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01. What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis starts to form when bacteria from saliva and food surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. Gums become irritated, inflamed and bleed. To prevent gingivitis from spreading to more areas of the mouth, regular cleanings are usually recommended. A more intense at-home preventative program that includes better brushing and frequent flossing may also be recommended by the hygienist.
02. Are there specific ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease?
The most effective way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is a daily routine of brushing, rinsing, and flossing at home. Brushing twice a day, rinsing with am antiseptic mouthwash, and flossing regularly prevents plaque and tartar from forming on the teeth and at the gum line. For older patients, daily oral hygiene will minimize the risk of gingivitis and decay.
03. How is periodontal disease treated?
Quickly, if patients want to avoid dental surgery. A dentist will usually recommend a series of periodontal cleanings. Other treatments may include scaling and root planing, laser therapy, or possibly local antibiotics. A combination of these treatments can control the condition and eliminate it. In severe cases of periodontal disease, surgery may be required.
04. Is it normal for my teeth to be very sensitive?
Teeth that are sensitive can be an indication that a patient's gums are receding. When the gum line recedes, it exposes the underlying dentin. When dentin is exposed, it allows sensitive nerves to be affected by cold water, hot food, or other liquids and food that are placed in the mouth. Specific toothpastes, gels and dental procedures can prevent gum recession. if you are experiencing symptoms of gum recession, speak to a member of our staff at Dentist of Lake Mary to get more information on possible treatments.
05. Is periodontal disease as serious as it appears?
Periodontal disease is a condition that begins with little or no symptoms. Like gingivitis, it is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums become irritated and inflamed, and will only become worse if a treatment is not initiated. Bad breath, gum recession, gum sensitivity to acidic foods, abscesses, and tooth pain and tooth loss are all symptoms of periodontal disease.
06. What is the difference between white fillings and silver fillings?
There are difference, but none that have any affect on the quality of the filling or the quality of the dental work. What type of filling is used usually depends on the patient's personal choice. Also called amalgam fillings, silver fillings have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, the metal expands and contracts as hot and cold food or drinks are chewed or swallowed. The expansion allows for little or no bacteria to enter the tooth once the filling is applied. The tooth remains healthy and strong. White fillings, also known as composites, can be made of glass polymers or plastics. The composite material looks and feels just like a natural tooth. This restoration is created with a resin and fits tightly into the tooth to prevent additional decay. The resin can closely match the natural color of your teeth so you won't see gray or silver material in your mouth when smiling, brushing or flossing.
07. My smile needs to improve. How can I make that happen?
Numerous procedures can improve your smile. Among the available procedures is teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, crowns, bridges, or dentures. Contact the staff at Dentist of Lake Mary today at (407) 413-9000 to schedule a free consultation. A customized treatment plan will be prepared just for you.
08. What is bonding?
Bonding is a treatment that can reduce gaps between your teeth, or change a tooth’s color if it has been stained by use, age, or decay. The results can be amazing. In only a few hours, you will notice a difference in the appearance of your teeth. Bonding can keep your teeth looking great for years if teeth are brushed and flossed regularly. Drinking coffee, tea, soda and wine can affect the color of the bonding over time.
09. What are veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that can be attached to your natural teeth. Veneers can give a patient a younger appearance, or level teeth that have be worn by grinding or irregular chewing. They can also change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. Veneers are used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or crooked teeth. In as few as two visits to the dentist, the entire process can be completed.
10. What are crowns?
Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that are used to cover a tooth that has been damaged. Crowns can be applied to two visits and will change the size, shape and color of a tooth. After a cavity has been filled, or a damaged tooth has been repaired, the crown covers the tooth to prevent further stress.
11. How involved is an implant procedure?
An implant acts as a replacement tooth. Commonly made from titanium, the implant is a screw that is inserted under the gum and into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. The implant and the bone fuse together after 2 to 4 months, creating an anchor for the new tooth. There is little discomfort for the patient.
12. What are the benefits of an implant?
For patients who have lost a tooth to decay or an accident, implants are a permanent solution. Implants look and function like a natural tooth and decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss. Implants are maintained with routine cleanings, and are a replacement option for a bridge because the implant replaces only the missing tooth. A traditional bridge would involve using adjacent teeth to create a false tooth, or pontic, in between.
13. Can anyone be a candidate for an implant?
Yes, just about everyone is an implant candidate. Advancements in dental technology means most people are candidates. There are always exceptions, but people who don't quality generally have chronic illnesses, heart disease or severe osteoporosis.
14. What's involved in an implant procedure?
An implant can require 3 to 4 visits to a dentist or specialist. The first visit is to X-ray the implant area, and take an impression that will serve as a surgical guide. A temporary prosthesis will be created to cover the implant area. During the second visit, the implant will be placed after a local anesthetic is administered. A minor incision is made by the dentist to create a space for the implant. The implant is then inserted into the jaw bone and sutures are used to close the wound. You will return in about three months when the porcelain crown is ready. A post will be inserted into the implant and the crown will be glued to the post.
15. How much does a dental implant cost?
There are many factors that determine cost, including the region of the country where you live and the specialist you use. A consultation should be scheduled to discuss all fees.
16. How long does a dental implant last?
If the patients maintains good dental hygiene, an implant can last for as many as 30 years.
17. Does your office offer financing for dental treatments and services?
You can discuss payment options with our Dentist of Lake Mary staff by calling (407) 413-9000.

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