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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have a gap between my two front teeth. How can it be closed?
    There are several ways in which this can be corrected:
    Orthodontics is the best way
    Bonding
    Porcelain laminate veneers
    Crowns
  • I’ve heard about dental implants. What are they?
    A dental implant is a man-made artificial replacement for natural teeth. It is a titanium cylinder that is placed where the missing or lost tooth was. They are compatible with the human body and will attach to the jawbone and gum tissue. They have been around for several decades, and are quickly becoming the treatment of choice for replacing missing or lost teeth.
  • Is dental implant surgery painful?
    No, An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants. The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medication.
  • What is meant by tooth decay?
    It is a microbial disease of the calcified tissues of the teeth, characterized by the demineralization of the organic portion and destruction of the inorganic substance of the tooth.
  • I have been smoking for years. Can my teeth be whiter?
    Yes, External bleaching may help. If it doesn’t, the teeth can be covered with a light composite resin bonding or beautiful porcelain laminates. However, continued heavy smoking will unfortunately shorten the longevity of any treatment result.
  • Does special whitening toothpaste really lighten teeth?
    Most toothpastes’ remove a few surface stains but do not bleach the teeth as effectively as bleaching gels or solutions that contain the bleaching agent, Carbamide Peroxide. Even if the toothpaste does contain some bleaching chemicals, the paste is in contact with the teeth for an insignificant amount of time compared with using a bleaching solution and a form-fitted matrix or especially an in-office treatment. Also, these toothpastes may have harmful abrasive elements that can wear away tooth structure over time.
  • What is a cap? What is a crown?
    A cap and a crown are the same thing. The entire tooth surface is reduced and usually replaced with artificial material such as porcelain or porcelain bonded to metal.
  • My gums bleed when I brush or floss. Is this normal?
    No! A thorough soft tissue evaluation including X-rays, with a prophylaxis (cleaning) and good homecare instructions is an essential beginning. Usually bleeding is an initial symptom of gingivitis or periodontal disease, and may require conventional gum surgery if necessary.

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