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The Advantages of Implants Explained by Weston’s First Dentist

The Advantages of Implants Explained by Weston’s First Dentist

If you find yourself in need of replacement teeth you’ll want to understand your treatment options before making a decision. While implants are not “new” to dentistry it has been our experience that patients know far less about them than they do about bridges and dentures even though implants are often a superior option.

To help you with your decision we have put together a short list of the advantages of dental implants:

  • Preserves natural bone. When teeth go missing there is a chance that the jawbone will deteriorate somewhat. When the jawbone is not being used to anchor teeth it can lose some of its strength and firmness. An implant actually stimulates the jawbone and encourages the growth of new bone.
  • Easy and natural care. You care for implants the same way you care for your natural teeth. They require the same brushing and flossing as their natural enamel neighbors. Bridges and dentures have to be removed, brushed, and soaked overnight to retain their shape and color.
  • Complete self-confidence. Because implants look exactly like natural teeth and are firmly attached to bone you can smile, speak, enjoy your favorite foods, sing and kiss without fear of embarrassment. The change in the quality of life once implants are in place is absolutely amazing.
  • Most natural like replacement. Because these teeth are implanted into bone they are far more stable than other options and strongly mimic natural teeth. An implant looks, feels, fits and performs just like the other teeth in your mouth. Bridges that are anchored by other teeth don’t provide the stability of an implant and can shift or even come out while eating, laughing or even sneezing.
  • Most durable option. Implants, if properly cared for, will last a lifetime. Good quality bridges and dentures will last between 7 and 10 years before they have to be replaced.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call our Weston dental office today and make an appointment with Dr. Pyle. You’ll be happy you did.

Weston’s First Family Dentist Explains the Importance of Back To School Check-ups

The Importance of Back To School Check-ups From Weston’s First Family Dentist

Guess who’s going back to school in a couple of weeks?

Can you recall your dental health experiences from back in grade school? Can you remember a time when you had a cavity that hurt so bad you couldn’t keep your mind on the class? You didn’t want to tell your parents because that meant a trip to the dentist and in your 8 year old mind that was the same as a trip to a torture chamber.

Family dentist Stephen J. Pyle, “Weston’s first dentist” wants to remind you that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 19% of kids age 3 to 12 have undiagnosed tooth decay.

Child dentistry has changed significantly since you carried a lunchbox to school. Today’s technology and techniques are far more comfortable and the preventive care methods can make cavities a rare event. If you want to prevent your child from reliving your experience, we suggest you do the following:

  • If your child is going to participate in any contact sports, this may be the time to have him or her fitted with a custom sports guard. Even if all their permanent teeth have not come in, a sports guard will protect their gums and the permanent teeth that have arrived.
  • Some small children will benefit with time spent with Dr. Pyle educating them about oral health in a language and method that kids understand.
  • Begin a tradition in your family and schedule your children for a back to school dental exam at our Weston dental office to deal with any issues before they head off to class.
  • Our dental exam will seem like something out of Star Trek compared to your experience in grade school. We use digital x-rays, advanced sealants, Carifree cavity prevention and provide orthodontic evaluations.

Pick up the phone now and make an appointment at our Weston dental practice for your kids’ back to school dental exam. Believe it or not, at some point in their lives your kids will thank you.

Weston’s First Dentist Offers Tips on How To Choose a Sports Guard

Weston’s First Dentist Offers Tips on How To Choose a Sports Guard

The purpose of the sports guard is to provide a level of protection for both teeth and gum in the event the mouth is struck. Use of a properly fitted sports guard can protect against teeth being misaligned, chipped, pulled out or forced down into the gum. Obviously when there is trauma to the teeth the gum will also be affected.

Obvious examples of where sports guards should be used are the contact sports like football, hockey, basketball and soccer but your mouth and teeth are still at risk with non-contact activities like skate boarding, roller skating and horseback riding. Wherever there is a possibility of a fall there is a possibility of damaging your mouth.

Types and Characteristics of Sports Guards

Ideally a sports guard should fit your mouth, not interfere with breathing and not interfere with speaking. Basically there are three types of guards available:

  1. Boil and Bite. These guards are boiled in water to make the material malleable.  The user then bites down on the guard to give it some measure of customization.  These guards are also widely available at sporting goods stores and department stores. They offer better fit and protection than stock guards but can impair breathing. They also have a shorter service life than a stock guard.
  2. Custom Fit. These guards are fabricated by your dentist from a full mouth impression. Custom fit guards offer the greatest protection to teeth and jaw, are without question the most comfortable to wear, can accommodate braces and do not interfere with breathing or speaking. They are also the most durable of the three classes of guards.
  3. Stock sports guards. These are the least expensive of the guards and are widely available in sporting goods shops and big box stores. They are basically curved troughs made of plastic and are commonly found attached to “starter” football helmets for kids. They come in small, medium and large and offer no customization. They rarely fit well, can obstruct breathing and fall out when the mouth is opened.

If you or your children can use a sports guard to better protect your mouth give us a call today and set up an appointment. We’ll be happy to see you.

Weston Florida’s First Dentist Explains How To Choose a Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth is the first line of defense against tooth decay, and just as important, gum disease. The ADA recommends that everyone spend a minimum of two minutes correctly brushing teeth each day. Two minutes can seem like twenty if your toothbrush is uncomfortable and studies have shown that people using a toothbrush that “fits” tend to spend longer brushing their teeth than persons with uncomfortable brushes.

So to help you with your choice we’ve listed a few facts for your consideration:

  • The toothbrush should “fit” your mouth; for most adults that means a brush that is a half inch wide and an inch tall. The length of the brush (not the handle) really depends on what works best to reach difficult areas like the sides of molars.
  • Speaking of handles, they should “fit” your hand. They come in a variety styles and thicknesses. You want one that is comfortable in your hand, easy to maneuver and strong enough to stand up to your brushing styleAs a general rule, brushes with soft bristles do a better job removing plaque and stimulating the gums than brushes with medium or hard bristles. ADA approved brushes with soft bristles are not as abrasive to the enamel and can more easily reach into crevices.

Powered Toothbrushes vs. Disposable

For most people the biggest difference between a powered toothbrush and a disposable (manual) is price. Numerous studies have been conducted showing that the oral health benefits for the majority of the population are identical.

However, powered toothbrushes may be more beneficial for certain groups. If a person suffers from an arthritic hand, a powered brush can make brushing an easier task. If you tend to be an overly aggressive brusher you may be damaging both your gums and the enamel on your teeth. A powered brush eliminates the need to muscle your way through a brushing.

If you like a powered brush…use it. Using a toothbrush that is comfortable will increase the odds of a complete and effective brushing.

Weston Dentist : Sleep Apnea : OSA : Dental Appliance

Weston’s First Dentist Provides the Numbers on Sleep Apnea

Dr. Stephen J. Pyle, Weston’s first dentist, is trained and qualified to diagnose OSA and works closely with sleep disorder MDs in treating the condition with dental appliances. A supporter of educating the public on health issues, Dr. Pyle offers up these facts and statistics about a condition that can adversely affect your health that is woefully under diagnosed:

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Waking up with a headache
  • A frequent need to urinate during the night
  • Nighttime gasping or coughing
  • Snoring
  • Excessive drowsiness during the day
  • Depression

You are a prime candidate for OSA if you:

  • Are a male
  • If you are obese
  • If you smoke or drink excessively
  • If you have a large neck size
  • If you have hypertension
  • If there is a family history of obstructive sleep apnea

The Cost of Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea

  • People with moderate to severe sleep apnea are 15 times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident.
  • Treating all U.S. drivers with OSA would save over $11 billion in accident related costs and save nearly 1,000 lives a year.
  • Undiagnosed sufferers used $200,000 more in health care in the 2 years prior to diagnosis than diagnosed persons.  
  • Total cost of sleepiness is $43 to $51 billion per year.

OSA can now be treated with a simple dental appliance that worn at night that positions the lower jaw slightly forward preventing the airway from collapsing. The device is comfortable, effective, allows normal speech and even allows sipping water. The device has to be custom fitted and for that we recommend you visit Dr. Pyle in Weston.

Westin Dentist : Westin Dentistry : Somnodent : Sleep Apnea

Westin Dentist Asks If You Know You Have Sleep Apnea.

Now that there is an effective, comfortable therapy for sleep apnea, our Westin family dentistry practice is seeing more patients interested in the SomnoDent appliance that quickly reduces or eliminates sleepless nights and bothersome snoring. Sleep apnea and the more serious Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can rob you of energy during the day and over time can aggravate health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, work and driving related accidents and even promote stroke.

How Likely Are You To Be Suffering From Sleep Apnea?

It’s estimated that there are 30 million Americans that suffer from sleep apnea. Most cases go undiagnosed because patients simply aren’t aware that they have it or that there is solution for their snoring and sleepless nights.

In the past, treatment for sleep apnea was limited to surgery or the use of CPAP therapy. The surgical procedure is not appropriate for all cases and the CPAP device (a mask connected to and air pump via a hose) is so cumbersome and inconvenient that few patients continue the therapy longer than 60 days.

As the first Westin dentist, Dr. Pyle has always stayed on the cutting edge of dental technology. When he learned of the SomnoDent therapy he determined that it would greatly enhance the quality of life for many patients and partook in the training that qualified him to prepare custom devices. SomnoDent is the latest service to be added to an already long list of family dental services offered by the practice.

Today patients can have custom designed appliances that are comfortable, allow normal speaking and drinking, and eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea made right in the office. If this is an area you believe can help you, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Read more:

Weston Dentist: Dentures


What are Dentures?

Dentures are customized oral appliances which replace missing teeth. They are made of acrylic or resin, and may sometimes include metal. Dentures fit around your existing teeth or gums, and can be used for everything your original missing teeth were!

Why would I want Dentures?

Missing teeth can make eating or talking more difficult. They can also leave cosmetically ugly gaps in your smile. Dentures allow you to eat and talk normally, and nobody will be able to tell that you are missing teeth!

What are the different types of Dentures?

There are several different types of dentures. Complete dentures areston used for people that are missing all (or most of) their teeth. Partial dentures are more useful for those who still have some original teeth left.

Dentures can also be prepared immediately after any teeth are removed. These temporary dentures, allow you to never have to go without teeth.

What do I have to do to get Dentures?

At our Weston dentist office getting dentures requires several appointments over a timespan of approximately one month. The first step is to take an impression and measure the jaws to determine what shape and size the dentures will need to be. There will then be several appointments to try on a trial version and make any necessary adjustments to color, shape, or size. Finally, there will be a final fitting and adjustment with your completed dentures.

If you have questions about dentures or any general dentistry topic, give our dental office a call and our staff will be happy to help. Read more:

Weston dentist : Weston dentistry : Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom Teeth and Wisdom Teeth Extractions

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth refer to the third molars, the very back teeth in the mouth. These teeth generally appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Although it is typical to have 4 wisdom teeth, some adults have fewer and in rare cases it is possible to have extra, supernumerary wisdom teeth. Unfortunately, there is frequently not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, and they usually have to be removed. Only a small number minority of adults are able to keep healthy wisdom teeth throughout their entire adult lives.

What can go wrong with wisdom teeth?

As there is often not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, a variety of things can go wrong – in which case, the tooth is deemed to be “impacted”. The tooth is often packed tightly against either a flap of gum or another tooth. Food can accumulate in these crevices, but is often extremely difficult to remove since it is difficult to fit in a toothbrush or to floss in the enclosed space. This can lead to an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay with impacted wisdom teeth.

Stephen J. Pyle DDS family dentistry is focused on the overall maintenance of your family’s oral hygiene and dental health including wisdom teeth. We recommend regular check-ups that can prevent the onset of oral health issues before symptoms appear.

What is the treatment for an impacted wisdom tooth?

Since wisdom teeth are not necessary, impacted wisdom teeth are extracted. In fact, it is common to remove even non-impacted wisdom teeth to prevent any chance of them becoming impacted later. The difficulty of the procedure depends on the particular wisdom tooth and its level of impaction. Some wisdom teeth can be easily removed in our Weston dental office while others require a visit to a specialist. Dr. Pyle will be able to refer you to one of the many top area specialists he has established relationships with.

Successful preventative dentistry is at the heart of what we practice. We would rather see you for frequent check-ups and cleanings to reduce the need for expensive and difficult procedures in the future. Read more:

Weston Dentist : dieting and Oral Health

Dieting and Oral Health

Many Americans resolve to live healthier lives and lose weight. However, they do not often consider the impact of dieting on their oral health.  Many diets either lack essential nutrients, or require a drink or supplement that is highly acidic or sugary.

Acidic foods and drinks attack both the enamel and the underlying dentin, which leads to tooth damage and if left untreated, could result in the need for a root canal or extraction. Sugary drinks or foods promote the growth of bacteria, which can lead to the same thing.

Diet sodas may be healthier in terms of calories, but they are no better in terms of acids. Sodas contain large amounts of citric and phosphoric acids, which can eat millions of holes in your enamel each time you drink one. Sports drinks and energy drinks are no healthier – they share the same flavor enhancing and preservative acids that are often used in sodas. In fact, energy drinks tend to be worse than sports drinks and many diet sodas.  Many sports drinks and diet supplements have a pH value of around 3 – in comparison, water has a pH value of 7, while battery acid has a pH value of 1. This means that with time and continued use, these ‘healthy’ alternatives will actually eat through your teeth!

Liquid diets are also of concern to dental health

Those that rely solely on a meal replacement drink are often damaging as these also have a very high acidic content, and there is no other food to help neutralize the acids.

If you do drink sodas, limit soda intake. It is also better to drink a soda all at once, and then wash it down with food or water – this limits the amount of time that the sticky, acidic residue has on your teeth. Drinking a soda over a long period of time allows the residue to continue to eat through your enamel, even when you are not actually drinking the soda.

Flavored waters are often touted as a healthier alternative to sodas and sports drinks. However, many of the flavors and additives in these waters are very high in acidity – although they are better for your teeth than sodas, they can still cause significant decay.

Call your family dentist in Weston, FL for more information on all of your Oral Health. Read more:

What is Bite Disease? | Weston Dentist Blog

What is Bite Disease?

Occlusal Disease, or Bite Disease, is one of the three major diseases that affect the teeth (along with cavities and gum diseases). However, Bite Disease is often much harder to detect since it is not as well known. Bite disease is usually caused by a misalignment of the tooth surfaces or by excessive tooth grinding and clenching.

What are the symptoms and dangers of Bite Disease?

Bite Disease has a variety of painful consequences to your teeth. Common symptoms of Bite Disease include excessive tooth wear, increased sensitivity, sore muscles or jaw joints, headaches, cracks in teeth, loose teeth, or even broken teeth. These can cause serious damage, necessitating bridges, crowns, and other repairs for the teeth.


What can be done about Bite Disease?

We tell our Weston area dental patients that if bite disease is caught early, it can be treated before it causes major damage to the teeth.  This early detection will reduce the number of bridges and crowns required throughout a patient’s dental treatments.

How is Bite Disease detected and treated?

Our Weston dental office staff is trained to recognize early signs of bite disease before it becomes more serious (such as cracks or sore muscles instead of broken teeth). Your dental exam will include diagnosis for bite disease by examining the way you bite down (occlusal analysis), or by making a model of your teeth to study your bite. If you are diagnosed with Bite Disease, our dental staff will then begin any needed treatment. A common beginning treatment for Bite Disease, is a bite splint, a piece of plastic added to your teeth in order to create a temporary perfect bite, which will reduce the symptoms and prevent further damage. For a more long-term solution, we may reshape your teeth so that they fit together better and don’t grind against each other.  Like many diseases, the key to effective treatment of Bite Disease is catching it early, so be sure to schedule regular visits to our Weston area dental office for early detection of any symptoms of Bite Disease!