Frequently Asked Questions
Frequency recommended is individualized. After the initial exam the D.D.S or hygienist will suggest a time frame best suited to benefit the patient’s needs. Regular teeth cleanings and exams prevent gum disease, and allow us to spot potential problems before they become serious.
Although it is fairly common for gums to bleed a little when brushing, this often indicates the beginning stages of gum disease. If the disease progresses, it can lead to the recession of the gums and possible tooth loss as well. Schedule an appointment with us immediately if your gums bleed.
Cosmetic dentistry can do everything from whitening your teeth to completely reshaping your smile. If there is anything you wish to change about the appearance of your teeth, chances are cosmetic dentistry can help.
Whether you are missing one tooth or a number of teeth, our dentists can help you find the treatment that is right for you. A popular form of tooth replacement is the dental implant procedure, which involves the surgical placement of a titanium post, then the placement of a naturally looking replacement tooth or crown. Another excellent option is a dental bridge. Our dentists will meet with you to discuss the best treatment for you.
At our dental office, we offer take-home whitening kits. If tooth whitening is not an option in your particular case, you may be a better candidate for obtaining a whiter smile via cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or porcelain crowns. Ask our dentists for more information on your individualized case.
The cost of cosmetic dental treatment varies from procedure to procedure. While many cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening, are relatively inexpensive, more involved procedures, such as porcelain restorations and porcelain veneers, incur higher costs but tend to produce longer-lasting, highly attractive results. Estimates available after a consultation appointment has been completed.
Your dentist will inform you of the possible risk and complications involved with dental surgery, drugs, & anesthesia. Such complications include, but are not limited to prolonged or heavy bleeding, post-operative discomfort, and swelling that may require several days of recuperation, discoloration/bruising of the gums and/or tissues, including skin, surrounding the extraction site, postoperative infection requiring further treatment, injury to adjacent teeth and fillings, possibility of small root fragments remaining in the jaws, fracture of jar bone, soreness at the corners of the mouth, opening of the sinus, stiffness and/or discomfort of the jaw or jar joint, joint pain that may occur a few days after surgery, as a result of dry socket, & because of the close relationship with lower back teeth & the nerves that pass through the lower jaw and a numb or altered sensation may occasionally occur. This condition can be temporary or permanent.