Frequently Asked Questions

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– How does the doctor keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?

Our doctors subscribe to a number of industry journals and enjoy reading up on the newest developments in the dental industry. Since dental research and development never ceases, they also attend continuing education to keep up with the latest and greatest trends in the industry.

– Can you show me what my smile can look like ahead of time with imaging software?

Yes, you and your family don’t have to wait until the end of your treatment to see how beautiful your new smile will be. We will enhance a digital photograph of your existing smile and show you and your family before your cosmetic procedure begins what your new smile will mostly likely look like.

– Do you accept referrals?

We are always available for emergency care 24 hours a day and welcome referrals from our patient base.

– How do I know when it is time to come in for an examination?

An average, healthy adult person typically benefits from a professional cleaning and examination every six months. As part of the oral health program, you’ll receive a report and risk assessment.

– How can I ask a doctor questions directly?

We value communicating with all of our patients. Feel free to contact us as needed. We have a 24 hour answering service.

– What are crowns, porcelain veneers, onlays, inlays and partials, and where can I learn more about these procedures?

You and your family can find more in-depth information about each of these devices by visiting
American Dental Assocation: Patients and Consumers Guide. Below is a brief description of each:

Crowns: designed to fit snugly and function as normal teeth, crowns are used on cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth and are designed to protect those teeth from further damage as well as preserve your jaw’s correct natural alignment

Porcelain Veneers: These are thin sheets of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of teeth. They are highly resistant to coffee, tea or other staining agents and mostly closely resemble healthy, white tooth enamel.

Onlays: Inlays and onlays are strong, attractive, and safe alternatives to metal fillings. Onlays are used for large restorations. They restore the area inside the cusp and extend over one or more sides of the tooth. Because of their size they are usually made of porcelain.

Inlays: These are used to restore the area of tooth inside the cusps. Inlays are a conservative tooth restoration which means they require far less drilling and preparation of the tooth than a metal filling. Inlays are usually made of porcelain or composite resin, making them “invisible” in your smile.

Partials: Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases that are connected by metal framework. Partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible.

– I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

There are a number of ways to improve the appearance of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of customized restoration porcelain veneers may be sufficient to provide a brighter and more uniform look. We are also certified in Invisalign invisible braces and the Red, White and Blue System. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable custom-made aligners to move your teeth – no more metal mouth! We are happy to sit and discuss your wishes and the available options.

Learn more in our Patient Library or at www.invisalign.com.

– My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Bleeding gums can be an important warning. Bleeding is the main indicator of bone loss and/or systemic health diseases. If you and your family have noticed your gums bleeding when you and your family brush please make an appointment promptly so that we can examine your teeth and gums for any signs of periodontal disease. It is easily treatable if caught early.

– Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?

A little regular flossing goes a long way, and is truly critical for your overall oral health. It loosens food particles in tight spaces your toothbrush cannot reach; it gets rid of plaque build-up toothbrushes alone cannot remove; and it exercises your gum tissues. All of which is necessary to avoid gum disease. So, just think of daily flossing as the finishing touch after brushing – insurance for your smile’s future.

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