Q & A: Frequently asked

iStock_000011569508XSmallI don’t like my smile, is there anything I can do?

At Smile Envy we are not just about teeth, we want you to have that healthy smile you have dreamed about. We can help you decide between crowns, veneers, fillings, Invisalign, and/or traditional braces. We can even place lip fillers and line reducers to rejuvenate your facial appearance. With options such as Juviderm, Botox, and traditional dentistry, you will be able to smile proud.

I would like a whiter smile, but there are so many teeth whitening products to choose from. What should I do? 

Products you find in the store can work, but what the dentist provides works better. You will get a more dramatic, whiter smile in a lot less time without the hassle of one-size-fits-all strips that can slide around and make a mess. At SE, we can make you a custom tray in one visit and get you started toward having a whiter smile.

I have impacted wisdom teeth. They don’t bother me, but I am told I should have them removed. What are my options?

Impacted teeth can exist in many different ways. Even if the tooth or teeth don’t bother you now, if removing was recommended during a professional evaluation, it is likely the dentist “sees” it becoming a problem in the future. Being able to plan a procedure is a lot better than being rushed to a procedure, because then you are in pain. Your dentist will be able to recommend an oral surgeon to ensure that your experience is as smooth as possible.

My son is in first grade and is starting to get his permanent teeth. I am concerned because they are coming in discolored. Why are they like this and what can be done?

If you have noticed the shape and size and color are different of your children’s teeth are different than his baby teeth, it is because they are. Our permanent teeth are stronger, more robust. They are expected to last us a lifetime! If you are concerned about discoloration, come in to the office and let us check it out.

I recently noticed a new cavity, but am reluctant to call the dentist. The sound of drills has always intimidated me, but I don’t want my cavity to get worst. What can I do?

At SE we have incorporated the latest technology in electric hand pieces. No more whirling and whistling drills. And you are always welcome to bring headphones and listen to music.

I have been trying to be better about flossing, but every time I do, it shreds in the same spot. Why does floss shred and get caught in my teeth?

If floss is shredding, the tooth surface is not smooth. In dentistry, we strive to provide excellence in our restorations. Having anatomically correct fillings, crowns, bridges, and veneers should not shred floss. If you are experiencing this around a tooth that has been treated, it is time to have it checked.

What is root canal therapy (root canal treatment)?

Root canal therapy and root canal treatment is the same thing. Our teeth are living. They have a pulp containing a nerve and blood supply. When the pulp is infected or damaged, treatment is required. Treatment includes accessing the pulp and removing the nerve and blood supply. This allows the dentist to keep the remaining hard tooth structure. Following root canal treatment, the dentist decides what restoration you will need.

What is gum disease and how is it treated?

Gum disease is periodontal disease. Teeth are only part of what is dentistry. In dentistry we must evaluate what supports your teeth–the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is the disease that affects the supporting tissues as well as teeth. If you are experiencing bad breathe, bleeding gums, and/or loose teeth, you may have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is not curable, but it is manageable. Treatment typically includes more frequent dental cleanings and a home care plan in which you partake. Your dental team will customize your treatment to help you manage your disease. For more information, come visit us today.

I am missing a couple of teeth and have recently heard about implants being a solution. What are dental implants?

An implant is a permanent restoration for a missing tooth. It consists of two parts, the actual implant which is placed in the bone to act as like an anchor, and the crown which is the portion you see and chew on in your mouth. The dental implant is gaining more popularity as time continues, and has proven its success.

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