Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through, which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. 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 teeth and gums consistently. By keeping 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 visit, our hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home care that can prevent gingivitis.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a disease that begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as gingivitis. The gums become irritated, inflamed, and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms now appear. They include: bad breath, gum recession, gum sensitivity to acidic foods, abscesses, tooth pain, and tooth loss.

How do you treat periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planning & scaling, laser therapy, and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is necessary for severe cases. 

What is the difference between white and silver fillings?

Silver fillings known as Amalgam have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, it is a strong and durable filling material, and silver filings often last for decades. There are limitations to the use of silver fillings because they do not match the color of the tooth. White fillings, also known as composites, 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 will match the tooth color.

How can I improve my smile?

There are several ways in today’s dental world to enhance your smile. Certain procedures include: tooth whitening, bonding porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns. We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For am exact consultation, please contact our office so that 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. 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, and wine will reduce the  lasting effect. Remember if it could stain a white shirt, it will probably 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’ll have a great smile. Bonding, like tooth whitening, may change color over time due to coffee, tea, and wine. 

What are porcelain veneers? 

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. This entire procedure could take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape, and color of a patient’s teeth. This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Many times, patients ask for porcelain veneers to simply feel younger and have a straighter, whiter, smile!

What are crowns? 

Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that cover the entire tooth. It will change 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 or tooth rot. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After a period of a few months, the dental implant and the bones fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.

What are the benefits of dental implants? 

Dental implants look and function like your natural teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are maintained by routine hygiene visit 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 for dental implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.

What does a dental implant procedure involved? 

The average dental implant procedure takes 3 to 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. Local Anastasia is applied to the area. The dentist will then make a minor incident to place the implant. Implant is placed into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain. It will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the porcelain crown to place over the implant.

How much does a dental implant cost? 

Fees from dental implants very from dentist the dentist. Always schedule an implant consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved. 

How long does a dental implant last? 

With the routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, dental implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime. 

Does your office offer financing for services provided? 

Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!