The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice each year for a checkup. At your checkup, we will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. The dentist will also look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or cracks, as well as old dental work. Sometimes old dental work wears out and needs to be replaced. We will be happy to replace metal fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns with tooth-colored alternatives.
Before making life altering changes to your smile and your face, you should realize that not all dental practices are created equal. That's why Dr. Jay Ajmo's recognized credentials in cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry, combined with years of experience in the dental profession, have made our Palm Beach Gardens office the smart choice for so many clients from the Palm Beaches and around the world.
In the past, treating a cavity meant settling for a metal filling. The unnatural appearance of metal fillings could fill your smile with grey, and make it difficult to smile with confidence. Now, Dr. Ajmo can restore your teeth using tooth-colored fillings. Made of natural-looking composite material, tooth-colored fillings are safe and long-lasting. We can closely match the color of your filling with that of your smile so that no one will ever know you have a filling. The durability of the porcelain material is so high that having a filling will actually strengthen your tooth. There has never been a better time to replace your outdated metal fillings and watch your smile transform into a thing of beauty.
Your teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the "nerve" of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the blood stream. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it should be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic.
You may spend most of your life unaware of the important little triangular-shaped joints located in front of your ears. Lined with cartilage, these joints move with a smooth, gliding motion. Under normal conditions, they join your lower jaw and temporal bone, allowing your mouth to open and close easily. However, stress or an improper bite can cause the joints to dysfunction, exposing nerve endings to create pain.
In some cases, we refer patients to a specialist for oral surgery. However, general dentists are trained to perform some minor oral surgeries, and your dentist has also taken significant postgraduate courses for various procedures. So that you can receive the majority of your dental care in our office, where you feel comfortable, cared for, and familiar, we offer some minor oral surgeries and endodontics.
Believe it or not, how you take care of your teeth and gums affects not only your oral health, but it impacts your cardiovascular health, too. Although scientists are not certain of the precise relationship between the heart and oral hygiene, studies consistently demonstrate a link.