Frequently Asked Questions
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. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.
What should I do to reduce the chances of getting gum disease and tooth decay?
Great teeth and gum 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 keeping to a daily routing you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums without bone loss. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to reduce the chances of getting this condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, we will teach you the proper flossing techniques and Oral Hygiene protocol for Home Care which reduce the chances of getting Periodontal Disease.
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 and the bone begins to deteriorate. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed as stated before. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms now appear. They include:
- Bad Breath
- Gum Recession
- Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
- Tooth Pain
- Tooth Loss
- Tooth mobility
How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of Periodontal Deep Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, and possible need of Local Antibiotics, this condition can be CONTROLLED. There is no known CURE for Periodontal Disease. This is why very important that one maintains going to visit the dentist at least every 6 months. Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases. Most cases we treat in the office DO NOT need surgery.
What is the Difference between a White and Silver Mercury Filling?
Silver Mercury Fillings are known as Amalgams. They have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy(which includes Mercury), it was the best restoration for fillings for many years. Unfortunately,the metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth. This causes little spaces between the tooth and the filling were bacteria and other organisms will infiltrate and cause havoc with the tooth.
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 (which is bonded to the tooth) and fits tightly within the tooth to after the decay has been removed. Rather than a gray, dark black or silver mercury material in your mouth, the composite color will match the tooth color. This composite material is not indicated for large fillings. If its is used improperly it WILL crack the tooth then other major work may need to be done.
How Can I Improve My Smile?
There are several ways in today’s Dental World to enhance your smile. Certain procedures include:
- Tooth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Crowns also known as Caps
We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact solution to your specific case, please contact our office at 732-246-4443 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. Not all teeth can be whitened. 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 in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color. The immediate results are amazing. 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! Please go to our Smile Gallery so you can see some Porcelain Veneer cases we have done at the office. Call us at 732-246-4443 for a FREE! Consultation to see if you are a candidate for Porcelain Veneers.
What are Crowns also known as Caps?
Crowns/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. Usually used when a Tooth has a large crack or after Root Canal is done.
What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is a “artificial” replacement for a missing tooth and tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. 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. It is very important that the right surgeon is placing the Dental Implant if not they can fail.
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 cleaning visits to your dental office.
- Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
- Dental Implants are use to stabilize Removable Full or Partial Denture.
- Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.
- Dental Implants will not decay
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. Also, patients with Diabetes have to be well controlled before Dental Implants are recommended .
What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 – 4 visits. The first visit the surgeon will take x-rays the area and then if he/she needs a surgical guide they will send you back to the General Dentist to have this done. Also, a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant will be fabricated. The next visit is with the surgeon to place the Implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist). 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 or no pain. You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant. Even though this may sound complicated its not. We coordinate this and it goes as really smooth.
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. Also, get several opinions because Dental Implants are a major investment and one should be comfortable with the dentist they choose to do the treatment.
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!