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How often should I see a Dentist ?

The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up & professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

What should I expect during my appointment ?

One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental records during your 1st visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make x-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. We will discuss your options for treatment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs. During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.

Is Tooth Whitening safe ?

Bleaching procedures are safe and approved by American Dental Association. Bleaching does not wear away any tooth structure or make a tooth more susceptible to staining.

Do I have to get my teeth capped to get rid of spaces between my front teeth ?

In most cases capping to correct spaces isn’t necessary. Today with beautiful, natural looking porcelain veneers (also called porcelain laminates) we can easily make dramatic cosmetic changes to remove space fix cracked teeth, do minor tooth straightening and change the color of your teeth. In many instances, little or no tooth structure needs to be removed to create the smiles of your dreams.

How long does an implant last ?

Once integrated the implant lasts a lifetime unless there is a deterioration in general medical health, like uncontrolled diabetes, severe osteoporosis, etc.

What are the benefits of implants ?

Dental implants are an alternative for:- The patient who cannot function comfortably with conventional dentures. The patient who has lost teeth and wants to avoid removable partial dentures. The patient who needs a crown or a fixed bridge but doesn’t want to damage his or her adjacent healthy teeth. The person who wants to have the dental solution that is the closest to what Mother Nature created.

If periodontal disease is such a problem, why doesn’t it hurt ?

This is unfortunately, a very good question. Periodontal problems can become quite serious and extremely advanced without any pain whatsoever. That is why it is so important to be attentive to the warning signs- bleeding gums when brushing & flossing, swollen gums, receding gums, teeth changing position, pus or swelling around gums – to name a few.

Is gum surgery essential if I have periodontal (gum) disease ?

It is seen that many times surgery is not necessary following a conservative course of periodontal treatment. Even when surgery is required it often is needed only in a few areas of the mouth & results can be greatly enhanced by non-surgical preparation.