FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Composites – Tooth-colored fillings

What should I expect during a visit for a composite filling?

During your visit, you will be anesthetized with a local anesthetic for your filling. Once the filling area is numb, the decayed or damaged part of your tooth will be removed. We use a series of steps to ensure that the composite filling bonds to the tooth, and then add composite to replace the missing tooth structure.

What type of post-treatment care is required after a composite filling?

Once your numbness subsides, you should be able to return to normal activity and oral care immediately. Cold sensitivity is normal following the placement of a composite filling. Transient, or quickly appearing and disappearing sensations with ice water, ice cream, or other cold drinks are normal and will improve with time.

Crowns and Bridges

Is a crown or bridge right for me?

If you have a tooth that has been damaged or decayed to a significant extent, but is still intact, a crown may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but it is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you. Please call us for a consultation to see if crowns or bridges may be right for you.

What should I expect when I choose to have a crown or a bridge?

The crown or bridge process generally involves 2 appointments. During the first appointment, we will shape the tooth so that the crown will fit over it. After the desirable shape has been completed, a final impression will be made. We then send the impression to our master ceramist for the fabrication of your crown/bridge. After we prepare your tooth and make the impression, a temporary crown will be made to protect your tooth. You will wear this temporary crown until you return for your appointment to permanently cement the crown.

Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?

Cold sensitivity is normal after dental treatment. Quick signs of sensation to cold water, ice cream, etc., are normal.

Please remember that temporary crowns are not permanent, and are cemented with temporary cement. Anything you eat that is sticky or chewy may pull the temporary crown off. We advise you to stay away from sticky or chewy foods, as well as chewing gum until your permanent crown is cemented.

Dental Implants

Did you know?

Approximately 30 million people live with no natural teeth in one or both jaws? More and more patients are opting for dental implants as a means of tooth replacement. Modern titanium implants were first developed in the 1950s, but archeologists have determined that ancient Egyptians and Mayans were the first cultures to implant artificial teeth.

Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implants may suit you if you have missing, broken, or severely decayed teeth, and are in relatively good health. The only way to be sure they are a good fit for you is to consult with a dentist to identify if you have adequate bone support and healthy gums that will support the new tooth structure.

What should I expect if my dentist and I decide dental implants are right for me?

The placement of implants is a multi-step process typically taking 6 to 9 months to complete. It begins with a surgical procedure where a titanium rod is placed where a natural tooth root existed. You will be anesthetized for the procedure, and the implant will be covered with a healing cap after placement. At the conclusion of the healing period, you will be fitted for permanent crowns and have them placed.

What type of post-treatment care will I need?

Discomfort, such as bruising and swelling is normal after an implant procedure. However, inflammation can be managed with over the counter analgesics, or if necessary, a prescription pain reliever. You may be asked to eat only soft foods for a few days to a few weeks until the surgical site heals.

Root Canals

Did you know?

Many patients think all root canals involve pain and discomfort. Advancements in modern dentistry have made root canals very tolerable procedures, often similar to getting a filling. More than 9 out of 10 root canal procedures are successful, and most treatments last many years to a lifetime.

Am I a candidate for a root canal?

If decay or damage has severely inflamed or has allowed bacteria to infect the pulp of your tooth, a root canal may be right for you. Also, you may opt for root canal therapy if you wish to preserve your natural tooth instead of extracting it. If you would like more information about root canals, and if they are right for you, please schedule an exam at your earliest convenience.

What should I expect during my root canal treatment?

The first step is to numb your tooth with local anesthetic. Once you are numb, the diseased pulp will be removed and the canals cleaned and shaped. The canals are then filled and sealed, and the tooth is restored, often with a crown.

What type of post-treatment care is required after a root canal?

Often teeth become inflamed after a root canal causing sensitivity for a few days after treatment. This is normal and will subside quickly. Normal brushing and flossing habits can be resumed immediately after treatment and restoration is complete

Veneers

Did you know?

Dental veneers are a conservative way to makeover your smile. Affordability makes it easy for anyone to get porcelain veneers.

Am I a candidate for veneers?

If you have gaps between your teeth, or have teeth that are broken, chipped, misshapen or misaligned, veneers may be right for you.

What should I expect when I get dental veneers?

First, the teeth must be conservatively prepared, removing a small amount from their surface. A mold is made and sent to our dental lab which will make your veneers. When the veneers are ready, you return and have them bonded to your teeth.

Do I need to follow any post-treatment care instructions?

Normal brushing and flossing can be resumed immediately. It is normal to experience some sensitivity during the veneering process. This dissipates quickly after the final bonding.

Whitening

Did you know?

Teeth naturally darken as we age. Also, certain foods, beverages, medications, and habits can create a darker, yellowed or stained smile. It is possible to erase or lessen these stains with a professional whitening treatment.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

If you are experiencing discoloration but have healthy teeth and gums, you may be a good candidate for whitening. Schedule a consultation to see if whitening may be right for you.

What should I expect when I get my teeth whitened?

Your results will vary in accordance with the natural shade of your teeth and amount of discoloration. However, it is normal for patients to experience a lightening of several shades.

What type of care is required after I whiten my teeth?

Some tooth sensitivity is normal after whitening. You should avoid drinking tea, coffee, and red wine while whitening.

Dental Cleaning

Did you know?

Americans are less likely to visit the dentist as they age. It is important to visit your dentist for bi-annual cleanings and exams to keep your mouth healthy, especially as you age. An unhealthy mouth can contribute and lead to other health problems.

Why do I need to have my teeth cleaned professionally?

Even if you brush and floss after every meal and before bed, bacteria-harboring plaque can accumulate in the small crevices, grooves and pits of your teeth. Over time, this plaque can harden and precipitate inflammation and even periodontal disease and decay in these areas. This may result in pain and partial or total tooth loss.

What should I expect at my cleaning and dental exam?

An examination of your teeth and gums as well as measurements of the pockets around your teeth will be completed. An oral cancer screening as well as a comprehensive evaluation of your oral soft tissues will be done. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, x-rays may be taken for a more comprehensive view of your teeth. The dental hygienist will clean your teeth using special instruments to remove hardened plaque. Finally, your teeth will be polished and your dentist will complete a comprehensive exam, discussing treatment recommendations as well as any oral health problems or questions you may have.

What should I do after my cleaning visit?

Be sure to maintain good oral habits at home, including daily flossing and brushing after meals.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Is cosmetic dentistry right for me?

If your teeth are healthy and you would like to change imperfections in them to enhance the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry may be of help. Cosmetic dental procedures will change your smile and compliment the natural appearance of your teeth.

What can I expect for my cosmetic dentistry consultation?

We will discuss treatment options available to meet your particular need, including their cost.

What types of cosmetic treatments are available?

Cosmetic dental services can range from teeth whitening to totally changing your smile. Available treatments include – whitening, tooth-colored fillings, bonding, veneers, crowns, bridges and implants.

Extractions

Why do I need a tooth extraction?

Severe tooth decay, impacted wisdom teeth, advanced periodontal disease and a cracked, non-restorable tooth are all reasons for tooth removal.

What should I expect at my tooth extraction appointment?

Prior to tooth removal, a local anesthetic will be given. You may also be prescribed medications to manage post-operative pain if necessary.

What are my post extraction instructions?

We ask you to avoid certain foods and keep the extraction site clean. Please complete entire course of all prescriptions given. Also, avoid smoking and drinking through straw to avoid a dry socket.

Partial Dentures

Did you know?

You will need to care for your partial dentures by:

  • Soaking them in a solution when not in the mouth
  • Clean them daily
  • Protect from droppage, as they may break
  • Keep away from pets, they like to eat them.

Why should I use a partial denture?

If you are missing one or more teeth, partials may be right for you.

What is the process for getting partial dentures?

First, an impression is made of the affected area, which is sent to our dental lab. The lab will fabricate a prosthesis to fit over your remaining teeth, which has a gum colored base and plastic teeth. A framework with clasps will attach this appliance to your natural teeth.

What instructions should I follow after I get my partial?

Good oral hygiene is essential to maintain your remaining teeth. Twice yearly exams and cleanings allow us to help you keep good oral health and mitigate potential problems. Please bring your partials along at each visit. After several years, the bone and soft tissue areas of your mouth may change, and your partial may need to be rebased to fit these changes.

Dentures

Did you know?

Over 35 million Americans currently wear partials or dentures. This number will certainly rise as our population ages.

What should I expect when being fit for dentures?

This is dependent on whether you are edentulous (no teeth) or have teeth needing to be removed and dentures placed. If you have teeth needing to be removed, impressions will be made of your existing teeth and dentures will be fabricated. You will return for tooth extractions and denture seating. If you have no teeth, the denture process involves several appointments where your teeth are fitted and then delivered to you.

How do I care for my new dentures?

You need to clean and brush your dentures daily. Also, brush your gums daily to prevent infections. Keep your dentures in water when you are not wearing them.

How do I get used to my new dentures?

It takes time to adjust to dentures. You will have to learn how to use the muscles in your cheeks as well as your tongue to keep them in place. Over time, you will feel more comfortable with your new removable prosthetic.

Inlays and Onlays

Did you know?

Inlays and Onlays can be used as a more conservative treatment than a crown for a broken tooth. If your tooth requires more than a filling but does not need a crown, an inlay or onlay can be fabricated. These restorations are lab made to fit naturally into your tooth. These restorations last much longer than traditional fillings.

Does my tooth need an inlay or onlay?

If you have moderate tooth damage or decay and wish for more conservative option than crown, an inlay or onlay may be right for you.

What does an inlay/onlay restoration involve?

Your tooth will be prepared at the first visit, an impression made and a temporary placed. The restoration is made in a lab and when finished, will be placed in your tooth at another visit.

What guidelines do I need to follow?

While you are wearing a temporary, please avoid sticky or hard foods which could damage or loosen the restoration. Once the permanent restoration is in place, you can resume normal eating and oral hygiene habits.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation – (Service)

Full mouth rehabilitation is essentially a work of art, restoring health, beauty and function to your mouth in the most efficient, cost effective way possible. Full mouth rehabilitation is a highly individualized treatment. The reason for this treatment is to optimize the health of the entire mouth, including your teeth, gums and bite.

What procedures are involved in full mouth rehabilitation?

Full mouth rehabilitation may include any or all of these services:

  • Dental bridges
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implants
  • Inlays or onlays
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Fillings
  • Tooth whitening
  • Partials
  • Dentures

Am I a candidate for full mouth rehabilitation?

Ideal candidates for full mouth rehabilitation are in good general health but have multiple missing or badly damaged teeth. Many patients also require the replacement of existing restorations which have worn over time.

Is this an extensive process?

Most full mouth rehabilitation plans require extensive work over multiple appointments. The result is a fully functioning mouth and excellent oral health that can last for decades. This involves the individual recreation of each tooth where they are worn, broken, extensively decayed or missing. Some patients may wish for a more attractive smile, while others yearn for teeth allowing them to eat comfortably.

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