Questions & Answers
» My teeth feel fine. Why should I see a dentist?
Many people don't see a dentist on a regular basis. They go only when they feel they have a problem. We call this "crisis treatment" as opposed to "preventive treatment". While these patients may feel they are saving money, it usually ends up costing much more in both dollars and time. The reason for this is that most dental problems don't have any symptoms until they reach the advanced stages. We recommend that you have a checkup twice a year.
» What is plaque?
One of the easiest problems to spot is a build-up of plaque. Plaque is the soft, sticky layer of bacteria, which is constantly forming on the teeth. Usually it is
invisible to the naked eye, but when a person is not brushing adequately, it can build up to where it appears to be a thick whitish coating on the teeth at the gum
line. If not removed, it can lead to gum disease. To help prevent plaque buildup, see your dentist at least twice a year.
» What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the most common periodontal disease, affecting 90% of the population. It is an infection of the gums caused by bacteria that form plaque. When
plaque accumulates, bacteria grow in number and release toxins that result in inflammation of the gum tissue. Eventually, the plaque hardens and forms hard
deposits called calculus or tartar. If not properly treated, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis and lead to tooth loss.
» How do I prevent Cavities?
Most importantly, brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Get a checkup every six months. For further protection, a plastic-like coating called a sealant should be
painted on the chewing surfaces of all the back teeth. Studies have shown that sealants can reduce tooth decay by as much as 90% to 100%. The ADA recommends
that sealants be placed as soon as the first adult back teeth come in at age 6 or 7. Sealant application is simple, fast, and painless.
» How can I prevent periodontal disease?
Early Detection is crucial. Periodontal disease can go on for years without pain and without detection unless specific examination procedures are performed. Some
signs of periodontal disease are: bleeding gums, redness of gum tissue, swelling of gums around the teeth, breath odor, receding gums, and mobility of teeth. Effective prevention
and treatment is available, but the damage caused as the disease progresses is irreversible.
» What are my cosmetic surgery options?
Dental make-overs have become more common, less invasive, and more effective in correcting deformities and dental problems. The effect of these procedures can be nothing short of
dramatic both in terms of appearance and also in terms of your self confidence. There are many options available, including white fillings, fixing broken teeth, tooth-colored restorations,
precelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns.
» Is tooth whitening right for me?
Advanced dental techniques now provide consumers with exciting new options for enhancing their smiles. Revolutionary methods are now available for bleaching teeth to make smiles sparkle.
Tooth whitening techniques are extremely safe. However, you should consult with your dentist first. Your dentist may discourage treatment
if you have sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, teeth with worn enamel or if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
» What are my tooth whitening options?
Some treatments such as laser bleaching are performed in the dental office. These methods lighten teeth instantly. Dentist-supervised at-home treatments are also available, but take longer to achieve. Some at-home bleaching systems work in 10 to 14 days, while others take three to six weeks to complete. There are many options available, and different types of stains respond best to different treatments. Please consult your dentist to find out which one is right for you
» What is a root canal?
The root canal is actually a channel that runs from the root of the tooth, which connects to the bone, up to the top surface of the tooth. When a tooth is decayed or cracked, bacteria
can get to the channel, causing the tissue to become infected and inflamed. Root canal therapy will
- Stop the toothache.
- Prevent bacteria and pain from spreading into the jaw.
- Maintain the original tooth instead of replacing it with a denture or bridge.