Our Services.

General Dentistry

Hygiene

At Dr. Galluzzo's dental office, we offer teeth cleanings as well as other alternative hygiene treatments. Sometimes we find periodontal disease or gingivitis that needs to be cared for with a different technique. Our hygienists are trained in the use of antibiotic placement for bacterial reduction to help shrink pockets and help minimize periodontal disease. It is our goal to keep you out of the periodontist office, where surgery is often required. With regular dental cleanings and great home care, we are confident healthy tissue can be achieved for a lifetime! Remember, regular teeth cleanings and current x-rays help us detect cavities accurately. The sooner dental decay is detected, the easier and less costly the solution! This includes scaling and polishings.

Fillings

Fillings are often used to care for cavities. Cavities are also known as dental decay and arise from a lack of routine cleaning or constant contact with an acid environment. As an office that provides Fort Lauderdale's general dentistry services, we know that soda drinks are extremely damaging to teeth. The use of high-fructose energy drinks can also be harmful. Fillings can also be used for cosmetic bonding purposes.

Crowns

We provide the highest quality porcelain crowns available, custom made by our exclusive ceramicist. As an exceptional Ft. Lauderdale family dentistry office, we know this level of service is not always available at other offices. Occasionally, metal under the porcelain can create an allergic reaction in the tissue, which is why we prefer all porcelain crowns. In addition, all porcelain crowns require less tooth structure being removed during preparation.

Missing Teeth

There are many solutions when one or more teeth are missing. Options for missing teeth include dental implants, bridges, partials, or dentures. Bridges are an option when there is a missing tooth and the teeth on either side have fillings or crowns. When the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are healthy with minimal dentistry, an implant is the ideal solution and should always be considered. When multiple teeth are missing, consider dental implants, partials, or dentures.

Root Canals

The most common procedures preformed in endodontics are pulp capping and root canal treatment (RCT). In RCT, the diseased pulp is removed, whereas in pulp capping, it is retained.For teeth at the back of the mouth, a crown is commonly required to prevent the tooth from fracturing. Heavy chewing on a root canal treated tooth should be avoided until a crown is fitted. A proper restoration after RCT prevents leaks of bacteria into the tooth and reduces the chances of needing retreatment of the root canals.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Veneers

Traditional porcelain veneers, alternatively termed "dental veneers" or "dental porcelain laminates" are wafer-thin shells of porcelain permanently bonded to teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers are non-porous (they will not stain), incredibly resilient, and "kind" (non-abrasive) to opposing teeth. When a veneer is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure (like a tooth), it becomes very strong and durable. A traditional veneer is essentially a conservative crown. Rather than encompassing the entire tooth, a cosmetic veneer covers the visible part of a tooth preserving a large amount of the natural tooth structure. Veneers can straighten, lengthen, and whiten teeth to provide a beautiful smile and even create a more comfortable bite position. For optimal results, each veneered tooth must be shaped. This means a thin layer (approximately .5 mm) of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow space for veneer placement.

Crowns

Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.

Teeth Whitening

Take-Home Bleaching Trays

Custom bleach trays are a great way for you to maintain white teeth, with results in the comfort of your own home. The process is simple! We take impressions of your teeth to make custom-fitting bleach trays. We will show you how to place the whitening solution into the trays for optimal bleaching results.

Implants

While dental implants may not be thought of as a cosmetic procedure, they help us get to a final cosmetic result. Many people we see for cosmetic enhancement have a compromised or weak tooth or teeth. We like to give people the option to restore the compromised tooth, but always give the option to remove it and place an implant. We would love to talk to you about your options for replacing compromised teeth.

Bonding

An alternative to veneers is a process called bonding, in which a tooth-colored material that looks like the enamel of your teeth is molded and shaped, and then hardened and polished. Bonding can be used to improve the color of a tooth, or close unsightly gaps; However, bonding can be more prone to chips and cracks than veneers. Caps are generally preferred to bonding when such a procedure is not deemed to be effective in the long term.

Orthodontics

Invisalign®, Teen Invisalign® & ClearCorrect®

ClearCorrect® systems straighten your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible, customized aligners. Using a precise 3 dimensional analysis of your teeth and adjacent tissue, we will custom craft aligners to fit the unique structure of your mouth and jaw. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and can be removed to eat, brush, floss, and for brief special occasions. During wear, your teeth are gently moved to their ideal position. The length of the process depends on your specific situation and desired results.

Retainers and Mouthgaurds

Whether you are an athlete or casual sports participant, you should wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a bite guard will help reduce symptoms of TMJ. We custom make mouth guards in both soft and hard materials.

Children Always Welcome...

Paediatric dentistry

Paediadontics or paediatric dentistry refers to provision of oral healthcare services to children aged twelve months to 17 years. Early detection and treatment gives your child the edge: a much better chance for natural and normal development. By working with your child's natural growth instead of against it, we can prevent problems from becoming worse. Seventy-five percent of 12-year-olds need orthodontic treatment; yet ninety percent of a child’s face has already developed! By guiding facial development earlier on, and through the use of functional appliances, eighty percent of treatment can be corrected before the adult teeth are present!

Second Opinions

Always available

You may want to explore whether a less expensive, alternate treatment plan is possible. You may simply want more information regarding your current diagnosis. More and more dental patients are obtaining second opinions, prior to undergoing dental surgery or other dental treatment plans, just the same as they would get a second opinion before medical surgery or other medical issues.

Low-cost second opinions, which may be subsidized by conventional dental insurance, can potentially save you time, money, and multiple visits or procedures. A perfect smile is a true investment -- in both time and emotional energy. If you feel uncomfortable with the advice a dental professional has given you concerning advanced cosmetic dental work, please call or email our office to set up a complimentary consultative appointment.