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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dental Implants

At the dental practice of Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, we save teeth and restore patient smiles with dental implants. Implants are a permanent restorative option for teeth that are missing or have been extracted.  They look and feel like natural teeth, and are the most permanent and efficient means of replacing lost teeth.


An implant is placed over a series of appointments because of the healing time required.  Implants are titanium screws inserted through an incision in the gum. Over a period of 3-6 months, the jaw bone heals around the implant to become a solid, stable base for the new tooth. During this time a patient is fitted with a temporary crown, and a custom crown is created to match their smile perfectly.


After the jaw bone and gums have healed appropriately, the custom crown is placed in a second minor procedure.  The doctor may need to expose the head of the implant by removing some gum tissue, and the crown will be screwed to the top of the implant.  When this is complete the tooth looks like part of the natural smile, and with proper care will last for decades!


To learn more about dental implants and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.rasdmd.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, in Lake Worth, FL, call 561-965-3933. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Night Guards for Bruxism

Bruxism is the term for any regular grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw.  Chronic teeth grinders often end up needing crowns, bridges, root canals and implants. In severe cases tooth loss can occur, and partial or complete dentures may be needed.  Some teeth grinders only grind their teeth while they sleep at night and may not be aware of it.  Waking up with a stiff or sore jaw could be a sign you are grinding your teeth at night and shouldn’t be ignored.  Nocturnal bruxism can be caused by underlying medical conditions such as sleep apnea. For a proper diagnosis, visit Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD for a consultation.


A custom night guard is the best way to protect your teeth from the negative effects of teeth grinding.  We provide patients with custom night guards by first taking an impression of the mouth.  This impression is used to fit a custom product that protects the grinding surfaces of the teeth and aligns the jaw, which also helps improve sleep.  Night guards are durable and with proper care can last 10 years!


To learn more about night guards and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.rasdmd.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, in Lake Worth, FL, call 561-965-3933. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is an involuntary suspension of breathing that occurs while a patient is asleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-threatening consequences including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments. This is why Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, can offer a wide variety of options to patients who are diagnosed with this disorder.


It can be tough to identify sleep apnea on your own since the most prominent symptoms only occur when you are asleep. Although chances are your partner will identify it for you since you’ll likely be disturbing their sleep.  The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, Dr. Steinfeld may suggest a Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) procedure as a last resort. UPPP is a procedure used to remove excess tissue in the throat to widen the airway.


If you have questions or concerns regarding sleep apnea, please give us a call. To learn about services provided at the practice, visit www.rasdmd.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, in Lake Worth, FL, call 561-965-3933. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cosmetic Dentistry: Teeth Whitening

A professional in-office teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedures to receive. Unlike home-use whitening systems that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, in-office whitening takes place under carefully monitored conditions to allow for the safe, controlled, pain-free use of a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel. To accomplish the whitening of your teeth, Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, utilizes a tray whitening system.


The tray whitening system is completed in two steps. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we’ll craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over again. In-office bleaching is not a permanent solution. Shortly after treatment is completed, the teeth resume accumulating stains. Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, recommends home maintenance follow-up with a lower-percentage bleach that can be kept on the teeth for longer periods of time.  


If you have questions or concerns regarding cosmetic dentistry, please give us a call. To learn about services provided at the practice, visit www.rasdmd.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, in Lake Worth, FL, call 561-965-3933. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pediatric Dentistry

At the dental practice of Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, we are proud to serve the families from our community, and we want them to know it’s just as important for children to have regular dental visits.  A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled between when the first baby tooth appears, and the child’s first birthday.  Baby teeth eventually come out, but their growth and development is important for overall oral health for the child and the development of their adult teeth. Baby teeth should be brushed and cared for like adult teeth, and it’s important to monitor their growth and development. 


Missing any tooth for too long can change the development of surrounding teeth and compromise the structure of the jaw bone, but regular checkups can keep a child’s tooth development right on track.  Our dentists are skilled and experienced in administering dental care to children.  If your child has seems nervous about seeing a dentist for the first time, we recommend going through a brushing routine with them at home, and talking about the dental visit before you arrive.  Once we get your child’s oral health off to a great start, we offer a full range of services for child patients including dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants.


We love to see good oral hygiene habits formed early, and make lifetime patients out of kids from our community!  To learn more about the services provided at the practice, visit www. rasdmd.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, in Lake Worth, FL, call 561-965-3933. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Keeping Up With Regular Cleanings

It is recommended by the Academy of General Dentistry to have a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months. At the practice of Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, we want patients to maintain a great oral health routine at home, but it is still important to come into the office for regular professional cleanings.  However much you brush and floss, some harmful bacteria grow in your mouth that cause gum disease and can only be removed by a dental professional.


It’s important to see a professional regularly to locate and monitor areas in the mouth that may need special attention, and a dentist can tell you if you may be missing a spot or skipping an important step in your regular oral care routine.  During a teeth cleaning, a hygienist thoroughly clean the area above and below the gum line with scaling tools to rid them of plaque and tartar. After the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned, the hygienist flosses between every one of your teeth and may apply fluoride if recommended by the dentist.


To learn more about teeth cleanings and all the services provided at the practice, visit www. rasdmd.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, in Lake Worth, FL, call 561-965-3933. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Dental Crowns

If you have weak teeth that need restoration, a dental crown may be what you’re looking for. A dental crown has the ability to strengthen a tooth by placing a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth enamel remaining to hold the filling. Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD offers this service at his practice and would like to let you know what to expect if you require one.


If you are a candidate for a dental crown, Dr. Steinfeld will need to prepare the tooth for the crown first. This may involve taking a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and surrounding bone. Once an impression of the tooth is made, a temporary crown will be placed while the final restoration is created in a dental laboratory. Once the permanent crown is ready, the patient will have their final appointment to have it placed.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental crowns, please give us a call. To learn about services provided at the practice, visit www.rasdmd.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, in Lake Worth, FL, call 561-965-3933. 

Dental Implants

At the dental practice of Dr. Richard Steinfeld, DMD, we save teeth and restore patient smiles with dental implants. Implants are a permanen...