FAQ Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry?
The crowning or whitening of teeth for purely cosmetic or aesthetic reasons.
Why do people get cosmetic dentistry done to their teeth?
Most people have crooked or turned teeth which are crowded or have natural gaps. By placing all white crowns, the dentist can design the perfect smile!
How long will it take if I want my front teeth replaced with crowns?
Your first appointment will be an hour and a half long sending you home with temporary crowns.The lab fabricates your crown in 7 to 10 business days. We will have you come back in for an hour-long appointment to get your final crowns seated. The answer is anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks.

FAQ Oral Surgery

Why do I need to have my tooth extracted?
If a tooth is considered non-restorable (unable to fix) it may have a fracture, or a cavity so deep that the only option is to take the tooth out.
Why can’t I just leave a broken tooth in my mouth?
These teeth are infected, the infection will spread through your jaw and destroy the jaw bone over time.
How long will my mouth hurt after my tooth is extracted?
Every patient is different. Typically, the pain lasts for around 2 days. If you are a smoker or do not follow the at home care instructions it can take 1 to 2 weeks to properly heal.

FAQ Dentures

What is a denture?
This is a removable appliance used to replace teeth.
Why doesn’t my denture fit anymore?
As we age, we lose bone density which changes the shape of our jaws. To resolve this issue the dentist can have your dentures relined for a better fit.
What is the difference between conventional dentures and implant retained dentures?
Conventional dentures sit on your gum tissue with the aide of a denture adhesive. In the long run this causes your jaw bone to shrink due to lack of stimulation. Implant retained dentures are locked into dental implants that are fixed into the jaw bone. This sits on implants which are fixed into the jaw bone which keeps the bone from shrinking due to lack of stimulation.

FAQ Veneers

What is a denture?
A veneer is a super thin shell that is designed to adhere to your natural tooth improving appearance. Veneers are commonly used on front teeth to change shape, size, color, or length.
Why are all white crowns better than veneers?
Over time veneers can pop off and chip. They recommend that veneers are replaced every 10 years to ensure that no bacteria get under them effecting your regular teeth underneath. All white crowns cover the entire tooth and can last your entire lifetime with proper care. Regular dental check ups and stellar home care will ensure that you will get the full time out of either option!

FAQ Orthodontics

What's an orthodontist?
All orthodontists are dentists, but only about 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists. An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
At what age can people have orthodontic treatment?
Children and adults can both benefit from orthodontics, because healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age.
Why is orthodontic treatment important?
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss.
How long will orthodontic treatment take?
In general, active treatment time with orthodontic appliances (braces) ranges from one to three years.

FAQ Teeth Whitening

Why do people whiten their teeth?
Yellow or stained teeth age us. Whiter teeth give people a youthful appearance.
Does it hurt to whiten my teeth?
Every patient is different. Most people have sensitivity the first 24 hours while some experience no pain at all.
I just got my teeth whitened and they won’t stop hurting. What will help?
Using sensitive toothpaste and leaving it on your tooth/teeth overnight for extended periods of time around the areas that are zinging can help alleviate the pain. Sensodyne or Crest Sensitivity are awesome toothpastes for this!
What can I eat after I get my teeth whitened?
We suggest NOT to eat anything that would typically stain a white t-shirt. Avoid coffee, tea, wine, mustard, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, etc. What CAN consume are rice, white fish, white chicken, water, milk, clear alcohol, potatoes, white pasta without sauce, butter, yogurt, etc.

FAQ Endodontics

When do people need a root canal?
Once decay or the cavity reaches the heart or nerve of the tooth.
Will I know if I need a root canal?
Not always. Most people will have pain with a deep cavity. However, some people may not experience any symptoms at all!
If I have had a root canal treatment prior can my canal get infected again?
Yes, your canal can become infected again if you do not have proper at home care, experience reoccurring decay, or if your crown breaks and you don’t get it fixed in a timely manner.

FAQ Cleanings

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
It is recommended that healthy patients get their teeth cleaned every 6 months. Patients that fallinto the periodontal category are requested to be seen more often.
Are dental x-rays really needed?
Our dental office suggests that routine x-rays are taken once in a 12-month period to show any cavities forming on the surfaces of the teeth that we are not able to see clinically.
Do our teeth need fluoride?
When fluoride is used topically it helps prevents cavities as well as strengthening decalcified areas of enamel.
Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
Bacteria, which occurs naturally in our mouths, builds up on our teeth and gums. Bleeding primarily occurs when you don’t brush and floss daily or come in at the routine dental visit interval that your dental hygienist believes is best fit for you. Without proper removal of this bacterium, it can cause red, puffy gums that will bleed.
My hygienist recommends that I have a deep cleaning or scaling & root planning, why?
When determining your periodontal status, the dental hygienists uses three tools - x-rays, gum charting, and clinical appearance. X-rays show bone levels and calculus deposits (hardened plaque) on root surfaces. When bone levels are low, and calculus is present it is an indicator that periodontal disease is present. Gum charting is a number scale used to show the health of gum tissue. The higher the number the more advanced your periodontal disease is. The clinical exam assists in determining health of gums based on gum color, texture, and visible plaque andcalculus build up.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease can occur for multiple reasons. It is most commonly seen in patients who have gone longer than suggested for their routine dental cleanings. Most patients diagnosed with this disease have underlying issues such as poor oral care, genetics, or other linked diseases.

FAQ Brushing Your Teeth

Should I brush my gums?
It is recommended that you brush your gums every time you brush your teeth. It is just as important to remove plaque and bacteria from your gum tissue as it is from your tooth structure.
Does a rinse or mouthwash help?
Most hygienists suggest a three-step oral hygiene routine. There is a wide variety of rinses that may work for you depending on your personal needs. Ask your hygienist at your next appointment for the one that would fit best!
Is water flossing the same as flossing?
Yes, it can be if used as directed. However, we do recommend continuing to floss at least twice a week while using the water flosser.
Is it really that important to floss?
Yes, brushing your teeth only cleans 3 out of the 5 surfaces on your teeth. Flossing reaches the other 2. Floss as much as you can to keep the cavities away and keep those other surfaces clean!
How often should I change my toothbrush and/or toothbrush head?
Once the toothbrush bristles get bent or worn down which is approximately every 2 to 3 months.