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James C. Lewis, DMD
4101 Little Rd
New Port Richey, FL 34655
(727) 372-7887
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By James C. Lewis, DMD
September 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Curious about dental implants? If you're missing one or more teeth, you should learn all you can about these amazing tooth replacements. Dental-ImplantDr. James Lewis, your dentist in New Port Richey, FL, and serving Trinity, places dental implants. Implants increase bone density, optimize biting and chewing and look completely natural.
 

Questions about dental implants

What does a dental implant do? A dental implant replaces a missing tooth, or when more than one is placed, implants anchor full or partial dentures. Both dentists and patients consider implants as today's best artificial teeth.

I understand dental implants are made of titanium. Why use this metal? The actual implant device typically is fashioned from titanium. Screw-like or cylindrical in shape, implants are situated in the jaw bone itself, just as natural tooth roots are. As implant sites heal, the bone bonds to the devices through osseointegration. Through a true miracle of Nature, titanium and human bone cells become practically inseparable.

How long will my implant last? It will last indefinitely--even for the rest of your life. Both the outcome of your implant procedure and the device's lifespan depends on your oral health and on your hygiene habits--in-office check-ups and cleanings with your dentist in New Port Richey and Trinity, along with proper brushing and flossing at home. Also, your oral health, systemic well-being and implant life improve if you stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

Are dental implants strong? Yes, implants are very strong and stable. In fact, they function just as well as healthy natural teeth, allowing you to eat corn on the cob, apples and other foods which wearers of conventional dentures avoid.

Can anyone get dental implants? Usually, healthy teenagers and adults with sufficient bone in their jaws can. If you are pregnant, undergoing cancer treatment or have trouble controlling your blood glucose levels, you may have to postpone implant procedures.

Will implant placement hurt? It's no more uncomfortable than a deep filling or crown placement. Dr. Lewis numbs the implant site with local anesthetic before beginning the one-hour oral surgery. Afterwards, acetaminophen or ibuprofen takes care of any tenderness from the sutures.

Can dental implants fail? The Academy of Osseointegration says that implants can indeed fail, but this is relatively rare. Gum disease around the implant site (peri-implantitis) may necessitate implant removal as may tobacco usage. Also, excessive forces associated with teeth grinding may wear the supporting bone. Dr. Lewis will carefully evaluate you before proposing implant placement.
 

Find out more

Before you decide on any tooth-replacement option, please contact Dr. James Lewis serving New Port Richey and Trinity, FL, for a one-on-one consultation. He is a Fellow in the International College of Oral Implantology and has wonderful expertise and experience. Call today: (727) 372-7887.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
July 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Enjoy a straighter, more beautiful smile thanks to porcelain veneers.

Do you feel like your smile is keeping you from feeling more confident in your appearance? Do you feel self-conscious or even dental-veneersembarrassed by your smile? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then veneers are perfect for you! Read on to learn how our New Port Richey & Trinity, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Lewis, can enhance your smile with the help of this aesthetic treatment.

 

What are porcelain veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to change the size, shape, color, or alignment of your smile.

Veneers are ideal if you are dealing with,

  • Chips and cracks
  • Discolorations and internal stains
  • Misshapen or oddly shaped teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth or crowding

 

What is involved in getting veneers?

As with any cosmetic treatment, our New Port Richey & Trinity, FL, dentist will need to make sure that you are healthy enough for veneers. During your consultation, we will perform a physical exam to check the health of your teeth and to make sure that there is enough healthy tooth enamel to support your veneers. We will also chat with you about your cosmetic goals to make sure that veneers are the right choice for you.

From there we will need to prepare your teeth for the restorations. Tooth preparation is a simple and painless process that that entails removing a very small amount (usually no more than 0.5mm) of enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for the veneers. This quick tooth prep can usually be done without needing a local anesthetic.

To craft your veneers, we create molds of your smile and send them to an outside lab that prepares your restorations within a 2-to-4 week waiting period. Once your veneers are ready, you will come back into the office so that we can bond them to your teeth using dental resin and special light. The light hardens the resin, making the veneers a permanent improvement to your teeth.

 

Interested? Give us a call

If you are interested in revamping your appearance and think that porcelain veneers are right for you, then call our New Port Richey & Trinity, FL, dental practice today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Lewis. We can be reached at (727) 372-7887.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
May 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Missing teeth, whether they're obvious or not, can change your appearance and lead to biting or chewing problems. Fortunately, it's Implantpossible to restore your smile with dental implants offered by your New Port Richey, FL, Dr. James Lewis.

Dental implants restore teeth from the roots up

Thanks to dental implants, it's possible to completely rebuild your missing teeth. An implant consists of a small titanium post added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The post gradually bonds to your jawbone during the next three to six months and serves as a synthetic replacement root. It's topped with a dental crown that fills the visible gap in your mouth.

Implants prevent changes to your smile

Although a gap in your smile is the most noticeable difference after tooth loss, other changes can gradually alter the alignment of your teeth. Soon after you lose a tooth, nearby teeth begin to drift in an attempt to close the gap in your smile. Drifting affects:

  • Appearance: Teeth tend to overlap as they drift, which can completely change your smile.
  • Function: Drifting teeth may cause your bite to change, making chewing, biting and tearing food difficult. Bite changes can also lead to jaw stiffness and headaches.
  • Cavity Risk: Cavity-causing plaque collects in overlapping areas and can be very difficult to remove.

Adding a dental implant helps you avoid these changes and also keeps your jawbone strong. Jawbone resorption, an issue that occurs when your jawbone begins to shrink after tooth loss, can lead to loose teeth or even tooth loss. Your implants help you avoid further tooth loss by providing constant stimulation to your jawbone.

Most people can benefit from implants

Dental implants are an excellent choice for many people. Implants are an ideal option no matter how many teeth you've lost. If several teeth in a row are missing, your dentist may recommend an implant-supported bridge. Implants can even be used to replace all of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures look and feel natural and won't affect your biting power.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your New Port Richey, FL, dentist, Dr. James Lewis at (727) 372-7887 to make an appointment.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC Dental CrownsThere are several restorative procedures, but one of the most efficient is getting CEREC crowns at your New Port Richey, FL, dentist.

CEREC crowns are made in your dentist's office with the use of Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing, also known as CAD/CAM. This process saves you time and the hassle of replacing temporary crown restorations with permanent restorations

Crowns are porcelain caps usually made at a lab when your New Port Richey dentist takes an impression of your teeth to have them custom made. This process takes time and you'll need to use temporary crowns until the lab sends your permanent ones to your doctor.

Instead of your doctor taking impressions of your teeth, they'll dust reflective powder on your teeth then scan them with a wand that'll take digital pictures of your mouth. The images generate a 3D model of your teeth using CAD/CAM software.

A block of ceramic similar in color to your teeth is sent to a milling machine that'll carve it into the 3D image produced by the CAD/CAM software in about five minutes.

Your doctor will then place the crown in your mouth and you're set to go.

There are several procedures that use dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering an existing filling that may be dislocated
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth
  • Covering dental implants

If you want to properly care for you new crowns, follow these steps:

  • Floss and brush your teeth. Make sure you remove built-up plaque on your teeth.
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can reduce how long your crowns last. Use a mouth guard or splints to prevent wearing down your crowns.
  • Eat healthier. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy.

Dental crowns reinforce teeth so that they may withstand various degrees of pressure. For more information on CEREC crowns and what they can do for you, contact your New Port Richey, FL, as soon as possible.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsDental implants fill the gaps in your smile, but that's not all they do. This innovative restoration method, offered by your New Port Richey and Trinity, FL, dentist Dr. James Lewis, provides a few other benefits.

What benefits do dental implants offer?

Implants offer these smile-boosting advantages:

  • Complete Restoration: Thanks to dental implants, it's now possible to replace your entire missing tooth. Implants are small posts made of titanium, a metal that has unique bone-bonding properties. Dental implants serve as artificial roots and are topped with dental crowns once they've bonded fully to your jawbone.
  • Comfort: Poorly fitting dentures can sometimes move when you bite into hard foods, causing painful gum irritation. Because your new crowns are securely attached to your dental implants, slipping and sliding won't be a problem. In fact, your new teeth will feel just like your natural teeth.
  • Better Biting Power: Without replacement roots to anchor restorations, it's difficult or impossible to bite and tear hard foods with your teeth. Dental implants solve that problem by providing a stable foundation for your crowns, which gives you the ability to enjoy your favorite foods.
  • Improved Appearance: Dental implants fill the gaps in your smile and prevent your other teeth from shifting, a common problem after the loss of a tooth.
  • No Jaw Problems: In addition to anchoring your teeth, your roots also provide constant stimulation to the underlying jawbone. Without that stimulation, the bone may begin to shrink and weaken. As your jawbone withers away, you may notice that your facial muscles begin to sag, your bite changes and some of your teeth start to loosen. Dental implants help you avoid these problems by providing the same stimulation as your roots.
  • Versatility: There are no limits when it comes to dental implants. They're an excellent restoration option no matter how many teeth you would like to replace. Although a 1:1 implant/crown ratio is required to replace a single tooth, you only need a few implants to secure an implant-supported denture or bridge. Dentures can be attached with as few as four implants per arch in some cases.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call yourNew Port Richey and Trinity, FL, dentist Dr. James Lewis at (727) 372-7887 to schedule an appointment.



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