Frequently Asked Questions
When should my child first see the dentist?
Your child should have his or her first visit sometime between the ages of six months and two years. A first visit is important for helping him or her become familiar with a dental office, and will help our team gain an understanding of how your little one’s smile is developing. Preventing decay and early tooth loss is vital to helping your little one develop a healthy smile. We will also introduce your child to the basics of daily brushing and flossing. By starting a child early and developing good home care habits, your child can have healthy teeth for a lifetime.
What is cosmetic whitening?
Cosmetic whitening lets patients brighten the appearance of teeth, creating a more pleasing and white smile. There are various techniques for whitening, including many over-the-counter options, but we use only systems that have received the ADA’s seal of approval, ensuring their safety and effectiveness. If you’re interested in learning more about teeth whitening, it’s always a good idea to consult with your dentist to see if whitening is truly right for you.
What is laser dentistry?
A laser uses amplified light energy to alter gum tissue, teeth, and bone. It is most commonly used to treat gum disease in a way that’s less invasive and more comfortable than therapy with a scalpel and stitches. Gum disease is a very common oral health problem affecting the soft tissues of the gums and the bone tissue holding teeth in place. It’s caused when the bacteria and plaque around teeth build up and create inflammation and infection. If untreated for a while, laser dentistry may be the best way of treating it. Are you struggling with advanced gum disease? Let us talk to you about the benefits of laser gum therapy and the results you can expect.
Are oral and overall health connected?
The short answer to that question is: Yes, absolutely! For many decades, though, they were viewed as two distinct things. However, the latest research has revealed that our oral and overall wellbeing are more connected than some previously imagined. In particular, there’s a connection between gum disease and other kinds of health problems in the body. The condition has been linked with problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications. You can learn more about the oral and overall health connection during a visit to our dental office.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into your jaw to hold or support a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Dental implants come in many shapes and sizes and are made from titanium or titanium coated with biologically tolerable materials. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support; they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because teeth that are anchored to implants can look and feel like natural teeth.