Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ
What Is Considered Cosmetic Dentistry?
The field of cosmetic dentistry is focused on the improvement of your teeth’s aesthetic. Some of the treatments can also be categorized as restorative or preventive. The cosmetic treatments we provide include:
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Benefit Me?
The end goal of cosmetic dentistry is a beautiful smile that you are proud of. This can mean a boost to your confidence along-side a positive influence on your overall well-being. But these are not the only possible benefits: teeth straightening can directly improve the health of your teeth and make your regular oral hygiene routine easier to perform.
There Are a Lot of Teeth Whitening Options Available, Why Should I Come to a Professional?
Yes, there are a lot of over-the-counter options available to the public for teeth whitening, but when you come to our experienced dentist, you can rest assured that your treatment will be more effective, quicker and safer. In as little as a single appointment, professional teeth whitening can result in a noticeably whiter smile. This is in contrast to the treatments you can buy at your local supermarket which can take weeks to have any effect and may even cause damage to your teeth.
What Treatments Are Available for a Smile Makeover?
Our talented team can also offer of a variety of treatments to help you restore the appearance of your smile, including:
When you visit our dental office for your smile makeover consultation, Dr. Ihab Soliman will find the right treatment plan to give you the smile you have always wanted.
Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Straighten My Teeth?
We may be able to help straighten your teeth with Invisalign® clear aligners. When you come in for your appointment, our dentist will determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment. Some minor flaws may also be cosmetically corrected using dental veneers.
How Long Will Veneers Last?
Dental veneers have been reported to last up to 20 years. In order to ensure the long-term quality of your veneer, it is essential that you maintain proper oral hygiene at home and attend regular dentist appointments.
Why Are My Teeth Stained and Discolored?
Your teeth can become stained and discolored to due to a variety of different reasons, including:
- Use of tobacco, including smoking
- Tea, coffee, soda, wine and eating and drinking other substances that cause stains
- Certain medications’ side effects
- An excessive consumption of fluoride, known as fluorosis
How Permanent Are Cosmetic Treatments?
You play a part in the permanence of your treatment. Taking essential actions such as maintaining good oral hygiene at home and attending regular dental appointment can ensure your results can last years.
Are Cosmetic Treatments Covered by My Insurance?
This is really dependent on your insurance. From provider to provider and plan to plan, the coverage and out-of-pocket costs for your cosmetic treatments will be different. It is possible that your treatment may be completely covered, but it may also be that your treatment is only partially covered or not covered at all. Our team will help you understand your financial options and help you maximize your insurance benefits at our practice.
General & Family Dentistry FAQ
Why Are Regular Dental Visits Important?
While frequently people only choose to visit the dentist when they notice a problem, it is important for your health and your wallet to attend regular dental appointments. By attending these visits, you will save time, money and yourself from discomfort as your will receive care that can prevent many problems from occurring and stop any that do develop during their earliest stages. This means that you will likely only need simpler, less expensive treatments rather than the complex treatments necessary if more serious conditions are allowed develop unchecked.
We recommend that you visit our office at least every six months.
Why Is Flossing Important?
Flossing is an essential step of any person’s hygiene routine as it cleans the areas of your teeth that brushing simply cannot reach. These include between the teeth or below the gumline. This practice ensures that damaging plaque and bacteria are not allowed to fester on the surfaces of your teeth.
How Frequently Should I Brush and Floss?
We recommend that you make sure to brush twice a day. It is important that one of these cleanings occurs just before you go to bed to ensure that no plaque, debris or bacteria are allowed to sit in your mouth overnight. Brush using an ADA®-approved toothbrush with soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste.
Floss daily. We also recommend that you use a mouth rinse. If you have any more questions, please contact our dental practice so that we may address them.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
Our practice’s dental X-rays are extremely safe. When you come to our office, we may use digital X-rays, digital panoramic X-rays or cone beam 3D imaging to diagnose any issues and plan your treatment. Typical X-rays expose you to less radiation than you are exposed to by day-to-day life in the sun. We use advanced digital X-rays which expose you to even less radiation that typical X-rays do. On top of this, federal law requires that all X-ray machines undergo safety and accuracy inspections every two years.
The Idea of Visiting the Dentist Makes Me Afraid – What Do I Do?
Please speak with our team if you have issues with dental anxiety. Our caring team understands that the idea of visiting the dentist can be frightening and can help you find ways to feel more comfortable getting the care you need. Our practice takes advantage of several different strategies to help reduce anxiety and fear for our patients, including medications to numb treated areas and oral conscious sedation to help you feel calmer.
When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should make a visit to the dentist at least within six months after their first tooth erupts or at most by their first birthday. During this appointment, our team will help your child feel comfortable in our office and ensure that their growth is developing correctly.
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
The foundation of maintaining your dental health and preventing cavities includes daily flossing, twice-a-day brushing and regular dental appointments. Sometimes though, you need a little extra help. This is where we can come in and help you prevent cavities with dental sealants or strengthen your teeth with fluoride treatments.
I Need Dental Care Immediately! What Can I Do?
Call our dental office right now and let us know that you need emergency dentistry. Our team will get you in to see our dentist as soon as possible so that you can get the care you need. We will also provide you with the instructions you need to care for your teeth until you can come in.
What Is Sleep Apnea and How Do I Know If I Have It?
Sleep apnea is what is called a sleep breathing disorder and is a severe medical condition. How it manifests itself is in pauses and interruptions in your breathing while you sleep. Some patients can experience up to 40 of these pauses in a single minute and pauses that can last as long as a minute.
Diagnosis of sleep apnea must be done by a trained sleep physician, but some of the symptoms to look out for include:
- Trouble sleeping or staying asleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Restless sleep
- Waking up frequently to urinate
- Falling asleep during activities like driving, working and reading
- Gasping and choking while asleep
- Sore throat and dry mouth after waking up
- Mood changes
- Impaired focus and memory
If you have been diagnosed, our dentist can provide sleep apnea treatment.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is characterized by stress, injury or misalignment of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The TMJ is the joint that connects the lower portion of your jaw to the rest of your skull. It is like the hinge that holds your mouth onto the rest of your head.
There are different reasons that this joint can develop a disorder including stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis or trauma and injury to your head, neck or jaw.
The main characteristic of TMJ disorder is frequent jaw or muscle pain, but other symptoms include:
- A noise like a grind, click or pop when you open or close your mouth
- Limited jaw mobility when attempting to speak, yawn or chew
- Locked or stuck jaw
- Neck, shoulder or ear pain
- Frequent headaches
- Pain from chewing and biting
Oral Surgery FAQ
How Will I Know If I Need Oral Surgery?
Most frequently, your dentist will recommend oral surgery to you if it is necessary. You are also able to contact our office if you have questions, would like a second opinion or seek a consultation regarding something that may require oral surgery.
What Surgical Procedures Are Performed By Your Dentist?
Our dentist can perform any of the following procedures:
What Materials Are Used in Bone Grafting?
The ideal material is some of your own bone, but donated pieces of bone and artificial grafts are also commonly used.
What is Periodontics?
One of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association®, periodontics is focused on preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease and the conditions related to it that have an effect upon the supporting bone structure of your mouth and your soft oral tissue.
What is Periodontal Disease?
This disease, also known as gum disease, begins as a bacterial infection affecting the gums and grows to destroy both your gums and your bone structure. It is caused by the damaging bacteria in dental plaque. When plaque becomes hardened into calculus, also known as tartar, this condition strengthens its position in your mouth. If left unchecked, this condition may become irreversible. Symptoms of this condition include:
- Reddened, swollen or sensitive gums.
- Tendency to bleed while brushing, flossing or eating hard food.
- Your gumline is receding.
- Loose or separating teeth.
- Pus between your teeth and gums.
- Oral sores.
- Change in tooth alignment.
- Dentures or removable appliances fit differently.
How Can Periodontal Disease Be Treated?
The best thing you can do is prevent gum disease from becoming an issue in the first place with good oral hygiene habits and preventive care. But when that is no longer an option and you need to find a way to manage your gum disease, our dentist can help with scaling and root planing or Arestin®.
Restorative Dentistry FAQ
How Can I Replace My Missing Teeth?
At our practice, we offer three main avenues to restoring your smile when you are missing teeth, including:
When you attend your appointment, our dentist will carefully perform an oral examination and then discuss with you your needs and the goals you have for your smile. Then he will review your options for treatment with you and work with you to create your own personal treatment plan.
How Can I Avoid Having My Tooth Pulled?
While there are cases when a tooth extraction is necessary, our dentist would prefer to help you keep your natural teeth. The first thing you can do is perform proper dental hygiene and attend regular dental appointment to help avoid needing restorative treatment in the first place. If that is no longer an option and you need restorative treatment, our dentist may be able to save your tooth using root canal therapy. While this treatment has a negative reputation, advances in technology and techniques mean it is quite comfortable and can save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.