to the Frequently Asked Questions
section of Future Dental Care. If you can't find an answer to your specific
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use x-rays as a diagnostic
method in order to visualize decay, abscesses, cysts, impacted teeth and
some tumors that occur inside bone. We use the latest innovations in x-ray
technology that minimizes the radiation while maintaining excellent sharpness.
X-rays at regular intervals allow us to detect these problems early, and
to therefore avoid the need for extensive
aprons protect patients from unnecessary exposure to xrays.
the latest sterilization
methods. Our sterilizer is hospital grade and completely destroys all
bacteria and viruses. All instruments are sterilized between every patient.
protect against infectious organisms.
that are not sterilized are one time use. Items such as gauze and needles
are discarded after use,
and are not re-used.
precautions include masks and eye wear for the dental staff.
is some general information that may help you make an educated decision
regarding your treatment options.
the decay in a tooth is beyond 50% of the crown of the tooth, or if
there is decay in several surfaces of a tooth, a crown is needed to
restore it. Small sized cavities in one or two surfaces of teeth,
however, can be restored with fillings.
- If a
tooth has an existing large filling that is fractured or needs to
be replaced due to recurrent decay, a crown becomes the only option.
Cleaning vs. Regular Cleaning
cleanings will remove more disease causing bacteria, and do so from
deeper in the periodontal pockets than regular cleanings. Regular
cleanings in the presence if periodontal disease will not prevent
- In most
cases, regular cleanings must be done more frequently if you have
had a periodontal cleaning. This is due to the possibility of the
recurrence of periodontal disease.
Dentures vs. Bridges
are made of metal or porcelain and are cemented in place. This makes
them as close to natural teeth as possible. Partial dentures are made
of plastic and metal, and are held in the mouth with clasps. They
move during chewing and speech, and need to be removed at night.
- A bridge
is the first choice in replacing missing teeth due to its superior
cosmetics and comfort during use. If missing teeth prohibit the placement
of a bridge, implants can be used to provide enough anchors for one
to be placed. Partial dentures are a last resort due to their inferior
materials and discomfort.
vs. Porcelain Veneers
orthodontics has become more prevalent and yields better results than
techniques of ten to twenty years ago. Depending on the case orthodontics
may take 18 months or longer, and require extractions of some teeth
in order to create room for the movements. Only a small percentage
of cases can be treated with Invisalign.
veneers are a conservative method of changing the position of teeth
in two visits. The teeth require minimal drilling, the veneers are
bonded to the teeth, and they can be used to correct the look of worn
or broken down teeth. They may also be used to lighten the shades
of teeth or mask discolorations.
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