General and Preventive Care
The best way to protect your beautiful smile is by preventing problems before they arise. Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Macias and her team are committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and to providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry possible.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but who don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a nightguard, which protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Dr. Macias takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your nightguard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask Dr. Macias about having a nightguard custom created just for you.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Dr. Macias takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while also taking less time. The procedure involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth when it has become infected and inflamed. Dr. Macias gently removes the infected tissue and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a crown.
Fifty percent of all adults have some form of periodontal disease, often without realizing it. Periodontal disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums. The truth is, it is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care, and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, periodontal disease treatments are easier, less invasive, and more effective. Your visit with Dr. Macias includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues. You will have access to advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus around teeth
- No pain associated with this disease (until it is too late)
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively, and an extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward optimal dental health. Dr. Macias can remove your troublesome tooth and will give you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and for completing your beautiful smile again.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth? You may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. With new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long-lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
Dr. Diana Alvarez graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology before moving on to earn her master’s degree in Biomedical Science from Barry University in 2003. She then earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. After earning her DMD, Dr. Alvarez completed a one-year residency in Prosthodontics and a three-year residency in Periodontics at Nova Southeastern University.
For your convenience, Dr. Alvarez provides periodontal treatments in the office on Saturday mornings.
Your professional cleaning appointment is performed by one our registered dental hygienists. In our practice, you will see the same hygienist at each cleaning visit so that you can develop a one-on-one relationship with them. The hygienist will remove plaque (soft deposits), tartar or calculus (hard deposits), and stain from your teeth. Evaluating the gum tissue, probing pockets, and recording depths for future reference will be accomplished. After the cleaning, the hygienist will polish your teeth to a beautiful shine.
Additionally, you will have all of your questions answered about homecare procedures and products. If you have trouble choosing the right toothbrush or flossing effectively, your hygienist can help. Should you develop gum disease, which is extremely common, our hygienist will provide counsel and treatment to control the condition.
We want you to feel comfortable and confident about coming to visit us. For those who suffer from extreme anxiety, both our offices offer sedation dentistry as a safe and reliable way for you to feel relaxed. With extensive training in sedation dentistry, Dr. Macias offers you the most comfortable experience possible. If you have been putting off years of dental work, while living in pain or with embarrassing oral problems, sedation dentistry can change your life.
- Miami Lakes Area Office
- 6532 NW 186 Street, Miami, FL 33015
- P. 305.362.4717
- Davie Office
- 6830 Dykes Road, Davie, FL 33331
- P. 954.252.0806