A general dentist is your primary care dental provider. Dr. Abreu diagnoses, treats, and manages your overall oral health care needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and preventive education.
Today, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from whitening and shaping to closing spaces and replacing teeth. Cosmetic dentists have a wide array of tools and techniques at their disposal for improving the look of your smile. Dr. Abreu specializes in cosmetic dentistry, including Teeth Whitening, Bonding, Veneers, Crowns, Enamel Shaping and Contouring, Braces, Bridges, Implants and other Periodontal Plastic procedures.
Dr. Abreu understands the importance of the smile on creating a positive first impression on others. The health, beauty, and welcoming personality that a smile conveys is essential in building meaningful relationships. As a result, he offers teeth whitening services as one of the most inexpensive options for improving your smile and give you back the radiant look that will make other people pay attention when you walk in the room.
Prosthodontry & Implants
A prosthodontist is the oral health care provider who specializes in the repair of natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth on a much larger scale than the general dentist. Dr. Abreu uses artificial teeth (dentures), gold crowns (caps), or ceramic crowns to replace the missing or extracted teeth. Dr. Abreu is also very involved in the replacement of teeth using dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
An orthodontist is the oral health care provider who specializes in diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of malocclusions, or "bad bites", of the teeth and surrounding structures. Malocclusions can result from crowded, missing, or extra teeth or jaws that are out of alignment. Dr. Abreu can straighten teeth by moving them through bone by the use of bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances or retainers.
An endodontist is the dental specialist concerned with the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the human dental pulp or the nerve of the tooth. Dr. Abreu can perform simple to difficult root canal treatments or other types of surgical root procedures.
Your First Consultation
Choosing Invisalign treatment is an important dental and financial decision, so it's essential that you find the right doctor for you. You may want to meet with several experienced Invisalign-trained doctors to find the one you feel most comfortable with.
At your initial consultation, your doctor will discuss your needs and evaluate whether Invisalign treatment is right for you.
Your Custom Treatment Plan
Your doctor will use a scanner such as the iTero® digital scanning system to create fast, precise 3D digital images of your teeth. (Some doctors will take physical impressions.)
Then your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth and how long your treatment will be. You'll even get to see how your teeth will move and preview your new smile.
Your Invisalign Clear Aligners
Your custom-made aligners will be made of our proprietary SmartTrack® material. They're virtually invisible, so most people won't even notice you're wearing them during your teeth straightening.
Wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results, taking them out to eat and to brush and floss.
As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. Your doctor may recommend that you begin wearing a new set of aligners every week and schedule check-ups every six weeks or so.
At every stage you'll be able to see your progress and imagine how far your new smile will take you.
Taking Care of Your New Smile
When your treatment is complete, ask your doctor about a Vivera® retainer. Vivera retainers are custom-made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign clear aligners.
Bruxism and TMJ Disorders
Do you suffer from Bruxism (teeth grinding) or another TMJ condition?
BOTOX® is a proven alternative to help you alleviate symptoms and provide instant relief.
Many patients see their dentist with complaints of jaw or facial pain. In many cases, this pain is caused by either bruxism (teeth grinding) or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which are related conditions.
TMJ disorders refer to a collection of jaw problems that may be treated by a dentist. The jaw joint is a complex one, with a number of structure which facilitate vertical and lateral movements. Problems may develop in the numerous muscles, ligaments and nerves that help the joint perform correctly. A misaligned jaw can also lead to TMJ disorder.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorders?
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Clicking or popping noises during chewing
- Masseter muscle enlargement (squared face appearance)
BOTOX® Treatment for TMJ
The BOTOX® alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick and effective.
Who is a Candidate for BOTOX® Jaw Treatment?
BOTOX® is a safe alternative treatment for most people who experience jaw tension or have a TMJ disorder. This treatment helps to alleviate pain from many joint and muscle spasms associated with TMJ.
What are the Benefits of BOTOX® Treatment for Jaw Tension?
BOTOX® injections often provide substantial relief while reducing the ability of facial muscles to engage in problematic, excessive grinding.
BOTOX® allows muscles to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health, since excessive grinding can result in worn teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.
How Long does the TMJ BOTOX® Treatment Take?
The TMJ BOTOX® treatment is a non-surgical procedure performed in our dental office that takes just a few minutes.
How Long do the Results Last?
Most patients experience noticeable improvement within 1-2 days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week. Results last 3-4 months.
BOTOX® Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Bruxism is a specific condition in which people grind or clench their teeth, often while sleeping (most do so involuntarily). Grinding or clenching causes causes the muscle to grow stronger, resulting in headaches, earaches, or facial pain, which worsen with time.
What are the Benefits of the BOTOX® Bruxism Treatment?
BOTOX® treatments have been shown to alleviate Bruxism. BOTOX® Bruxism treatment works by relaxing the jaw muscle sufficiently to reduce grinding symptoms while maintaining normal jaw and teeth action.
How Long does the BOTOX® Bruxism Treatment Take?
BOTOX® treatment of teeth grinding is painless and quick (5 minutes). Results from BOTOX® treatment of bruxism start 2-3 days after injection and last for about 4 months.
While bruxism can lead to TMJ problems, the category of TMJ disorders is much broader. Issues with any component of the jaw joint may be classified within TMJ disorders.
Symptoms of Bruxism
- Severely worn teeth and/or chipped teeth
- Receded gums in the absence of gum disease
- Chewed inner surface of the cheek and/or damage to the tongue
- Higher incidence of root canals, major dental work on back teeth
- Sore jaw muscles in the morning
- Headaches, earaches and toothaches
- Problems eating and grinding noises
- Facial pain
- A face that looks shortened between the nose and chin
What are the Effects of Bruxism?
- Compression of the nerves and blood vessels in the back of the jaw joint, which can cause headaches, face, jaw and neck pain
- Displacement of the cartilage disc, indicating a dislocation of the joint and resulting in clicking, popping or grating noises upon opening and closing of the jaw
- Further compromise of the airway, making obstructive sleep apnea even more possible
If you have tried to treat your TMJ disorder with mouth guards and other measures without any improvement, you should ask our office about the benefits of the TMJ BOTOX® treatment.
Treatment for Black Triangles Between Teeth
Diminish the appearance of noticeable black triangles between your teeth with a minimally invasive dermal filler treatment. This simple treatment can take care of both aesthetic and functional concerns.
What Causes Black Triangles Between Teeth?
- As we age, we often get recession of our gums which can lead to loss of the tissue between our teeth
- Over-flossing, loss resulting in damaged gums
- Post dental work such as veneers or implants
Who are Good Candidates for the Black Triangle Dermal Filler Treatment?
Good candidates include people who like their teeth but are concerned with small gaps between them. Dermal fillers can help fill in these gaps, leaving the shape of the teeth alone.
How Long do the Treatments Take and Last?
Treatment takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Patients can expect the results to last 8 months or longer.