FAQ’s

How does someone develop tooth decay?

  • You brush your teeth irregularly and too little.
  • You don’t floss your teeth, which is important in preventing cavities. When food gets stuck between your teeth, it turns decays gradually.
  • If you are a sweet tooth, try to exchange unhealthy sugary foods with fresh fruit.

How to prevent it?

  • Do teeth cleaning every 6 months. This way, you build up a habit of keeping your teeth clean and healthy. You can’t get rid of plaque on your own!
  • Flossing or water picks. There are many affordable types and expedient options to choose from!
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste. It prevents cavities and strengthens tooth enamel.
  • See your dentist once every 6 months. Don’t wait until it hurts!

What causes sensitivity to cold, hot, and sweet?

Let’s see:

– It could be right after you have a filling done, why? Your filling was too deep in the case or you feel it high in your gums. If it’s deep, your sensitivity goes away in a few days. However, if it’s high, you have to see your doctor for an adjustment.

– It could be a root canal. Usually, you feel pain and sensitivity in the evening. The best way to resolve this problem is to see a dentist. This painful infection doesn’t go away on its own.

– It could be a gum recession. All you need is just a little filling to cover it.

It could be a bite problem. See your doctor for an adjustment.

  • It could be because you are grinding your teeth at night. Usually, people don’t even know that they do it.
  • It could be after teeth whitening, which increases tooth sensitivity for a few days.

To get answers for all these questions schedule an appointment with your dentist.

What should I do if I have a toothache?

There are many reasons why you can have a toothache. For example:

  • Tooth decay;
  • Root canal treatment;
  • Abrasions;
  • Infection;
  • Gum disease etc.

To be properly diagnosed, you must see your dentist. The worst thing you can do is to ignore it. The longer you wait, the bigger the problem becomes. Your oral hygiene plays a very important role in your medical health. For example, the infection can go into your bloodstream and cause serious cardiac complications such as strokes.

What do I do if I have a broken tooth?

If you broke your tooth, you MUST see your dentist. There are many options available to you to fix this problem:

  • We can fabricate a new crown. A doctor must reduce the decay, make a build up, put a metallic post (if needed), and implant a temporary crown. In a few weeks, you must come back so the doctor can put down a permanent crown.
  • If you broke your veneer and not your real tooth, you are in luck! We can put in a new tooth!

Do I really need a crown after a root canal treatment?

Yes, you do. After this treatment, your tooth is too fragile. When a doctor does a root canal, the tooth is divided by blood vessels and resembles the thin coating of an eggshell. Therefore, the doctor can’t just put a filling in it, or you will break your tooth as soon as you bite something hard. Sometimes, we can perform an extraction if you breach the root of your tooth. The best option is to put a crown on it.

What do I do if I have a clicking in my jaw, and what are the effects of jaw clicking?

Clicking in the jaw makes you feel uncomfortable:

1. You may experience headaches;

2. Facial pain;

3. Morning exhaustion;

4. Pain when you open your mouth or eat.

Why it’s happening?

  • Bite problem;
  • Grinding teeth or clenching your jaw at night.

How can you resolve this problem?

  • A night guard may help you. You should wear it every night to prevent grinding.
  • Removable orthotics. This is a device that aids in restoring your proper bite. Our doctor is one of 600 neuromuscular dentists in US. She has the highest qualifications and technology to perform this type of treatment. Here is what the process consists off: we connect you to a Tens Unit machine to get your right bite. Once we have it, we take an impression and send it to our state of the art lab. Your new bite orthotic will be ready in a few weeks. The doctor will make some adjustments if needed. Now you are ready to wear it every day, and quickly achieve your perfect smile!
  • Full mouth restoration. It could be done using veneers or crowns.

Why do I have a toothache underneath a crown?

When you have a strong pain under your crown, it can be caused by a:

  • root canal treatment;
  • bacteria under the crown;
  • Crown adjustment;
  • Gum infection;
  • Teeth Grinding;
  • Crown placement higher than it should be.

Before you get a crown, make sure you don’t need a root canal treatment. If you don’t get the proper treatment you need, it will be much harder and more expensive to treat this problem later. To do a root canal treatment, the doctor has to remove your crown and drill a hole to relieve pressure. In many cases, the crown can’t be reused. You must make a new one.

What is the best way to go: bridge or implant?

Do you have one or more missing teeth? What is the best option to hide this gap?

  • You can do a bridge or a dental implant. It depends on your budget.

Let’s start with why missing teeth need to be replaced AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

– you want to fully chew using your teeth;

– you don’t want to lose adjacent teeth;

– you don’t want gum disease;

– you want to be confident in your smile.

Dental implant advantages:

  • Is the best option if you have enough bone and space for it;
  • Doesn’t require the drilling of adjacent teeth;
  • Looks natural;
  • Easy to clean;
  • Can be used to replace more than 1 missing tooth.

Limitations:

  • The entire procedure takes about 6 to 12 months. If it is your front tooth, your doctor will personally fabricate a Pontic or a small flexible denture. As a result, you don’t have to worry that someone might see the missing tooth.

Dental bridge advantages:

  • Cheaper than putting down an implant;
  • Faster than getting an implant. It takes about 2-3 weeks to get your bridge from the lab.
  • The amount of bone you have doesn’t matter, less criteria.

Limitations:

  • Harder to clean.
  • Adjacent healthy teeth have to be cut as a support for the bridge.

Now you have an idea about the difference between the two. Decide which option works best for you.

What can I do to correct by bite?

Having bite problems is typically accompanied by pain in the jaw. There are several non-surgical options to change your bite:

  • Braces or Invisalign are the best options if you possess a crossbite. What is that? Usually, this happens when your lower jaw is much wider than your upper jaw. So when you bite, your upper jaw lines the inside of your lower jaw. Both options are a good decision if you like your natural teeth color.
  • Veneers or crowns can help you to change your bite if you have chipped or broken teeth and you don’t like your teeth color.
  • Full mouth restoration is used when you want to change your smile completely, while ultimately changing your jaw alignment, removing decay, and relieving pain.
  • Night guards or removable orthotics are another options. You may need to get one of these devices if you are not ready for braces, Invisalign, or restoration using veneers. It can aid you in relieving nightly pain.

10.Invisalign or braces?

We are in complete support of Invisalign, why?:

  • It looks more aesthetically pleasing. It’s tiny and clear. No one will know that you have it. It gives a shine to your teeth and looks very attractive.
  • It’s much easier to clean. You can quickly remove and clean your Invisalign tray every time you eat. All you need is some water, a toothbrush, and toothpaste! Same cannot be said for braces.
  • Invisalign occupies less time to be worn. If you don’t have extremely crooked teeth, sometimes all you need is 6 months to make your smile perfect! In most cases, braces take over a year for the desired result. One must come in for a wire tightening very often when dealing with braces; however, with invisalign, you are given all of your Invisalign trays beforehand. This means you need to see your dentist less!

Invisalign is the same price as braces. It is always better to spend the same amount for beauty, better comfort, and higher quality.

Give as a call for an Invisalign consultation!

11. What is all-on-four?

This is something relatively new. What does it mean? A full set of teeth supported by 4 implants. Usually, we do it when one has: severely broken down teeth, a lot of missing teeth, no teeth, or decayed teeth. What is the process consist of:

we have to extract all your teeth in the upper, lower, or possibly both arches.

Put down 4-6 implants and make a fixed prosthesis for 10 to 14 teeth. Before we put all your implants in, we have to make sure you have enough bone left over for it. If not, we have to put prosthetic bone down first, and then let you heal.

This surgery takes about 8 hours at the dental office. After putting a fixed prosthesis, it takes about 4-6 months to heal. It all depends on your upper or lower arch. The lower arch takes longer to heal.

After this, we have to take a new X-Ray to make sure you are ready for a permanent all-on-four prosthesis. If you are ready, we take new impressions and send them to our dental lab. In 3 weeks, when we get it back, you have to come in for a try-in. The material we use for an All-on-four prosthesis is zirconia, practically unbreakable.

As soon as it fits, we can permanently cement it.

For a better understanding, check out our before and after pictures. We have several All-on-four cases with our patients.

12. Should all the Wisdom teeth be extracted?

Yes, if it really bothers you. Wisdom teeth don’t affect your bite. They accumulate bacteria that can cause infection and pain. If you feel any discomfort go and see your dentist as soon as possible. If not, keep them in and go for a check up once every 6 months. When we extract wisdom teeth, we put sutures for a fast healing process. After around 7-10 days, you have to come back in for a quick suture removal and let the doctor take a look to make sure everything healed correctly.

13. Do I really need to replace my tooth after an extraction?

Of course, you have to replace your missing front tooth! How about your molars? Most people think that a removed molar doesn’t need to be replaced because it’s not visible. You have to think about your bite! All molar teeth participate in creating your right bite. Once you extract one of them, it will destroy your bite completely if not replaced! You will begin missing adjacent teeth. They will begin shifting, and therefore you may acquire gum disease, bone loss, and various problems with your oral health. In the future, you will end up spending a lot more money to fix all of these developing problems, rather than just replacing one tooth.

14. What is the difference between a veneer & lumineer?

Let’s take a look at veneers and lumineers separately.

A Veneer is a tiny piece of ceramic or porcelain material that covers up a broken tooth for aesthetic purposes. This procedure doesn’t require cutting your tooth too much. A 1-2 mm cup is enough to have your teeth looking natural and attractive. Veneers could work for you if you have:

  • discolored teeth;
  • Chipped teeth;
  • Diastema;
  • Cracked teeth;
  • Old discolored restorations as fillings, bonding etc.

This procedure takes about 3-4 visits to a dental office. At your first appointment, the doctor has to do a preparation for veneers. You go home with perfect temporary teeth made of strong material. In 2 weeks, when we get your veneers, you have to come for a try-in. If it fits well, we can go ahead and permanently cement it. The next day you may come in for an adjustment. When you start eating, you may experience a little discomfort. With good care, your veneers will not require any alteration. You can manage the color, shape, and translucency you want.

Lumineers are similar to veneers, but they don’t require cutting your tooth at all. They are more tiny and quickly bonded. It is not a good idea to leave teeth unchecked because lumineers look more bulky and more unnatural than veneers. After 3-5 years of wearing them, they turned yellow and bacteria gets under them. That never happens with veneers.

If you are still not sure, schedule an appointment with a doctor to see what works for you.

15. Can I change my bite with Invisalign?

We have a lot of patients wearing Invisalign trays. We can definitely say that Invisalign can change your bite significantly. Not only your bite, but it could also help you fix facial, jaw, and neck pain. You can’t do Invisalign only for your upper or lower teeth. If we are changing your bite, we have to do it for both sets of teeth.

16. How removable orthotics can help you?

Removable orthotics can help you get your right bite, while also getting rid of pain in the face, neck, and jaw area. What is the process:

– Firstly, we relax your muscles. Then you will experience electronic impulses on your face and neck.

After 1.5 hours, your doctor has to make some bite registrations to catch your right bite.

We then have to send it to the lab to make a personal device.

In a few weeks, you have to come in for a removable orthotic try-in. If it fits well, you can wear it all the time.

This device really helps our patients feel better and forget about their pain.

17. How long can I go with a temporary tooth/crown?

No longer than 1 month because after you can:

break your temporary crown,

experience an unpleasant smell under the crown,

Break your own tooth, and

the temporary material can become yellow.

We suggest you get a permanent crown in 2 weeks, after the doctor has prepared your tooth.

18. What is the most painful part of the full mouth reconstruction?

Without a doubt, the most painful thing in this procedure is administering the anesthesia. Thankfully, as soon as you get numbed, you feel nothing. The doctor can accurately do a preparation by asking you to swallow saliva or turning your head. You will start feeling discomfort after the anesthesia wears off or once you start eating.

19. Will the quality of my veneers worsen in the future?

Only if you do not take proper care of your veneers. If you will come in for teeth cleaning every 6 months, meanwhile brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, you will never have a problem.

20. Why do veneers turn yellow in the future?

It all depends on the quality of the material the doctor uses. Porcelain veneers never turn yellow over time because it is strong and of very high-quality material. It can happen if you have composite veneers. Usually, they look perfectly white for the first 3-5 years. It is the same material we use for fillings. As you may know, fillings need to be replaced once every 3-5 years.

21. Should I fix my teeth (fillings) before a big procedure?

Definitely! You must replace all old restorations before going through with a big procedure. It must be done to protect your teeth once you place a crown or veneer. We do it all the time. This is the reason why our patients are happy with their new teeth for over 18 years. If you’re spending so much money on a full mouth restoration, make sure your doctor does a perfect job and addresses all of your wishes and concerns.

22. How long does a teeth bleaching last?

It depends on what kind of bleaching you had done. We offer 2 options: Office zoom whitening versus take-home whitening. Office zoom whitening is a smart option if you do not have strong sensitivity in your teeth. If your teeth are sensitive, one should utilize take-home whitening. Bleaching stays longer if you did a tooth cleaning before whitening. Make sure to avoid food coloring products for the first 2 weeks, since they are known for affecting the shade of your teeth. Examples include blackberries, red wine, carrots, and coffee. Additionally, try to use a toothpaste containing fluoride, which whitens your teeth.

23. What is better option, at home or office teeth bleaching?

It depends on the sensitivity of your teeth. Sometimes to do office zoom bleaching is so painful for some patients. You have to schedule a consultation with your dentist to get advice on this question.

24. How often should I have my dental cleaning?

To maintain a healthy mouth, you should come for teeth cleaning every 6 months. If the condition of your gums is worse than usual, we advise coming in every 3 months. In addition, we have many patients who come in every month to keep their teeth as clean and healthy as possible. Many believe that it is enough to brush and floss your teeth at home, but they are incorrect due to the fact that you cannot go under your gums to remove all plaque you have. Only hygienists, such as us, can assist you in removing all of it.

25. Do I really need an X-Ray?

In short, yes you do. Many do not know this, but you have to update your X-Ray images at least once a year. Unlike us, many other dental offices will do consultations without executing current day X-Ray images. X-Ray images are necessary in order to diagnosis the most accurate treatment plan specifically for you. Additionally, they are used to ensure that you do not have any serious problems located beneath your gums. Although many fear X-Rays due to the radiation it entails, it is not harmful. In fact, you endure more radiation by just being under the sun.

26. Why do I need a bone graft?

We usually use a bone graft after tooth extraction, especially if a patient wants to put in an implant instead of an extracted tooth. We take a couple of X-Ray images to make sure that you have enough bone necessary for an implant. Planning this procedure, the amount of bone needed is vital, therefore the implant will be stable when inserted. In order to rebuild your bond, we have to place a bone graft and wait four months until it is hard so we can place an implant.

27. How should I clean my veneers?

The most exceptional way to clean your veneers is by brushing, flossing and executing teeth cleanings at dental office every six months. You should take care of your veneers the same way you take care of your teeth.

28. What is the difference between crowns and veneers?

For veneers, a doctor has to cut 2 mm of your tooth. The best material for veneers is porcelain,  giving a more natural look. Veneers will work for you if you have a chipped tooth, discolored teeth, a diastema or crooked teeth.

For crowns, a doctor has to cut much more of your tooth than veneers. Overall, it depends on the amount of decay you have. The best option for a crown is Zirconia, which is the strongest and highest quality of dental material.

29. How much does a doctor need to grind down my tooth for veneers?

A doctor needs to grind from one to two mm.

30. Why do I need antibiotics for my teeth?

After some dental procedures, you may have a little pain, discomfort or sensitivity. To prevent this feeling, you will receive a prescription list from your doctor, who will tell you exactly what medication you will need, why and how often you should take it.

31. What will happen to the tooth located under the veneer or crown?

Under the veneer or crown, you will have a root canal. Before putting a veneer or crown in, we will make sure you do not need a root canal treatment. We recommend that you to execute it before any restorations because later it will end up being more expensive.

32. What if there is decay located under a veneer?

Once you have decay under a veneer, your doctor has to remove all the evident decay in order to make a new restoration for you. To prevent this issue, your doctor should cover up your tooth to make a contact between a veneer and another veneer.

33. Is it painful to have veneers?

The most painful aspect of this procedure is the anesthesia. After you get numbed, you will begin to feel more comfortable. To prevent any discomfort for this procedure, a doctor will hand you a list of necessary medications, tell you when to take them and how often. If you will follow these recommendations, your treatment will go very comfortable and painlessly.

34. Can I set veneers without shaving down my teeth?

In this case, if you do composite veneers, they must be replaced within 3-5 years because they will turn a yellowish shade. For porcelain veneers, a doctor must cut out 1-2 mm of all of your teeth. Porcelain is a much more durable and leaves the natural look of your own teeth. 

35. How do I know if I need a deep cleaning?

You need to make an appointment with your hygienist, take some X-Rays, and consult with a doctor to make sure this is your best option.

36. What is laser treatment?

Have you ever heard of laser dentistry? It is a state of the art tool in dentistry. Why do we prefer laser?: -minimal need for anesthesia;- less painful than electrosurgery;

– faster healing;

– it takes less time for the full procedure

What procedures can we use laser?

– Recontouring

– Gingivectomy

– Implant recovery

– Laser bacteria reduction

Do you suffer from gum disease or inflammation? You should try it now!

We have been using laser for the last 6 months and we already have many outstanding reviews and happy patients!

Call, text, or email us to schedule your first laser appointment!

37. Do I need a retainer after braces / Invisalign?

Yes, you do. Your teeth have a good memory, therefore they will always try to go back to their original orientation. There are two types of retainers: removable and permanent. We recommend the permanent retainer because it is less of a hassle, and saves a lot of valuable time. With a removable retainer, you will forget to wear it, and it is very easily lost and takes time to make a new one. With a permanent retainer, a retainer is placed behind your teeth, it is invisible, and it doesn’t have to be replaced for a very long time.

38. How many years can I have veneers without replacing them?

We have patients that have had veneers for over 18 years. If you take care of your veneers with the same care you do your own teeth, you will have them for a long time.

39. When should I try botox?

It depends on the patient! There is no age limit. If you see fine lines and wrinkles start to take shape on your face that are unwanted, you can start doing it little by little. The best idea is to schedule a consultation with a specialist who can examine your skin and tell you exactly what you need.

40. Does lip augmentation hurt?

To prevent pain, ask your doctor about using anesthesia. The following day, after the injection, you may be swollen. Don’t be scared, your lips may swell to 30% your normal size. Typically, swelling goes away after a couple of days.

41. Do I truly get rid of my wrinkles after botox?

Nothing is forever. Botox will stay in your face for 6 to 12 months. After this time period, your wrinkles may begin to come back. In order to maintain a youthful look, you must go through another Botox treatment. Botox or Dysport is utmost for the eye and forehead zone. To get rid of wrinkles around the mouth, it would be better to use Juvederm Ultra plus. This serum is based on hyaluronic acid, which promotes healthier, supple skin, speeds wound healing, and prevents bone pain. Just as one must touch up their hair roots and file their nails, one should touch upon their botox.

42. How long should I wear Invisalign?

Firstly, depending on the natural condition of your teeth, each patient will have a different treatment plan. The doctor has to take a look at your teeth and you will get an estimate on the amount of time needed to transform your smile. After taking an impression of your teeth and sending it to our lab, we get your case back with computer analysis displaying the exact movement of your teeth during your treatment. Invisalign treatments take less time than braces. Usually, it takes around 1 year to complete a full treatment.

43. Can I break my veneers?

If bite your veneer directly, then yes.

If your previous doctor did not replace all old fillings before a new restoration, causing decay and food getting stuck under your veneers.

44. Can a root canal treatment be done under a veneer?

In short, it can be executed. Despite this, in most cases, your veneers must be replaced. If your front tooth has one root, your doctor will try their best to save it. If it is a molar that has three to four roots, there is a small percentage of saving that specific veneer. As a result, your doctor will have to make a new one.

45. What should I do if food gets stuck under my veneer crown?

If this occurs, make an appointment with your dentist, let them take an X-Ray and evaluate your teeth.

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