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Design Dental | Q&A in Elk grove

Design Dental

 

General Dentistry

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Q&A
 

Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis.   By keeping to a daily routing you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums.  The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended.  During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and Oral Hygiene protocol for Home Care will prevent the Periodontal Disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms.  It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums.  The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’.  The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  If not properly treated, the condition worsens.  Noticeable symptoms now appear.  They include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss


How Do YouTreat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention.  Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, Laser Therapy and Local Antibiotics, this condition can be controlled.  Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

What is the Difference a White and Silver Filling?

Silver Fillings known as Amalgam have been around for decades.  Made from a metal alloy, it was the best restoration for fillings.  The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth.  This allowed for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.

White Fillings, also known as composites are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure.  This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay.  Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match the tooth color.

How Can I Improve My Smile?
There are several ways in today’s Dental World to enhance your smile.  Certain procedures include:  

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns

We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile.  Over the years, flouride is has been added to the whitening product.  This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.  
Tooth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly.  Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect.  Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

What is Bonding?


Bonding is a cost effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color.  The immediate results are amazing.  Within a few hours, you will have a great smile!  Bonding like Tooth Whitening may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola and wine.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. . This entire procedure can take as few as two visits.   Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth.  This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile.  Many times, patients ask for Porcelain Veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

What are Crowns?
Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth.  It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as 2 visits. 

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root.  Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone.  There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure.  After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together.  This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant. 

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease,  tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing.  A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.

    Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants.  There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.  
What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 - 4 visits.  The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.  
The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area.  (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist).   The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone.  The area will then be covered with sutures.  The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.

You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
Fees from Dental Implants vary from dentist to dentist.  Always schedule an Implant Consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.

How long does a Dental Implant last?
With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, A Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?
Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!

 

Orthodontic FAQ

Here you will find all of the answers that you need to know about orthodontics.

 

1. What is Orthodontics and What do Orthodontists do?

Orthodontics is a specific field of dentistry which helps to prevent and treat dental and facial abnormalities such as crooked teeth and bad bites. An orthodontist is a specialized dentist who is equipped with the skills necessary to move teeth into the correct positions and to enhance dental facial growth and development.

 

2. What are the Benefits of Orthodontics?

Some of the possible benefits of orthodontic care include:

• A beautiful, straighter smile.

• More confidence in your appearance

• Improved function of the teeth and bite

• Better dental hygiene and dental health of the gums and teeth

• Less wearing of the teeth

• Decreasing the chance of injury to front teeth that protrude from the mouth.

 

3. Do You Need Braces?

Some key signs that you may need braces include:

• You have protruding front teeth

• Your upper teeth are either covering or behind your lower teeth when you bite down.

• Your teeth do not meet when you close your mouth

• The center teeth are not aligned

• You have spaces between your teeth

The list continues so if have any problems, see your dentist and ask if you should see an orthodontist.

 

4. Is there an Age Limit to Visit an Orthodontist?

You can begin receiving orthodontic are at any age. The early that problems are detected the better chance you have at correcting them before they create major problems. Children are recommended to see an orthodontist around the age of 7 and most orthodontic care is performed between the ages of 9 and 14. As long as your gums and teeth are in good condition, then you can receive orthodontic treatment while in adulthood without any problems.

 

5. How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?

There are many different types of orthodontic treatments that can be used. The most common is braces. Braces place gentle pressure on your teeth in order to shift them into the right position and create a perfectly straight smile.

 

6. How Long Do I Have to Wear Braces For?

The duration of the treatment varies from case to case. The average time is from one to three years. Variables include your visits to the orthodontist, whether you are taking care of your teeth, how your treatment is progressing, how your teeth respond to the treatment and so on.

 

7. Do Braces Hurt My Teeth?

No, they only help. The first time you have your braces put on you may feel some sensitivity and soreness around your teeth and gums which is normal. Afterwards, your mouth will become accustom to having the braces and you will no longer feel any sensitivity or irritation.

 

8. Will Braces Interfere with my Life?

No. You may have to adjust to having braces but they will not interfere with your life. If you play sports it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard to prevent injury to your mouth, teeth and braces in case you are hit in the face. In terms of playing wind instruments, you will be able to play with some minor adjustments. You can even purchase brace covers to help you with the transition and prevent any discomfort that you may feel.