The Tooth Doctor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Most forms of dental sedation will leave you drowsy but conscious and able to voluntarily move and speak. Dental sedation will put you into a deeply relaxed state. You may find that time passes faster, and you may not even remember parts of the procedure when it is over, but you will remain conscious the entire time.

Cleanings & Examinations

For most patients, we recommend twice-yearly visits for cleans and exams. If you are currently being treated for a particular concern, we may recommend that you visit us more often. 

Dental Implants

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dental implants are intended to blend in among your natural teeth.

One of the advantages of this is that you can brush and floss them the same as you would with your regular teeth. While implants never get cavities (and never need root canals!), you still want to continue brushing and flossing to keep your natural teeth and your gums healthy.

Invisalign

Invisalign has a number of benefits that our patients appreciate:

  • Invisalign is practically invisible.
  • Invisalign can be cleaned quickly and easily.
  • No wires need to be tightened.
  • You have fewer visits to the dentist.
  • You remove the aligners to eat, so Invisalign doesn't limit the foods you can enjoy. 

Periodontal Disease Prevention & Treatment

Coming in for regular cleanings will help keep your gums in great shape, but what you do at home matters as well. Brush twice daily and floss every evening. Our team will be happy to show you proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Other steps you can take to prevent gum disease include:

Don't smoke or chew tobacco.
Eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Use an antiseptic mouthwash. We'll be happy to recommend one.
If you have a health condition that can affect your dental health such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, please let us know so that we can take extra steps to help keep your gums healthy.

TMJ & Bruxism

While teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is very common among adults, it can cause serious damage to your teeth and jaw joints. If you wake up with sore muscles or you have noticed that you clench or grind your teeth, we can make a night guard to help protect your teeth.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.