|Are you taking new patients?
YES. Because our patients love us they often refer their friends and family because they want to see them receive the same level care. We are proud of the confidence our patients have placed in us.
How safe are dental X-rays?
There is very little risk in dental X-rays. We
are especially careful to limit the amount of
radiation to which children are exposed. Lead
aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure
safety and minimize the amount of radiation.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should take their children to the
dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption
of the first tooth. Then we can recommend a
specific program of brushing, flossing, and
other treatments for parents to supervise and
teach to their children. These home treatments,
when added to regular dental visits and a
balanced diet, will help give your child a
lifetime of healthy habits.
What happens at my first visit?
In order to treat each and every patient, as an
individual with unique dental needs it is vital
to completely assess their current oral health.
We perform an oral cancer screening, we look at
muscles and joints that open and close the
mouth. We will look at your teeth, and gums and
bone that hold the teeth in (the peridontium).
We then take photos and x-rays when necessary.
With this information we can determine the type
of treatment that is right for you.
How can I make my teeth whiter?
There are several methods to make teeth whiter.
We can "whiten" them in the office or place
porcelain veneers. The best whitening technique
has been dentist-prescribed whitening systems;
they change the color of teeth with minimal (if
any) side effects. Veneers are an option for
more difficult cases. There are many other ways
to improve the appearance of your smile. If you
are interested in a cosmetic consultation to
assess your cosmetic needs please let us know.
What kind of toothpaste is best?
The most important part of brushing your teeth
is the technique used. Toothpaste is
important for what it supplies, fluoride and
tartar control. Be careful of the whitening
brands because some are abrasive and they can
remove enamel from teeth.
Electric or manual toothbrush?
After testing numerous brushes, we have
concluded that electric, if used, is the best.
We usually recommend electric toothbrushes
because of their design, ease of use, and
availability. There are numerous models on the
market that work well. If you have a question
about a specific brand, please ask us.
What do you offer for the nervous, anxious
We realize that even though dental care has
come, a long way in terms of patient comfort
there are still those with concerns and fears.
Dental care should not be an unpleasant
experience so we provide a full array of options
for those patients. We offer several techniques
to help you relax so please ask us about the
different methods we offer.
Crowns and Bridges
What is a Crown?
The portion of the tooth covered by enamel. Also
a type of restoration that covers all or most of
a decayed or damaged tooth. Restorative crowns
are usually made of gold, porcelain or a
combination of both and are used when a tooth
cannot be restored with a filling.
What's a Bridge?
Often used when one or more teeth are missing, a
bridge consists of a replacement tooth that is
attached to crowns on the adjacent teeth.
The replacement tooth is shaped to fit the
contours of its adjacent teeth, and the bridge
is cemented to the teeth so it doesn't come off.
What's the procedure for a Crown or Bridge?
The procedures for making and fitting a crown or
a bridge are very similar. Both require two
trips to the dentist's office. During the first
trip, the tooth or teeth that will be crowned
will be reduced, that is, prepared to support
the crown structure. This involves removing the
1-2 millimeters of tooth structure. Of course,
if the tooth damage is the reason for the crown,
that is the part that is removed. The reduction
process leaves a thimble shape that will receive
the crown or crown ends of the bridge. An
impression is made of the reduced teeth and a
temporary crown or bridge is put in place to
function while the final bridge or crown is
being made. The laboratory uses the impression
to custom make the final restoration. It is
important that the crown or crowns of a bridge
fit exactly to avoid decay in the future and
provide good function of the artificial teeth.
During the second trip, the temporary crown or
bridge is removed, the area cleaned, and the
final crown or bridge is cemented or bonded into
What's the recovery period?
With bridges or crowns, recovery is quick, with
teeth feeling back to normal within a day or
two. If the teeth remain sensitive for a period
longer than this, or there is pain that cannot
be controlled by over-the-counter medication,
you should return to your dentist. Further
adjustments may need to be made with the crown
or bridge placement. Because bridges can
be great traps for food, it is especially
important to brush, floss, and have regular
visits to the dentist after it has been placed
in the mouth. As the false tooth and the crown
are a single, solid piece it is not possible to
floss between them. Thus, you will need to use a
special flossing tool called a floss threader to
go under the false tooth and keep this area of
the gum healthy.
What will dentures feel like?
New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks
until you become accustomed to them. The
dentures may feel loose while the muscles of
your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in
place. It is not unusual to experience
minor irritation or soreness. You may find that
saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth
becomes accustomed to the dentures, these
problems should diminish. One or more follow-up
appointments with the dentist are generally
needed after a denture is inserted. If any
problem persists, particularly irritation or
soreness, be sure to consult your dentist.
Will dentures make me look different?
Dentures can be made to closely resemble your
natural teeth so that little change in
appearance will be noticeable. Dentures may even
improve the look of your smile and help fill out
the appearance of your face and profile.
Will I be able to eat with my dentures?
Eating will take a little practice. Start with
soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly
using both sides of your mouth at the same
time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As
you become accustomed to chewing, add other
foods until you return to your normal diet.
Continue to chew food using both sides of the
mouth at the same time. Be cautious with
hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or
Will dentures change how I speak?
Pronouncing certain words may require practice.
Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words
will help. If your dentures “click” while you're
talking, speak more slowly. You may find
that your dentures occasionally slip when you
laugh, cough or smile. Reposition the dentures
by gently biting down and swallowing. If a
speaking problem persists, consult your dentist.
How long should I wear my dentures?
Your dentist will provide instructions about how
long dentures should be kept in place. During
the first few days, you may be advised to wear
them most of the time, including while you
sleep. After the initial adjustment period, you
may be instructed to remove the dentures before
going to bed. This allows gum tissues to rest
and promotes oral health. Generally, it is not
desirable that the tissues be constantly covered
by denture material.
Should I use a denture adhesive?
Denture adhesive can provide additional
retention for well-fitting dentures. Denture
adhesives are not the solution for old,
dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which causes
constant irritation over a long period, may
contribute to the development of sores. These
dentures may need a reline or need to be
replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose,
or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with
your dentist immediately.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures are very delicate and may break if
dropped even a few inches. Stand over a folded
towel or a basin of water when handling
dentures. When you are not wearing them, store
your dentures away from children and pets.
Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed
daily to remove food deposits and plaque.
Brushing helps prevent dentures from becoming
permanently stained and helps your mouth stay
healthy. It's best to use a brush designed for
cleaning dentures. A toothbrush with soft
bristles can also be used. Avoid using
hard-bristled brushes that can damage dentures.
Some denture wearers use hand soap or mild
dishwashing liquid, which are both acceptable
for cleaning dentures. Avoid using other
powdered household cleansers, which may be too
abrasive. Also, avoid using bleach, as this may
whiten the pink portion of the denture.
Your dentist can recommend a denture cleanser.
Look for denture cleansers with the ADA Seal of
Acceptance. Product with the ADA Seal have been
evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
The first step in cleaning dentures is to rinse
away loose food particles thoroughly. Moisten
the brush and apply denture cleanser.
Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid
damage. Dentures may lose their shape if
they are allowed to dry out. When they are not
worn, dentures should be placed in a denture
cleanser soaking solution or in water. Your
dentist can recommend the best method. Never
place dentures in hot water, which could cause
them to warp. Ultrasonic cleaners are also
used to care for dentures. However, using an
ultrasonic cleaner does not replace a thorough
Can I make minor adjustments or repairs to
You can seriously damage your dentures and harm
your health by trying to adjust or repair your
dentures. A denture that is not made to fit
properly can cause irritation and sores.
See your dentist if your dentures break, crack,
chip, or if one of the
teeth becomes loose. A dentist can often make
the necessary adjustments or repairs on the same
day. A person who lacks the proper training will
not be able to reconstruct the denture. This can
cause greater damage to the denture and may
cause problems in your mouth. Glue sold
over-the-counter often contains harmful
chemicals and should not be used on dentures.
Will my dentures need to be replaced?
Over time, dentures will need to be relined,
rebased, or remade due to normal wear. To reline
or rebase a denture, the dentist uses the
existing denture teeth and refits the denture
base or makes a new denture base. Dentures may
need to be replaced if they become loose and the
teeth show signs of significant wear. Dentures
become loose because a mouth naturally changes
with age. Bone and gum ridges can recede or
shrink, causing jaws to align differently.
Shrinking bridges can cause dentures to fit less
securely. Loose dentures can cause health
problems, including sores and infections. A
loose denture also makes chewing more difficult
and may change your facial features. It's
important to replace worn or poorly-fitting
dentures before they cause problems.
Must I do anything special to care for my
Even with full dentures, you still need to take
good care of your mouth. Every morning, brush
your gums, tongue and palate with a
soft-bristled brush before you put in your
dentures. This removes plaque and stimulates
circulation in the mouth. Selecting a balanced
diet for proper nutrition is also important for
maintaining a healthy mouth.
How often should I schedule dental
Your dentist will advise you about how often to
visit. Regular dental check-ups are important.
The dentist will examine your mouth to see if
your dentures continue to fit properly. The
dentist also examines your mouth for signs of
oral diseases including cancer
With regular professional care, a positive
attitude and persistence, you can become one of
the millions of people who wear their dentures
with a smile. Information courtesy of the
ADA at www.ADA.org
Children's Dental Care
What should I use to clean my baby's
A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that
can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush
with a small head, preferably one designed
specifically for infants, should be used at
least once a day at bedtime.
When should I take my child to the dentist for
the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child
should see a pediatric
dentist when the first tooth appears, or no
later than his/her first
Are baby teeth really that important to my
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many
reasons. Not only do
they help children speak clearly and chew
naturally, they also aid in
forming a path that permanent teeth can follow
when they are ready to
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt
water and place a cold
compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the
for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the
teeth or gums.
Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.
Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for
a child's teeth?
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally
only become a problem
if they go on for a very long period of time.
Most children stop these
habits on their own, but if they are still
sucking their thumbs or
fingers when the permanent teeth arrive, a mouth
appliance may be
recommended by your pediatric dentist.
How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?
Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting
anything other than water
in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper
way to brush and
floss your child's teeth. Take your child to a
regularly to have his/her teeth and gums
checked. The first dental
visit should be scheduled by your child's first
How often does my child need to see the
A check-up every six months is recommended in
order prevent cavities
and other dental problems. However, your
pediatric dentist can tell
you when and how often your child should visit
based on their personal
Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and
how much should we use?
Fluoridated toothpaste should be introduced when
a child is 2-3 years
of age. Prior to that, parents should clean the
child's teeth with
water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. When
toothpaste is used after
age 2-3, parents should supervise brushing and
make sure the child
uses no more than a pea-sized amount on the
brush. Children should
spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after
How do I make my child's diet safe for his
Make sure your child has a balanced diet,
including one serving each
of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals,
milk and dairy
products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the
servings of sugars and
starches will also aid in protecting your
child's teeth from decay.
You can also ask your pediatric dentist to help
you select foods that
protect your children's teeth.
How do dental sealants work?
Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the
chewing surfaces of
the teeth. This shuts out food particles that
could get caught in the
teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast
and comfortable and
can effectively protect teeth for many years.
How do I know if my child is getting enough
Have your pediatric dentist evaluate the
fluoride level of your
child's primary source of drinking water. If
your child is not getting
enough fluoride internally through water
(especially if the fluoride
level is deficient or if your child drinks
bottled water without
fluoride), then your pediatric dentist may
What can I do to protect my child's teeth during
Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect
a child's teeth, lips,
cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. A
mouthguard developed by a pediatric dentist will
protect your child
from injuries to the teeth, face and even
provide protection from
severe injuries to the head.
What should I do if my child falls and knocks
out a permanent tooth?
The most important thing to do is to remain
calm. Then find the tooth.
Hold it by the crown rather than the root and
try to reinsert it in
the socket. If that is not possible, put the
tooth in a glass of milk
and take your child and the glass immediately to
the pediatric dentist.
How safe are dental X-rays?
There is very little risk in dental X-rays.
Pediatric dentists are
especially careful to limit the amount of
radiation to which children
are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are
used to ensure safety
and minimize the amount of radiation.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should take their children to the
dentist regularly, beginning
with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the
dentist can recommend
a specific program of brushing, flossing, and
other treatments for
parents to supervise and teach to their
children. These home
treatments, when added to regular dental visits
and a balanced diet,
will help give your child a lifetime of healthy
Answers courtesy of the American Academy of
Pediatric Dentistry. If
you would like to learn more, visit the American
Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry web site.
What is in-office bleaching?
If you are a candidate for bleaching, your
dentist may suggest a
procedure that can be done in his or her office.
This procedure is
called chairside bleaching and may require more
than one office visit.
Each visit may take from 30 minutes to one hour.
During chairside bleaching, the dentist will
apply either a protective
gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect
the oral soft tissues.
A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth,
and a special light
may be used to enhance the action of the agent.
A number of in-office bleaching agents have the
ADA Seal of
Acceptance, your assurance that they have met
ADA standards of safety
Lasers have been used during tooth whitening
procedures to enhance the
action of the whitening agent. No whitening
products using lasers
currently are on the ADA list of Accepted
What are at-home procedures and products?
There are several types of products available
for use at home, which
can either be dispensed by your dentist or
Bleaching solutions . These products contain
actually bleach the tooth enamel. These products
typically rely on
percent carbamide peroxide as the bleaching
agent, carbamide peroxide
comes in several different concentrations (10%,
Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in
a gel and are placed
in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. Some
products are used for about
twice a day for 2 weeks, and others are intended
for overnight use for
1-2 weeks. If you obtain the bleaching solution
from your dentist, he
or she can make a custom-fitted mouthguard for
you that will fit your
teeth precisely. Currently, only
dentist-dispensed home-use 10%
carbamide peroxide tray-applied gels carry the
You also may want to speak with your dentist
should any side effects
become bothersome. For example, teeth can become
sensitive during the
period when you are using the bleaching
solution. In many cases, this
sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once
the treatment is
finished. Some people also experience soft
from a tray that doesn't fit properly or from
solution that may come
in contact with the tissues. If you have
concerns about such side
effects, you should discuss them with your
Toothpastes . All toothpastes help remove
surface stain through the
action of mild abrasives. “Whitening”
toothpastes in the ADA Seal of
Acceptance program have special chemical or
polishing agents that
provide additional stain removal effectiveness.
Unlike bleaches, these
ADA Accepted products do not alter the intrinsic
color of teeth.
How should I choose a whitening product?
When selecting a whitener or any dental product,
be sure to look for
the ADA Seal of Acceptance—your assurance that
they have met ADA
standards of safety and effectiveness.