Dental FAQs2017-03-23T20:28:35+00:00

Dental FAQs


How Often Should I See the Dentist for a Check Up and Cleaning?

Most children and adults should see their dentist for a regular cleaning and check up every six months, but people at a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental check ups more than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check up.

Going to your regular check ups will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy as well as detect any early problems such as gum disease, oral cancer and cavities. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis.

How can I prevent tooth decay and gum disease?

Good oral hygiene starts at home, though it needs to be supplemented by regular visits to our dentistry practice. Steps you can take to prevent tooth decay and gum disease include:

Thorough brushing

Brush at least twice a day, using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and the need for costly dental procedures in the future. Replace your brush every two to three months.

Proper flossing

Flossing is crucial to the health of your teeth and gums and the prevention of gum disease. Be sure to floss thoroughly. Don’t forget to floss all of your teeth.

Regular dental visits

At every regularly-scheduled dental appointment at our dental practice, we will carefully check your teeth, gums, mouth, and throat. A checkup at our office includes:

  • A clinical dental examination: This includes a periodontal exam and examinations of the mobility of teeth, the mucous membranes, saliva, occlusion (bite), removable appliances, and contact between teeth. If we detect tooth decay or broken fillings, we will discuss appropriate action with you.
  • A full set of digital X-rays
  • A thorough dental cleaning: This includes removing plaque, polishing teeth, flossing, assessing your mouth’s cleanliness, and providing oral hygiene instructions.Following the clinical dental exam, your dentist will discuss a detailed treatment plan, if necessary.

Regular dental visits, along with daily brushing and flossing, are key to a lifetime of good oral health. General dentistry of this type can prevent the need for cosmetic or restorative dentistry later in life.




I am afraid of the dentist. Can you help me with this?

Yes. We are equipped to provide you with relaxation dentistry so that you can visit our office without fear or anxiety, allowing you to have your appointment while being completely relaxed. We take a very gentle approach with all of our patients to make them as comfortable as possible.

Will my cosmetic dentistry results look natural?

Every person’s smile is different. We take great care in determining the best course of treatment for the results you would like to see. Depending on your facial proportions, lifestyle, age, gender, complexion, and even hair and eye color, we will design a treatment plan just for you.

After their cosmetic dentistry procedures, our patients usually receive compliments about how wonderful they look.

How long will it take for me to complete my cosmetic dentistry treatment?

Depending on the complexity of the treatment plan, your treatment will usually be finished within one to three visits.

After their cosmetic dentistry procedures, our patients usually receive compliments about how wonderful they look.

Some procedures, like porcelain veneers or smile makeovers may require two or three additional visits, while others, like dental bonding, teeth whitening, or white fillings will only require one more visit to our office.

No matter what type of treatment you are receiving for your teeth, you should have a bright new smile in just a few weeks. After your treatment, you will be able to smile with confidence because you will have the teeth you have always wanted.

How will my new smile have an impact on the rest of my life?

All too often, we have patients that burst into tears at the sight of their new smile because we have made such a drastic improvement to their teeth. For many of these patients, they are so proud of their new smile that they cannot help showing it off!

We see patients that were once shy, blossom into social butterflies, professionals having greater success in their careers, and older patients who look and feel like they are years younger! A beautiful new smile can have a huge impact on your self-confidence as well as your appearance, allowing you to live and look the way you have always wanted.




What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed to reduce or eliminate the discoloration of enamel and dentin in a patient’s teeth caused by cigarettes, coffee, food and other staining agents. Our whitening system is very effective and safe. We feature Zoom! One Hour In-Office Whitening.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are very thin, ceramic shells that are applied to teeth to repair chips, discoloration, misalignments, gaps and other flaws in the smile.

Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?
The best candidates are people with otherwise strong, healthy teeth that have relatively minor flaws such as stains or other discolorations, chips, gaps between the teeth, or slightly misaligned teeth. Seriously damaged or decayed teeth usually require more involved cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore the teeth to good health and better appearance.

Does the veneer process hurt?
No. Some clients may experience minor discomfort when the tooth is buffed down, but any such sensitivity can be resolved with regular, over-the-counter pain relievers

How long can porcelain veneers last?
With proper oral hygiene, porcelain veneers can last for 10 to 15 years.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth straightening procedure that uses invisible, removable aligners to straighten a client’s teeth through a series of gradual steps, without any need to install metal or wires in the client’s mouth.

How does Invisalign work?
Through 3-D computer imaging technology, the dentist can design a full treatment plan, from the client’s original alignment all the way to the final, desired alignment. A series of client-tailored, invisible “aligners” are created, with each one moving the client’s teeth another step closer to the final, desired result. Clients wear each aligner for a couple of weeks before replacing it with the next in the series until the desired results are achieved.

Do dentists need special training to use Invisalign?
Orthodontists and dentists who wish to treat clients with Invisalign are required to undergo training before performing Invisalign procedures.

Is Invisalign safe?
Yes. The Federal Drug Administration approved the Invisalign procedure in August 1998.

What options are there to replace missing teeth?

There are many options for replacement of teeth, with varying fees for service:

  • Bridge: One or two teeth are replaced by having a tooth made of metal anchored on either side by crowns on the adjacent teeth.
  • Complete Upper Denture: All teeth are missing in the upper arch.
  • Complete Lower Denture: All teeth are missing in the lower arch.
  • Immediate Denture: The denture is made prior to extraction and is fitted right after teeth are extracted. This procedure is more expensive and will need replacement at the patient’s expense, usually within one year.
  • Removable Partial Denture: Some teeth are missing and the denture fits onto two or more remaining teeth.
  • Processed Reline: A denture is relined with acrylic to accommodate the new shape of the gums following extraction or subsequent shrinkage of the gums.
  • Implant: One or more teeth are replaced by inserting metal posts into the upper or lower jaw. A crown, bridge or denture is attached to the metal post(s).




What are the symptoms of Gum Disease?

Symptoms may include sensitive gums, receding gums, gums that are red and bleed easily, or persistent bad breath. Since there are different stages of gum disease (from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis), there are different levels of treatment. Gum treatment is the treatment of active gum and jaw bone disease and can slow or stop the progression of gum disease. In some cases, the patient may be referred to a specialist. A non-surgical treatment is Scaling and Root Planning. By using special instruments, we remove bacteria and infection from the unhealthy deep pockets around the teeth below the gum line. This is often referred to as a deep cleaning.

How important are Oral Cancer Screenings?

Regular Oral Cancer screenings increase the likelihood of catching this affliction in the earliest, highly survivable stages of the cancer. All family members over 18 should be screened at least yearly. We recommend more frequent screenings when patients engage in known risk factors such as tobacco use. The screening is a simple, painless, 3-5 minute exam.

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