Q: What should I expect during my first visit?
A: Typically during your first visit, we will do a complete dental exam and cleaning, check for cavities and gum disease, and take necessary x-rays such as bitewing x-rays, which look at the spaces between teeth and the way the top and bottom teeth fit together. We will also take periapical shots, which look closely at individual teeth. This appointment also includes a consultation with the doctor to discuss any further questions or necessary dental treatment.
Q: At what age should my child first see a dentist?
A: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children's first dental visits should occur shortly after they receive their first tooth; usually between the ages of six and twelve months. The reason? Dental problems can begin early. For example, Early Childhood Caries (a.k.a. "bottle rot") is an infection caused from using a bottle when sleeping or from nursing continuously from the breast. Children with this infection can suffer from severe tooth decay. The earlier the dental visit... the earlier a thorough prevention program can begin and dental problems avoided. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.
Q: How often should I visit the dentist?
A: Most children and adults should get a regular dental cleaning and check up every six months. People at a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental checkups more than twice a year.
Q: How can I prevent gum disease?
A: More than 80% of American adults have some form of gum disease. In its earliest stage, the gums might swell and bleed easily. At its worst, there may be complete loss of the teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day, along with regular visits to the dentist can help prevent plaque buildup around the gum line and actually reverse early stages of gum disease.
Q: What are veneers?
A: Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that slide snugly over teeth.They are a popular option for achieving a beautiful smile. Because veneers require little tooth reduction, they are an excellent alternative to crowns to alter tooth position, shape, size, and color. They are completely natural looking, resistant to injury and are long-lasting – making them the perfect solution for your smile.
Q: What are the symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder?
A: The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull and when inflamed, it can cause considerable pain. Symptoms that arise due to TMJ disorder include discomfort when chewing food, a clicking or popping noise when opening and closing the mouth, difficulty to open the mouth, soreness of the jaw, earaches and/or headaches.