The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please feel free to ask us at your next consultation.
Q. At what age should a child first visit the dentist?
A. We recommend between the age of 2 and 3. All the baby teeth should be in by then and the visit can be pleasant.
Q. What is it like at a childs' first appointment?
A. If the child is seen early, between 2 and 3, we do visual oral examination. Dental X-rays are taken if there is a suspicion of tooth decay. A dental cleaning is done when necessary.
Q. When should a child see an orthodontist?
A.Orthodontic problems are caused by growth and development problems.Those are best dealt with at the earliest possible time. Early consultation gives the orthodontist the best chance to start treating the child at the appropriate time which makes it easier, shorter and less expensive.
Q. Which toothpaste is best for a child?
A. A fluoride containing childrens toothpaste. It should not be used until the child is old enough to spit. Only a pea sized drop of toothpaste should be used.
Q. Are silver fillings safe?
A. Yes, they are very safe,they have been in use for so long, they are approved by the FDA, also they have been a subject for detailed studies by American Dental Association, and FDA and they were prooven to be very safe.
Q. What is the best filling material for a tooth?
A.It depends on where they are used. The choice is made after the dentist evaluates the tooth. If a big part of the tooth needs to be replaced a stronger material as gold or porcelain is the best choice usually for posterior teeth. For smaller fillings generally silver amalgam can be used for posterior teeth or tooth colored fillings are used depending on location of the tooth, aesthetic considerations and patient preference.
Q. How much will my dental insurance pay?
A. This is a very difficult question to answer. There are many dental insurance plans and they all cover services at variable percentages and the maximum dollar amount they pay in a given year is also different. Some services may not be covered at all. We will do our best to determine what your dental plan covers using our experienced staff and our advanced software. Please remember if a service is not covered that is because this is the coverage you bought we have no power to change that, it is between you and your insurance.
Q. What is teeth whitening?
A. It is a process that reverses discolorations of the natural tooth that may have resulted from many reasons. There is two methods used for teeth whitening, the first one is the take home trays where the dentist makes you whitening trays after taking you impressions (fitting) and sends them to a dental lab, the dentist will provide you with the trays, the whitening gel, the instructions for use,and will schedule you for a follow up visit to check your progress. The second is the in office whitening, for that process the dentist applies a barrier to your lips, cheeks and gums, then applies the whitening gel to your teeth directly (no tray used here) then to accelerate the process a strong special whitening light is shined directly on your teeth, this process is a lot faster than the take home trays and many patients prefer to do it this way.
Q. What makes my teeth change color or become discolored?
A. There are many causes. The most common are: aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, red wine, cola, smoking), trauma (injury), some medicines like tetracycline (antibiotic) may cause staining, nerve degeneration.
Q. Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
A. The process may not be for everyone. This can only be determined by your dentist, following a thorough oral examination and diagnosis. The tooth lightening system is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored natural teeth and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile. Once the cause of your tooth discoloration is detected, your dentist can recommend which whitening system will work best for you.
Q. Does tooth bleaching/whitening harm the teeth?
A. If it is done by a licensed dentist it is very safe, and it does not heart your teeth as your dentist is a very highly trained professional and is very familiar with the procedure and the anatomy of your mouth, he is also trained to handle any adverse side effects that may happen during the process, also the dentist will use disposable supplies, FDA approved whitening materials and follow strict sterilization protocols - that does not happen when you have your teeth whitened in a whitening kiosk at your local mall or a spa where nobody knows the qualifications of the person who does the procedure, or what material is used and what concentration is it or even where it came from (licensed dental suppliers sell to licensed dentists only) do not risk your health by whitening your teeth anywhere other than a licensed dental office.