Q & A

Here, you’ll find quick answers to common questions about our dental services, treatments, and office policies. Whether you’re curious about managing sensitive teeth, preventing gum disease, or learning about dental implants, we have the information you need to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Teeth sensitivity often results from gum recession, which exposes the underlying dentin and allows food and liquids to reach the sensitive nerves. To manage this, there are specialized toothpastes, gels, and dental treatments available. If you have very sensitive teeth, please talk to us for more detailed advice.

Excellent dental care begins at home. Brushing and flossing daily are essential practices to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Consistent home care greatly reduces the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay as you age.

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria around the teeth. Symptoms include irritation, redness, and bleeding. Regular dental hygiene visits are crucial to prevent the condition from worsening. Our hygiene team will provide proper flossing techniques and an oral hygiene protocol for home care to prevent periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that begins with minimal symptoms and is caused by bacteria around the teeth. The initial stage, known as gingivitis, involves gum irritation, inflammation, and bleeding. If untreated, it can worsen, leading to bad breath, gum recession, sensitivity, abscesses, tooth pain, and tooth loss.

Periodontal disease requires immediate attention and can be managed through periodontal cleanings, root planing and scaling, laser therapy, and local antibiotics. In severe cases, periodontal surgery might be necessary.

Silver fillings, known as amalgam, have been used for decades and consist of a metal alloy that expands and contracts with temperature changes to protect the tooth. White fillings, or composites, are made of plastic or glass polymers that match the tooth’s color and provide a more natural appearance. They fit tightly into the tooth to prevent decay.

Several dental procedures can enhance your smile, including tooth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, and porcelain crowns. For a customized treatment plan, please contact our office.

Tooth whitening is a cost-effective and safe procedure to create a brighter smile. The process, monitored by your dentist, should follow a comprehensive exam and cleaning. The results can last for years if maintained properly, though beverages like coffee, tea, cola, and wine can reduce the effect.

Bonding is a cost-effective procedure to fill gaps in front teeth and change their color. The results are immediate and impressive. However, bonding may change color over time due to staining from coffee, tea, cola, and wine.

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain pieces applied to natural teeth. This procedure, which can be completed in two visits, changes the size, shape, and color of teeth, and is used to repair fractures, discoloration, or a crooked smile, providing a straighter, whiter appearance.

Crowns are a permanent cosmetic solution that covers the entire tooth, altering its size, shape, and color. The procedure typically requires two visits.

A dental implant is a titanium replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Inserted into the jawbone, it fuses with the bone over a few months to create a stable anchor for a new tooth.

  • Function and look like natural teeth
  • Permanent solution for missing teeth
  • Maintained with routine dental visits
  • Prevent bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss
  • Eliminate the need for removable dentures
  • Focus on the missing tooth without compromising adjacent teeth

Most people are candidates for dental implants, except those with chronic illnesses, heart disease, or severe osteoporosis.

The dental implant process usually takes 3-4 visits:

  1. Initial visit for X-rays and impressions.
  2. Implant placement under local anesthesia, followed by sutures.
  3. Return after 3 months to create and place the porcelain crown.

Dental implant costs vary by dentist. Schedule a consultation to discuss the procedure and associated fees.

With proper care and regular dental visits, a dental implant can last approximately 30 years or a lifetime.

Yes, please contact us to discuss available financing options to help you achieve your perfect smile today!