- Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
- What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
- My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
- How can improve my smile?
- My jaw pops and clicks. What's going on?
- What are my options to replace missing teeth?
- What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?
- What is nitrous oxide? Is it safe?
- Why do I have bad breath? Can you help?
Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
We use DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection to find cavities in the earliest stages, and often that's before you see or feel them. Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We also use the ViziLite to screen for oral cancer, a disease that will affect more than 30-thousand Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80-percent cure rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
We follow strict guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and OSHA. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products when possible. We always wear disposable gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
How can improve my smile?
That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Smile design dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers or Lumineers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, and/or replacement teeth. Orthodontics, such as ClearCorrect transparent braces, may also be involved. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a custom treatment plan for your new smile.
My jaw pops and clicks. What's going on?
When the jaw joints are out of alignment, you may experience clicking and popping when you open and close your mouth. Jaw joints are clinically referred to as temporomandibular joints, and when they do not function properly, the condition is known as TMJ dysfunction. Patients experience a myriad of problems, from chronic headaches, migraines, and earaches to face, head, shoulder, and neck pain. Oral function may also be inhibited, and patients with TMJ dysfunction tend to grind their teeth. Fortunately, the condition can be corrected, in most cases, with a simple oral appliance called a nightguard. As another option, the dentist can rebuild worn teeth to correct the occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together) and reposition the jaw joints. Sometimes stress-relieving exercises or habit changes are beneficial, as well.
What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and implant restorations to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these services on our services page, then call for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, the dentist can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.
What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?
When compared to traditional radiography, digital X-rays emit 80-percent less radiation. Detailed images are immediately projected on a chairside monitor, providing visual aids for the dentist to explain your condition and treatment options. We can transfer digital X-rays and photographs quickly via the Internet to insurance companies and specialists, as well. Digital X-rays require no hazardous developing chemicals, so they're earth friendly!
What is nitrous oxide? Is it safe?
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is chemical compound that’s often called laughing gas. Delivered through a facemask, nitrous oxide dulls the senses and helps a person relax. It was first used in 1790 as an inhalant, and has been used since the 1840s in the US. Nitrous oxide is safe in the doses we administer to dental patients. One major benefit of nitrous oxide is that once we stop the flow of the gas, the patient’s senses return almost immediately. You can drive home from your dental visit and return to normal daily activities.
Why do I have bad breath? Can you help?
Halitosis, which we know as “bad breath,” usually originates with bacteria, and it affects about 60 million Americans. Dental problems like gum disease, plaque buildup, and tooth decay greatly contribute to bad breath. Oral bacteria put off a smelly byproduct, called volatile sulfur compounds or VSCs. We will provide you with a tongue scraper and recommendations for products to overcome bad breath, so you can face the world with confidence!