Sarasota Dental Arts

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Sarasota Dental Arts, we welcome your questions! Being informed is absolutely necessary for making good decisions about your healthcare. During your appointment, Dr. Aygen will sit down with you and discuss any conditions you have and the treatments we recommend, making sure you understand your care and approve before we begin.

If you find that you have questions about our practice, your dental health, and the services we offer in between appointments, check out the questions listed here on our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question isn’t answered here or you would like more information, go ahead and give us a call or send us an email using the convenient online form on our Contact page. We’re happy to answer your questions and give you the information you need!

Other

Antibiotics at Dental Appointments Sarasota FLCertain medical conditions do make premedication with antibiotics a smart choice. At Sarasota Dental Arts, we make your safety a priority. If you have had a joint replacement or have advanced cardiac or immune issues, we will take the necessary precautions for your safety, including premedication with antibiotics.

When are antibiotics typically recommended? 

Antibiotics with dental treatment used to be more common, but new guidelines still recommend antibiotics if you have:

  • Artificial heart valves
  • A history of infective endocarditis
  • Certain congenital heart conditions
  • A cardiac transplant with a problem in the heart valve

Dr. Aygen is happy to consult with your medical doctor to make sure that you are getting the best possible care. Your doctor is also welcome to speak with us. We’ll just ask you to fill out a release of information, which gives us permission to speak with your other providers about your care.

If you have questions or concerns, please call our office. Dr. Aygen is happy to meet with you ahead of your procedure and explain the reasons why antibiotic prophylaxis is an important safety precaution. Antibiotic overuse and resistance is also a serious issue, and if you’ve used antibiotics in the past, you might wonder why they are no longer recommended. Dr. Aygen is happy to discuss this with you as well. 

Dental Appointments Sarasota FL We recognize that our patients are busy people with active lives. You have plenty going on without having to worry about when you can see the dentist!

Our goal is to find an appointment time that fits conveniently into your busy schedule. We are open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and for most nonemergency dental appointments we can get you in within a week.

Emergency Appointments

If you are in pain, time is of the essence. You don’t want to wait around for an appointment. Plus, prompt treatment can make a huge difference in the end result in many common dental emergencies. If you think you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us right away. We’ll ask you some questions to learn more about what is going on and find a time to get you in quickly. We are typically able to move our schedule around to accommodate emergency appointments either the same day or within 24 hours.

Schedule with Sarasota Dental Arts 

Give us a call or send us an appointment request using the online form you can find on our Home page or Contact page. A member of our team will contact you promptly with an appointment that works for you!

Dentist Appointments | Sarasota Fl DentistRoutine Dental Visit

Generally speaking, we recommend that everyone see the dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination. This can, of course, vary depending on your specific needs. For instance, if we are treating you for periodontal disease or another condition, we may recommend that you come see us more often.

Visiting the dentist for those regularly scheduled appointments is the best way to prevent serious dental health issues from forming. It also allows your dentist to catch any small concerns before they become more costly to address. 

Follow-Up Visits

Additionally, if we are placing a restoration or have performed a treatment like a root canal, we may recommend that you return for a follow-up so that we can make sure that everything is looking good. If you’ve been seen for emergency care, we will recommend a follow-up visit so that we can create a maintenance plan to help you avoid future emergencies.

Appointments for Snowbirds

Many of our patients are “snowbirds,” spending the winter months in beautiful Sarasota and the summer up north. We don’t want you to miss out on your important twice-yearly preventive examinations, so snowbirds and other travelers are always welcome at our office! We will happily coordinate care with your dental provider up north to make sure that your treatment is consistent and that everyone is on the same page.

If you are new to the area or you are seeking a new practice, please contact us! We are always welcoming new patients, and we look forward to meeting you! 

Cancel Appointment Sarasota FL We understand that sometimes life can get in the way and you need to reschedule an appointment. If you need to reschedule or cancel, we do ask that you please give us 48 hours notice. 

By giving us extra notice, we can offer that appointment time to someone else – perhaps someone who needs an emergency appointment! Without notice, we are unable to use the appointment slot. Giving us extra notice helps us provide more efficient, timely care to all of our patients, including you! 

Quality Dental Care

At Sarasota Dental Arts, we are committed to providing all of our patients with the high-quality, compassionate care you deserve. We greatly appreciate your assistance in helping us fulfill our mission so that we can take care of you in the way you want. Each patient is unique, and never just a number on the chart. Dr. Aygen likes to take time during appointments to meet with you, discuss your goals, answer your questions, and get to know you better. We plan our days in a way that allows us to provide this kind of personalized care. 

If you need assistance scheduling an appointment, call our Sarasota dental office at (941) 200-3049. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best Toothpaste to Use | Sarasota FL Dentist With all the different kinds of toothpaste available on the market, it can be difficult to decide which kind to buy! The choice is mostly up to you, but we do recommend that you use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is added to toothpaste to strengthen your enamel and help you fight cavities.

Some toothpastes serve a specific need. For instance, if you have sensitive teeth, a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, like Sensodyne, can help make brushing more comfortable. Toothpaste is also available to help people with dry mouth.\

What about whitening toothpastes? 

You should know that some of the claims made by different brands of toothpaste can be somewhat misleading. For instance, many kinds of toothpaste claim that they whiten teeth. “Whitening” toothpaste may include small amounts of a bleaching ingredient (like peroxide) or rely on abrasives to polish away surface stains. Here’s the catch, though – any bleaching ingredient is going to be of a fairly low strength, and it isn’t going to stay in contact with your teeth long enough to show an effect. Likewise, abrasives can damage restorative dentistry like crowns, bridges, and veneers by causing tiny scratches in the surface that can trap plaque and bacteria.

Truthfully, simply keeping a regular routine and brushing your teeth twice a day using good technique will help keep surface staining to a minimum! If you do decide you’d like to whiten your teeth, give us a call and we can schedule an appointment for you to discuss your goals with Sarasota dentist Dr. Kaya Aygen!

First Dental Visit | Sarasota FL Dentist During your first visit to our Sarasota dental office, you will receive a thorough dental examination that includes x-rays as well as a comprehensive examination and a discussion of any issues we happen to find.

Dr. Aygen will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs, current level of dental health, and long-term oral health goals. This individual plan will include recommendations for your cleaning schedule as well as restorative and preventive treatments.

Most patients will also receive a dental cleaning during their first visit, based on the assessment and recommendation from Dr. Aygen.

Personalized Dental Care

At Sarasota Dental Arts, we recognize that every patient is a unique individual, and that’s why we personalize your care to your needs. You won’t find cookie-cutter dentistry here, and you certainly will never feel like a number on a chart. We enjoy getting to know our patients and building real relationships. We want to know how you are doing because you are so much more than just your teeth! 

Join Sarasota Dental Arts

We are accepting new patients at our Sarasota office! To schedule your first appointment, just give us a call at (941) 957-8754 or fill out the convenient online form located on our Contact page.

Insurance | Sarasota FL DentistUnfortunately, most insurance questions are never a simple “yes” or “no.” Much depends on the parameters of your insurance plan and the type of treatment you are getting.

Transparency about costs

Before we perform any treatment, we will review your coverage and provide you with an estimate of your out-of-pocket costs. Some insurance plans will pay for a large portion of your treatment while others pay a smaller percentage. Some insurance plans will cover preventive treatments 100% but don’t cover restorative or emergency treatments. Most insurance plans won’t cover any part of restorative treatments such as teeth whitening or veneers.

We can help!

Ultimately, the best way to learn more about your insurance plan is to read through the materials they have provided (these are often available through your insurer’s website or through your employer’s HR department). We recognize that these materials can often be dense and confusing, and we are more than happy to help you understand them better.

If you find that you need treatment that has a large out-of-pocket cost, we are happy to discuss your options. These might include third-party credit providers like CareCredit or short-term payment plans. We don’t want budgeting concerns to make it difficult for you to get the care you need, so please let us know if you need help! Review our financial page for more information and feel free to call with any questions.

Composite Fillings & Bonding

Dental Patient | dental crowns sarasota fl If you’re wondering about fillings and crowns in Sarasota, FL, our knowledgeable team is here to help!

Treating dental decay and damage

Over time, everyone's teeth experience some level of decay. The treatment that you need will depend on how far the decay has progressed. Fillings can address small cavities, while crowns are often needed for more severe tooth decay. This is part of the reason that your dentist recommends you come in for a cleaning every 6 months - this allows your dentist to address any issues before they progress!

The proper restoration can work wonders to protect and prolong the life of your tooth. In some cases, a tooth-colored dental filling may do the trick, but other times a dental crown is more effective and can actually give your tooth another chance.

Dental Fillings

A filling is great to seal your tooth and keep out decay and bacteria. We create esthetic tooth-colored fillings that will match your smile, so that no one knows you have a filling. We can even use filling material to make repairs to your teeth, such as filling in chips.

Dental Crowns

If you sustain damage on a molar, especially if the structure of your tooth is affected by decay or a fracture, a dental crown can provide greater protection because it covers your entire tooth structure from the gumline to the chewing surface. Many patients opt to have porcelain crowns which can be designed to match the appearance of your existing teeth and blend in with your smile.

For high-quality fillings or dental crowns in the Sarasota, FL area, contact our dental office and schedule your next exam! We look forward to providing you with a comfortable and healthy smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Being dissatisfied with the way your teeth look can take a significant toll on your confidence. Smiling is such a basic form of communication that you don’t take too much notice of it until you’re so embarrassed or discouraged that you want to hide it.

Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry in Sarasota offers many effective and affordable treatments that can help you transform your smile from the one you have to the one that you want.

With cosmetic dental treatments like dental bonding, porcelain veneers, in-office or take-home teeth whitening, and Invisalign clear braces, there’s no smile flaw we can’t address. Your first step is to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist Dr. Kaya Aygen to talk about what it is you would like to change and how you would like us to help.

Once we understand your goals, we will explain all the options we offer to help you love your smile again. With all these procedures to choose from, we can even combine treatments to customize your smile makeover to fit your unique needs.

If you are interested in learning about the possibilities that cosmetic dentistry holds for your smile, please call our Sarasota, FL dental office to arrange a convenient appointment. Dr. Aygen would love to sit down with you to discuss your smile goals and which treatments are most appropriate for you.

Crowns & Bridges

dental crowns patient | dental bridge sarasota flIf you are considering dental bridges in Sarasota, FL, you have come to the right place!

Whether you already have a missing a tooth or you are facing a dental extraction in the future, a dental bridge can provide an alternative to dental implants when it comes to missing teeth.

What happens when you don't replace a tooth?

Dental bridges provide some benefits over leaving a gap in your smile. When you lose a tooth, your adjacent and opposing teeth want to fill in that gap. As they tilt toward the gap in your smile, your bite is likely to be negatively impacted. An opposing tooth may even start to come out of the bone because of the lack of opposition. This process is called super eruption. When you replace a missing tooth with a bridge, it closes that gap in your smile and provides enough support to protect your bite.

Dental bridges are also highly esthetic. We design them to blend in with your smile so that no one knows you have a missing tooth. A dental bridge can give you confidence in your appearance and make it easier to eat and chew.

Schedule a dental bridge consultation

To learn more about dental bridges in Sarasota, FL, contact us today. We can help you decide the best way to replace your missing teeth.

Dental implants are a popular choice when it comes to tooth replacement. This is partially because caring for the implant and crown after placement is simple. That being said, staying on top of implant care is important when it comes to the overall lifetime of your implant. Being sure to use both proper at home care, and keeping up with professional cleanings is the best way to ensure your implant and crown are healthy. 

You'll want to stick to brushing and flossing as you would for any other type of dental restoration. Maintaining your preventative care visits are very important. Lack of proper dental cleaning can lead to periodontal issues which can jeopardize the longevity of your dental implant. It is important to properly maintain dental implants so that they can last a lifetime.

If you have any questions about the care needed for a dental implant, or if you'd like to schedule a consultation for implants, don't hesitate to give us a call for more information! 

Dental Patient | dental crowns sarasota fl If you’re wondering about fillings and crowns in Sarasota, FL, our knowledgeable team is here to help!

Treating dental decay and damage

Over time, everyone's teeth experience some level of decay. The treatment that you need will depend on how far the decay has progressed. Fillings can address small cavities, while crowns are often needed for more severe tooth decay. This is part of the reason that your dentist recommends you come in for a cleaning every 6 months - this allows your dentist to address any issues before they progress!

The proper restoration can work wonders to protect and prolong the life of your tooth. In some cases, a tooth-colored dental filling may do the trick, but other times a dental crown is more effective and can actually give your tooth another chance.

Dental Fillings

A filling is great to seal your tooth and keep out decay and bacteria. We create esthetic tooth-colored fillings that will match your smile, so that no one knows you have a filling. We can even use filling material to make repairs to your teeth, such as filling in chips.

Dental Crowns

If you sustain damage on a molar, especially if the structure of your tooth is affected by decay or a fracture, a dental crown can provide greater protection because it covers your entire tooth structure from the gumline to the chewing surface. Many patients opt to have porcelain crowns which can be designed to match the appearance of your existing teeth and blend in with your smile.

For high-quality fillings or dental crowns in the Sarasota, FL area, contact our dental office and schedule your next exam! We look forward to providing you with a comfortable and healthy smile.

Dental Implant Placement

Dental Implants Criteria | Sarasota FL DentistIn today's world of replacing missing teeth, almost anybody is a candidate for a dental implant!

If you have one or more missing teeth, then a dental implant can be placed to provide a platform for a crown or bridge to rest upon to provide you with a functional, yet cosmetic, replacement. Dental implants can even be used to stabilize dentures, a feature many patients appreciate!

How do you determine who is an implant candidate?

A three-dimensional scan (CT) is usually needed to make sure your bony foundation is strong enough to support an implant. If your bone needs more foundation, then a supplement bone graft may be added to make sure that your implant can be supported properly. This strength and support are what allows implants to be stable and long-lasting. We are happy to work with you to help you get the care you need and want.

Schedule your next consultation today!

If you have a space that you want to consider placing an implant in, we would love to talk to you more about it! Call our Sarasota dental implant office at (941) 200-3049 to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Kaya Aygen. Dr. Aygen will discuss your goals for your smile and your long-term dental health and help you determine whether a dental implant is right for you.

Nitrous oxide and Conscious IV Sedation are not required for this procedure however, we do have it available for our patients if they request it in advance. We also have comfy blankets and pillows, noise canceling headphones programmed to the music of your choice plus aromatherapy to help our patients relax.

Healing Dental Implants | Sarasota FL DentistIf you’ve been missing a tooth and you are planning to get a dental implant, we know you probably want to have your smile completed as quickly as possible.

Implant Healing Process

There is, however, a healing process that usually takes a few months. The length of the process can depend on a variety of factors, including the location of the implant, the type of implant used, how many implants were placed, and your own personal health. It is important that the implant heals and becomes integrated with your bone structure so that it has the stability and strength to support your replacement tooth.

In most cases, healing is uneventful. Many people don’t even notice that the implant is there. If you do have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call our Sarasota dental office at (941) 200-3049.

Dental Implant Restoration

We’ll keep an eye on the healing process, and once we’ve determined that your implant is ready for restoration, we can take the next steps. At this point, we’ll take an impression of the implant and the surrounding teeth and your custom abutment and crown will be made and set into place at your next appointment! This is always an exciting moment, and we can’t wait for you to see your restored smile!

Dental Implant Timeline | Sarasota FL Because dental implant placement requires surgery, many patients expect it to be a long, drawn-out, uncomfortable process.

The truth is that placement of a dental implant is actually very quick!  

Initial Implant Placement 

In most cases, the actual placement can be done within 30 minutes. This is because there is a lot of planning and thought process done ahead of time, before the procedure, to determine the size, location, and type of implant would best be used in that case. You will be a part of the planning process and you always have a say in your dental care at Sarasota Dental Arts. We use advanced technology to make sure the placement is precise and successful.

Many patients can do well with local anesthetic during the placement procedure, but IV sedation can be provided to those with dental anxiety. Dr. Aygen is happy to review your needs with you and determine whether you are a good candidate for in-office IV sedation during your procedure. 

Contact Sarasota Dental Arts

As far as pain and discomfort, you might experience some achiness and swelling following the procedure, but a lot of our patients take one over-the-counter pain med (like Tylenol of Advil) the evening of their procedure and are fine and back to normal activities the next day! Contact our office today for more information!

parts of a dental implant | sarasota dentistWhen patients ask about a dental implant, they often don’t realize that a dental implant is not a single piece with a porcelain crown on it.

Components of a dental implant

There are 3 parts to a dental implant; the small implant part that gets inserted into the bone underneath your gum tissue, the abutment piece which goes into the implant part (that will then show above the gum tissue) and the final implant crown which will be placed over the abutment piece. There are also different implant systems.

Learn more about dental implants today!

Contact Sarasota Dental Arts to learn more about dental implants. We will be glad to walk you through the process and help explain the costs.  

Inserting the dental implant is typically a very simple and quick procedure. The area where a single implant will be placed is anesthetized and takes about 30 minutes or less for Dr. Aygen to place it. Most patients remark how differently they imagined the procedure would be.

Dental implants are a popular choice when it comes to tooth replacement. This is partially because caring for the implant and crown after placement is simple. That being said, staying on top of implant care is important when it comes to the overall lifetime of your implant. Being sure to use both proper at home care, and keeping up with professional cleanings is the best way to ensure your implant and crown are healthy. 

You'll want to stick to brushing and flossing as you would for any other type of dental restoration. Maintaining your preventative care visits are very important. Lack of proper dental cleaning can lead to periodontal issues which can jeopardize the longevity of your dental implant. It is important to properly maintain dental implants so that they can last a lifetime.

If you have any questions about the care needed for a dental implant, or if you'd like to schedule a consultation for implants, don't hesitate to give us a call for more information! 

In most cases, a dental implant requires about 3 months to heal depending on each patient’s individual circumstances. Placing biting force on a dental implant that didn’t have proper time to heal can compromise the implant. We understand that most patients would like a "tooth" back in the extracted area as soon as possible; however the feedback we get once the process is completed is that "it was well worth the wait".

Dental implant crowns will look as natural as the rest of your teeth and can be customized to match beautifully!

Dental Implant Restoration

Healing Dental Implants | Sarasota FL DentistIf you’ve been missing a tooth and you are planning to get a dental implant, we know you probably want to have your smile completed as quickly as possible.

Implant Healing Process

There is, however, a healing process that usually takes a few months. The length of the process can depend on a variety of factors, including the location of the implant, the type of implant used, how many implants were placed, and your own personal health. It is important that the implant heals and becomes integrated with your bone structure so that it has the stability and strength to support your replacement tooth.

In most cases, healing is uneventful. Many people don’t even notice that the implant is there. If you do have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call our Sarasota dental office at (941) 200-3049.

Dental Implant Restoration

We’ll keep an eye on the healing process, and once we’ve determined that your implant is ready for restoration, we can take the next steps. At this point, we’ll take an impression of the implant and the surrounding teeth and your custom abutment and crown will be made and set into place at your next appointment! This is always an exciting moment, and we can’t wait for you to see your restored smile!

parts of a dental implant | sarasota dentistWhen patients ask about a dental implant, they often don’t realize that a dental implant is not a single piece with a porcelain crown on it.

Components of a dental implant

There are 3 parts to a dental implant; the small implant part that gets inserted into the bone underneath your gum tissue, the abutment piece which goes into the implant part (that will then show above the gum tissue) and the final implant crown which will be placed over the abutment piece. There are also different implant systems.

Learn more about dental implants today!

Contact Sarasota Dental Arts to learn more about dental implants. We will be glad to walk you through the process and help explain the costs.  

Bridge Vs. Crown | Sarasota FL DentistIf you are missing a tooth, you are probably pondering your options for replacement. Completing your biting surface is important for your long-term oral health as well as your self-confidence.

In most ways, a dental implant to replace a single tooth is better than 3-unit bridge. 

Advantages of implants over bridges

  • Dental implants don’t require alteration of existing, otherwise healthy teeth.
  • A dental implant is cleaned just like a regular tooth and doesn’t require special products or techniques.
  • Dental implants help to keep your natural bone in place and prevent resorption, which can lead to further tooth loss.
  • Dental implants look and feel remarkably like natural teeth. Most people will never know you’ve had any dental work done!

While the implant process can be longer by about a month or two, we find that the long-term health advantages of a dental implant usually outweigh the quick fix of a bridge.

Schedule a consultation

Missing teeth can really hamper your style, making it difficult to chew your favorite foods, and putting a damper on your social life. We’d like to help you regain your confidence and your smile! Call Sarasota Dental Arts to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaya Aygen and learn more about dental implants. 

Inserting the dental implant is typically a very simple and quick procedure. The area where a single implant will be placed is anesthetized and takes about 30 minutes or less for Dr. Aygen to place it. Most patients remark how differently they imagined the procedure would be.

Dental implants are a popular choice when it comes to tooth replacement. This is partially because caring for the implant and crown after placement is simple. That being said, staying on top of implant care is important when it comes to the overall lifetime of your implant. Being sure to use both proper at home care, and keeping up with professional cleanings is the best way to ensure your implant and crown are healthy. 

You'll want to stick to brushing and flossing as you would for any other type of dental restoration. Maintaining your preventative care visits are very important. Lack of proper dental cleaning can lead to periodontal issues which can jeopardize the longevity of your dental implant. It is important to properly maintain dental implants so that they can last a lifetime.

If you have any questions about the care needed for a dental implant, or if you'd like to schedule a consultation for implants, don't hesitate to give us a call for more information! 

In most cases, a dental implant requires about 3 months to heal depending on each patient’s individual circumstances. Placing biting force on a dental implant that didn’t have proper time to heal can compromise the implant. We understand that most patients would like a "tooth" back in the extracted area as soon as possible; however the feedback we get once the process is completed is that "it was well worth the wait".

Dentures & Denture Repair

Denture Repair | Sarasota FL DentistDentures that are damaged or aren’t properly adjusted are more than just uncomfortable. They can also cause problems like sores on the gums and bad breath.

Accidents can easily happen. Whether your denture accidentally fell in the sink or you bit down on something that was harder than you expected, you shouldn’t have to wait for ages to get your dentures fixed.

Why is it important to fix dentures?

If you suspect that your dentures are no longer fitting correctly, please give us a call so that Dr. Aygen can take a look. You should also contact our office if your dentures have been dropped or had excessive pressure exerted on them in any way. Sometimes dentures can sustain damage that isn’t immediately visible, and even the smallest changes in the way they fit can quickly become uncomfortable or put your health at risk.

Call us to find out more about denture repair in Sarasota – even if we didn’t craft your dentures! Many of our patients are only in Sarasota over the winter, but having a dentist you can count near your winter home is important.  

Denture Consultation

If you are in need of new dentures or you are considering dentures for the first time, talk to us. Dr. Aygen can craft esthetic and comfortable dentures, and we can even discuss implant-retained dentures for added stability and security!

Implant Supported Dentures | Sarasota FL DentistProbably! 

While dentures are a popular (and inexpensive!) option for replacing teeth, some people do find that they can be frustrating. Dentures rely on suction for proper adherence, and while this tends to work well for the upper plate, it doesn't work quite as well for the lower plate. This means that your denture can become loose and shift in your mouth, or you might have to use sticky adhesives to get a better hold. 

Dental Implant Secured Dentures

Securing dentures with dental implants is a surprisingly simple process and allows your dentures to fit securely, promoting a better ability to chew a variety of foods and eliminating embarrassing shifts. Additionally, if you choose to support your upper plate with dental implants, you can use a denture style that doesn't cover your entire upper palate, a feature many patients appreciate!

Dental implants do require that sufficient bone quality and quantity be available to properly support the denture. Dr. Aygen is happy to evaluate your bone structure and determine whether implants are a good choice for you. Even if you don't currently have sufficient bone, additional procedures like bone grafting can make you a candidate for implants in the future. 

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about securing a denture with dental implants, please contact our Sarasota, FL dental office today! Whether you already have dentures or you are in the market - we can help.

It's hard to imagine living without your teeth, but this is what you are facing when your dentures break! The first step if you find yourself in this situation is to contact your Sarasota Dentist right away. We can assess your situation and determine what your options are.

If your denture is missing a tooth, we may be able to repair it in our office for you.

If your denture is broken in half, it may require some time at the dental laboratory to be repaired. We can often coordinate this repair around your schedule so you are only without your teeth for a short period of time during the repair.

The worst case scenario is that your denture would have to be replaced if it is beyond repair; however, Dr. Aygen will go over all of your options with you so you make the best choice for your lifestyle and budget.

Regular checkups for your denture at least once a year can help ensure that it fits properly and can prevent breakages from occurring. It is typically when your denture is not fitting properly that damage happens.

Contact Sarasota Dental Arts right away if you are experiencing any problems with your denture. It's our goal to provide the best fitting, longest lasting, and most durable dentures possible. Our team can help you get back to normal quickly and easily, no matter what type of denture break you're experiencing! 

Dentures with Implants | Sarasota FL Dentist One of the biggest complaints that we hear about dentures is that they come loose and don’t feel secure. This can create discomfort, make it difficult to chew foods properly, and even lead to embarrassment when speaking to others.

Dental Implant Retained Dentures

Using advanced dental techniques, we can strategically place dental implants and then craft dentures that lock into place. This is often a minimally invasive procedure. When your dentures are properly secured, you’ll be able to chew with comfort and confidence, which allows for a more varied diet filled with fresh, healthy, crunchy foods and, in turn, improved health.

Additionally, your confidence will be restored when you can speak in front of friends or coworkers without the fear of your dentures slipping at precisely the wrong moment.

Since your dentures remain securely in place, you won't have to worry about the discomfort and irritation that can be caused by loose dentures rubbing on sensitive gum tissue. You also won't have to worry about the expense and inconvenience of denture adhesives!

Learn More About Dentures Today

If you have concerns about your dentures slipping, whether you’ve worn dentures before or not, talk to Sarasota dentist Dr. Kaya Aygen about stabilizing your dentures with implants. Call today to schedule your consultation.

Invisalign & Clear Aligners

Invisalign Candidate | Sarasota FL Dentist Maybe.

Are you looking to make improvements to misaligned teeth? Do you want to avoid the hassle and appearance of traditional metal braces?

Many people can benefit from Invisalign treatment, but Invisalign is not right for everybody. Invisalign, often referred to as “invisible braces,” can be used to treat minor to moderate dental misalignments including:

  • Crowding
  • Gapping
  • Overlapping
  • Twisting

Certain bite problems, such as overbite, can also sometimes be treated with Invisalign, depending on the severity.

If you have a severe bite misalignment or other serious orthodontic issue, you may benefit most from traditional orthodontics.

Invisalign Consultation 

Ultimately, the best way to find out if your misalignment can be treated with Invisalign is to call our Sarasota dental office and schedule a consult with Dr. Kaya Aygen. Dr. Aygen is Invisalign certified and can examine your teeth and discuss your goals with you to see if Invisalign can help you. If you are a candidate, Dr. Aygen will design a personalized treatment plan for you and take images and impressions to send to Invisalign’s lab so they can create your aligners.

If Invisalign is not the best choice for you, Dr. Aygen will review your other options so that you can make informed decisions about your dental health.

Call today to schedule an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Aygen at Sarasota Dental Arts!

Invisalign Age Limits | Sarasota FL Everyone deserves a healthy and attractive smile at any age! Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic option, is used to straighten out mild to moderate misalignments in older teenagers and adults. 

If you have misaligned teeth and are an older teenager or an adult, you might be a candidate for Invisalign! 

There is no "magic age" when Invisalign is no longer effective. 

What factors determine candidacy for Invisalign 

  • The type and severity of the misalignment you are seeking to correct
  • Your ultimate goals
  • Your level of physical and dental health

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, call our Sarasota dental office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aygen. He can evaluate your teeth and discuss your goals with you to determine whether Invisalign is a good treatment option. 

Helps correct cosmetic issues

Correcting misalignments isn't just an "esthetic" issue, either. Dental misalignments can negatively impact your oral health in a number of ways. For instance, teeth that are crowded, twisted, or overlapping will be more difficult to keep clean, putting you at higher risk for cavities and gum disease. Misalignments can also cause excess wear and tear in an area of your mouth, which can lead to cracks and fractures, loose teeth, and problems like clenching, grinding, and painful joint dysfunctions. 

We'd love to help you have a healthier, more attractive smile, no matter your age! 

Invisalign Treatment Timeline | Sarasota FL Dentist Many adults who have had orthodontic treatment in the past find themselves with teeth that are shifting and overlapping once again. This is because teeth actually have memory, and they'll eventually shift back to their original position even after orthodontic correction without the use of retainers to keep them in place. Retainers can typically be worn at night while you sleep, however the key is that they have to be worn every night for the rest of your life.

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth rather than relying on metal brackets and wires. Aligners are removable, so they're easy to take out for brushing, flossing, and eating, which means no restrictions to your diet or home care are required.

Post Invisalign Retainers

Adults who turn to Invisalign to align their teeth will also need to use retainers after their treatment is completed. The good news is that your retainers look and feel much like your aligners did, and they only have to be worn at night. So the transition for most patients into wearing their retainers is relatively seamless. With consistent retainer wear every night while you sleep, your Invisalign treatment can potentially last for a lifetime!

Schedule a Consultation

The first step towards getting Invisalign is a consultation with our team to find out if this is the right treatment for your needs. Give us a call today if you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, give us a call today for more information! 

The longer you wear your clear aligners each day, the faster you will see results. Your goal should be to wear them at least 22 hours a day, longer if possible.

One advantage of treatment with Invisalign clear braces in Sarasota, FL is that they are removable for meals and for brushing and flossing. But this benefit quickly turns into a drawback if you aren’t conscientious about wearing your aligners the rest of the time.

To keep yourself motivated, remember that every moment you’re not wearing your clear braces, your teeth have the opportunity to relapse. Keeping your aligners out for several hours can start to undo the results you’ve already worked so hard to achieve. 

One reason you chose Invisalign may be that they work very efficiently, so let them do their job and enjoy a straighter smile faster. You’ll still have the freedom to enjoy all your favorite foods and brush and floss easily, but the rest of the time, your clear aligners should be in your mouth.

Are you considering straightening your teeth with clear braces in Sarasota, FL? Call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaya Aygen so he can answer all your questions about straightening your teeth with Invisalign.

Are you living with a few teeth that have shifted over the years? If you are looking to realign your smile, Clear Aligners may be an excellent solution. Using clear brackets and wires that are virtually invisible, Clear Aligners delivers results in a matter of months, just as the name would imply.

How does this treatment work so fast?

  • It focuses only on the smile line, which is your front six teeth and the ones you typically see when you smile.
  • It utilizes traditional brackets and wires, which are effective and efficient at aligning teeth.

Clear Aligners in Sarasota, FL works best for patients with slight misalignment issues, and Dr. Aygen can determine if it will be effective for your own situation. If it's the right treatment for you, you'll enjoy the benefits of the discretion and efficiency it offers. Clear Aligners is often not as expensive as other orthodontic options since treatment can be completed in a few months rather than years.

If you would like to learn more about Clear Aligners, or other options for straightening your smile, we invite you to contact Sarasota Dental Arts and schedule a consultation with Dr. Aygen today.

IV Sedation Dentistry

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Because IV sedation requires an empty stomach and the effects linger for a while after your appointment, it is important that someone else drive you to and from your sedation appointment. It’s also good if that person can stay with you for a few hours following your appointment to help avoid falls or other accidents.

Many of our patients plan to take it easy for the rest of the day following dental care with IV sedation. Take advantage of the opportunity to relax, and don’t plan to return to work or go to any further appointments for the day.

Can you drive after nitrous oxide? 

Oral sedation also requires a friend or family member bring you to and from your appointment. If you are only receiving nitrous oxide, however, you will be able to drive yourself. The effects of nitrous leave almost instantly once the mask is removed.

Learn more about sedation dentistry

If you’d like to find out more about IV sedation at Sarasota Dental Arts, please call our office at (941) 200-3049. We are happy to set you up with a consultation appointment with Dr. Aygen so you can discuss your needs and determine whether IV sedation (or another form of sedation) is a good choice for you. 

Nitrous oxide and Conscious IV Sedation are not required for this procedure however, we do have it available for our patients if they request it in advance. We also have comfy blankets and pillows, noise canceling headphones programmed to the music of your choice plus aromatherapy to help our patients relax.

Sedation Dentistry patients | Sarasota FL Dentist Yes, it absolutely is!

At Sarasota Dental Arts, IV sedation is only offered to people healthy enough to be sedated in an office situation. Additionally, patients are monitored closely throughout the entire session with a state-of-the-art monitoring system. This allows us to see any changes as they happen and safely reverse any sedation if need be. Any medicine we give you to help you relax can be safely reversed.

All of the staff are well-trained in sedation situations and how to make your entire visit as safe and comfortable.

If IV sedation is not an option for you, we are happy to explore other sedation options to help you get the care you need safely and comfortably, free from anxiety.

Schedule a sedation appointment today!

Dr. Aygen is exceedingly gentle, but we realize that for some people, no matter how gentle the practitioner is, sedation dentistry is still the best option. We encourage you to contact our Sarasota dental office to discuss setting up an appointment. Dr. Aygen can meet with you, learn more about your needs and your concerns, and provide a recommendation so you can get the necessary treatment.

Dental care is an important part of your overall healthcare plan. Don’t let fear keep you from getting the care you need.

 

Preventive Dental Care

Dentist Appointments | Sarasota Fl DentistRoutine Dental Visit

Generally speaking, we recommend that everyone see the dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination. This can, of course, vary depending on your specific needs. For instance, if we are treating you for periodontal disease or another condition, we may recommend that you come see us more often.

Visiting the dentist for those regularly scheduled appointments is the best way to prevent serious dental health issues from forming. It also allows your dentist to catch any small concerns before they become more costly to address. 

Follow-Up Visits

Additionally, if we are placing a restoration or have performed a treatment like a root canal, we may recommend that you return for a follow-up so that we can make sure that everything is looking good. If you’ve been seen for emergency care, we will recommend a follow-up visit so that we can create a maintenance plan to help you avoid future emergencies.

Appointments for Snowbirds

Many of our patients are “snowbirds,” spending the winter months in beautiful Sarasota and the summer up north. We don’t want you to miss out on your important twice-yearly preventive examinations, so snowbirds and other travelers are always welcome at our office! We will happily coordinate care with your dental provider up north to make sure that your treatment is consistent and that everyone is on the same page.

If you are new to the area or you are seeking a new practice, please contact us! We are always welcoming new patients, and we look forward to meeting you! 

Seasonal Winter Dentist | Sarasota FL Dentist Absolutely! Like most dentists, Dr. Aygen recommends that each patient sees a dentist for an examination and cleaning every six months. But if you like to travel during the winter, this can get challenging.

Dentistry for Snowbirds

We are here to make your life simpler and get you the ongoing care you need. Plus, once you are established at our office, we’ll always be here for you any time you have an emergency or another problem comes up.

Better yet, we are more than happy to coordinate care with your dentist up north. We’ll communicate with your dentist to gain a deeper understanding of your current level of dental health, including any ongoing conditions that need treatment. We’ll also communicate with your northern dentist about the treatment that we provide so that they stay in the loop as well.

Schedule with Sarasota Dental Arts Today!

Getting started at our Sarasota dental practice is easy. All you have to do is give us a call at (941) 200-3049 or fill out our online appointment request form, which can found on the home page and contact page of this website. In fact, if you’re in the area, come on in and we’ll be happy to schedule a time that works for you!

Dr. Aygen is looking forward to being your Sarasota dentist.

First Dental Visit | Sarasota FL Dentist During your first visit to our Sarasota dental office, you will receive a thorough dental examination that includes x-rays as well as a comprehensive examination and a discussion of any issues we happen to find.

Dr. Aygen will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs, current level of dental health, and long-term oral health goals. This individual plan will include recommendations for your cleaning schedule as well as restorative and preventive treatments.

Most patients will also receive a dental cleaning during their first visit, based on the assessment and recommendation from Dr. Aygen.

Personalized Dental Care

At Sarasota Dental Arts, we recognize that every patient is a unique individual, and that’s why we personalize your care to your needs. You won’t find cookie-cutter dentistry here, and you certainly will never feel like a number on a chart. We enjoy getting to know our patients and building real relationships. We want to know how you are doing because you are so much more than just your teeth! 

Join Sarasota Dental Arts

We are accepting new patients at our Sarasota office! To schedule your first appointment, just give us a call at (941) 957-8754 or fill out the convenient online form located on our Contact page.

Root Canals

A common concern for patients is if root canal therapy is painful? The answer is no. The procedure itself is not painful, but if you have been diagnosed as needing a root canal, it is likely that you are experiencing pain. This is probably because your tooth is infected and it is often the reason why root canals are associated with pain.

A root canal actually removes infected tissue from inside your tooth and helps to preserve your natural tooth structure. Modern dentistry has made many advances with this procedure and Dr. Aygen uses rotary endodontic tools to ensure your comfort during root canal therapy. These tools are more flexible, which makes treatment more comfortable for our patients, and they are electric, which means they are quieter and can complete the procedure more efficiently.

If you still have concerns or anxiety about your root canal procedure, Dr. Aygen can discuss options for dental sedation with you.

If you have a tooth that is infected, it's important not to delay your treatment since the infection can spread, affect neighboring teeth, and result in tooth loss. Give Sarasota Dental Arts a call today to learn more about root canals in Sarasota.

Often, a painful toothache is the first indication patients have that something is seriously wrong. If you are experiencing any dental pain, please call our office immediately so that we can evaluate you to treat and relieve your pain!

Root Canal Symptoms | Sarasota FL DenturesEarly signs of an infection

When possible, however, we prefer to catch an infection or other problem developing in your tooth long before it ever causes you any pain. Some signs that may indicate that something is wrong include: increased sensitivity, swelling in the gums, a pimple-like lesion, or darkening of the tooth. If you have noticed any of these signs, schedule a visit so that we can check it out and see what’s going on.

Routine visits to our office for examinations and cleanings will also help us detect problems before they cause you pain. Dr. Aygen will look carefully for any signs of a developing problem, and infections and other issues that require root canal therapy can be spotted using dental x-rays. Patients are often surprised to hear that they need a root canal because they haven’t experienced any pain yet, but we want to prevent pain for our patients whenever we can.

Schedule with Sarasota Dental Arts

If you have noticed any worrisome symptoms – or you are due for a cleaning and examination – please call our Sarasota dental office today! 

Same Day Dental Emergencies

Dental Appointments Sarasota FL We recognize that our patients are busy people with active lives. You have plenty going on without having to worry about when you can see the dentist!

Our goal is to find an appointment time that fits conveniently into your busy schedule. We are open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and for most nonemergency dental appointments we can get you in within a week.

Emergency Appointments

If you are in pain, time is of the essence. You don’t want to wait around for an appointment. Plus, prompt treatment can make a huge difference in the end result in many common dental emergencies. If you think you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us right away. We’ll ask you some questions to learn more about what is going on and find a time to get you in quickly. We are typically able to move our schedule around to accommodate emergency appointments either the same day or within 24 hours.

Schedule with Sarasota Dental Arts 

Give us a call or send us an appointment request using the online form you can find on our Home page or Contact page. A member of our team will contact you promptly with an appointment that works for you!

cracked tooth | emergency dentist sarasota flChipping a tooth is a precarious situation and sometimes it is hard to know if you have an emergency on your hands or not. Here are some tips about chipped teeth from your emergency dentist in Sarasota.

More serious dental chips

If your tooth has a large chip or break that is noticeable, your dentist can fix it right away with cosmetic bonding, a porcelain veneer, or crown. It will be important to see your dentist as soon as possible to get the process underway. In many cases, you will leave the office with a temporary restoration that will restore your smile until your permanent restoration is ready. Some procedures such as dental bonding can be completed the same day and don't require additional visits to your dentist.

Smaller dental chips

If your chip is small, you might not need immediate treatment, but you probably want to schedule a time with your dentist to have the chip smoothed so it doesn't irritate your tongue or other soft tissues.

Whether your chip is big or small, call Dr. Aygen and his team at Sarasota Dental Arts to learn more about your options for repair and determine if you need immediate attention.

Dental pain is said to be some of the worst! If you are experiencing a toothache that is constant or severe, it's crucial that you contact your dentist in Sarasota as soon as possible. This type of pain is often indicating that your tooth is infected and an infection won't go away without treatment, so please don't wait for it to get better.

At Sarasota Dental Arts, we make every effort to see our emergency patients as soon as possible. If you can't get to our office right away, here are some helpful tips for temporary toothache relief:

  • Warm salt water rinse: Mix a half teaspoon of table salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Swish in your mouth and spit out, be sure not to swallow.
  • Pain relief: Over-the-counter pain relief may eliminate your pain temporarily in some cases.
  • A cold compress or ice pack: A cold compress applied with light pressure can relieve swelling and stop bleeding from soft tissue injuries.
  • Anesthetics: Over-the-counter anesthetics can help relieve pain by numbing your mouth for a little while.

Please understand that these are only temporary remedies, and they may not even work for severe toothaches. Be sure to contact Sarasota Dental Arts right away if you are experiencing dental pain.

Veneers

A dental veneer is an excellent way to enhance your smile and repair cosmetic issues. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain designed to fit over your tooth and bond directly to it. Because it covers your tooth, it is capable of eliminating cosmetic issues such as stains, size discrepancies, misshapen teeth, chipping, and even slight misalignment issues.

Veneers are durable, stain resistant, and have the potential to last for 10 to 12 years with excellent home care and consistent checkups with Dr. Aygen.

The process for completing veneers takes two visits and a couple of weeks once you've decided you're ready to move forward. During the first visit, Dr. Aygen prepares your teeth for your final restorations and creates temporary veneers that you will wear while your final ones are being hand crafted at a local dental laboratory. After 1 to 2 weeks, when your final veneers are ready, you'll return Sarasota Dental Arts to have your permanent veneers placed.

If you would like more information about veneers in Sarasota, FL, the first step is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Aygen to discuss what is possible for your smile. Give us a call today to learn more and schedule your appointment.

Completing porcelain veneers is a reasonably straightforward process, which means you'll be enjoying your new smile in just a few weeks!

After you've completed the consultation and planning phase with Dr. Aygen, your first appointment will be to prepare your teeth for porcelain veneers. You will leave this appointment wearing temporary veneers that will help you get used to the look and feel of your new teeth. You will wear your temporary veneers for one to two weeks while your final restorations are being handcrafted at a top dental laboratory. Dr. Aygen works with only the best dental technicians to craft veneers that create a natural and aesthetically pleasing smile.

When your new veneers are ready, you'll return to Sarasota Dental Arts to have them placed permanently. Dr. Aygen will make any necessary adjustments to ensure that your bite functions correctly and your smile is exactly what you wanted. Now, you're done and ready to enjoy the benefits of your beautiful new smile.

If you're interested in learning more about porcelain veneers, contact Sarasota Dental Arts to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Aygen. He has helped hundreds of patients achieve the smile they've always wanted, and you'll understand why he is the cosmetic dentist in Gulf Gates Estates that patients trust when you have your consultation with him.

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