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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

Dentistry can be a complicated topic, especially considering the number of dental services that are available today. We want all of our patients to be fully informed on the best ways to maintain their oral health, but also create a treatment that works for them. Below, you’ll find a few of the most common questions our dental office team hears. If your question is listed, feel free to give us a call!

Can you replace my missing tooth?

Our dental office team is more than happy to design and place a dental bridge and rebuild your smile. If you’re in need of implant-retained crowns or bridges, we can restore your smile in this way as well. Tooth replacement is one of the best steps you can take for your oral health, not just your smile.

I need a filling. Does it have to be made from metal?

While dental fillings in the past may have been made from silver due to their durability and strength, they are not exactly the perfect solution for restoring damaged teeth. Alternatively, our dental office makes use of tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin. Not only does this offer a more aesthetically-pleasing solution, but you don’t have to worry about the filling splitting your tooth apart further as it ages nor the increased sensitivity that normally occurs.

Do I have to get porcelain veneers to fix imperfections?

Porcelain veneers are considered the most comprehensive solution for imperfections in teeth, but that doesn’t mean they are your only option. Direct bonding uses the same composite resin material that tooth-colored fillings use. In this case, the material can be used to hide gaps, chips, cracks and permanent discoloration not affected by teeth whitening.

How is gum disease therapy performed?

Scaling and root planing (SRP) is considered the gold standard in terms of periodontal therapy. However, with the help of our state-of-the-art technology, your periodontal therapy just got a lot more comfortable to complete. Because this method is less invasive than traditional SRP, we can save more healthy gum tissue thanks to improved precision and reduce healing times after treatment.

I’m anxious about my appointment? What should I do?

You are not alone. Millions of Americans avoid dental treatments solely because of fear or anxiety. Our dental office provides patients with both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation in order to help them get the care they need, regardless of how complex or simple it may be. Nitrous is ideal for more mild cases, while oral conscious provides a higher strength of sedative. If you choose oral conscious sedation, make sure to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the dental office!

Can you treat my jaw pain?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is no joke. If left untreated, it can result in chronic pain not just in the jaw, but in the neck, shoulders and upper back. It can also lead to headaches and migraines, typically upon waking. Our dental office looks at joint pain and muscles as a whole to plan your treatment accordingly, whether that requires creating an occlusal splint or even physical therapy.

I have crooked teeth. Do I need braces?

Not everyone who has a crooked smile or uneven bite needs to settle for metal braces. In many instances, a series of clear aligners from Invisalign can effectively remove gaps, improve rotated teeth, and fix your overbite, underbite, crossbite or other malocclusions, and do so in less time overall without metal hardware. The best way to find out if Invisalign is right for your case is to schedule an appointment with our dental office!

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