Frequently Asked Questions

 

Whitening:

Q) Is teeth whitening safe ?
A) 100% safe and effective. The only side affect can be some temporary tooth sensitivity but this will stop when you stop treatment. Simply use Sensodyne toothpaste during treatment.

Q) How should I choose a whitening product?
A)When selecting a whitener or any dental product, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance—your assurance that they have met ADA standards of safety and effectiveness.

Q) I have crowns and fillings can I use whitening?
A) Using whitening with any type of crowns or fillings is 100% safe but it will not bleach them. You can only bleach your own natural teeth.

Q) Are you a candidate for In-Office Whitening?
A) This procedure is not suitable for those with the following conditions:
• Patients with hypersensitive teeth and gums.
• Teeth that have become transparent with age. This is particularly true of the front teeth, which are thin to begin with.
• Patient under the age of 16 years.
• Pregnant or a nursing mother.

Crown and bridges:

Q)What are crowns?
A)Crowns also known as (caps) are a dental restoration that covers the tooth 360 degrees above the gumline. A crown works by replacing the enamel with metal or porcelain and bonding/cementing to the remaining tooth structure. The tooth then can function like a natural tooth and restoring the bite relationship.

Q)What are bridges?
A)Bridges are crowns that are connected together to close a space between the teeth.

Q)How long will a crown last?
A)The American Dental Association says that a crown typically last 8-10 years, although they have been seen to last much longer than this. How long a crown can last depends on several factors including oral hygiene, chewing forces and saliva chemistry and habits.

Q)How do I take care of my crowns or bridges?
A)Proper oral hygiene including brushing and flossing daily can help to prevent decay under the margins of the crowns. A fluoride tooth paste may be prescribed to strengthen the remaining tooth structure.

Dentures and Partials

Q) How do you clean your dentures or Partials?
A) When cleaning your dentures or partials, you should first rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Then moisten your toothbrush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.

Q) What is good oral hygiene when you have full dentures or partials?
A) In addition to taking care of your dentures or partials, taking care of your mouth also is vital if you wear dentures and partials. This includes brushing your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures or partials. This stimulates your tissues and helps remove plaque.

Q) Do dentures need to be replaced?
A) Dentures will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear over a period of time and normal shrinkage of your gums and bones.
Dental Implants

Q)  What are some of the advantages of dental implants?
A)   1. Restore the ability to smile more confidently by give the patient a better self-image.
      2. Provides greater support to aid in retention of full dentures.
      3. No decay.

Q)  What is the success rate of dental implants?
A)   98% If you are a non-smoker, the success rate is closer to 100%.

Veneers

Q) What are veneers?
A) Veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite is placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth.

Q) What problems can veneers correct?
A) Veneers can be used by dentists to correct the appearance of worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, tooth discoloration, and chips or cracks

Q) Does dental insurance pay for dental veneer procedures?
A) As with most cosmetic dentistry treatments, dental insurance typically does not cover cosmetic dental veneers because the procedure is considered elective, similar to teeth whitening. However, other alternate treatment options, such as orthodontics to correct misaligned teeth, may be covered by some dental plans or additional cost orthodontic dental insurance plans.

Gum Disease

Q)What is gingivitis and how can it be treated?
A)Gingivitis (Periodontal Disease)
Bleeding gums when measured, puffy in appearance and pockets no greater than 3mm. No damage to the supporting bone in this stage.
Treatment: Prophylaxis (Cleaning) Prophylaxis refers to the cleaning of teeth as a preventative measure against periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay. This treatment can include the removal of plaque and tartar in the supragingival (upper) and subgingival (lower) levels of the gum line and checking of restorations and prostheses.

Q)What is periodontitis and how can it be treated?
A)Periodontitis (Periodontal Disease)
Periodontal disease is a chronic infection that slowly attacks and destroys the gums and bone that support the teeth. The fact that it is a chronic disease means that a person cannot be "cured", rather they must work at controlling the factors which will bring on the full disease process. Other examples of chronic disease are heart disease and diabetes - they can be managed, but NOT cured. Periodontal disease is the most common disease in the world, it is estimated that over 70% of the adult population in this country have some periodontal problems.

Treatment: Scaling and Root Planing (Local Anesthetic is often required.)
SCALING consists of removing the hard calculus and plaque around the collar of the tooth as well as below the gumline. ROOT PLANING removes the calculus and plaque off the root surface well below the gumline (into the pocket).