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May 24, 2017
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You're Busy, So Why Wait? 


You won't wait with CEREC Same Day Crowns from Dr. Randall Diez and Dr. Michael Diez. Our General and Cosmetic Dentists, repair damaged or decayed teeth in just one dental visit!  CEREC crowns are designed and created in our Lab, then permanently placed on your tooth. All during the same appointment! You save time and money because your new crown is completely finished the same day it is started ~ hence the name "Single Visit Crowns" ~"Same Day Crowns"

Call us today to schedule your CEREC appointment:               813-960-5869 Or for more information visit 


A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.

We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?

Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.

When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?

In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.

So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.

If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover more about this revolutionary laser therapy that can treat your gum disease.laser dentistry

With about half of Americans having some form of gum disease, it’s important that patients get the proper treatment and care they need to help manage their symptoms. The complications that can happen from untreated gum disease are devastating. Before this happens to you, our Tampa, FL, dentist Dr. Randall Diez has a great treatment option that could get your gum disease under control.

PerioLase LANAP treatment is the only laser treatment that is FDA-cleared to treat gum disease. Through this procedure alone, our Tampa, FL, general dentist can actually help regrow any bone or tissue lost as a result of your periodontal disease.

This procedure is often performed in two different visits. It can take a couple of hours to complete your treatment but the results are well worth it. If we discover that you have loose teeth as a result of your gum disease, we may also need to splint the tooth to protect it during your laser treatment.

One portion of your mouth will be treated during your first visit, and you will need to come back in a week or so to complete the other side. During the treatment, this amazing laser system, which is extremely fine, is placed between the gums and teeth to remove any diseased tissues within the pockets of the gums while also destroying the bacteria responsible for this condition. If there is healthy tissue nearby, this tissue will not be affected by the laser.

This system also allows us to more effectively remove tartar buildup under the gumline, around the teeth and around the roots to prevent the buildup of tartar in these areas in the future. You’ll also be happy to hear that this entire procedure is performed without the need for incisions or stitches.

Along with sterilizing the teeth, gums and bones to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, this laser system also causes a protective seal to form from your own blood. This seal is enough to provide the stable barrier you need to keep your mouth healthy and to promote more effective healing.

Whether you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or you are looking for ways to treat your condition, General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Tampa, FL, is ready to help you. Call us today to learn more about PerioLase LANAP.

By Randall A. Diez, DMD
May 09, 2017
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Restoring chipped, stained or decayed teeth with dental porcelain is a tried and true method that’s been used for decades. In recent years, though, restorations made with composite resin have become a popular alternative.

Made of a plastic-based matrix with added glass filler, composite resin can be molded and bonded to teeth to replace missing structure with color to match. While they can’t be used for every problem situation, they’re an efficient and economical way to transform your smile.

Here are 4 advantages for using composite resin to restore moderately defective teeth.

They require very little tooth preparation. Crowns, veneers and other porcelain restorations require removing some healthy tooth structure to accommodate them. With the development of stronger bonding materials, composite resins can restore even many large defects in teeth caused by decay or trauma with little structural removal and still remain durable.

Most composite resin restorations are “single-visit” procedures. Unlike porcelain restorations, applying composite resin doesn’t require a dental lab, a process that can take multiple visits. In most cases, a skilled dentist can apply them during a single visit.

They have excellent color matching capabilities. We usually think of teeth as one single shade of white — actually, a single tooth can have varying gradations of color from the root to the tip. As mentioned before, composite resins can be prepared to match those color shades precisely, so your restored teeth look natural and blend well with your other teeth.

Composite resins can be an effective temporary fix for young injured teeth. Because children’s teeth are still developing, permanent restorations for traumatized teeth aren’t usually advisable until they’ve fully matured. Composite resin can be used to restore a young tooth’s form and function until it’s ready for a permanent solution.

If you would like more information on restoring teeth with composite resin, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”

May 01, 2017
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