|What should I expect in my first visit to your clinic?
Answer: Your initial appointment enables us to review your medical and dental history, discuss your treatment goals and conduct a comprehensive dental examination. Once we gather all essential information, we will share our findings and provide you with information and options to achieve your goals.Are Dental procedures Painful?
Answer: With recent technique of anesthesia and pain control, most dental procedures are comfortable
Questions about tooth whitening from visitors to our site:
but know what to do if one occurs
Mouth guards are one of the least expensive pieces of protective gear available. They can help preventor minimize tooth and jaw injuries. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends mouth guardsbe worn any time the teeth could come into contact with a ball, a hard object, another player or thepavement. The recommendation applies to organized sports as well as leisure activities like bicycling.If a mouth guard is not worn and an injury occurs, follow these first aid tips.In Case of Broken Teeth
INTRUDED TOOTH EXTRUDED TOOTH LUXATED TOOTH
Knocked OutPermanent Tooth
Time is Critical
A tooth might be saved if cared for properly and reimplanted as soon as possible. Timely treatment
may improve the chances of reattaching an injured tooth.
- Call your dentist for immediate attention.
- Locate the tooth; hold it by the crown (the wide part, not the pointed end/root).
- Remove large pieces of debris, but avoid rubbing or touching the root.
- Rinse the tooth. Do not scrub. If using a sink, be sure to put the plug in the sink so that the tooth
will not go down the drain if it is dropped.
- Attempt to gently put the clean tooth back in its socket. Cover with gauze or tissue and bite down
to stabilize it, if possible, or hold the tooth in its socket until seen by the dentist.
- If the tooth cannot be put back into its socket, store the tooth in liquid until you see the dentist.
Put the tooth in milk or sterile saline solution (contact lens solution with no preservatives). Do not
soak or store the tooth in water because water will kill the cells on the root that are vital for
successfulreimplantation. If milk or saline solution are unavailable, the tooth can be stored in the
cheek where saliva will help provide vitality to the root surface. If stored in the cheek, be careful
not to swallow the tooth.
- Do not let the tooth dry out.
What is gum disease?
|Gum disease, or more correctly called “periodontal disease”, is a bacterial infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It can be divided into several categories.The first stage is called “gingivitis” and is characterized by gum tissue that is red, puffy, and bleeds easily when touched with a toothbrush, floss or dental instrument.
The second, third, and fourth stages are initial, moderate, and advanced “periodontal disease”, respectively. These stages are different from gingivitis because the infection has destroyed the bone supporting the teeth, causing eventual tooth loss. The treatment is more complicated at these stages, usually consisting of a special cleaning with anesthesia and sometimes gum surgery.
Some signs of periodontal disease are: bleeding gums, redness of gum tissue, swelling of gums around the teeth, odor, receding gums, mobility of teeth.
Periodontal disease can go on for years without pain and without detection unless specific examination procedures are performed.
|I have bad breath. Is there any treatment for it?|
|While bad breath might be a symptom of some other disorder, it most likely stems from dental decay and periodontitis.Periodontitis is a disease affecting gums and bone that support the teeth, and it results from inadequate tooth brushing and flossing. In this disease, the irritated gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets between the teeth and the gums. These pockets fill with bacteria and pus which give off a bad odour.
Patients with bad breath need a complete dental evaluation. If gum disease and/or dental decay is diagnosed, it can be treated readily. The patient will no longer have an infection in his or her mouth, and he or she will no longer have the embarrassment of bad breath.
|Can I replace my silver fillings with white fillings?|
|Many of our clients have had silver fillings placed into their teeth because they had cavities. These silver fillings are called amalgams. Amalgam fills the space where the decay in the tooth has been removed.However, over time, the amalgam which contains mercury corrodes and leaks which blackens the silver, and many times darkens the tooth as well. This is easily seen as soon as a person opens his or her mouth and can be a source of embarrassment. We can provide you with composite fillings that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong and stain-resistant, and they are color-matched to the natural tooth, making them “invisible”.
Composite fillings also lack the sensitivity that is often associated with silver amalgam fillings. They are especially suited for smaller cavities and for clients who may be allergic to metal fillings.
What happens if I just ignore getting my teeth cleaned?
As the plaque and calculus accumulate, the periodontal disease continues. Supporting tissues around the teeth (gums, periodontal ligaments, bone) are lost.
Periodontal pockets form which trap additional plaque. Bad breath often accompanies this condition. Once the bone that supports the teeth is lost, it will not regrow without surgical intervention.