Q & A

How often should I brush and floss my teeth? Do I need to floss regularly?

Brushing should occur at least two times per day. Flossing is vital to promoting healthy gums and preventing plaque, do this once daily.

What kind of toothbrush is most recommended?

Despite the many options out there, the best toothbrush to select is the "soft" variety. A toothbrush with a smaller head allows more efficient access.

Electric toothbrushes can be very beneficial as well.

How often should I have a dental cleaning and examination?

Assuming baseline oral health, you should visit a dentist once every six months for a complete oral exam. This will include an in-depth examination of the mouth, removal of any plaque and tartar, followed by polishing. These twice a year exams help ensure peak dental health and early diagnosis of any issues.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

This is a very important question. The symptoms of gum disease are easy to dismiss. If you are experiencing chronic bad breath, puffy or inflamed gums, bleeding when you floss or brush, tooth mobility or shifting, we recommend you come in immediately for a dental check-up.

How can I get rid of stains or discolorations on my teeth?

While there are an increasing number of over-the-counter methods for tooth whitening, the safest and most effective methods are performed by a professional. If you'd like a brighter smile, give us a call to discuss cosmetic dentistry options.

Should I replace my old silver fillings?

The lifespan of different silver fillings is hard to predict. Leakage, breakdown and recurring decay are all factors. When you come in for your appointment, we'll assess your fillings and let you know which ones are due for replacement. Numerous replacement options are available including white or silver filling materials, porcelain inlays, or crowns and veneers.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please try to  arrive 15 minutes prior to the first appointment to complete the necessary paperwork. To save time, you can also print the registration materials located on our forms page, fill them out at home and bring them to your appointment.

Do you allow same day or urgent dental appointments?

Walk in or call/text if you have an urgent dental situation. However, for emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

What is your cancellation policy?

24 hours notice is requested to cancel an appointment. Please be sure to contact us if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment time.

Occasionally, we can reschedule on short notice.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Let us know if you have sensitive teeth when you come in for your exam.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

Oral health care starts at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By maintaining a daily routine you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums, or gingiva. It commonly occurs because a film of plaque, or bacteria, accumulates on the teeth and gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from becoming worse, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and Oral Hygiene protocol to prevent gingivitis.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms now appear. They include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Tooth mobility
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss

How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, Laser Therapy and Local Antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

What is the Difference Between a White Filling and a Silver Filling?

Silver Fillings known as Amalgam have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, it was the best restoration for fillings. The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth. This allowed for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.

White Fillings, also known as composites are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match the tooth color.

How Can I Improve My Smile?

There are several ways in today’s Dental World to enhance your smile. Certain procedures include:

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns

We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. Over the years, fluoride is has been added to the whitening product. This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.

Tooth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

What is Bonding?

Bonding is a cost effective procedure used to fill gaps or reshape  teeth and or change a tooth’s color. Within a few hours, you will have a great smile! Bonding like Tooth Whitening may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola and wine.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. This entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Many times, patients ask for Porcelain Veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile! They are a more permanent solution than bonding.

What are Crowns?

Crowns or caps are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth. It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as 2 visits. Most crowns are all ceramic made by a CAD/CAM process at the dental lab. 

What is a Dental Implant?

 A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.

What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 - 4 visits. The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.

The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. You may also choose to go to sleep for the procedure. The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.

You will next return in approximately 3-6 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

Fees from Dental Implants vary from dentist to dentist. Always schedule an Implant Consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.

How long does a Dental Implant last?

With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, a Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!