Frequently Asked Questions
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth often occur when your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying roots to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerves housed in the root canal. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.
What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your oral health on a continual basis. By sticking to a daily routine, you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your appointment, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home care that prevents periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no indication. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The minor initial condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms may being to appear. They include:
- Bad Breath
- Gum Recession
- Gum Sensitivity to Acidic, hot, or cold Foods
- Tooth Pain
- Tooth Loss
How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate and ongoing attention. Through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing & scaling, laser therapy and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is only necessary for severe cases.
What is the Difference Between a White Filling and a Silver Filling?
Silver fillings known as “amalgam” have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, they were the best cavity restoration option available for a long time. However, the metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth.
White Fillings, also known as composite or tooth-colored fillings are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color matches tooth color.
How Can I Improve My Smile?
There are several ways in today’s Dental World to enhance your smile. Specific procedures include:
- Tooth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Crowns
We have the capability to improve your smile using one or more of these procedures. For a smile makeover consultation, please contact our office so we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.
What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. Over the years, fluoride has been added to the whitening product. This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.
For best results, tooth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.
The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!
What is Bonding?
Bonding is a cost effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color. The immediate results are amazing. Within a few hours, you will have a great smile! Bonding, like tooth whitening, may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola and wine.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that bond directly to your natural teeth. This procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. Porcelain veneers repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Many times, patients ask for porcelain veneers to create a more youthful appearance with a straighter, whiter smile!
What are Crowns?
Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth changing the size, shape, and color of the teeth in as few as 2 visits.
What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth and tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is typically minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After a few months, the Dental Implant and bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the replacement tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
- Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
- Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
- Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
- Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.
What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 - 4 visits. The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.
The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthetic is applied. (Additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed so by the dentist). The dental practitioner makes a small incision to place the implant. The implant is set into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with little pain.
You will return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the porcelain crown that will permanently attach to your implant fully restoring your smile .
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
Fees for dental implants vary from dentist to dentist. Always schedule an implant consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.
How long does a Dental Implant last?
With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, a dental implant can last approximately 30 years or an entire lifetime.
Does your office offer financing for services provided?
Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to create your perfect smile today!