How often should I check my teeth?
detect any problems.
How can I protect my smile?
1- Eat well balance meals from the five major groups: breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, dairy products,
fresh meat, fish and poultry.
2- Eat sugary foods with meals, not between meals. Saliva production increases during meals and thereby
helps to neutralize the acid which increases from sugary foods and which can break down the tooth
enamel leading to tooth.
3- Limit between meals snacks of junk foods. Snacks on nutritious foods if you get hungry. Chew sugarless
gum afterwards because it increases the saliva production which neutralizes the acids.
4- Brush and floss. Tooth and gum diseases result from the build-up of plaque which can be removed by
frequent brushing and flossing between and the areas where the toothbrush can’t reach.
5- Visit the dentist regularly. Oral exams and regular teeth cleaning will protect your oral health and will give you the
best chance for keeping your teeth for as long as you need them.
Can my dentist improve my smile?
Common procedures include bleaching, bonding, caps, crowns, veneers, braces, partials, dentures, etc.
Do people loose their teeth as they get old?
easy steps for keeping your teeth and gums, healthy and seeing your dentist regularly, you can keep your teeth
for a lifetime.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
be cause by eating or drinking food and beverages that are hot or cold, touching your teeth, or exposing
them to cold air. Changes in temperature cause your teeth to expand and contract, and your teeth can
develop microscopic cracks allowing this sensations to reach the nerves of the teeth. This can cause pain
and even affect the way you eat, drink and breathing habits.
How can I decrease tooth sensitivity?
desensitizing and filling materials including fluoride, and decreasing the intake of acid-containing
foods using a soft bristled toothbrush.
Do I need to floss regularly?
to the gums, teeth, and bone. We recommend daily flossing, especially before going to bed.
Are metal fillings safe?
there are several other reasons to choose tooth-colored (composite) fillings instead of metal. One of them
is appearance. Another reason is bonding of composite to the tooth which helps to make the tooth stronger.
Also, it takes less preparation (tooth grinding) for the composite filling than it does for amalgam.
Can I get rid of these ugly metal fillings?
with the tooth making the final result very attractive.
Should I choose a bridge or an implant?
The biggest benefit of an implant is that it does not require preparation of adjacent teeth. Implant looks and
works like a natural tooth. However, often implant restoration requires 4-5 month of waiting before it can be
restored. A bridge can be made much faster. Usually it takes two appointments 2 weeks apart. However, at
least two adjacent teeth have to be prepared for crowns.
Orthodontic Treatment (Braces)
Why is Orthodontics important?
health. Without treatment orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, speech impairments, or tooth loss.
My teeth are crooked. Do I need to fix them?
If teeth in the front area of the mouth are overlapping, it will create and unfavorable condition for gums
and bone. There are several methods of correcting misaligned teeth: traditional braces, clear aligners
(like Invisalign, ClearCorrect, Essix etc) and removable appliances. We can discuss these methods during
exam or during FREE consultation.
When should my child first visit a clinic for such treatment?
How long will treatment be?
needed, the development of the patients teeth and jaw, and the cooperation of the patient. Treatment
can range from one to three years.
Am I ever too old to get braces?
How much will it cost?
What is the difference between conventional dentures and immediate dentures?
they are inserted into mouth. Conventional dentures are made and inserted after the removal of the
remaining teeth and the tissues have healed. Healing may take several months. Immediate dentures
are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the dentist
takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. An advantage
of immediately dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six
months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or
relining to fit properly.
What is an over-denture?
by the dentist. The prepared teeth provide stability and support for the denture. Your dentist can determine
if an over-denture would be suitable for you.
What will dentures feel like?
may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual
to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your
mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should diminish. One or more follow-up
appointments with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted. If any problem persists,
particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your dentist.
Can I make minor adjustments or repairs to my dentures?
A denture that is not made to fit properly can cause irritation and sores.
Must I do anything special to care for my mouth?
tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your dentures. This removes plaque and
stimulates circulation in the mouth. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important for
maintaining a healthy mouth.
Will my dentures need to be replaced?
denture, the dentist uses the existing denture teeth and makes a new denture base. Your dentist will
advise you how often to visit. Regular dental checkups are important. The dentist will examine your mouth
to see if your dentures continue to fit properly. The dentist also examines your mouth for signs of oral
diseases including cancer.
How often should I schedule dentures check ups?
weight, tension, nutrition, blood pressure, strength of your bite, medication you’re taking; all of these, and
more, can influence the fit and the comfort of your dentures. Your mouth and dentures should be checked
at least once a year in order to monitor and correct any changes which may have taken place. With proper
periodic care your dentures should remain serviceable for 5 – 7 years.
Will dentures me look different?
noticeable. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your
face and profile.
Will dentures change how I speak?
help. If your dentures “click” while you’re talking, speak slower. You may find that your dentures occasionally
slip when you laugh, cough or smile. Re-positioning the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing.
If a speaking problem persists, consult your dentist.
Will I be able to eat with my dentures?
your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing,
add other foods until you return to your normal diet. Continue to chew food using both sides of the mouth
at the same time. Be cautious with hot or hard food and sharp-edged bone or shells.
How long should I wear my dentures?
you may be advised to wear them the most of the time, including while you sleep. After the initial adjustment
period, you may be instructed to remove the dentures before going to bed. This allows gum tissues to rest and
promotes oral health. Generally, it is not desirable that the tissues be constantly covered by denture material.
Should I use a denture adhesive?
feels loose it may require relining. A poor-fitting denture may cause irritation and possible sores. Although an
adhesive may be used for a short time until you are able to visit your dentist, prolonged use is not usually
recommended, except for special situations.
How do I take care of my dentures?
water when handling dentures. When you are not wearing them, store your dentures away from children and pets.
Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Brushing helps prevent
dentures from becoming permanently stained and helps your mouth stay healthy. It’s best to use a brush designed
for cleaning dentures. A toothbrush with soft bristles can also be used. Avoid using hard – bristled brushes that can
damage dentures. Your dentist can recommend a denture cleanser. Some denture wearers use hand soap or mild
dish-washing liquid, which are both acceptable for cleaning dentures.
Avoid using other powdered household cleansers, which may be too abrasive. The first step in cleaning dentures
is to thoroughly rinse away loose food particles. Moisten the brush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage. Dentures may lose their shape if they are allowed to dry out. When they are not
worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. Your dentist can recommend
the best method. Never place dentures in hot water, which could cause them to warp. Ultrasonic cleansers are also
used to care for dentures. However, using an ultrasonic cleaner does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
Dentures have been around for many years. Today, dentures are of better quality and more comfortable than
ever before. Replacing missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and your appearance. A complete
denture, also called a full denture, replaces all the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips.
Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older. And by replacing missing teeth,
dentures improve a person’s ability to speak and to eat.
What is bonding?
slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth colored
fillings for small cavities and broken or chipped surfaces. Additionally, it can be used to close spaces between
teeth or cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape.
What is bleaching?
Bleaching, one of the most common dental procedures, gives you teeth a whiter shade.It can be done
two different ways: 1} The dentist provides trays and gel to apply in the comfort of one's own home
for 30 minutes a day over 2-3 days until the desired shade is reached.
2) Completed in the dental chair by the dentist and takes about an hour.
What are porcelain Veneers?
enhanced your smile.
What are porcelain Crowns?
to be reshape, teeth has to be prepare and shaped, impressions are then made and sent to the lab technicians
who will complete the crowns, at a second appointment crowns will be cemented onto the teeth, they will replace
the shade, length and shape that we need to improve your health and smile.
Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
What is bad breath?
can also be caused by retained food particles or gum disease.
How do I control bad breath?
particles. Flossing the teeth eliminates accumulated bacteria, plaque and food that may be trapped between teeth.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease begins with plaque, which always forming on your teeth, when accumulates to excessive levels, it can
harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, in as little as 24 hours. Tartar is so tightly bound to teeth that it can
be removed only during professional cleaning.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
the disease. Then one day, on a visit to your dentist, you might be told that you have chronic gum disease and that
you may be at risk of losing your teeth
- gums that bleed during and after brushing
- red, swollen or tender gums
- persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- receding gums
- formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
- loose or shifting teeth
- changes in the way teeth fit together on biting, or in the fit of partial dentures.
Even if you don’t notice any symptoms, you may still have some degree of gum disease. Some people have gum
disease only around certain teeth, such as those in the back of the mouth, which they can not see. Only a dentist
can recognize and determine the progression of the gum.Periodontal Disease Video
What are the treatments of gum disease?
Treatment options involve home care that includes healthy eating and proper brushing and flossing, non-
surgical therapy that controls the growth of harmful bacteria and, in more advance cases of disease, surgery
to restore supportive tissues. When gingivitis or gum disease is left untreated, it can advance to periodontists.
At this point, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth (recede) and form pockets.
These small spaces between teeth and gums may collect debris and can become infected. The body immune
system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s
enzymes fighting the infection actually start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.
As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. At this point, there is
no longer an anchor for the teeth, they become progressively looser, and the ultimate outcome is tooth loss.