Monday, April 29, 2013

Free Dentistry Or Dentistry At Reduced Fee Centers In West Palm Beach

Every day in our office we get calls that ask if we see patients under federally funded programs such as Medicaid, and although we did at one time, and were a Medicaid provider for many years, we no longer take Medicaid patients in our office.
The need to take care of the dental needs of patients with limited and low financial resources is still there, and there are several options available that offer free dental care, or dentistry at reduced fees to persons that need these services.
In an effort to guide these persons and make their search a little easier, I have attempted to provide a list of centers that provide dental care at reduced fees for the communities they serve.
For the sake of keeping the list small, It will only involve the area where I practice which is West Palm Beach, Florida.

Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
3200 S. University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
Phone: (954) 262-7500

Caridad Center Dental Clinic
8645 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33063
Phone: (561) 853-1623

St. Mary’s Free Clinic
1200 E. Main St., Pahokee, FL 33476
Phone: (561) 929-2892

The Lord’s Place –Cafe Joshua Program
2808 N. Australian Ave.
West Palm Beach FL 33407
Phone: (561) 494-0125, Ext. 115

Palm Beach County Health Department Dental Clinic
 1150 45th St., Rm. D104
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: (561) 355-3082

Palm Beach County Health Department
Pahokee Dental Clinic
1200 E. Main St., Pahokee, FL 33476
Phone: (561) 924-0184

Palm Beach County Health Department
Lantana/Lake Worth Dental Clinic
1250 Southwinds Drive, Lantana, FL 33462
Phone: (561) 547-6811

Palm Beach County Health Department
Delray Beach Dental Clinic
345 South Congress Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: (561) 274-3111

Palm Beach County Health Department
Riviera Beach Health Center
1150 45th St., Rm. D104
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: (561) 514-5540

C.L. Brumback Community Health Center
38754 State Road 80, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Phone: (561) 996-1636
West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Dental Clinic
7305 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33410
Phone: (561) 422-8262, Ext. 5675

Palm Beach State College Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida 33461
Phone: (561) 868 3747

Samaritan Gardens Community Health Center
1101 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: (561) 366-1147

A minimum amount of information is provided, so interested individuals need to  ask any applicable questions such as eligibility requirements, patient populations served, types of services provided, age requirements, fees, etc…

Some of these centers provide free dental services, while others provide the services for a reduced fee.  This list is by no means complete, but if you are looking for these services in our area, I hope that you will find this helpful.

Best wishes,

West Palm Beach Dentist
Carlos Boudet, DDS
Phone: (561) 968 6022
1840 Forest Hill Blvd Suite # 204
West Palm Beach, Florida  33406

Friday, April 19, 2013

Indestructible Crowns - Dental Crowns Guaranteed Not To Break!

Many people don't realize it, but our molars take quite a bit of pounding everyday when we eat, and if you are a clencher or grinder, the abuse doesn't stop there and continues for hours during the night.

It's a common occurence in dentist's offices.  You have a molar that suffered extensive damage and broke, but your dentist was able to save it by making and cementing a crown on it.  Even though the molar is in the back of the mouth, you can still see it, so when the dentist suggested a gold crown as the strongest option, you did not like the idea, and the next best choice was a PFM or porcelain fused to metal crown.

Generally porcelain fused to metal crowns have been the crowns most dentists have chosen for decades because they are strong and look like a tooth, but when the gums recede and the margins are visible they show a dark collar around the margin.  If that wasn't enough, in less than ideal conditions, they can break and the grey metal jacket under the porcelain can look very unesthetic.

In the majority of cases these porcelain fused to metal crowns last many years and don't break, but often in less than ideal conditions, one comes back broken.

Lucky for us that in the last five years, research in dental materials has produced a new crown called BruxZir made from a material called zirconia that is so strong that it is virtually unbreakable in the mouth.

The laboratory that developed it, is so confident in the strenght of the crowns they produce, that they created a short video clip to illustrate the comparison between the conventional porcelain fused to metal crown and a BruxZir crown.

Watch the video clip below, as it is self explanatory.


Incredible, isn't it?  Now we have a great option to protect the back molars that is strong and looks good too.  Oh, and due to the high price of gold, zirconia crowns are less expensive and save you money.

If you would like more information about BruxZir crowns that are guaranteed not to break, don't hesitate to call our office with a question, or to schedule an appointment.

West Palm Beach Dentist
Carlos Boudet, DDS
Phone: (561) 968 6022
1840 Forest Hill Blvd Suite # 204
West Palm Beach, Florida  33406