- How long will my first visit be?
- How do you make loose bottom dentures more secure?
- Who needs dentures?
- What causes tooth loss?
- What are the treatments for periodontal disease?
- What is gingivitis?
- Can existing porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers be whitened during the bleaching process?
- Why do people choose porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns over bonding?
- How do you get rid of spaces between teeth?
- What are the advantages of porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers versus orthodontic treatment?
- What is a root canal?
- What causes oral cancer?
- What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
How long will my first visit be?
Typically, one and a half hours for a very thorough exam. This exam will include the following:
Dr. Freyman and the dental assistant will:
- Discuss with you your dental concerns
- Review your medical history
- Take necessary dental x-rays
- Take digital intra-oral photos of all your teeth
- Do a thorough examination that includes:
- Oral cancer exam
- Checking for cavities
- Gum disease
- Cosmetic smile analysis
- Create a treatment plan
- Discuss with you the treatment plan including any cosmetic concerns that you have.
You will watch CAESY digital visual presentation to help you easily understand the proposed dental procedures.
For a non-emergency exam we will do a prophy scaling cleaning, fluoride treatment and oral hygiene instructions. If you have periodontal gum disease, you will be advised that additional treatment is required to correct the situation and will be scheduled accordingly.
For an emergency exam, your immediate problem will be addressed and taken care of the same appointment. A comprehensive exam and cleaning will be scheduled at a later date.
Renata, our office manager, will discuss with you the fees, insurance coverage and payment options. For your convenience, we also have interest-free financing available, if qualified. TOP
How do you make loose bottom dentures more secure?
We place several mini-implants in the bone for the denture to clip on over it. This makes the denture much more secure. TOP
Who needs dentures?
If you have lost most or all of your teeth, you are a perfect candidate for complete dentures. If you still have some natural teeth remaining, a partial denture is recommended to help improve chewing ability, speech, and support for facial muscles. TOP
What causes tooth loss?
Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth’s mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and bones that support your teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by the build-up of plaque, which results from the overgrowth of the mouth’s naturally occurring bacteria. TOP
What are the treatments for periodontal disease?
If periodontal disease is caught at an early stage (when it has not progressed beyond the point of gingivitis), it can be treated with scaling and root planning (removing plaque around the tooth and smoothing the roots’ surfaces). If the disease progresses to a later stage, the patient may need surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums, eliminating the hardened plaque build-up, and repairing the damaged bone. TOP
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums around the roots of the teeth. It marks the early stage of periodontal disease, and is characterized by red, swollen gums. TOP
Can existing porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers be whitened during the bleaching process?
No, porcelain does not change color when exposed to dental bleach. It is preferable to do the tooth whitening before doing the dental work. TOP
Why do people choose porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns over bonding?
Laminates look more realistic than bonding, and they do not stain. They also feel more natural, are more durable and are stronger than bonding composites. TOP
How do you get rid of spaces between teeth?
You can get rid of spaces between the teeth with porcelain veneers or bonding. Crowns may be used to fix more severe gaps between teeth. TOP
What are the advantages of porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers versus orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment takes 18 months to 2 years and often requires braces, while porcelain laminates correct crooked teeth in just two visits. TOP
What is a root canal?
A root canal is necessary when the nerve or blood supply of the tooth (also known as the pulp) is infected due to injury or decay. Root canal treatment involves removal of the diseased pulp, followed by the cleaning and sealing of the pulp chamber and root canal. TOP
What causes oral cancer?
Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer. Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer. Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease. Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer. TOP
What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does no heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing. TOP