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Sharp Dentistry Uses New Technologies to Redefine Dentistry

By S. Mathur

Prosthodontic Dentistry of South Florida has been around since 1906 in Coral Gables and offers full dental services under one roof, using many new technologies that are redefining dentistry. Dr. Luciana Ravazzi says that what makes the clinic unique is that "Our office, Prosthodontic Dentistry of South Florida, offers the advantage of having all specialties and services under the same roof." These services include a prosthodontist, a maxillo oral facial prosthodontist, a periodontist, a general dentist, an oral surgeon, an endodontist, an orthodontist, and a full hygienist department.

Prosthodontists perform cosmetic dentistry procedures to repair or replace teeth. Crowns and veneers are the most commonly used techniques. People often confuse the two, since both are used for cosmetic dentistry and to protect teeth from decay. There are however important differences between the two, explains Dr. Ravazzi: "Veneers are the gold standard of care in cosmetic dentistry. They are ultra-thin sculpted pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth. The porcelain is bonded directly onto your teeth. Veneers typically cost less than crowns and won't stain, making them popular means of improving your smile." Sometimes veneers can last for as long as 15 years.

Crowns can also help to give you a beautiful smile, but they are most often used to repair and build up teeth that are damaged or worn out. The difference, says Dr. Ravazzi, is that "Unlike veneers, however, which are placed only on the front of the tooth, crowns completely cover the tooth on all sides, helping to correct any problems with alignment. Crowns are also used to repair teeth that have undergone root canals, have severe erosion, or extreme malposition- essentially any situation that needs greater strength combined with aesthetics."

The clinic also offers laser therapy, which is "one of the most advanced ways of treating periodontal diseases (gum diseases)," says Dr. Ravazzi. Following a cleaning by ultrasonic scalers to remove bacterial plaque, the laser is used to reduce the disease causing bacteria in the space between teeth and gums. It also aids in faster healing.

Lasers are often a better option than regular dentistry practices and are also used in esthetic dentistry to modify a smile that reveals too much of the gums. Laser sculpting of the gums can reveal more of the teeth and in combination with veneers and bleaching, can improve the appearance of a smile.

Above all, education and preventative care are the basis of good oral health. A blog maintained by the clinic discusses such issues as the health dangers created by the mercury present in old fashioned amalgam fillings and harmful effects of fluoridation of water, and offers tips for good preventative oral health. Dr. Sharp has created a line of fluoride- and toxin-free oral health products, including floss, mouthwash and toothpaste, which are also vegan and cruelty-free. Kids love the taste, and grown ups appreciate the results.

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