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How long does it take to place a dental crown or bridge?

The process of placing a dental crown or bridge typically takes two visits to the dentist. The tooth will be prepared during the first visit, and an impression will be taken. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed while the permanent restoration is being fabricated. The permanent restoration will be placed during the second visit.

How do I care for my dental crowns and bridges?

Proper oral hygiene is essential to maintaining the longevity of your dental crowns and bridges. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, and avoid habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth.

What are the different types of materials used for dental crowns and bridges?

The most common materials used for dental crowns and bridges are porcelain, ceramic, metal, and resin. Your dentist will recommend the best material for you based on the location of the tooth, your bite, and your cosmetic concerns.

How much do dental crowns and bridges cost?

The cost of dental crowns and bridges can vary depending on the type of material used and the extent of restoration required. Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of dental crowns and bridges.

How long do dental crowns and bridges last?

With proper care, dental crowns and bridges can last for many years. On average, a dental crown can last for 5-15 years, and a bridge can last for 10-15 years. It's important to practice good oral hygiene and to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings to prolong the life of your dental crowns and bridges.

Are dental crowns and bridges painful?

The procedure to place a dental crown or bridge is usually not painful. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area before the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity for a few days, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Dental Cleaning

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

It’s important to schedule an appointment with an experienced pediatric dentist as soon as possible after their first baby tooth erupts (usually between 6-12 months), so they can begin learning healthy habits early in life that will help ensure lifelong oral health! At this appointment, the pediatric dentist will review basic oral hygiene techniques with both you and your child while also providing preventive care such as examining their mouth for any potential problems like cavities or misalignment of their bite (occlusion).

How do dental cleanings work?

During a professional dental cleaning, the dentist or hygienist will typically use specialized tools to gently remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and along your gum line. They may also floss between each tooth before polishing them with special instruments that help leave them feeling smooth and looking shiny. In some cases, they might also apply fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel and protect against tooth decay. 

Are dental cleanings covered by insurance?

Most dental insurance plans will cover all or part of the cost of routine preventive care such as professional teeth cleanings and exams. Additionally, many plans also include coverage for additional treatments such as X-rays or fluoride treatments when necessary. Check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details related to your plan. 

How often should I see the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that adults visit their dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. However, depending on your individual oral health needs and risk factors, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits. For instance, if you are at an increased risk of cavities or gum disease or have other oral health issues, you may need to visit the dentist more regularly for evaluations and cleanings. 

Do dental cleanings hurt?

Generally, no, dental cleanings do not hurt. During a cleaning, the dentist or hygienist may use a special tool to scrape away any tartar buildup on your teeth and along your gum line. This process may cause a slight sensation due to the pressure that is being applied to your teeth, but it should not be uncomfortable or painful. If you experience pain during a cleaning, tell your dentist right away.


How much do dentures cost?

The cost of dentures can vary depending on the type of dentures, the materials used, and the location of the practice. It is best to consult with a dentist to get an estimate of the cost for your specific case.

Can I sleep with dentures?

It is not recommended to sleep with dentures in place, as this can cause irritation and sore spots on the gums. Dentures should be removed at night and stored in a clean, dry place.

How do I care for my dentures?

Dentures should be cleaned daily with a soft-bristled brush and mild soap. They should also be stored in a clean, dry place when not in use. Avoid using abrasive cleaning products or boiling the dentures as this can damage the appliance. It is also important to visit your dentist regularly to check the fit of your dentures and to have them adjusted as needed.

Can I eat with dentures?

Yes, you can eat with dentures, but you may have to avoid certain types of food that are difficult to chew. It is also important to chew evenly on both sides of the mouth.

Will dentures affect my speech?

Dentures can affect speech, but this is usually temporary. The tongue and lips will need to adjust to the new appliance in the mouth. Some patients may need to practice speaking with their new dentures until they become comfortable.

Can dentures be repaired?

Yes, dentures can be repaired. Common repairs include relining, rebasing, and replacing missing or broken teeth.

How long do dentures last?

The lifespan of dentures can vary, but on average they last between 5 to 8 years. They may need to be relined, rebased or remade due to changes in the shape of the patient's jaw or due to wear and tear.

How are dentures made?

Dentures are made by taking impressions of the patient's mouth, which are then used to create a model of the patient's jaw and remaining teeth. The dentures are then fabricated using this model, taking into account factors such as the patient's bite, speech, and appearance.

What are dentures?

Dentures are a removable appliance that replace missing teeth and gums. They can be full or partial, and are custom-made to fit comfortably in the patient's mouth.


Are dental emergencies expensive?

The cost of treating a dental emergency will depend on the severity of your condition and the type of procedure needed for proper treatment. Many insurance companies will cover some of the costs associated with treating an emergency, but some procedures may be considered non-essential and not covered by insurance policies. Before undergoing any treatment plan for your dental emergency, it's important to understand what costs you'll be responsible for so you can decide if it's within your budget. We understand that dental emergencies can be stressful, and we'll do everything we can to help you understand your options and make the best decision for your oral health and well-being.

Can I go to the emergency room if I have a tooth problem?

While many people may feel more comfortable going to the emergency room for a dental emergency because of its availability and convenience, most hospitals don't have the resources available for complex procedures like replacing damaged teeth or performing root canals. Emergency rooms are usually only equipped to help in cases of facial trauma. If you think your situation requires more specialized care than what an ER can provide, it's best to go directly to a dentist's office instead.

Is it important to see a dentist during a dental emergency?

Absolutely! Seeing a qualified dentist as soon as possible is the best way to address your dental emergency and prevent any permanent damage. Even if you think your problem may be minor or something you can handle on your own, it's always a good idea to get it checked out by a professional to make sure there aren't any underlying issues.

What is considered a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any urgent oral health problem that requires immediate attention from a dentist. This can include things like severe tooth pain, infections, injuries or trauma to the face or teeth, abscesses, broken dentures, and lost fillings or crowns. If you're experiencing pain or discomfort, it's important to seek treatment right away to prevent any serious complications.


Are there any risks or side effects of veneers?

As with any dental procedure, veneers have some risks and side effects. These may include tooth sensitivity, pain, or infection. It is important to discuss these risks with your dentist before getting veneers and to follow all post-procedure care instructions to minimize any risks.

Will veneers look natural?

Yes, veneers can look very natural when done by an experienced cosmetic dentist. They will match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth to create a seamless look.

Can veneers be removed?

Yes, veneers can be removed. However, it is important to note that removing veneers can damage your natural teeth. If you are considering removing your veneers, discussing this with your dentist is best.

How long do veneers last?

With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for many years. Maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding habits that can damage your veneers, such as biting on hard objects or grinding your teeth is important. It is also important to schedule regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure that your veneers are in good condition.

How are veneers placed?

The process of placing veneers typically involves a consultation with your dentist, during which they will assess the condition of your teeth and discuss your desired outcome. They will then take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory to create the veneers. Next, they will prepare your teeth by lightly buffing the surface of the tooth. Once the veneers are ready, the dentist will place them on your teeth and make any necessary adjustments.

Are veneers right for me?

Veneers may be a good option for you if you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and want to improve their color, shape, or alignment. It is best to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist to determine if veneers are the best option for you.

What are the benefits of veneers?

Veneers offer several benefits, including:

  • Improving the appearance of your teeth for a brighter, straighter, and more uniform smile.
  • Minimally invasive procedure that does not require extensive reshaping of your natural teeth.
  • Highly durable and can last for many years with proper care.
  • Can be used to correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of your teeth. They improve the appearance of your teeth by covering up imperfections such as chips, stains, gaps, and discoloration.

Teeth Whitening

How long does teeth whitening last?

While results vary from person to person based on lifestyle habits (such as diet and smoking) and oral hygiene routines, professional tooth whitening typically lasts between 6-12 months. It will eventually need to be touched up again by your dental provider or through home maintenance treatments recommended by them (such as custom trays). Additionally, regular brushing & flossing combined with avoiding staining foods and drinks helps ensure that your results last longer and thus require fewer touch-ups down the road!

Does teeth whitening hurt?

Generally speaking, no! Everyone’s experience is different, but most people find that there isn’t any pain associated with professional teeth whitening services. Some people may experience mild sensitivity during or after their treatment which usually subsides within 24 hours after their procedure has been completed. If you experience sensitivity during your procedure, please inform your dental practitioner immediately so they can adjust intensity levels as needed for additional comfort and safety for you.  

How long does teeth whitening at the dentist take?

Professional teeth whitening typically takes between 30 minutes and one hour, depending on how many sessions are needed to achieve desired results. During each session, a specialized bleaching gel is applied directly onto your tooth surface, which activates with light. You will stay in the chair while this process is repeated several times until you reach optimal levels of tooth brightness. Afterward, you will receive instructions on touch-up treatments or home maintenance methods to maintain your results over time. 

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes! Teeth whitening at a professional dental office is highly safe when done correctly and under the supervision of a qualified dentist or dental hygienist. Professional teeth whitening uses special bleaching gels that are specifically designed for use in a clinical setting. These bleaching gels are regulated by the FDA and contain higher concentrations of peroxide than products available over the counter, meaning they have a stronger bleaching effect without any dangerous side effects. Additionally, if you experience any discomfort during your procedure, your dentist will be able to reduce or discontinue treatment for your safety and comfort. 

How much does teeth whitening at the dentist cost?

The cost of teeth whitening at the dentist varies depending on your situation and treatment plan. Factors such as the type of whitening system used, the extent of treatment required, and any additional dental procedures that may be necessary can all affect the cost. It’s best to speak with your dentist or dental provider to get an accurate estimate of what you can expect to pay. 

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