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Not All Smile Makeovers Are Created Equal

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Hello Valrico! Welcome to the Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS dental blog. Let’s talk about smile transformations. Some Valrico patients wonder if the term is synonymous with general cosmetic dentistry.

Are the placement of four porcelain veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a beautiful smile.

Generally, however, a complete smile makeover combines several carefully-chosen cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile transformation. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts.

For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, a tooth-colored filling replacement for old amalgam fillings, and teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

I am Dr. Jeff Bynum. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in Valrico, Florida since 1996. Performing successful smile transformations makes my profession extremely fulfilling. Patients who plan to receive a smile makeover should take their time choosing a dentist to perform it. I invite you to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your needs and wishes. During the consultation, I can tell you about my extensive experience and show you before and after pictures of satisfied patients.

When I design a custom smile makeover, I study several elements in addition to the teeth. After all, the teeth are just one component of the patient’s face. The gumline, lips, mouth, facial shape, facial structure, coloring, and patient’s age affect the scope of the design. This comprehensive approach to a smile makeover achieves amazing results and sets our practice apart.

If you are interested in learning more about smile makeovers, call us today at 813-653-2273.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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There Is Hope For Denture Wearers

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The condition of your teeth has a significant impact on your health and happiness. Denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from dental health to a toothless mouth is downhill. Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Treatment such as fillings and root canals can strain the budget. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction can result in bone recession.

The Drawbacks of Dentures

While dentures are preferable to having no teeth at all, they certainly come with a myriad of drawbacks. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done answer for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they require relines.

Stop The Progression

But there is a reason for hope! Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for people who have been wearing conventional dentures. To a certain extent, implants halt the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor overdentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a strong base for an overdenture.

Restore Chewing Ability

Did you know that some denture users retain only ten percent of their chewing capacity? Implant-supported dentures can stop the bone recession and restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical health and well-being. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more sure of themselves, and socialize more frequently.

Before you spend money on another denture reline, talk to your dentist about denture-stabilization implants.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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Bridging The Gap

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Hello, Valrico smiles! Do you have a missing tooth that is detracting from your otherwise attractive teeth? Let Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS fill the gap for you and help you get your stunning smile back! A dental bridge could be the perfect solution for your missing tooth and help you chew and speak properly.

A bridge consists of two or more crowns on either side of the gap created by your missing tooth. These two anchoring teeth allow a false tooth to be held in the place where the missing tooth should be. The false tooth that is placed in the gap is called a pontic. Bridges can contain one or more pontics. A pontic can be matched to the surrounding teeth if you decide on a porcelain material. If you’d like, a pontic can also be constructed using gold or an alloy.

Dr. Bynum will work closely with you to make certain that your bridge has a precise fit. Then one of our experienced hygienists will show you how to clean under and around the bridge to ensure that no cavities develop in the nooks and crannies.

Dr. Bynum has been successfully restoring smiles since 1996. Thousands of patients have trusted Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS with their dental health.

Come see us at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS and you can bridge the gap and love your smile again!

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

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Today’s post explains how specific foods and eating practices impact our oral health.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to assault enamel and initiate decay for people of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really no-no’s. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. It is a good idea to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts, and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will promote tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more frequently you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be moderated by choosing healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

I’m Jeff Bynum, DDS at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS. If cosmetic dentistry, including the cost of veneers, the cost of implants, teeth whitening and the like interest you, call 813-653-2273 to set up a consultation. We can discuss anything from cosmetic dentistry to dental implants. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to make you comfortable.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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Keeping Patients Calm Since 1996

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Are you or a family member apprehensive about going to the dentist? Has a past experience with pain or discomfort caused you to start panicking when you think about having your teeth worked on? Have you neglected to go to the dentist and fear the amount of work that might need to be completed?

If your past or current situation is causing a lot of dread, there are options available to assuage your fear and reduce (or completely eliminate) your pain with the necessary services. Oral sedation (sometimes called sleep dentistry) has helped countless Tampa dental patients calmly undergo dental treatment. It is not an experimental procedure but has been used safely in various forms since the 1800s.

To discuss sleep dentistry, call Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS at 813-653-2273 to schedule a no-pressure consultation. Dr. Bynum will explain your sedation options and answer any questions. If you elect sedation, Dr. Bynum will refer you to a specialist if required (depending on the type of sedation used).

It is essential to understand the difference between topical analgesics and sedation which are used both alone and simultaneously. Analgesics help numb the gums and nerves connected with your teeth so you don’t feel the pain. Sedation medications affect the nervous system and transfer a feeling of peace and relaxation. You may choose to be minimally sedated, where you are peaceful but still awake, or settle upon general anesthesia which renders you completely unconscious. Together, these two solutions dramatically improve the treatment experience for patients suffering from dental anxiety, a very common condition.

Regardless of the type and level of sedation, you decide to use, Dr. Bynum will proceed with patience and understanding. Oral sedation helps with making your dental visit serene so you can treat all of your dental issues and restore your health. Taking care of decay, infections, and other serious problems bring peace of mind and reduce the risk of further damage including tooth loss.

Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico is committed to oral health and complete patient satisfaction from the first visit through completion of treatment. We offer premium dental care including Invisalign, porcelain veneers and dental crowns.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a fairly simple answer can be frustrating.

I’m Dr. Jeff Bynum. Thanks for stopping to read my blog. I know it can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid on the internet. Let me take a moment to discuss why most dental practice sites don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a fairly simple consultation to review dental history, evaluate needs and create a treatment plan. This could mean an efficient surgery with few implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the procedure won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the service.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees makes it impossible to guarantee an exact price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can precisely calculate dental implant surgery rates based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers. Call Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS at 813-653-2273 for more details.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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Using Nature As Our Guide At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS In Valrico

smile design ValricoThe team at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with  problems) into stunning smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to know if you will still look like yourself.

The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, our team uses nature as a guide—nature at its best—when improving smiles. It is important to bring your entire face into harmony when designing a smile makeover. Here are a few:

  • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
  • Teeth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
  • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
  • Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Gumline – shape and color
  • Face Shape and Bone Structure
  • Skin Tone
  • Lips – color, shape, size
  • Age
  • Gender

This list is not complete but gives you an idea of the complexity of smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are devoted to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to speak with our team about your current smile and the brilliant smile you desire.

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile, call Five Star Dental Care, serving the Brandon, FL area including Tampa, Valrico, Plant City, Seffner, Lithia, and Riverview FL. Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care.

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Smile Necessities And Possibilities At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS In Valrico

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With cosmetic dentistry, Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS creates brilliant smiles for patients. We use cosmetic dentistry every day to create fabulous new smiles for our patients. We call this a “smile makeover.” What exactly does it entail?

A smile makeover means using the techniques of cosmetic dentistry to make positive changes to your smile. Possible techniques might include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Gum contouring
  • Dental implants

A beautiful smile is the sum of its parts. With your input, we do a smile analysis to evaluate your smile. Our goal is to bring the teeth, skeletal structures, and muscles into harmony. It’s a complicated endeavor, requiring an understanding of how all of these components relate to one another.

Any one of the the techniques listed above will go a long way toward transforming your smile. Two or more can leave you with the smile of your dreams.

Located in Valrico near Riverview and Brandon FL, Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care, including dental implants and sedation dentistry.  Talk to us about your goals for your smile. We look forward to designing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call today!

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Veneers Transform Smiles

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The team at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico wants to discuss dental veneers. Porcelain veneers can transform your every-day ok smile into a magical one.

Have you ever wished your dentist could glue new pearly white covers on your existing teeth as quick and easy as you paint a wall in your house? Guess what? With porcelain veneers, it’s possible. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently affixed to your natural teeth.

Unlike a crown procedure, our team doesn’t need to remove tooth structure to place the restoration.

We will use veneers alone and in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures in complete smile makeovers. Because they can correct cosmetic tooth misalignment in one visit, veneers are sometimes called instant orthodontics.

Do veneers look like natural teeth?
Skilled dental lab artists create porcelain veneers with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of natural teeth: perfect natural teeth, that is. In addition, porcelain veneers can be fabricated in any size or shape.

Are veneers strong?
Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of extremely durable material. If you have questions about whether a veneer or dental crown is the best choice for you, talk to our team.  We will consider the size and condition of the tooth and its position in the mouth.

How long do veneers last?
Some smile makeover patients have veneers they received over 15 years ago. (And they still look incredible!) If properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns.

Are porcelain veneers affordable?
Porcelain veneers are often less expensive than crowns and orthodontia. For questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, call our office.

Located in Valrico near Riverview and Brandon FL, Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care, including dental implants and sedation dentistry.  Talk to us about your goals for your smile. We look forward to designing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call today!

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Gap-Tooth Smiles Aren’t Quite As Adorable Anymore

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Have you lost teeth? It’s a lot different than when you lost your baby teeth way back in the day. Unfortunately, these don’t grow back. (And a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as adorable as it did when you were in elementary school.) At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico, we can help your missing tooth problem.

If you have had teeth extracted or if your teeth are compromised by staining, decay, chipping, or brittle aging, then it’s time to visit us.

When it comes to the prospect of losing your adult teeth, the preference is always to preserve your natural teeth. If this is not possible, we offer several ways to maintain your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile in selfies.

Dental Veneers

If you still have your teeth, but are not satisfied with them, these might be your solution. Stunning porcelain veneers offer an affordable approach to cosmetic adjustments—uneven color, size, or shape. We will bond these very thin shells to the front of the teeth. They enhance unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth (or teeth) attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used with success for generations of dental patients who have lost teeth for various reasons.

Dental Implant

A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth. An implant consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, we will insert the artificial root into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is often the optimal restoration as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often transpires at the site of a missing tooth.

Dentures

Dentures are a removable plate holding artificial teeth. These are custom and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Modern dentistry offers many dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.

Don’t worry about losing your grip on the adult teeth you’ve been enjoying all these years. We have experience and training in many important services to meet your dental needs including root canals, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and dental crowns.

If you want to learn about the possibilities for your smile, call Five Star Dental Care, serving the Brandon, FL area including Tampa, Valrico, Plant City, Seffner, Lithia, and Riverview FL. Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care. Your consultation will include a customized treatment plan for restoring teeth, an outline of the cost of desired services and a schedule for completing the work. Come with questions and leave with answers.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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