Frequently Asked Questions

Q: May I bleach my teeth if I have crowns? 

A: You may bleach your natural teeth, but crowns, laminates, and fillings will not bleach. The bleaching agents do not damage or affect your existing crowns, laminates, or fillings.

Q: Will people notice that I have an implant when I smile?

A: If the treatment is rendered correctly, no one should be able to detect that you have an implant when you smile.

Q: May I just put a plastic (composite) filling in a tooth that has a deep cavity?

A: Yes, you may. However, it will not be strong enough to withstand biting forces. We recommend ceramic inlays/onlays for these types of restorations since they are superior in strength, fit, and last considerably longer to the composite fillings.

Q: What is an onlay?

A: An onlay is a restoration that covers one or multiple cusps (peaks) of a tooth. When the cusps are compromised due to a fracture or large existing filling, an onlay is necessary to cover and protect the cusps from fracture.

Q: Will chewing and flossing be the same after getting a new restoration?

A: Yes, we make all of our restorations custom and you should be able to chew and floss normally.

Q: What is the difference between an onlay and a regular filling?

A: An onlay covers the cusps (peaks) of a tooth and is usually made out of gold or a ceramic filling. This restoration is superior to a regular composite filling in strength, fit, and longer lasting than regular fillings.

Q: May I go back to work after having implant surgery?

A: Most of the time, yes. We provide you medication, ice packs, and post-operative instructions that will allow you to return to work on the day of your surgery. If extensive dental work is performed, we recommend scheduling your appointment with us in the afternoon and not returning to work until the next day.

Q: Why are protective coatings on the back teeth necessary?

A: Our posterior (back) teeth all have pits and fissures. Over time, these pits and fissures accumulate food and debris which lead to cavities. We recommend coating the biting surfaces of these teeth whith a composite resin material in order to protect and prevent food and debris from accumulating on the biting surface.

Q: Does bleaching damage your teeth?

A: No. The bleaching agents (usually peroxides) only lighten the enamel (outer layer of the tooth) and do not erode or degrade the enamel. However, we only recommend bleaching agents for short term use. We do not advocate using hydrogen peroxide as a long term adjunct for dental care.

Q: Why are my teeth sensitive to cold?

A: Cold sensitivity is usually due to exposed dentinal tubules on the root surfaces of your teeth. When the gingiva (gum) recedes, the dentil is exposed to the oral environment. The dentin has little tubules (pores) that lead to the nerve inside the tooth. Therefore, when you drink something cold, the temperature change is detected by the nerve inside the tooth. This is normal. To decrease the sensitivity, we may apply desensitizing agents or recommend a special desensitizing tooth paste.

Sometimes the cold sensitivity is due to a high bite or a result of grinding your teeth. In order to reduce the sensitivity due to these issues, we will adjust your bite or recommend a nightguard.