Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, Jr. uses single-visit, non-prep veneers to rejuvenate damaged and stained teeth while preserving the patient’s natural tooth structure.
Orlando, FL – Having been in practice for 32 years, Orlando dentist Alfredo Gapuz, Jr., DMD has witnessed how a beautiful smile can give a patient a boost in self-confidence and allow their personality to shine through. At his cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Gapuz says treatments like porcelain dental veneers offer patients an effective, long-lasting way to rejuvenate their smiles. However, for a full porcelain veneer procedure, it can sometimes take a few weeks for the veneers to be crafted. For the patient who desires immediate results, Dr. Gapuz offers non-prep veneers to create a new smile in just a single office visit.
In a recent blog post titled “Benefits Of Non-Prep Veneers,” Dr. Gapuz says, “For the patient who needs results tomorrow and cannot afford the time that porcelain veneers require, non-prep veneers can be the optimal choice for revitalizing a smile.” From his experience, many of the patients that elect for non-prep veneers are about to go on vacation or attend a special event and want to look their best for the occasion. He says non-prep veneers provide a quick and easy way to address cosmetic concerns such as chipped, stained, cracked, worn, or broken teeth.
However, a fast way to rejuvenate a smile is not the only benefit non-prep veneers offer. According to Dr. Gapuz, the process for the procedure employs a conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry. “Since non-prep veneers generally do not require the removal of any enamel or compromise the integrity of the tooth,” says Dr. Gapuz, “patients will almost always maintain their original, natural tooth structure.” With the original tooth structure intact, patients typically have the option of removing the non-prep veneers at a later date to pursue a different method of smile restoration.
Dr. Gapuz collaborates with his patients during the consultation process to select a tooth shade that will blend with the natural tooth color and provide an aesthetically appealing result. In addition to enhancing the appearance of the teeth, the ultra-thin veneers can improve function as well. For patients who are seeking the fastest way to address their cosmetic concerns, Dr. Gapuz says non-prep veneers can be the ideal solution.
About Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD
Dr. Gapuz earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at De Ocampo Memorial College (formerly known as Philippine Dental College). In addition to completing a course in implantology at the Center for Dental Implants of South Florida, Dr. Gapuz took a Comprehensive Implant Dentistry course at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and has completed the Advanced Adhesive Aesthetic Dentistry Program at the Las Vegas Institute. Dr. Gapuz is continuing his education in Advanced Functional Restorative Dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute, where he is focusing his studies on neuromuscular dentistry. He is available for interview upon request.
Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD
14009 Egret Tower Drive
Orlando, FL 32837
The non-prep veneer provides the most conservative approach to tooth restoration. In a single office visit, I can offer patients a chair-side composite veneer that will help dramatically improve the appearance of cracks, stains, chips, or worn teeth. For the patient who need results tomorrow and cannot afford the time that the full porcelain veneers process requires, non-prep veneers can often be an optimal choice for revitalizing a smile.
Many patients visit my practice wishing to address the aforementioned cosmetic concerns for an upcoming event, such as a vacation or a wedding. In addition to wanting to look their best for their special occasion, they also want to look their best in photographs and feel the boost in self-confidence that a beautiful smile can provide.
As an added benefit, if a non-prep veneer patient decides to address their cosmetic concerns through a different means in the future, the veneers can be removed at any time to allow for a more extensive restoration. Furthermore, since non-prep veneers generally does not require the removal of any enamel or compromise the integrity of the tooth – patients will almost always be able to maintain their original tooth structure.
Using advanced technology, Dr. Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr. creates same-day restorations, making dental appointments faster and more comfortable for patients.
Orlando, FL – In an effort to provide his patients with the best possible dental experience, Orlando cosmetic dentist Dr. Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr. uses a CAD/CAM E4D machine for same-day restorations. This innovative piece of equipment allows Dr. Gapuz to take 3-dimensional digital images of the patient’s bite, as well as the tooth or teeth in need of inlays, onlays, or crowns. In regard to his experience with the technology, he says he has noticed that his patients much prefer the digital images to the conventional “gooey” dental impression methods.
Dr. Gapuz has been using the technology for the past year and notes that he has seen many benefits. “We are able to take a clean, fast digital scan of the patient’s mouth in a few minutes and create a custom restoration on the screen in front of them,” he says. The patient is able to provide input, which helps Dr. Gapuz make any necessary adjustments prior to having the restoration created in the office by a milling machine. The machine is able to create one crown in approximately 15-20 minutes, meaning that most patients are able to achieve final results within one visit.
Traditional methods for creating dental restorations such as crowns requires dentists to take a mold of the patient’s mouth, and the restorations are created off-site in a laboratory. The Orlando dentist explains it usually takes about two weeks to receive the completed restorations from the lab, and then the patient must return to have them placed. He says the CAD/CAM E4D technology allows for better patient comfort and convenience by eliminating a second office visit and saving the patient time.
Dr. Gapuz notes that replacing conventional impression methods allows his patients to have a more comfortable experience. He adds that the ability to create permanent restorations and temporary “trial” porcelain veneers in his own office is an incredible advantage for his Orlando dental practice: “I am excited to bring this technology to my patients, and I am pleased to offer same-day crowns and fillings in order to provide them with a more comprehensive and convenient experience.”
About Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD
Dr. Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr. is highly trained in restorative and cosmetic dentistry techniques. He holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, and consistently maintains and improves his knowledge through continued education and attending professional seminars. Through his continued education, he has built upon his techniques and expertise in restorative dentistry, including a course at Harvard’s School of Dental Medicine in 2010 where he learned all aspects of dental implant procedures – from treatment planning to clinical implementation. Dr. Gapuz is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantology, and the Academy of General Dentistry. At his Orlando-based dental practice, he offers general, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, including porcelain veneers, Invisalign®, teeth whitening, and more. Dr. Gapuz is available for interview upon request.
Dr. Alfredo Gapuz pursues Advanced Functional Restorative Dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute
Orlando, FL – Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, an Orlando cosmetic dentist, seeks to dramatically change the look of his patients’ smiles. He and his team at Aesthetic and General Dentistry have a total of 95 years of experience in dentistry and are committed to honing their craft with continuing education classes.
Dr. Gapuz has been attending the Advanced Functional Restorative Dentistry program at the Las Vegas Institute with a focus on neuromuscular dentistry and recently completed the sixth component of the program’s core curriculum on “Dynamic Team Concepts.”
This three-day program, taught by Dr. Norman Thomas and instructor Sherry Blair, focused on the continued development of a successful neuromuscular dental practice. While doctors improve their individual skills in precision management of the bite and occlusion, they also work as a team. As a group, they are instructed in perfecting the skills necessary for efficient, effective communication and the delivery of the best possible dental care.
Upon completion of the Dynamic Team Concepts course, doctors are able to:
Participants of the course say that the program teaches how to initiate a significant change at their own practices by educating patients about their skills and oftentimes exhibiting a renewed enthusiasm for their work.
Dr. Gapuz and his team offer patients the latest dental solutions including:
LVI’s Advanced Functional Restorative Dentistry program focuses on improving occlusion function and smile aesthetics. Dr. Gapuz hopes to fine-tune his skills as a dentist through courses that examine why specific cases succeed, why others fail, and how to prevent failure before it happens. At Aesthetic and General Dentistry, Dr. Gapuz’s Orlando cosmetic dentistry practice, he and his staff are committed to providing their patients with high quality care.
About Alfredo M. Gapuz, DMD
Dr. Alfredo Gapuz attended pre-dental school at the University of the East and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from De Ocampo Memorial College. At the Las Vegas Institute, he is currently pursuing an Advanced Functional Restorative Dentistry degree with a focus on neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Gapuz is extensively trained in several procedures including porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. He is available for interview upon request.
In order to stay up-to-date in the field of restorative dentistry, our experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Alfredo Gapuz has been taking courses at the Las Vegas Institute focusing on neuromuscular dentistry.
Dr. Gapuz has had the chance to learn innovative techniques from some of the leading professionals in the field. The purpose of these courses is to address and identify advanced techniques for cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures. Some of the techniques Dr. Gapuz has been studying are:
● Restoring vertical dimensions
● Restoring severely dark teeth without subgingival margins
● Creating biologic pontics that appear to be growing out of tissue
● Defining advanced cosmetic and soft tissue procedures with all-tissue laser technology
Dr. Gapuz hopes to enhance his skills as a dentist through these courses and continue to adhere to the highest standard of care at his practice. He is an advocate for continuing education courses and is always eager to learn about the latest techniques in the field of dentistry.
To learn more about the courses at LVI, visit www.lviglobal.com/CoreV.
We are proud to announce that Aesthetic and General Dentistry, P.A., the office of Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, Jr., has been recognized for its commitment to quality patient care with the 2011 CMUS Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction. The award is conferred upon the companies with superb customer satisfaction ratings, and affirming it’s promises to produce the best results and provide its customers with the best dental experience, Dr. Gapuz’s practice received some of the highest scores possible from its patients.
No one really likes going to the dentist, but many people are so fearful of dentists and dental procedures that they delay or avoid having necessary dental work done. The consequence of this range from cosmetic to serious overall health issues, because your teeth and gums can affect your entire body. An estimated 75 percent of American adults experience some degree of dental fear.
If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry.
Another group of people who may be candidates for sedation dentistry are those who have difficulty controlling their movements due to conditions such as cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s disease. Properly administered sedation can help these patients relax so that their involuntary movements do not impede dental work.
Tell your dentist about any medical conditions you may have, medications you are taking, and allergies to medications prior to a sedation dentistry procedure. Though sedation dentistry is usually reserved for patients who are 18 and older, there are pediatric sedation dentists who can treat children when circumstances are appropriate.
If you’re considering sedation dentistry, knowing these facts will be helpful:
As the name indicates, sedation dentistry involves administering a sedative of some type to patients to make the process of receiving dental treatment confortable and free from stress and anxiety. Sedation dentistry is also referred to as sleep dentistry, relaxation dentistry, and anxiety-free dentistry, but the correct term is sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is not new. The procedure goes back to the days of giving patients whiskey to help take the edge off dental pain. we’ve come a long way since then, thanks to advances in science, dentistry, and pharmacology.
Patients are never completely unconscious and are always able to move, speak, and respond to verbal requests – and yet, they have little, if any, memory of the procedure after it has been completed. Because the paitent is is more comfortable and relaxed, the dentist and his team can work more efficiently and effectively.
The basic methods of sedation dentistry include:
A trained sedation dentist will customize a sedation protocal so it is appropriate for each individual paitent’s physiological and pharmacological needs.
The teeth are part of a system that includes muscles and joints and has the potential to affect your head, neck and possibly even most of your body. That’s why neuromuscular dentists believe that neuromuscular occlusion – that is, getting your bite right – is crucial to achieving optimal results in virtually every type of major dental procedure and in treating many types of pain and dysfunction.
Many of us have come to accept the fact that “tension headaches” are just a part of life and we learn to live with them. But the muscles that control our jaw aare a complex network of muscles that run through the neck and head. The posturing muscles of the jaw – that is, the muscles that keep the jaw from falling open – are in the temple area of the head. When you’re not using your jaw, those muscles should be relaxed and barely working. But if they are forced to work overtime because your teeth don’t naturally fit together right, they can spasm and produce pain in the forehead area.
Bite problems can also be a factor in other types of pain or functional problems such as painful clicking or popping of the jaw joint, various types of head pain and neck pain, swallowing problems, and excessive snoring.
A neuromuscular dentist experienced in treating bite problems may be able to resolve the problem. In some cases, a resolution will require the collective efforts of your dentist and other health care professionals, such as your primary care physician; an ear nose and throat specialist; physical therapist; chiropractor; massage therapist; and so on.
If you are experiencing chronic and unresloved pain and dysfunction in your head and neck, consider a consultation with a neuromuscular dentist to determine if the cause may be a bite that isn’t right.