Is Tooth Whitening (bleaching) harmful to my teeth?
Tooth whitening is not harmful to the teeth. It removes stains from the teeth that may be caused by coffee, teas, tobacco, and food. A small percentage of patients can experience sensitivity after bleaching, but this usually goes away over time. The length of time that bleaching’s effects last varies depending on the individual and his or her cleaning habits.
How long do veneers and crowns last?
The amount of time a veneer or crown (cap) lasts depends on many different factors, including at-home care, a patient’s commitment to follow-up maintenance visits with the dentist, and the quality of the crown or veneer.
Why metal free crowns and bridges?
Crowns (caps) and bridges used to be made of porcelain bonded to metal. This resulted in very opaque, unnaturally white teeth with black margins and, after a few years, gum tissue irritation. We now use metal-free, pure porcelain crowns and bridges that create a more natural looking smile. These non-metal restorations allow the natural tooth color to show through, which allows for better color matching. Due to its strength, porcelain can actually increase the strength of your tooth. Reactions to metal allergies are also avoided with all-porcelain crowns.
Can my jagged teeth be corrected?
Absolutely. Contouring your front teeth can produce incredible results in improving your smile. Using a specialized tool, we can painlessly reshape your teeth and give you the smile of your dreams.
How can I get rid of my “gummy” smile?
Depending on your circumstances, you may be a candidate for a procedure called gum contouring. This can be as simple as trimming the gum tissue or may be as advanced as contouring gum tissue and the bone around the teeth.
“Trimming Gums.” Sounds painful. How do you do that?
We utilize dentistry’s latest technological advancement called Laser Periodontal Therapy. This means we can contour and trim gum tissue easily and comfortably with almost no discomfort. Unlike removing tissue with a scalpel, a laser doesn’t cause bleeding and swelling. Having a comfortable post-operative experience is now the norm.
I have a missing tooth. What can you do for me?
You have a few options to choose from. You can opt for a bridge. They fill in the space left by lost teeth, but they also help support the surrounding teeth. Another option is a dental implant. An implant is inserted directly in your jawbone and will become a permanent fixture in your mouth. If your tooth is gone, but the root is still intact, you can place a new crown on the root.
I don’t like to go to the dentist because I can’t stand the sound of that drill. What can you do for me?
We provide Bose® QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones for your relaxed and pleasant dental experience.
I hate needles. How will you make my visit painless?
“The Wand” is a computer-assisted method of delivering local anesthesia. The Wand’s computer produces more comfortable injections; in fact, many injections that were once considered sensitive can now be accomplished with near pain-free precision. If you don’t like needles, ask any of our staff for more details about The Wand.
How does the doctor keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Our doctor subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep tabs on research and development in the dental industry. He/she also takes time on a regular basis for continuing education, and ensures that the staff does the same. As a team and as individuals, our office makes it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available.
I want my front teeth to look better but I don’t want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
We have a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. Also, we provide Invisalign removable clear braces for your convinience.
My spouse snores and keeps me up all night. I’ve heard that a dentist might be able to prescribe an appliance that prevents snoring. If this is true, how do I find out if you can help?
Snoring is tough on any relationship! And, since it can be caused by a number of factors, we encourage you to have your spouse come in for a consultation to determine the cause. In some cases, a person may actually stop breathing for short periods during the night – a condition called sleep apnea. In other cases, snoring can be caused by enlarged anatomical structures within the mouth and throat. During sleep, the throat area relaxes, allowing these structures to collapse against one another and obstruct clear airflow. In many situations, we can prescribe and fit a special appliance called a ‘snore-guard’, which gently holds the mouth and throat in an open position to prevent snoring during relaxed sleep.
I’ve always dreamed of having whiter teeth. Can you help me?
Yes, in fact we’ve noticed that all of our patients want whiter teeth and have concluded it’s a universal desire. Tooth whitening removes stains from the teeth caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, food and red wine. We’ve been using tooth whiteners for years and have never seen any adverse effect on teeth or gum tissue. With our tooth whitening procedure, we can help your teeth become up to nine shades lighter.
My friend just told me about a Smile Makeover. What exactly is that?
Esthetic dentistry is the art and science of designing wonderful smiles. It involves all aspects of general dentistry with a special emphasis on individual teeth and their overall harmony and balance in your smile. Look carefully at your smile. If you feel it could be better, consider having a smile makeover. A beautiful smile can increase your confidence and self-esteem, giving you an edge in life by improving your professional and personal image. In short, a smile makeover is a complete reconstruction of your smile, from the inside out with a comprehensive analysis and redesign of your gum tissue and teeth.
What types of problems does a Smile Makeover address?
If your teeth are dark or worn and make you look older, if gaps or chips make you feel self-conscious, or if crooked or discolored teeth stop you from smiling fully, a Smile Makeover can help. Although every patient’s smile is unique, some new smiles are completed in a single visit. A Smile Makeover can redesign the shape of your gums and teeth, and change the overall look of your smile. It’s not just about beautifying your smile. It’s also about maintaining strength and health of the rest of your teeth.
How can I replace missing teeth?
A complete set of natural looking teeth not only improves your confidence and self-esteem, but it also increases the longevity of your natural teeth by removing stress placed on them. We have several procedures to help replace missing teeth, including implants, bridges, and natural looking partial or full dentures. It is not necessary to live with missing teeth any longer.
Will it hurt?
We’ve solved the mystery to comfortable dentistry. If you haven’t been to a dental office in a while, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Today’s dentistry is faster than ever before. All of our staff members are highly trained to make each of your visits as pleasant and as comfortable as possible. We have many options to help you relax here, including needle-neutralizing topical anesthetics. Patients have been so relaxed that they even have fallen asleep in our dental chairs!
Do you accept my insurance plan?
Our office welcomes most of the major insurance plans. We’re well versed in the latest coverage trends, and are more than happy to discuss the particulars of your plan with you prior to any treatments you may undergo.
What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
In case of a dental emergency, our message center will provide you with
the doctor’s emergency voice mail access number. We make it a point to always be accessible to our patients of record.
What payment options do you provide?
We accept cash, personal checks and all major credit cards. We are also pleased to offer several financing plans, some of which are interest-free. For more information about payment options, click here.
What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?
We are dedicated to providing excellence in dental care; to giving you sophisticated dental treatments using the latest technology in a caring environment of competence, enthusiasm and a concern for your well being. At each visit, we promise to explain everything thoroughly and to take the time to listen to your concerns about your dental experience.
I have always received the finest dental care at your office. Do you accept referrals?
We would be grateful and honored to receive your family and friends as part of our family. Most of our patients are referred to us by word-of-mouth, and we consider that to be one of the highest compliments our patients can give.