FAQs

Why is visiting the dentist important?

Visiting the dentist is necessary for your overall health. Dentists check for issues such as cavities and oral cancer that you might not be able to catch on your own. These issues can be treated if they are caught early.

How can I take care of my dental health between dental cleanings and checkups?

Proper diet and oral hygiene are important to maintain your oral health between appointments. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, remembering to floss. Eating a diet rich in calcium and other nutrients can help strengthen your teeth and keep your enamel intact.

Should I still see the dentist even if my teeth look and feel fine?

Yes. Dental issues cannot always be seen or felt. Your dentist will be able to take a better look and fully examine your mouth for problems.

Do root canals hurt?

During the procedure, the area will be numbed by anesthetic so the patient is not in pain. However, some pain and sensitivity are normal in the days following the procedure.

Do tooth extractions hurt?

Tooth extractions are done while the patient is under anesthesia, so the procedure itself does not hurt. However, some discomfort and swelling are normal in the days following the procedure.

How long will it take to improve my smile?

The time it takes depends on the treatment. Dental bonding and teeth whitening can be completed in one appointment. Porcelain veneers and crowns require two appointments, as the pieces must be custom-made. These appointments are typically a few weeks apart. Treatments such as Invisalign typically take around a year to complete.

Will porcelain veneers stain?

Veneers are more stain-resistant than your tooth’s natural enamel. However, after several years you may notice some staining where the veneer has become worn.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, tooth whitening is safe and FDA-approved.

Will my teeth experience sensitivity after my teeth whitening treatment?

Unlike store-bought whitening treatments, professional teeth whitening does not cause sensitivity.

When should I bring my child to the dentist for their first dental appointment?

The American Dental Association recommends that children see the dentist six months after their first tooth appears or around their first birthday, whichever comes first.

How often should my child see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist every six months.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the process of restoring the patient’s natural smile through the use of dental technology.

How long do restorative treatments last?

The length of time depends on the treatment. Fillings last anywhere between 5 and 12 years. Dentures usually need to be replaced every five to eight years, but you can prolong their lifespan with proper care and maintenance. Dental implants should last a lifetime, but crowns may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

What should I do if I experience a severe toothache?

If your toothache persists and cannot be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, call our office right away so that we can get you in to see a dentist as soon as possible.

What should I do if I have a cracked tooth?

If you have a cracked tooth, call your dentist to make an appointment as soon as you can. Try to avoid chewing with the damaged tooth until you can receive treatment.

What should I do if my tooth has been knocked out?

If your tooth has been knocked out, you must keep it moist and see your dentist immediately. If you’re able to get to the dentist within the first two hours, the tooth can usually be re-attached. Try to keep it in the pocket of your cheek or in a glass of milk until you get to the dentist’s office.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is a system of clear aligner trays that straighten your teeth gradually over time. Every few weeks you will swap out one tray for another that moves the teeth slightly closer to their ideal position. Invisalign must be worn for about 22 hours a day in order to work properly, but you can remove the trays to eat and clean your teeth.

How long is the Invisalign treatment?

The typical length of Invisalign treatment is 12 months, but treatment time may change depending on your case and treatment plan.

Will I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment?

Yes, after Invisalign, it’s important that you wear a retainer so your teeth do not move back toward their original positions.