FAQ
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Do you have questions about your upcoming appointment or procedure?  We've answered some commonly asked questions below to help keep you informed.  If you have a question you don't see here please call us or send us an e-mail.

  • What are tooth colored fillings made of?
  • Tooth colored/white fillings are made of a light cured resin. In other words, the filling is initially a soft putty-like resin that gets hardened in the mouth with a blue (curing) light.

  • What is one of the major causes of bad breath?
  • The key cause of killer halitosis: poor dental hygiene. Make sure to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once  and use a tongue scraper.  "Avoid things that, can dry your mouth out, like soda and alcohol." Dr. Antenucci adds.  If the problem persists, see your dentist, who can check for gum disease.

  • Why should I get an onlay instead of a tooth colored filling?
  • There are some cases when there is insufficient tooth structure left to sustain a regular filling therefore an onlay will be recommended. When there are cavities in between teeth, the best and most conservative restoration is an onlay. An onlay seals the tooth better than any conventional filling and also attains the best contact, which reduces the need for replacement in the future.

  • How long do onlays last?
  • Bonded porcelain onlays are the most conservative and strongesst restorations available today. With proper hygiene and regular checkups, onlays will last for decades.

  • Will I need a root canal before a crown?
  • It is not always necessary to have a root canal before a crown. In fact, crowns are sometimes performed in order to avoid root canals by preventing further fracture of a tooth or filling, or leakage of an existing filling.

  • Do root canals hurt?
  • In almost every case, root canals do not hurt. The pain associated with root canals is because of an infection or an irritated nerve. The procedure removes the nerve and cleans out the infection. Therefore, root canals usually get rid of the pain.

  • Are implants better than bridges?
  • In most cases, implants are better restorations than bridges because implants are easier to maintain than bridges: however, not all patients are good candidates to receive implants. A thorough evaluation is necessary before recommending either of the options. Ask your dentist if implants might be an option for you.

  • When I get a root canal, does that mean I get to keep my tooth?
  • Yes, the root canal procedure is performed to allow you to keep your tooth. Only the nerve and blood supply to the tooth are removed but the rest of the tooth remains.

  • Can I change the color or shape of my teeth with veneers?
  • Yes, veneers can be made to perfect the shape and color of teeth.

  • Will teeth bleaching harm my gums and teeth?
  • No, great care is taken to block out/protect your gums and any sensitive areas on the teeth. The bleaching procedure, if performed correctly, does not damage either of these structures.

  • How long does the bleaching effect last? Do I have to do it again?
  • The bleaching results vary from patient to patient, and depend on a patient's habits such as smoking, foods and drinks that stain the teeth, etc. Usually the results last 2-3 years before touch ups may become necessary.

  • What if I need a root canal on a tooth I have a crown on?
  • Sometimes a root canal is necessary after a crown has been cemented. When this happens, the crown may be tapped off the tooth for the root canal to be performed, and then the crown can be re-cemented. If the crown cannot be removed, the root canal can still be performed by drilling a hole into the crown while still preserving the crown.

  • What is Tooth Sensitivity?
  • Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. Basically, tooth sensitivity means experiencing pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks or ice cream. Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing. The good news is that sensitive teeth can be treated.

  • What is Dry Mouth?
  • Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is the reduced flow of saliva. Sufficient saliva is needed in the mouth to wash away food debris and reduce plaque by neutralizing the acids that plaque produces. Gingivitis, gum disease and severe tooth decay often occur if dry mouth is left untreated.

  • What is Tooth Erosion?
  • Tooth erosion is the wearing a way of tooth enamel by acid. The enamel is the hard calcified tissue that covers and protects the outside of the tooth. It is the hardest substance in our bodies.

    The saliva in our mouth contains calcium which helps to strengthen and remineralize the teeth; however, remineralization cannot occur when a great deal of acid is present. The high amount of acids in the food and drink that you consume can cause tooth erosion. Soft drinks and pure fruit juices contain a high amount of acid. Tooth erosion can also be caused by medical factors such as a decrease in saliva, acid reflux disease, certain gastrointestinal conditions and the eating disorder bulimia.

     

  • What is Gum Disease?
  • Gum disease, also called periodontal disease is mainly caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar build up. Other factors that have the potential to cause gum disease may include: tobacco use, clenching or grinding your teeth, certain medications, genetics.

    Types of Gum Disease Include:

    • Gingivitis - The beginning stage of gum disease and is often undetected. This stage of the disease is reversible.
    • Periodontitis - Untreated gingivitis may lead to this next stage of gum disease. With many levels of periodontitis, the common outcome is chronic inflammatory response, a condition when the body breaks down the bone and tissue in the infected area of the mouth, ultimately resulting in tooth and bone loss.

     

  • What is an Abscessed Tooth?
  • An abscess of the tooth is an infection. An abscess can include pus and swelling of the soft gum tissues surrounding the tooth. An abscess can develop from tooth decay or tooth trauma, such as a broken tooth. If there is an opening in the enamel of a tooth, such as a cavity, bacteria can get in and infect the pulp (center) of the tooth and cause an abscess. Once an abscess happens, the infection could spread throughout the mouth and body. A root canal is usually the only option to save a tooth once it has become abscessed. If you suspect that you have an abscessed tooth, you should see your dentist right away.

  • What is a Canker Sore?
  • Canker sores, also known as Aphthous Ulcers, are small lesions that occur inside the mouth, and are not contagious. Canker sores present one to two days before appearing, and you may feel a burning or tingling sensation in the area of the mouth where the lesion is developing. Rarely, a fever might present itself when developing a canker sore. Canker sores appear inside the mouth as round or oval sores typically with a red border and yellow or white center. Canker sores do not develop on the external surfaces of the lips and are not to be confused with coldsores.

  • Can I get financing for my procedures?
  • If you do not have dental insurance or insurance doesn't cover your procedure cost, you can apply to Care Credit for interest free financing for up to a year. Patients must qualify for financing.

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