How Much Will My Dental Implants Cost?

In 1952, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon was studying bone healing and regeneration. He made a somewhat accidental discovery while studying how blood flow affects bone healing when he and his team discovered that the titanium optical devices they had placed in rabbit legs fused with the bone and couldn’t be removed. By 1965 science would...

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Could Tooth Loss Be a Side Effect of the Coronavirus?

A recent poll among American Dental Association members, as reported in AARP magazine, shows a 53-59% increase in teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), chipped or cracked teeth and pain around the jaw and surrounding muscles (known as TMD or TMJ). There have even been anecdotal reports of teeth seemingly inexplicably falling out. While a direct...

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February is Gum Disease Awareness Month

What is Gum Disease? In most instances, daily toothbrushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits, can help prevent gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. Gingivitis occurs when plaque (a sticky film containing bacteria) has built up, producing toxins that irritate your gingiva, the gum tissue around the base of your teeth. Without treatment,...

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Key Factors to Consider When Getting Dental Implants

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to consult with a periodontist about dental implants. This step probably means that you’ve done online research, asked for recommendations from your family dentist, friends or family and found a skilled, board-certified periodontal surgeon. This practitioner (and we sure hope it’s one of our doctors here at South Florida Center...

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Infection Control Still a Top Priority in 2021

Modern dental offices are well-ventilated, with strict PPE utilization and limited exposure times to small numbers of people. These safety guidelines and others seem to explain the remarkably low risk of disease transmission in dental practices in the United States. As an example, a recent study, reported in Dental Economics, examined three New York dental...

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Sylvie Fontizard, RDH

Our periodontal hygienist Sylvie Fontizard came to the United States as a young child from Haiti. “I actually spoke very little English when I first moved here,” she recalls. “We spoke Creole often at home, but I was fluent in both French and Latin since the nuns at my school in Haiti had insisted we...

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Do You Experience Dental Anxieties? Great Treatment Options Just For You

If you get nervous at just the thought of visiting a dental specialist, you’re not alone. Maybe it’s the memory of a long-ago unpleasant childhood visit, a fear of pain, an inability to sit still for a long period comfortably or just vague nervousness when it comes to associated noises, smells and sounds. Regardless of...

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Monica Savalli

Born and raised in South America in Bogota, Colombia, Monica Savalli, RDH, one of our dynamic periodontal hygienists, attended Colegio Odontológico Colombiano, a Colombian dental college. While the formal degree didn’t transfer to the U.S., Monica is very happy to still have her hands (literally!) in the professional dental field as one of our three...

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Local Charities Need Your Help!

Doctors Jeff Ganeles, Fred Norkin, Lili Aranguren and Samuel Zfaz recently made a $3,000 donation to the local charity Boca Helping Hands. Thanks to a matching gift program running through December 31st, the practice’s group donation will be doubled to $6,000.  Our doctors hope that their contribution will inspire colleagues and other businesses to support...

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Periodontal Maintenance: It’s More Important Than Ever

We are in awe of some of the great testimonials that you, our fabulous patients, send us. Many of these reviews mention our wonderful periodontal support team. Indeed, a huge part of our practice is preventative and therapeutic maintenance. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is a team effort between the doctors and hygienists. No...

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