Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I visit my Boca Raton dentist twice a year?
The American Dental Association recommends twice annual dental checkups and teeth cleanings in order for your Boca Raton dentist to diagnose and treat oral health concerns at their earliest stages. Many severe dental health issues like gum disease and oral cancer have minimal or no symptoms until advanced stages. Regular dentist visits significantly diminish the likelihood that patients will have severe dental damage before treatment is provided.
How do I know if I have TMJ disorder?
There are numerous symptoms connected to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder sometimes referred to as TMD. Some of the most common side effects of TMD include sore jaw, clicking or grinding noises during jaw movement, and restricted jaw motion. The best way to find out whether you’re suffering from TMD is to schedule an appointment with your Boca Raton dentist, Dr. Cuomo. He uses advanced Doppler analysis to reliably detect signs of TMD.
Do you recommend specific oral hygiene products?
We recommend several specific products, but generally, we recommend that patients use a fluoride tooth paste, rotary toothbrush, and a Waterpik for deep cleaning at home. Dr. Cuomo recommends MI Paste® and MI Paste Plus® for patients who are susceptible to tooth decay or have sensitive teeth. This paste can be applied directly to teeth twice a day to fortify enamel. We also highly recommend Rotadent electric toothbrushes to make the most of at home hygiene routines.
What is microscope enhanced dentistry?
As the name suggests, microscope enhanced dentistry allows your south Florida dentist to view your teeth, gums, and soft tissue clearly by magnifying specific areas up to 20 times their normal size allowing Dr. Cuomo to identify and treat even minor smile irregularities in the earliest stages.
How can I view what Dr. Cuomo sees with the microscope?
We offer patients the use of video eyewear during treatment allowing them to see exactly what Dr. Cuomo sees through his microscope. This up close view of oral health enables patients to better understand dental concerns and treatment recommendations.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth. For many people, bruxism occurs occasionally due to stress, but others chronically experience teeth grinding or clenching especially while sleeping. Overtime, bruxism wears down tooth enamel and can cause TMJ disorder. If you suffer from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, ask about nightguards during your next visit.
Do you offer teeth whitening?
Absolutely. We provide both in-office and at-home teeth whitening for our Boca Raton dental patients. We use Zoom! in-office whitening, and patients are able to lighten teeth up to ten shades in about an hour. For those who prefer gradual results, we offer professional-grade at-home whitening with comfortable, custom application trays.
What is the difference between cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers?
Cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers can be used in many of the same procedures. Bonding and veneers conceal chips, cracks, gaps, and stains, but the method of concealment and scope of treatment differ. Cosmetic bonding uses composite resin to cover up or fill in damaged areas. It is recommended that this treatment not be used to correct extensive damage across several teeth. Instead, porcelain veneers can be used to cover numerous minor smile irregularities spanning the smile. Veneers are thin, egg-shell-like sheaths of porcelain fitted over damaged teeth to create a flawless smile.
Can I use dental implants to replace my denture?
You can. Implant-retained dentures are one of the most stable, durable tooth replacement treatments available. A small number of strategically placed dental implants are permanently attached to a full denture to restore dental function for edentulous patients.
How does Dr. Cuomo offer crown restoration in one day?
Our office offers same-day crowns and other restorations using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems to create restorations including crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays, and orthodontic appliances in our office. Using this technology, we are able to place restorations in just one visit.