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Our new iTero® intraoral scanner delivers comfort and accuracy

Our new iTero® intraoral scanner delivers comfort and accuracy

Digital images eliminate the need to create physical impressions Our office has taken a significant step up in technology with the addition of an iTero® intraoral scanner from global medical device leader Align Technology. This scanner greatly enhances the patient experience by letting us avoid the messy, choking impressions we used to need in advance of restorative procedures or initiating Invisalign® teeth alignment treatments. The software included with the iTero scanner gives us the ability to send digital files directly to dental labs as well as the Invisalign case design and...

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Don’t let a dental emergency ruin your vacation

Don’t let a dental emergency ruin your vacation

A little preparation can reduce the stress of a dental issue  Dental emergencies can happen anywhere, and vacations are no exception. Before you head out of town on your next vacation, take a few minutes to plan out some options in the event you or someone in your party experiences a dental emergency.  Taking a little pre-emptive action is a good way to minimize the chances of a dental emergency happening while you’re away. Complete any pending dental treatments well in advance of your trip. This way you remove the chances of a pre-existing dental condition getting worse and putting a damper...

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Dental health needs to remain a priority in your busy summer

Dental health needs to remain a priority in your busy summer

Use healthy foods and sunshine as natural oral health aidesAs busy as we tend to be during the summer, paying attention to routine healthy habits such as oral health is something that shouldn’t take a vacation. You may be happy to learn that any time you’re able to spend in the sunshine can benefit your oral health.Our bodies and teeth need vitamin D as a key nutrient because of its role in helping us absorb phosphorus and calcium. We need both of those elements in order to maintain optimal health, including strong bones and teeth.The sun’s rays and the cholesterol in our skin work together...

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Topical fluoride treatments can strengthen your teeth

Topical fluoride treatments can strengthen your teeth

Make your teeth more decay-resistant with professional applications Topical fluoride treatments provide an effective method of strengthening your teeth and helping prevent decay. While fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been included in many community water fluoridation programs for years – including Naples and Collier County, Florida – professionally applied fluorides feature higher concentrations for added effectiveness. Our bodies rely on an adequate supply of minerals such as fluoride to keep the outside enamel layer of our teeth strong. Fluoride’s role in this process...

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Invisalign® can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of

Invisalign® can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of

Custom-fitted clear braces make it easy to bring teeth into alignment  Creating a more attractive smile doesn’t always require advanced procedures. Sometimes it can be as simple as straightening your teeth. Dr. Dennis Lucas recommends Invisalign® clear braces for appropriate patients because of their ability to gradually move teeth into alignment without the appearance and functional challenges common with traditional metal braces.  Dr. Lucas uses a combination of Invisalign’s clear aligners and retainers to promote long-term alignment success. The first step in the process involves using a...

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Zoom whitening can brighten your smile in less than an hour

Zoom whitening can brighten your smile in less than an hour

Specialized gel works with light to break up discoloration in teeth  The Zoom whitening process may make it possible for you to realize your wish of having a brighter smile without replacing your natural teeth. Dr. Dennis Lucas recommends the Zoom whitening process for appropriate patients in the Naples area who are interested in having a more attractive smile.  It’s common for your teeth to become stained over time through the normal aging process. However, using tobacco products and drinking colored beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine and cola soft drinks can contribute to the...

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Dorsal dental appliances are effective options for sleep apnea

Dorsal dental appliances are effective options for sleep apnea

Dental sleep appliances help patients who do not tolerate CPAP machines   Giving you a great smile and repairing damaged teeth is only part of the picture when it comes to oral health. Dr. Dennis Lucas also helps patients with sleep apnea enjoy a better night’s sleep through the use of Dorsal dental appliances.  Dorsal dental appliances are custom-fit devices that keep your airway open and protected at the same time. They minimize snoring and potentially dangerous sleep apnea episodes, and are especially useful for our patients who do not tolerate CPAP machines. Continuous positive...

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ARESTIN teams with manual cleaning to improve gum health

ARESTIN teams with manual cleaning to improve gum health

Dr. Lucas uses this antibiotic to fight bacterial gum infectionsoesn’t take long for gum disease to become a progressively damaging issue for your mouth. The bacteria that causes gum disease weakens your gums and can reduce the support for your teeth. Dr. Dennis Lucas uses an antibiotic application called ARESTIN to help combat this issue for appropriate patients.ARESTIN is applied directly to infected gums as opposed to most antibiotics that come in pill form. Dr. Lucas follows suggested protocols in using ARESTIN as a complementary treatment to traditional techniques such as...

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Enhance your flossing with the new Waterpik Sonic-Fusion 2.0

Enhance your flossing with the new Waterpik Sonic-Fusion 2.0

Updated version of Waterpik’s toothbrush supplements your regular flossingDr. Dennis Lucas has a great way for you to ramp up the effectiveness of regular flossing and improve your daily cleaning routine. Our office now carries the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion® 2.0, a premium home tool that uses a water jet to help dislodge food particles, massage your gums, and enhance overall oral health.While not a replacement for your regular flossing, this updated version of Waterpik’s popular Sonic-Fusion line combines brushing and water flossing into one handy, multi-speed tool. The friction...

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ARESTIN antibiotic is effective as a gum disease treatment

ARESTIN antibiotic is effective as a gum disease treatment

Time-release system fights bacteria in infected gum pockets  Gum disease treatment is one of the most important, yet least understood aspects of Dr. Dennis Lucas’s dental practice in Naples, Florida. Most of our patients see value in common treatments such as dental cleanings, filling cavities, and restorative dental techniques, but gum disease treatment exists on a little different level because it may not directly involve your teeth.  However, gum disease treatment serves an important role because your gums protect your teeth and the structures that hold them in place. When appropriate, we...

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