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These are the questions that our patients most frequently ask us. Don't see an answer to your question here? Feel free to contact us.
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A child should start going to the dentist around 3 to 3 1/2 years of age. These early visits are just to gently clean the child's teeth and to get them used to sitting in a dental chair. We strive to make visits enjoyable for children so they will begin to develop a favorable view of a dentist and will help avoid dental anxiety in the future.
With today's technology, we can focus the radiation into a very small field, minimizing the exposure necessary to capture an image. In fact, radiation has been reduced so much that one dental x-ray will exposure you to less radiation than 30 minutes of flying in a plane.
A crown is needed when a tooth has a large cavity, had a root canal, or when a filling is larger than 2/3 the size of the tooth. In the latter situation, the tooth is likely to fracture with time as pressure is applied to the tooth during chewing and everyday functions. A crown prevents that fracture by replacing the missing tooth structure and fully covering the tooth, providing it with additional strength.
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is placed in the jawbone at the site of a missing tooth. That cylinder bonds with the bone tissue to create an artificial root on top of which an abutment, and later an artificial tooth, are placed.
With a dental bridge, a pair of crowns are placed onto the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Those crowns are then used to create a bridge that holds an artificial tooth. The gap is covered, but the artificial tooth is not actually fixed to the jaw.
The benefit of a dental implant is that it supports jaw health. The bone remains strong and healthy which positively impacts both your oral health and the shape of your face as you age. Dental implants often look better and naturally mimic the feel and function of a real tooth. They also typically are the longest-lasting option to replace a tooth. The major drawback of a dental implant is that it requires a longer time to heal.
A dental bridge, in most cases, can be completed in two visits, compared to three or more for a dental implant. The disadvantage of this option is that this process weakens the adjacent teeth and make them more vulnerable to decay, requiring the whole bridge be replaced every 7 to 10 years.
Veneers are porcelain shells that can be used to reshape a tooth, cover up staining, reposition a tooth or help create a more pleasing smile. There are two types of veneers: no prep veneers and veneers that require prepping the tooth before placing the veneers. Since veneers are very thin, removing an outer shell of tooth structure is often necessary to allow us to reshape a tooth or mask any discoloration. During a consultation, we will discuss what type of veneers will help you achieve your goals.