Answers To Your Questions
How long is a new patient visit? What will happen?
Your first appointment with us will take about an hour. A member of our front-office team will review your paperwork and discuss the reasons for your visit, then escort you to a treatment room to meet your dentist. After discussing your medical and dental history, as well as your expectations, thedentist will conduct a thorough exam of your teeth and soft tissues. We’ll obtain digital X-rays and use an intraoral camera to take pictures inside your mouth. You’ll also receive an oral cancer screening. We may take a dental impression to analyze how well your top and bottom teeth fit together. The dentist will explain his findings, answer all of your questions, and discuss therapy recommendations. Generally, you’ll meet with one of our hygienists for a professional cleaning at this first visit, and then leave with a plan to achieve the fantastic smile that you deserve!
Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
We use DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection to find cavities in the earliest stages, and often that means before they can be seen or felt. Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We also screen for oral cancer, a disease that will affect more than 30,000 Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80% cure rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. This common bacterial infection has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from brushing too hard or from early-stage gum (periodontal) disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of periodontal disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to alleviate your symptoms and return your gums to good health. We’ll help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
What happens if missing teeth aren’t replaced?
Missing teeth can lead to a host of other problems, including additional tooth loss. Research shows that if a missing tooth isn’t replaced, up to 20% of adjacent teeth will be lost in the next 4 to 8 years. Missing teeth also cause remaining teeth to shift, creating spaces between teeth, food impaction, bite collapse, chewing alteration, and TMJ pain. You’re also more susceptible to gum disease, a serious health condition that can significantly shorten your life span.
What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer fixed bridges, partial dentures, and dental implant restorations. Learn more about these options on our Services pages, then call for a consultation. With digital X-rays, photos from an intraoral camera, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, the dentist can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.
How can I make my smile brighter?
We offer custom-made take-home teeth whitening trays with professional-strength bleaching gel for safe and effective whitening in the comfort of your own home. Home teeth whitening yields excellent results – up to eight shades or better! Two weeks of use produces optimal results, but if your teeth reach the desired shade before then, simply discontinue treatment.
What can you do to improve the appearance of my smile?
Well, we’ll start by evaluating your oral health, existing smile, and discussing your idea of a spectacular smile. We may suggest porcelain veneers, Lumineers, teeth whitening, replacement teeth, a gum lift, and/or replacing metal dental work with esthetic, biocompatible restorations. Call to schedule a consultation, and together, we’ll determine the best road to your ideal smile.