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Karen Glerum DDS

Improve Your Smile’s Shape Discreetly with Invisalign

October 13th, 2016

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Need to get a straighter smile without wearing traditional braces? Then it’s time you considered Invisalign.

There is so much about Invisalign that makes it an attractive option for many of our patients looking to get a straighter smile. Before you schedule your invisalign consultation with your Boyton Beach, FL dentists–Dr. Karen Glerum–find out all that Invisalign has to offer your smile.

It is Hidden

If you’ve ever hated the idea of wearing a mouth full of metal but always wanted to get a straighter smile, now you can with Invisalign. Invisalign doesn’t have any metal to worry about and is nearly invisible. The clear plastic aligners are designed to fit perfectly over your teeth to move them into the proper position without others noticing.

It’s Made for You

Whenever a patient comes into our Boyton Beach, FL dental office to get Invisalign, they know they will get a series of aligners that are customized to fit their teeth and to give them the smile they want. Through the use of our 3D technology and the help of an Invisalign lab we can give you aligners that are unique to the shape of your mouth so they feel comfortable.

Invisalign Fits Your Lifestyle

Been considering getting braces but hate that you have to change your diet? Does the idea of trying to floss and brush around metal brackets and wires have you nervous? That’s completely fair, and luckily with Invisalign you don’t have to worry about that. All you have to do is remove your aligners prior to mealtimes and before brushing and flossing. Make sure to rinse your aligners once you are finished and then pop them back in. It’s that simple!

Invisalign is Great for Teens

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Even though Invisalign can’t be used for children, it can be a great option for both teens and adults. Even though Invisalign Teen is a bit different from the orthodontic treatment an adult will get, it is just as effective for treating a lot of the most common malocclusions that need to be fixed.

Turn to the dental experts at Smiles by Glerum in Boyton Beach, FL to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact us at Smiles by Glerum today and let us know you are interested in getting Invisalign.

We may Still be Able to Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal Alternative

July 18th, 2016

Your tooth is in peril if its innermost layer, the pulp, becomes infected and inflamed. Deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures or fractures can all expose the pulp and ultimately the roots to infection and lead to tooth loss.

But that scenario isn’t inevitable — we can often save the tooth with a root canal treatment. By accessing the tooth’s interior through a prepared hole, we’re able to clean out the infected tissue in the pulp chamber and root canals, and fill the empty space with a special filling. We then cap the tooth with a custom crown to protect it from a re-infection.

Root canal treatments have a very high success rate — chances are good your tooth will survive for many years afterward. But there’s a slight chance the tooth may become re-infected; in that case, a second root canal treatment may be in order.

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In a few cases, though, a second root canal may not be advisable, and could even accelerate damage to the tooth. For example, if past dental work resulted in an extensive crown restoration, accessing the root canals the conventional way will require disassembling that restoration. This could weaken the tooth significantly.

We can approach the problem from a different route: instead of accessing the tooth’s interior through the crown (the visible part of the tooth), we instead perform a surgical procedure called an apicoectomy, which accesses the tooth at the root end through the gums.

In this procedure we numb the area with local anesthesia and then make a small incision through the gums at the level of the affected root. After access, we remove any diseased tissue around the root and a few millimeters of the root tip itself. We then insert a small filling in its place to seal the canal and prevent further infection. In some cases we may also insert a graft to encourage bone growth and aid in healing.

Over time, the affected area will heal and return to normal function. Even if a traditional root canal treatment can’t be used, an apicoectomy could be another option for saving your tooth.

If you would like more information on your options for preserving a problem tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Apicoectomy.”

The Need for General Teeth Cleaning

October 6th, 2015

The Need for General Teeth Cleaning

Brushing your teeth twice a day and veering away from sweet and sugary food and beverages do help to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Then again, it’s hard to do both – especially the latter. Everyone, after all, finds it very hard to say no to chocolate and soda.

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Then there is the fact that particles stick to the teeth and accumulate over time. That is what dentists call Tartar. Plaque, the soft and sticky film covering the teeth’s surface, gets infested by bacteria, too.

Dental cleanings help a great deal in getting rid of that chalk-like substance which builds up on your teeth over time. You will notice this when you don’t brush your teeth for a day or two. Try scrubbing your tooth with your nail after and you will see that thick, off-white substance in your nail.

Now, imagine not brushing your teeth for a week or two. Just think about how thick the deposit could get. But here’s something worse: deposits within hard to reach crevices can harden almost as hard as your teeth, even with proper brushing.

Now here’s something even worse than that: bacteria love that! And when those germs eat the plaque and tartar, they also eat into your teeth. So when you see the brownish to blackish color on your tooth’s enamel, you can very well be sure that bacteria have proliferated already. And that discoloration is really the beginnings of decay.

This is why you need dental cleaning. This is recommended at least once every six months. Having your teeth cleaned by the dentist does not just involve regular brushing. They also include fluoride treatments, tooth scraping (and this with the right instruments), gum treatment and so many more.

Once this is done, you will feel the smoothness and cleanliness of your teeth. And you know that your oral health is well.

The video below takes us one step further, to a deep cleaning.

For more information on Dr. Glerum’s practice, please visit our website or call today to schedule an appointment: 561-374-8922

Is Dental Bonding A Good Fix for You?

September 28th, 2015

The Dental Bonding Principles

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If you’re embarrassed by your chipped, broken, or stained teeth, there’s no need to hide your smile anymore. Dental bonding can restore your beautiful smile at a responsibly minimal expense and could be covered through your dental insurance. Dental bonding is a method in which tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth, molded into shape, hardened with a special light, and then polished. It is named bonding because the materials bonds or adheres to the tooth. This method is great for closing minor gaps between teeth or fixing broken or chipped teeth. Many opt for the use of dental bonding in filling tiny cavities due to the ability to mimic the color of the tooth as opposed to silver fillings.

Cracked or stained teeth, cavities and noticeable silver fillings are some of the difficulties that can be addressed with dental bonding. The procedure also makes it possible to reshape or re-contour existing enamel. While it isn’t an option for larger cavities, dental bonding is a great option smaller cavities in areas where force isn’t readily applied when eating. In this case it can act a “white filling.”

What Does Dental Bonding Require?

Initially, your dentist will use a shade guide to pick the best color composite resin to match the hue of the tooth. Next, a gentle phosphoric acid is applied to the area of enamel. This roughens the surface area to assistance the bonding materials adherence. The putty-like bonding resin is then placed on the area of the tooth and sculpted into the desired surface shape. With the use of an ultra-violet light or laser, the substance is hardened and affixes to the area. Finally, it is smoothed by buffing the area. The total process is usually painless and can be completed in one office visit depending on the number of teeth involved.

The Pros and Drawbacks of Dental Bonding

Pros

  • Dental bonding is less expensive than veneers. Costs range form 3 to 6 hundred dollars per tooth.
  • Dental insurance can cover some of the cost.
  • There is little to no need for anesthesia unless used for filling decay.
  • Little advanced dental preparation is needed.
  • Less enamel is eliminated than with veneers and crowns.
  • It is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic procedures.
  • The procedure can usually be completed in one visit depending on the number of teeth that are involved. Time involved is usually 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.

Cons

  • The bonding material is more susceptible to discoloration overtime than crowns or veneers.
  • If you smoke, or regularly indulge in tea, wine &/or coffee consumption; this dental correction option might not benefit your situation due to the advancement of discoloration these substances would cause. Talk with your dentist to come to a clear conclusion about whether bonding would benefit you.
  • Bonding materials are more susceptible to breaking & chipping. In-spite of this, bonding materials can last up to 3-7 years with proper care.
  • The material is not as strong as those used for crowns & veneers and therefore bonding can be viewed as a temporary dental correction option.

Immediately after Dental Bonding

Mainly because of its vulnerability to stains and chipping as compared to other cosmetic dental procedures, it is essential that your bonded tooth is cared for properly to preserve its resilience. Observe the following tips to keep your dental bonding in outstanding condition.

  • Abstain or cut-back on espresso, tea, and colored wine consumption which will result in staining.
  • If you’re a smoker, it would be ideal to quit at this time. The tobacco elimination will not only improve early dental bonding discoloration, but also cut down your possibility of developing gum disease and oral most cancers.
  • Also, eliminate nail biting, ice chewing, as well as try to avoid biting into any other really hard objects.

Dental bonding is not always necessary in each and every circumstance, but it can be a handy and significantly less high priced way to enrich your smile and therefore boost your self-confidence.

Dental Crowns — What You Need to Know

September 1st, 2015

Why Dental Crowns May Be A Necessary Procedure For You

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The most regal of dental work, crowns used to be called caps, and they’re just what they sound like: a crown or cap that’s put over a tooth which has been specially shaped by your dentist. Teeth may need a crown for a variety of reasons, whether it’s restoration after trauma (like a chipped tooth or too much wear from grinding), a better appearance or to make a tooth bigger that simply ended up being the runt of the litter.

First, the tooth is prepared by Dr. Glerum who carefully shapes it to best fit the crown. Next, the crown is secured with a special dental cement. In the end, only the crown can be seen, and it’s perfectly crafted to match your whitest white and complement the rest of your teeth.

In addition to building a tooth up after trauma and sheer aesthetics, crowns also may be recommended to help secure a dental bridge or implant. They offer extra protection for teeth with big fillings. Crowns can also keep a cracked tooth in one piece or safeguard it from excessive decay. Children might also need crowns to help keep teeth that are beyond the help that fillings can provide.

Choosing Your Crown Jewel

Crowns are available in a variety of materials, and each has its benefits. For permanent crowns, you can choose from metals (including stainless steel or gold), resin, porcelain or ceramic. However, the stainless steel option is usually temporary while a permanent crown is being made. This option is effective and cheap, but not that attractive. It is highly recommended for children whose baby teeth need protection until the permanent tooth emerges. Other types of metals, like gold and palladium, offer great protection, minimal wear and they’re highly durable. Some people like the color and some don’t, but they’re recommended for back teeth that don’t show when you talk or smile.

Porcelain options are fused to metal and are handcrafted to match your teeth. Keep in mind that porcelain can break just like real teeth, but it’s actually a stronger material than teeth — in the battle of porcelain vs. tooth, porcelain always wins. This makes it a no-go for patients who grind their teeth or have an imperfect bite. Plus, over time the metal can show beneath porcelain, due to simple wear or gum recession. A different option might be all porcelain or all ceramic, which is a better match for your tooth color, but it’s not as durable. However, they’re a favorite for front teeth because of the aesthetics.

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Making the Call

It’s not painful or even uncomfortable to have a crown put on, and it usually only requires two appointments — one to shape the tooth and create a temporary crown, and another for the permanent crown to be placed. Permanent crowns can (and should) be treated just like your real teeth. To find out if dental crowns are for you, contact Dr. Karen Glerum’s Boynton Beach Dental Office at (561) 374-8922 and schedule a consultation.

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