What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a surgical procedure designed to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed in the bone and replaces what was once the root of the tooth. A crown is attached to the implant to simulate an individual tooth.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry replaces old mercury fillings, old ugly crowns and composites that have become discolored. Restorative dentistry repairs cracked teeth and/or missing teeth. We are renewing the teeth that need help in a comprehensive (all inclusive) manner, which is an investment that saves time and money.

Why do I need to have my teeth cleaned and how often?

The primary aspect of the visit is to remove tarter and calculus from around the teeth and under the gum where floss and a tooth brush do not reach. The hygienist will measure the depth of the "pocket," or space, between the tooth and gum. A visit every six months is recommended for people in good oral health who floss and take good care of their teeth and gums. For some people, more frequent visits may be necessary as recommended by the hygienist.

Are X-rays really necessary?

X-rays are necessary to detect decay between teeth and areas not visible to the naked eye. Since gum and bone problems happen slowly over time, they are often not felt or detected from the surface. X rays are also necessary for detecting bone loss and infections at root surfaces. Many people are understandably concerned about excessive radiation. Thanks to new technologies it is possible to take digital radiographs, which use 80% less radiation than conventional techniques.

What is teeth whitening?

Unlike porcelain veneers, regular teeth are porous and susceptible to staining. Teeth stain at different rates depending on mouth chemistry, diet and lifestyle (foods and drinks they consume). This means that how easily teeth stain and how easily they whiten varies from person to person. There are numerous methods of teeth whitening that range in price and ease of use. The premise behind most teeth whitening methods is essentially the same, a form of hydrogen peroxide finds its way into the pores of the teeth and bleaches stained particles.

How long does teeth whitening last?

Studies indicate that results can last two to three years. Longevity will obviously vary depending on each person and their lifestyle.