Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Although we welcome you to come to us with any questions or concerns you have regarding your dental health, we have collected some of our most frequently asked questions here which you can browse. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to call us or schedule a consultation with your doctor.

  • Why are my teeth sensitive?

    One of the most common reasons for sensitive teeth is that your gums may have receded. This recession allows for the underlying dentin of your teeth to show through, which allows for easier access to the sensitive nerves by food and drink. To manage this issue there are several different remedies including toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures. If you have further concerns, we recommend speaking with your doctor.

  • What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

    Ensuring the health of your gums and teeth begins at home. A thorough daily routine of brushing and flossing is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a steady basis. By maintaining your cleaning routine, you will minimize the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay as you grow older.

  • What is gingivitis?

    Gingivitis is a condition caused by bacteria which surrounds the teeth and enters into the gums. Following this bacterial infection, the gums will begin to swell, bleed, and become generally irritated. To prevent gingivitis from getting worse, we highly recommend regular hygiene visits. During these visits, our hygiene team will teach you proper flossing techniques, as well as home-based oral hygiene techniques.

  • What is periodontal disease?

    More commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a quiet disease that initially has little or no symptoms. It is caused when bacteria surround and enter the gums. The problem initially shows itself as gingivitis, a condition where the gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. Without proper treatment, this condition will worsen and noticeable symptoms will appear.

    Some symptoms 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 chronic condition that requires immediate attention. Although this is a chronic condition, it can be controlled through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing & scaling, laser therapy and local antibiotics.

    In severe cases, periodontal surgery may be necessary.

  • How can I improve my smile?

    There are several different ways in which you can enhance your smile. Some of the various options include:

    • Tooth whitening
    • Bonding
    • Porcelain veneers
    • Porcelain crowns

    These are just a few of the options we have available to help with your smile. For further options or more information on some of these procedures, consult your doctor.

  • What is tooth whitening?

    Tooth whitening is an economical and safe procedure to enhance your smile. Unlike past options that led to tooth and gum sensitivity, fluoride has been added to the whitening product, reducing these symptoms.

    This is a procedure that must be monitored by your dentist and can only be done after a comprehensive exam and cleaning.

    If maintained properly, the whitening process can last for a number of years. However, beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effects.

    A simple rule is, if it can stain a shirt, it can stain your smile!

  • What is bonding?

    Bonding is a procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth as well as change a tooth’s color.

    Bonding, like tooth whitening, can change color over time due to beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine.

  • What are porcelain veneers?

    Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed directly on top of your natural teeth.

    In as few as two visits, veneers change the size, shape and color of your teeth.

    Veneers are commonly used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile.

  • What are crowns?

    Crowns are a permanent, cosmetic procedure that covers an entire tooth, and can be put in place in as little as two visits.

  • What is a dental implant?

    A dental implant is a synthetic replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root.

    Crafted out of titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. This procedure usually results in minimal discomfort for the recipient.

    After a period of a few months, the dental implant and bone fuse together, creating an anchor for the new tooth to be placed upon the dental implant.

  • What are the benefits of dental implants?
    • Dental implants act and look like your natural teeth.
    • Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
    • Dental implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dentist.
    • Dental implants reduce the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
    • Dental implants replace the need for full or partial dentures.
    • Dental implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing, unlike a dental bridge.
  • Who is a candidate for dental implants?

    With advancements in dental implant technology, most people can utilize dental implants; however, some exceptions exist due to conditions such as chronic illness, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

  • What does the dental implant procedure involve?

    The average dental implant procedure takes three to four visits.

    The first visit is to obtain x-rays of the area, take an impression for a surgical guide, and insert a temporary prosthesis to cover the implant.

    The second visit is for the placement of the implant. A local anesthesia will be applied to the area. The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant into the jaw. The area is then covered with sutures. All in all, the procedure is usually completed with little to no pain.

    You will be scheduled to return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the porcelain crown which is placed over the implant.

  • How much does a dental implant cost?

    To estimate the cost of your procedure, you must schedule an implant consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.

  • How long does a dental implant last?

    With routine dental hygiene and maintenance, a dental implant can last a lifetime!

  • Does your office offer financing for services provided?

    Please contact us to discuss the different payment options we have available!