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OraVerse

Our dental practice is now pleased to accelerate your recovery from numbness after routine dental procedures. OraVerse™ is the first and only product of its kind to rapidly reverse the effects of local anesthetics containing a vasoconstrictor so you can feel, speak, smile, and drink normally in approximately half the time. 1 OraVerse is not recommended for use in children less than 6 years of age or weighing less than 15 kg (33 lbs).

For more information on this innovative new product, we invite you to visit the OraVerse Website.

Important Safety Information

Tachycardia, bradycardia, and cardiac arrhythmias may occur with the use of phentolamine or other alpha-adrenergic blocking agents. Although such effects are uncommon with OraVerse (phentolamine mesylate), clinicians should be alert to the signs and symptoms of these events, particularly in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease. Following parenteral use of phentolamine at doses between 5 to 15 times higher than the recommended dose of OraVerse, myocardial infarction, and cerebrovascular spasm and occlusion have been reported, usually in association with marked hypotensive episodes producing shock-like states.

1 Median time to recovery of normal sensation was reduced by 85 minutes (55%) in the mandible and by 83 minutes (62%) in the maxilla compared to control. Median time to recovery of normal function was reduced by 60 minutes (50%) in the mandible and by 45 minutes (43%) in the maxilla.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary. Unlike many procedures and over-the-counter wrinkle remedies, BOTOX® Cosmetic treats the cause of these frown lines by reducing the muscle contractions that cause the lines to form over time. There’s only one BOTOX® Cosmetic. Talk to Dr. Belcher to see if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you!

JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel

Juvederm® is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid–a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. Our office eases Juvederm® injectable gel under the skin to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your “smile lines” or “parentheses”. Juvederm® injectable gel is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective and last up to one year. Because Juvederm® injectable gel is a simple, nonsurgical wrinkle treatment, there is minimal recovery or downtime. So you can make an appointment to stop by for treatment on the way home from work or the gym, or even while the kids are at soccer practice–and get right back to your life. Juvederm® injectable gel is a “next-generation” hyaluronic acid dermal filler that provides volume and is used to treat wrinkles and folds resulting from a loss of volume beneath the surface of the skin such as perioral lines and nasolabial folds (lines around your mouth and nose). Juvederm® restores your skin’s volume for a smooth, natural look and feel. BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a filler. BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes muscle activity and is used to treat moderate to severe lines caused by the dominant frown muscles between the eyebrows (the glabellar area).

ViziLite is an advanced oral screening tool used to identify abnormal cells along the mucous membranes inside the mouth and throat. The test takes approximately 2 minutes to administer, during which time a Tampa dentist will administer a special rinse to the mouth that causes the nuclei of abnormal pre-cancerous or cancerous cells appear to glow when subjected to the ViziLite technology. The light is especially useful in detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages before it has had an opportunity to spread to other tissues. The entire process is quick, painless, and has the potential to help save lives.

Did you know…

that ViziLite can greatly reduce the number of false positive and false negative lesions found in dental offices? Clinical studies have shown ViziLite to correctly identify every pre-cancerous and cancerous lesion in patients who were screened. The technology also reduces the number of biopsies ordered by dentists due to normal tissues that appear cancerous to the naked eye, but aren’t.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get Tampa ViziLite oral cancer screening?

Yes. When you choose to get ViziLite oral cancer screening in Tampa, you are increasing your chances of early treatment should you be diagnosed with oral cancer. With modern technology making it possible to identify dangerous diseases in their earliest stages, why gamble with your health?

What should I expect during the ViziLite oral cancer screening?

Your screening will begin when your dentist asks you to rinse the inside of your mouth and back of your throat with a special solution. Your Tampa dentist will then shine the ViziLite fluorescent light on the surface areas of your inner mouth to search for spots that appear brighter than surrounding healthy tissues.

My results were negative for oral cancer. Do I need to be screened again?

As a precaution, you should be screened for oral cancer at every dental exam or at least once yearly.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly 100 percent of Americans believe that a beautiful smile is an important social asset. Your smile is the first impression that others have of you, so why hide it? Cosmetic tooth whitening from Zoom makes it possible for you to whiten your teeth to a beautiful, natural shade of white in as little as one hour. Zoom is an in-office professional tooth whitening treatment that combines a proprietary whitening solution with a specialized light that helps remove surface stains and yellowing. Because the treatment is performed under professional supervision, the solution and treatment time can be adjusted and customized to fit patient needs.
 

Did you know…

that Zoom tooth whitening has been the choice of more than 10 million people? In fact, Zoom is the most requested professional whitening system in America. In just an hour, patients can achieve better results than are available with over-the-counter whitening treatments that can take several weeks to complete. With Zoom, Tampa patients get long-lasting, brilliantly white results that are unavailable with conventional whitening treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need Zoom teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure used to enhance the appearance of the teeth and remove stains on the enamel and in the dentin. If you long for a whiter, brighter smile, Zoom teeth whitening could be right for you. Zoom is only available through dentists, so contact your Tampa dentist for more information about using Zoom to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.

What should I expect during my Zoom teeth whitening treatment?

If you and your dentist determine that you are a candidate for Zoom teeth whitening, you will first need to schedule an appointment to have your teeth cleaned. Once they are free of plaque and tartar, your dentist will place protective coverings over your lips and gums. The Zoom whitening gel will then be applied to your teeth for 15 minutes and a light placed over it to activate the gel. This cycle may be repeated up to four times, after which time your teeth may be lightened by as many as 6 to 10 shades.

Will I need to follow any at-home care instructions after I complete my Tampa Zoom teeth whitening treatment?

Yes. To maintain your whitening treatment results, you’ll need to avoid drinking highly pigmented beverages like red wine and coffee, as these can stain your teeth. You may also wish to switch to a whitening toothpaste that will help remove stains that can accumulate each day. If you receive a Zoom at-home touch up kit, use it to maintain your results according to your dentist’s instructions.

Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance system used to inconspicuously treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults and teens. This modern take on braces features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times with the exception of during meals and when brushing or flossing. The trays are custom fitted to the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable when laughing, talking, and eating with other people. Patients receive a sequence of trays, each of which is slightly different than the one before. The aligners provide slight resistance to the teeth, forcing them to move into alignment over time. With Invisalign, adults and teens can achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious about the mode of treatment.

Invisalign

Did you know…

wearing Invisalign is in no way as restrictive as traditional braces? Many adults opt for this system not only because it is discreet, but also because there is no need to change your diet to avoid foods that could damage braces. This is because the Invisalign system is free of braces and brackets, instead opting for a removable tray that can be taken out prior to meals. Also, Invisalign fits well into busy Tampa adult schedules, as there is no need to attend frequent visits for wire tightening. Most patients simply change to a new aligner tray every couple of weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

If you have crooked or crowded teeth that are embarrassing to you or otherwise preventing you from achieving optimal oral health, Invisalign could be the solution for you. Visit your Tampa Invisalign dentist for a complete consultation to find out if you could benefit from clear orthodontics.

What should I expect during my Invisalign treatment?

You will wear your aligners nearly all of the time, with the exception of about two hours per day. Invisalign treatments in Tampa are different for everyone, but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.

Will I need any post-treatment care?

Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear Invisalign trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer each day to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.

For nearly two decades, lasers have been used for restorative and cosmetic purposes in dentistry. Today, lasers are approved for safety by the Food and Drug Administration, and they have become much more prevalent and standard in dental offices across the country. Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. This energy can be used to achieve accuracy and precision when shaping the gums, biopsying oral tissues, removing tooth decay, and killing bacteria during a root canal. Lasers are even being used for elective procedures, such as to expedite in-office tooth whitening.

Laser Dentistry

Did you know…

that dental lasers offer a long list of benefits for patients and dentists? Specifically, laser dentistry has grown in popularity among Tampa patients because it is highly effective for reducing inflammation, bleeding and swelling during and following dental procedures. Many patients also report experiencing less pain when lasers are used as opposed to drills. For this reason alone, many patients experience less anxiety and apprehension before and during their dental appointments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Could I benefit from Tampa laser dentistry?

Possibly. Laser dentistry is generally not used in examinations and cleanings. However, if you need a filling, root canal, biopsy, periodontal treatment or tooth whitening, a dental laser could provide a better overall experience and recovery. To find out if laser dentistry is right for you, schedule an appointment to meet with your dentist and discuss your options for treatment.

What should I expect during a laser dental treatment?

Your experience will be similar to those you may have had before, only without the pressure, vibrations and sound of a dental drill. Just as with traditional dental treatments, you will be anesthetized before have laser treatment. However, because dental lasers may help minimize pain, you may not require as much anesthesia as you would with a non-laser treatment.

Do I need to follow any special care instructions after being treated with a dental laser?

Your post-treatment care will not differ from the instructions you would have from a dentist using a drill or other dental tool. However, you may find that your recovery time is shorter and that bleeding is minimal immediately following your treatment.

The use of sedation in dentistry has revolutionized the way patients view dental visits. Patients who once were afraid or anxious about even the most routine dental procedures now visit the dentist with confidence. Sedation is typically administered to healthy individuals who need help relaxing or managing treatment anxiety. Reasons for needing sedation may include lengthy procedure times, dental phobias, or fear caused by negative experiences in the past.

Did you know…

that here are three different types of sedation dentistry? You can opt for sedation administered in one of the following ways:

  • Oral Sedation – A pharmacological agent administered prior to treatment to alleviate anxiety and help patients relax.
  • Inhalation Sedation – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide offers a euphoric feeling that makes dental treatments more pleasant.
  • IV Sedation – This is a deep sedation reserved for patients who want little or no memory of their dental visits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I choose sedation dentistry?

Only you and your Tampa dentist can determine if sedation is right for you. Because sedation covers a spectrum of treatments, you will need to consult with your dentist to discuss whether light, moderate or deep sedation best meets your needs. Your eligibility for sedation will depend on your age, health, and any other medications you may be taking.

What should I expect if I am sedated for my dental procedure?

That depends on the type of sedation you undergo. Oral sedation is relatively simple and involves taking a prescribed medication about an hour prior to your procedure. You’ll feel more relaxed, yet completely aware of your surroundings during treatment. If you choose nitrous oxide, you’ll be instructed to inhale the gas at the beginning of your appointment. Additional nitrous can be administered throughout your procedure to keep you in a state of euphoria. At the conclusion of your treatment, you’ll be given oxygen to help ‘snap’ you out of your sedated state.

If IV sedation is right for you, you’ll be instructed to avoid foods and beverages the night before your treatment. A sedative will be administered to you intravenously prior to your procedure, causing you to fall into a deep sleep. A dental anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the procedure and adjust dosage as needed.

Are there any precautions I need to take after being sedated?

Depending on the type of sedation you undergo, a licensed driver may need to drive you home from your dental appointment. If you undergo IV sedation, you may need to be supervised for several hours following the procedure.

 

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Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile – sometimes by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session. According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening procedures have become some of the most popular esthetic dental treatments among patients throughout the country, including Tampa. Professional teeth whitening services can be performed in an office setting or prescribed for take-home use by a patient. In comparison to over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents that deliver faster and more effective results.

Before and After

Teeth Whitening

Did you know…

that the teeth naturally darken as we age? Furthermore, certain foods, beverages, medications and habits can contribute to a darker, yellowed, or stained smile. However, it is possible to erase years of stains in a single professional whitening session and sustain those results for many years with proper maintenance. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, professional whitening is best maintained by a combination of good oral care and take-home whitening treatments as recommended by your dentist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

You may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening if you are experiencing discoloration, but otherwise have healthy teeth and healthy gums. Schedule a consultation with a Tampa dentist to find out if tooth whitening could be right for you. Some patients, such as those who are pregnant or sensitive to whitening agents, may not be candidates for professional whitening.

What Should I Expect When I Get My Teeth Whitened?

Tampa teeth whitening consists of a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth, with all debris carefully removed. Your dentist will then protect your gums before applying a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. The product will be activated and left on the teeth for several minutes before being washed off with water. Your results will vary according to the natural shade of your teeth and degree of discoloration, but it is normal for patients to experience a lightening of several shades in a single visit.

What Type of Post-Treatment Care is Required After Having My Teeth Whitened?

It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity following a professional whitening treatment. You may be instructed to avoid consuming highly pigmented beverages for at least 24 hours to prevent the teeth from becoming stained again. Examples include tea, coffee and wine. Depending on your results and long-term teeth whitening goals, you may also be sent home from your procedure with an at-home whitening kit for later use.