Here are some dental questions that are frequently asked by our patients. Take a look and see if you can find the answer you’re looking for.
What is a full-mouth reconstruction?
Some people come to us with several problems that are affecting the function of their mouth. In other words, these problems are not only affecting the way their smile looks, but also how well it does its job. Anyone restorative treatment will only solve part of their issue. Full-mouth reconstruction allows us to bundle the needed treatments into a single treatment plan so that we can get the smile back to a good working condition in the most efficient way possible.
What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover is for patients with multiple issues affecting the look of their smile. We bundle the needed treatments in much the same way as we bundle treatments for a full-mouth reconstruction. The difference between them is that a smile makeover addresses the appearance of a smile with cosmetic procedures, while a full-mouth reconstruction addresses the function of a smile with restorative procedures. You NEED to have a full-mouth reconstruction, while you CHOOSE to have a smile makeover. The results of either plan, however, can be life-changing.
Do you place dental implants?
We do place dental implants. This gives us the ability to service your smile from start to finish in one place. Our doctors will do any required tooth extractions first and then evaluate your bone structure to make sure you have the needed bone mass to support dental implants. From there, you may need a bone graft done to build up bone mass, or you will have your dental implants placed. Your dentist will go over the whole process with you during your consult.
Does Dr. Brar accept dental insurance at all of the practice locations?
We do accept dental insurance, but not as a form of payment. We will help you file your insurance to be reimbursed for your care, but we are set up to accept payments for our services as they are rendered. If you need to find a way to finance your dental care, check out our new patient page to get acquainted with the various payment options we have available.
Dental Implant FAQ
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth (View Example). Implants are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. After the implant has been placed in your jawbone, a porcelain crown is attached. In some cases, the implant has to fuse with the bone for months before it can be permanently crowned; in other cases, you can have new, but temporary, teeth the same day your implants are placed.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
A single tooth, multiple teeth or all teeth can be replaced with dental implants (View Examples). Two implants can support a removable lower denture, while four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Most patients find dental implant surgery tolerable. Any post-operative discomfort can sometimes be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful.
Are dental implants expensive?
Implants are more expensive compared to other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. They also last longer ans should never need replacement. They offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.
How do you care for dental implants?
Implants require the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them may become inflamed or infected with the absence of proper oral hygiene. With the proper care, dental implants should last a lifetime.
Can my body reject a dental implant?
Implants cannot be rejected because they are made up of no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are built is bicompatible, and allergies to this are extremely rare. But, an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops due to a lack of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Eligibility can be determined after a complete oral examination that includes X-rays of the jaw. Please schedule a consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.
What do orthodontists do?
Orthodontists are dental specialists who focus on problems with the position, alignment or spacing of the teeth. Many special treatments, including braces and other oral appliances, are used to correct these problems.
Why should I (or my loved ones) get orthodontic treatment?
There are two main reasons: aesthetics and function. Having an attractive smile not only changes the way people see you, but it also enhances your self-image as well. Orthodontic treatment also allows your teeth to function better and helps to keep them clean, which can improve your overall health.
When should orthodontic treatment be started?
The American Association of Orthodontists has recommended that a patient who may be in need of orthodontic treatment should have their first visit around age seven.
How can I recognize a potential bite problem?
Teeth that are protruding, crowded together or erupting out of position are all indications that treatment is needed (View Examples). Less obvious signs are mouth breathing, frequent biting of the cheek or palate, speech difficulties, and thumb sucking that goes past 3-4 years of age. If teeth don't meet properly when the mouth closes, or if jaws make sounds or shift as they move, this may also indicate a problem.
Does getting braces hurt? What about wearing them?
Having braces put on is usually painless. You might experience minor aches and pains in the first couple of days or so, as your teeth adjust to wearing their appliances; periodic adjustments may sometimes cause short-term soreness as well. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to alleviate any discomfort.
How long will treatment take?
It can be different for each person, but generally, the active stage of treatment may take from 6-30 months. After that, a retainer is worn for at least several months more.
How often will I come in for an appointment?
It depends on what treatment is being done, and how often you need to be monitored. During active treatment, you'll typically visit the office once every 4 to 10 weeks.
Will I need to have any teeth extracted?
If your teeth are severely crowded or if they are impacted, then extraction may be necessary. In younger patients, early treatment may make extraction unnecessary.
Will I have to watch what I eat?
Yes. You should pass on any foods that could damage or become trapped in your braces. Some of these may include raw vegetables, hard candy, caramel, taffy and ice cubes. You will receive a list of foods to avoid.
Will I be able to play sports/ play my instrument?
Yes. Whether you wear braces or not, we highly recommend you wear a mouthguard when playing most sports. Musicians are usually able to play any instruments just as they did before, but they may need a short adjustment period after getting braces.
Do I still need to see my regular dentist while I'm getting orthodontic treatment?
Yes. Keeping the teeth free of plaque can be challenging when you're wearing braces. Your dentist can help you avoid these problems with frequent cleanings and exams.
Will I wear a retainer when my braces come off?
Yes, you should. Without the use of a retainer, your teeth can rapidly shift out of position and can ruin all the progress the braces made to your teeth. Your retainer helps you maintain that beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Is orthodontic care very expensive?
Orthodontic care is a long-term investment in your oral health. Many financing options are available that make orthodontic care affordable.
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Root Canal Treatment FAQ
If you have been told you need root canal treatment, you may be feeling a bit nervous. Not to worry — treating root canal problems is a routine part of dentistry that can relieve certain kinds of tooth pain and help your teeth last longer. As you learn more about this beneficial procedure, you will understand why it's needed — and how it will leave you in far better shape than you were. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
What is a root canal?
Dentists use the term “root canal” in referring to the tiny, narrow passageways that branch from a central, hollow space in your tooth (called the pulp chamber) down to the ends of the tooth roots. The term can also be used as a shorthand for “root canal treatment” — that is, the procedure used to save the tooth if the soft tissue deep inside of it (called pulp) becomes acutely inflamed or infected.
Why do I need root canal treatment?
If tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected because of decay, the pulp needs to be removed in order to save the tooth and stop the infection from spreading further.
Is there an alternative?
You could have the tooth extracted, but it's always a better option to try to save it, especially since root canal treatment has a very high success rate. Saving the tooth can prevent other troubles from occurring later on. These could include bite problems from teeth shifting position, difficulty eating, and loss of jawbone volume and density.
Is root canal treatment painful?
The procedure usually has very little discomfort. The infections that make the treatment necessary in the first place are often more painful than the treatment because they are inflaming tissue that contains sensitive nerves. Root canal treatment relieves this pain!
What will happen during the procedure?
After numbing the area, a tiny hole in the top of your tooth is made to access the pulp chamber and canals. The diseased tissue is removed, and the pulp chamber and the canals are disinfected all the way to the root ends. Teeth in the front of the mouth have one root and generally one canal; back teeth have two or three roots and generally three or four canals. Those canals and the pulp chamber are filled with an inert, biocompatible material, and sealed with adhesive cement. The access hole will receive a temporary filling.
What will happen afterwards?
Your tooth may be sensitive for a few days, but any discomfort can usually be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatories. You will be instructed to avoid chewing on that tooth until it receives its permanent filling. Depending on how damaged the tooth was to begin with, it may need a full-coverage crown. Those options will be discussed with you.
How can I avoid the need for root canal treatment in the future?
Try to keep your teeth decay-free by brushing and flossing every day. Eat a healthy diet low in sugar and avoid acidic beverages such as soda. Have regular professional cleanings and exams. And if you're active in sports, consider ordering a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury.
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