Dr. Jeremy Gerber, DMD
Serving the South Florida Community

Services

Thank you for visiting our site.  For information on the services we provide, please click on an item to the right to learn about these procedures and the processes involved.

Bondings/Fillings

A Bonding (or filling as they are also known) involves the replacement of tooth structure lost to decay (i.e. cavity).  The process involves removing the decayed tooth structure and then using an adhesive "bonding" system to attach the white filling to the tooth.  They are then countored and finished to feel good and fit with your bite.

Bridges

Bridges involve the replacement of teeth by using the adjacent teeth to anchor crowns that span the gap of the missing tooth.  The teeth on either side of the space are prepared for crowns.  When the lab receives the impressions, it fabricates a one piece bridge that contains the crowns for either side and a fake tooth attached in the middle.  The prosthetic bridge is then cemented onto the anchor teeth to give a firm support for eating.

Ceramic Crowns

Advances in the dental materials have allowed the fabrication of all ceramic/porcelain crowns (caps).  These do not involve the use of an underlying metal substructure for strength, and thereby avoid the gray line sometimes seen with traditional crowns.  The increased difficulty of producing these crowns has led to their increased cost.  They are not always recommended and in certain cases a traditional porcelain to metal crown may be needed.

Dentures

Dentures involve the replacement of one to several teeth with a removable appliance.  Full dentures (i.e. to replace all teeth in an arch) are made from an acrylic resin to which acrylic teeth of the specified shade are bonded.  They can be place immediately after tooth removal, a couple months later, or to replace an existing, worn and outdated denture.  Partial dentures replace some of the teeth in an arch and use the remaining teeth to anchor and hold on to.  Partial are made of acrylic, metal with acrylic, or flexible thermoplastic resin.  All forms of dentures require a period of time for the patient to get used to them, but in a small number of people, they are unable to deal with a foreign material in their mouth and must either have implants or bridgework.

Digital Radiography

Digital radiography is a new technology for taking x-rays of the patient's teeth.  It involves using a digital sensor, instead of film, and allows the dentist and assistant to see the image within a couple seconds.  This prevents the need to have the film developed, only to then find out that it needs to be retaken.  The digital sensor also allows less radiation to be needed to expose the image, over 90% less than traditional film.  Also, since the images are now digital, they can be stored on the computer, shared with specialists, and magnified on a monitor.

Extractions

Extractions are the removal of teeth from the jawbones.  Several factors may necessitate this course of action.  These include, but are not limited to: trauma, cracked teeth, several decay, severe periodontal disease and long standing infectious processes.  The extraction is accomplished with local anesthesia (i.e. Novocain) and the use of dental elevators to loosen and remove the tooth from the bony socket.  If the patient is looking to replace the tooth in the future with an implant, then a synthetic bone graft will be recommended to preserve the bone.

Implants

Implants are titanium cylinders used to replace the roots of missing teeth.  Recent advances in materials and surgical procedures have allowed implants to have a success rate of over 90%.  There placement involves a surgical appointment where the cylinder implants are placed into the jawbone.  They are then covered and allowed to heal for several months before an abutment (post) and crown are placed.  Several pre-surgical appointments are needed to plan each individual case and sometimes a medical clearance from the patient's MD is needed.  Several radiographs (x-rays) are also needed to verify that an adequate amount of bone is present.  If not, bone grafting procedures may be needed either in office or with an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a system of orthodontics that controls tooth movement with a series of clear aligners (trays).  This is accomplished by using highly accurate molds of your mouth that are then scanned into a computer.  The computer then allows the dentist and lab to tailor a treatment to allow the straightening of your teeth in as little time as possible.  The aligners are worn for two weeks at a time until the series is finished.  Some minor tooth adjustment may be needed at the end to finalize the result.

Laser Treatment

Lasers are the new technology finding a place across all aspects of medicine and dentistry.  From laser skin treatments at the dermatologist to laser plastic surgery.  Dentistry is no different.  The use of lasers has allowed the treatment of a multitude of dental conditions.  We employ a soft tissue laser that allows the sculpting of the gums, exposure of implants, and removal of excess tissue.  Since a laser also performs cautery, there is minimal to no bleeding and faster healing.

Periodontal Cleaning

Periodontal disease is one of the most misunderstood of the dental diseases.  It involves the loss of gum and bone from around the teeth.  It typically presents with swollen, inflamed and infected gums, bad breath, bleeding gums, and loosening of the teeth.  Once it sets in, there is no cure.  Only vigilant home care and a rigorous recall schedule with the dentist will prevent the disease from progressing and causing tooth loss and infection.  These treatments do involve a cost to the patient and can't be treated with your typical "free insurance cleaning."

Root Canals

Root Canals (i.e. Endodontic Therapy) involves the removal of the nerve in the tooth and replacing it with a resin filler.  Teeth need Root Canal Therapy for a number of reasons: trauma, infection, severe decay, and many more.  The process involves accessing the nerve/root canal through the top of the tooth.  Multiple small, tapered files are then used to clean out the diseased nerve tissue and shape the canal for the resin filler.  The resin filler is then cemented into the canal(s) to seal it off from bacteria.  This process can take from one to three visits depending on the tooth.  Teeth farther back in the mouth have more roots, and therefore, more root canals.  After the completion of root canal therapy it is recommended that a crown (cap) is placed on the tooth to prevents fracture and reinfection.

Veneers

Veneers are ultrathin pieces of porcelain (0.5-0.75mm thick) that are adhesively bonded to the fronts of your teeth.  They are typically placed on the upper front 6 or 8 teeth and sometimes the lower as well.  Depending on the planned outcome, slight to no preparation is needed of the teeth to obtain a whiter and straighter smile.

ZOOM! Whitening

We perform whitening in our office using the patented ZOOM! system and also take home trays.  The ZOOM! system is a two hour in office procedure with a special lamp to enhance the whitening process.  The majority of our patients experience a three or more shade difference.  We also can fabricate take home trays.  These involve making molds of your mouth to which custom trays are made.  You are given the whitening gel in small syringes to be placed in the trays at home.  These usually take at least 5 days to start to show a change.