When you visit our dental office your smile is our top priority. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized care you deserve.
Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. This website is a resource we hope you’ll find both useful and interesting.
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A very Happy Birthday to our hygienist, Stephanie! She brings a lot of laughter and joy to our office.
Hugs: Dr. de la Torre, Helen, Ana, April, Leigh and Alicia
Why is Important to Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing a tooth can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Beyond the cosmetics, missing a tooth is harmful to your dental health. Each tooth plays a vital role in the structure of the mouth. Of course, your teeth play a role in clear speech, eating and smiling but they are also very important in giving their neighboring teeth support. Leaving a gap in the teeth when a tooth is lost disrupts the relationship between the other teeth. When your teeth are in a neat row, they keep each other lined up and stable. If a tooth doesn’t have support, it will shift or drift towards the empty spot (see diagram), sometimes quite quickly thus causing several problems. Below are a few things that you may not know about missing teeth.
The Effects of a Missing Tooth Include:
Changes in Your Bite- All of that shifting changes the way your teeth close together. This can lead to crooked teeth, chipping or breaking of teeth, jaw problems, gum recession and tooth sensitivity.
The Tooth Above It or Below It May Super-erupt- When you chew, the top and the bottom tooth give each other a biting force. When a tooth is missing, there is no force in that spot when you chew. The tooth above or below the missing tooth will begin to come out of the bone (see diagram).
Speech Changes- A person’s ability to make different sounds is greatly dependent on teeth placement. Missing just 1 or 2 teeth can impair speech.
Your Face May Change: Our teeth give support to our facial muscles. Our faces are complex structures and missing teeth can cause your bone to deteriorate and make facial droop over time, making us look older.
Change Our Mental Health- Many people find a missing tooth embarrassing and leads to a loss of confidence. It can change how we interact with others and make us never want to smile. Smiling is good for the soul.
If you have a missing tooth there are several options to replace it. Dental implants are very popular and usually last a lifetime. Fixed bridges can be made to replaced one or more missing teeth. Full or partial dentures are also an option. There are pro’s and con’s to each. If you are interested in replacing a missing tooth, please call us and schedule a consult. Dr. de la Torre would be happy to discuss your options with you.
Who doesn't love Tangled.....you're looking good Flynn!
Why do we get wisdom teeth if they just have to come out?
Wisdom teeth are actually a 3rd set of molars. Most people today do not have room in their mouths for wisdom teeth. So why do we have them in the first place? Most experts agree that our human ancestors needed an extra set of molars to help chew food that is very different from the food we eat today. Strong teeth and jaws were needed to eat uncooked roots, fibrous plants, tough nuts, seeds and meats. Also, our ancestors had a larger lower jaw that could accommodate an third set of molars. As agriculture came to be the norm, the human diet became softer and over time eating required less mouth strength. Our lower jaws slowly became smaller and most of modern humans do not have space for wisdom teeth. Problems associated with wisdom teeth are: Jaw pain, crooked or over crowed teeth, increased tooth decay, infection, swelling and bad breath. At Dr. de la Torre's office, we will always let you know when those pesky extra teeth need to come out. Having wisdom tooth symptoms? Call today and schedule for an evaluation.
Did you know that the Giant Armadillo has the most teeth of any animal on land? This creature has about 100 teeth and grows up to 113 pounds! WOW
Did you know that diabetes affects the health of your gums and teeth? Find out more below.
mouthhealthy.org Diabetes can cause many mouth symptoms, including gum disease, dry mouth, infection, change of taste and slow healing. Learn more about how to prevent and treat these complications.
Guess who is 50 and fabulous? Happy birthday to our Office Manager, Helen Choi and our Dental Assistant, Alicia Mounts 🥳
Dear Valued Patients: Update on COVID:19
At Delatorre Dentistry, we appreciate the trust you place in us and would like to inform you on how we are addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. As many of you know, this is an evolving issue with new information daily. We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring directives from the World Health Organization, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health, The American Dental Association (ADA), and other news sources.
Please know that our office is following all recommended guidance, and continuously updating our policies and protocols to ensure that our patients receive the best and safest care.
At this time, we support the recommendation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the ADA, and The CDC to postpone all elective dentistry for the next two weeks. As a result of that recommendation, our office will be closed from March 20-April 5, 2020.
Please rest assured that we will be available for your emergency needs if they arise. We will continue to follow the CDC recommendation of taking patients’ temperatures and asking screening questions upon arrival. Emergency needs will be addressed by appointment only. Staff will be checking our voicemail regularly and will be on-hand in limited capacity to address dental emergencies only (severe toothache, swelling of gums, face, or neck, bleeding in the mouth that does not stop, crowns that have come off and or broken teeth).
This decision was not arrived easily, as we have made the decision to reduce potential exposure of our patients, staff, and Doctor. We encourage you to stay current with recommendations from the CDC on social distancing. Please keep yourself, your family, and our community safe during this difficult time.
We will contact all patients once our offices are back open to reschedule as needed. Please don’t forget to check our social media sites for updates.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Alina de la Torre and Delatorre Dentistry staff
[03/16/20] Safety comes first at Delatorre Dentistry. We are taking every precaution to make sure our patients and staff are staying healthy. You are welcome to wait in your car until your room is ready. Just give us a call to let us know you have arrived for your appointment. Please do not hesitate to reschedule your appointment if you or a family member is sick.
We would like to thank Leigh and Alicia, our wonderful dental assistants for all their hard work and dedication to patient care. These two professional and caring ladies work very hard every day to make sure our patients have a great dental experience. Happy Dental Assistants Recognition Week!
Meet our newest team member. April, hygienist, started with us in September of 2019. Welcome, April to the Delatorre Dentistry Family. April brings 20 years of hygiene experience as well as a wonderful patient rapport. Want to know more about April? Just visit www.delatorredenstisty.com.
Thank you Citrus Endodontics for these delicious treats.
Happy Birthday Dr. de la Torre! Hope you enjoyed your special day.
Hugs: Stephanie, April, Leigh, Alicia, Ana and Helen
DID YOU KNOW??
175 lbs....of FOOD was collected for our 2nd annual food drive. Thank you to our amazing, compassionate patients who made this drive such a big success! We collected for the Community Food Pantry in Carrollwood, a partner of Feeding Tampa Bay.
The Community Food Pantry is located at the Village Presbyterian Church. They helped feed nearly 50,000 families in 2019.
Hunger happens to everyday people, every day. If you would like to join them in the effort to help people in your very own community they can be contacted at villagecommunitypantry.com or visit www.thecommunityfoodpantry.com. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The highest compliment our patients can give us is the referral of their family and friends. If you know someone who could use our services, it would be our honor to see them.
Happiness is.........working with great people!
From left to right: Leigh, April,Stephanie, Dr. de la Torre, Helen, Alicia and Ana
Flossy, our office elf, hanging around. GO GATORS!
Even Elves have to get teeth cleanings.
Happy Birthday Ana, aka the best business assistant around!
We wish you an amazing year filled with happiness and love.
Helen,Leigh,Alicia,Stephanie, April and Dr. de la Torre
Dr. de la Torre and office elf, Flossy, jamming out and planning shenanigans.
Alicia (dental assistant)... surprise.
No Thanksgiving would be complete without thanking the people who make our dental practice so special. So, a big THANK YOU to all of our patients who give us their trust and loyalty. We appreciate you.
Have you used all of your 2019 dental insurance benefits? Did you get in your 2 cleanings this year? Have uncompleted treatment? The end of the year is almost here. If you don't use your dental benefits by December 31st you loose them.Give us a call today and we will help you maximize your benefits and unused HSA/flex dollars. 813-792-9400
Share your Halloween pictures with us! We love seeing our patients.
Staff-Stephanie (Hygienist) with dog Kirby
-Ana (Business Assistant) with daughters Araceli &Gloria
-April (Hygienist) with twins Aubrey & Abel
-Dr. de la Torre's son Tyler in as a skeleton.
Help out our community this holiday season. We are hosting a food drive to benefit the Community Food Pantry. They will feed nearly 50,000 people this year. Consider bringing in a few items if you have an upcoming appointment or drop off items if you are in the area. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated. We CAN make a difference!
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