Here are some Frequently Asked Dental Questions answered by the dentists at Mid Cities Dental.
A visit to the dentist does not have to be painful or scary. New dental methods are comfortable and careful. Local anesthesia is used to numb the mouth for most procedures. Many of my patients are those who had once neglected dental visits for years and now have no more fear.
Yes. New advances in tooth-colored composite materials and porcelain make it possible for your fillings to go completely unnoticed, plus they will be stronger and more wear resistant than silver or gold. Removing your old fillings and replacing with composite is easily done in one visit.
Sometimes this is due to a shadow created by the metal at the margin of a porcelain crown. The metal is necessary for strength as a foundation for the overlying porcelain. There is a solution to this problem. For my patients, I work closely with the lab to fabricate either an all-porcelain crown or a metal-and-porcelain crown with an all-porcelain margin to create a natural cosmetic appearance.
The cost of restorative and cosmetic dental work is determined by how much work is required. A treatment plan can be made which can allow work to be performed in phases. When you invest in cosmetic dentistry, you are making an investment in your self esteem and overall confidence. Many of my satisfied patients say that this was the best investment they have ever made – that they only wish they had come to see me sooner. An improved dental appearance can not only change how you feel about yourself, but how others feel about you, as well.
The whiteness of your smile can change due to age, certain medications, and specific foods and beverages that can stain your teeth.
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Many stains can be removed or diminished by a thorough professional cleaning in our office. And for a truly stunning white smile, I recommend our at-home professional whitening kit.
Few advances in dentistry have been as great as dental implants. Briefly stated, dental implants are used to replace single missing teeth or anchor multiple teeth together like a bridge or a denture. Implants can be used as a permanent solution for those wearing upper and/or lower dentures. An Implant is a titanium root substitute that is placed in the jaw by a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon. The procedure is not painful. Titanium is a porous metal and is accepted by the bone. The bone actually grows into and bonds with each titanium post. Scientists have named this process Osseo-integration. After the implant heals, I will secure a single crown, a bridge or denture over the implant(s). Whether you are a candidate for implants is decided on an individual basis, and I will explain all tooth replacement options with you if you are missing teeth.
First of all, this is a very common problem that I treat quite often. It is caused by the fluoride in the water you grew up drinking. Concentrations of fluoride can cause severe pitting and/or permanent brown to brownish gray stains on teeth. The solution is a cosmetic treatment called veneers. Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material, which are bonded to the front of your teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the shape of individual teeth and the overall appearance of your smile. I use this cosmetic treatment to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth, and to create a stunning smile. It is highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking. The wafer-thin veneer can achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options. In most cases I can enhance your smile in as little as two appointments.
The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride. We also recommend toothpaste for sensitive teeth due to the fact that some toothpaste is more abrasive and contributes to sensitivity and recession.
Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.
These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as “crowns”. However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as “caps” and the gold or stainless steel ones as “crowns”.
Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting “white” or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they “bond” to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. White fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better. However, “white” fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.
No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.