FAQ

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What is root canal?
Root canal treatment is the process by which a dentist removes the abcessed or injured pulp tissue from the root of the tooth. This allows the dentist to treat toothaches and save teeth that otherwise would need to be removed. Often a crown will be needed after completion of root canal treatment to make the tooth stonger.

What types of tooth whitening treatments are there?
There are 3 types of tooth whitening treatments which include; In-office bleaching, At-home bleaching and Whitening toothpastes

What is in-office bleaching?
This procedure is done in your dentist’s office and may require more than one office visit. After a protective gel is applied to the gums, a bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth. To enhance the process, a laser is sometimes used.

What is at-home bleaching?
The dentist makse very accurate trays to fit over the patient`s upper and lower teeth. The patient then applies the bleaching gel to the custom trays at home. After approximately 45 minutes the trays are removed. Usually the entire treatment takes between 7 and 10 days.

What are whitening toothpastes?
These toothpastes have special chemical agents other than peroxide that help in the whitening process. Unlike bleaching, this process does not change the color of the teeth.

What is a bridge?
A bridge is a permanently cemented restoration that uses fixed crowns to replace 1 or more missing teeth.

What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a minor form of periodontal disease. It is caused by inefficient hygiene. If not taken care of it can spread to a more serious form of periodontal disease.

What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease. Plaque spreads below the gum line and slowly destroys the tissue and bone. If left untreated, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.

How do you treat periodontal disease?
Non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease includes root scaling and root planning. This procedure removes plaque and tartar on the root surface. When the tissue around the teeth is unable to be prepared by scaling and planning, your dentist may recommend surgery.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement and is used to support restorations that tesemble teeth. A titanium root form implant is placed in the bone and, after a period of time, can successfully fuse to the bone. A tooth can then be constructed on this very secure foundation. A variation is an implant supported bridge or an implant supported denture. At palisades dental, all aspects of dental implant surgery and restorations are performed.

How do I care for my infant’s teeth?
Before the baby’s first teeth appear they should start being cared for. Starting early will help insure the proper hygiene and help promote healthy permanent teeth. To clean your infants teeth, gently rub the gums with a piece of gauze once in the morning and once in the evening.

What is a sealant?
Sealants are a plastic coating that is painted on the teeth to prevent tooth decay. It is applied to the chewing surfaces to prevent food and plaque from getting into the grooves of the teeth. Usually sealants are applied during childhood and teen years, when teeth are more cavity prone.

How long will my local anesthetic last?
Depending on the dosage, sensitivity and body mass, local anesthetic usually lasts anywhere form 1 to 3 hours.

Ask about free whitening for life – all patients, upon completion of a tooth whitening procedure at our office, will receive a complimentary whitening refill kit. Just keep your recare visits and you will get the refill kits for the rest of your life. Some restrictions apply.