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By Mary Gharagozloo DDS, PLLC
October 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Lost teeth drastically change your life and control how your smile functions and looks. To accommodate gaps, you must alter your diet, dental implantsavoiding tougher foods such as celery, and even cover your mouth when you laugh or smile when conversing with others. Dr. Mary Gharagozloo understands your concerns and offers a great solution in her Orlando practice--dental implants. You can take control of your smile aesthetics and oral function through these marvelous artificial teeth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant replaces a tooth lost to decay, injury, gum disease or other defects. The single-tooth implant has three parts:

  • A titanium screw or cylinder inserted into the jawbone
  • A metal abutment attached to the implant, extending it above the gums
  • A custom-made crown composed of lifelike and durable porcelain

Through a process called osseointegration, bone cells which make up the jaw bond to the titanium metal implant. As the bone adheres to the device, the jaw actually strengthens, avoiding the gum and bone deterioration common to tooth loss.

In addition, Dr. Gharagozloo offers dental implants to patients missing two, three or even all of their teeth. Multiple implants can support fixed bridgework and dentures, creating stable anchorage, natural oral function, and wonderful smile aesthetics. The American Academy of Periodontology states that conventional dentures, in the long run, are harder to maintain than implant-supported devices.

Who can receive a dental implant?

Dental implants work for individuals who have healthy gums and a jawbone that is dense and strong. So if you lose a tooth, it's important to replace it as soon as possible to stave o the f deterioration of both hard and soft oral tissues. Additionally, people who have good overall health are candidates for dental implants. While smoking does not disqualify someone from getting an implant, non-smokers are less prone to an infection called peri-implantitis. Resembling gum disease, peri-implantitis destroys gums and bone and often causes implant failure.

How is an implant placed?

When the dentist clears a patient for implant placement, the simple procedure takes place right in the office. The doctor numbs the area, incises the gum tissue and drills a small opening into the jaw bone. The implant is screwed into the bone, and the dentist sutures the gums closed.

After a few months, through a process called osseointegration, the dental implant will fuse with the jawbone. In a follow-up appointment, the abutment and dental crown is placed. As the patient bites and chews on the implant, osseointegration continues to exercise the jaw and stabilize the implant.

Your smile will be a success

The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says implant procedures succeed 95 percent of the time. Just routine brushing, flossing and getting six-month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Gharagozloo will maintain the health of the implant site.

So take heart. You can control your smile again. Explore the advantages dental implants offer. Call Mary Gharagozloo DDS today for an implant consultation. If you're a current patient, phone (407) 648-3688, or if you're new, call (407) 641-2192.

By Mary Gharagozloo DDS, PLLC
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out more about our amazing whitening system that can get your smile several shades whiter in no time.teeth whitening

As we get older it’s only natural that our appearance will start to change. Unfortunately, sometimes age manifests itself in ways that we don’t like. If your smile has started to lose its luster over the years, don’t worry; our Orlando, FL, cosmetic dentist Dr. Mary Gharagozloo has an easy and non-invasive fix for brightening your smile in no time.

A lot of dentists have found that professional at-home teeth whitening doesn’t always offer the kind of results they had hoped for. Sometimes the whitening products don’t give the same even whiteness or consistent results that patients want to see. This is where Kor Whitening System comes in.

This is the only whitening system that offers a refrigerated gel system. Why is this so important? Even though the chemicals found within whitening gels are able to break up stain molecules quite effectively, these same chemicals can also deteriorate at room temperature. This means that the results that you get with these whitening treatments may not be the best they could be. By refrigerating this whitening gel we can prevent these chemicals from breaking down, making this a more effective whitening system than others on the market.

How does Kors Whitening work?

You will have to come into our office for a consultation with our Orlando, FL, dentist to make sure that you are right for treatment. If so, we will also take impressions of your smile from which to create your custom whitening molds. During your second visit, we will provide you with the trays and the Kor gel. We will also show you exactly how to use this product. Then you will use this whitening system for two weeks from the comfort of your own home.

Unlike other systems, this whitening system is worn at night while you sleep, so it won’t interfere with your schedule. This makes it a great option for busy individuals who are always on the go. Since the gel is also sealed within the whitening trays, you won’t have to worry about any of the bleaching gel seeping out while you sleep. This treatment is 100 percent safe.

Another benefit of using this whitening system is that results are permanent. Since the whitening gel is 100 percent effective this means that as long as you use the system every once in a while for whitening touch-ups, these results will be permanent even if you continue to enjoy coffee or red wine.

If you want to find out more about the Kor Whitening System and how it could whiten your smile from the convenience of your home then it’s time you called our Orlando, FL cosmetic dentistry office today to discover if you are the ideal candidate for teeth whitening.

By Mary Gharagozloo DDS, PLLC
July 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Mary Gharagozloo DDS, PLLC
July 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: canker sore  

We've all had them — tiny sores that pop up seemingly out of nowhere under the tongue or the inside of the cheek. They're named aphthous ulcers, but are more commonly known as canker sores. For some people, they can be a recurring irritation.

Round with a yellow-gray center surrounded by reddened skin, aphthous ulcers seem to coincide with periods of anxiety or stress, or as a result of some minor trauma. Many people will feel a tingling or painful sensation a few hours or days before the ulcers appear. Once they appear they usually persist for a week to ten days before finally drying and healing. In the meantime they can be painful, especially while eating or drinking.

One form known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) affects about a quarter of the population with outbreaks of multiple ulcers that occur regularly. RAS ulcers are usually one centimeter or more in size — the larger the sore the more painful they tend to be.

There are ways to ease the discomfort of an ulcer outbreak and help hasten their healing. A number of over-the-counter products can be used in minor cases to numb the area temporarily and cover it to facilitate healing. We can also apply steroids or inject other medications for more severe cases. You may also find curbing your eating of certain foods like tomato sauce, citrus or spicy dishes can help.

For the most part aphthous ulcers aren't dangerous. In some situations, though, you should seek dental or medical evaluation: a sore that doesn't heal within two weeks; increases in severity, frequency or duration of ulcers; or when you don't seem to ever be without an ulcer in your mouth. We may need to perform tests, including tissue biopsy, to make sure there aren't any underlying systemic conditions causing the ulcers.

More than likely, though, you'll only need relief from the aggravation caused by aphthous ulcers. Among the many remedies, there's one right for you.

If you would like more information on aphthous ulcers or other mouth sores, 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 “Mouth Sores.”

June 29, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

woman sticking out tongueGrab a mirror, open up, and say “ah” because we’re talking tongues today. Did you know the color and even the shape of your tongue can say a lot about what could be going on healthwise in the rest of your body? Our dental office in Orlando (and your primary care doctor too) are always on the lookout for signs or symptoms that your tongue may be trying to tell us! Check out these helpful tips about tongue health to learn more.


What You See: A Glossy, Raspberry Red Tongue


What it Means: Have you ever looked at your tongue and it looks like you just finished eating a strawberry or raspberry popsicle? This is actually a common side effect of having a vitamin deficiency - primarily B12. It can also indicate that your body is low on iron. Vegetarians are especially prone to this.


What You See: Wrinkles


What it Means: As we age, our tongues do too! A cracked or wrinkled appearance to your tongue is generally nothing to worry about. It’s very important to maintain good hygiene and brush your tongue to avoid infections in the wrinkles.


What You See: Painless, White Patches


What it Means: These white marks known as leukoplakia are usually caused by the growth of too many cells in one area. Sometimes they are a result of an accidental bite while we’re chewing food or maybe you have a tooth that’s rubbing you the wrong way. If you’re experiencing these kinds of patches or any other tongue troubles, it’s always good to give your dentist in Orlando a call to take a look!


What You See: Painful Sores


What it Means: Usually when we see patients with a sore on their tongue they all have one thing in common: they’re stressed. Sometimes when you’re run down from illness or everyday stress this causes canker sores to erupt on the tongue and cheeks. They’re usually painful for a few days and will subside within a week or two.


What You See: Unevenness, Peaks, and Valleys


What it Means: It may sound strange but there’s actually a common condition called “geographic tongue,” and it’s absolutely harmless. It makes your tongue look like it has some pretty bumpy, rough terrain and it’s actually known to affect up to 14% of the population. Doctors aren’t sure what causes the condition but it most likely has something to do with your taste buds. Geographic tongue doesn’t require any special treatment or medication. If it becomes painful, be sure to talk to your dentist.


Our Orlando dental office knows how important it is to keep a close eye on your teeth and your tongue because they’re pretty accurate indicators of other things that your body might be experiencing or trying to make you aware of. If you have any questions about the health of your tongue, please call!


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