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General and Cosmetic Dentistry Q&A
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Slight receding of the gums can often cause sensitive teeth. The underlying dentin shows through due to the recession of the gum line which causes easier access for water and food to the sensitive nerve. This can be managed through a number of toothpastes, gels and even through application of some dental procedures. At Gentle Care Dentists in Arlington, our certified dentists can inform you more in detail if you suffer from sensitive teeth.
What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Gum care and great teeth start at home. A daily routine of brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums and minimize the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay as you age.
What is Gingivitis?
When bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums, this condition is known as Gingivitis, and causes the gums to be irritated, inflamed and often bleed. Regular hygiene is recommended to prevent the condition from worsening. During your visit to Gentle Care Dentists, we can teach you oral hygiene protocol and proper flossing techniques so that you can take better care of your teeth at home and prevent periodontal disease. If you do need periodontal treatments, our dental team can help.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when the bacteria that surrounds the teeth enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. Even though it begins with little or no symptoms, the gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. Without proper treatment, the condition worsens and noticeable symptoms appear. The symptoms include:
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Gum sensitivity to acidic foods
- Tooth pain
- Tooth loss
How do you treat Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic condition which requires immediate attention. This can be controlled through a series of procedures such as Periodontal Cleaning, Root Planing and Scaling, Laser Therapy and Local Antibiotics. Only in severe cases is Periodontal Surgery needed.
What is the difference between a White Filling and Silver Filling?
Amalgams, or silver filling have been around for decades. These were once the best restoration options for fillings made from metal alloy, expanding and contracting with the heat and cold placed in mouth and allowing little bacteria to enter tooth once filled and keeping the tooth healthy and strong.
Composites, or white filling are made from glass polymers or plastic. These filling enable the cavity to be filled with substance that looks and feels like your existing tooth structure. A resin material is the composition of the restoration and fits tightly into a tooth in order to prevent decay. The composite color will match the tooth color instead of a gray or silver material in your mouth.
How can I improve my Smile?
Your smile can be enhanced in several ways through procedures like:
At Gentle Care Dentists in Arlington, our dental professionals are capable of improving your smile using all of these procedures. Please feel free to contact our office for a dental consultation or to come up with a customized treatment plan.
What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth whitening is a procedure which creates a beautiful, healthy smile while being cost effective at the same time. It also reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity. This procedure needs to be done only after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning under the supervision of your dentist.
If maintained properly, this procedure can last for a number of years, although beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine can cause reduction of lasting effect. Keep in mind that if it can stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile.
What is Bonding?
Bonding is the procedure to fill gaps in front teeth and changing the tooth’s color is called bonding. It is cost effective, and provides amazing immediate results. You can have a great smile within a few hours. However, bonding can change color overtime due to coffee, tea, cola and wine similar to Tooth Whitening.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth are what are referred to as Porcelain Veneers. This procedure can be used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. The procedure can change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. As a result patients undergo Porcelain Veneers simply to feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile. Keep in mind that the procedure can be done in as few as two visits.
What is a bridge?
Bridge is made from two crowns, one on each tooth on either side of the gap. The two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, with false tooth/teeth in between. Pontics, or the false teeth can be made up of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges use either natural teeth or dental implants for support.
What are crowns?
Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure covering the entire visible portion of the tooth that change the size, shape and color of teeth in as few as two visits. A tooth-shaped “cap” is placed over a tooth and covers it to restore its shape, size and strength and improve its appearance.
What is a dental implant?
The man-made replacements for a missing tooth or tooth root is called a dental implant. Implants are screw-like objects made from titanium and inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. After a few months, the implants and bone fuse together, creating an anchor for new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant. There might be some minimal discomfort involved with the procedure.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
- Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
- Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
- Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
- Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
As a result of major advancements in the field of dentistry and dental implants, most people can be candidates for dental implants, while some people with chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis might be an exception.
What does A Dental Implant Procedure involve?
Dental implant procedures are done in three to four visits. During your first visit at Gentle Care Dentists, an X-ray of the area is taken along with the impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the implant. During the next visit, the implant is placed. Local anesthetic is applied to the area (additional sedation is not necessary unless deemed necessary by the dentist), a minor incision is made and the implant is placed into the jaw. The area will be covered in sutures. The procedure is usually completed with only minor pain. Your next return will be in approximately three months to create Porcelain crown that is to be placed over the implant.
How much does a dental implant cost?
Dental implant costs vary from dentist to dentist. Please schedule an implant consultation to discuss the procedure as well as the fees involved.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper home care and routine dental hygiene, dental implants can last from approximately thirty years to a lifetime.
Does your office offer financing for service provided?
Gentle Care Dentists does offer an array of financing options. Please contact our office in order to discuss the options available and make your smile perfect today.