare the tooth to accommodate the new filling material and remove all decay. We then clean the affected area and fill it with restorative material.
Tooth-Colored Fillings: The Aesthetically Appealing Option
There are many types of dental filling materials including: amalgam (silver) as well as gold inlays and onlays. Perhaps, however, the most aesthetically pleasing option today is tooth-colored filling material or composite.
Aside from its natural appearance, here are some of other advantages of tooth-colored fillings:
• Composite can be used on both the front and back teeth without compromising aesthetics.
• Unlike other types of filling materials, which reach maximum strength in about 24 hours, tooth-colored fillings harden in seconds with the use of an ultraviolet light.
• Composites can be easily repaired when damaged.
If you’re interested in replacing your old amalgam fillings or are simply looking for ways to fix your tooth decay, Dr Gurklis and his team can help.
Correcting Your Smile with Veneers
Dental veneers are thin shells made of plastic that are placed over patients’ teeth to protect them from surface damage or to improve their aesthetic appearance. Veneers are frequently used with chipped teeth, cracked teeth, or stained teeth. They are hard and durable, so you can eat normally. The cosmetic dentist will ensure the veneer matches your natural tooth shade and translucency, so people won’t even know you have one. Best of all, porcelain veneers do not stain the way teeth do, and can last between seven and 20 years.
What should I expect when getting veneers?
Getting dental veneers would require multiple visits to the dentist’s office. During the initial visit, the dentist will conduct a thorough check of the patient’s teeth and formulate a diagnosis that will support the use of veneers to improve the patient’s overall oral health. To help facilitate this process, x-rays of the mouth will be taken, as well as impressions of the patient’s teeth so that the dentist can formulate an effective treatment plan that would achieve the results that both the patient and the dentist are aiming for. The patient has to be very clear on the outcome that he is expecting in order for the dentist to build the treatment plan around his expectations.
The next appointment would potentially involve the preparation the patient’s teeth for the veneers by trimming down a portion of the enamel from the indicated tooth surface. Prior to this procedure, the dentist may administer a local anesthetic to desensitize the patient and lessen discomfort. The amount of enamel that will be trimmed off is going to be the same thickness as the veneer that will be applied onto the tooth. If the veneers are being fabricated elsewhere, then temporary veneers will be given to the patient to wear, until the time that the custom-made veneers are ready to be bonded onto their teeth. When the veneers are ready, the receiving teeth will be cleaned, polished, and surfaces will be etched in order to make the surface rough and allow for a stronger bonding process. The veneers will then be cemented onto the teeth and adjusted to achieve optimum appearance. A curing light will then be applied to the dental veneers to activate a specific chemical reaction in the cement that will cause them to harden quickly. Finally, the patient’s bite will be assessed and adjustments will be made to remove any excess cement.
What results should I expect from getting veneers?
Most patients that get veneers are completely satisfied with the results. Smiles have been instantly transformed with the use of veneers and the results are generally long lasting. Because of advancements in dental technology, veneers can now last anywhere between 10 to 30 years with proper care and maintenance.
Contact me in Vero Beach, Florida, to discuss your dental service options. I offer a variety of treatments for patients throughout the area.