Barry Shipman, DMD, PA

Miami Beach, Florida 33140

Phone: (305) 864-5557
Fax: (305) 864-5829



Which type of toothbrush should I use?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended as this will allow you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. Mechanical brushes can be used to improve oral hygiene as well and their use with implants is especially helpful.

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What is trismus and how do I treat it?

The inability to open the mouth is called "trismus". It is a consequence of a trauma caused by surgery, radiation therapy, or a disease that affectsthe muscles and tissues in the face that control jaw opening. This limited oral opening can affect eating, speech and other oral functions. The use of devices to exercise and splint the jaw can significantly improve the trismus. Information on trismus and the Dynasplint® Systems can be found here on their website.

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What's the difference between a "fixed bridge" and a "partial denture"?

Both fixed bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A fixed bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in many cases, dental implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Oral hygiene is important in both situations. Patients often prefer fixed bridges to partial dentures, but both improve oral function.

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What is the "dry mouth syndrome" ?

Many patients who receive radiation and/or chemotherapy can develop a dry mouth problem or xerostomia. This condition is a result of a change in the saliva producing glands and can be a result of their therapy or a response to a medication or part of the aging process. The use of oral lubricants can ease the condition. Patients with dry mouths will see an accelarated decay problem and should maintain good hygiene and seek dental followups more frequently. Commercial substitutes are available and can be used daily to improve comfort and function.

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Can dental implants be used with dentures?

Complete dentures are poor substitutes for teeth and only 25% as efficient. With the use of only a few dental implants, dentures can become firm and function almost like real teeth.

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Dr. Barry Shipman is a prosthodontist with a specialty in maxillofacial prosthetics in Miami.
Dr. Barry Shipman is licensed as a prosthetic dentist in the State of Florida.

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