Q & A

Q and A

Why are my teeth sensitive?
Usually, sensitive teeth are prevalant because of the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of your gum line causes the repressed dentin to become visible which grants water and food easy access to the your sensitive nerves. To prevent this, there is a vast number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. If you have any more questions or concerns about sensitive teeth, please contact us; we will be happy to help.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Productive teeth and gum care starts at home. Daily brushing and flossing is the best way to ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. By sticking to a daily and efficient routine, you will significantly minimize the risk of tooth decay or gingivitis as you age older.

What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is caused when plaque surrounds the teeth and causes the surrounding gums to become inflamed, irritated, and they will often bleed. To prevent the condition from getting worse, we recommend regular hygiene visits. During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and Oral Hygiene protocol you will need to prevent the disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is a silent disease that begins very little to no visible symptoms. It is caused by bacteria surrounding teeth that eventually enters the gums. The initial condition is gingivitis, where gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If it is not treated properly, the condition will worsen eventually. Visible symptoms will now appear. They include:

  • Bad Breath

  • Gum Recession

  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods

  • Abscesses

  • Tooth Pain

  • Tooth Loss

How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is a persistent condition that requires immediate action. Luckily, a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing and scaling, antibiotics and laser therapy, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal Surgery will only be necessary for severe cases.

What is the Difference Between a White Filling and a Silver Filling?
Silver fillings known as Amalgam have been present in the dental scene for decades. They are made from a metal alloy, which made it the best restoration for fillings. The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold positioned in the mouth. This allows for minimal bacteria to enter a tooth that has been filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.

White fillings, or composites, are usually made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that closely resembles your existing tooth composition. This reconstruction is created with a resin material and tightly fits into any tooth to further prevent decay. The composite color will match the tooth color rather than a contrasting silver or gray color.

How Can I Improve My Smile?
There are various ways in today’s Dental world to intensify your smile. Certain procedures may include:

  • Tooth Whitening

  • Bonding

  • Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain Crowns

We have the ability to refine your smile using all or some of these procedures. For a precise consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a modified treatment plan.

What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth whitening is the most cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy, bright smile. Also, flouride has been added to the whitening product over the course of many years. This reduces the risk of sensitivity of teeth and gums.
It is required that tooth whitening is monitored by your dentist and done only after an inclusive exam and hygiene cleaning.

The effects of tooth whitening can last for years if maintained properly. However, beverages such as coffee, cola, wine and tea will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

What is Bonding?
Bonding is the most cost effective procedure used to fill gaps in the front teeth and to change the color of a tooth. The immediate results will be amazing. Within only a few hours, you will have a great smile! Bonding like tooth whitening may change color over time due to cola, tea, coffee and wine.

What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on top of your natural teeth. This entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers effectively change the size, color and shape of patients' teeth. This procedure is used to restore fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Patients often ask for porcelain veneers simply to feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

What are Crowns?
Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the patient's entire tooth. It will alter the size, shape and color of your teeth in as few as 2 visits.

What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is considered a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Constructed from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the lower or upper jaw bone. There is usually very little discomfort included with this procedure. The Dental Implant and the bone fuse together after a short period of a few months. This creates an anchor for the pristine tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants function and look like your natural teeth.

  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.

  • Dental Implants are preserved by regular hygiene visits to your dental office.

  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and tooth loss.

  • Dental Implants replace the need for a "removable full" or "partial denture."

  • Dental Implants focus only on the missing teeth or tooth. A customary bridge would involve the multiple adjacent teeth being weakened to create a false tooth in between.

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
With major developments in dentistry and dental implants, a majority of the population are candidates for dental implants. However, there may be exceptions in regards to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.
What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

An average dental implant procedure takes approximately 3 to 4 visits. The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a short-term prosthesis to cover the Implant.

The next visit is to place the Implant. An anesthesia is applied to the area. (An additional sedation is no longer required unless approved by the dentist). Then, the dentist will make a minor opening to place the implant which is placed in the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with slight to no pain.

Your next return will be 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 vary from every dentist. Always schedule a consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved with it.

How long does a Dental Implant last?
A dental implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime. That it, of course, if proper hygiene and dental care is done at home.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?
Please contact us to discuss the options we have available in order to create your perfect smile today!