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By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
April 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root resorption  

As your dental provider, we're always alert for signs of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, the two leading causes of tooth loss. But we're also watching for less common conditions that could be just as devastating.

Root resorption falls into this latter category: it occurs when a tooth's root structure begins to break down and dissolve (or resorb).  It's a normal process in primary ("baby") teeth to allow them to loosen and give way when permanent teeth are ready to erupt.

It's not normal, though, for permanent teeth. Something internally or—more commonly—externally causes the root structure to break down. External resorption usually occurs at the neck-like or cervical area of a tooth around the gum line. Known as external cervical resorption (ECR), it can first appear as small, pinkish spots on the enamel. These spots contain abnormal cells that cause the actual damage to the root.

We don't fully understand how root resorption occurs, but we have identified certain factors that favor its development. For example, it may develop if a person has experienced too much force against the teeth during orthodontic treatment. Injury to the periodontal ligaments, teeth-grinding habits or some dental procedures like internal bleaching may also contribute to later root resorption.

Early diagnosis is a major part of effective treatment for root resorption. Because it's usually painless and easily overlooked, resorption is often too difficult to detect in its early stages without x-rays—a good reason for regular dental exams. Beginning spots or lesions are usually small enough to surgically remove the tissue cells causing the damage and then filled with a tooth-colored filling material. If it has advanced further, we may also need to perform a root canal treatment.

At some point, the damage from root resorption can be too great, in which case it might be best to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or similar restoration. That's why catching root resorption early through regular dental exams can give you the edge for saving your tooth.

If you would like more information on diagnosing and treating root resorption, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Resorption: An Unusual Phenomenon.”


Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.

That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!

Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.

Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”

One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.

Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”  Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”


Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone. Ultimate success — a natural and beautiful smile — requires painstaking attention to detail and artistry.

Here are a few of the factors we must consider to achieve a smile with dental implants you’ll be proud to display.

The amount of available bone. For the permanent crown to appear natural, it’s crucial to position the implant precisely. To achieve this precision requires an adequate amount of bone to be present. Unfortunately, bone loss is quite common after tooth loss; to minimize this we place bone grafts in the empty socket if at all possible after extraction to encourage bone growth. It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume.

Your genetic gum tissue type. There are basically two types of gum tissue people are born with: thin or thick. Thin tissues are more subject to wear, difficult to work with during surgery and can make it difficult to hide the metal components of an implant. Thicker tissues are easier to work with, but can have a tendency to overgrow.

Achieving a natural “emergence profile.” To look natural, the implant crown must appear to seamlessly emerge from the surrounding gum tissue. To achieve this, we must carefully plan and place the implant in the precise location in the bone, taking into account the implant shape and how far it should be placed within the bone to match the position and height of adjacent teeth and gum tissues.

Blending color shades with adjacent natural teeth. When it comes to color, everyone has subtle differences in tooth shades and hues. In fact, there are slight color variations within individual teeth, from the root to the tip of the crown. To make sure the implant blends in with adjacent teeth, it’s important to match the color incorporated into the porcelain crown with the natural crowns beside them.

These and other factors require both technical expertise and a sense of artistry. Carefully considering all of them will help ensure your dental implants result in the smile you want.

If you would like more information on smile transformations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Matching Teeth & Implants.”

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
March 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Procedures  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Venice, FL, can give you an outstanding smile!

If you want to enhance your smile, you need to discover cosmetic dentistry. No matter what bothers you about your smile, chances are thatwhitening there is a cosmetic dental procedure to correct it! In Venice, FL, Dr. Clark J. Wright offers a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to enhance your smile—read on to learn more!


Professional Teeth Whitening

If your smile has grown dull, yellow, and unsightly because of aging or lifestyle habits such as smoking or drinking coffee, a professional teeth whitening treatment is what you need. Unlike over-the-counter whitening products that often have limited benefits, professional teeth whitening can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter with results lasting up to 5 years! Professional whitening is also quick acting, for in as little as 1 hour, you can show off your radiant new smile!


Dental Bonding

If you have small chips, cracks, fracture lines, and other tooth damage, dental bonding can help rebuild your smile. Dental bonding uses composite, a liquid resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to enhance the contours of your teeth. After placement, composite is hardened with an ultraviolet light, resulting in a restored smile that looks completely natural and beautiful!



If you want to hide minor and major flaws, porcelain veneers can give you the perfect smile that you’ve been waiting for. Veneers are thin laminates of exquisite porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth, covering up flaws and aesthetic issues. Porcelain veneers can give you the outstanding smile you deserve.


Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more teeth, or you have worn dentures for a long time, dental implants can restore your smile. Dental implants are tooth replacements that look and function just like your natural teeth. They can restore your smile and your self-confidence!


Interested? Give us a call!

Cosmetic dental procedures can give you the smile you’ve been waiting for. To find out more about how cosmetic dental procedures can help your smile, call Dr. Clark J. Wright's Venice office at (941) 493-5923. Call today to get started on your new smile!

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
March 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out how we can help you get a complete smile again.

Don’t let tooth loss have the final say when it comes to the health of your smile. In this day and age, the dental restorations that our Venice, dental ImplantsFL, dentist Dr. Clark Wright can offer are truly as close to real teeth as you can possibly get. Have you been curious about dental implants? Want to find out what they can do to turn your smile around?

Where We Begin

As with any cosmetic or restorative procedure, the first thing we need to do is make sure that your smile is up for this specific treatment. This requires our Venice, FL, dentist to examine your smile and also take x-rays to ensure that your mouth is healthy enough to support implants. If we believe that you could benefit from dental implants then we will refer you to a trusted, local oral surgeon to place the implant.

Implant Placement

Since the purpose of an implant is to replace the missing tooth’s roots this requires the implant to be placed within the jawbone. While your oral surgeon will discuss all the specifics during your consultation we also know that you may want to know this information now so you can make an informed decision about whether implants are right for you or not. Implant surgery is minor and performed under local anesthesia.

Healing is Crucial

After your implant is placed there will be several months in which we will leave your mouth ample time to heal. During this time the implant and the jawbone will fuse together to become one solid and permanent unit. This can take anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on several factors. Once this is complete the abutment is placed. The abutment will connect the implant to the dental crown.

Placing the Dental Crown

This is where our Venice, FL, restorative dentist comes in. We pride ourselves on creating the very best dental restorations. The implant won’t be the part that everyone sees but the dental crown that is placed on top will be. We will create a dental crown that looks just like the rest of your teeth, so the only person who knows that you have a dental implant will be you. We will take impressions of your smile so that we can create a custom crown. From there, you will come into the office so that we can crown your implant.

If you are ready to say goodbye to your tooth loss and say hello to a brand new smile then call our Venice, FL, dental office today to schedule a free consultation with us. Let’s find out if dental implants are right for you.

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