Frequently Asked Questions
1.) I have a toothache, it’s sensitive to hot, cold and chewing. What could the problem be?
There could be various causes. Something as simple as a bite adjustment may be needed or a night guard to protect your teeth, muscles and TMJ from grinding. It could also indicate a cracked or broken filling or tooth. This could require a new filling or crown (cap).
If the pain is severe and throbbing, you could have an abcess and need a root canal. A root canal will remove any infection and pain and can be completed comfortably.
2.) What different ways can I improve my smile?
Many times by gently reshaping your teeth it can make a subtle yet great Improvement.
Many of our patients have found that using one of our customized tooth whitening systems, the results are a beautiful, white and brighter smile. Both in office power bleaching and at home kits are available.
Dental bonding offers the ability to close spaces and reshape the teeth in one visit, most often without the need for anesthetic.
In cases where more is needed a “smile makeover” can be achieved with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are customized porcelain coverings that can change the shape, color and alignment of your teeth. INSTANT ORTHODONTICS!
3.) How do I know if I have gum disease? I’ve heard it can lead to heart disease.
You may have gum disease if you have any of the following:
- your gums bleed when you brush and floss
- your breath is less than desirable
- your teeth feel loose or have shifted.
- you have a bad taste in your mouth.
- your gums appear dark in color or are swollen
In reference to heart disease, yes there is a definite link between gum disease,
heart disease, and other health issues.
Studies have shown there is a relationship between gum disease and the following:
- diabetes (makes it difficult to control blood sugar levels)
- heart disease (bacteria in your mouth can easily travel to your heart)
- pneumonia (especially in the elderly)
- premature delivery and low birth weight
- rejection of transplants and artificial prosthesis (such as hips and knees)
- stroke (bacteria in fat deposits lodged in carotid arteries)
Many surgeons are now insisting upon treatment of gum disease before surgical procedures such as heart surgery, transplants or artificial joint replacement.
4.) I am a big baby about pain, is it going to hurt?
We have many options to relieve your anxiety and pain. Our homelike atmosphere with comfortable yet private treatment rooms are only the beginning of your pleasant dental experience.
We offer nitrous oxide gas, at no additional cost for appointments with both doctor and the hygienist. This is both pain relieving, relaxing and a mild sedative and you can still drive home after your appointment. Headphones are available for your listening pleasure and you can bring your favorite CD.
If anesthetic is needed, we offer a topical numbing agent to numb the injection site. Many patients have expressed their surprise that they didn’t feel the injection or realize that Dr. Clark had already given it and was finished. Prescription sedatives can be used if needed to relieve severe anxiety prior to your appointment. Our caring and friendly team will do all they can to make your dental experience pleasant.
5.) Can the laser be used on me?
The laser is used for tooth whitening, fillings, decay removal, treatment of canker sores and numerous cosmetic and surgical procedures.