Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have questions before starting your Cosmetic or Restorative Dental Procedures or if you are looking for a new dentist. Here are a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our dental patients:

How are teeth whitened?

There are two types of professional whitening systems:

Laser Whitening - This procedure is done in office with a high intensity light which takes about one hour.

Take Home Whitening - The patient whitens at home with a custom tray and whitening kit. This process takes two weeks, wearing the tray for 30 minutes once a day.

What if I'm nervous or anxious?

For many people, going to the dentist can be a tense experience, but not in our office!

Our goal is to keep you relaxed and comfortable during your time with us. We use nitrous oxide, which is an odorless, colorless gas that is used on all patients, including children, to relax them prior to receiving dental treatment.

Can I drive after using nitrous oxide sedation?

Yes! The effects will wear off after your treatment is complete and you will be fine to drive.

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy usually involves the removal of the tooth's pulp, a small, thread-like tissue that was important for tooth development. Once removed, it is replaced with materials that seal off the root canal from supporting the tooth's root. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were extracted. However, today root canal therapy enables the dentist to save many teeth that would otherwise be lost.

Why does a tooth need a crown placed after a root canal is performed?

Once the nerve is removed, the tooth becomes fragile and brittle which can cause the tooth to fracture over time. The crown restores function and helps maintain the appearance of the tooth.

Is there any truth that amalgams (silver fillings) are not safe to use?

Yes. Research has shown that the mercury material that is found in amalgams may be harmful to your health. We do not offer amalgam restorations and can safely remove any existing amalgams and replace them with a non-toxic material (resin) that matches the color of your existing teeth.

How can I close spaces between my teeth?

Invisalign® orthodontics or Veneers are the best treatment for closing spaces or gaps between your teeth.

How do you get periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused from bacteria entering the mouth from lack of proper home care and regular check-ups to the dentist.

Is there anything that can prevent periodontal disease?

Once the bone becomes infected, the disease cannot be reversed. It can be treated to minimize it's effect on your daily life. The best way to prevent periodontal disease it proper care of your teeth and gums and regular visit to your dentist and dental hygienist.

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