Patient Info & FAQ

What can I expect at my first appointment?

As a new patient we begin by taking a full mouth set of x-rays and doing a comprehensive exam with a doctor in order to establish your oral health, answer your questions and address your concerns. When meeting patients for the first time we do not guarantee you will get your teeth cleaned on your first appointment as we would like to make sure proper time is allotted for your cleaning. We will, however, make every attempt to get you all taken care of on that first visit. 

What is a metal free office and what are the benefits to me?

Modern dental materials have marginalized metal dental work with tooth colored alternatives that have the same longevity. We believe in offering the best available treatments that we can with the most esthetic result possible so we have eliminated metal from our practice.

What is the difference between amalgam (silver) fillings and composite (white) fillings?

Amalgam filling material has physical properties that do not lend itself to conservative dental work and does not pair well with tooth structure.  This filling material is mechanically retained within tooth structure with undercuts relying on the tooth to hold the filling in place with no bond between tooth and filling. As we eat different temperature foods, the metal expands and contracts at a greater rate than tooth structure stressing the tooth causing the filling to break down around the edges of the filling causing decay and can lead to fracturing the tooth. For the filling to be strong enough to last, it has to be a certain thickness, if the decay is only .5 mm deep, we have to cut an additional 1 mm of healthy tooth away. The material dictates how much tooth needs to be removed.

Composite filling material is bonded to the tooth structure with no mechanical retention needed and also has physical properties that are kinder to tooth structure. The expansin and contraction of composites are similar to tooth structure and the decay dictates how much tooth needs to be removed, if the decay is .5 mm deep, then the filling will be .5mm deep.

Why are my teeth sensitive after dental work?

As with any other body part after a surgical procedure, teeth undergo similar inflammation processes within the nerve and can be sensitive. This is normal and to be expected, taking ibuprofen will help to minimize the symptoms.

Do you do whitening?

Yes, we do a whitening procedure called Boost.  It is a combination of in office treatments and at home bleaching. 

My teeth are crooked, how do I fix that?

We do Invisalign.  Invisalign uses a custom-made series of aligners created for just you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you.