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Dr. Theodore Herrmann, DMD, has been practicing general and holistic dentistry in South Florida since 1989. He is a graduate of Georgetown University as well as the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Herrmann is currently a diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. In 1989, he started Assure a Smile to provide a more engaging and enlightening dental experience for South Florida residents.

While most children had dreams of becoming astronauts and movie stars, Dr. Ted Herrmann decided to become a dentist at the age of 6! After visiting the dentist, he felt a calling to pursue teeth and gum care as a professional and this passion escalated throughout his childhood. Dr. Herrmann is not only a skilled and wise dentist, but he has many handicraft abilities and enjoys a variety of hobbies. Dr. Herrmann is a Network Administrator, a sailing boat captain, pilot, and a professional photographer. A Renaissance man, Dr. Herrmann pays attention to detail and seeks perfection in all of his endeavors, as illustrated in the smiles of his patients!

Ceramic implants

Ceramic implants are made from zirconium, a material that closely resembles titanium. Zirconium is most widely recognized in its crystalline form—cubic zirconium—because it resembles a flawless diamond. Dental implants use a slightly different form of zirconium called zirconium oxide, or ZrO2. Although considered “metal free” by most dental professionals, zirconium oxide actually contains trace amounts of hafnium and yttrium (both are metals), though not enough to cause a reaction in the body.

How do ceramic dental implants work?

First, an evaluation is needed to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant. Then, Dr. Herrmann uses CEREC technology to create precise digital impressions and surgical guides to ensure optimal implant alignment and functionality (see below: Planning for Implants).

Zirconia Implants

Zirconia implants are a new type of oral prosthetic that have grown in popularity due to their unique biocompatible makeup. The extremely durable and “metal free” composition of zirconium makes it an ideal implant material with no history of adverse side effects. Dr. Herrmann invites patients to learn more about this revolutionary new material by reviewing this page. Patients may contact Assure A Smile online to learn more, or speak with a friendly member of our front desk at 305-850-7436.

What Are Zirconia Implants?

Zirconia implants are made from zirconium, a material that closely resembles titanium. Zirconium is most widely recognized in its crystalline form—cubic zirconium—because it resembles a flawless diamond.

Mercury Filling Removal

Amalgam removal and replacement is a common procedure. However, mercury filling removal must be performed with extreme caution. Patients must make an appointment with an experienced mercury removal dentist to ensure health complications do not arise during the procedure. Specifically, dental professionals must protect patients from mercury vapor and amalgam fragments during the procedure.

At Assure A Smile, we employ the following to protect patients during routine mercury filling removal and replacement procedures:

  • Dental dams are used to cover the mouth, protecting soft tissues from exposure. Dental dams also help to prevent mercury vapors and amalgam from entering the esophagus and airway.
  • Air filters are used to prevent inhalation of mercury vapor during extraction and replacement.
  • Advanced filtration systems are used dispose of mercury amalgam in a safe and eco-conscious way.

Gum Care

Prevent gum disease with proactive care. At Assure A Smile, educating patients on how to prevent periodontal disease (gum disease) is a key component of every cleaning, check-up, and dental appointment. Healthy gums are not just a foundation for a strong smile, but they are also the key to building immunity and preventing long term illness.

Get healthy gums by following the 5 basic steps below.

1. Brush twice daily.

Brush a minimum of twice a day. Note: Improper brushing can cause periodontal infections to get worse because you miss plaque deposits that will continue to house bacteria and irritate your gums. Brushing daily removes plaque, the film of bacteria that clings to teeth. When plaque comes into contact with food, they produce acids that lead to cavities and gum disease.

2. Floss Often

During meals, food particles often get lodged between the teeth and along the gum line. Sometimes, a toothbrush cannot remove this food debris. Dentists recommend flossing after brushing as well as big meals to remove the plaque and prevent the spread of bacteria.

Flossing is most effective when done with a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. After stretching the floss between both hands, use the thumb, index and middle fingers to hold it taught. Then, gently insert the floss between the teeth and gently slide it up and down against the tooth. Move the floss around the gum line, and be sure to floss around the base of each of your rear molars. When flossing, the dental floss should somewhat wrap around the tooth, forming a C-shape. Most importantly, use a clean section of the floss when moving from one tooth to the next to prevent the spread of bacteria.

3. Rinse Regularly

In addition to brushing and flossing, patients may improve gum health by rinsing with an alcohol-free mouth rinse designed to hydrate the gums and reduce the accumulation of biofilm. Our holistic dental practice also recommends oil pulling to improve gum health. Oil pulling is a safe, all-natural way to cleanse the gums and soft oral tissues. Over time, oil pulling can also cleanse the body of toxins. Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose an oil (sesame and coconut oil are most popular)
  2. Melt 1-2 teaspoons of the oil in your mouth
  3. Swish oil throughout the teeth and gums for no more than 20 minutes
  4. Spit oil into disposable cup or container (do not spit down the sink)
  5. Rinse with warm water
  6. Brush to remove additional oil

4. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Of course, a healthy diet is key to preventing harmful agents from entering the mouth in the first place. Using the lists below, consider revamping your diet to exclude those foods known to stick to tooth enamel, produce plaque, and promote the spread of bacteria.

Foods for healthy gums include:

  • Raw, organic vegetables like carrots, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, and kale
  • Raw, organic fruits like apples, pears, melons, and other fruit with a high water content
  • Nuts (preferably soaks) and cheeses

Foods that can harm the gums:

  • Candies, cookies, cakes, and other sweets
  • Sticky and sugary gums
  • Crackers, bread, chips, and other starchy foods
  • Dried fruits, including raisins

5. Schedule a Dental Cleaning Every 4-6 Months

Smoking has a couple effects on the teeth and gums. The first is the most obvious: Smoking changes the color of the teeth from white to yellow. Secondly, smoking effects the blood. Smoke enters the lungs and deprives the body of oxygen, in turn lowering the amount of oxygen in the blood. Less oxygen in the blood lowers our immunity to heart disease, gum disease and many other diseases.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry is an art at Assure A Smile, and we are pleased to offer the best cosmetic dentistry technology and services available in Miami. It all begins with a personalized consultation, during which Dr. Herrmann helps patients understand the different procedures available to attain specific cosmetic goals. Following consultation, patients learn about the orthodontics, digital imaging technologies, and other cosmetic procedures available to help create brilliant new smiles.

Personalized Cosmetic Consultation

During your complimentary personal consultation, Dr. Herrmann explains the many different techniques available in the field of aesthetic & cosmetic dentistry that can help you attain your smile enhancement goals. Additionally, he will inform you of the benefits of thinking holistically the next time you are caring for your teeth. If you are looking for more information about the holistic practice, please visit our Holistic Dentistry Services webpage.

Perio Protect®

Perio Protect® is the easiest and most effective way to treat periodontal disease, or gum disease. Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease is critical, as a growing body of research illustrates that gum disease is a contributing factor to other serious health conditions.

Fortunately, gum disease is treatable. Using Perio Protect, Miami families can restore the health and vitality of their gums in just a few minutes each day. Comfortable and minimally invasive, Perio Protect is an affordable and convenient way to improve holistic health and significantly reduce your chance of developing cardiovascular disease later in life.

Q What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?

Our entire practice team is well versed in state-of-the-art sterilization and disinfection techniques designed to ensure patient safety. This goes beyond wearing gloves and face masks to prevent passing germs; it includes a specialized sterilization center and a water filtration system, which guarantees a fresh, individualized, distilled water source for each patient. We also use only digital x-rays so you experience up to 90% less radiation.

Q Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?

A little regular flossing goes a long way towards maintaining your overall oral health. Flossing loosens food particles in tight spaces your toothbrush can’t reach. It also gets rid of plaque build-up your toothbrush can’t remove and exercises your gum tissues. All of these things are necessary to prevent gum disease and keep your teeth healthy.

Q What makes you different from any other dental practice I can visit?

When you become a patient of our practice, we get to know you as an individual. Since our goal is to help you obtain and then maintain the best possible oral health, we take time to understand your dental history, assess your current dental health status, and think through the best options for your particular needs. Our office provides many natural options other offices do not. We also make sure we equip you with the information you need to make wise and healthy choices for your own long-term dental health.

Q Do you accept my insurance plan?

Our office is more than happy to work with any insurance company; filing insurance claims for you, and accepting direct payment. However, as the patient, you are ultimately responsible for your account, so it is always suggested that you check the particulars of your plan in order to anticipate your out of pocket expenses. We would be happy to answer any more questions you may have. Simply ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members. We are here to assist you!

Q How do I know when it’s time to come in for a check up?

An average, healthy adult person typically benefits from a professional cleaning and check up every six months. However, it’s tough to generalize because every mouth is different. Some people are prone to gum disease, bruxism, or other ongoing oral health concerns that require more frequent visits; others simply need a routine professional tartar removal at regular intervals. That’s why we’re so careful to check methodically and determine what kind of ongoing professional treatment will achieve your optimum dental health.

Q What about my children? At what age do they first see a dentist?

Early visits provide several advantages. First, they give us the opportunity to spot and prevent any potential oral health/dental problems. Second, they can give the child a positive, non-threatening dental office experience. That’s why we recommend parents bring their child in at or after the age of three, or at whatever age they’re most willing to communicate with an adult other than a parent.

Q What if I need to cancel an appointment?

In order to maintain a well-run office, we appreciate as much notice as possible for appointment cancellations. This enables us to work on other patients who need to be seen. A minimum of 24 hours notice is requested.

Q What payment options do you offer?

We offer several payment options to let you finance your oral health investment with ease. We offer a 5% discount on all charges totaling over $500 when paid in full by cash or check at the time of service. We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover credit cards.

Q My child has had an accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked out. What do I do?

If there is no immediate medical emergency such as uncontrolled bleeding, unconsciousness, or other bodily injury, please contact us immediately. You can describe the situation over the phone and our staff will help you decide on the best plan of action.

Q What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?

In the case of a true dental emergency, please contact our office voice mail and describe the nature of your problem. We will return your call as soon as possible, give you helpful information over the phone, and then decide if you need to be seen immediately.

Q What is Smile Analysis?

Smile Analysis examines the proportion of your teeth, how the lips fall, and the symmetry and size of your gums. We then use this information to design a smile that is proportional and flattering to your face. With Smile Analysis, we can also show you ahead of time what your new smile can look like.

Q I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

There are several methods Dr. Herrmann can use to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of tooth reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers can give your teeth a bright, uniform look. Dr. Herrmann can also use “invisible” braces called Invisalign. We would be happy to talk with you about the options available and what might work best for you.

Q How can I safely whiten my teeth?

There are a number of procedures available to help whiten your smile. Sometimes, our in-office bleaching process will provide the change desired. In other cases, porcelain veneers offer a more effective solution. Dr. Herrmann can help evaluate your potential for whitening your teeth, based on their current color and the causes of any discoloration. If you opt for the whitening process, you’ll find that our meticulously fit custom trays and expertly applied gel produce expert results in just a few short sessions. Typically, this process results in teeth approximately 2 shades brighter on the dental shade chart. If you opt for veneer application, you’ll simply need a couple of appointments at our office. To read more about either of these options, please look them up in our patient education section.

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