At Rivas Dental Care, we offer a complete selection of dental services for all of our Miami clients, no matter where you are on your journey to a healthy smile. From oral exams and teeth cleaning to the finest cosmetic dentistry we strive to offer the best Miami dental services and continue to treat each of our patients like members of our own family.

Oral Exam

An oral examination is the cornerstone of comprehensive dental services and may include a patient’s dental and medical history and a general health assessment. It typically includes recording anomalies, caries, missing or unerupted teeth, restorations, existing prostheses, occlusal relationships and periodontal evaluation.

Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

An oral examination may include a patient’s dental and medical history and a general health assessment. It typically includes recording anomalies, caries, missing or unerupted teeth, restorations, existing prostheses, occlusal relationships and periodontal evaluation.

Digital X-Rays

Dental x-rays are a diagnostic procedure, which show both the crown and root of teeth and surrounding tissue/bone. They give your dentist a better view of your oral health and assist in identifying disease and developing a treatment plan.

Fluoride

A topical application of fluoride helps protect oral health by decreasing the risk of developing caries.

Sealants

Dental sealants are resins that bond directly to the surface of a non-restored tooth. They also bond into the grooves and depressions of your teeth. Sealants act as a barrier against plaque and acid, protecting your teeth from decay.

Home Care

Home care education includes the proper techniques for tooth brushing, flossing, and other oral hygiene aids.

Oral Hygiene Instructions

Oral hygiene instructions are given to the patient to educate about maintaining good dental health and/or caring for a particular situation.

Root Canal Treatment

Underneath each tooth is a soft tissue area (pulp) that contains nerves, blood vessels, and lymph vessels. The pulp extends from the top of the tooth down to its root by way of a root canal. Each tooth has at least on root canal, but may contain as many as four or five. Root canal treatment is performed when the pulp is inflamed or infected. This happens for a variety of reasons including deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or an injury to the tooth. After discussing treatment options with the patient, a treatment plan is created for root canal treatment. The tooth is anesthetized, an opening in the tooth is made and the pulp is removed. The root canal is thoroughly cleaned, enlarged, and a temporary antibacterial filler is placed. Once the infection has healed, the canal is permanently sealed and restoration work (filling, crown, or bridgework) is performed. A root canal treatment may be done in one or multiple visits.

Root Canal Retreatment

Retreatment of a previously performed root canal therapy may occur. This is due to reinfection. After discussing treatment options with the patient, a treatment plan is created for root canal retreatment. The tooth is anesthetized. Removal of previous restoration work (filling or crown) may be required. An opening is made and the previous root canal material is removed. The root canal or canals are then cleaned, enlarged, and filled. Once the infection has healed, the canal is permanently sealed and restoration work (filling, crown, or bridgework) is performed. A root canal retreatment may be done in one or multiple visits.

Apicoectomy (Root Tip Removal)

An apicoectomy is the removal of the root tip and surrounding infected tissue of an abscessed tooth. This procedure may be necessary when inflammation and infection persists in the area around the root tip following root canal treatment. The tooth is anesthetized and the gum is lifted to expose the underlying bone and tooth root. The root and all infected tissue are removed. Root end filler is used to seal the root, the gum is repositioned and repaired with dissolvable sutures. Certain cases may require bone grafting

Dental Implants

Dental implants give patients an exceptional option for replacing missing teeth. This surgery involves multiple visits to your dentist. At the first surgical visit, a local anesthetic is administered. An incision is made to expose the bone where the implant will be placed. The bone is prepared and an implant is twisted into position. The incision is closed and allowed to heal. About 3 to 6 months later, following confirmation of osteointegration of the implant, the second surgical visit is scheduled. During the second surgical visit, an abutment is placed. The final surgical visit(s) involves teeth fabrication and attachment to the implant. Your dentist will discuss your dental implant procedure and create a treatment plan.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. They are usually the last teeth to come in during young adulthood. Wisdom teeth are generally removed due to pain, decay, infection, gum disease, and damage to adjacent teeth. Removal may also be recommended by your dentist or specialist as a preventative measure or for other reasons such as orthodontic treatment.

Simple & Surgical Extractions

At times it may be required to extract a tooth. This may be due to disease, decay, or injury of the tooth.
A simple extraction is the removal of a tooth structure without requiring bone cutting and/or sectioning of tooth. Local anesthesia is given to the patient, the tooth is extracted, and suturing is done when needed.
A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure than a simple extraction. In addition to removing tooth structure, it requires cutting of soft tissue and bone. Every case is different and your dentist will discuss treatment options with you and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Due to the high complexity of some cases, a specialist may be recommended.

Bone Grafts & Ridge Augmentation

Following an extraction, there may be a loss of bone volume. Bone grafting material is implanted into the extraction socket following tooth extraction for the protection of the contours of the ridge bone and soft tissue. This procedure is commonly done when an implant will be placed in the future or other restorative procedures. Bone grafting can greatly improve the aesthetics and function of crowns, implants, and dentures. It can also reduce the risk of future problems relating to bone loss situations.

Periodontal Evaluation

A periodontal evaluation is meant for patients showing signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, especially those with increased risk factors such as tobacco use or diabetes.

Periodontal Scaling & Root Planning

Scaling is the removal of plaque and calculus from the tooth surface. Root planning is the removal of damaged cementum and dentin from the root surface by scraping the root. Both procedures are performed using the same instruments. Deep scaling and root planning are done under local anesthesia, as removing plaque, calculus, and damaged cementum from the root surface is uncomfortable and must be done meticulously. This procedure is indicated for patients with periodontal disease.

Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal surgery is a procedure designed to restore and regenerate normal form and function to lost and damaged periodontal structures which support the teeth (the gum tissue, periodontal ligament and bone).

Metal Free Crowns

A crown is a restorative “cap” for a tooth made in exact reproduction to the tooth’s anatomy and color. Your dentist will shape the tooth in preparation to accept your crown restoration and then take impressions. The dentist will determine your crown color using a shade guide to match your natural teeth. A temporary crown is placed on your prepared tooth until the final crown is ready. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where your crown is created. On your final visit, the temporary crown is removed so that the final crown restoration can be cemented in place.

Metal Free Bridges

A bridge is a false tooth suspended between two crowns that are attached to surrounding teeth. Your dentist will prepare the supporting teeth, take impressions, and determine the color using a shade guide to match your natural teeth. A temporary bridge is then placed on your prepared teeth until the final restoration is ready. The impressions are sent to a dental lab and the bridge is made to be the ideal shape and color for your mouth. The final restoration takes place during your last visit when the temporary bridge is removed and your new bridge is placed.

Porcelain Inlays-Outlays

Inlays and Onlays are long lasting restoration options for a tooth with slight decay. They are custom made at a dental lab using material that is more durable than fillings.

Veneers

Veneers are made of thin shells of porcelain that are applied to the surface of the tooth to improve your smile.

Veneers can correct:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Chipped, cracked or worn teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are tooth-colored materials used to restore decayed areas of teeth. The composite quartz resin is similar to the color of the natural tooth and is very strong. The tooth is prepared by removing all the decay and preparing an etched surface for bonding. A thin resin is applied, which bonds to the surface. The composite material is place into the tooth and velvet blue light is directed at it, causing it to harden immediately. Your dentist will then smooth and polish the filling so that it feels natural in your mouth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants give patients an exceptional option for replacing missing teeth. This surgery involves multiple visits to your dentist. At the first surgical visit, a local anesthetic is administered. An incision is made to expose the bone where the implant will be placed. The bone is prepared and an implant is twisted into position. The incision is closed and allowed to heal. About 3 to 6 months later, following confirmation of osteointegration of the implant, the second surgical visit is scheduled. During the second surgical visit, an abutment is placed. The final surgical visit(s) involves teeth fabrication and attachment to the implant. Your dentist will discuss your dental implant procedure and create a treatment plan.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth change color over time for a number of reasons. These reasons include certain foods and drinks such as coffee and tea, tobacco use, age, trauma, and medications. Teeth whitening gives you the opportunity to acquire the teeth shade you’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, teeth whitening may not be effective in certain cases such as trauma. Your dentist can discuss different options available to you for obtaining the smile you have always wanted.

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Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are tooth-colored materials used to restore decayed areas of teeth. The composite quartz resin is similar to the color of the natural tooth and is very strong. The tooth is prepared by removing all the decay and preparing an etched surface for bonding. A thin resin is applied, which bonds to the surface. The composite material is place into the tooth and velvet blue light is directed at it, causing it to harden immediately. Your dentist will then smooth and polish the filling so that it feels natural in your mouth.

Metal Free Crowns

A crown is a restorative “cap” for a tooth made in exact reproduction to the tooth’s anatomy and color. Your dentist will shape the tooth in preparation to accept your crown restoration and then take impressions. The dentist will determine your crown color using a shade guide to match your natural teeth. A temporary crown is placed on your prepared tooth until the final crown is ready. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where your crown is created. On your final visit, the temporary crown is removed so that the final crown restoration can be cemented in place.

Metal Free Bridges

A bridge is a false tooth suspended between two crowns that are attached to surrounding teeth. Your dentist will prepare the supporting teeth, take impressions, and determine the color using a shade guide to match your natural teeth. A temporary bridge is then placed on your prepared teeth until the final restoration is ready. The impressions are sent to a dental lab and the bridge is made to be the ideal shape and color for your mouth. The final restoration takes place during your last visit when the temporary bridge is removed and your new bridge is placed.

Dentures & Partial Dentures

Dentures are acrylic teeth attached to a pink base to replace missing teeth. Impressions of your mouth are taken by your dentist and then sent to the dental laboratory. After one or a couple of visits to your dentist, a wax model is done by the laboratory. The model is placed in your mouth to establish the relationship between your upper and lower jaw and to determine the placement of your teeth. Then the size and shade of the teeth are determined. This is then sent back to the dental lab to complete your denture. The new denture is placed in your mouth and any final adjustments are made.

Relines & Repairs

Relines consists of adding new pink base material to your denture to ensure a snug and secure fit. Tissue changes due to loss of weight, loss of teeth, loss of bone/tissue, disease or illness may cause a change in the fit of your denture. Relines will readjust your denture for a snug fit.
Repairs may be required when a denture breaks or gets damaged, when teeth need to be added to an existing denture, or due to wear and tear.

Dental Implants

Dental implants give patients an exceptional option for replacing missing teeth. This surgery involves multiple visits to your dentist. At the first surgical visit, a local anesthetic is administered. An incision is made to expose the bone where the implant will be placed. The bone is prepared and an implant is twisted into position. The incision is closed and allowed to heal. About 3 to 6 months later, following confirmation of osteointegration of the implant, the second surgical visit is scheduled. During the second surgical visit, an abutment is placed. The final surgical visit(s) involves teeth fabrication and attachment to the implant. Your dentist will discuss your dental implant procedure and create a treatment plan.

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Do you need an emergency dentist in Miami? Our office knows that emergencies and accidents happen and some dental services can’t wait. You can reach us 24-hours a day at (305) 226-6110 to assist you with your dental emergency.

 

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