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Patient education is an essential part of our practice. We encourage our patients to ask questions because we want them to understand everything they can about their oral health.
We hear some questions from patients quite frequently, and we have included a few of these here. But if you have another question not listed, don’t hesitate to contact our practice. The only silly question is one that does not get asked!
We look forward to assisting you with all of your questions regarding your oral health!
Today’s cosmetic dentistry procedures can greatly improve the appearance of your smile. Some of the treatments we offer include teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, bonding, and Invisalign invisible braces. There is no reason to go through life with a smile you don’t love. A beautiful smile not only makes a good first impression but it can boost your self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Teeth whitening is an affordable way to immediately improve your smile by making your teeth several shades whiter.
- Veneers can camouflage problems such as crooked, misshapen, or discolored teeth, giving you a smile that is perfectly even, straight, and white.
- Dental crowns can repair a tooth that is cracked or otherwise damaged, fully restoring its form and function.
- Bonding can fix cracks, chips, and gaps in your smile using a composite resin material that perfectly blends with your natural teeth.
- Invisalign invisible braces can discreetly straighten your smile in a fraction of the time as traditional orthodontics. Because they are practically invisible, they fit in well with the adult lifestyle.
If you'd like to find out which of our services can help you meet your goals, call our office to schedule your consultation.
Dental implants are the best replacement for missing teeth because they offer so many advantages, including the following:
- Dental implants look and function closest to your natural teeth.
- The implant portion of the dental implant—which takes the place of your tooth root—is made of titanium, which is biocompatible. What this means is that it is well accepted by the body, with little chance of rejection.
- Because dental implants are permanently integrated into the jawbone, they are completely secure and stable. Denture-wearers often have to worry about their dentures slipping and shifting; this problem does not exist with dental implants.
- Dental implants prevent bone loss, keeping your jaw tissue healthy. They also prevent something called “facial collapse,” which is what gives denture-wearers a sunken-in, aged look to their face.
- Care for dental implants is easy. Just brush and floss as you would your natural teeth. Also be sure to stay current with your visits to the dentist. It is essential you go in twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Although decay cannot develop in your implants, you can still get gum disease so it important your gum health be monitored regularly.
If you care for your dental implants, they can last a lifetime.
When you first get dentures, there is a period of adjustment while you grow accustomed to not only wearing them but speaking, laughing, and eating with them as well.
There are a few things you can do to help speed up the process so they are comfortable for you sooner rather than later.
- Make sure your expectations are realistic to set yourself up for success. Be patient with yourself while you get used to them. If you are experiencing any soreness, be sure to contact your dentist to find out if you should go in to have them adjusted. You can also try to remove them for a bit every four hours or so when you first get them.
- Try adhesives. Ask your dentist for specific recommendations on types you can try. However, be sure you don’t substitute adhesives for poorly fitting dentures.
- When eating, try smaller than normal portions until you get used to chewing with dentures.
- Follow your dentist’s instructions in the days after your extractions. And don’t skip any scheduled visits to the dentist.
After a few months of living with dentures, they will feel quite comfortable with little to no soreness.
General and Preventive Dentistry
When it comes to caring for your oral health, you should focus on preventing problems rather than waiting to treat problems as they come up. The best way to do this is to visit the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. By seeing your dentist regularly, problems can be identified while they are still small and easy to treat. Other conditions, such as gum disease, can also be discovered and treated before they become more serious.
Follow these steps to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and disease free:
- Brush your teeth at least twice every day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. Brush for at least two minutes with gentle motions, angled toward the gum line. Don’t brush too hard; doing so risks damaging gum tissue.
- Floss at least once every day—preferably before bedtime. Using your preferred dental floss—all are equally effective—gently floss between teeth with an up and down motion. Don’t forget to floss between your back teeth.
- Don’t skip dental appointments. Most people need to go to the dentist at least twice each year for examinations and cleanings. If you have gum disease or other issues, your dentist might recommend more frequent visits.
Our digital scanning software can estimate the treatment length – this can be done at the consultation appointment.
Treatment costs vary- a no cost consultation is the best way to discover each individual specific needs.
Invisalign invisible braces offer several advantages over traditional metal braces, including:
- Invisalign is practically invisible. Even someone seated across the table from you would have a difficult time seeing that you are wearing the clear plastic aligners.
- Invisalign can be cleaned quickly and easily because the aligners pop right out of your mouth.
- You will be able to easily brush and floss your teeth because of the removable aligners.
- With Invisalign, there are no wires that need to be tightened or brackets that need to be checked. You’ll have fewer trips to the dentist.
- There is no risk of damaging your tooth enamel with Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners.
- Most patients will be finished with treatment in just about 12 months, which is much quicker than traditional orthodontics.
- You are able to monitor your progress with a clear view of your teeth.
- You remove the aligners to eat, so there are no food restrictions with Invisalign.
- If you have a special occasion, you can remove the plastic aligners for a few hours.
It is important to remember, however, that you must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day or your treatment may not be successful.
Root Canal Treatment and Extractions
There is a lot of fear surrounding root canal treatment, but most of it is unfounded. With today’s modern dentistry, getting a root canal is no worse than getting a cavity filled.
Most people who need a root canal are in quite a bit of pain, which is what leads them to the dentist in the first place. Usually this means that the root of the tooth is infected. The goal of the root canal is to eliminate the infection—and thus, eliminate the pain.
The first thing your dentist will do before a root canal is numb the area. Once you are completely comfortable, a tiny hole is drilled into the affected tooth. Your dentist will remove the infection from the tooth along with the damaged nerve. The area will be completely flushed out to ensure no bacteria remain. Often an antibiotic will also be placed in the area to prevent a recurrence of infection.
Next, the tooth will be filled and sealed. In most cases, the tooth structure will be brittle, so a crown is placed over the treated tooth to protect and strengthen it. This will give you back full function of your tooth.
Any residual discomfort you might feel after the procedure will quickly fade, and you will feel much better afterward than when you came into the dentist.