Frequently Asked Questions
What is a composite resin (white) filling?
New improvements in tooth-colored composite fillings allow them now to be often used in situations that once required the silver amalgam fillings. Composite resin, a tooth-colored plastic mixture, is used not only to restore decayed areas, but also is useful for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
What is gum disease and how do I prevent it?
Periodontal (gum) disease often develops silently with no warning signs. That is why it is important to visit our office regularly, so we can check your teeth and gums and take X-rays, if necessary, to help us diagnose possible problems. Be aware of the following symptoms:
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.
- Red, swollen, or tender gums.
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth.
- Pus that appears between your teeth and gums.
- Teeth that are becoming loose or changing position.
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
- Any change in the way your partial dentures fit.
- Bad breath or bad taste.
Regular dental check-ups, cleanings and good home care will prevent this disease from occurring. However, if you have noticed any of these changes, please contact us for an appointment. Treatment is the only way to prevent further bone loss and related complications.
How can I get a whiter smile?
Bleaching is a new technique that offers us capabilities to lighten teeth under many circumstances. It is quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive. Other options open to patients include porcelain veneers if bleaching is not able to bring the desired results.
What is a root canal and why would I need one?
Deep cavities, cracked teeth, and multiple fillings can allow germs to get into the pulp chamber causing infection and disease. When this happens, the pulp cannot repair itself and dies. If this is left untreated, the pus from the infection eventually builds up at the root tip, making a hole in the jawbone called an abscess. An abscess can cause damage to the bone around the teeth. Symptoms such as throbbing or hot and cold sensitivity are common when nerves die. During root canal therapy, diseased pulp is removed and the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned and sealed.
What is laughing gas/happy air?
Nitrous Oxide sedation (laughing gas), is an analgesic used to relax patients prior to dental treatment. Sometimes it prevents the need for local anesthesia, but in most cases, we utilize it in conjunction with local anesthetic for dental treatment. It does not put you to sleep, but relaxes you to a point that even the most apprehensive patients accept dental treatment with ease.
What should I expect on my first visit?
During your first visit to Audubon Dental, we will review your complete medical and dental history with you. It is extremely important for us to know if you are taking any medications or are being treated for any condition that can affect your periodontal care. You will be given a complete oral and periodontal exam. X-rays may be taken to check for cavities, bone loss, and other anomalies.
What is the risk from having x-rays taken?
X-rays are often a necessary and valuable method of assessing your oral health for us to plan your treatment effectively. A very small amount of radiation is involved in taking a dental X-ray and the risk of exposure is minimal.
Will my treatment/procedure hurt?
Audubon Dental uses the latest techniques and technology to provide a pain-free experience to all patients. Our highly skilled team of dentists and technicians will ensure that any treatment given is done so with minimum discomfort.
Does my dental insurance pay for everything?
No. Dental insurance helps with the cost of dental care, but it never covers 100% in most situations. Audubon Dental works with insurance companies to maximize your benefits, but we advise patients not to rely on their coverage for complete dental care. Financing is also available through CareCredit.
What are cavities and how do the occur?
Bacteria in plaque accumulate on teeth and combine with sugars to form acids that penetrate enamel and form a cavity. These holes are filled with bacteria and plaque and your dentist must disinfect them before filling them with a silver or a composite filling.