FAQ

What are Dental Implants?

A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth.

Why is a Dental Crown Necessary?

There are 6 reasons that may require you to have a dental crown installed.

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severly worn down.
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
  • To hold a dental bridge in place.
  • To cover misshapened or severly discolored teeth.
  • To cover a dental implant.

What Causes Tooth Loss?

The most common causes of tooth loss is tooth decay and periodontal disease, which affects the gums and bone structure that supports the teeth. Tooth decays is the major cause of tooth loss in children while periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults, although it can affect children as well.

What Causes Periodontal Diseases?

Plaque, a thin, colorless, sticky film containing bacteria, which constantly forms on the teeth is the leading cause of periodontal diseases. These bacteria use carbohydrates—sugars and starches—to produce an acid that attacks the enamel covering the teeth. After repeated acid attacks, the enamel can be broken down and a cavity begins. Continued acid attacks eventually dissolve the enamel and penetrate the softer, inner layer of the tooth, where decay can spread rapidly throughout the tooth’s structure. Acid attacks begin immediately after every meal or snack and last about 20 to 30 minutes.

Can Periodontal Disease Be Prevented?

Teeth can be protected from acid attacks by removing plaque, through brushing and flossing, reducing the number of times and the amount of sugar and starches eaten, using fluorides, having plastic sealants applied to teeth, and by regular professional cleaning of teeth by a dental hygienist.

How Many Times a Day Should I Brush my Teeth?

We suggest brushing at least two times each day.

When Should a Child Have His or Her First Dental Appointment?

We recommend that a child have his or her first oral health care appointment around age one. We also suggest an oral health visit as soon as a baby’s first tooth appears.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is a dental restoration device that allows us to produce ceramic dental restoration using advanced computer software. With the latest software and hardware updates, crowns, veneers, onlays, and inlays can be prepared using different types of ceramic material.