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If you have any questions regarding the aesthetics of your smile, some of our procedures for general dentistry, endodontics, or your kid’s oral health, this page will have all of your answers. Scroll through some of the listed questions to find the specific answer to your question.

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Why Should I Get a Root Canal?
A root canal or other endodontic treatment can help maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love, and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a very long time.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
During a root canal, the iflamed or infected pulp is removed inside the tooth and then cleaned effectively. For a more detailed response, just click the link here.
When is it Necessary to Get Endodontic Treatment?
Endodontic treatment is only necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. There are multiple causes as to why the pulp becomes inflamed or infected: deep decay faulty crowns chip in tooth trauma to the tooth
Why Should I Save My Tooth?
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages. Efficient chewing Normal biting force and sensation Natural appearance Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Is a Root Canal Procedure Invasive?
Modern endodontic treatment is very similar to having a routine filling. It can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Can a Tooth Survive Without the Pulp?
In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Can I eat anything with bonded teeth?
You can eat most anything with enamel bonded teeth. We always tell patients that they cannot chew on ice, tear tags off of new clothes, or bite their nails with bonded teeth or they may chip. You may also need a nightguard if you grind your teeth in your sleep because that will cause damage to the bonding and the rest of your teeth.
Does bonding damage the tooth?
Enamel bonding should not cause damage to the tooth enamel. The beauty of bonding is that you can put it on one day and take it off the next day or ten years from now and the tooth should be the same as it was before.
How long does enamel bonding last?
Enamel bonding lasts five to ten years if not longer. We have cases that have lasted fifteen to twenty years. When the bonding needs to be redone, we simply take off all of the old bonding and are left with the original tooth to bond again. We don't use any drills to take it off, so the procedure is painless. After we redo the bonding, you can enjoy your perfect smile for many more years!
What is enamel bonding?
Enamel bonding is a composite material that is added to the enamel of a tooth and sculpted to create a new smile, fix chips, remove decay and fill teeth, fix fractures, and close spaces. This procedure doesn't require needles or tooth reduction. In most cases, enamel bonding can be done in one visit. A patient will come in with one smile and leave with a new one.

General Dentistry


Should I have my mercury fillings replaced with white composite fillings?
There is no reason to have mercury fillings replaced unless they are broken down or cracked. If they are broken down then they may start to decay underneath the filling. In that case they need to be replaced.
Why do I need to replace missing teeth that don't show when I smile?
There are many reasons that missing teeth need to be replaced. One reason being is that you are able to chew your food. This is certainly better for digestion. Another is so your bite doesn't keep changing over time. This will cause other teeth to shift and change your bite over time. Missing teeth in the back puts more pressure on other teeth and therefore cause more breakdown over time.
Do teeth that are crowned need root canal treatment?
Not all teeth that are crowned require root canal treatment. Depending on the condition that the tooth is in and if there is an infection would be an indication as to whether a root canal is needed. Each tooth is individually diagnosed to determine what type of treatment is needed.
What is the difference between crowns and caps?
There is no difference between crowns and caps. They're one in the same. They only aspect to these two procedures that can vary is the material needed. Depending on the work needed, you can have all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold crowns/caps.

Pediatric Dentistry


What can I do to protect my child's teeth during sporting events?
Soft mouth guards can be used to protect a child's teeth, lips, cheek, and gums from sports related injuries - even providing protection from sever injuries to the head!
How do dental sealants work?
Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surface of the back adult molars. This shuts outs food particles that could get caught in the teeth causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and a great way to prevent cavities for many years.
How do I make my child's diet beneficial for their teeth?
Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including fruits and vegetables, dairy, and meat and fish. Limiting sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child's teeth from decay. Avoid sticky foods such as fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups, and even gummy vitamins. Encourage plenty of water throughout the day and avoid soft drinks and sports drinks!
When should I begin to use fluoride toothpaste?
The sooner the better! Starting at the first sign of a tooth, you should clean your child's gum and tooth with a very tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste twice daily with an aged appropriate soft brush. Once children are 3 years old and can spit out the toothpaste, then the amount should be increased to a pea sized dollop. You should also perform or assist your child's tooth-brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their own teeth effectively.
What age should I take my child to the pediatric dentist?
Your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears. Or no later than his or her first birthday. A checkup every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems.

Enamel Bonding


Can I eat anything with bonded teeth?
You can eat most anything with enamel bonded teeth. We always tell patients that they cannot chew on ice, tear tags off of new clothes, or bite their nails with bonded teeth or they may chip. You may also need a nightguard if you grind your teeth in your sleep because that will cause damage to the bonding and the rest of your teeth.
Does bonding damage the tooth?
Enamel bonding should not cause damage to the tooth enamel. The beauty of bonding is that you can put it on one day and take it off the next day or ten years from now and the tooth should be the same as it was before.
How long does enamel bonding last?
Enamel bonding lasts five to ten years if not longer. We have cases that have lasted fifteen to twenty years. When the bonding needs to be redone, we simply take off all of the old bonding and are left with the original tooth to bond again. We don't use any drills to take it off, so the procedure is painless. After we redo the bonding, you can enjoy your perfect smile for many more years!
What is enamel bonding?
Enamel bonding is a composite material that is added to the enamel of a tooth and sculpted to create a new smile, fix chips, remove decay and fill teeth, fix fractures, and close spaces. This procedure doesn't require needles or tooth reduction. In most cases, enamel bonding can be done in one visit. A patient will come in with one smile and leave with a new one.

Endodontics


Why Should I Get a Root Canal?
A root canal or other endodontic treatment can help maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love, and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a very long time.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
During a root canal, the iflamed or infected pulp is removed inside the tooth and then cleaned effectively. For a more detailed response, just click the link here.
When is it Necessary to Get Endodontic Treatment?
Endodontic treatment is only necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. There are multiple causes as to why the pulp becomes inflamed or infected: deep decay faulty crowns chip in tooth trauma to the tooth
Why Should I Save My Tooth?
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages. Efficient chewing Normal biting force and sensation Natural appearance Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Is a Root Canal Procedure Invasive?
Modern endodontic treatment is very similar to having a routine filling. It can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Can a Tooth Survive Without the Pulp?
In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.