Frequently Asked Dental Questions
When is the best time to get dental implants?
As soon as possible after a tooth has been lost to keep bone level from changing.
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction is performed to rebuild damaged teeth and restore your ability to chew and speak normally. It often involves a combination of dental treatments to address all the damage to the patient’s teeth and gums.
What can a dentist do for TMJ?
A dentist can determine what the cause of the problem is and then decide how to mitigate the problem and relieve the symptoms.
What is the most common cause of bad breath?
The most common cause of halitosis is bad oral hygiene. If particles of food are left in the mouth, their breakdown by bacteria produces sulfur compounds. Keeping the mouth hydrated can reduce mouth odor. The best treatment for bad breath is regular brushing, flossing, and hydration.
What are Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, or laminates, are a “treatment for all seasons” that correct many types of cosmetic problems – covering discolored teeth, lengthening teeth, mending chips and even hiding spaces between teeth. They’re that versatile!
To prepare for porcelain veneers, we begin with a functional and esthetic evaluation to determine what shape and contour is best for you. We may opt to prepare about .5mm of the tooth structure to “receive” the veneer. Then we’ll take an impression and send it off to the lab for fabrication. You will wear temporary veneers that look close to the real thing while your permanent veneers are being made.
From our impression of your teeth, the lab casts a model and begins to build the veneers in layers. On your next visit, we’ll examine the color and shape of the veneers before we place them. Then we’ll clean and chemically etch your front teeth, which helps create the bond between tooth and veneer, before cementing the veneer in place and curing the seal with a special light. We’ll double-check the fit, then polish your new veneers.
Once this process is complete, all you’ll notice is a new, beautiful quality to your smile!
Do veneers ruin your teeth?
No, veneers can often be completed with minimal tooth structure involved.
Is getting a dental bridge painful?
No, it is done under local anesthetic. So you won’t feel a thing!
Can a dental bridge be done in one day?
Usually, dental bridge treatment requires at least two visits for the process. Depending on the state of your oral health, same-day bridges can be an option, but this can only be determined during your consultation at our dental practice.
What is TMJ and TMD?
TMJ is the temporomandibular joint that attaches your lower jaw to your skull. TMD is a temporomandibular disorder that can describe problems with the TMJ.
Why should you get professional teeth whitening?
Professional teeth whiteners are safe, effective, and done under the supervision of a dental professional. Teeth whitening is very safe as results are monitored by a dentist.
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