Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Do you do white, tooth colored fillings?

Yes, we do the white fillings.  These tooth colored fillings are just as strong as silver mercury fillings, and they are able to be bonded to tooth structure. This allows the tooth to function for many years and help the patient avoid tooth fracture, a common side effect of the silver fillings.  We have several shades so that the filling blends in with the shade of the tooth.

Are X-rays really necessary?

Yes, because they show areas of decay or problems in the teeth and the bone that are not visible with the naked eye. They can also help in finding some types of oral cancer.

 

Is teeth whitening harmful to my teeth?

No, not if it is done using the dentist’s instructions. Over the years, most people's teeth will absorb stain from food, drink, tobacco, etc.  Professional strength whitening gels that we use allows you to achieve faster and more dramatic results than you would with over-the-counter teeth whitening kits.  The trays that we make for you are custom fit to your teeth which allows even whitening of all of the teeth.


Can my crowns be replaced so you can’t see the black line at the gum line?

It is no longer necessary to have metal showing on the front of a crown at the gum line.  By replacing old crowns with all-porcelain crowns or with crowns that have a porcelain margin, you can feel confident when you smile because there will be no metal line on the crown.

I am interested in doing a smile makeover but I don’t know what the finished product will look like.  Can I see an “after” sample?

It is recommended that we start with a wax-up of mouth models to see the shape and orientation of the restorations (ie crowns, veneers) before we even touch the teeth.  You will be provided temporaries on your teeth that will be similar to your new look while the final product is being fabricated.


Why do some people need longer cleanings or have more frequent cleaning visits than others?

After taking xrays and measurements at the first exam, it is possible to determine condition of your teeth and gums.  If there has been any bone loss under the gums, you may need a longer deep cleaning to remove the calculus (tartar) from the teeth.  This periodontal disease sometimes requires more frequent cleaning visits as well.