Q&A

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth could come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded or heavy grinding. 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 tooth and gum care starts at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis.  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.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet 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
  • 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 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 Tooth Colored and Silver Filling?

Silver fillings, known as amalgam, have been around for decades.  They are made from a metal alloy and were, for a long time, the best restoration for fillings.

Tooth Colored fillings, also known as composites, are 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 bonds 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- at your consultation, the dentist will determine which treatment is best for you.
  • Bonding- using tooth colored filling materials.
  • Porcelain Veneers-the porcelain “shells” applied to enamel of teeth
  • Porcelain Crowns- ceramic tooth colored material.
  • Orthodontics- moving teeth into moving into the ideal position.

We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening or bleaching  is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile.  Over the years, flouride 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.

What is Bonding?

Bonding is a cost effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and can match or improve the color of your tooth. 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 etc.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

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

What is a Crown?

A Crown is a permanent cosmetic procedure that cover the entire tooth. It can 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 root.  Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted 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 bone 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 tooth.
  • 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 for dental implants.  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.  The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone.  The area will then be covered with sutures.  The procedure is usually completed with little to no pain.

You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the porcelain crown to place over the implant, sometimes the implant can be “loaded” immediately.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

Fees from 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 to a lifetime.

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